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 started dancing at the age of 5 to age 17 years old. She attended the Academy of Dance in Rapid City. She always regretted not going further with her dance career but life happened. She eventually found her love of dance again through her two beautiful girls. In the time of absence from dancing, Lacee earned her degree in cosmetology from Black Hills Beauty College and has been working as a cosmetologist for 17 years.
Lacee started dancing again at the age of 29 and began teaching in 2014. She has been teaching at Barefoot dance studio for the past 7 years and expanded her teaching for a year to Phillip and Wall, SD. Lacee has spent many summers dancing and assisting with several different dance productions. She danced in two different “Flutter Production” performances and also spent a week helping with a dance performance with the Barefoot Dance Team and the kids from “Lifescape” children’s hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. To further her knowledge of teaching dance Lacee spent a summer in Boston, MA to attend a “Bill Evan’s” teacher’s intensive. Lacee has also been to many dance Network conference’s and frequent ballet and modern classes over the past 10 years.
Lacee eventually got more involved with the Barefoot Dance Team. She began coaching in 2016 and now holds the team manager position. Lacee has choreographed many competition winning dances and plans on choreographing more! 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 Ashley Reyelts has been dancing since she was three years old and since 2016 has been actively involved at Barefoot. She comes from a large background of dance and theatre experience. Reyelts has been trained under many local studios; as well as under the instruction of Mark Morris Company, Repertory Dance Theater, and the Joffrey Ballet. She has also been trained by a diverse set of teachings in higher educational dance from South Dakota State University, and the University of Wyomings Snowy Range Dance Festival. Her training has lead her to performances such as “Clara” in the Nutcracker, and Sillibub in “Cats”. Reyelts has had the opportunity to perform at Disneyland and with the Moscow Ballet. Most recently she spent time studying dance in Phoenix, Arizona through Arizona State University, and has since returned to Rapid City to continue teaching. Locally, she assisted the Chamber Music Festival of the Black Hills, in their production of "Riders on the Storm." Ashley is also an award-winning coach for the Barefoot Dance Team along with Barefoot's Event Coordinator.
Miss Sydney Gwerder began dancing in her hometown of Chadron, Nebraska when she was just two years old. She grew up dancing in a local studio and was a member of her high school Spirit Squad, which allowed her to continue dancing while also introducing her to cheerleading. After graduating from high school, Sydney moved to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where she began teaching at Act Two Studios. In addition to this, Sydney also coached high school dance and cheer. Sydney has just recently relocated to Rapid City and is excited to join the Barefoot Team!