DanZQuest Dance Studio
Wilmington, NC




Who is working with your children?

2022 - 2023 

DanZQuest Staff 


 Tanya Evers

Tanya Evers was born and raised in Wilmington, NC and graduated from New Hanover High School in 1993. Tanya 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  23 year old daughter, Taylor, a grand dog Zumi, a chihuahua 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. Tanya has a background tap, jazz, ballet and clogging and 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. Tanya taught clogging, pre school intro to dance, tap & jazz for 8 years combined at two amazing studios in Wilmington, NC (Gotta Dance & 5678 Dance). After teaching at these two local studios Tanya 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 and in 2010 Tanya was inducted into the All American Clogging Decade Team in Maggie Valley, NC.  Tanya's love and passion is for the clogging program but she promotes all forms of dance. Tanya has been a teaching dance and has been a clogging competition teacher for the past 29 years. Tanya's choreography has won "Top" overall solo, duet, trio, group awards, "Highest score of the day awards, judges' choice awards and her choreography was also performed in Walt Disney World. Most recently, 2021 Tanya's clogging group dance "Cinco" won regional east coast champion. Tanya is the owner and founder of DanZQuest! DanZQuest will start its 21st season September 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 16 years. She currently teaches competitive senior classes in tap, jazz and modern/lyrical. 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 son Xavier who is 2 years old. Nic 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 14 years.  

    Hannah Russo 

Hannah Russo was born and raised in Wilmington, NC.  Hannah has a fur baby Nelly that is five years old and is the love of her life.  Hannah got engaged this summer to Mike and plans to get married in 2023. 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 7th season at DanZQuest.  Hannah will assistant in the company clogging program at.  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 a dog who is her world. Krissy got in engaged this summer Dave. 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 5th season teaching at DanZQuest.
​Deidra Thomas

Deidra Thomas is a former DanZQuest parent. Deidra spent many years watching her daughter dance competitive with DanZQuest. Deidra took on the role of desk secretary after her daughter graduated. The students love seeing Deidra's smiling face at the desk each week. Deidra will start her 5th year working at DanZQuest this season.


Laurel Bishop

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 start her 2nd season with the DanZQuest team. Laurel will be working with senior jazz company and cardio / gymnastics for all company students. 


​DanZQuest Volunteers
Joining us this season..........
Morgan Rhodes (Mini clogging company)
Sadie Elizabeth Tew (Recreational tap/jazz & creative movement)
Caitlyn Wenzel (Recreational clogging)