Danz Kraze

Pom and Dance Studio - Eau Clare, WI

Meet Our Staff 

Sara Kulig

Sara Kulig is the owner of Danz Kraze. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education. Sara is also the coach of the Eau Claire North High School Varsity dance team. Under her direction, the North dance team has been named a top team in the Midwest for the past several years. Earning the title of Large Varsity Midwest Grand Champions the past two years. In 2015 Sara was inducted into the Badgerette Hall of Fame. She herself was a four year member of her high school team, earning many awards and contributing to her team as a captain and choreographer. She began coaching at both Danz Kraze and North High School directly following her high school graduation. She has been sharing her passion for dance with others for the past eleven years. Sara believes that being part of a dance team has taught her many life lessons and was a huge influence in her success. She is passionate for what she does and believes that coaching dance is one of the most rewarding things she will ever do!




Larissa Frank

Larissa Frank has been teaching at Danz Kraze for two years. She was a student at Danz Kraze before moving on to being a 4 year member of the Eau Claire North Varsity Dance Team. Larissa received many honors during her high school years, including team captain and second team all-conference honors. Larissa performed with the Badgerette Disney All Star Talent Tour and was also named a Badgerette Danz Star, and All Star. After high school she co-coached the Fall Creek dance team who earned second place in pom at the WACPC State dance competition. Larissa was also a staff member of the Badgerette Pom company during the summer of 2014.



Kristen Hartzel

Kristen Hartzel has been teaching at Danz Kraze for ten years. She works in the communication and marketing department for Chippewa Valley Home Builders. Kristen studied dance at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and was a 1 year member of the UWSP dance team. She was a four year member of her High School dance team. She was the JV coach at Eau Claire North for three years before coaching the Eau Claire Memorial Varsity Dance team for five years.




Maren Madsen

Maren Madsen is a current student at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She has been dancing since the age of 5 and has been trained in jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, contemporary, pom and hip-hop. In high school, she was a 4 year member and captain of the varsity dance team. Maren also was very active in drama and choir, and served as a 3 year dance captain of her high school show choir. Maren has won many individual honors throughout her participation in high school and studio dance, including WACPC Division II All State Team, West Coast Dance Explosion scholarship winner, Starpower Powerpak scholarship winner, Badgerette All Star, and more. Maren is a veteran member of the nationally-ranked UWEC Dance Team, and she is also a Universal Dance Association staff member.


Emily Smith

Emily Smith will be a student at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in the fall.  She was a student at Danz Kraze before moving on to being a 4 year member of the Eau Claire North Varsity Dance Team. She received many honors during her high school years, including team captain for two years, first team all-conference honors, voted by her team as most dedicated. Emily performed with the Badgerette Disney All Star Talent Tour and was also named a Badgerette Danz Star and All Star. She was named to the WACPC All-state dance team for three of her four high school seasons. We are excited for Emily to begin teaching full time at Danz Kraze the summer of 2016!



Katie Xiong

Katie Xiong has been teaching at Danz Kraze for four years. She attended the Universtiy of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Katie danced two years for the Blugold Marching Band, and was captain for one of those years. Katie was 4 year member of the Eau Claire North Varsity Dance Team. She received many honors during her high school years, including team captain, first team all-conference honors, voted by her team as most dedicated and most valuable. Katie was also named a Badgerette Danz Star and All Star. She coached the Junior Varsity dance at Eau Claire North for five years.