Founded in 2011, Kay Michael Lee Dance Studio has provided the highest standard in dance instruction and competition excellence.
Every day since our founding, we have had the same family ownership, the same dreams, and ever evolving goals, while being the best from the start – serving Williston, ND and the greater BAKKEN region!
We are working tirelessly toward the goal of becoming Williston’s #1 source for youth dance. We are passionate about dance education and leadership and seek to grow our students into lifelong learners who are present in every aspect of the great stage performance of life.
Join our team of top talent and stand out as true excellence in your craft!
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Meet the team at Kay Michael Lee
SARAH JOHNSON Artistic Director, Co-Founder
Sarah began studying the art of dance at the age of three at Jack Dyville’s Dance Factory in Williston, North Dakota. She has studied eleven competitive styles of dance: ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap, pointe, modern, hip hop, character, song and dance, Irish folk style, and production numbers. At eight years old, she was asked to be a part of a competitive elite elementary group, Kids Company. She was a part of the A Company competition team from the age of twelve through her high school graduation. She and her sister, Serena Christianson, co-founded Kay Michael Lee Studio in 2012.
Sarah was a Miss North Dakota dancer for seven years. In June 2007, she competed in the Miss North Dakota Pageant and won the Overall Talent Award. She was a part of the North Dakota State University Competition Dance Team in Fargo, N.D. from 2006-2007 where she was chosen by her peers as the Most Improved Dancer. In 2010, Sarah won 2nd place in “Dancing with FM’s Finest” Ballroom Fundraising event with her partner, Eric Piela, of Fargo.
Sarah has taught at Bonnie Haney’s School of Dance in Moorhead, M.N., Red River Dance & Performing Company of Fargo, N.D., choreographed the 2009 Miss West Fargo/Red River Valley Pageant, and was an assistant producer of the 2010 Miss Grand Forks, Miss Empire, Miss Eastern Dakota Pageant. Sarah has choreographed the Y.E.S. (Youth Education on Stage) Summer Productions, “101 Dalmations” and most recently “Mulan”.
Sarah has studied under the following instructors: Wade Robson, Brian Friedman, Mia Michaels, LaurieAnn Gibson, Dave Scott, Cris Judd, James Robey, Stacie Flatness, Deb Fontane, Craig Ellingson, Kate Keating, Karen Rudd, Angela Ekblad, Jack Dyville, Ballet Hispanico, Misha Gabriel, Mike Minery, Bobby Newberry, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance.
She has performed at Disney World, the Dakota Wizards basketball games, has been on ESPN, on a cruise line to the Bahamas, and competed in Las Vegas. She was the Captain of the USHL Fargo Force Dancers from 2008 – 2010.
In May 2009 Sarah graduated from North Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a minor in Dance from Minnesota State University Moorhead. For the past five (5) years, she is currently a certified judge for the NDADD. In 2015, Sarah received the Certification in the Jazz Dance Technique & Syllabus by James Robey. In 2018, she completed the Module 1 certification in Acrobatic Arts and for AcroDance in 2020.
In 2018, Sarah was recognized as one of Williston’s greatest achievers in the inaugural Top 20 Under 40 list for the surrounding region. You can find her on pages 2 and 6 of the Williston Herald’s special insert here.
As a dance teacher, choreographer, and Artistic Director, Sarah has led many competitive teams to win countless awards and titles, and her choreography is sought after across the country. Over the years, Sarah has received numerous regional and national awards for excellence in choreography. She consistently finds ways to inspire her fire for dance and for teaching youth how to grow in dance. No matter if a student is enrolled in one class or a member of the competition company, Sarah is committed to provide an education that combines traditional and modern techniques for her students. Her goal is to provide an environment that empowers everyone to reach their fullest potential as artists, leaders, and global citizens. A testament to this mission is how some of her students have gone on to study dance at the collegiate level and become teachers themselves.
Thank you to the dancers and their families for always inspiring me.
SERENA CHRISTIANSON Marketing Manager, Co-Founder
Serena began studying dance at the age of three at Jack Dyville’s Dance Factory in Williston, North Dakota. When she was in the fourth grade, she was asked to be a part of Kids Company, a youth competition team at the Dance Factory. In seventh grade, she was a member of the B Company troupe, advancing to A Company the following year. Throughout her tenure at the Dance Factory, she won multiple awards at International Dance Challenge, Spotlight Dance Cup, Hollywood Vibe Dance Competition, Dance Challenge, Montana Dance Challenge, and I Love Dance Competition. She and her sister, Sarah Johnson, co-founded Kay Michael Lee Studio in 2012.
After the founder of the Dance Factory relocated to New York City, Serena became the point of contact for anything regarding tap because of her specialty and expertise in this genre. She taught tap to grades 1-6 in 2002-2003, where one of her groups won the 2003 Dance Challenge Competition 2nd place Overall Junior Novice Large Group award. Serena was a Miss North Dakota dancer for five years, broadening her dance repertoire. As a contestant, Serena won the “High Score Preliminary Talent” Award for her self-choreographed dance talent selection at the Miss North Dakota Scholarship Pageant in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2012.
In May 2010, Serena graduated Summa cum Laude from the University of Jamestown with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration and Communication with a minor in Character in Leadership. She completed her Master’s in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University (Phoenix, Arizona), May 2012. In 2021, she graduated with a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Innovation from Arizona State University (Tempe, Arizona). Serena has been a certified personal fitness trainer through AFAA since December 2012 and Zumba certified (February 2010). In 2015, Serena received the Certification in the Jazz Dance Technique & Syllabus by James Robey.
Currently, Serena resides in Tempe, AZ and since 2016, she has taught the advanced tap classes and choreographed for the competitive program at Conservatory of Dance in Phoenix. In 2018, Serena was an adjunct faculty for Arizona State University’s School of Music, Dance, and Theatre. She was a featured performer for Dance Fusion’s performance company at the Phoenix Suns in 2015 and was in the ensemble for Tap 24.7’s all-tap production in 2016 in Mesa, Arizona.
As a dance teacher and choreographer across the nation, her students and routines have received many 1st/2nd/3rd place high score finishes, scholarships for national competitions, and judge’s choice awards for excellence in technique and performance. She is known for reviving tap programs with her enthusiasm for the art form and commitment to sharing dance history, proper technique, and explaining music theory with her students. Over the years, Serena has received numerous awards for excellence in choreography.
ABBY POWELL Instructor
Abby began her dance career at the age of five in Williston, North Dakota. For twelve years, she studied several different styles including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. Her dance career led her to Kay Michael Lee Studio, where she was a part of the studio’s first Ruby Competition Line in 2012-2013, advancing to the Diamond Line for the 2013-2014, 2014-2015, and 2016-2017 seasons. Even when she wasn’t competing, she still participated in recreation dance classes to keep improving on her dance technique.
During her eight year competitive career, Abby studied under many dance industry icons such as Kenny Wormald, Al Blackstone, and Mia Michaels and competed against the nation’s best dancers in North Dakota, Colorado, and Montana. Abby has performed as halftime entertainment at several basketball games in the MonDak region as a part of Kay Michael Lee Studio’s Competition Company. She participated in Kay Michael Lee’s original production of Halloween Alive! In the 2013 and 2014 installments. Abby was a part of many of Kay Michael Lee Studio’s award-winning ensembles in jazz, tap, musical theatre, ballet, and lyrical. In 2013, she received the studio’s Most Improved Award for her growth in dance and performance technique.
In May 2018, she graduated from Williston High School. In 2020, she completed the Module 1 certification for AcroDance. Currently Abby is pursuing a career in elementary education at Williston State College. She has taught for KML since 2018, teaching for both recreational and competitive dance classes. As a dance teacher and choreographer, her students and routines have received many 1st/2nd/3rd place high score finishes, scholarships for national competitions, and judge’s choice awards for excellence in choreography, technique, and performance. She is excited to teach dance and honored to be a part of the KML Family.
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