1 Tonya Willadson
Hello! I am the proud Owner and Creative Director of Dance Evolutions!
I have been dancing for 30 years. I began teaching at age 15 for the Torrington High School Drill/Dance Team. I attended the University of Wyoming where I choreographed and danced for the Wildfire dance team.
After graduating from UW, I auditioned for and was a finalist for Disneyland\'s Pocahontas Stage Show & for the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders. I then worked in Fort Collins at a Mortgage Banking Company and in Denver for Merrill Lynch.
During this time, my passion for dance returned, and I choreographed for various dance teams in the Rocky Mtn region. I also took classes and taught in three Denver dance studios.
In 1996, I married Stephen Willadson, and moved to Casper. I taught the KWHS Dancers & the KWHS Pom Team for two years. In 1998, I had my first daughter! That same year, I decided to combine my dance experience, my undying passion for dance, and my business degree when I purchased A Lil Pizazz and changed the name to Dance Evolutions, Inc.
Since then, my dancers and I have attended numerous workshops & competitions where we have won top awards in all areas of dance and choreography.
I also added another daughter to my family in 2003! I LOVE dance and want to continue to have a dance studio with a fun family environment where all kids, adults, and teachers can continue their quality dance education.
All of the teachers here are well-trained, with a wealth of dance experience! They love children and they all have the passion for the art of dance and the excitement to pass it on! These instructors are such a large part of the reason DEI is such a success!
Read on about why I think the Dance Evolutions Faculty is the most experienced, qualified & caring dance faculty in Casper!
I began dancing at the age of three at a small studio. When that studio closed, I continued my studies at Michele's Dance Academy with Michele and Kevin Self and Kathy Kildow.
I was accepted into the Las Cruces Chamber Ballet at the age of 13. I performed numerous roles in the Nut Cracker over a period of 10 years. The roles included Clara, Chinese, Russian, Snow Fairy, and understudy for Sugar Plum. I also performed in productions of "Coppelia", "Swan Lake", and the lead role of Aurora in "Sleeping Beauty". I also had the honor of performing a piece from Mel Tomlinson, then director of North Carolina Ballet.
I have attended numerous workshops including studies for Cecchetti Ballet, Aspen's School of Arts, and was accepted in to Interlochen School of Arts. I have also performed with a group from Las Vegas ShowBiz in Inatori, Japan.
I continued my education at New Mexico State University, where I earned my degree in Elementary Education.
I married in 1998, moved to Arizona where I taught 3rd and 4th grades. I also taught ballet at a local studio. I moved to Indiana and taught upper classes in ballet and beginning pointe. Then, in 2007, I moved to Casper and began offering ballet classes at the YMCA.
I am excited to be associated with Dance Evolutions! I look forward to sharing my knowledge and love of ballet with the DEI dancers!
I started taking tap, ballet, and jazz lessons at age three. Most of my training was at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota. This studio is known around the world for its good technique, military-style synchronization and elaborate production numbers. I attended workshops, dance camps and choreographed my high school productions of 42nd Street and Oklahoma! I also competed with Dance Tech in Forest Lake, Minnesota for one year.
I studied toward a B.A. in dance at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for one year before an injury prevented me from pursing a dance major. I continued my studies at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. As a member of the college Repertory Dance Theater, I performed modern and gospel dance in addition to choreographing and performing in student productions. I tapped with a local dance company, as well.
I have a B.S. in Mass Communications with an emphasis in print journalism and a minor in dance from St. Cloud State University. The Casper Star-Tribune brought me to the Oil City in 2007 to be special sections editor.
I joined Dance Evolutions, Inc., in the fall of 2007 and enjoy being a part of the DEI family. I loved my experience as a student and performer of dance and wish to create that experience for my students.
I started dancing at age 6, under Kristin Wilson at A Lil Pizazz. I later joined the performance company where Tonya Willadson became my primary teacher.
Over the years, I have performed at local events such as the Cowboy Shootout, Casper College Basketball games, & Wyoming Cavalry games. I have participated in many competitions and won numerous awards.
I have also attended many conventions, and in 2007, I won a Scholarship Finalist Award at the Hollywood Vibe Convention, and a Second Place Tuition Scholarship for Spotlight Focus.
I plan to attend Casper college and major in Early Childhood Education. I enjoy teaching dance and hope to pass on my love for dance.
I began dancing at the age of four under Joyce Buckingham at Rehearsal School of Dance and continued to dance there for nine years. This is where I realized that I truly loved dancing and wanted to keep dancing for as long as I could.
Under Joyce's direction we competed in competitions in Colorado and Montana and danced around Casper for many years. After Joyce retired I wasn't sure which direction to take so I enrolled at three dance studios in town and loved all in different ways.
I danced under Kristin Vignaroli-Wilson and Tonya Willadson at a Lil Pizazz for two years, under Dorothy Hunter at Rising Star for one year and for Shirley Lewis for two years. Sadly, Shirley Lewis passed away and Heather Marsh-Schieck began Rocky Mountain School of dance for Shirley's students. I danced under Heather for two years. It was a great experience for me to learn various styles of dance at all of these great studios. I also danced in Kelly Walsh dances and KW Pom Squad during my high school years, two years under Tonya Willadson and one year under Sandy Overman. I have great high school memories of dancing with my classmates.
After graduating high school, I attended the University of Wyoming on a dance scholarship and had a lot of fun and learned more than I could imagine in the dance department in Laramie. After two years at UW, I realized I also wanted to be an elementary teacher so I changed my major to Elementary Education with two areas of concentration, in Early Childhood and Creative Arts, so I could still apply my dance classes.
I moved back to Casper in 2003 to continue my education and to be closer to my family and soon-to-be husband.
I began teaching at RMSD dance studio in 2003 and continued until 2007. It was a great experience teaching at RMSD and dancing with the students in class.
In 2005, I taught the Kelly Walsh Dancers and learned a great deal by putting on a Spring Showcase with the students.
In 2006, I married Jason Casebolt and we have been having fun being married ever since. While still attending school and only four classes away from my bachelors in Elementary Education, I found out we were expecting! We now have one daughter who is almost two and I am now planning on going back to school soon to finish my Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education.
After taking time off from dancing, I am excited and ready to get back into the studio. I look forward to meeting new people and doing one of the things I truly love in life--dancing!
Dancing has been a passion of mine since before I can remember. I started dancing at age 5, in the suburbs of Illinois. My dance training began at the Dance Academy of Libertyville where I practiced ballet, jazz, and tap. There I was trained by dancers from the American Ballet Theatre, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Milwaukee Ballet Company, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. I performed in Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, and Stars & Stripes. I trained & performed for two summers with the Milwaukee Ballet. For the next four years, I was a Dance Major at Western Michigan University, and taught at a small studio in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
I look forward to molding dancers into the best dancers they can be, and to make their dreams of becoming a star a reality for every student at Dance Evolutions.
Dance has been my life for 20 years. Growing up, I was taught Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Musical Theatre at Center Stage Dance Studio, under the direction of Cheryl Campbell. From the age 9 through 17, I competed in many local and out of state dance competitions and won several awards. In high school, I participated in Kelly Walsh cheerleading, dance team, and dance showcase.
After high school, I attended the University of Wyoming. I majored in Elementary Education and minored in Dance.
For two of the four years, I volunteered at the Early Childhoood Education Center in Laramie, WY. At the ECEC, I taught a weekly creative movement dance class to the after school program.
During my four years of college, I was on the University of Wyoming's Wildfire Dance Team. I performed at every Cowboy Football game, Cowboy and Cowgirl Basketball game and every Cowgirl Volleyball game. I was very involved with the university and with the athletics. Along with being on the dance team, I was a part of the University's dance program.
I graduated from the University of Wyoming on May 8, 2010, I received a 5th grade teaching job at Southridge Elementary School. This year is my first year as a classroom teacher. I am so happy and excited to be back in Casper and to be teaching the 5th grade and a dance class at Dance Evolutions.