About Us

For over 25 years Academy of Dance has provided excellence in dance training to ages two through adults to the greater Yankton area. Academy of Dance is under the direction of former touring professional, Dorota Dannenbring.

Academy of Dance is also proud to offer adult fitness classes including Barre, Yoga and SHiNE™ Dance Fitness.


Our Team

Dorota Dannenbring

is the Academy of Dance owner. She received classical, professional dance training at the Warsaw School of Ballet in Warsaw, Poland. Dorota studied Russian techniques of classical dance, character dance and traditional folk dance. As a member and soloist with the Polish National Dance Company, Dorota performed throughout Europe, Israel, Canada and the United States. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, the Academy of Music in Brooklyn, NY and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA.

Dorota has taught and choreographed for the Vermillion and Lewis and Clark Playhouses, Sleeping Beauty Ballet, various Nutcracker Ballets, Sioux City Symphony, the University of South Dakota, and the School of Ballet Omaha. Her competition choreographies for 2015, 2016 and 2017 were nominated for Outstanding Performance and People’s Choice elite level awards at Spotlight Dance Cup Competitions as well as many other awards. For the 2018 season, her choreographies were awarded one of only two given for Most Entertaining Group Routine at Leap Competition, Standing Ovation award at Bravo, and second place overall and Entertainment Award at Cathy Roe CRU.


Dorota’s proudest achievement is working with her students of all ages and levels at the Academy of Dance!

Kathryn Rose Reimler

has a B.A. in dance from the University of Iowa. She enjoys choreographing musical theater at Yankton High School, Lewis and Clark Theatre Company, and Vermillion Community Theatre. She has worked at Mount Marty College, USD Musical Theater and Opera, Freeman Academy, and Schmeckfest. Recently Kathryn has choreographed Newsies and Mamma Mia! for YHS and VCT. As well as Rockin’ Robin Hood and Footloose at the Black Hills Playhouse Jr. Performing Arts Camp. Kathryn enjoys the variety of teaching, performing, and choreographing in different places and working with different people. She also has fun sharing the arts with her husband and their two daughters.

Ashely Ibarolle

has her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Texas Tech University. After graduation she pursued her dream of dancing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. With her love of dance and movement she went on to gain her certifications in Yoga, American Barre Technique, and SHiNE™ Dance Fitness. She enjoys teaching, learning, choreographing and sharing her love of dance with the community.

Carolyn Golden

has assisted Dorota with classes for our youngest dancers for many years and has a wonderful ability with children. The Academy of Dance is excited to have Carolyn leading our “Special Person and Me” class for 2 to 3 year old children and their adult. Carolyn also enjoys sharing her love of dance and fitness as an American Barre Technique certified instructor.

Valerie Merkwan

is a Yankton native and participated in gymnastics from preschool through high school. As an adult, she continued teaching gymnastics to children of all ages while attending USD to study biology and chemistry. Valerie has participated in adult dance education and performance and has extensive knowledge in Acrobatics.

Dave Dannenbring

is a certified coach and physical education teacher. As a high school science teacher, coach and the father of one daughter and six sons, Dave has extensive professional and practical experience with children of all ages.

Elizabeth Isburg-Dooley

Elizabeth has always been fascinated by the human body and the connection between body, mind, and spirit. Even as a child, she knew she wanted to do something that improved other people’s well being. She earned degrees in exercise physiology and education and, along with teaching dynamic and sweaty yoga classes, teaches science at Yankton’s Middle School. “Yoga ‘found’ me while I was working as a personal trainer. I was approached by the yoga coordinator and offered a scholarship to attend a teacher training,” Elizabeth says. “It was an offer I could not refuse and it changed my life.” In 2003, she earned her 200 hour certification at Inner City Yoga in Denver, Colorado and loves seeing others discover themselves in their own practice. Elizabeth is also a wife and mother of three very active boys.


 Front Desk Hours

Monday: 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Tuesday: 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday: 3:30 pm - 7:00pm

Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed

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