Ms. Andrea Schaefer, is the owner of Barefoot Dance Studio which opened in the fall of 2007 in downtown Rapid City offering Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Mixed-Ability Dance in a casual and professional atmosphere. Andrea is currently the President of the Dance Network of South Dakota. She has danced with international choreographers; Esther Balfe, Georg Blaschke, and Jonathan Kane. Andrea danced professionally with Bill Evan’s Dance Company, Donna Jewell Dance Company and Theatre, Keshet Dance Company and Ecotone Physical Theatre based in Albuquerque, NM and danced with Lawine-Torren, an Austrian dance company for two years. Miss Andrea returned to the Black Hills after receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of New Mexico. Locally, Andrea has been hired to dance and/or choreograph for Dakota Dance Company, the DahlFine Arts Center, and Black Hills Community Theatre and Flutter Productions. Awards include: Rapid City Cultural Affairs Artist Appreciation Award and Overall Outstanding Choreography (Regional and National Spotlight Dance Competitions), the 2010 Community Connections Award from Black Hills Workshop Foundation and a National Community Building Award from ANCOR in 2011. She is also the founder of Outright Dance Theatre, a mixed-ability modern dance and theatre company based out of Rapid City.
Mrs. Shapeera Davis is the Hip Hop and Musical Theatre instructor at Barefoot. Shapeera has been involved with music, theatre and dance since she was a child. She officially did not do organized dance until high school. Shapeera attended and graduated from Rapid City Central High School where her dance experience included cheer team, dance team, and stage dance. Shapeera attended college at Minnesota State University Moorhead where although majoring in Biology, she kept dance and theatre an active part of her life. She was involved in stage dance, cheer team (where she competed at Nationals in Daytona Beach Florida), choreography classes and various theatrical productions. Upon graduating, she became the assistant coach for the Fergus Falls junior and high school gymnastics program.
After moving back to Rapid City, Shapeera has continued to use her experience in her community. She has been apart of several stage productions including “Rent” and "Newsies" put on by A.C.T.S, “Cats” and "The Little Mermaid" put on by BHCT and was an assistant choreographer and cast member in A.C.T.S. productions of “Hairspray” and "Pippin." She also sings throughout the community and country in a group with her sisters called “The Davis Sisters.” Shapeera was also the Executive Director of the Miss South Dakota Jr. High, High School & Collegiate America Pageant along side the Little Miss South Dakota Primary, Elementary & South Dakota's Young Miss which Barefoot Dance studio performs in. Shapeera’s television experience includes American Idol in 2004, the 2011 Mrs. America Pageant where she was Mrs. South Dakota, and various commercials.
“I love to teach the arts! It’s fun, exciting, and an excellent way for expression. I also think that it is a great way to captivate youth in a positive environment and help them build self esteem and experience for their future!”
Mrs. Sarah started dancing a long time ago, when she was just Miss Sarah. Throughout her childhood she studied classical ballet under a number of teachers in New Mexico, most frequently at Ballet de Santa Fe, Dance Arts Los Alamos, and University of New Mexico. Eventually she got older and began learning modern dance, which she fell in love with as well as ballet. She was fortunate to have a lot of different teachers with very different styles and learned a lot. She even got to learn flamenco and salsa at UNM! She also got a lot of opportunities to perform around New Mexico as a soloist and as a corps member (consequently her parents accumulated an enormous number of dance costumes, sorry Mom & Dad!) Mrs. Sarah started teaching in 1996 and was having a great time until she had a major foot injury in 1997. At that time she was in college at Montana State University and had her first surgery only 2 weeks before a big dance performance! It was pretty rough, but that experience prompted her to change majors and become a physical therapist. Over the next few years she finished college, went to grad school and completed a doctorate in physical therapy. During that time she had to have four more surgeries; but always wanted to return to dancing, even though the doctors told her she never could. Finally, after brief returns to dance at Montana Ballet and Idaho State University which both ended in stress fractures to her foot, she gave up on dancing. But then, after moving to Rapid City, Mrs. Sarah enrolled her 3 year old daughter in dance and that’s when it started again…she just couldn’t sit and watch while her daughter, Morgan, had all the fun! Mrs. Sarah had to try again! In 2014 Mrs.Sarah began teaching at Barefoot and changed our lives forever. Mrs. Sarah is super excited to now be teaching regularly at Barefoot, ballet technique, jazz, and pointe, as well as conditioning for injury prevention. Her day job is owning Sundog Rehab, where she practices physical therapy. With physical therapy by day, dance by night, and keeping up with her family, she stays pretty busy and has a lot of fun!
Mrs. Lacee Wick has been working as a hair stylist for fourteen years and still loves it. When her girls started dancing at Barefoot many years ago, she decided to get involved as well. Lacee has always had a passion for dance, when she was younger she danced for twelve years and is happy to dance again as an adult. Lacee began teaching at Barefoot in 2014. She teaches ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical and is also a coach and Manager of the Barefoot Dance Studio competition team. Lacee has enjoyed her journey as a dance instructor and couldn’t ask for a better studio to pursue her passion!
Lacee is also the owner of a dance boutique located inside Barefoot Dance Studio. Make sure to check out her store. It's your one stop shop for all your dancers needs. From shoes, to leos, to tights to cool gear, she will have your dancer looking their best in and out of the classroom!
Miss Kate has been dancing since she was twelve and has competed both for the Barefoot Dance Studio Competition Team and the Rapid City Central High School dance team. She has also been very involved with theatre since she was young and was an assistant choreographer and cast member for the musical “West Side Story” put on by Central High school theater department. Kate has also been a part of various stage productions including “Hairspray” and “Pippin” put on by A.C.T.S, as well as “Vita”, “Quintessence”, and “Ascent” put on by Flutter Productions. Miss Kate loves the Rapid City community and being involved in it. She was an ambassador for the Teen Up Program and a co-founder of the Youth Take ACTion Program. Currently Miss Kate is finishing up her degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology and works as a financial representative at the local Northwestern Mutual. She is very excited to be teaching Hip-Hop and Jazz at Barefoot and is looking forward to another great year!
Miss Ashley Reyelts has been dancing locally for fifteen years, and recently began her time at Barefoot. She comes from a large background of dance and theater experience. Reyelts has been trained under many local studios; as well as under the instruction of Mark Morris Company, Repertory Dance Theater, "So You Think You Can Dance" finalist Hailee Payne, Axis Dance Company, and The Joffrey Ballet. She has also been trained by a diverse set of teachings through the University of Wyoming and their Snowy Range Dance Festival. With her countless training lead to many performances; such as "Clara" in the Nutcracker. Ashley has also performed in Disneyland and twice with the Moscow Ballet. She was recently in the Broadway production of "Cats", and also joined the Broadway Touring Company of "The Wizard of Oz" for a short time.
Miss Ashley is one of our Barefoot Dance team coaches. She also co-teaches many of our summer camps and intensives. During the year Miss Ashley lives in Arizona where she is pursuing a degree in dance at Arizona State University.