Sudeikis, whose classes are routinely packed, motivates her students to make their own discoveries. To get them moving in a bigger and more intentional way, she demands that her dancers make choices throughout her class: simple ones, like which way to face during her fluid, floor-based warm-up, but more complex ones, too, like how to end the closing combination in three eights of improvisation.
Sudeikis' unabashed enthusiasm stems from her fairytale-like introduction to dance (beyond her Overland Park, Kansas, studio upbringing at Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice). She met Mia Michaels at her first dance convention, at 13, when Michaels awarded her a scholarship to study at BDC that summer. "I can still remember the song I danced to—Annie Lennox, 'Sweet Dreams,'" she laughs. "I was dancing for my life!" She officially moved to NYC in 2000, snapping up every teaching and subbing opportunity that came her way and traveling each summer to do choreography and master classes. In 2008, she founded her own company, Kristin Sudeikis Dance.
In everything she does, Sudeikis is committed to authenticity and curiosity. "Audiences can feel when we're overthinking—we have to drop into ourselves a little deeper," she says. "I tell my students, 'No one else can bring what you can, but you have to learn how to speak your own voice first.'" DT