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Meet Our Dance Faculty

VPAC's dance instructors are always updating their training to bring the most current styles of dance to their students. These instructors not only teach choreography, they teach technique and terminology in every class. Combine a great instructor with music, movement, precision, athleticism, beauty, grace, fun, games, props, and energy — and you've got a recipe for an amazing experience!


Amy Zanger (Terwelp)
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Amy Zanger is a native of Quincy. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in business marketing from Quincy University, where she was also part of the Hawkettes dance team. Amy has more than 15 years experience as a dance educator and has been involved in the dance community for over 25 years. She is the director of the studio's five competitive dance teams, instructor of advanced technique and choreographer for the instructors, mother/daughter class and the finale for the studio's spring recitals.

Amy is proud to share her love and passion for the art of dance with our community. She has been a choreographer for Dancing With Local Stars, a large community fundraiser, since it first began in 2011. Amy choreographed the winning routine for the 2015 DWLS season. Amy is the founder and captain of the studio's Relay For Life team, Dancin' For a Cure, and has helped the team raise thousands of dollars in the fight against cancer. She also leads the studio's Dancer of the Year program, which awards one deserving dancer each year the opportunity to receive a scholarship to a regional dance convention.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Dwayne, their son, Deacon, and their rescue pitbulls and watching St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Kelle Beswick

Kelle Beswick began her dance career in 1990 at Vancil Performing Arts Center when she was 4 years old. Throughout the years, she participated in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, pom pon, and pointe classes. She was a member of the Bay City Dance Troupe and participated in many Christmas Tours around local nursing homes and community events. She was also a part of the Vancil Competition and Production Teams, which participated in at least one competition each year, primarily in the St. Louis Area. In addition to the competitions, Kelle also participated in several conventions including JUMP, Tremaine, and Hollywood Connection in both the St. Louis and Chicago areas.

During her high school career, Kelle had the opportunity to continue her dance education in the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade and the Broadway Dance Center Summer Intensive featuring Rhapsody. These were both fantastic dance education opportunities with famous choreographers. She began teaching for Vancil Performing Arts Center in the fall of 2004 while attending Quincy University. While at Quincy University, she was a member of the dance team for two years. Kelle is currently the teacher of the pointe class and all the master level classes, including ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, and hip hop.

In her spare time, Kelle enjoys spending time with her husband, Ross, and their three kids, Ashton, Ava, and Allie. Kelle enjoys watching Ashton wrestle, play football and baseball, watching Ava dance and do tumbling, as well as watching Allie grow and learn new things!

April Albert

April Albert's love of dance began in 2001 when she started dancing at Vancil Performing Arts Center. She became an instructor in 2007, and she currently teaches Senior Troupe ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop, and troupe.


During her time at Vancil, April was a member of the Bay City Dance Troupe, as well as the studio's first Production Team and Competition Team. She later went on to be the assistant to these competitive teams. April has attended countless competitions and conventions with famous choreographers in New York City, St. Louis, Chicago, and Miami. She has also performed at numerous places, a couple favorites being the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and the halftime show at the Orange Bowl in Miami. While in New York, she also attended classes at the famous Broadway Dance Center. In 2015, April earned the opportunity to dance as a Kit Kat Girl named Texas in the musical "Cabaret" at the Muni in Springfield, IL.


April has a Master's degree in Business Administration from Quincy University, where she was on the Hawkettes Dance Team for 4 years and led as captain her last 2 years. She now coaches and choreographs for the same Hawkettes Dance Team she was on during college. She is also a dance instructor for the College for Life program at John Wood Community College. When she's not teaching or coaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going to concerts, and reading.


April is so thankful to be an instructor at Vancil, and to have the opportunity to pass on her joy and passion for dance to her students. She believes in forming relationships with her students and caring about them as both people and dancers. She maintains there is nothing better than helping her students succeed, no matter what their definition of success is.

Amanda Gabel

Amanda’s dance career began in 5th grade when her best friend invited her to Vancil Performing Arts Center for “Bring Your Friend to Dance” night. She found her love for dance quickly that year & eagerly became involved in all that the studio had to offer.

From the start of her dance career at VPAC to her senior year of high school, she was able to experience so much in the industry of dance. From performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, to attending countless dance conventions and learning from some of the top choreographers in the industry, she can confidently say that signing up for those classes 15 years ago was the best decision she could’ve ever made. During her years as a student, she had the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of groups at VPAC, some being the Competition Team and being a part of the original Production Team. During high school Amanda was a part of the Q-City Pommer dance team at QHS, which is where she was able to use many of the skills and technique she learned from the studio. While in college, she had the chance to choreograph for a few dance groups, which is where she discovered her passion for creating and teaching dance.

The 2018-19 season will be Amanda's fourth year as a teacher at VPAC, which is something that she's come to love just as much as dancing. She truly enjoys being able to create, challenge, and be a part of the growing process for the students that she teaches every week. It's Amanda's mission to make a positive impact in each students dance career, just as she had when growing up at the studio. While she's been challenged and pushed to become better along the way, Amanda can't help but be thankful for how VPAC has impacted her life as a dancer and as a person.

Rachel Holtmeyer

Rachel Holtmeyer has been dancing at Vancil Performing Arts since she was three years old. She fell in love with dancing and has never stopped since. She began as a Demonstrator and an Assistant for several years here at Vancil.

Rachel feels that dance has given her so many great opportunities. She has made amazing friends, and has attended many dance conventions, including Jump and Tremaine. She has also danced at many local events, has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York, danced at the half time show of the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, and has participated in many competitions.

Dancing is Rachel's passion and she loves getting to share her love of dance and performing with her students.

Sarah Hagan
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Sarah Hagan has been dancing and tumbling since the age of three. She has been a student at a variety of dance studios throughout the Central Illinois region including Cay's Academy of Tumbling, Washington Dance Academy and Peoria Ballet. She ended her career at Just Dance; home of Water Street Dance Company. There she studied under Gina Kennedy - an award winning choreographer and teacher, as well as, Liz Curtin, the former Ballet Mistress and Soloist for the Illinois Ballet.

At WSDC Sarah competed both regionally and nationally traveling to Branson, Wisconsin Dells and Nashville to name a few. Sarah was part of the Peoria Pirates AF2 dance team for two years while studying at Bradley University. During this time she also taught dance classes at the Washington Park District in her hometown of Washington, Illinois.

Crystal Barry

Crystal Barry has been a teacher at Vancil Performing Arts Center since 2007, and as a child took classes at VPAC for nine years. She is very excited to share her love of dance with her students!

Crystal has continued her dance education by attending workshops and conferences in Chicago, St. Louis, and New York City. She is very proud of her certification in a program called Leap ‘N Learn which she earned in Lafayette, LA in the summer of 2013. Leap 'N Learn is an early childhood dance program designed for students ages 3-7 that provides a strong foundation for dance and movement in a fun and age-appropriate way.

Communication with parents is very important to Crystal, so she invites all parents to contact her with any questions or concerns. She is looking forward to another exciting and rewarding dance season!

Abby Huber

Abby Huber began her dance career at Vancil Performing Arts Center in 2002 at the age of 3. She enjoyed taking a large variety of classes while enrolled at the studio. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, technique, and pointe. She was a member of troupe for 12 years. She began competing at the age of 13 with the VPAC production team. She was a member of the production team for 5 years. She was also a member of the competition team and team elite for 2 years. She enjoyed attending competitions and conventions throughout her years on the teams. While in high school, Abby attended the Orange Bowl in Miami Florida and performed the half-time show. She also attended the Indy 500 where she performed in the opening number of the festival parade.

She found her love for teaching when she had started as a demo-dancer at the age of 12. She was a demo-dancer for 2 years and an assistant for 6 years and is still currently assisting for the competitive teams. She has helped with a large variety of classes throughout her years of assisting ranging from ages 2-adult. Her favorite part of working with dancers is helping them find their love for dance and seeing their excitement when they finally understand something that they had been working hard on for a long time.

Abby is currently attending Culver-Stockton College where she is studying accounting. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family.


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