ABOUT DANCE FORCE XPRESS
Dance Force Xpress was created in 2011 as an outlet to Michigan’s growing community of talented dancers, instructors, and choreographers.
Our competitions take place at several state-of-the-art facilities in Michigan. Those looking for a new competition venue will find Dance Force Xpress to be a valuable experience, with some of the lowest registration rates, and highest prize amounts at any regional event! Performers will take home ribbons, pins, medals, and trophies, as well as usable feedback and great memories of our family-friendly event.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our team!
Dance Force Xpress is a family-run business based in Shelby Township, Michigan. Our staff is recognized for being friendly, enthusiastic, and welcoming - providing a positive and safe atmosphere for our dancers.
Owner, Event Director
With over 30 years of experience in dance performance, instruction, judging, choreographing, and directing of camps, clinics, and competitions, Danielle has developed Dance Force Xpress with one goal; a positive and affordable experience for Michigan's dancers, dance families, studio owners, instructors, and choreographers.
Having trained at both a small local studio in her early childhood, as well as a large competitive studio in her teen years, Danielle understands that talented dancers come out of every studio. Her judging experience includes judging for professional dance team auditions, middle school and high school dance and pom team auditions, regional junior cheerleading competitions, State level dance and pompon competitions, and more. She has instructed classes for the past 16 years for students as young as three years old.
In 2014, Danielle married everyone's favorite backstage manager, Mr. Mike. They welcomed their first son in 2016, and their daughter in 2019. Being born and raised in Michigan, Danielle enjoys connecting the dance community across the state with the growth of Dance Force Xpress!
With an extensive background in pom and dance, Melissa not only enjoys her role with DFX because of the constant exposure to new routines and the all around competition atmosphere, she also loves to be on the mic and isn't afraid to be in front of the crowd!
"My most memorable events are the ones when a spectator (usually a grandpa or dad) approaches me and says, "Wow, this was a really fun day!", and thanks us for putting on a great event. We're all reminded to keep a professional, yet fun and approachable, presence as event staff. When we get to take a quick 'stretch break' if we're ahead of schedule, it's awesome to play a fun song, turn around, and see spectators not only stretching, but many of them dancing in the aisle!"
Married in 2013, Melissa and her husband Brian reside in Goodrich, Michigan, with their daughter, son, and puppy "Panda".
If you have ever stopped by the DFX sales table, you have most likely had the pleasure of meeting Jenny! The 2024 season will mark Jenny's 13th year with Dance Force Xpress.
As a full time teacher, Jenny joins us on competition weekends and brings her energy and enthusiasm! She is a familiar face on our team, and the dancers, directors, and spectators are always comfortable checking in with her if they are in need of any additional information.
Meredith is one of our outstanding Support Staff team members. Need to know what number we are on, where your dressing room is, or are you searching for an extra bobby pin? Meredith to the rescue! It takes an entire team to make our days run smoothly, and Meredith is an important part of our team. She keeps everyone organized and on schedule, and is always willing to jump in and assist with any task - from announcing to tally and more!
Meredith is a full time elementary teacher, and we value her time with us on competition weekends.
Provided for each event
The Dance Force Xpress judging team combines experience and passion from a variety of individuals who share a common goal - helping dancers to learn and grow!
Our judge's backgrounds range from professional dancers and choreographers, to former coaches, to fitness industry leaders - and everything in between.
Judges biographies are provided at each DFX event.
"I am so proud of being part of the DFX family. Being a judge for DFX is not only fun, but also so rewarding. I love seeing all of the creativity and hard work on the stage. The dancers are truly a gift to watch."
- Jill C.
"Dance studios are typically your home away from home, so it's only right that DFX accomplishes that goal of making you feel right at home as a judge."
- Michael M.