Instructors

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. 

McKayla Carda started dancing at the ARCC in 2005. Ballet is her first love, but she also enjoys jazz, pointe, and modern. She has passed student level grades I-II in teh Cecchetti Method of ballet. McKayla started assisting in 2014, and this is her first year teaching. She is currently a sophomore at Northern State University studying Elementary, Special, and Early Childhood Education.

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

Kennedy Dinger became a student at ARCC Dance in 2004. Her main interest has always been in tap dancing and working with younger children. Kennedy became a dance assistant in 2016 and a teacher in 2017.

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. 

Michele Fritz has been dancing with the ARCC for over ten years. She began teaching in 2016.

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 third year of teaching at the program that first gave her a love of dance.

India Klipfel has been dancing for 17 years and teaching for 9. 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. 

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.

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.  

Jordan Rohrbach first began dancing at the age of 5 and joined the ARCC in 2001. Throughout the years, she has danced in many different genres, such as ballet, tap, modern, hip hop, and jazz. While she has a passion for modern, she loves developing in all types of dance. Jordan was an assistant in 2011 and this will be her first year as an instructor.

Kirsten Shishnia
studied with the Johnny Cavelle dance studios. She has been teaching and dancing at the ARCC for the past 16 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.