307 Dance Academy

"Inspire the Fire"

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 2005.  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 27 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 seventeen and a senior at NCHS, and McKena who is nineteen and in her second year of college at Millikin University. 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 dance season.   

Jess Burgardt, Studio Assistant

Jess has been in dance since she was two years old.  She began assisting classes in 1994 and teaching in 1997.  Jess studied theatre and dance at Casper College and then attended the University of Wyoming on a dance scholarship, where she was involved in several shows such as, "Dance Y2K". "Themes of Light and Motion", "An Evening of New Dance" and "Vedauwoo Lichen".   Since then she has taught at studios in Casper, Colorado Springs, and Kansas City as well teaching master classes at Arizona State University in Phoenix, Arizona and at Studio 10 Dance in San Jose, California.  She has won numerous awards at competitions including "Outstanding Showmanship" and "Outstanding Choreography".  Some of Jess's previous dance students have gone on to dance in Las Vegas, in music videos and have gone on to teach, themselves.  Jess is a past coach for NCDC and for the Rampart High School dance teams and has choreographed for the color guard for the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps.  She has also been a guest choreographer for the High Altitude Dance Ensemble in Colorado Springs.  Jess is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer.  She teaches several Zumba classes.  She loves spending time with her husband and two amazing kids. 

Stacie Jaquez, Office Manager

Stacie Jaquez.  Office Manager.

Emily Ginsbach, Teacher

I grew up in Casper, where I trained and danced competitively at Rocky Mountain School of Dance. Upon graduating from Natrona County High School in 2008, I moved to Laramie to pursue a degree in speech-language pathology at the University of Wyoming. 

During my time at UW, I studied ballet, jazz, modern, pointe, tap, partnering, dance composition, and vertical dance. I participated in annual fall shows with the Theatre and Dance department, including A Midsummer Nights Dream, The Nutcracker, Six Songs From Ellis, and Continuous Momentum, by Bill T. Jones. I also participated in The Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival, and vertical dance at Vedauwoo. I graduated from UW in 2012 with a BS in speech-language pathology and audiology, and a minor in dance performance. 

During high school and college, I substituted classes and taught workshops at RMSD and 307 Dance. I also choreographed and assisted in NCHS's musical, Footloose, and have choreographed several group and solo compositions. My most recent adventure has been teaching dance to individuals with special needs at ACM camp in Casper, where I also work as a speech therapist. 

I am thrilled to be joining 307 Dance Academy, where I will teach ballet, jazz, and adaptive dance.  I am excited to apply a strong focus in technique to the students and am happy to share my knowledge and love of dance with 307!

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.

Ashley Radosevich, Teacher

I am so excited to be a part of 307! Not only do I love dance and teaching, I am a huge Wyoming fan, so 307 Dance Academy is a perfect fit! Along with my strong passion for dance and anything Wyoming, I love to play golf, make home decor for my personal business, read any and every Nicholas Sparks book and spend hours on Pinterest.  I am also a Kindergarten teacher at St. Anthony's Tri-Parish Catholic School. Last but not least, I am dog mom to my husband, Jared, and I's 3 year-old German Shepherd mix, Archer.  Being busy is my speciality!

    Dance has been a part of my life since I was 8 years old! I started dancing in 1998 at Cody Center for the Performing Arts. During my 10 years at CCPA, I danced in every genre of dance, specializing in Pointe and Lyrical, traveled to NYC and performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and performed in LA for Dance Excellence.  During my dancing years, CCPA became my second home.
    I am so excited to join the 307 Dance Academy team! I have always believed that teaching is a passion, not a career.  Not only do I believe this within my classroom at SAS but I also believe that in the studio.  Dance is a passion and I am so happy to share that passion with 307!

Kyla Cole, Teacher

Hi my name is Kyla Cole.  I will be a sophomore in college this fall studying Criminal Justice. Eventually, I plan to join the Navy, but as for now, I am working at 307 Dance Academy as a tumbling instructor. Gymnastics has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I did gymnastics for 12 years at Ka-Larks and had the opportunity to travel all over the United States for competitions. I haven't been at 307 for long; however, I love being able to share my knowledge with all the wonderful children I teach. 307 has been an amazing experience thus far and I am so excited to be apart of the team.

Raedyn Vidal, Teacher

Hey! I'm Raedyn Vidal I've been living in Casper for 5 years, and dancing for 7 years. I'm a sophomore at Kelly Walsh High School. I've been at 307 for  4 years and have been an assistant teacher at 307 for the past two years.   I'm am very excited to teach boys hip hop.

Josh Schaberg, Teacher

Josh Schaberg is so excited to be making his 307 Dance Academy debut this year! 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!

Jackie Navarro, Teacher

Jackie Navarro is a native New Yorker.  She and her family have lived in Casper for 5 years and have fallen in love with the community.  Jackie ran the Drama program at St.Anthony's school; directing and developing new works with students k-8th grade.  She has conducted playwrighting workshops with the Casper Children's theater and has over 25 years experience as a primary school teacher.  She feels honored to join the 307 team and looks forward to sharing her love of theater with the children of Casper.

Katie Bays, Teacher

My name is Katie Bays, I’m 16 years old, and a junior at Kelly Walsh High School. I started gymnastics when I was 3 years old at the rec center. Then I switched to Ka-Larks Gymnastics when I was 5. I stayed there for the next 10 years and went through level 7. I then had to retire due to a back injury. I was given the opportunity to stay connected to the sport through coaching at Ka-Larks and 307 Dance Academy. When I’m not coaching, I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I also enjoy camping and hunting. 

Alicia Pritchard, Teacher

Hi, I am Alicia.  I work full time from home as an administrative assistant so that I can be a stay at home mom to my 3 children.  But I have had a lifelong desire to teach and I really love children, so naturally I am drawn to 307 Dance Academy, the best studio in town! My experience started through tumbling when I was 2 years old, and between tumbling and all styles of dance continued on for 14 more years.  Also, I have been through many mommy and me classes and preschool classes with my own children.  As 307’s newest tumbling teacher I am really excited for gym time with little ones, and I look forward to sharing a fun tumbling experience with many students to come!

Haylie Hasbrouck, Teacher

My name is Haylie Hasbrouck, and I am a junior at Kelly Walsh High School. I started dancing when I was two years old at Rocky Mountain. In fourth grade I moved to DEI where I participated on the competition team. In sixth grade I moved to 307 where I participated on the competition team for four years as well as a member of the Kelly Walsh Dance Team.  I am currently a student at 307 and I have been a teacher's assistant for the past two years.

Kleo Vlastos, Teacher

Originally born in New Mexico, Kleo has spent the last ten years living in Casper. At age 10 she discovered dance through 307. For the past three years she has been a member of the competition team. Her experience includes practice in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip hop, and tumbling. Currently, Kleo is a sophomore at  Natrona County High School and Star Lane Center. She is honored to be a part of 307 both as a student and as a teacher in the upcoming year.

Dayna Berg, Teacher

Dayna is currently a dancer, competition team member, and teacher at 307 Dance Academy. She started dancing and competing at the age of three at Angela’s Dance Academy and continued her training at Brenda’s School of Baton & Dance, where she also competed in baton twirling. Originally born in Saskatchewan, Dayna has lived in Casper for five years. She’s been dancing with 307 for five years and competing with 307 for four. Her dance experience includes ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and musical theater. Previously, Dayna has worked as a teacher assistant and has taught summer dance camps. She also volunteers for the Boys and Girls Club Outreach Program associated with 307. Dayna is currently a Junior at Kelly Walsh High School, where she is a member of National Honors Society. She is also working towards earning the silver medal for the Wyoming Congressional Award. As always, Dayna is excited to be a part of 307 and is looking towards this dance season.

Makala  Boren, Teacher

My name is Makala Boren and I am sixteen years old. I attend high school at Natrona County, where I am involved in the IB Program, Honor Choir, and have participated on the dance team. I have been dancing with 307 for seven years, and competing here for six. I have taken ballet, jazz, hip hop, musical theater, and contemporary. I love 307 and am excited to be getting the opportunity to teach this year. I have been a teaching assistant for both McKena and Tina Silva; and they have been great teaching role models for me. I have also volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club Outreach Program, which has allowed me to learn how to teach kids of all ages and levels. I am super excited to be teaching Petite Hip Hop and I cannot wait to get started!

McKena Silva, Guest Faculty

McKena Silva is a recent 307 Dance Academy Alum, who is currently studying at Millikin University’s School of Theatre Arts and Dance in Decatur Illinois, pursuing a bachelor’s of fine arts in musical theatre. 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 Theatre Dance and Jazz, among a love for all styles of dance. Recently McKena was seen in the Kirkland Fine Arts and Millikin production of The Addams Family. McKena has received numerous choreography awards and scholarships through her thirteen years as a competitive dancer, and has place 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 Legally Blonde. McKena has also had the opportunity to receive training from the Broadway Artist Alliance school of Arts in New York City, making her off Broadway debut in their Chorus Line and Violet (2013) themed showcase. McKena has studied Fosse technique with BAA teachers, Jeff Shade, a fosse dancer himself, and Broadway alum Jennifer Johns. McKena via Millikin has also begun unlocking her love for learning and practicing Yoga and Tai’Chi. McKena is also a member of her University’s Dance Team, the Sapphires

Devon Sisneros, Guest Faculty

Devon is a Casper native and has been dancing for 21 years. Lyrical and Hip Hop are her specialties. Devon has trained in ballet, point, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern and dance team technique. Devon has traveled around the country competing at the regional and national level. Among her numerous accolades, Devon’s most recent dance accomplishments have been choreographing for Miss Nevada in the Miss America pageant and currently travels and works for Thunderstruck Dance Competition in Las Vegas. Devon has worked with Charmaine Hunter, who choreographed “Lion King” in Canada and is employed by Cirque du Soleil as a recruiter/ choreographer. Devon continues to assist and choreograph for high school dance teams in Las Vegas. She completed her UNLV Dance Team career as a “Rebel Girls” in 2013. Her Las Vegas connections have given Devon many opportunities to appear at red carpet events. In her younger years Devon won 1st overall in many regional and national dance competition and placed in the top 30 out of 3,000 in Phoenix, Arizona in the So You Think You Can Dance tryouts. Devon spent a week in New York City training with The Dance Scene and SYTYCD Laurieann Gibson’s “elite group”. She was a member of the Kelly Walsh Dance Team and currently serves as their choreographer. With the past six routines she created, the team took 1st place at the 4A State Spirit Competition 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. She now travels choreographing and putting on workshops in Wyoming, Arizona, Colorado, Texas, California and Montana. Devon would like everyone to know that “dancing is her passion no matter where it takes her in her life, it is because of God and she thanks Him for blessing her with the gift of dance.”        

Lizzie VanHorn, Guest Faculty

Lizzie VanHorn is a 2015 graduate of Kelly Walsh High School and has been dancing for 15 years, while being a teacher for 5. She has trained in Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, and Ballet for as long as she can remember. With training from different studios across the country, her diversity in dance is what makes her the choreographer and dancer she is today. Lizzie’s choreography has won numerous high scores, 1st overalls, and even choreography awards. Her career in dance has presented many scholarships, awards, and national championships. Lizzie has been given opportunities to perform in the 2009 Pro Bowl in Hawaii, Parade of Stars dancer for Masquerade Nationals in Minnesota, and intensives scholarships for Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She has been a Wyoming Dance Champion 4 times. In 2012, she was fortunate enough to be a member of the Millennium Dance Complex Summer Intensive in Los Angeles, California, where she studied under Marty Kudelka (Backstreet Boys Choreographer), Kenny Wormald, Misha Gabriel, Shane Sparks and numerous others. She was scouted by talent agencies and auditioned for many music videos and TV shows. It was an experience she will always be grateful for. Lizzie has retired her dancing shoes for a while, and is currently a student at the University of Wyoming, studying Kinesiology and is in the Pre-Med curriculum in hopes of becoming an orthopedic surgeon. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and loves coming back to teach at what she calls her “second home,” 307 Dance Academy.

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.

Cheryl McQuaid, Guest Faculty

By the age of 4, Cheryl enrolled her in dance. By the age of 10, she was a student of the William F. Christiansen. Mr. Christiansen is the founder of both the San Francisco Ballet and Ballet West.  At the age of 14, Cheryl was given a teaching apprenticeship position and her first teaching job at 17.  Since then she has taught in SLC and Seattle and owned her own studios for 13 years in Vail Valley, Colorado. Ms. McQuaid has continued her dance education through study with ballet masters and mistresses from the Paris Opera Ballet, the Kirov Ballet, various teaching intensives and became certified with Raymond Lukens, in what is now the American Ballet Theater School curriculum.  Her belief is that excellent technique can exist in a caring environment and that dance creates well rounded individuals, with various skills that last a lifetime. To that end, she has had the opportunity to use dance as physical therapy for students with various disabilities and impediments that had been pushed aside in other dance settings.  Being new to Casper, Cheryl feels blessed to be a part of the dance community and looks forward to sharing her joy for life and dance!