Nathan Cashion – Ballroom Dance Instructor
Nathan joined Gotta Dance in July, 2017 as a Ballroom Dance Instructor for private lessons and group classes. Nathan was a member of the BYU Ballroom Dance Company Touring Team, a Teaching Assistant in the BYU Ballroom Dance Department, he has Bronze, Silver, Gold, Gold Bar/Star Medals in American Ballroom & Latin, International Latin, International Ballroom. He was an instructor at the Utah Dance Studio in Salt Lake City and a NCAC Competitor winning 3rd Place American Smooth, National Championships, Provo, UT, 1st Place Professional Rising Star Smooth, San Francisco and 2nd Place Professional Show Dance, People’s Choice Dancesport, Scottsdale, AZ.
John Talley – Country, Swing and Club Dance Instructor
John took his first dance class in 1987. He began dancing competitively in 1998. John has taken 100s if not 1,000s of hours of private lessons and coaching. He competed Pro/Am with Melissa Sieb, nationally recognized choreographer, coach, judge, performer, and former UCWDC Masters competitor and Patty Mulholland, UCWDC Showcase Division I World Champion. His competitive dance career culminated after winning Gold with Honors, the highest possible rating, in Country Two Step, Night Club Two Step and West Coast Swing at the 2004 Colorado Country Classic Competition in Denver. John continues learning other styles of dance, attends workshops to keep current and teaches Country Two Step, Night Club Two Step, Triple Two Step, West Coast Swing and Hustle at Gotta Dance. John has been with Gotta Dance since day one!
Peggy Norris – Ballroom, Swing and Club Dance Instructor
Peggy started dancing in 1999 in Northern California, specializing in Smooth, Latin and Swing. In California, she competed in the Smooth dances (Foxtrot, Waltz, Quickstep, American Tango) in the Amateur divisions, and took West Coast Swing les
sons from three-time U.S. Open Winner Michelle Kinkaid. She began teaching in 2007. Since moving to Deadwood in 2009, she keeps current by traveling to Maryland monthly for lessons and coaching. When not dancing, you can find Peggy at the Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, where she is Deputy Director of Education and Outreach. Peggy has been teaching at Gotta Dance since shortly after we opened in 2012.
Jake Moore – Ballroom and Swing Dance Instructor
Jake took up dancing in 2007 after meeting a pretty women in a red dress dancing Salsa. He took his first dance class for credit at Bemidji State University where he was a Physics major. He has performed as a dancer at the college and was an instructor at Suzy and Hondo’s School of dance. He is certified to teach bronze level Tango, Foxtrot, Waltz, Cha Cha and Rumba. He learned to dance and to teach dance mainly at the Suzy and Hondo School of Dance in Bemidji, MN. Jake and his new wife moved to Rapid City in 2013. After having their first child and settling into life here in Rapid City he is back to teaching dance. He is often assisted by his beautiful wife, Bridget. Jake has been teaching at Gotta Dance since September 2015.
Amelia & Michael Kozielski – Swing Dance Instructors
Amelia Kozielski is a Texan through and through, but enjoys many styles of dance besides country! If she had to choose a favorite style, it would be Swing. As a young girl, Amelia grew up in ballet, tap, jazz, gymnastics, and couldn’t keep her toes from tapping to the beat. As a teen, Amelia picked up many country dances and then at 19 she started Swing dancing. After three months she began teaching in at Sam’s Burger Joint- the place where her husband asked her on their first date and the place she learned swing. After one lesson, she was hooked! Amelia went on to teach Charleston, Lindy Hop, East Coast Swing, and Blues for 6 years. One of her favorite memories was attending Lindyfest where she had the honor of learning the Shim Sham from Frankie Manning himself. Sylvia Sykes, Bill Borgida, Andrea Deaton, Nina Gilkenson, and Naomi Uyama are some of her favorite instructors she has learned from. Amelia has been fortunate to teach in San Antonio, Charleston, SC, and Asheville, NC and now at Gotta Dance in Rapid City, SD with her husband Michael. Together, the couple has been featured on live TV and numerous performances.
Michael Kozielski was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. He grew up learning country dancing as most young men in Texas do, learning the Two-Step, Triple-Two, Waltz and various line dances. It wasn’t till becoming a firefighter after high school that Michael started swing dancing. He furthered his skills by taking many years of lessons from the San Antonio Swing Dance Society. He has attended Lindyfest in Houston where he received instruction from such dance greats as Dawn Hampton, Sylvia Sykes, Skye Humphries, Peter Storm, Nick Williams and the late great Frankie Manning, the Ambassador of Lindy Hop. Michael has been teaching various forms of swing dance with his wife and dance partner for almost 10 years. Michael and Amelia have taught in San Antonio, TX, Asheville, NC, Charleston, SC and now at Gotta Dance in Rapid City, SD. He and his wife have danced in numerous swing exhibitions from Debutant Balls to live TV features.
Becca Myers – Tap Dance Instructor
Rebecca Myers is a Rapid City native, she attended ballet classes at Prima School of Dance for 10 years and continued with them in tap classes for 16 years. Tap is her passion and she is excited to teach classes at Gotta Dance. Becca has been affiliated with Gotta Dance as a student first and as tap instructor since October of 2013.
Since a young girl, Brandi has been dancing with prideful passion. She became a professional ballerina with the Houston Ballet Academy and Company and continues to show her passion in dance. After teaching and performing nationwide she decided to bring her talent back to her roots. Brandi has been teaching her own Ballet Booty Barre class at Gotta Dance since September 2017.
Robert Rainey – Ballet Instructor
Robert has had over twenty years of experience in classical ballet. He danced professionally with State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara, California, touring within the United States and performing on the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Robert also danced professionally with Ballet San Jose in the California Bay Area and toured abroad throughout China. He has trained with Dmitri Kulev, former dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and student of the distinguished teacher Peter Pestov. Robert has worked with Viktor Kabaniaev, former dancer with the Kirov Ballet and was featured in the documentary First Position; Lise la Cour, former dancer with the Royal Danish Ballet; Michele Gifford, former dancer with New York City Ballet; and Jennifer Kulev, former principal dancer with Pittsburgh Ballet. Robert is offering high quality training of this complex and beautifully inspiring form of dance, classical ballet. Robert is currently off getting additional training and will be back in 2018.
Sandra Terry ‘Salyiah’ – Belly Dance and Belly Dance Based Fitness Instructor
Sandra Terry ‘Salyiah’ – In the early 1980s Sandy was living in southern California during the gym craze, she worked-out constantly & also took a number of dance classes ranging from modern to jazzercize to tap and then decided that it would be fun to teach aerobics at her workplace. She taught her co-workers for a number of years & became a certified aerobics instructor. Sandy moved to Rapid City 23 years ago & hasn’t looked back. Once here she continued with her work-out routines & then on a whim decided to treat herself to something different that would incorporate beauty, dance & exercise her passion of the last 9 years – belly dance. With Belly Tone she hopes you enjoy the cardio while incorporating a few elements of belly dance. We hope to develop our own Belly Dance Troupe in the near future.