The Dance Academy of Cedar Rapids is committed to providing positive, knowledgeable, challenging and cutting edge dance, while upholding the artistic traditions deeply ingrained in our own lives. It is vital that we live up to our Mission Statement: To guide, inspire, and educate students who enter our doors on the highest standards of dance education.

What does that mean for your child? That we will provide the best dance education possible, that we will do our best for each and every child. Our faculty members work together to create thinking, as well as technical dancers. But what makes our faculty so special and different? They uphold the high standards, and they truly care about dance education. 

Know that we love to teach. Know we believe this is our mission in life. Know we will do our very best for each and every dancer.

"The Dance Academy teaches life lessons through dance lessons.”

The Dance Academy of CR
About Us  |  Our Staff 

What better way for your child to express themselves than through the joys of dance.
It is our goal to create a welcoming environment where every student regardless of ability or skill level can learn, be confident and above all, have fun while nurturing a love and respect for the  
art of dance. We offer classes in all styles of dance technique!

Meet Our Staff
"A Dance Teacher Helps Their Students Find The Song In Their Heart,
The Beat In Their Feet And A Passion For Life.”
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SARA
EIGHME

OWNER/DIRECTOR

Sara is the owner and director of The Dance Academy of Cedar Rapids. She has been teaching in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area for over 20 years. Each year Sara continues to study in Chicago and New York to keep up with the latest trends in the industry. Sara judges regional and national dance competitions throughout the United States for various companies,  Sara enjoys challenging her students and is dedicated to helping them reach their full potential.

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SHERRY OESTERBORG

INSTRUCTOR &

BOUTIQUE MANAGER

Sherry is a terrific dancer and teacher. Her classes are energetic, positive, and lots of fun! Sherry studied musical theatre at the University of Iowa, and has taught for over 30 years. Sherry is also the To The Pointe Boutique manager.

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ELIZABETH
KIMMEL

INSTRUCTOR

Elizabeth is a graduate of Alma College with a dance minor and focus on ballet. She started dancing at the age of 3 under Claudette Soltis, often in partnership with the Indianapolis Ballet Company. She tries to keep her skills fresh by performing locally with Revival Theatre Company, Theatre Cedar Rapids, the Cedar Rapids Follies and with local star Alisabeth Von Presley. She's excited to join the team at DACR and bring her joy and love of dance to all.

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APRIL

SCHAEFER

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

April began dancing at age 3 in Winterset, Iowa. She studied all forms of dance including ballet, jazz, and tap. April attended the University of Iowa and received a B.A. in dance in 2004. While at Iowa she performed in many shows at Space Place Theatre for the university dance program. She has choreographed for dance teams and pom squads in southern Iowa. April’s passion is to teach children and teens so that they may not only learn the correct fundamentals, but also have the talent and passion to continue life dancing. 

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HEATHER
O'NEILL

INSTRUCTOR

Heather O’Neill began dancing at the age of two. She immediately found a love for dance which continued to grow over the years.  Heather received her BPA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theater. After leaving OCU Heather moved to Brooklyn, New York. She enjoyed teaching, auditioning, and taking classes. Heather is thrilled to continue being a part of the DACR family for years to come.

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CHLOE
MARZEN

INSTRUCTOR

Chloe is excited to continue her journey as a DACR staff member. She has been dancing for 16 years and was a member of the DACR Performing Company for 10 years. During her time competing she received high point awards, multiple special awards, and scholarships. Chloe has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern,  and hip hop. She looks forward to sharing her love for dance with everyone at DACR!