Meet Our Faculty

 
 

professional dance instructors in Omaha Nebraska

 

Jennifer Kinsey

OWNER | INSTRUCTOR

With her love of dance and determination to influence the lives of children, Jennifer opened Acapriccio Dance Company in 1998. Jennifer has been involved in dance and performing almost all of her life. She has been offering unsurpassed dance instruction in all areas of dance for more than 15 years. Jennifer has previous experience as a competition dancer, as well as having performed in many stage productions and musicals.

Working with the competition team at Acapriccio Dance Company, Jennifer has won many awards for her unique choreography. She attends conventions and workshops through the United States each year to continue her dance education. Jennifer and her staff of instructors and assistants are dedicated to the philosophy that dance is meant to be fun and that a personal approach is the key to providing the best dance training.

Jennifer is married to Jeremy, who can be seen helping around the studio. They have 4 boys, Andrew, Ezekiel, Easten and Elias, who are involved in dance classes and assisting.

 

Sarah Myers

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Sarah joined Acapriccio Dance Company as an instructor in 2005, bringing with her over 20 years of formal dance training and an extensive background in choreography. Sarah teaches all disciplines of dance and also works with the competition team. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in dance.

While a student at UNI, Sarah was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company. She was also a featured performer in the musicals "Cabaret", "Jesus Christ Superstar", "Camelot" and "The Wiz". A highlight for Sarah was performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Sarah also has an abundance of experience choreographing musicals, such as "Footloose", "Brigadoon" and "Seussical". She continues to focus on continuing her dance education through workshops and conventions held throughout the US.

Sarah is a brilliant instructor and choreographer who strives to give each class a personal approach in her teaching style.

 

Briana Wilcox

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Briana was born and raised in Nebraska where she began her dance training at a young age at Broadway and Mainstreet Dance Studio, under the direction of Kathy Morrison. During high school, she opened her own studio, Dynamix Dance, to help continue the love of dance for the community's youth. Briana then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney, where she was a member of the UNK Cheerleading squad and UNK Sapphires Dance Team. After Kearney, Briana became a full-time instructor at Acapriccio Dance Company.

At ADC, she attended several nationally known competitions and was recognized for her outstanding choreography. Briana has experience in several styles of dance and she continues to attend several conventions and workshops through the US to further her dance education.

We are happy to have Briana back at ADC after a short venture out to the Pacific Northwest, where she was able to continue teaching at a Gift of Dance and Infinity Dance Company in Washington state.

 

McKenzie Baltzell

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

McKenzie has been dancing since the age of 3 and began her training in Kearney, NE, where she grew up. Her experience in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical and hip-hop prepared her for 3 years as a competitive dancer and 4 years of assisting in the studio.

McKenzie was also a member of the Pleasanton High School Dance Team for 4 years, serving as Captain for 2 years. She moved to Omaha in 2010 and most recently, graduated from College of Saint Mary with her Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy.

McKenzie has been part of the staff at Acapriccio Dance Company since 2011 and we couldn’t be more pleased to have her!

 

Brianna Mather

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Brianna started dancing at Acapriccio Dance Company at the age of 4. She joined the Competition Team in 2007 and was a leader amongst the team for 11 years.  Brianna has trained in tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, tumbling and hip-hop.  Because of her leadership role amongst the team, she was selected to participate in the Assistant Leadership Program in 2011.  At Papillion - La Vista High School, Bri was a member of the Dance Team for all 4 years.  

Bri is attending the University of Nebraska - Omaha, majoring in Elementary Education, with an emphasis on Early Childhood. After being such an integral part of ADC as a dancer, we are elated to have Bri sharing her passion as an instructor with the next generation at Acapriccio Dance Company!

 

Kayleigh Gross

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Kayleigh began dancing at Acapriccio Dance Company when she was 4 years old. Because of her love for dance, she joined the Competition Team at the age of 5.  She has taken numerous classes in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary, hip-hop, pointe and tumbling. Kayleigh has enjoyed competing in many disciplines as well.  At the age of 11, Kayleigh was selected to assist classes and began to work with dancers in the studio.  One of the highlights as an ADC dancer was winning the 2017 Dancer of the Year award at the Panama City Rainbow Nationals for her tap solo.  Kayleigh was a member of the Papillion-La Vista South High School Varsity Dance Team for four years, and a captain for two years.  During her time on the Dance Team, she competed at UDA Nationals in Orlando, FL and Regionals in Minneapolis, MN.  Her senior year, the team won a regional title in their jazz dance and placed 18th at Nationals out of 84 teams.  After she graduated, Kayelgih continued taking dance classes and competing for an additional season at ADC.

Kayleigh now attends Creighton University, where she is a member of the Creighton Dance Team and the Alpha Phi sorority.  She loves cheering on the Jays!  She is studying Elementary Education and taking classes to further her education in dance.  Kayleigh is excited to share her passion with other dancers, inspire them to do what they love and express themselves through dance! 

 

Jamie Stephens

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Jamie is a native to Nebraska, growing up in the Papillion La Vista community. Her love for dance started at ADC, when she started classes at the age of 5. Jamie joined the Competition Team at Acapriccio Dance Company, competing for several years. Her training includes Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical and Hip Hop.

Jamie has been part of the ADC dance family for well over a decade, and we are so excited to have her as a staff member while she is also busy studying Hairstyling and Esthetics!

 

Isabel Conway

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Isabel began dancing at Acapriccio Dance Company when she was 8 years old. Because of her love and passion for dance, she joined the Competition Team just a few years later. Isabel is trained in a variety of classes, including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theater and Acro/Tumbling. Isabel has been a huge asset to the Assistant Leadership Program for the past 7 years, helping to shape and foster a love of dance for those she's taught. She enjoys teaching our preschool-aged dancers because she sees their tremendous growth throughout the season, not only in their dancing, but also in their confidence!

Isabel currently attends the University of Nebraska-Omaha, majoring in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, with a minor in Spanish. We are thrilled to have Isabel continue teaching and shaping the lives of our ADC dancers!