Your World Class All Star Dance Staff
Mistie Thompson – Co-Owner/Head Coach
For more than 30 years, Mistie has been involved at every level – dancer, Nationals competitor, instructor, judge, and coach – in the high school/college dance team world. After a two-year stint on her high school dance team (senior year captain), Mistie was a four-year member of the University of Arkansas Razorback dance team, competing twice at the College National Dance Team Championships. She went on to serve as a staff member, head instructor, and Arkansas representative for Universal Dance Association (UDA), the organization that since 1980 has been the global authority in dance teams, camps, competitions, and more. Over her six years with UDA, Mistie performed and taught in New York, Los Angeles, Orland, London, and Paris. She also judged the National Dance Team Championships six times and the College National Dance Team Championships twice. Mistie then moved from UDA staff to coaching, serving as the four-year head coach and choreographer for the Parkway South JV & Varsity dance teams where she led the JV team to two National Dance Team Championship titles in both pom and jazz and the varsity team to top 20 finishes in pom and jazz.
For 10 years, Mistie was the school/all star dance team specialist for Renee Johnson’s Dance Studio and successfully prepared dancers to make most of the area dance teams, including: Eureka Golden Line, Lafayette Escadrille, Marquette Mystique, Westminster, Ft. Zumwalt West, Parkway South, Parkway Central, Nerinx Hall, and Ursuline Academy. She also has coached dancers to successfully make college teams including Iowa, Ole Miss, Lindenwood, Arkansas, and William Jewell.
In 2019, Mistie co-founded World Class All Star Dance, creating the St. Louis region’s first and only all star dance gym focused on treating dancers as athletes and providing a comprehensive dance team training program to prepare dancers for middle school, high school, and college dance team experiences.
Beyond her dance work, Mistie earned a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and has worked for more than 20 years in strategic communications/public relations, specializing in crisis communications & issues management for organizations including TWA/American Airlines, the Saint Louis Zoo, Maritz, and Mercy. In 2008, Mistie founded strategic communications firm Sweet Tea Communications, and her clients include: Ambassador Floor Company, Mid-West Floor, DataServ, and M1 Bank. Most notably, Mistie served as the lead writer on the St. Louis region’s bid for Amazon’s HQ2 project, and her work is still being used to attract other new companies from around the world to the St. Louis region.
Mistie lives with her husband Grant and children Faith, Gabrielle, and Zac in Wildwood. Faith is a competitive ballroom dancer and studio competition dancer, Gabrielle is a member of Eureka Golden Line & the WCAS Senior Ultimate team, and Zac plays a variety of sports including taekwondo, baseball, and flag football.
Dr. Michael Vishion, Co-Owner/Director of Strength Training/Conditioning
For nearly 25 years, Dr. Michael Vishion has been on a passionate quest to help patients of all ages rehabilitate from injuries, recover from illnesses, and maintain optimum health. A strong believer in a multidisciplinary approach to pain management and rehabilitation, Dr. Vishion has partnered with triple board-certified physiatrist (rehabilitation medicine specialist) Dr. Catherine Doty at CPM&R to offer patients thorough and effective treatment plans that get them back to active living as quickly as possible. Dr. Vishion has special expertise in diagnosing and treating difficult medical issues, including Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and post-concussion syndrome, and in working with competitive & professional athletes from a variety of sports, including professional dancers, competitive high school & college dancers, and young dancers in training.
Beyond his medical experience, Dr. Vishion is an entrepreneur who has owned and/or operated health clinics for more than 24 years. Using his strategic thinking and problem solving skills to run chiropractic and pain management rehabilitation clinics, Dr. Vishion has experience in all facets of business from managing finances and human resources to training staff and marketing.
In 2019, Dr. Vishion co-founded World Class All Star Dance, creating the St. Louis region’s first and only all star dance gym focused on treating dancers as athletes and providing a comprehensive dance team training program to prepare dancers for middle school, high school, and college dance team experiences.
Watching his mother struggle to recover from a serious car accident until finding strong chiropractic care planted the seeds for a medical career in Dr. Vishion at a young age. A talented multi-sport athlete in high school, Dr. Vishion was offered a college football scholarship before being sidelined by an injury. He retired from football and earned a bachelor of science in human biology and a doctor of chiropractic degree from Logan University. After several years as a solo practitioner, Dr. Vishion served as clinical director and chief operating officer of a large St. Louis multidisciplinary clinic. Today, he is clinic director of CPM&R and continues to provide hands-on care for patients every day.
A St. Louis native and passionate sports fan, Dr. Vishion and his wife Paula live in West County with their four children – Evan, Connor, Hannah, and Jake. The boys are all talented multi-sport athletes, and Hannah, a longtime competitive dancer, is a member of Marquette Mystique dance team & the WCAS Senior Ultimate team .
Kate Toretta (WCAS Coach) – former Marquette Mystique team member, RJs Dance Studio competition team dancer, and teacher at the nationally renowned Williams Center in Fayetteville, AR
Jessica Perier (WCAS Coach) – current Eureka Golden Line Coach; former Lafayette Escadrille Varsity assistant coach; BA in Dance from the Univ. of Houston; former Rockwood Summit dance team member
Cara Westcott (WCAS choreographer & instructor) – current Lindenwood Lion Line & UDA staff member; former state champion Ursuline Academy dance team member; former RJs competition team dancer
Montana Krieger (WCAS choreographer & instructor) – current Lindenwood Lion Line team member; former Univ of Iowa dance team & UDA staff member; former captain of nationally ranked Lafayette Escadrille
Sydney Greenblatt (WCAS tumbling coach and DanceABILITIES assistant coach) – former state champion gymnast, Marquette cheerleader and Marquette Mystique dancer
Sydney Penrod (WCAS choreographer & instructor) – current Lindenwood Lion Line & UDA staff member
Kathy Larocco (WCAS DanceABILITIES Head Coach) – Rockwood early childhood education teacher & co-founder/coach of Marquette Dazzlers special needs dance program
McKinsey Cummings– former member Dance Floor competition team; neuroscience researcher; current student at Logan University