DanZQuest Dance Studio
Wilmington, NC




Who is working with your children?

2021 - 2022 

DanZQuest Staff 


 Tanya Evers

Tanya Evers was born and raised in Wilmington, NC!  Tanya graduated from New Hanover High School in 1993 and attended Cape Fear Community College for 2 1/2 years inspiring to major in Elementary Education. However her path changed direction and DanZQuest Dance Studio evolved.  Tanya has a  22 year old daughter, Taylor who is a graduate from East Carolina University with a degree in communication. Tanya has grand dog Zumi ,a boy dog, Casper who is her number one boy and a girl pug, Lula who keeps Tanya on her toes. Tanya started dancing at Baldwin - Copeland Studio of Dance in Wilmington, NC when she was 7 years of age and has background in tap, jazz, ballet and clogging. She has competed in competitions her whole life.  Being a member of the Cripple Creek Cloggers competitive team in Burgaw, NC was where she found her desire to focus on clogging, in hopes of teaching clogging one day.  Tanya taught clogging, pre school tap & jazz for 8 years combined at two amazing studios in Wilmington, NC (Gotta Dance & 5678 Dance).  After teaching at these two local studios she decided it was time to open DanZQuest. Tanya wanted to open a studio where dance and family could be one.  DanZQuest opened it doors in 2002, a studio "Where Dance and Family are ONE"!  In 2006 Tanya was inducted into the All American Clogging Hall of Fame Team in Maggie Valley, NC. In 2010 Tanya was inducted into the ALL American Clogging Decade Team in Maggie Valley, NC.  Her love and passion is for the clogging program but she PROMOTES all forms of dance.  Tanya has been a clogging competition teacher for the past 26 years and her choreography has won "Top" overall group awards, "Highest score of the day awards, special awards, multiple diamond, high platinum,  and "Top" teacher awards, Apogee award, Entertainment/choreography  award and Judges' choice awards. Tanya'a choreography was also performed in Walt Disney World.   Tanya has 28 years of teaching experience and is the owner and founder of DanZQuest!  DanZQuest will start its 20th season in September 2021-2022. 


Meagan Verdi

Meagan Verdi is a graduate of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a Minor Dance Education. She has 29 years of dance experience in tap, modern/lyrical ballet, jazz hip hop and pointe with 15 years of competition experience.  Meagan has been teaching at DanZQuest for 14 years. She currently teaches competitive classes in tap, jazz, ballet, modern/lyrical and is head of our ballet program. Meagan's love is ballet / modern and lyrical where she has been recognized for her choreography at regional competitions.  Meagan has also won several "Top" teacher awards, diamond, high platinum, award for her choreography, entertainment awards and over all awards.  



 Nic Fennell

Nic Fennell was born and raise Wilmington, NC and is currently studying to be a nurse. Nic is married to Michelle and they have a baby boy Xavier. He has been dancing since he was five years old and has experience in hip hop, ballroom dancing and modern. He competed for a few years before he decided his competition days were over.  His love for dance has brought him back to the studio where he is teaching the recreational and competitive hip hop program.  Nic's choreography was won diamond, high platinum, platinum and high gold!  Nic's philosophy and belief is that everyone can learn to dance! Nic has been teaching at DanZQuest for 12 years.  



    Hannah Russo 

Hannah Russo was born and raised in Wilmington, NC.  Hannah has a fur baby Nella that is four years old and is the love of her life.  Hannah has been dancing since the age of 2 years old and has taken tap, jazz and clogging.  Hannah has been a competitive clogger since the age of 5 years old and has competed in group dances, production and has been a soloist as well. Hannah was a member of the DanZQuest competitive clogging team for 14 years.  This will be Hannah's 6th season working with the recreational program at DanZQuest.  She will assistant in the and clogging program at DanZQuest.  Hannah has know Tanya her whole life and enjoys teaching dance at DanZQuest.
​Krissy McLain

Krissy McLain  was born and raised in Wilmington, NC but currently resides in Leland, NC. She has four dogs and a cat who are her world. Krissy has been dancing since the age of 5 years old and dance is her passion. DanZQuest was Krissy dance home for many years as a dancer on several competitive teams. Krissy loved performing on stage and sharing her love of dance with some many others.  Krissy is excited to be returning to DanZQuest to teach and share her love of dance with the children.  Krissy will be teaching the tap/ jazz, ballet and modern program at DanZQuest.  She is will be Krissy's 4th season teaching at DanZQuest.
​Deidra Thomas

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Laurel Bishop

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Laurel Bishop was born and raised in Wilmington, NC. She graduated from ECU with a Bachelor of Science Health Fitness Specialist, that took her to Under Armor in Baltimore. Laurel competed Rhythmic Gymnastics for 10 years growing up traveling throughout Europe representing the USA at The World Gymnaestrada in 2011 and 2015. Laurel started her competitive dance career with DanZQuest in 7th grade and danced tap, jazz, ballet, modern/lyrical, and hip hop till she graduated. Laurel taught mini company tap/jazz and recreational classes at DanZQuest as well. She continued competitively dancing on ECU’s Club Dance Team through college. Laurel is excited to join the DanZQuest team this season. Laurel will be working with teen tap/jazz company and teaching cardio.


​DanZQuest Volunteers
Madison Brinson - Hip Hop with Mr. Nic