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Sheryl Bentz-Sipe

Owner/Professional Dance Instructor, DanceTales Studio
College Dance Instructor, North Idaho College

Education

Master of Arts: Dance, University of Oregon
Bachelor of Science: Physical Education, Dance, University of Idaho
Associate of Liberal Arts, North Idaho College




Sheryl earned a Master of Arts in Dance from the University of Oregon, where she was the Director and Choreographer of the nationally renowned Jazzline and was awarded the Outstanding Dance Graduate Award. Her extensive education and training in dance includes ballroom, jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet, and multicultural.

Sheryl also pursues continued education and training in dance by regularly taking classes from numerous internationally ranked latin and ballroom dance champions and judges; most recently Slawek Sochacki and Marzena Stachura, Professional American Smooth Ballroom Champions; Artem Plakhotnyi and Inna Berlizyeva, Professional International Standard Ballroom Champions; Tomasz and Izabela Lewandowski, Professional International Latin Champions; Decho Kraev and Bree Watson, Professional American Rhythm Champions; Felipe and Carolina Telona, Professional American Rhythm Champions; Donald Johnson and Kasia Kozak, Professional International Latin and American Smooth Ballroom Champions; Jim and Janell Maranto, Professional American Smooth and International Standard Ballroom Champions. In previous years: Toni Redpath and Michael Mead, four time Professional American Smooth Ballroom Champions; Charlotta Jorgensen, Professional Ballroom Champion and Dancing with the Stars Pro; Heather Smith, Professional Ballroom Champion; and Bill Sparks, Professional International Latin Champion. Sheryl is also a registered DanceSport professional and competitor with the National Dance Council of America.

Over the course of her career, Sheryl has been consistently noted, by dance professionals and students alike, for her innovative choreography and musicality, passion filled performances, and outstanding teaching ability. She has over 25 years of teaching experience and was awarded the Coeur d’Alene Mayor’s Award for “Excellence in the Arts.” Her driving force is to promote dance in the community through dance classes and events where students have the opportunity to gain an invaluable skill, an outlet for creative expression, a means to exercise in a fun way, and a positive environment to socialize with others.




Tarah Johnson
Dance Instructor

Tarah has over 20 years of dance and competition experience in a variety of dance styles including latin, ballroom, swing, jazz, tap, modern, ballet, lyrical jazz and hip-hop. She has won many awards and scholarships as a soloist and team dancer mainly in jazz, tap, lyrical jazz and hip-hop.

As a student at North Idaho College in Sheryl's latin dance class, Tarah was inspired by Sheryl's enthusiasm in teaching and by her intoxicating love for dance. It was this motivation that encouraged Tarah to pursue a career in dance education. Tarah received two degrees, one in Fishery Resources and the other in Social Dance Education, from the University of Idaho in 2008. Tarah continues to be inspired under Sheryl's teaching and has also trained under many other dance professionals - her favorites being Ben Morris and Benji Schwimmer.

Tarah has also performed in and choreographed numerous concerts, including two seasons at the University of Idaho "Dance Theatre" and "Dancers, Drummers and Dreamers." She also performed, choreographed and directed a benefit concert entitled, "The UI Latin Dance Club Ballroom Spectacular" and was a dancer in the 2006 cast of "A Chorus Line" for Coeur d' Alene Summer Theatre.

Aside from her passion for performing and teaching dance, Tarah is also earning her Master's degree from the University of Idaho focusing on vertebrate vaccinology and diagnostic techniques. As a born and raised Idahoan, she loves spending as much time outdoors as possible. Her favorite hobbies include fly fishing, bow hunting, SCUBA diving, snowmobiling and photography.