Mackenzie Thate
Co-Owner & Instructor

I am 25 years old and have been dancing for 23 years along with teaching for 10! I started dancing at Dancers Unlimited as soon as I could walk. After graduating I chose to continue my education and love for dance in Southern California. There I received my degree in Performing Arts and worked with the following amazing companies; Seaworld San Diego, Legoland, Mojalet, Mesa Dance Collective, and California Rhythm Project. Alongside of school and performing myself, I continued to teach children throughout Southern California and on Coronado Island. I also have been so blessed to have my mom, Kathy Thate, take me to New York City and Orlando, Florida to train at Broadway Dance Center and compete in a national competition. Now I am located in Ledyard, Iowa where I am blessed to married and soon to be raising our first child. 

Teaching dance and children is my world and passion. Creating a safe place that they can come to and be active is my goal. The art of dance as so much to be shown to the world. I love being able to inspire kids to be unique, express themselves, and follow their dreams!

Kathy Thate

Kathy Thate has been owner and operator of Dancers Unlimited for 36 years. She studied dance at Minnesota State University. She has choreographed for Show choirs, plays and National hip hop champions, performed with Weird Al Yankovich. She teaches Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Tumbling. She is available for choreography for any events and programs.

Owning studios and working with my company is not what I choose to do, but its who I am. Music itself feeds my soul and makes me feel a joy that cannot be put into words. It's my goal to share this excitement and love for dance and music with everyone.

Hannah Francisco

Hannah Francisco is 26 years old and from San Diego, California. She found her passion for dance during her freshman year of highschool and has been dancing ever since. Hannah continued dancing through high school as well as training at the Beat Dance Academy in Las Vegas. After graduating, Hannah continued her dance journey at San Diego Mesa College training with professors such as Blythe Barton, Faith Jenson-Ismay, Donna Flournoy and Daniel Marshall. Throughout Hannah’s time at San Diego Mesa College, she had the opportunity to perform and train with outstanding companies like Mesa Dance Collective, Blythe Barton Dance, and Bite Dance Company. Hannah has also had the amazing opportunity of performing and sharing her own choreography at the well known Fringe Festival in Downtown San Diego.

One of my favorite things about teaching dance is that we get to watch our students grow not only as dancers but as people too. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to inspire them and watch them accomplish their goals. Dance is a form of self expression and everyday we get to help our students express their personality and help them feel confident in themselves. I am beyond thankful Mackenzie convinced me to come out to the Midwest and that she asked me to teach! This is my third season with Dancers Unlimited and I could not be more thrilled to continue sharing my knowledge, experience, and love for dance!