KP School of Dance students have the unique advantage of training with professional, college-level instructors. We are able to provide our students with the knowledge that comes from our own personal training.


The curriculum designed by our professional staff prepares dancers to further their education at a collegiate level.

Graduates of KP School of Dance have continued their dance studies at several universities, including UW-Stevens Point, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

We are proud to say many of our alumni have gone on to become performers and dance educators.
Kris Pickar

Graduated in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in Dance and Business. Upon graduating, Kris came to Sauk Prairie to open the Kris Pickar School of Dance, teaching dancers of all ages. She has been developing dance programs, performing and choreographing for over 15 years.

Shawn Wakup

​Instructor/Office Manager

Graduated in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in Dance and Business. Upon graduating, Shawn came to KP School of Dance bringing over 10 years of dancing experience to the studio.  Shawn specializes in tap, but also enjoys teaching/choreographing jazz & contemporary.

AJ Juarez

AJ studied dance at the Julio Bocca School of Musical Theatre.  For 3 years, AJ danced and choreographed for popular TV programs including Argentina's "Dancing with the Stars," "Singing for a Dream," and "Dreaming to Dance."  He continues his training with the top choreographers with trips to LA, Artentina, Chicago, & New York.

Amanda McDonald

Amanda began as a student at KP Dance when she was a young girl.  During high school, she enjoyed being a teaching assistant, taking several different classes at the studio, and joining/competing in the first KP Company, Ignite.  Upon graduating, Amanda returned to the studio to begin training to be an instructor.  Amanda specializes in modern, but also enjoys teaching jazz, tap, and hip hop.

Emily Miller

Graduated in 2008 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Dance. After college, Emily danced and toured professionally with Li Chiao-Ping Dance.  In 2012, Emily founded KP's first pre-professional performance company, Ignite Dance Company.

Livia Konishi

Graduated in 2004 from the Royal Academy of Dance.  After graduating, she furthered her technical training by attending numerous dance festivals & taking master classes from known ballet masters from around the world.  Livia is passionate about teaching the beauty and artistry behind the classical ballet.

Stella Taylor

Graduated in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with degrees in Dance, Spanish and International Studies.  Stella has grown up dancing, assisting, choreographing, and teaching with KP Dance.  She is a certified Balanced Body Pilates Mat instructor and is currently working on her ISSA Personal Training certification.