Meet The Team
Aprille Chadwell begins 2020 as the new owner of Terpsichorean Dance Studio where she began teaching in 1996. She looks forward to new challenges and opportunities owning a studio can provide as well as continuing what she loves most, teaching. Aprille has studied jazz, ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, tap and hip hop. Over the years she has trained at workshops such as Edge Performing Arts, NYCDA and LADF where she learned from Mandy Moore (So You Think You Can Dance) as well as teacher trainings in Seattle and San Francisco. She is the Senior Company Director and has lead many students to competitions and even to Disneyland to perform.
Aprille brings a level of enthusiasm and dedication that will challenge and inspire her students, and as a choreographer she hopes her passion for expressing one’s self through dance will be instilled in all of her students.
Shelley Knight has been dancing with The Terpsichorean Dance Studio since 1993, and began teaching in 2002. She has been extensively trained in many styles of dance, including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, musical theater, hip-hop and modern. Her passion for dancing has taken her to special workshops such as Monsters of Hip-Hop, NYCDA, and LADF. But her love for Modern dance has always been her underlying drive. She took a special teachers training course in San Francisco for multiple styles of Modern dance. Most recently she has been fascinated and diving into GAGA style modern. She works on meshing her Martha Graham roots to Ohad Naharin and creating her own unique style she likes to discribe as "Earthy" "Natural" and "Raw". She strives to bring out the natural beauty of dance in every student. She loves her students and hopes to give them the confidence to express themselves through dance movement from their heart. "Every dancer has a light that burns in them, I just want to try to teach them how to express that through movement from their soul"
Dakota Weeda has been an instructor at the Terpsichorean Dance Studio since 2009. His years teaching tap, musical theatre, creative movement and hip hop have given him an appreciation for the great variety of dance that he teaches. The joy of dance that Dakota has is always at the forefront of his teaching as is the primary goal of each of his classes. He is also a primary choreographer for the local theatre company, Thoroughly Modern Productions. Having been the director of Terpsichorean Dance Studio from 2014-2019, Dakota is excited for what the future holds for his students and the classes that he is proud to teach exclusively!
Ali Risdon was born in Orange, California where she started dance training at the age of 5 with Helen Clarke and Kristen Potts at West Coast Conservatory of Ballet. After her formal training Ali was accepted into the BFA program at the University of California Irvine. It was here were Ali studied with legends such as Donald McKayle, Danilo Radojevic and Diane Diefenderfer to name a few. In her junior year Ali was chosen to study in New York for a semester away at the American Ballet studios working with Ann Reinking, Donna McKechie, Tommie Tune and Alexander Filipov. After she completed her dance degree, Ali started on her Pilates certification path and professional performing career in dance. She performed with Anaheim Ballet, Dance West, Ballet Pacifica and with Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre for 15 years. She has had the opportunity to travel all over the United States, Europe and Mexico City performing. Ali has been a certified Pilates instructor since 1998, certified in Barre and enjoys sharing her passion of dance at Terpsichorean Dance Studio.
Cindy Miskowiec has had a love for all forms of dance for over 35 years! She started taking tap, ballet, and jazz classes at Pro-Am Dance Studio in Fort Lauderdale, FL when she was 5 years old and has been dancing ever since. Cindy trained and performed throughout her childhood including many dance competitions around the country. She became a member of the professional dance group, Young Broadway Stars, at age 13 and continued to perform in that group until she went off to college. Cindy was fortunate enough to take many dance classes at the Florida State University’s School of Dance while attending FSU including ballet, jazz and modern. When Cindy moved to Bend she started searching for a local dance studio that offered adult ballet classes and was lucky to find Terpsichorean. She has been taking the adult ballet class here since then and is so grateful for the opportunity to teach. It's a dream come true for Cindy and she is so excited to share her passion for dance with young dancers.
Madison Zelenka has been teaching at Terpsichorean since 2018. She has danced since she was 2, and has been at Terpsichorean Dance Studio as a performer for the past 7 years. She has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, and Tap. Her favorite dance experience was going to Monsters Dance Convention and learning from choreographers such as Rhapsody James, Jaquel Knight, Nick Demoura, and Lisette Bustamante. Performance is her passion, particularly in Contemporary and Hip Hop. She is a looking forward to sharing her love of dance with her students in the years to come!
Keturah Kinsman grew up dancing in Wyoming and Utah. She also grew up watching Ballet West perform many beautiful ballets and had a wonderful opportunity to dance with Repertory Dance Theatre for two weeks in high school. In college, she studied ballet, jazz and modern dance. Keturah attended various summer intensives; including Montreal Danse with Kathy Casey, Dance Theatre of Harlem and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Keturah has assisted or taught dance since she was eighteen. She has worked at studios in Utah, South Dakota and Alaska. She loves teaching at schools and libraries and watching the wonder of dance show up on new faces. Keturah teaches Ballet/Tap for our 6/7-year-olds.
Julia Chadwell has been dancing at Terpsichorean since the age of three. She has had a love for performing for as long as she can remember and has taken classes in all styles, predominantly ballet, jazz, contemporary, and modern. She's also part of Terpsichorean's performing company and has been for the past 4 years. This is her first year teaching and she is excited to share her passion for dance with her students. Julia teaches Ballet I and Ballet II.