Our Teachers

Dance Arts Gillette has an amazing staff with a collective goal to support and inspire students in all our levels. Our instructors are former Professional Dancers, Certified Dance Pedagogies or hold Degrees in Education, Music and Dance. Together, we raise in the bar in Quality and continue to educate ourselves for the betterment of our students.

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Kara Felmlee
Cecchetti USA Certified
Founder/Director

Kara has been in the Dance Profession for over 25 years. Receiving most of her training in Denver, CO, she studied dance at the Denver Contemporary . . . 

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Dr. Lee Sowada
DPT
Pilates and Dance Conditioning

Lee was born and raised in Wyoming. She enjoyed dance throughout her childhood and teenage years, so much so she pursued dance in College. . . 

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Cory Cartwright
P.B.T. Certified
Ballet, Modern & Contemporary

Cory was born in Starkville, MS and moved to Gillette in elementary school.  By participating in local musical theater productions as a kid, Cory discovered . .  .

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Lindsey Lundvall
Cecchetti USA Certified
Primary Division

Lindsey grew up in Rapid City, SD and began dance training at Prima School of Dancing at the age of 3. She studied a variety of dance styles including ballet . . .

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Lidia Aguilar
Cecchetti USA Certified
Ballet & Jazz

Lidia was born and raised in the Rio Grande Valley/ South Texas and joined the Dance and Drill Team her sophomore year of high school.  She grew so . . . 

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Stephanie Elliott
Jazz

Stephanie was born and raised in Wyoming and started taking dance classes when she was 3 years old. She has continued to study dance . . . 

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Guest Teachers

Dance Arts Gillette is blessed to have many professional connections in the Dance Community. We invite amazing guest Teachers & Choreographers from across the country to Gillette to work with our Students. Our goal is to provide our dancers with as many opportunities as possible to expand their knowledge and enhance our their training experience.

 
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Norine Brown
Cecchetti ARAD, AISTD, LCUSA, Examiner
Summer Intensive Guest Teacher

Norine Brown received her early dance training in Vancouver, Canada, and furthered her education at the Hammond School of Dancing in Chester England where she attained diplomas in Modern, National, RAD Ballet, Imperial Ballet, Anatomy, and Ballroom.

She then joined a French touring company and traveled extensively, performing throughout Europe. Following her professional career as a dancer, she re-settled in Vancouver and began a career teaching ballet.

In 1986 along with husband Jeff, Ms. Brown moved to Sacramento, California. Since that time, she has undergone continual training and upgrading in the Cecchetti method, training with Shiela Darby, FISTD. Norine travels to workshops and summer courses throughout the USA and Canada where she teaches students and participates in teacher’s classes.

Ms. Brown has been an active Board Member of SADA (Sacramento Area Dance Alliance) for the past 20 years working in many capacities and is currently acting as Corresponding Secretary. SADA is a non-profit company that produces workshops and offers scholarships to local dance students.

Many of Norine’s former students have advanced their careers to become professional dancers with major Canadian and American Ballet companies. Norine enjoys teaching dance to all age groups whether they desire a professional career or are attending classes for pure enjoyment.

Norine has served on both the West Coast Committee and the Board of Directors of CUSA. She was appointed a National Examiner in 2017.

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Dominique Atwood
Founder/CEO of Dance Connect Worldwide
Summer Intensive Guest Teacher

Dominique Atwood began her dance journey at Jeraldyne's School of Dance in Dayton, OH. She attended Stivers School for the Performing Arts under the direction of DeShonna Pepper Robertson. Following high school, she was accepted into Howard University's Dance Major Program. While at Howard, she co-founded I.Am.We, the first contemporary dance company on campus. She graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Political Science/Pre-law.

Since then, she's been privileged to perform and work with a with a number of companies and artists including Under Armour, MTV, Dissonance Dance Theater, Maverick Lemons Dance Project, The Princess Mhoon Dance Project, Mary Mary, J.Cole, Wale, Raheem Devaughn, Natalie Cole, Shirley Ceasar, Dionne Warwick, Dolores Kendrick and Terrence Lee Jones. She's had roles in short films, commercials and music videos; and most recently had the honor of opening up for the Steve Harvey Show. She's been featured in the Chicago Tribune, Splash Magazines, See Chicago Dance, Windy City Times, Broadway World and has graced the cover of the Ngoma Reader. 

Ms. Atwood has choreographed for the Miss Intercontinental pageant, Universoul Circus, The Youth American Grand Prix and Outcry The Play. In 2016 she was invited to participate as one of the region's leading dance leaders by former First Lady Michelle Obama during her Celebration of Black Women in Dance. In 2017 she was commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities to curate an evening length show for the DanceAcositia! Festival. In 2018 she was nominated for the Princess Grace Award. 

 

 

The majority of her performance career was spent as a principal dancer with the world renowned Deeply Rooted Dance Theater.  Currently, she is the Founder and CEO of Dance Connect Worldwide, a resource hub and professional network for dancers. Dominique gives God all the praise for allowing her to share her gifts and talents through dance. Her greatest motivation are her 3 little sisters- Sydney Atwood, Dejene Wortham and Sannaa Atwood.

 

FROM OUR STUDENTS & FAMILIES . . .

"I cannot put into words how amazing Dance Arts Gillette is! The professionalism, knowledge and talent of the staff  surpasses all expectations. The teachers work hard to challenge their dancers while also making them feel confident & proud of their current skill. If you want your child to advance as a dancer and as a person of confidence and integrity, Dance Arts Gillette is a perfect fit." - Lacey & Doug Baker