Meet our CDK Team!

The staff at Captivation Dance takes pride in creating a professional, fun, and positive atmosphere for its' families and students.


Kaleigh M. Schmidt
Owner / Artistic Director

Kaleigh Schmidt is the owner and artistic director of Captivation Dance. She has 20 years of ongoing dance training in ballet, pointe, jazz, street jazz, tap, modern, contemporary and hip-hop. She graduated Washington Community High School in 2013 and studied Dance Performance at Illinois State University. At Illinois State was involved in the Dance Theater Company, Dance Associations, Redline Express Dance Team, and Urban Movement Hip-Hop Team. She started teaching dance at the age of 12 and has received multiple awards for her choreography. Outside of the studio, Kaleigh is also the dance team coach for Dee-Mack High School.

"I love creating life-long relationships with my dancers and their families. The studio enables us to unify as artists, develop a sense of community, and share our passions  for dance."


Melissa Sage-Bollenbach
Studio Manager -

Captivation Dance is excited to welcome our newest team member, Melissa Sage-Bollenbach. Melissa will be serving as our Studio Manager. She has a bachelor's and master's degree, both from Bradley University, and 15 years of professional program and office management experience. She will perform and coordinate various duties for the studio including billing and budget management, dancer attendance, quality improvement, marketing and advertising, and community relations. You may recognize Melissa from around the studio as her daughter Katlin is a member of our competitive program and has danced with Kaleigh for six years. Melissa's goals include getting to know each of our Captivation Dance families and ensuring that all dancers are achieving their goals with the studio.

"I'm really excited to utilized my prior professional skills to help the studio grow and achieve. As a former competitive dancer, it has always been a passion of mine and I'm thrilled to be able to help move the studio forward!"


Emily Schumacher
Dance Instructor -

Emily Schumacher is the competitive coach and instructor for the Junior, Teen, Master, and Premier Companies, as well as Level 2 and Level 3 classes. Emily is a recent graduate from Illinois State University's Dance Performance Program where she studied ballet, modern, and jazz. Emily loves to choreograph and her choreography has been shown in the Dance Association annual Dance Inventions concert, as well as the American College Dance Association's regional conference. She is excited to be with Captivation Dance for their 2nd year and is looking forward to what this season brings!