Molly grew up in Wheatland and experienced a love of dance early thanks to Mrs. Judy Wilson, Wheatland’s very first dance teacher. Molly estimates she spent almost a decade learning from Mrs. Wilson, and later she was part of Dance Wyoming’s Ceili Dance classes. She has always loved Irish Ceili Dance because it gives her a chance to express her Irish heritage and its music, history, and beauty! Molly danced as a Ceili dancer for four years and is excited to bring it back to Dance Wyoming. Molly is married and has two children who grew up dancing at Dance Wyoming, and she has successfully home-schooled them from kindergarten to graduation! Molly is also a photographer and loves experimenting with that medium.
Melody has lived in Wheatland since she was 8 years old and immediately signed up for tap classes. In addition to dancing with her class at her first recital, she did a partner dance with Joe Fabian and remembers it to this day. Melody has continued dancing and learning about dance through elementary, high school and at Central Wyoming College. She credits her excitement about dance to Stephani Madsen, her dance teacher from age 8 to high school graduation. In 2017 Melody received the studio’s “Dance spirit of the Year Award.” Melody lives in Wheatland with her husband and works at the North Platte Physical Therapy as a Rehabilitation Technician.
Candice and her family moved to Wyoming to expand their ranch, and she recently opened Candid Photography. She has over 25 years of teaching and performing experience. She has taught tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip hop, as well as having helped coach poms/dance teams. She has accompanied dancers from New York to California and countless states in between for everything from classes and competitions. to performing at Disneyland, on cruise ships, and at the stages in Branson. The also performed at countless festivals, fairs, and sporting events. Her experience and love for dance runs deep, and feels grateful to be getting to share and expand her dance family with the teachers and family at Dance Wyoming.
Youth Cheer/Poms, Performance Combo
Intro Ballet, Lyrical, Tap 1
Jessica was born in Wheatland and moved with her family at an early age. She started dancing at the age of 8 and fell in love with ballet. She has enjoyed many different styles of dance such as ballet, point, lyrical, modern, jazz, tap, musical theater and tap. Jessica was always in the studio dancing and spent time at CSI/IDAA Summer Dance Camp Intensive in southern Idaho working with professional dancers and teacher. After an injury in high school she decided to not dance competitively and instead focused on getting her early childhood degree. She and her husband returned to Wheatland in 2015. She has an associate degree in Childhood Development, and a beautiful family. She is excited to share her love of dance with little ones.
Katie Sherman grew up in Spokane, WA where she competed both club and high school gymnastics at Spokane Junior Gymnastics Academy, and North Central High School. After graduating High School she began coaching both club and High School gymnastics for the teams she previously competed for. In 2006 she moved to Colorado and continued her gymnastics coaching career for the Saint Vrain Valley School District High School district team. In 2014 Katie moved to Wheatland Wyoming and in 2020 had the wonderful experience of coaching tumbling to the Wheatland High School Cheer team. Katie is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and passion for gymnastics/tumbling with the Platte County Community for Dance Wyoming.
Mira Taylor, owner
Mira was born and raised in Wheatland, married to the love of her life, Nick, and has been blessed with three precious kids. She grew up loving music and was grateful to get to travel around the country and world with the Continental Singers from '05-'08. After returning to Wheatland, she helped her sister Summer start a youth dance group called IMAJN which had lots of fun performing dances & singing around town for several years. Over the years, IMAJN also traveled to multiple urban dance camps in California taught by the Word In Motion Dance Company. In 2011, Mira was inspired to bring good clean hip hop to Wheatland’s youth, and has taught at Dance Wyoming since then and really enjoys getting to share her passion for music and dance with kids of all ages. In 2017, Joe & Linda Fabian hired Mira to manage the studio, and in October of 2023, Mira and her sister Summer purchased the studio from Linda to carry on the legacy of Dance Wyoming in our community.
Summer Whelchel, owner
Summer was raised in Wheatland before moving to California at age 19, marrying high school sweetheart Randy and starting a family. They returned to Wheatland in 1999 to raise their children. She has worked with kids and music all of her life, and has been very involved in youth ministry and music programs at church. In 2006, she organized a Christian song & hip hop dance troupe named IMAJN with the help of her sister Mira. In 2011, Mira started teaching hip hop at Dance Wyoming with Summer's daughter, Skylar. Once Skylar married and moved away in 2017, Summer joined the Dance Wyoming instructors to assist Mira in teaching hip hop, and helped Mira with the management of the studio. She is also a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo, and in 2020 Taekwondo classes were added to Dance Wyoming, which her son Taran helps teach. He started teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Dance Wyoming in October of 2022, and Summer helps teach the kid's classes. As of October 2023, Summer owns and operates Dance Wyoming with her sister Mira and their husbands.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Taran has lived in Wheatland since he was 4 years old, other than when he attended and played football for Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD, earning his degrees in Exercise Science and Coaching. He moved back to Wheatland in 2020 after coaching one year of football at BHSU and interning with the University of Wyoming's football program, now working for The Winger Ranch and Genuine Beef Co in Chugwater. He also volunteer coaches with the Wheatland High School football team and assists mom Summer with teaching Taekwondo classes at Dance Wyoming. In October of 2022, he started teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for Dance Wyoming, offering kid and adult classes three times a week.
Ballet, Musical Theatre
Ton Winter has a degree in dance performance from Ball State University in Indiana. She is trained in ballet, jazz, modern and musical theatre dance. She has both danced and choreographed for professional and community musical theatre productions. She and her husband Lincoln have lived in Wheatland for many years and have 4 children.
Josephine moved to Wheatland from Littleton, Colorado in October of 2014. She started swing dancing in 2005, and by 2008 was competing in Lindy Hop, traveling all over the United States. In 2012 she took an internship with Fred Astaire Ballroom Studios. She learned, taught and performed in Foxtrot, Waltz, Tango, Rumba, Cha-Cha, east coast swing and Salsa. She is currently actively competing and traveling for the United Country Western Dance Council.
Adult Couples, Mommy & Me, Sunbeams