Premier Leadership



Lead by Co-directors, Michele Wuertz and Kim Kempinski —who makes growing girls strong the priority of their organization—have selected youthful, talented, and experienced coaches to inspire all the girls to be the best they can be in the sport of dance and in the journey of life. The leadership team recognizes and values the privilege to be in a role to encourage each girl to discover the gifts within themselves. Girls already are hard on themselves, they do not need negative coaching styles to diminish their self esteem. Our coaches focus on the positive to make the team and class experiences the best it can be.

Michele Wuertz

Executive Director

I have always been passionate about growing girls strong. As a mother to two daughters, I have strived to find positive female role models for them and others. When my girls were growing up, I was disappointed in the over the top commitment of activity choices and the lack of positive coaching in many of the programs offered, it was for this reason, along with other passionate women, Premier Poms Experience was developed in 2009.

My commitment to the community and female youth has been ongoing, first as a volunteer in school PTOs, Character Counts Program, Good Shepherd Hospital Gala Committee and Auxiliary, and Girls Scouts. Next, as a founding director of Premier Poms Experience. This was a natural evolution as I consider myself to a be a nurturing person which is why I chose a career as a Registered Professional Nurse.

Recognizing the need for competitive sports to be more balanced; Michele created the C2 Sports Model. This innovative sports team model stresses the ability to be Caring while being Competitive. The ultimate modeling of good sportsmanship. C2 promotes self esteem building with building team unity. This is attained by implementing a variety of techniques to demonstrate compassion for self and others while working hard to excel on the competition floor.

Childhood has an expiration date and I believe that we as parents need to seek out experiences for our children that will benefit them both socially and emotionally today and in their future. I know our Premier Poms program consciously strives to grow girls strong with positive coaching, accountability in kindness, and team cohesiveness not found in most extracurricular activities available today.

I am simply ecstatic to have brought this program to the Barrington area and I look forward to the long lasting effects Premier Poms will have on its members.

Michele lives in Barrington with her wonderful husband Peter and their two inspirational daughters, both former Premier members, Natalie and Nina, who are off at college.

Kim Kempinski


Kim with Stella

Kim with Stella

I am east coast native who found myself in Barrington as a result of my husband’s job transfer. Although it was challenging to leave family and friends, I was excited to raise a family in such a vibrant community. I first discovered the Premier Poms program after a presentation at my daughter’s school. I had the privilege to join Premier Poms as Co-Director in 2016 after actively serving on the PPE Board and as chair person for the PPE Banquet.  Having a daughter who has loved being a part of Premier Poms Experience for the past 6 years, and knowing first hand the wonderful benefits enjoyed by our daughter in this organization, I wanted to help the program continue to grow and flourish. Growing girls strong in a caring, competitive and balanced environment is a unique opportunity and I’m happy to be a part of it.

Kim lives in North Barrington with her supportive husband, Gary and their two wonderful children, Cole, a college student and Stella, a Premier Poms Senior Team member and Co-Captain.

  “It’s not just poms…it’s the experience.”



We strongly believe in wonderful role models and all of our coaches, who do this as their passion, bring unique gifts
they share with their team as they encourage the girls to discover their gifts within themselves.



Coach Megan began dancing at the age of three. Most of her training was at the Cary Performing Arts Centre, where she trained in Jazz, Ballet, and Hip Hop...



Coach Annie began her dance training at the age of four at the Cary Grove Performing Arts Centre where she danced until college. Over that time, she trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern...