Staff


Ms. Andrea Polyak, Owner and Teacher started dancing at 2 years old and at the age of 12, started helping in dance classes here & there at the studio she attended. When she was 17 years old, Andrea was asked to be an Assistant Teacher in a baby comb class for ages 3-5 years old. She learned so much about teaching little ones from the main teacher that year that it inspired her to be a teacher.

Andrea grew up dancing at Bridget McCarter Dance Academy in Gilbert. She competed at state & national levels with Tap, Jazz & Lyrical. She also performed all over the East Valley at community events. Andrea & her younger sister would spend about 15-20 hours a week at the studio dancing for the simple fact they loved dance! Andrea’s favorite type of dance is Tap, performing & teaching it!

Looking over the past 23 years of teaching dance, Andrea really didn’t think this would be her job! Yet, she really doesn’t like to call it a job more just making a positive influence in a young person’s life. Andrea also taught with the Town of Gilbert Park & Recreation in 2000 and you will find that most of the classes that are still running today are the ones that she & her sister started. From the Tiny/Mini tumbling, Fun & Fitness & Fairy Ballet! She spent about 4 years with town teaching before she had her boys. After that Andrea stayed home with her boys since they are close in age and still ran a small dance program at the Las Sendas Community in Mesa one day a week. This program has been on going for the past 18 years!  In addition to her love of dance, Andrea was a volunteer for Girl Scout for 18 years, where she was a busy, hard working Troop Leader, Neighborhood Cookie Manager, Council Cookie Cupboard, Product Advisory Board committee member and a Gold Award board member.
 
Andrea is married to her supportive husband, Keith and they have a busy family!  They moved to Queen Creek in 2004 from Chandler They have a daughter, Adrianna, 23, who lives in WA with girlfriend, Madison and her cat, Piper. She is now working on her Masters in Psychology online with Grand Canyon University. Kyle, 19, he with Local 469 as Plumbing Apprentice.  Nathan, 17, is a Senior at QCHS and talking his 2nd year EVIT with the Welding Program.  Of course, you can’t forget the furry family members Hank, who is CGC trained and Duke, who is a big ball of love and loves to eat socks!!! Andrea is adjusting to life with being outnumbered at home with all boys, since Adrianna is away. 🙂
 

Ms. Anna Compton, Ruby Dance Co.,Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical & Twinkle Star Teacher was born and raised in Orange County, California and began dancing at the age of 3. She received the majority of her training at Pacific Dance in Irvine, CA, where she studied a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. She was a member of the award winning Performing Group competition team for nine years competing at both the regional and national level. 

Anna continued to dance throughout high school as a member of the song team at El Toro High School on both the game and competition squads. While in high school, she also began substitute teaching at Pacific Dance at the request of her instructors. She taught all ages and styles for both regular and competition classes. Anna continued her dancing career while attending Northern Arizona University as a member of the Badjacks Dance Club, performing and choreographing for events and club performances. She introduce tap to the club and helped to choreograph one of the first tap routines. 

In addition to teaching at 8*Count, Anna is currently an Assistant Cheer Coach at Combs High School. She is happily married to her wonderful and supportive husband, Daniel; and they have two fur-children: Bella & Cammy. Anna is excited to continue to share her passion for dance and help the next generation to grow and explore their own dance artistry. 

 

Coach Hailey Pickett, Acrobatic Arts Coach was born and raised in Arizona and has lived in Queen Creek since 2007. She was a cheerleader for Combs High School since the 8th grade, Co-Captain her senior year in 2016. She’s been coaching gymnastics and tumbling for 5 years now. She loves having the opportunity to bring tumbling and acrobatics to her community and share her passions with her students! When she’s not coaching she’s home raising her baby girl who was born in March 2019!

Miss Lauryn Neus, Dance Assistant,  started dancing when she was 3 years old, and has grown up dancing ever since. Her mom was her dance teacher for most of her life, and looks up to her dearly. Lauryn started competitively dancing when she was 6, up until her freshman year of high school. While she danced competitively she got to attend Dupree Nationals and won the nation title with her team, and has also received many scholarships at dance conventions. When she started high school she danced with Desert Ridges dance team, until her junior year when she moved to Queen Creek and joined Queen Creeks Varsity Pom team. Lauryn is currently in her Senior year of high school at Queen Creek High, and is still doing pom!
My favorite style of dance is contemporary! In my free time I like to hangout with friends, spend time with my family, and do makeup. After high school I want to attend beauty school and get licensed to cut and dye hair!

Mrs. Loren Stapf, Office Assistant, was born and raised in Illinois, moved to Arizona in 2014, and now lives in Ohio with her family since 2021. She has a 3 year old son, Austin and a 1 year old daughter, Hope. She’s been married to her husband, Jake for 5 years. She took dance lessons as a young girl. Currently she is a special education case manager and the office assistant for 8 Count Dance. In her free time she enjoys traveling and trying new recipes.