Teachers

Dance Arts instructors have a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. Our staff includes former Professional Dancers, Certified Dance Pedagogies, Professional Educators, and Physical Therapists.

Together, we raise in the bar in quality and continue to advance

our credentials for the betterment of our students.

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Kara Felmlee
Founder, Director
Certifications & Education:
Cecchetti USA Classical Ballet
Progressing Ballet Technique

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design

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 Dance Theater, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance . . . 

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Lindsey Lundvall
Primary Division

Certifications & Education:
Cecchetti USA Classical Ballet
Bachelor's in Elementary Education
Master's in School Counseling

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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Stephanie Elliott
Jazz & Contemporary

Certifications & Education:
Currently Training for Certifications

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

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Savana Custis
Office Staff & Class Assistant

 

Savana found her love for dance at the age of six, when her parents enrolled her into ballet classes, because she loved to walk on her tip toes. She started her dance training in Rapid City SD . . .

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Lidia Aguilar
Ballet, Jazz & Youth Company

Certifications & Education:
Cecchetti USA Classical Ballet
Progressing Ballet Technique
BFA in Dance

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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Dr. Lee Sowada
Pilates and Dance Conditioning

Certifications & Education:
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Bachelor's in Dance & Speech Communications
Pilates (Mat & Equipment)

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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Emily McElvery
Ballet, Contemporary & Youth Company

Certifications & Education:
Progressing Ballet Technique
Bachelor's in Elementary Education

Emily was raised in Gillette, WY, and has been dancing since she was five years old. During those 13 years, she trained in ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, musical theatre, modern, tap, and pointe . . . 

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Laini Wilkerson
Student Teacher

Certifications & Education:
Cecchetti USA Classical Ballet

Laini Wilkerson is a Senior at Thunder Basin High School.  She began dancing at age 4 and joined Dance Arts Gillette in 2015 for its inaugural season.  She is an original member of Dance Arts Gillette Youth Company.

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"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 making them feel confident & proud of their current skills. Dance Arts Gillette is a perfect fit if you want your child to advance as a dancer and a person of confidence and integrity."

 

- Lacey & Doug Baker 

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