Alison Andreasen began dancing when she was four years old and has since had experience in a studio and on competitive dance teams as a dancer and choreographer. She is a degreed Early Childhood and Elementary Educator who has taught in Nebraska, Missouri, and South Dakota. She and her husband have five beautiful children and live in Aberdeen.
Terrina Barnes began dancing when she was 4 years old at Johnny Cavelle. She joined the ARCC in 2008 and continued through graduation. She began assisting dance classes in 2016 and has been teaching classes since 2018. She loves to bring her gymnastics background into her Acro classes, and her favorite genre is Hip Hop. Terrina is a proud NSU alumni and works at the Avera Cancer Institute in Aberdeen.
Raelee Bettmann started dancing at the ARCC when she was 3. She has assisted for many years, this will be her first year teaching. Raelee is attending Northern State University.
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 Grade I-V and teacher Grade I in the Cecchetti method of ballet. Ashton started assisting classes in 2011. This will be her ninth year teaching.
Kennedy Dinger became a student at the ARCC dance studio 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.
Samantha Fletcher began dancing at the ARCC when she was 3 years old. She has been assisting since 2016 and this will be her third year teaching. Her main interests are tap and Broadway, but loves all forms of dance. Samantha will be a junior at Northern State University studying business and sports management.
Jessica Hollingsworth started dancing in her hometown of San Diego, California at the age of 4. She has experience in cheer, gymnastics, tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, character, contemporary, hip hop and modern. In high school Jessica joined the dance team where she was captain her junior and senior year. She studied biomedical sciences at Northern Arizona University and was on the dance team competing at USA and UDA nationals in hip hop and jazz. Her team became national champions in hip hop and won a close second in jazz when she retired competing in 2014. Jessica graduated with her second bachelor's degree in nursing from South Dakota State University and is now a Registered Nurse. She is excited to begin teaching dance and sharing her love for music and movement at the ARCC.
India Klipfel has danced at the ARCC since 2002, and has been a teacher since 2008. She has completed Cecchetti Ballet levels I-IV as a student, and her favorite genre is Broadway. India lives in Aberdeen with her husband and 2 small children.
Robin O’Neill, ACCA has been teaching at the ARCC since 2003. She 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.
Fionna Rigg began dancing at the ARCC in 2008. She will be assisting as well as teaching this fall. Fionna is a student at Northern State University. 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. 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.
Jessie Sommers started dancing at the ARCC in 2003 and continued through graduation. Her favorite genres are Jazz and Hip-Hop. Jessie started assisting in 2018 and is excited for her third year teaching. Jessie graduated from Northern State University and teaches 2nd grade in Aberdeen.
Tia Swiontek started dance in 2011 at the ARCC. She has danced in multiple genres including, ballet, modern, acro, jazz, and contemporary. Tia passed her Cecchetti Ballet Student exam, grades I-V. Not only has Tia participated in various Cecchetti workshops but she also attend South Dakota Ballet’s summer intensive in 2021 and in 2022 as a trainee. This will be her first year teaching and second year assisting.