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Read below to learn more about our instructors. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Instructors

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Miss Anna:

Anna Steil-Kerns is an accomplished dancer with over 20 years of performance, competitive and leadership experience. Anna holds bachelor degrees in both dance and health promotion from the University of Iowa.

She currently resided in her hometown of Oelwein, Iowa where she owns and operates Northeast Iowa Dance Academy which is located in the same building she began her dance career in at the age of nine.

Anna continues to enhance the art of dance within the community she grew up in and strives to offer the same opportunities to her students that she received through dance. Her love of and commitment to dance is reflected in her many affiliations, membership and awards she has received.

 

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Miss Elsie:

Miss VanDaele will be in her 11th year of dancing. She has attended dance camps/conventions such as CNADM, Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Hubbard Street, Nolte Dance Academy, The University of Iowa Youth Ballet, Jump, and Pulse.

She has been competing solos for the past 7 years and is currently on the competition team  at Northeast Iowa Dance Academy. She has competed at competitions including Midwest Starz, Bravo, Revolution, Jump, and CNADM. Her favorite style of dance is jazz, specifically sassy or jazz funk. She plans on attending the University of Iowa starting in the Fall of 2020, majoring in Dance and Business.

After college she plans on continuing her dance career by becoming an instructor and hopefully owning her own studio someday! When she is not at dance she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, and traveling.

From Miss VanDeale:

Dancing is my passion. I give my whole heart to dance and have been rewarded with great teachers to push me to become the best dancer I can be. Most importantly our very own, Miss Anna. I started assistant teaching in 2014 and this current year will be my 4th year teaching my own classes. Being a dance teacher is a great way to not only share my passion with younger dancers but to also pay foreword what my teachers have done for me. I love teaching and seeing all the dancers’ faces each and every week! I am ready for a great year and for all the new changes in the near future!

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Miss Hannah:

Hannah Schmidt started dancing at the age of 3. She grew up dancing at Steil’s Studio Of Dance and attended several different dance conventions including the Pulse, JUMP, and CNADM. When she attended dance conventions she learned new techniques and further explored the world of dance. Currently, Hannah is a senior at The University of Northern Iowa. She is majoring in psychology with a minor in mental health. She is a part of the Orchesis Dance Company at UNI and has been dancing with them for 6 semesters. She continues to train in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys modern, ballet, contemporary and jazz. You can see Hannah performing at an Orchesis performance throughout the year. When Hannah isn’t dancing she enjoys being outdoors, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

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Miss Ashlyn:

Ashlyn Mustard has been dancing since the age of 3. She is a Steil’s Studio of Dance native. During her time at the studio she was involved in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pointe and modern. She attended the Pulse and JUMP many times and competed at CNADM.

When Ashlyn was attending college she taught tumbling at Prestige Dance studio in Cedar Rapids. Ashlyn’s favorite styles of dance are hip hop, modern and lyrical. She thinks these styles give dancers the freedom to express themselves.

Ashlyn recently graduated from Kirkwood Community College and is now an Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is excited to announce she passed her boards and holds the title COTA. During the day, you can find Ashlyn working with children at Northern Iowa Therapy in Waverly.

When Ashlyn isn’t working with children or coaching dancers she enjoys reading, exercising and hanging out with her loved ones.