Staff

Kari Hinkel, Director & Studio Owner
Miss Kari is a graduate Wichita State University where she earned her BFA in Dance. Kari was also a member of the WSU dance team. Kari is in her 12th year teaching at NPAC and has owned the studio for 11 years. She currently teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and modern in all levels as well as being a choreographer for the Dynamic Dance Company competitive team. She has studied with many local and national choreographers and performed with Ballet Wichita, Wichita Contemporary Dance Theatre and Montage Theatre of Dance. Kari has won many awards including choreography awards at numerous local and national events. Kari loves being able to share her passion for dance with others through teaching and choreographing.
Amy Pollard, Director of Dynamic Dance Company & Instructor
Miss Amy is a graduate of Wichita State University where she earned a BFA in Dance and Business Management. Amy has performed with many local and national choreographers and has toured to Taiwan and Italy with the Wichita Contemporary Dance Theater. She currently is teaching hip hop and jazz dance classes at Wichita State University. She is in her 8th year of teaching at Newton Performing Arts Center, and her 4th year as the Company Director for the studio's competition team. Amy teaches hip hop, jazz and modern at all levels and is excited to add adult classes to her teaching schedule. Amy is the coach of the Newton High School Railiner Dance Team and has dedicated 10 years to the National Dance Alliance – running camps and teaching all styles of dance to high school and collegiate dance teams throughout the nation. Amy has received many awards for outstanding choreography at local and national events and has been invited to many other studios to choreograph dance routines. Amy’s life is dance and she loves every minute of it.
Rebecca Tschetter, Instructor
Miss Rebecca is an NPAC alum of 2010 and a 2014 graduate of Bethel College where she earned her degree in Elementary Special Education. Rebecca currently teaches special education in the Valley Center School District. Rebecca has been teaching Irish dance and tap at NPAC for 10 years and has won many awards for choreography and performance of Irish Dance. Rebecca is also a choreographer for the Dynamic Dance Company competitive team. Rebecca enjoys sharing her love of dance with students and loves watching dancers grow and develop throughout the year.
Ashley Blanton, Instructor
Miss Ashley is an alum of NPAC and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, and hip-hop. Ashley is in her 8th year instructing at NPAC and currently teaches ballet, tap and jazz. Ashley is a graduate of Wichita State University where she earned her degree in education. She is starting her 5th year as a Physical Education teacher and Dance Team Coach at East High School in Wichita. Ashley is a former member of the Wichita State Dance Team and has choreographed for many events on the WSU campus. Ashley is a certified Zumba instructor and teaches dance and aerobics at NPAC and East High. Ashley loves teaching dance because it allows students to express themselves through movement.
Taylor Staley, Instructor
Miss Taylor is a 2015 alum of NPAC and currently a junior at Wichita State University, majoring in dance and performing with the Wichita State University Contemporary Dance Theatre. Taylor is a former member of the Newton High Railiners. Taylor currently teaches tiny tutus, pre dance, tumbling, jazz and ballet and is a choreographer for the Dynamic Dance Company competitive team. Taylor has won many awards at local and national events. Taylor has always dreamed of being a dance teacher and loves watching kids work hard and improve.
Hayli Vogelman, Instructor
Miss Hayli is a 2014 alum of NPAC and currently a senior at Wichita State University, studying Dance and performing with the Wichita State University Contemporary Dance Theatre. Hayli is a dance major and hopes to keep her love of dance going by auditioning and performing with a company after graduation. Hayli currently teaches tumbling, ballet, hip hop, jazz and tap and is a choreographer for the Dynamic Dance Company competitive team. Hayli has performed with Ballet Wichita and Montage Theatre of Dance and is a former member of the Newton High Railiners. Hayli has won many awards at local and national events including choreography awards. Hayli enjoys sharing her love of dance with her students.
Alyssa Gaede, Instructor
Miss Alyssa is a 2014 alum of NPAC and currently a senior at Wichita State University, majoring in Dance and performing with the Wichita State University Contemporary Dance Theatre. Alyssa plans on auditioning and performing with a dance company after graduation. Alyssa currently teaches tumbling, hip hop, modern, and jazz and is a choreographer for the Dynamic Dance Company competitive team. Alyssa has performed with Ballet Wichita and Montage Theatre of Dance and is a former member of the Newton High Railiners. Alyssa has won many awards at local and national events.
Whitney Good, Instructor
Miss Whitney teaches the advanced level tumbling classes at NPAC. She graduated from Derby High School where she was a member of the gymnastics team. She worked 6 years at the DRC as gymnastics lead teacher and for 4 years teaching at NPAC. Whitney likes teaching because she loves watching the kids set goals for themselves and helping them accomplish those goals.
Kassidy Thompson, Instructor
Miss Kassidy is a 2016 alum of NPAC. She currently attends Wichita State University.