Director/ Instructor / Jazz, Tap
Jennifer was born and raised in Arkansas City. She has followed gracefully in her mother's footsteps, spending much of her youth dancing and competing. A 1995 graduate of Arkansas City High School, she decided to stay close to home and took a dance scholarship to Cowley County Community College, where she danced under the direction of Lana Sleeper. She soon determined that dance was the life she wanted to live and began teaching beside her mother, Terri Schroeder.
Jennifer has taught dance classes at Cowley County Community College and choreographed for the College Musicals and the Cowley County Singers. In 2018, Jennifer choreographed the routine for Miss Kansas, Hannah Klaassen, for the Miss Kansas and Miss America pageant .
She keeps up on all the latest and greatest steps and techniques by attending dance workshops and being instructed by some of the most well known and talented dancers of all time, such as Gregg Russell, Frank Hatchett, Robbie Mackey, Sarah Jo Fazio, Kenneth Green, Gil Stroming, Mike Minery, and Dan Karaty, to name a few.
She has been a driving force in the creation of the Ark City Dance Company (ACDC) and has not only lead her students to National Titles, but she has been awarded National and Regional Choreography Awards
Technical Consultant/ Studio Advisor
Born and raised in Arkansas City, Terri planted her roots and stayed to make a lasting impression in Cowley County. She began performing at a young age, under instructor Billie Gregg and then on to Sheryl Reinking.
With their coaching and her determination she went on to earn consecutive titles of "Little Miss Kansas" and "Junior Miss Kansas", also being named as a top 10 finalist in the Junior Miss America Pageant. She was a well known twirler with the United States Twirling Association, being named to the "Who's Who Among the United States Twirlers Association.”
After graduation from Arkansas City High School, she decided to continue sharing her passion for twirling and dancing and opened "Weston's School of Dance" Later she was granted the opportunity to collaborate with Susan Speer, Ark City, in the opening of "The Entertainer's Dance Academy" After taking only a few years off , Terri re-emerged onto the dance scene with her own studio "Ark City Dance"
After many years of touching people’s lives, the opportunity of a lifetime came about. In 2004, her life long dream was achieved when Terri and her husband Jeff opened the doors to the brand new facility of Ark City Dance in downtown Ark City.
Terri has touched so many lives though Ark City Dance, but also takes an active role in the community. She has contributed year after year to the Arkalalah Festival in Ark City, being the Chairperson for the Queen Alalah Coronation. She also collaborated with Beta Sigma Phi in developing the Miss Ark City Pageant and has served as the Executive Director of the Miss Walnut Valley Pageant, which is affiliated with the Miss Kansas and Miss America Organizations. She has also donated countless hours to choreographing for local choir and show groups.
Her dancers have performed for many local groups and events. In November, 2005, 2009 and 2011 and again in 2015 Ark City Dance was represented by over 20 dancers in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City.
Terri has a unique yet successful approach to teaching dance. She advocates discipline and respect, while also making it her top priority to create a fun and comfortable atmosphere, where children will learn and grow, walking away with nothing less than knowing what it means to have passion.
Instructor- Ballet II, Ballet III, Jazz
Donnette Rothweiler began her ballet training at a very young age with Marjorie Kelley and the Royal Academy of Dance, based in London, England. After eight years with Ms. Kelly and the Royal Academy, Donnette continued her dance training by traveling to New York and training with the most prestigious teachers of the time. Before entering college, Donnette enjoyed her summer performing at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Donnette received a full dance scholarship throughout college and continued traveling and teaching across the country. After college, Donnette began choreographing for numerous companies and teaching master classes all over the country. Her dance and choreography credits include performances of, "The Nutcracker", " Swan Lake ", "Firebird" and "Giselle”, and “Urintown”. In her 18 years of teaching, Donnette has seen and done it all. This begins from the early days of her career as a magician assistant and modeling runway work, to recently being awarded the honor of Top Choreographer in Las Vegas. In this past year, Donnette's choreography was featured on MTV, VHI, ESPN, and Bravo. Miss Rothweiler is known for her fun loving attitude and the ability to spread the love of ballet across the country. Donnette is currently in her 16th year as Artistic Director for the The Edge Performing Arts Center and is on high demand as a teacher, judge, and choreographer.
INSTRUCTOR: Hip Hop, Musical-Theater, Jazz
Haley graduated from Wichita State University with a major in Musical Theatre and minor in Communications. She was a member of the WSU Dance Team during her college years, and was also a member of the Andover Dance Team throughout high school. She has been dancing for about 18 years now, and can’t wait to move to the next level of her dance career as a dance instructor at Ark City Dance Studio!
INSTRUCTOR: BALLET 1
Hannah is a senior this year and is currently dancing with our competition company. She has been dancing since she was 2 years old and a competitive dancer since she was 5. She has also been a cheerleader for 5 years. She has attended multiple 11 day dance intensives at Oklahoma City University, where she plans to continue her education with dance.
INSTRUCTOR: Jazz/ Hip Hop
Brittany has been dancing for 23 years and has 6 years teaching experience. Brittany attended Cowley College and Southwestern College, and was on the dance team for both schools. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Medicine from Southwestern. She continued her education at Allied Health Career Training LLC to get her CNA and is currently working a Wesley Medical Center in the Trauma Med Unit as a CNA and also a PRN/ CNA at Kansas Masonic Homes