The Team

Owner | Creative Director

Michelle Rauter, Owner of the Johnson County Dance Center


Michelle Rauter is the proud owner of the Johnson County Dance Center! Michelle grew up in the Kansas City area as a competitive dancer, gymnast, and cheerleader. Growing up she trained on both the Missouri and Kansas side at various studios and gyms, she was also a member of the level 5 coed cheer team at KGDC. She is an alumni member of the nationally ranked Johnson County Golden Girls Dance Team and  the Avila University Glitter Girls Dance Team.


Michelle has over 20 years experience of dance training, competitive, and performance experience- with over 10 years of dance education experience. Michelle has performed with live artists Cody Simpson, Tech N9ne, and is currently dancing with a mash-up cover band out of KC; Lost Wax- performing for organizations such as PayPal, The American Heart Association, and other corporations. Michelle is one of the dance team coaches for the Nationally Ranked Crimson Cats Dance Team of Blue Valley West. 

Michelle dedicates her studio to her late mother Jean, who was her biggest fan. 


Elena Harvey

Elena Harvey began dancing at the age of 7 and started teaching at the age of 20. She is from Lenexa, KS, where she danced at Shawnee Mission Northwest & trained at two competetive dance schools in Lenexa. 

Dance took her to JCCC where she was a member of the Nationally ranked Golden Girls Dance Team for two seasons. She later danced for the Kansas Koyotes, an arena football team in Topeka. Elena was a member of the promotional crew with the Kansas City Royals. The K-Crew. 

Elena is the current assistant coach for the Nationally Ranked Blazerettes Dance Team from Gardner-Edgerton High School. Elena loves teaching and inspiring young athletes to reach their full potential, while continuing to grow as a dancer and instructor herself. 


Kitty Gysel


Kitty Gysel is from Shawnee, Kansas where she has been a part of the cheer and dance world since she was 10 years old. She danced at two competitive dance studios growing up.

Kitty attended Mill Valley High School where she was a part of the MVHS Silver Stars Dance Team all four years. She was named All-American dancer her freshman year and her senior year she was named the Senior Silver Star Dancer of the Year. 

After high school, she went on to dance and cheer for two years at Johnson County Community College for the JCCC Golden Girls Dance Team. Kitty went on to The University of Kansas and danced one semester for KU’s Unity Hip Hop team. She graduated with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Psychology. She continued to dance after college for The Missouri Comets, Galaxy Girls Dance Team. After the Comets, she auditioned for the Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleader program. She is a current Chiefs Cheerleader and is in 2nd year with the Chiefs Cheerleaders. 

She spends her free time as a volunteer youth cheer coach for the Mill Valley Junior Football and Cheer Association. This is her 3rd year with the program and she is currently coaching 5th graders. She is a strong believer that a happy life starts with giving happiness to others. Kitty also is a strong believer that people are capable of doing amazing things if they put their heart and mind to it. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”