Teachers

Tina Silva, Executive Director

  I am extremely proud to be a part of a group of caring parents who have an extraordinary vision and the passion to create 307 Dance Academy. I have also been with 307 Dance Academy since its conception in 2010. I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming and have always loved dance. I have been involved in the dance community for many years in various roles including; the Executive Director of 307 Dance Academy, the Competition Director for 307 Dance Academy, Studio Director at Rocky Mountain School of Dance, dance teacher, choreographer, parent volunteer, studio board member, and student. I have enjoyed choreographing for my students and have won “Judge’s Choice” awards and choreography awards. Even though it has been a “few” years since my days of dancing with the Natrona County High School POMS Team, the Natrona County Dance Team and in various school musicals, I am continually looking for ways to continue my growth in dance, including attending various workshops, attending dance teacher workshops including the Dance I.D.E.A.S. Seminar in Los Angeles, and the Dance Teacher Web Seminar in Las Vegas, and successfully completing college-level dance classes at Casper College. I have a Bachelor’s of Social Work from the University of Wyoming and an Associate of Science from Casper College. I have been working with the youth of Casper for over 29 years, first as a games director of Wyoming Special Olympics, and then as the lead Social Worker at Hemry Home. I have been an assistant coach for Youth T-ball & Basketball and a substitute teacher at Wyoming Gymnastics Center. I am the proud parent of Jacob who is in his third year of college at the University of Wyoming, and McKena who is a graduate of Millikin University, earning her BFA in in Musical Theatre.  I feel very blessed and thankful to be able to share my days with the community and dancers of 307 Dance Academy. I am committed to the excellence that 307 was founded on and so excited for the upcoming season.

Stacie Jaquez, Office Manager

Aaron Wood, Teacher

Aaron M. Wood is a choreographer, educator, dancer, and mixed -media designer. From 2007 -2014, he danced with Utah’s Repertory Dance Theatre, where he performed the works of such dance legends as Merce Cunningham, Doris Humphrey, Michio Ito, José Limon, Murray Louis, Anna Sokolow, and Shapiro & Smith. He’s had the opportunity to work with such esteemed teachers/choreographers as Tandy Beal, Ellen Bromberg, William (Bill) Evans, Abby Fiat, Andrea Miller, and Peter Pucci. As a freelance dancer with Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, he’s performed the works of Alwin Nikolais. Aaron’s choreography has been performed from Salt Lake City to Beijing, China. Currently, Aaron serves as Dance Instructor/Choreographer for Casper College.

Emily Ginsbach, Teacher

   Emily grew up dancing, studying jazz, tap, ballet and pointe from the age of 6 in Casper, Wy. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2012 with a BS in speech-language pathology and audiology, and a minor in dance performance. Upon graduation, she returned to her hometown with her now husband Luke. Since then, Emily has been practicing speech therapy, specializing in Autism and Down syndrome, at ACM Therapy Group. She also provides hippotherapy and coaches swimming, basketball, and skiing for Special Olympics. Emily jumped at the opportunity to merge her experience with uniquely abled children, and passion for dance, creating a “Firecrackers” adaptive dance class. Additionally, Emily is a yoga instructor at Lifetime Health & Fitness. She offers students extra benefit by incorporating yoga-inspired moves and occasionally even a strengthening yoga practice into her dance classes. Emily has called 307 Dance Academy her home since 2015, where she has taught ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, skills, and adaptive dance. She also shares her dance experience through coaching 307’s competition team. Emily is known for challenging her students, encouraging them to discover new movement, and helping them develop a strong work ethic. She is constantly inspired by her students, and strives to inspire them in return—while strongly focusing her classes on technique and drive.

Marlo Henry, Teacher

 I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. I started dancing at 4 years old with Rehearsal School of Dance. At 12 years old, I joined the competitive dance troupe at Center Stage Dance Studio, and at 14 years old I transferred to Rocky Mountain School of Dance where I danced and competed until high school graduation. I then went to the University of Wyoming where I took classes in dance history, dance science, dance composition, and dance pedagogy to earn my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre and Dance. While there I danced roles in Coppelia, two productions of The Nutcracker, and several faculty dance concerts.

Josh Schaberg, Teacher

 Josh Schaberg is so excited to be part of the 307 Dance Academy family! A Wyoming native, Josh graduated high school from Buffalo in 2007, but has spent the last 8 years working in Omaha and Los Angeles. Most recently, he studied under Susan Berkompas at Vanguard University in Orange County for Musical Theater and before that worked as the creative director for Bellevue Christian Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Josh loves all things dance, family, and coffee! His production roles include Harold Hill in The Music Man, Eros in Metamorphoses, Seymour Krelbourn in Little Shop of Horrors, Wally Wooten in the premier of Home for the Holidays. and worked as choreographer for the Omaha dance crew Pointe Blank. Josh feels so blessed to have the opportunity to team up with the amazing students and faculty at 307 Dance Academy!

Devon Sisneros-Schulte, Spirit Program Director, Teacher

  Devon is so excited to come back to her roots at 307 Dance Academy as the 307 Spirit Director! She will also be teaching, choreographing and working with our competition team! In 2016 Devon started a dance and cheer program called Casper Spirit, which quickly grew over 3 years. With a growing program, a growing family at home and a desire to give her students more opportunities she decided  to take her program and students to join the 307 Dance Academy family.  Some more facts about Devon; 24 years dance experience (hip hop, jazz, ballet, pointe, modern and dance team technique), UNLV Rebel Girl alumni, UNLV Pom and Hip Hop competition team at ESPN UDA College Nationals, Aspire Dance Pro & Thunderstruck Competition judge & master class guest instructor, Former Dance & Cheer Instructor for Rebel Starzz (Las Vegas, NV), Former Hip Hop/Jazz/Contemporary Instructor at Dance Zone (Las Vegas, NV), Dance team & studio routine choreographer in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado & Arizona, Danced as a chorus member in Nutcracker Ballet (Denver, CO), Protege showcase dancer and assistant to Laurianne Gibson (New York, NY), Masterclass workshop assistant to choreographer for Britney Spears, Jesse Lee Santos (Las Vegas, NV), So You Think You Can Dance Top 30 Semi Finalist, and Competed in hip hop routines choreographed by Nappy Tabs, during the UDA ESPN College Nationals. During years as a competitive dancer Devon won numerous regional titles. She has also won two national titles with Thunderstruck Dance Competition with a contemporary solo and duo.  Though she loves to perform, choreography is Devon's true passion. Some of her choreography achievements include: choreography for the Kelly Walsh Dance Team (10 consecutive state championship titles & 11th in Hip Hop at UDA Nationals); Ralston Valley (15th in Pom at NDA nationals).  Devon was the  Assistant choreographer for Miss Nevada's contemporary routine during the Miss USA Pageant.  Devon and her husband moved from Las Vegas, NV back to Devon’s hometown here in Casper, WY. They have a 2 year old son (Jett) and 4 month old daughter (Landree).  Having been blessed with so many amazing performance experiences, Devon now wants to give back to the youth of Casper by sharing with them her passion for dance and all that she has learned.Even as a working artist, she is constantly taking classes to keep up on technique and stay inspired.She has experience working with all ages and enjoys helping and encouraging young performers so that they may grow to their full potential. Devon attributes all of her accomplishments and experiences to GOD. She cannot wait to share her love of dance, cheer and performing with the youth of Casper and provide them with numerous performance opportunities unlike any other in Wyoming!

Anthony Gamroth, Teacher

  Anthony Gamroth has a B.A. in Liberal Art from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Mr. Gamroth performed principle roles with Ballet Northwest from 2012 to 2018 and was a company member with Dass Dance from 2015-2017. He also participated in numerous partnering workshops throughout the Puget Sound region. He is also a certified yoga instructor

Katherine Schultz, Teacher

   Katherine is a recent graduate of the University of Wyoming where she completed bachelors degrees in nutrition and dance science. She also holds an AA from Casper College in dance performance. Katherine was fortunate to perform and teach throughout Wyoming and the US. Since graduation she has primarily worked as a clinical dietitian and dance instructor in Montana. She is so excited to be returning to her home town to continue teaching and dancing.  

Janice Finley, Teacher

  Hello, my name is Janice Finley. I was born and raised in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Graduate school brought me to Casper, WY, and I am beyond excited to be teaching at 307 Dance Academy!  I have been trained in a variety of dance styles such as jazz, ballet, hiphop, lyrical, contemporary, high kick and some tap.  I first began studio dance in 4th grade, and then following with the Shakopee High School Varsity Dance Team. During college, I was apart of the University of North Dakota dance team where we were able to compete at UDA Nationals. I am beyond thrilled to start this year's dance season! 

Peyton Hatcher, Teacher

Hi my name is Peyton Hatcher, and I am 15 years old. I am a sophomore at Natrona County High School. I've been dancing since I was 2, and I have been competing since I was 6. I train in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, musical theatre, hip hop, and tumbling here at 307. I have been a teaching assistant for 307 for several years. I am so thrilled and honored to be teaching this year, and I can't wait for what this season holds!

Bailey Sorensen, Teacher

Hi, my name is Bailey Sorensen and I will be attending  Natrona County High School. I’ve been dancing at 307 for 7 years, and competing with them for 6 years. I’m trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, musical theater, jazz, hip-hop, and tumbling. I am thrilled to be able to teach again this year!

 Mackenzie Kern, Teacher 

 Mackenzie will be attending Casper College next year and plans to go into the entertainment industry as an actress. Living an active and healthy lifestyle is extremely important to her, and she hopes to use her passion to help others do the same. She dreams of opening her own healthy bakery to share her passion for healthy food and baking.  In the last three years, Mackenzie has won five state titles and one national title in varsity cheerleading. Not only does she enjoy cheering but she loves working out and pushing herself to be her best every day, spending time in the gym is her stress relief and her way of reconnecting with her positive energy. Being busy doesn’t keep her from spending countless hours advocating for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Mackenzie won the most loyal supporter award last year, an official award handed out from The Children’s Tumor Foundation and has attended the annual walk in her hometown for the past three years. She also works closely with Give Kids The World Village, a nonprofit resort located in Central Florida where children with life threatening illnesses and their families are treated to weeklong cost free vacations. She has had the opportunity to visit three times in the past two years. She is extremely passionate about maintaining a healthy mindset and always being her happiest, most positive self. “Never let anyone dull your sparkle!” is her favorite quote

Jennifer Barrella, Teacher

I’m a 24 year old Casper native and my passion for dance began at age 2 and has never stopped. I graduated from NCHS in 2012 and continued my education at Casper College where I earned two Associates Degrees in Women and Gender Studies and Human Communication. I’m currently wrapping up my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications through the University of Wyoming with a minor in Women and Gender Studies.  When I heard the mission statement of 307 Dance Academy I was immediately so excited to be a part of it! I began dancing at Center Stage Dance Studio and continued my education at a variety of studios thereafter. I’ve trained and competed in a variety of styles including; ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip hop and character over the years, but my primary focus is to incite a love of dance in all of my students. I wholeheartedly believe that dance transcends the physical beauty of the sport and endows dancers with ideals of  health, teamwork, perseverance and confidence. I can’t wait to help create the positive and diverse culture of 307!

 

Megan Barella, Teacher

  Hello, my name is Megan and I have lived in Casper my whole life. I graduated from NCHS before continuing to get my Associates in Business Administration from Casper College. In pursuit of one of my passions, I went to Cosmetology school and now work at Sunrise Images Salon.   My passion for dance started at a young age at Center Stage Dance Studio. I have been dancing since I was two years old. The experience I have is extremely strong in tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet, as I have done them for about thirteen years.  Teaching and choreographing dance are a passion of mine, and something I have always had a desire to do! I look forward to working with our students, parents, and staff.  Making the classroom a fun, enjoyable, and productive place to be is one of my top priorities. Every student should feel welcome and be excited to come back and dance! I look forward to being with people who want to dedicate as much time and hard work as it takes to become the best dancers and performers possible!

Zoe Neville, Teacher

 Hi! My name is Zoe Neville. This will be my second year teaching at 307 and I am super excited! This year, I am a senior at Kelly Walsh and am the captain of the Kelly Walsh Dance Team. I have been dancing since I was 6 and have been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, and Pom. I have danced competitively for 4 years and have won multiple awards at many different competitions! I am super excited to be apart of 307 again this year!

Isabel DuBay, Teacher

  My name is Isabel DuBay, and I am so excited to be teaching at 307 Dance Academy this year! I will be attending Natrona County High School. I have been dancing since I was about two years old. Over the years I have competed at numerous dance competitions, and won various awards with the 307 Competition team. I have trained in ballet, pointe, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and musical theatre. I have also been trained in gymnastics and tumbling. I did competitive gymnastics and competitive dancing until the age of about nine when I decided to wholeheartedly pursue my passion for dance. Outside of dancing, I am thoroughly invested in my education. I participate in all advanced classes, I was a member of my junior high’s National Junior Honor Society, as well as a WEB leader and commissioner. I cannot wait to combine my love for learning with my life-long passion for dancing this year!

Morgan Jaquez, Teacher

 My name is Morgan Jaquez, I am a senior at Kelly Walsh and have been on the dance team for all four years, and I also became captain for this following season. We have won 4 consecutive state titles in 4A hip hop & jazz. I have danced since I was 3, I have also danced at a competitive level since I was 4. I have attended 2 UDA high school national competitions in Orlando, FL and I have been honored to be named an All-American dancer both 2017 and 2018. I have danced at Rocky Mountain School of Dance up until 307 opened is when I made the move and I love it here! I am beyond excited to come back to this studio as a teacher to help other dancers grow the same passion I did at this studio!

Makala Boren, Teacher

  My name is Makala Boren and I am nineteen years old. I have been dancing at 307 Dance Academy since I was ten years old! I am currently in college, and I am studying Social Work in hopes to eventually go to Law School or receive my Masters. I love dance, and I am so excited that I have the opportunity to come back and teach! I have done styles including ballet, jazz, musical theater, hip-hip, contemporary, and many more, as well as competing for the 307 Competition Team. I am excited for this dance season and what it will bring. Here is to another great season!

Kyla Cole, Teacher

Hi, my name is Kyla Cole.  I am so excited to be back with 307 Dance Academy as a tumbling instructor!  I have been a tumbling instructor for 6 years.  I began doing gymnastics and tumbling at the age of 2 on the Tumble Bus.  I kept up with the sport and competed up until age 18.  I traveled throughout the United States competing in both Gymnastics and Power Tumbling.  I also trained at The USA Gymnastics National Team Training Center on three different occasions.   Apart from gymnastics and power tumbling, I enjoy playing softball, volleyball, longboarding, and snowboarding.  Outside of my love and passion for sports, I enjoy spending time with my family and loving on my newborn daughter.  I can’t wait to share my love and passion for the sport of Tumbling with your children!

 

Elizabeth McDonald, Teacher

  Elizabeth is a current student at Casper College. She is a Musical Theatre Major and is from Aurora, Colorado. She has several years in Gymnastics, and a year in Cheerleading. She is so excited to teach at 307 and thanks everyone for her opportunity to work with us this year!

 

Kiyah Gilmore, Teacher

 Hi everyone! My name is Kiyah Gilmore and I will be teaching at 307 this year! I have danced at both a studio and a college level for 13 years and competed for 11 of those years. I am currently the team captain of the Kelly Walsh Dance Team as well as a senior at KW. I have been trained in dance styles such as jazz, hip-hop, tap, tumbling, and lyrical but my roots are in ballet and pointe. I have attended two UDA camps, I danced alongside Broadway in the tour of “The Wizard of Oz,” and I was a part of the Russian Nutcracker performance for three years.  I have assisted in teaching dance classes for four years and last year was my first year teaching solo. I also have had the opportunity to be involved with the KW FLS program in which I was a part of the teaching staff for our kids with disabilities.   I am hopeful for what this year has in store and I can’t wait to be a part of this studio!

Haley Adkins, Teacher

  My name is Haley Adkins and I will be attending Kelly Walsh High School as a sophomore for the 2019-2020 school year. I have been dancing for 12 years and for 8 of those years, I was on a competition team. I am currently on the Kelly Walsh Dance Team and this will be my second year. I have trained in hip-hop, jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, pom, and technique. I am so excited to be a part of the 307 family this following year and more to come!

Brooke McKenna, Teacher

 Hi! My name is Brooke McKenna. I am a junior in high school and I started dancing when I was 4, but there was a time where I took a couple of years off to explore other sports like volleyball and swimming. I have been a member of the Kelly Walsh Dance Team for two years and this year will be my third. I want to go to school to become an orthopedic surgeon because I think helping people is so cool! I enjoy being able to teach kids what I love!

Brynn McKenna, Teacher

 I have been dancing since I was 4 years old and have been intrigued with it ever since. I am currently a member of the Kelly Walsh Dance Team and one of my favorite things about dancing is performing and competing. I plan on going to college to become a doctor. My interests include school and reading. I love teaching dance and inspiring others to pursue their passions!

 

McKena Silva, Guest Faculty

  McKena Silva is a 307 Dance Academy Alum. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a minor in dance from Millikin University, in Decatur IL.  McKena began her formal dance training at the age of four and has never stopped. She has been a teacher’s assistant since age 11, and a teacher and choreographer since age 15. McKena’s specialties include Ballet, Theatre Dance, and Jazz, among a love for all styles of dance. Recently McKena was seen in the Kirkland Fine Arts and Millikin’s production of Sister Act as Sister Mary Lazarus, and in a new Musical from the minds of Canadian Rockers Mike Foster and Murray Ford called Chelsea Sunrise, for which she was the original choreographer. McKena has received numerous choreography awards and scholarships through her thirteen years as a competitive dancer and has placed top ten at three different national competitions. Aside from competitive dance, McKena has studied voice and acting, performing in plays and musicals, Currently she will be seen in Cumberland Playhouse’s productions of Young Frankenstein and Elf. McKena has also worked the Amusement Park industry and has performed as Smarty Marty in the Main stage of the Aldrich Theatre at Cedar Point in Ohio called Beach Blanket Beagle. Additionally, McKena has been the dance captain for numerous stage productions and the assistant choreographer for productions of Heather’sand Nice Work if You Can Get It. She was a member of the Corps de Ballet in a merging production of the Phantom of the Opera and has worked at the following theatres as both dancer and actor, Cortland Repertory Theatre, (Urleen, The Velveteen Rabbit, Ginevra Boyton), Highlands Playhouse (Hot Box Girl, and Gloria Thorpe.) While, McKena is currently on the road, she will always call 307 Dance Academy home. More information on McKena and her work can be found at her website www.mckenasilva.com

Olivia Shuhr, Guest Faculty

 My name is Olivia Suhr. I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. I am 17 years old. I am a senior at Kelly Walsh. Growing up I did competitive gymnastics for 7 years at Ka-Larks. After that, I continued my tumbling training for another year. Going into high school I joined the varsity cheer team. In two years I won 5 state titles in All Girls Stunt, All Girls Non-Stunt, and Coed. I have a big passion for tumbling and cheerleading. I am continuing my cheerleading and tumbling career this year at Kelly Walsh. This will be my second year teaching at 307. I am very excited for this season!

Sadie Ridgeway, Guest Faculty

Sadie Ridgeway is a 22-year-old native of Casper, Wyoming who recently graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington with her bachelor’s degree in economics and sociology. Sadie has been training and competing in a variety of dance styles for 18 years, including but not limited to, ballet, jazz, tap, modern, pom, and contemporary, while specializing in hip hop, which she developed a passion for early on. Sadie attended Kelly Walsh High School in Casper and was a part of the KW dance team for four years, achieving three state titles during that time and being selected to be on the Wyoming all-state dance team. Sadie's focus has been hip-hop dancing, which she has been teaching at advanced levels for over six years. Sadie has trained in pop and locking, house, tutting, b-boying, waving, gliding, and video hip hop with numerous instructors out of Colorado and Washington. She has choreographed countless hip hop pieces for studios and individuals and has received many awards for her pieces including choreography awards, overalls, IDA awards, and one of her pieces being chosen from a pool of exceptional pieces selected across the nation to compete in the National Dance Worlds in Dallas, Texas. For the past four years at Gonzaga University Sadie has continued her dance training and education, and has been a part of the Gonzaga dance team, which focuses on jazz, funk, and pom styles. Sadie was captain of this team for two years, in which she led practices and choreographed all of the routines for the team, which were performed at basketball games and various other events.

Effie Oates, Guest Faculty

Effie was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming with her family consisting of her parents, Richard and Sally Oates and four siblings. She is a senior studying neuroscience with a focus on medical school at the Big Ten Michigan State University. Effie is a fourth year varsity dancer for the Michigan State Dance Team. She cheers at all home football and men's and women's basketball, as well as other events involved with MSU. Her team competes at a yearly college competition through the Universal Dance Association. They placed 11th in the Division IA Jazz at Nationals her freshman year and 10th her sophomore year. Effie has traveled to the 100th Rose Bowl game, the Cotton Bowl, and numerous NCAA bowl games that have enhanced her experience at MSU. Throughout her life, dance has been extremely influential. She has trained in various styles of dance from the age of three including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, hip hoop, and contemporary. She competed regularly with her studio back home traveling to Colorado, Montana, California, and Nevada to name a few. She has won numerous top solo awards and various scholarships. She attended numerous workshops and summer intensives including: The Pulse, Starpower, Spotlight Dance Cup, Summer Dance Festival  Be Discovered, and Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival. Her passion for dance continues to grow as she is currently a teacher and training along side her team on a regular basis.