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 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 28 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 eighteen and will begin college at the University of Wyoming, and McKena who is in her third 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!

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 Junior at Kelly Walsh High School. I've been at 307 for  5 years and have been teaching  at 307 for the past two years.   I'm am very excited to teach hip hop and the boys only hip hop classes. 

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!


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. 

Jenessa Jacobs, Teacher


Jenessa Jacobs is originally from Salt Lake City, UT and has been in Casper for 6 years. She is a Casper College and Utah Valley University Alumni. Jenessa acted and directed at Stage III Community Theater, Off Broadway Theater, Cedar City Utah Shakespearian festivals, and Brighton Productions. She has Danced with Casper College, Utah Valley University, Brighton Productions, and ZFX. Her background and training include Musical theater, Acting, mime, Singing, and Dance such as Checetti Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Fosse, Aerial, and world Dance. She has participated and competed in ACDFA festivals and SLC Fringe and is a Member of ITS (international Thespian Society), UTA (Utah Theater Association), & ETA (Educational Theater Association) She has most recently been Choreographing Wedding Dances, Flash mobs, and Various Musicals with Brighton Productions and The Off Broadway Theater in Salt Lake City.


Laura Stack, Teacher


Hello, my name is Laura Stack and I am so excited to have joined the 307 Dance Academy and to be a part of you or your children’s journey of dance! I have spent my entire life in Casper aside from when I left to go to Mesa State College to receive my bachelor’s degree. I have been dancing since I was 3 years old. I started competitive dancing when I was 7 years old and travelled with Center Stage Dance Studio for many years competing. I assisted in teaching dance classes throughout my older years as a dancer and taught a few dance classes.  I was also a part of the Kelly Walsh Dance Team while in high school. I carried this on into college and was part of the dance team at Mesa State College where I also took some fine arts dance courses. While it has been awhile since I have been involved in the dance world, I am very excited to be back and embarking on this journey with you!


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!

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!

Chloe Nelson, Teacher

Chloe is a Wyoming native, and has lived in Casper for almost 15 years. She is a dancer and competition member at 307 Dance Academy. Chloe has been attending 307 Dance Academy since the 7th grade and is so excited to be able to teach this year! She practices a variety of styles: ballet, pointe, musical theater, contemporary, and jazz. Chloe has had experience teaching through the Boys & Girls Outreach Program, being a teacher’s assistant for 307 Dance, and running a summer dance camp in 2017. Chloe is currently a Senior at Kelly Walsh High School and is also takes classes at Casper College. She not only is a part of her school’s student council, but she also participates in National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and is the Senior Class Vice-President for the 2017-2018 school year. Chloe is ready for the new season to teach her favorite thing!

Bailey Sorensen, Teacher

 

Brooklyn Counts, Teacher

My name is Brooklynn Counts and I am a Sophomore at Casper College studying to become a nurse anesthetist. I began competitive gymnastics and tumbling at Ka-Larks in 2009 and continued through level 7. During my gymnastics career I obtained 4 state gymnastics titles. When my body said no more gymnastics I converted over to cheerleading at Kelly Walsh where I was apart of the team throughout high school. While being apart of the Kelly Walsh Cheer Team we won 2 state titles as well as a national title. After graduation I was able to continue my gymnastics and tumbling journey by coaching at the Casper Gymnastics Center. I am now with the 307 Dance Academy coaching tumbling and loving every minute of it. I am so blessed to be able to pass my skills down to children that share the same passion as me and watch them                                                                                                              develop and grow into beautiful athletes.

Olivia Shuhr, Teacher

I was born and raised in Casper, Wyoming. I started tumbling when I was 5 years old. I grew up doing gymnastics at Ka-Larks for 7 years and moved onto tumbling at Rising Star! I am a junior at Kelly Walsh High School and was part of the cheer program for 2 years. Over the past two years I won 5 state titles in All Girls Stunt, All girls Non-stunt and Coed. I am really looking forward to teaching my tumbling skills and being a part of 307 Dance! 

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


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.