Arts in Motion Teaching Artists

Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artists are professionals who join with the classroom teacher to teach respect, elegance and teamwork.

Golden Ballroom Teaching Artists are experts in an exercise program for the elderly who reside in long-term care facilities, incorporating intentional movement using classic ballroom dances with specific era/genre music and rhythms.

 

Theresa Sindelar

Theresa is proud to be a veteran of the local theater community. Having performed locally for the past twenty years, she has had a chance to be involved with great theaters and organizations. She has even been recognized for many roles with various awards. When not performing locally she has toured the country with The Bravo dance competition, A Christmas Carol, her improvisation group and even spent five summers in Alaska working for Holland America Princess Dinner Theater. Theresa is also a teaching artist with WhyArts, a non profit that brings visual and performing art to underservedpopulations in our community.

LaTryce Anderson has experience in hip hop, modern, praise, and contemporary dance. She started dancing at age 5 and started choreographing at age 13. All through elementary to high school LaTryce competed in to contest and talent shows. In her senior year in Manassas, VA she became co-captain of her dance team choreographing routines for up to 20 girls. She graduated lettering in dance and returned the following year to assist the head coach. LaTryce moved to Omaha and began volunteering at St. Richard’s Catholic School, helping with assemblies and concerts. She is currently offering her services to Bethesda Temple Church where she became head of dance ministry, choreographing for and teaching ladies ages 4 to 67. In 2009 she auditioned for the award winning nonprofit organization African Culture Connection. She is currently heading dance under Executive Director Charles Ahovissi. She also is a teaching artist with African Culture Connection, teaching at several schools in the Nebraska/Iowa area.  In 2012-2013 she ran dance fitness classes for north Omaha’s “Biggest Loser” sponsored by Bethesda Temple Church. She is a regular guest artist at Mercy High School and periodically holds a dance fitness class at the Salvation Army. LaTryce also teaches one on one and small group yoga classes in the community.  She became a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms in 2011.

Marty brings over thirty years of ballroom dance teaching experience to Arts in Motion . She received her B.S. in Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO) and has trained with world renowned ballroom dancers at summer intensives at Brigham Young University nearly every summer since 1992. Marty has toured the country as a professional dancer competing in swing and country dancing.  She has taught Ballroom credit classes at UNO since 2005 and been a dance instructor for their Campus Recreation program since 1988.  Marty has been coordinating the Saturday Scholarship and Youth Ballroom program since its inception.

Marty is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Kimberly began working as a Teaching Artist (Dancing Classrooms and Golden Ballroom) for Arts in Motion in 2014.  She is the Educational Programming Coordinator at the Omaha Conservatory of Music (OCM; 2019) and is a Teaching/Performing Artist for African Culture Connection (ACC; 2011). Kimberly received her degrees in K-12 Vocal Music Education and Vocal Performance from Hastings College in 2005. She taught vocal/general music in Grand Island Public Schools from 2005-2008 and in Omaha Public Schools from 2009-2013. Kimberly does a variety of performing in the community focusing on her main passion, musical theatre—including performances at SNAP! (Carrie: The Musical, 2017); Blue Barn (The Christians, 2016), the Omaha Community Playhouse (Caroline, or Change, 2016, Working, 2016, Young Frankenstein, 2014), Skullduggery Theatre, and local short and feature films.  Outside of work and theatre, Kimberly enjoys board games, cooking and baking, arts and crafts, ethnic foods, and spending time with her family.
Kimberley is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Patricia Stastny earned her Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Environmental Studies and her Master’s in Biology with an emphasis in Wildlife Biology and Animal Behavior from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. After graduating, she worked for a few years with a company developing and implementing lesson plans and activities for adults with mental and physical disabilities. After having two children, she spent the next several years as a stay-at-home-mother. During this time, she co-organized a large and active playgroup that brought moms and their children together for playdates and activities. In 2011, Patricia discovered her love and passion for Latin social dancing. Initially learning Rueda, Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Cumbia, her love for dancing has since expanded into afro-latin dances, such as Kizomba and UrbanKiz. During this time, she also danced with Marty Hebert and the UNO dance team for two years. Patricia has been teaching Kizomba/UrbanKiz locally since 2016. This year she took on a new project as a member of Kiz Cute Omaha, a nine-ladies UrbanKiz dance group. Patricia volunteers at her children’s schools and was the Team manager for McMillan’s 6th-grade Destination Imagination Team. Besides dancing, Patricia enjoys spending time with her family, which includes several four-legged members. This will be Patricia’s first year with Dancing Classrooms and she is very excited to be a part of it.

Susannah Odom is married with three children, ages 11, 8 and 3; and two St Bernards, Whiskey and Hazel.  She grew up in a military family and continued to travel until she came to Omaha in 2009.  Biking, gardening, and volleyball are among her passions.  She loves social dancing in general and swing and Latin dances in particular, taking classes whenever she can fit them into her schedule. She studied at The Ohio State University, at Hawaii Pacific University, and at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.  Since moving to Omaha, she and her kids have been exploring the city’s parks, playgrounds, bike trails, museums, and cultural activities. In January of 2018, she joined an all ladies Urban Kiz dance team which recently debuted choreography by Marta Mignone.  Dancing Classrooms has been the opportunity she never anticipated and Susannah is thrilled to be part of this amazing social and emotional development program.

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Trudy Yeatts has a diverse background in musical theatre, performing in such shows as “A Chorus Line”, “A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine”, and “Shenandoah” on Broadway.  She has appeared extensively in Regional theatre as well as in night clubs in New York City and Japan.  Trudy is a singer/songwriter, and has written hundreds of pop Christian songs produced by an International Ministry.  Currently, Trudy teaches dance and private voice lessons for The Rose Theatre.

Trudy is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Kim Clark-Kaczmarek possesses a B.A. in Theatre from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Master’s in Theatre from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.  Kim is very involved, both on and off stage, in the Omaha Theatre community including working with the Living Picture Project, Nebraska Shakespeare, The Rose, Omaha Community Playhouse, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Papillion Community Theatre, Bellevue Theatre and Westside High School.  In addition to her being a teaching artist with Arts in Motion,  she teaches for SNJ Studios,  Why ARTS and is on the artist roster for the Nebraska Arts Council Artists in Schools program.  She and her husband, Anthony, are proud parents of little Stella.
Kim is also a Golden Ballroom Teaching Artist.

Pamela Dutton is the Creator/Owner of Golden Ballroom Dancing by Pamela. The company is now a partnering division of the non-profit organization, Arts in Motion. Golden Ballroom was established in August, 2015 and Pamela has taught the program in numerous retirement communities in the Omaha and surrounding cities. She created the program after losing two family members to Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Knowing the benefits to both the mind and body of ballroom and chair dancing, she wondered if there was a program created specifically for retirement communities in the Omaha area and in her research, she found there weren’t any. She created a 12 week energetic and fun ballroom dancing program taught in independent and assisted living retirement communities, but quickly realized there was a need for chair dancing lessons as well. The main focus of the Ballroom program is to improve balance, memory skills, vascular function, and an overall feeling of well being. Residents learn basic ballroom steps in 8 different dances. The chair dancing program begins with music relatable to the era of the residents and ends with soft rock of the 70s. Pamela created movements for all participants, including the muscles in the arms, back, shoulders, obliques, stomach and finally leg and ankle muscles. The chair dancing lessons are great fun and are taught in a separate class than the Ballroom lessons. All classes are taught with music set at a speed conducive to the residents’ abilities.

Keefer Peterson has been teaching with Dancing Classrooms for  a decade. He is inspired by the energy, curiosity, and development of the youth in schools as they grow into polite, respectful, and elegant dancers. He enjoys the journey of the in-school residency and the developmental process of integrating the Dulaine Method into his teaching.

Keefer has served as a Teaching Artist, Liaison, and Saturday Academy instructor. He trained for a weeklong session in NYC in 2014 and hopes to go back again to become a Senior Teaching Artist.

Besides teaching dance, Keefer is a professional pianist, yoga instructor, and loves camping & kayaking when he can get out into the great outdoors!

Roxanne is the Senior Teaching Artist of Dancing Classrooms, Omaha. Roxanne’s performing and choreography and teaching credits are numerous and include theatres, dance companies, industrials, films, music videos and schools. Roxanne served as the Resident Choreographer and Director of Education and Outreach for the Omaha Community Playhouse, was the Executive Director of The ARTery (now Arts in Motion) and now is director of development with Omaha Public Schools Foundation. She completed Dancing Classrooms Teaching Artist Training with founder Pierre Dulaine in 2010 and went on to complete Senior Teaching Artist Training in 2012.

Julia has recently returned to Omaha where she first started with dancing classrooms 6 years ago. While she was away, she served as a choreographer around the St. Louis area for musicals such as Kiss Me Kate, Fiddler on the Roof, Alice in Wonderland, and Legally Blonde. When she wasn’t in rehearsal, she served as a Teaching Artist for the St. Louis branch of dancing classrooms, subbed for numerous dance studios, and worked as an Associate Director for BravO! National Dance and Talent Competition. Julia’s love of dance and the arts began at a ripe age of 3, and has since then performed with many professional theatre companies through the years, including Stages St. Louis, Tent Theatre, The Muny, and was seen across the country singing and dancing with your favorite Muppets in the national tour of Sesame Street Live: Elmo’s Healthy Heroes! She thanks Omaha for welcoming her back with open arms!

 

Billy Sobczyk has been teaching swing dance for over 20 years. He is Executive Director of Omaha Jitterbugs, an nonprofit organization he founded with friend Christy Palmer in 2002. Billy’s wife, Lindsay, and his four children also dance. As a recovering introvert, Billy loves that social dancing provides a roadmap for successful meaningful personal interactions with friends and neighbors; social dancing provides a platform for creative and even silly expression as well as fun way to stay healthy and fit.

 

Dan started ballroom dancing many years ago and swing became his new hobby. Dancing is both his social past time and his profession.
Dan says that “one of the highlights of my dancing experiences was getting to meet Frankie Manning and attending his classes at six different events over the years. He was one of the creators of the lindy hop, His attitude and persona allowed me to have tons of fun doing swing dancing”.
Dan’s other interest is drawing cartoons and caricatures. He has a large collection of books, both fiction and many bios of musicians from the swing era.