Our Staff

Our Staff

Alicia Hohmann was a Dance Caravan Kid in 2004.  At the end of this national tour she received the “Miss DCK” for overall performance, talent, dedication and positive attitude.  While a Junior on the Dance Company, she received the Junior version of the “Most Promising Talent”, the “Junior Danny and Betty Hoctor Award”, as well as a full PDTA scholarship.  She was a Cheerleader at Dubuque Senior High School, a volunteer choreographer for the Central High School Hip Hop Club.  Alicia has performed at the Orange Bowl, Disney World, on the Royal Caribbean Cruise, at Pearl Harbor and on the Norwegian Cruise Line – Pride of Hawaii.  Alicia graduated from Senior High School and attended NICC.  She was employed with Dance Caravan in 2006, has received many choreography awards and scholarships.  Alicia is our Competitive Dance Coach and Choreographer, she is one of our instructors at our Maquoketa Location.

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 Rebekah Harvey is in graduate school studying physical therapy at Clarke University. I am the assistant coach for our competitive gymnastics and tumbling teams. I have been coaching gymnastics and dance for over 6 years. Dubuque dance is my second family and I am so grateful to be a part of the staff here!  I am safety certified and a skill evaluator / trainer.  

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Isabelle Barefoot, while qualified to teach in many areas of the building, is primarily a Parent/Tot- Beginning Gymnastics Instructor / Trainer at the Dubuque location.  She is safety certified, skill evaluated,  as well as a member of the Competitive Dance Team, The Untouchables.   When she is not at dancing, she also enjoys playing the cello.  From Miss Izzy, "I enjoy and adore everyone at the studio.  It's a great experience for everyone."

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Nicole Strang is a dance and gymnastics instructor here at Dubuque Dance Studio and Gymnastics Club.  She started taking classes here since I was ten years old and went until her senior year.  She attends the University of Northern Iowa for Elementary and Special Education, she made the dean's list, is a skill evaluator and safety certified.

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Tyana Mumm in a senior at the University of Dubuque.  She is studying Elementary and Middle School Education and on the Cheer and Stunt team.  Back home, she competed in trampoline, tumbling, and double mini growing up.  She is from Winnebago, IL.  This is her second-year coaching gymnastics at Dubuque Dance.  She is excited for another great year!

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Emily Watson has been with our studio for ten years. She has  competed USAG in levels 3-5. She has been working at the studio for over five years as an assistant coach.

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Emily Jo Pierce will be a Junior at UD studying Wellness & Exercise Science with a coaching minor.  She Cheered throughout high school in Germany and North Carolina, and this is her third year on the UD Cheer and Stunt team.

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Mckenna Gillespie is a senior at Loras College and is studying Elementary Education. She was a competitive cheerleader for 11 years and is from St. Charles, IL. This is her first year with the studio and she looks forward to working with all the students

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Josie Wolbers has been dancing and taking gymnastics at Dubuque Dance Studio since age 3, and is in her 5th year of competition dance with the Untouchables.  She loves sharing her passion for dance with the young students, and her students' excitement fuels her as well!  In addition to dance, she enjoys vocal performance and musical theater.  Watch for her performing in productions around the area.

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De'Shaun Madkins is entering his senior year at the University of Dubuque studying Pre-law, English, and Sociology. De'Shaun was a competitive cheerleader for five years competing for high school, all-star, and collegiate teams. This is De'Shaun's first year with the studio and he is really eager to see what the future has in store.

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Madeline Gehl has been dancing and tumbling with Dubuque Dance for 9 years and this will be her 6th year as a member of the "Untouchables" Competitive Dance Team.  She stays involved with school and church.  She also enjoys baking and reading while at home.  She has recently started teaching and loves her time with young students and showing them new skills.

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Carmen Schuster has been in dance/gymnastics for almost 7 years.  Other things I enjoy to do include reading, singing, swimming, and camping. I am always happy so if you see me around don't be afraid to say hello ☀️

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Margaret (Margee) Loebach grew up in Dubuque, IA.  She is a graduate of Wahlert High, School, Class of 2000.  Margee was actively involved in many aspects of Fine Arts starting at age 3 at Dubuque Dance Studio and Gymnastics Club (DDS&GC).  Margee left Dubuque in August 2000 to attend Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (SMU).  Where she continued to study her love of the Fine Arts.  Focusing on Arts Administration, Stage Managemet, Set Design, Light Design, Costume Design, Props Design, Directing, and Graphic Arts.  SMU is a Liberal Arts School, requiring all subjects to be studied.  Including stage Managing a production in London, U.K. and a Theatre Internship through the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland. Margee graduated in May of 2004; earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree (B.A.).  Margee teaches in any areas and is our aerial specialist.

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Heather Starr started tumbling at a very young age with Plum Creek Tumbling in Sumner, Iowa. She excelled in the sport and was heartbroken when her family moved to Maquoketa in 1985 and she was unable to find a comparable program. Many years later and now with two girls of her own she was thrilled to add them to the Dubuque Dance and Gymnastics team roster as competitive tumblers and gymnasts. "They have a very strong program, they follow strict USTA and USAG guidelines and I'm proud to be a part of that." She is thrilled to start working with kids in a sport she has always had a passion for.

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