Our Staff

Aprille Chadwell - Owner

Jazz & Contemporary

Aprille began teaching at Terpsichorean Dance Studio in 1996 and became the owner of the studio in January of 2020. During her career she 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. 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.

Ali Risdon

Ballet

Ali 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 where 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

Creative Movement, Combo Classes, Ballet

Cindy 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

Hip Hop, Jazz & Contemporary

Madison 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!

Kali Sawyer - Office Manager

Tiny Tots & Creative Movement

Kali began dancing at Terpsichorean at the age of six. She danced with the studio for 12 years; studying ballet, jazz, contemporary, modern, and hip hop. She also attended and competed at various workshops in the Pacific Northwest, including LADF. Kali taught hip hop at Terpsichorean her senior year, before heading off to college in Nebraska. In college she joined the Chadron State College dance team and also taught hip hop at a local studio. Fun Fact: upon her return from college, Kali rented the studio apartment, which is now Studio C, and lived upstairs for 3 years.
Kali returned once again in 2020 as the new office manager for Aprille. Kali will continue to be the friendly face at the door, but she is also very excited for the opportunity to teach Creative Movement and Hip Hop I.

 

“Terp holds a special place in my heart, it’s like a home that I keep finding my way back to. I’m looking forward to dancing with my studio family once again!”

Julia Chadwell

Creative Movement, Combo Classes, Ballet, Lyrical &

Jr. Company

Julia 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 was also a part of Terpsichorean’s performing company during her high school years. She has attended various dance conventions during her years with the company including New York City Dance Alliance. She’s working towards her Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts at OSU-Cascades with a focus on literature and writing. This is her second year teaching and she is excited to share her passion for dance with her students.

Denali Heinlein

Modern & Sr. Company

Denali has been dancing since age 4 and has danced with Terpsichorean for 15 years. She has studied Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. Dancing has always been a passion for her and she loves being able to share what she has learned with others. Being a part of the Senior Company allowed her to experience different teaching styles from dance conventions, as well as allowing her to teach at Terpsichorean’s Senior Company dance workshops. Denali is also responsible for the mural at the entrances to Terpsichorean. She loves being a part of the studio because it is one big family where we all help and take care of each other. 

Violet Chadwell

Modern

Violet has been dancing at Terpsichorean for 14 years, since she was 2. She has predominantly studied Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Modern, and has performed with the studio's Senior Company. She has a passion for music, dance and creativity, and is greatly looking forward to sharing her knowledge with Modern 1 and 2 students. She has a unique style of dance that she hopes will intrigue her young students.

Kelsie Washington

Tap

Kelsie graduated from the University of Hartford, The Hartt School with a major in Dance Pedagogy and a minor in Performing Arts Management in May 2020. She first received her training at Fairytale Dance Studios in Ramstein, Germany at the age of two. When she moved back to the U.S. she continued her training at Houlton School of Dance, Studio One, Robinson Ballet, and Bangor Ballet in Northern and Central Maine. During the summers, Kelsie has trained at a variety of intensives: Cincinnati Ballet Collegiate Intensive, Ballet Chicago, American Ballet Theatre Collegiate Intensive, Bossov Ballet Theatre, and Robinson Ballet. While at the Hartt School, Kelsie has performed works from Napoli, Coppelia, and Swan Lake, Valse Fantasie by George Balanchine, and new works by Debra Collins Ryder. She has also worked with guest choreographers Francesca Harper and Gregory Dolbashian. Through her pedagogical studies she has interned with the Hartt School Community Division. Apart from the Hartt School, Kelsie has also participated in Prism Project- a program that works with children with exceptionalities through music and dance. Kelsie has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, musical theatre, Irish, modern and lyrical. Kelsie is excited to work with the students and share her passion for dance with them.