Our Instructors

Owner/Dance Instructor
Amanda has loved dance since putting on her first tutu as a toddler!
She was involved in years of studio dance and at Central College on the dance team. She graduated from Central with a BA in Exercise Science/Health Promotion. She married her college sweetheart and they have six children. Amanda has most recently taught studio dance in Oskaloosa where her dream of having her own studio was reignited. After a life changing event in 2013 it was time to launch The Dans Company. This has been a such blessing to have so many wonderful students and to partner with other fabulous instructors.


Dance Instructor
Rachael is a very talented young lady who comes to TDC with many years of competitive studio dance as well as dance instruction.  She grew up in Pella and has been very involved in her community. She is a stylist at Beautiful You Salon, the director of the Forte Drill Team and Color Guard at Pella High School and sits in an at-large position for the Iowa Stage Drill Team Association.  She brings creativity and excellence to the program and has earned many judges choice awards for her choreography.  She and her husband, Justin, reside in Pleasant Hill.


Dance and Tumbling Instructor
Annie comes to TDC weekly from Ottumwa where she and her husband, Mike, live with their four kids and lots of animals on their hobby farm. Annie has a background in dance from studio and dance team experience. She works with many of our dancers in the classroom as well as designing award winning costumes for many of our dancers. She can be seen backstage sewing kids into their costumes last minute at competitions and going out of her way to make our dancers look amazing.


Dance Instructor
Holly began dance at a young age with gymnastics, and danced for many years at Central Dance Academy (formerly The Dance Studio) in LeMars, Iowa, where she competed with the studio’s competition team through high school.  She served as co-captain of her high school dance team and then attended Iowa State University, where she was part of the Iowa State Dance Team her freshman year. She competed collegiately with the Iowa State Ballroom Dance Company during her junior and senior years. Holly received her BA in Communication Studies, with a minor in Speech Communication and Dance from Iowa State.

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Tumbling Instructor
Kristina has developed a passion for the sport of tumbling through the involvement of her three daughters.  Each of her girls are involved in dance and/or tumbling at the Dans Company and she truly appreciates the opportunity to be involved with the tumbling program as a coach.  Her favorite part of coaching is helping students learn new skills and build an overall confidence in what they’re doing.  Tumbling is a challenging sport and watching kids experience a sense of accomplishment is a lot of fun.


Dance Instructor

Cynthia Prickett Beschel grew up dancing in the Des Moines metro area and received her BA in Dance from the University of Iowa Dance Department. She’s danced professionally in Las Vegas, San Francisco, Des Moines, and Europe.  Her teaching life has included many studios and schools here in the US (IA, CA, CO, MA, WA).

Her passion is bringing dance to all that cross her path.  She is in her fifth year with Iowa Dance Theatre and it’s annual production of the Nutcracker and will help every child to be able to participate that wants to. Her two main teaching beliefs:  “a dancer dances” (learning is a never-ending process) and “dance is not a sport”  (dancers argue about this frequently). 

 Recently, she has been accepted into the Dance Masters of America, Mid-America, Chapter #34.  Her husband is Reinhard Beschel and their son is Johan, who’s in 5th grade at Jefferson.  She’s happy to return to Pella and to be welcomed into The Dans Co family! 



Dance Instructor

Shayla brings so much talent to the teaching team!  Her specialty is tap but she has such a gift in seeing detail in routines that she steps into many classes to help out with our competition team as well.  She is a teacher at North Mahaska and is passionate about her work with her students!  She lives in New Sharon with her husband, Josh and two (very active) daughters.

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Yoga Instructor for Kids

Deidra has brought a new program to the studio!  She loved yoga for herself and realized how much it could benefit her family.  She and her husband, Cory, have 3 small children.  Her kids inspired her to find yoga to do as a family. She pursued her certifications of Yoga for Kids and looks forward to serving our students.



Dance Instructor

Paige has been dancing since she was 2 years old. She danced at The Dans Co. all throughout high school. Paige is from Pleasantville and is currently a sophomore at Central College, and is a member of Central’s Dance Team! She is happy to be back working at the studio, and loves seeing all of our students grow so much each week!




Dance Instructor 

Megan began gymnastics in kindergarten, but was inspired to dance instead after watching the dancers at that year’s recital. Megan danced for many years at Robert Thomas Dancenter in Fort Dodge, where she also competed on the studio’s competition team. During that time, she got the opportunity to perform in the Iowa State Center’s production of The Nutcracker for 5 years. She was a four year member and two year co-captain of the dance team in both high school (Fort Dodge Senior High) and college (Wartburg College). She is ecstatic to have dance back in her life with the opportunity to teach at TDC!



Dance Instructor

Allison been dancing since she was 3 years old, and has taken classes in tap, ballet, tumbling, and pointe. She continued studio dance until high school, where she joined the Chariton High School Drill team as a captain her senior year. Allison is a mom of five and does in home child care. She holds a bachelors degree in Elementary education with endorsements in early childhood and reading. Allison loves teaching dance because of the smiles and creativity! She says, “It is hard to beat the feeling of walking in to a room and seeing a room full of faces light up, ready to dance and have fun! I love watching children use their imaginations and harness their creativity.” 



Dance Instructor

Liz Hurlbut has been dancing since the age of two years old at her home studio in Muscatine, Iowa. While in high school Liz was color guard captain, involved in musicals, and was a dance captain in show choir. Her senior year she began teaching tap and tumbling in Muscatine. Liz is currently a sophomore at Central College where she studies exercise science and plans to go on to get her masters degree in athletic training.  This is also her second year with The Dans Company. Her favorite style of dance is tap closely followed by lyrical and jazz. Her favorite thing about teaching dance is working with all of the other teachers to help students grow not only as dancers, but as individuals.



Dance Instructor

Sarah began dancing when she was three years old and continued her studio training through high school. During her high school years, Sarah was a member of the Pella Community High School dance team. She recently graduated from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa where she studied athletic training and Spanish as well as continued her passion for dance as a member of the dance team and by teaching at a local studio. Next June Sarah will be getting married to her fiancé, Alan before starting graduate school. Sarah enjoys teaching at the studio because it gives her an opportunity to continue dancing and to be creative through movement and she loves to see her students grow a passion for dance and to grow in their skills each week.