Miss Donna- Owner/Director
Miss Donna started dancing at the age of eight years old and hasn't stopped. She went to Sheridan High School where she danced at The Dance School under the direction of Miss Sandy. During that time she was a helper and also taught and won many awards at competitions. She also studied dance with many master teachers and choreographers all over the country. After high school, Miss Donna attended the University of Utah where she studied Ballet. During her studies at the U of U she was involved in many performances. She was the Ballet Mistress for Conrad Ludlow's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream". She was also the only undergraduate ever to teach for the University of Utah Ballet Department, where she taught a ballet 2 class to non-majors. Miss Donna graduated from the Ballet Department in 1990 with a BFA in dance. Since graduating she has been teaching. She taught at studios in Salt Lake City, Utah until 2001, when she moved back to Sheridan and started teaching with Miss Sandy. In 2002, she took over the Studio for Miss Sandy, who retired. Miss Donna has been teaching here since and running the studio. She has many accalaids such as best choreography, teacher award and excellence in all routines to name a few. Miss Donna is excited to have a new space which includes gymnastics.
Miss Stephanie - Stephanie Koltiska was born and raised in Sheridan Wyoming. In 2004 She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle Washington. While attending Cornish she had the opportunity to work and perform with choreographers: Donald Byrd, David Dorfmen, Michel Foley, Amii LeGendre, and Wade Madson. In 2004, Stephanie moved to San Francisco to join the modern dance company "Motion Lab." Over the next four years she continued to perform and collaborate with the company performing in various venues around the bay area. In 2006 she was asked to joined the company "Robert Moses Kin" to perform a solo role in the world premiere of “Draft.” In 2010 Stephanie completed her Master of Fine Art studies from Purchase College in New York. In 2009 Stephanie was asked to join the Purchase College faculty for the remainder of her stay in New York as a resident Modern Technique teacher. During her time in NYC she was given the opportunity to work and perform with world renown choreographers such as: Ms. Carmen de Lavallade, Regina Larkin, Riedel Dance Theatre, Lauren Grant from Mark Morris Dance, Lisa Race, and Nicole Wolcott from Larry Keigwin and Company. After moving to Colorado in 2010, Stephanie joined modern dance companies, Apex Contemporary Dance and Kim Robards Dance Company. From 2010 to 2013 she was the Dance Coordinator for the Academy of Colorado Ballet, where she developed and implemented the Modern Dance curriculum, taught ballet and creative movement.
Miss Rachel - HI my name is Rachel Kawulok and I am a hometown Sheridan girl! I started dancing at the age of 3 and continued throughout college dancing for the University of Wyoming for two years on the dance/cheer squad. I have been honored to teach dance for Donna for the last five years and I love every minute of it! I am currently working at the Child Development Center as a preschool teacher and I too love that job as well! I am presently finishing up my masters in Special Education and keeping my fingers crossed I will be finished with classes by this spring! I have a bachelors in Elementary Education and an Endorsement in Early Childhood. I am excited and honored to work for Donna's Dance Academy and excited for a new year!
Miss Ashley - Dance has been a part of Miss Ashley's life for as long as she can remember. She began dancing at age 3 at The Dance School in Sheridan. She continued dancing for Miss Donna at Studio 48 until she graduated from high school, at which point she began teaching at the studio. Miss Ashley moved to Sioux Falls for several years, where she served as a captain of the University of Sioux Falls Cougar cheerleaders. She returned to Sheridan after graduating from college and resumed teaching for Miss Donna. Miss Ashley enjoys many forms of dance including jazz, lyrical & hip hop, but her passion is ballet. One of Miss Ashley's other passions is her business, Weddings & Events by Ashley Marie. She became a wedding planner after graduating from college and decided to start her own business. She has enjoyed watching her business grow over the last several years. Miss Ashley and her husband Zach live in Buffalo with their cat, Gracie, and their dogs, Lucy, Cass, Keena and Ruger. They enjoy spending as much time as they can outdoors, especially camping, fishing, hiking and riding their 4-wheeler. Miss Ashley also enjoys reading, yoga, cooking and spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Mr Ryan - I competed on the Sheridan High School gymnastics team and that is where my love of the sport began. I began coaching after my senior year and then at college was a student/teacher of the college beginning gymnastics class. I have coached most of the last twenty years in gyms in Idaho and Wyoming. I was the competitive team coach for the local team in 2004-2005. I have taught tumbling at Donna's Dance Academy for the last six years and hope to be cartwheeling for many more years to come!
Miss Jenn - Jennifer (Calkins) Kahm loves to dance! She started dancing with Sandra Couture at The Dance School in Sheridan, WY when she was three years old. She studied tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. Tap was her favorite and took 13 years of lessons. Jennifer was also a cheerleader in High School. And went on to study photography at Northwest Community College in Powell, WY. While at Northwest she was also a cheerleader, and on their Dance Team. Every chance she had she would attend dance camps and learn from other fantastic teachers. She started to teach tap in Cody, WY, and loves being able to share her love of dance with others. She will be using the Al Gilbert syllabus.