Applause Staff Members

Kate Peak - Studio Director, Instructor

Kate started dancing at the age of 9 in Brown Deer, Wisconsin. She studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz/lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, and modern in the Milwaukee area. She moved to the La Crosse area to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology. While in college, she performed with UW-L's Kinesis Dance Theatre.  She is a member of Chicago National Association of Dance Masters and Dance Masters of Wisconsin. She has her CDE (Certified Dance Educator) through Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. She enjoys attending dance conventions and dance training schools throughout the year. Kate has been teaching dance throughout the Coulee Region since 2010 and is currently a performer with Affinity for Dance, a semiprofessional dance company based in La Crosse.  She has experience teaching all ages and abilities and hopes to inspire her students to love dance as much as she does.

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Hannah Siech - Instructor


Miss Hannah started dancing at the age of 5 in Oregon, Wisconsin. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and musical theatre. Miss Hannah began assisting classes at the age of 10 learning teaching techniques from a variety of instructors and began to teach her own classes shortly after graduating high school. She moved to the La Crosse area to attend the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology. While in college Miss Hannah continued to dance in productions of The Nutcracker Ballet back home and also started performing with Affinity for Dance, a semiprofessional dance company based in La Crosse. Hannah began teaching at Applause in 2015 and hopes to help all of our students find the joy in dance whether they plan to continue their dance education after high school or just use it as an extracurricular to get moving and have fun! During the daytime you can find her working as the Exhibit & Party Coordinator at The Children’s Museum of La Crosse. In her free time Miss Hannah enjoys hanging out at home, spending time with her husband, Peter (who was also a dancer and is someone you will probably see from time to time helping out around the studio or at recital).

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Miss Nicole - Instructor


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Miss Kelsie - Instructor


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Miss Farrah - Instructor


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Sadie Haeflinger - Studio Coordinator


Sadie attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She earned a B.S. in Biology and minored in Recreation Management. She has danced in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and has taken lessons in salsa and ballet. She will stick to working outside of the studios! Sadie has many years of experience in costomer service and planning programs and events.

Contact Sadie at for any questions regarding registration, tuition, class schedule, dancewear, dress code, etc.

Applause Dance Academy

2000 Hwy 16 East

La Crosse, WI 54601




Located between La Crosse and Valley View Mall 

Front Desk Hours


Mon-Thurs: 4:00-8:00pm



Summer Adult Classes:


Barre workout

Mon: 8:00-9:00am

Wed: 6:00-7:00pm

Sat: 8:30-9:30am



Wed: 7:00-8:00pm


Hip Hop

Mon: 6:30-7:30pm



Mon: 7:30-8:30pm



Thurs: 7:00-8:00pm

Jazz: May 24 - June 28

Modern: Aug 2 - Sept 6




Drop in adult classes are $10 or you can purchase a punch card with 12 classes for $100! 



Our barre workout class will focus on your whole body using movements based in ballet, Pilates, yoga, conditioning, and stretching. Classes focus on posture, strength, alignment, core work, and flexibilty.

We stock ballet, tap and jazz shoes as well as tights and leotards. We carry various sizes in our retail area at our studio.  

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