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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 Terwelp
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Amy Telwerp is a Quincy native. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in business marketing from Quincy University, where she was also a part of the dance team. Amy has more than 12 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 is also a part of the event leadership team for Relay of Adams County and serves as entertainment coordinator.

In her spare time, Amy enjoys spending time with fiance, Dwayne, 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 am currently the teacher of the pointe class and all the master level classes, including ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, and hip hop.

April Albert

April Albert has been dancing since 2001 and a dance instructor since 2007. She also coaches the Hawkettes dance team at Quincy University after previously dancing on it for 4 years, leading as Captain during her last 2 years.

April has attended countless competitions and conventions in New York City, St. Louis, Chicago, and more. She also has 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 Florida. April also danced in "Cabaret" at the Muni in Springfield in 2015.

April am so thankful to be an instructor at Vancil, and to be able to pass on her joy and passion for dance to my students.


Amanda Gabel

Amanda Gabel's dance career began in the 5th grade, when her best friend invited her to Vancil Performing Arts Center for the “Bring Your Friend to Dance” night. It was then when her love for dance was discovered.

From the beginning of her time dancing at VPAC thru her senior year of high school, she has been able to experience so much in the world 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 so many years ago was the best decision of her life. She has had the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of groups at VPAC, some of them being the Competition Team and being a part of the original Production Team. During her high school career, Amanda was a part of the Q-City Pommer dance team where she was able to use many of the skills that she had learned from the studio. While in college, she had the chance to choreograph for a few groups, which is where she discovered her passion for creating and teaching dance.

The 2016-2017 season will be Amanda's second year as a teacher for 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.

Shyanne Kiefaber

Shyanne Kiefaber started dancing when she was 10 years old, and has been in love with it ever since. Being in dance has taught her so many things about life, friendships, and family. Throughout her dance years at Vancil, Shyanne has performed in many places including dance conventions, local events, and the Macy's Day Parade in New York City. In high school, she was on the pom squad all four years, and was a captain her senior year.

Shyanne loves every type of dance, with hip hop and lyrical being among her favorite styles. Even though she loves to dance, being a dance teacher is her passion and she loves sharing her love of dance with her students and watching them grow as dancers.

Shyanne can't wait to see where dance continues to take her throughout the years, and is looking forward to making many more memories with her dance family here at Vancil.

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!

Maggie Strother

To Maggie Strother, being a dance teacher is one of the most rewarding things she has ever done. Throughout her many years as a student at Vancil Performing Arts Center, she has learned so many valuable lessons. Her goal is to instill those same lessons in her students.

Maggie attends John Wood Community College. All through Junior High and High School, she assisted and helped at dance, which eventually lead to her becoming a teacher. She is excited to also be involved in the Relay for Life team that Vancil. Maggie considers Vancil to be her second home, and is excited to share her love of dance with all VPAC students.

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