THE TEAM  

COACHES

Nicole Butenschoen

Varsity Cheer Coach/Spiritline Program Director

I was a gymnast for 10 years for USA Gymnastics and Dance competing up to level 9. I did 10 years of dance with Flashpointe, Turning Pointe Academy of Dance, and Singular Sensation where I have experience with multiple genres: hip hop, jazz, musical theater, jazz, etc. My dance company won Regionals and I was awarded scholarships during my dancing career. I was a member of the Varsity Chandler High Spiritline team for four years. I was recognized as Athlete of the Week by Channel 12 and was offered cheerleading scholarships from schools including University of Oregon.  I was part of the state championships from 2005-2008 for Chandler High track and field where I was a state finalist in 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, pole vault, high jump and relays. I continued track and field at Fresno Pacific University where I was a national finalist in the triple jump and pole vault in outdoor and indoor nationals. 

Education Background:

  • Fresno Pacific University

    • B.A in English with emphasis in secondary education​

  • Arizona State University

    • Masters in Education​

Coaching Background:

  • ​Gymnastics 

    • Aspire Kids Sports Center​

    • USA Gymnastics and Dance

  • Dance 

    • Singular Sensation​

    • Aspire Kids Sports Center

  • Pom

    • Chandler High School​

  • Cheerleading

    • Chandler High School​

    • Aspire Kids Sports Center

  • Track and Field 

    • Willis Jr. High​

    • Chandler High School

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Anaiis Hurtado

Varsity Pom Coach

I started dancing at the age of three and have been dancing ever since. I have trained in many different genres of dance including but not limited to ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap, contemporary, and lyrical. I attended Gilbert High School in which I danced 2 years for them and competed with their Color Guard and Winter Guard team. Once out of high school, I had the opportunity to be a part of a spiritline and cheered for South Valley Storm Semi-pro football team.  I also attended Chandler-Gilbert Community College in which I was a part of both TranscenDANCE company and their Hip-Hop Coalition Company.  After receiving my associates in dance, I decided to continue my dance career at Arizona State University in which I received my degree in Dance Education.  

Coaching Background:

  • Revolution Dance Academy of the Arts 

  • Color Guard/Winter Guard

Education Background:

  • Chandler Gilbert Community College

    • Associates in Fine Arts-Dance​

  • Arizona State University

    • BFA Dance Education​

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Emily Hegdahl

JV Cheer Coach

I was surrounded with cheer/dance/tumbling my whole life. I was on my high school varsity squad for four years where I competed in the 5 man stunt group and show cheer in AIA State Championships. After high school, I coached elementary and junior high cheer and dance for a few years. I am passionate about stunting and competitive cheer. I am thrilled to help advance the students' athleticism and school spirit. When I am not coaching, you are likely to find me doing hair, planning events, or traveling! 

Coaching Background:

  • InMotion AZ Cheer and Dance

Education Background:

  • Arizona State University 

    • B.S. in Tourism Development and Management 

    • Special Event Management

    • Convention Sales and Meeting Planning

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Allissa Neher

Freshman Cheer Coach

I have been cheering since I was in 7th grade and cheered both in my junior high years at Vistancia Elementary and on a competitive club team called Valley Creative Cheer. I’ve taken home many first place titles from competitions in Arizona and Nevada. My favorite National Grand Champion title was given to my team at the USA National competition in Disneyland. I cheered at Liberty High School on Varsity for all four years and won many awards as “most spirited." During my junior year, I was voted co-captain. For my senior year, I was voted as Captain. I have taught at summer camps, choreographed numerous routines for high school and junior high teams, and have been in leadership positions. I have loved cheer since the second I learned what it was and it has always been my dream to one day coach and be that example my coaches were to me. 

Coaching Background:

  • Valley Creative Cheer

  • Raglan Coast Elite

Education Background:

  • Northern Arizona University 

    • Major in Nursing 

  • Mesa Community College 

    • Major in Nursing

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Peter Hemingway

Tumbling Coach

I was a power tumbler at Aspire Kids Sports Center competing up to level 8. I ended my tumbling career after receiving bronze at nationals my senior year in high school. I have been coaching gymnastics since I was 16 starting at Aspire Kids Sports Center. I coached all gymnastic disciplines but fell in love with tumbling. Once I moved to Flagstaff I continued my coaching career at Flagstaff gymnastics where I coached boys team and cheer tumbling. I am currently the business manager at Aspire and now Judge power tumbling levels 3 through elite. 

Coaching Background:

  • ​Gymnastics 

    • Aspire Kids Sports Center​

    • Flagstaff Gymnastics

Education Background:

  • Northern Arizona University 

    • B.A. Hotel and restaurant management

  • Hult International Business School 

    • MBA global management

  • Hult International Business School

    • MS International Marketing