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 nineteen and just complete his first year of college at the University of Wyoming, and McKena who is in her senior year of earning her B.F.A in Musical Theatre at 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 season.
Stacie Jaquez, Office Manager
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 Colleg
Emily Ginsbach, Teacher
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!
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!
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!
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
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!
Chantel Sternberg, Teacher
I was born and raised in Casper and I have always enjoyed the art of dance. I took two semesters of ballet at Casper College while pursuing my Bachelor's in Psychology. I currently have an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree and provide respite care at ACM Camp where I hope to become a therapist soon. Almost a year ago I offered to help with the adaptive dance class at 307 and have loved every minute of it!
Mackenzie Kern, Teacher
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
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.
Makala Boren, Guest Faculty
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 have been been an assistant teacher in several classes and this past year taught the Petite & Junior Hip Hop classes.
Chloe Nelson, Guest Faculty
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!
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.