Instructors

Ashton Bjur started dancing at the ARCC in 2000. Over the past 16 years she has developed a love for many different genres of dance. She has passed student Grade V in the Cecchetti method of ballet. Ashton started assisting classes in 2011 and this will be her third year as an instructor. 

Gwen Briscoe, TCCA has been teaching dance and gymnastics for 30 years. She has passed Cecchetti Ballet Teachers exams for grades I-III. Gwen also teaches dance at Northern State University, and coaches Groton's performance groups Sugar Babes, Sweet Sensations and Spice Girlz.  She enjoys teaching dance of all sorts.  Watching students progress is her highlight. Gwen relaxes with yoga and cats. 

Gwyn Fischbach, TCCA
has danced since the age of 5 in the  genres of ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and character and is a graduate of Johnny Cavelle dance studios. She has passed the Cecchetti Ballet Student exams Grades I-III and Cecchetti Ballet Teacher exams Grades I-II.  Gwyn received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Northern State University. 

Victoria Georgoff started dancing with the ARCC when she was 4 and continued through graduation. She continued her dance career in college, earning a minor in dance while getting the opportunity to work with several dance companies out of Chicago. She previously taught at a Just for Kix Dance Studio in St. Cloud, MN and is excited to return for a second year of teaching at the program that first gave her a love of dance.

India Klipfel has been dancing for 16 years and teaching for 8. She has passed Cecchetti Ballet student exams Grades I-IV and has attended numerous workshops in various genres throughout the country. Tap dance is her first love and she also enjoys Broadway and Jazz. 

Ivori Moser is in her senior year at NSU, majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Digital Design. She started dancing with the ARCC in 1998 and has been involved in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, contemporary, and Broadway dances. Inspired by our program's classes and instructors, she grew passionate about dance and began teaching in 2012.

Robin O’Neill, ACCA grew up in Tulsa, OK, learning the Vaganova ballet technique from Ballet Russe dancers Roman Jasinski and Moscelyn Larkin. Since moving to Aberdeen, Robin has become accomplished in the Cecchetti method of ballet. She has passed the Cecchetti Ballet Teacher's Grades I-V and is the Secretary of the Northern Plains Cecchetti council.

Kris Orr danced in Grand Forks with Judy Rae Dancers for 9 years. She has been teaching at the ARCC since 2006.

Arionne Reiter has studied with the ARCC Dance Program for over 14 years. She became an assistant in 2014, and teacher in 2015.
 
Jennifer Ring, ACCA graduated from the Johnny Cavelle Dance Studio where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, character, pointe, Irish, and modern.  Jennifer continued her dance education in college studying ballet, pointe, modern, and classical jazz.   She has passed the Cecchetti Ballet Student Examinations for grades I-V, and Cecchetti Ballet Teacher Examinations in grades I-V.  She also teaches dance in the Theatre Department at Northern State University.  Jennifer holds a Doctorate degree in physical therapy, and completed an internship in New York City with the physical therapists at the New York City Ballet.  In addition, she is certified through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York for Pilates mat work.  

Kirsten Shishnia
studied with the Johnny Cavelle dance studios. She has been teaching and dancing at the ARCC for the past 15 years.

Molly Taylor has worked with the ARCC dance program for over 10 years. She designed the Dance Exploration class so that dancers of all abilities can enjoy performing on stage.

Brigette Weisenburger has over 25 years of performing arts experience. She is certified through the PhysicalMind Institute in New York for Standing Pilates and Pilates mat work. In addition to coordinating the dance program and teaching Pilates, Brigette teaches Suzuki piano in her home.