About Us

Kick It Out Dance, Music, and Fitness Studio

Our Dance Studio & Core Values

At KIO, students will experience a learning environment that builds confidence & friendships as well as learning discipline, respect, teamwork and appreciation of dance as an art form.  Each one of our student’s personal growths is extremely important to us as well as their technical dance growth!

One of the most important things a dance studio can offer is an inviting and encouraging environment. This means that the staff and instructors are supportive and welcoming, and they go above and beyond to help you or your child feel comfortable and confident while progressing in dance. A good dance studio will also have a positive atmosphere where students encourage each other to do their best.

Another quality of a good dance studio is that there is variety in the dance classes being offered. Some students and parents prefer to take ballet or jazz, while others want to try hip hop, tap, lyrical, and contemporary styles of dance. Whatever your preference may be — or if you’re trying to expose your child to different genres — a great place for dance classes will have a wide variety of styles and levels to choose from.

A good dance studio will also have a well-maintained facility. This means that the studio is clean, organized, and has all of the necessary equipment. We have “sprung” dance floors in all of our studio rooms. The floors should be built with cushioning and shock absorbing features specifically for dancers to prevent injuries and ensure optimal safety and proper ergonomics.




  • Develop confidence and friendships
  • Inviting environment
  • Quality of instruction
  • Positive atmosphere
  • Sprung dance floors – better safety

Meet Denise Krumm

Ms. Denise is the Creative Director/Owner and has over 40 years of dance training and knowledge, trained in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and Lyrical with Knapp School of Dance in Warren, MI where she began taking lessons at the age of four. She has successfully instructed/coached from primary to high school level dance teams in the Metro Detroit area as well as the Mid-Michigan area. Choreographing, instructing and directing multiple dance styles for over 20 years collectively. Over her career as a dancer, coach, choreographer and director Denise has attended numerous summer dance camps, conventions and competitions. She has worked with competitive dance teams at the regional, state and national level receiving instructor certifications along with numerous awards. Denise’s experience as a recital performer, competitive dancer at her childhood studio as well as a member/co-captain on her high school dance team have helped her to achieve many personal and business goals.

Sara Mills - Office Manager

























Ms. Sara keeps the KIO office running smooth and is Denise’s right hand person. She knows where everything is at and can answer all questions. Sara’s daughter and son are dancers at KIO! She handles all the billing and organizing everything in our office. If you have any questions, Sara is the one to ask and she handles all communications.



Katie Bullock - Front Desk receptionist






















Miss Katie works the Front desk and works at our events. You may see her in the studio or at events snapping pictures, helping on social media campaigns. If she doesn’t have an answer for  your questions, she can help find an answer for you. Katie is working on getting her masters degree and is teaching in the Holt School system.

Jody Krumm - Manager /Music Instructor/ Owner






















Mr. Jody has extensive experience from Youth sports coaching in both the local Catholic Youth league, AAU, and Special Olympics. He has also served as an Athletic Director. He has the responsibilities of running the studio with Fitness and Music, and you may find Jody doing computer support, building things/upgrades for the studio, maintenance around the studio, janitorial work, or whatever is necessary to help! He also enjoys taking adult tap class and also being a part of the dad’s dance. Jody is also our Vocal, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, and Trombone instructor as well. He also builds & coordinates all the Competitive team props and the Props team.

To see Our Dance Instructors

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“KIO feels like home, it’s so nice!”
Check out our facility…

Join us at KIO (Kick It Out) Dance Studio, where we believe in providing extraordinary opportunities for everyone to express themselves through the art of dance, music, and fitness. Immerse yourself in the joy of movement with our Mini Dance classes or discover the exciting world of tumbling with our carefully curated levels of Tumbling classes. Experience the enchantment of Bollywood dance with our new Saturday morning classes. Regardless of your skill level, our team of highly skilled instructors will guide you on an unforgettable journey through the realms of dance and acrobatics. Enroll today and become a cherished member of the vibrant KIO family, where every individual has the chance to unleash their true potential!



Create a strong, caring environment


Offer dance classes for all ages


We teach by the positive nurturing of kids


Focus on the entire person


Build confidence and self-esteem of our students


Hands-on instruction


Build solid technique first


Encourage all students to follow their dreams!

Learn to Express Yourself at KIO

Dance classes are much more than just learning movements and performing onstage. Through our dance classes here at KIO Dance Studio in East Lansing, you will learn how to express yourself and how to put your heart and soul into your dance performance. Our instructors are top-notch, and we believe in creating a positive, nurturing environment where kids can grow without judgment. We build solid technique, integrating many different types of dance, such as acrobatics, ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap, and more. Wherever your dreams take you, we are here to help you get there. Visit our dance studio for a free class today!


Job Opportunities at KIO Dance, Music, & Fitness

Grow with us and our AMAZING team!  We are seeking a permanent part time dance instructor to work with our recreational and competitive dancers.   Must commit to working the entire season September through June including our annual recital/dress rehearsal. 

We are always willing to consider interested dance, music, and fitness professionals.

  • Looking for Dance, Fitness, and Violin/Cello/Guitar/and Drumming Instructors.
  • Experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop.
  • Must be able to teach and lead multiple 30 & 45 minute dance classes, choreograph recital pieces, work well with instructor team and follow lead of the studio director.
  • Potential to co-instruct or assist lead instructors with dance classes.
  • Candidate must have high energy, positive attitude and ability to work with/motivate dancers of all skill levels ages 2.5 – Adult.

Job  Types: Part-time, Contract

Pay: $17.00 – $22.00 per hour

To Apply:

Please e-mail resume, cover letter, related certifications and reference information to [email protected]

Call: 517-582-6784

1760 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823

Working Hours

Monday-Thursday 4pm-9pm.

Saturday 9am-12pm.


Contact us to setup an appointment

Setup an appointment with Denise or Jody.