Course Listing - by Instructor

Charles Anderson
Charlie teaches acoustic, bass and electric.
I grew up in the Fargo, North Dakota region and moved to Sioux Falls in 1998. My mother plays piano for her local church and her mother was a music teacher. I started taking private piano lessons in the 2nd grade and switched to guitar lessons the summer of my 6th grade year. I continued with private lessons until I graduated from high school. I started playing guitar in our local church praise band. I then moved to Chillicothe, Ohio where I studied studio recording at the Recording Workshop. Right after that I moved to Nashville, Tennessee and did and internship at Trinity Music City. There I learned audio and video production and also worked part-time doing live sound for concerts. I currently give private piano and guitar (acoustic, electric and bass) lessons from home. I do some audio production work from my home studio, in addition to being a DJ during the weekends. I also play guitar and bass in a local band called "The Unnotables." Music is such a big part of my life and I enjoy teaching others what I have learned through the years.
Mary Jo Wegner Arboretum Staff
Legacy Aviation
Yelena Balashova
I was raised in Estonia in a Russian family. I earned by Masters Degree in Teaching Education from Estonia and Russia. Our family moved to the United States in 1999. Before our move, I was the principal of a Daycare-Kindergarten school for 18 years, I have worked in the ELL program for the Sioux Falls School District for 4 years. I have taught Russian language through the Ukranian Church, the Philadephia Language Center and through private lessons. I believe in Community Education because it is an affordable way for students to expand their knowledge without the cost of college. The knowledge of languages helps to understand cultures, meet new friends with the same interests, and make a connection to different countries.
Acorn19 - Bead Co
Yes, it's still the Bead Co! It's Bead Co. with a newly repurposed nature inspired artisan addition named Acorn19. Custom jewelry, bead shoppe, and nature inspired wares all stirred together! The Bead Co was opened in downtown Sioux Falls in Sept 2000 by Community Education Instructor, Melanie Erickson. Melanie is grateful to continue sharing 27 years of beading experience, jewelry design, and 17 years of hands on experience teaching beading and jewelry technique classes and parties locally. Having the help of the 'BeadCo Beadies' instruction team, Bead Co has evolved to a whole new collaboration of jewelry goodness, ready to share their passions and ideas!
Britta Berry Britta Berry has an extensive background in Fine Arts, English and Education which makes her a well-rounded, knowledgeable and enthusiastic teacher. After completing her Master's degree work, she taught in both high school and undergraduate classrooms before becoming a Professional Development Trainer a community college in Iowa. Through those 5 years as a trainer, she worked with many companies and other community partners to customize classes in the areas of computer skills and business communications. The only thing Britta loves more than teaching is spending time with her husband and two-year-old daughter.
Ken Bird
Ken Bird began his working career as a high school teacher. After receiving his MA in coun-seling psychology he was also a guidance councilor. Forty years ago he began working in and teaching stained glass. He has been sharing his love of glass ever since. He has been also working with fused glass the last 15 years. With over 45 years teaching under his belt , he loves working with people, sharing his humor, and watching the joy people experience through creating works of art in stained or fused glass. He loves to guarantee you a great time taking one of his classes!
Premier Bookkeeping
Simply Bookkeeping
Calayna Callender
Hello my name is Calayna (KA-LAY-NA)! I grew up in a small town 5 hours away in Hinckley, MN. I just recently moved to Sioux Falls in June of 2017. My mother is a music teacher at our local high school and has taught piano and music lessons for 28 years! As for me, I have played piano for 23 years. Back in my hometown I taught private piano lessons for 8 years and I would often play for church and for weddings. Currently, I am finishing my B.S. degree in Education while being an EA at Oscar Howe Elementary. On the weekends I work at Good Sam's where I play for the elderly and bring the joy of music in their lives. I feel music knows no bounds and I can connect with people of all ages and abilities!
Groomly Care Jon MansonConnor Van Duyn
Groomerly owners- Jon Manson & Connor Van Duyn. Beards can look great, but are tricky. They are often itchy, patchy, or dry. We started Groomly in November of 2015 to help men remedy those issues so they can build a better beard! We both graduated from South Dakota State and continue to live in Brookings where Groomly is based out of. When we aren't developing new products or filling orders, we love to be outside. During the warmer months we try to camp, fish, and golf as much as we can. As soon as the snow falls though, we try to get to the mountains as much as we can so we can hit the slopes! Please join us for a great time learning easy ways to soften your beard as well as make it itch less and smell better!
Ballroom Dance Club Instructors
Ellison Cutrer
ACF Dakotas
Kendra Doerr
I am from Hills, MN and have played piano for 14+ years! I first fell in love with music when I attended my older brother's piano recital in first grade. The piano, while my favorite, is not the only instrument I have pursued in my passion for music. In the 5th grade, I began to play the flute. This instrument increased my desire to continue my musical pursuits. Upon entering college at the University of Sioux Falls, I declared an Instrumental Music Education major. USF has been a wonderful source of encouragement and training in my music! While at college, the opportunity to again expand my musical experience presented itself. During my sophomore year, I began taking organ lessons and have since declared it as one of my major instruments. I am currently halfway through the education program at USF and cannot wait to get my own instrumental program! The last two years I have taught piano lessons and flute lessons in Minnesota. I am very excited to expand to the Sioux Falls area in my teaching and be able to further share my passion for music!
Driver's Ed Driving
Community Education
Melanie Erickson  
Yes, it's still the Bead Co! It's Bead Co. with a newly repurposed nature inspired artisan addition named Acorn19. Custom jewelry, bead shoppe, and nature inspired wares all stirred together! The Bead Co was opened in downtown Sioux Falls in Sept 2000 by Community Education Instructor, Melanie Erickson. Melanie is grateful to continue sharing 27 years of beading experience, jewelry design, and 17 years of hands on experience teaching beading and jewelry technique classes and parties locally. Having the help of the 'BeadCo Beadies' instruction team, Bead Co has evolved to a whole new collaboration of jewelry goodness, ready to share their passions and ideas!
Stacy Fisher
John Gilbertson
Chef John Noel Gilbertson CEC,ACE is a Certified Executive Chef and also an Approved Culinary Examiner by the American Culinary Federation.  Chef John has a degree in French Cooking from the French Government- "CAP de cuisine Françoise".  Chef John has prepared food for US Presidents, European Royalty and many famous guests of all kinds.  Chef John loves people, cooking and travel.   Chef Johns favorite item to cook is whatever he's cooking right now.  His favorite place to cook is with you, while sharing love of food, culture and taste.
Virginia Gustad I have been the network admin at the Wakonda, Harrisuburg and currently the Beresford School District since the 90's. I LOVE the iPad for its versatility, portability and ease of use. I have used and adopted the iPad as a main computer device since they came out in 2010. In my spare time I like walk/run, cross stitch and read—most often my books are on the iPad of instead of paper. See you in class!
Nancy Hagen - John Harris Principal
Ahva Halma
Kevin & Robin Hempel
Kevin was a hobby woodworker for 15 years, learning through seminars, reading books and magazines and watching woodworking programs while on active duty with the Navy. Robin was a school teacher for 15 years, teaching at the middle school level. After retirement, Kevin attended the Vermont Woodworking School and received a certification in furniture building. While there, Robin took several seminars including a table building class and wood carving. We retired to Sioux Falls where we both grew up and started K R Hempel Woodworking as custom furniture makers four years ago. We both enjoy woodworking and sharing our passion for it. Teaching classes feels like a great way to share.
Joseph Herreman
Kristjana Hillberg
Alstair Hird My name is Al, and I am from England, and along with my wife and two daughters, came over here in August 2008 to raise young dairy stock for my brother-in-law’s 750 cow dairy in Egan SD. I have always had a passion for making things from wood, (my wife will confirm this, as the house is full of stuff!!) and was introduced to wood turning when a young boy at school, but did not actually take up the hobby seriously until just before we moved over here. I belonged to a Woodturning club in England, and I made sure that there was one over here before I even moved! Siouxland Woodturners are an enthusiastic bunch of people, who will help anyone to learn and improve their woodturning skills. We hope that you will come along and enjoy learning something new!
Marta Hoffman
Marta has been teaching technology skills to PreK-12 grade students for 28 years. In 2008 she started teaching adult community education classes. Presently she is a Technology Integrationist in the Harrisburg School District at Journey Elementary School in Sioux Falls.
Mary Houska
Mary Houska

I began my career as a Paramedic in Pennsylvania. I managed an ambulance service about an hour south of Pittsburgh. I moved to Sioux Falls SD to raise a family in 1992. I continued to volunteer as a Paramedic as I raised my children. I now work full time at the Avera Heart Hospital and as a BLS/ACLS Instructor with Heartstarters. I was born third to the last into a family of 9 children and started babysitting early. I have three children ages 35,25,23 and two grandchildren ages 1 and 6. I teach many life support courses for Community Ed and have combined several classes for the Super-Sitter program. Students from the Supersitter class don't just learn to watch children, they learn to play, feed and care for children. They learn how to identify risks and prevent injury and illness and know what to do in an emergency! I enjoy teaching people of all ages to be prepared to prevent injury and illness and what they can do should if they are on the scene of a victim needing help.

Mark Isackson Mark Isackson is a certified flight instructor instrument (CFII) with over 2,300 hours of flying time. He is currently a 1/3 owner of Legacy Aviation FBO located at the Lincoln County Airport (Y14). Mr. Isackson directs the flight school, and serves as Assistant Chief Flight Instructor for Legacy's FAA certified part 141 flight training program. Mark retired from the Sioux Falls Public Schools in May 2011, where he taught band and orchestra at all levels, and in many different SFPS schools for 30 years. Currently, he is on staff at Augustana College - teaching jazz and saxophone. He is Associate Principal Clarinet with the SD Symphony, and is an active jazz musician. He is also Co-Director of the SD Symphony Youth Orchestra "Sinfonia".
Jim Jensen
January Johnson
January Johnson earned her B.A. degree in French and English from the University of South Dakota and a M.Ed degree from the University of Sioux Falls. She has been Roosevelt High School's resident French teacher for the past 10 years. January lives in Sioux Falls with her husband and animals, and she enjoys travel, cinema, music, and reading during her spare time.
Mark Koterwski Mark Koterwski graduated from Gallaudet University in 1989. Mark has worked for Communication Service for the Deaf for almost 25 years as a Community Support Specialist. Mark has also worked in following areas: Community Support, Interpreting Mentor Program, Employment Services, American Sign Language Instructor, Advocacy, and Communication Assistance. Mark has worked with deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people with communication barriers for over 30 years in the states of Maryland, Washington D.C., Illinois, California, and South Dakota.
Dr. Kristin Kuchenbecker

Ph.D. in Foreign Language and ESL Education from the University of Iowa
MA in Secondary Education from The University of South Dakota
BA in Russian from Arizona State University
Professional Experience
15th year of teaching High School German
5th year of teaching Junior High German
2nd year teaching German at the College level
Personal Info:
In my free time I like to play table tennis, yes table tennis, I do not call it ping-pong :) I also love to travel, explore new cultures and try ethnic foods.

Esperanza Langle
Amira & Tyler Lawrence
We are a husband and wife duo (plus a dog and baby!) that makes up Lawrence Imagery based out of Sioux Falls, SD. Tyler was born and raised in Mitchell, SD and Amira has spent her entire life in Sioux Falls, SD. Tyler specializes in sports, wedding, and event photography while Amira prefers portrait and art photography. We met in college, at South Dakota State University, in a photography class and have bonded over everything photo since! From functionality to gear questions, we have plenty of tips and tricks to offer as we share in our passion with you. We each like to offer a fresh perspective to what photography is and help others be more confident with their cameras.
Anna Maifeld
Anna Maifeld began crocheting rag rugs years ago as a way to use up fabric scraps and old clothing. She now sells her rugs on her Etsy shop "HeartlandHandmadeSD". You can see more of her rugs on her website She and her family live on a hobby farm near Sioux Falls and enjoy incorporating old time crafts with homeschooling, gardening, and animals.
Richard Mayko

Richard is a Community Forester with the SD Department of Agriculture-Division of Resource Conservation and Forestry in Sioux Falls. He assists private landowners, communities, organizations, and other government agencies with tree planting and pruning, insect and disease identification and control, tree project design, urban tree management, and the Tree City USA program. Rick has a BS in Natural Resource Management and an AAS in Forest Technology from SUNY College of ESF in Syracuse, NY. He has served as a Service Forester since 1991 and as Community Forester since 2006. He is also a Certified Arborist through the International Society of Aboriculture.

Steve McFarland
I have been playing guitar and bass professionally in Sioux Falls for the past 30 years. I also perform throughout the area and is happy to share his knowledge and love of music with students at two of our locations. With a B.A. from SDSU and a M.A. from Augustana, both in education, I love to motivate & reach students of all ages. I teach students ages 6 through adults, beginners and experienced. He teaches acoustic, bass and electric guitar. Two years ago I began teaching himself Ukulele and Banjo by using the same methodologies used in teaching others. Students with electric guitar will need to bring their own amp to practice.
David Mercer
David Mercer is a classically trained pianist with a degree in piano performance from the University of Minnesota. He started piano lessons at the age of eleven with Sister Elaine Fraher, a very traditional nun who instilled in him the disciplined practice methods and techniques of classical repertoire. In high school he studied with Dr. Paul Wirth who taught a variety of practice methods and routines, and inspired him to take on more difficult pieces. Dr. Paul Wirth has an expansive network of teachers and students in Minnesota and fosters a competitive community of young artists through seminars and performances. In college David studied with Alexander Braginsky who expanded his knowledge and training in classical music. After graduating in 2007 he joined folk, rock and jazz bands and started writing his own music. He began teaching piano lessons with the intent of blending the disciplines of classical music with the practice methods and knowledge of popular music. His goal is to inspire students to tread their own path in the world of music, with the benefit of traditional studies and techniques.
JJ (Jessica) Nelson
Jessica "JJ" Nelson was born and raised in and around Sioux Falls, SD. She has always been artistic by nature. Don't worry, she is not the brooding kind of artistic. No one needs lose an ear lobe. JJ’s mind lives instead in a much more laid back and fun filled search for the creativity that lives within all of us.

JJ studied graphic communications at Southeast Tech and has an entrepreneurial spirit. Over the last 25 years she has owned and operated three businesses. These were all wonderful adventures, but lacked the one-on-one personal experience she craved. She was still looking for a way to connect, inspire, and empower.

In 2014 she moved back to SD and attended a painting party/class in Sioux Falls. By the end of the evening she knew that this was the answer she was looking for and After 5 Art Party was born. Her favorite parts of instructing painting parties are seeing the "Ah, ha!" moments on her attendees faces and hearing laughter sweep the room. Their motto is: "Yes you can! We’ll show you how!”


Travis Nye
Travis has been practicing and performing magic for over 14 years. In this time Travis has performed across the country for all types of audiences large and small. Travis also has a theater show he has traveled with other performers across the midwest. One of the biggest challenges that comes with being a magician is being able to fool anyone, without them feeling like they were "tricked" and feel foolish. Travis contributes his success to understanding how the mind perceives most things on a day to day basis and creates a pattern. These patterns create habits, and once you learn the habits of your mind, you can break them. Allowing yourself to grow in life, business, and no longer be fooled as easily.
Mitchell Olson
TV credits include: contestant on CBS's Survivor 2, where he went on to win the Emmy for Best Reality Cast, as well as the Peoples Choice award. Mitchell won a foosball table on The Price Is Right, guest (and performer) on Letterman, Rosie, Regis, Howard Stern, Ricki Lake, Craig Kilborn, Early Show, Kathy Griffin, VHI: I Love The 80's, Wheel of Fortune, Anna Nicole Show and bottom left Square on Hollywood Squares. He went on to work as a casting director for a number of Network Reality shows, including ABC, TLC, VH1, NBC and BBC. Some of the reality shows he has cast in the past include: WHAT NOT TO WEAR, THE BIGGEST LOSER, AMAZING RACE, WIFE SWAP, to name a few. Mitchell has judged over 18 state pageants in the Miss America Organization, favorites being Miss Oregon and Miss Hawaii. he also served as the MC for the Miss South Dakota pageant for 14 years. He also teaches piano lessons after school. Once a week he is the "Entertainment Expert" for KSFY news, where he covers local theatre productions, concerts and movies on the morning show with Shawn and Kamie. Every Friday morning he co-hosts the 104.7 radio show with Andy and Tasha. Over the summer, just for fun, he helped create the #1 selling App in the Apple Store for a full week. Called "Never Hillary Clinton". Not to be confused with his political views, he's an equal opportunity candidate joker. Check out "Ask Donald Trump" an original App he released earlier this month for free.
Archery Outfitters
Sioux Empire Paddlers
Cherri Palmer
Patricia Pannell
William Perry
Bill has been serving clients as a Financial Advisor since 2004. He believes that the best financial advice comes from a comprehensive understanding of his clients’ needs. He thoroughly enjoys working with families to help reach their financial goals through customized and personalized solutions. Many of his younger clients are proactive about preparing for retirement now so they can achieve the lifestyle they desire. Bill also enjoys working with clients who are entering the final stages of retirement planning, and with clients living in retirement to utilize and manage their funds appropriately. Bill earned his Accredited Asset Management Specialist. (AAMS®) designation in 2008. He attended Augustana College and is a member of the Downtown Lions Club and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE).

Bill is an affiliated instructor with a national organization called the Financial Educators Network. This Network offers courses on Life Planning and Retirement Planning at over 400 schools throughout the United States. He is also a Level Two archery instructor and enjoys volunteering his time teaching archery to individuals with disabilities. He is actively involved as a youth leader and teacher at his church. Bill’s wife, Anna, is a social worker at the VA Hospital and together they have two young daughters who will both be participating in the Spanish immersion program in the Sioux Falls School District. He is an avid reader, softball player and fan of eclectic music.

Stephanie Peterson

Stephanie is a graduate of Rapid City Stevens High School and Augustana University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She has eight years of political experience in Washington, DC where she worked on Capitol Hill for former Senator Tom Daschle.

Moving home to South Dakota in 2014 with her husband and two teenage sons has allowed Stephanie to reconnect with her roots and her passions. Last year, she founded Fruit of the Coop, LLC, a wholesale egg business, on their farm near the Big Sioux River and Brandon, South Dakota. In addition to selling eggs from her own flock of heritage chickens, she sources eggs from other small flocks within the Sioux Empire. All the chickens are pasture-raised on natural grains and forage, which gives the yolks of their eggs a deep golden color and strong shells. You can find her eggs at Cherry Rock Farm and Glory Garden (a local CSA) and served at Josiah's, Breadico and Morrie's Steakhouse. Stephanie believes in bringing local food to Sioux Falls area establishments and helping to revitalize small and mid-level agriculture in rural economies and communities. She also serves on the board for Dakota Rural Action and is active in DRA's local chapter, Homegrown Sioux Empire.

Glenda & Jeff Pray

Jeff and Glenda have been dancing and teaching ballroom, latin, swing and country dance in the Sioux Falls area since 2008. They studied and taught dance at Ballroom at the Bridges before it closed in 2010 and have owned their own business since then. Not only do they enjoy teaching dance in the studio but they share their love for dance with community groups and charity organizations. Community Education classes give community members options they might not think of or are intimidated by for educational opportunities, making them convenient and inclusive. We think this ballroom dance class would be a perfect fit for Community Ed to make folks aware of the dance opportunities in Sioux Falls and the realization that they can participate.

Monica Pugh
I have been making homemade jams for my family for over twenty years. My husband and I moved to Sioux Falls six years ago and love living here! Two years ago I started a jamming business, selling my award winning homemade jams and jellies at the Sioux Empire Farmer's Market at 8th & Railroad Center. I have also taken a course through SDSU Extension in Sioux Falls to become a Food Processing authority. I love learning and I receive great joy in helping others learn.
Rich Ramstad
Lisa Rinaldo
Lisa Rinaldo is a retired elementary teacher, with many years of experience in teaching art to children and adults. She enjoys breaking projects down into steps, then watching as each person's "internal artist" comes out to play! "Art is about immersing yourself in the process more than the outcome."
Dan Roberdeau
Dan Roberdeau is an experienced clarinetist that has held many positions within the music world! He has had the privilege of attending and having a more formal education at the Navy School of Music and then graduating with a degree in Music at Northwestern University. Dan comes to Community Education with an extensive background including performing with many great symphonies across the nation, teaching many students along the way at colleges and universities and submitting recordings for the Hal Leonard lesson books! After moving to Sioux Falls, he has continued to share his talent and love for the clarinet by offering individual clarinet lessons. Whether you are a beginner or advanced student, Dan will meet you where you are at and help you to grow as a musician!
Travis Roberts

My name is Travis Roberts. I am the first Level 1 Certified DDP Yoga Instructor in South Dakota. Midwest Strong Fitness is all about utilizing the Best Fitness Program on the Planet Today: DDP Yoga. What is DDP Yoga, you ask? DDP Yoga is, quite simply, the Best Fitness Program on the Planet! It definitely ain't your Momma's Yoga! It incorporates several Yoga Positions, Rehab Moves & Old School Calisthenics (push-ups & squats) , all while using Dynamic Resistance. Putting this all together, DDP Yoga gives you the best & safest Cardio, Strength Training and Flexability Workout all with Minimal Joint Impact! That means that ANYONE can do this workout!

Amy Rollinger
Lois Running - Discovery Principal
Cathy Schneider
I am a married mother of three grown children and grandmother of three darling girls. I've been playing mahjong for 17 years. I have been in Sioux Falls for 22 years, but my love of games began as a farm girl in Hecla, SD, in the northeast corner of the state. My father's theory was if we were home playing games we wouldn't be running around getting into trouble! His plan didn't always work, but I am thankful for my family and my family of friends that I have met playing mah jongg!
Heidi Schrag
I was born and raised in southeastern South Dakota (Freeman), and ended up in Sioux Falls to attend Augustana College, which is where I've been ever since. Several years ago, I drove by Dakota Stained Glass and saw a sign advertising beginning stained glass classes. I signed up and fell in love with the process of copper foiled stained glass. I have taken several different classes in stained glass technique, but always seem to come back to the copper foil method. After giving friends and family a lot of stained glass sun catchers and ornaments as gifts, I've begun selling my pieces at local craft fairs and shows throughout South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. My creations tend to be funky, unique and whimsical, definitely all one of kinds!
Linda Schwab
My love of arts and crafts dates back to kindergarten. I had the same wonderful and talented art teacher k-12. Throughout those years Mrs "J" taught me painting, calligraphy, art history, wood burning, sculpture, muraling, matting, etching, charcoal drawing, paper quilling, etc... In under-graduate school, I earned a minor in the visual arts. I continue to paint, cartoon, make greeting cards, and collect Artist's Biography books. My long life interest in arts and crafts enables me to teach and enlighten the people around me to lead a balanced and happy life. Turn this 500 year old technique into a relaxing and rewarding hobby. Learn the basics of Quilling shapes and scrolls, and then create 4 beautiful greeting cards. You'll be be amazed at how easy and fun it is to learn. Don't be surprised if this filigree paper art becomes addicting only after your first encounter with it! Besides your greeting cards, and additional slotted quilling needle, you will take home a packet of information containing Quilling products, designs, and resources.
Sioux Falls Sioux Falls Sword Academy

My name is Jesse Adams and I am originally from the Bemidji area in Northern Minnesota, and moved to Sioux Falls six years ago. Up north I ran a Dojang (training gym) for nearly ten years before moving to the Sioux Falls area to support my wife's career. I feel very fortunate to be able to continue offering Kumdo/Kendo classes to the great people in our region! My training began nearly sixteen years ago, during which I have enjoyed the opportunity of traveling overseas on a number of occasions. I believe strongly in both the physical and emotional benefits of martial arts practice! The study of the sword specifically is an excellent method of pursuing a deeper understanding of ourselves while enjoying being active. I look forward to seeing you in class!

Kathi Skoglund
Kathi Skoglund is a Program Specialist II with the SD DSS Division of Economic Assistance out of Sioux Falls with responsibility for the Long Term Care Partnership Program and the federal Community Services Block Grant that provides funding to the SD Community Action Agencies. She is responsible for statewide public education for the Long Term Care Partnership Program; and she does training and educational sessions for many college classes, community education, agent groups, and community and consumer groups. She has a BA in Sociology with minors in Psychology and Child/Human Development from South Dakota State University. It is her goal to clarify challenging concepts about long term care to all who come to learn!
Randy Smith
After studying Physics & Electrical Engineering at SDSM&T my attention turned to matters of health, and I went on to attain a Master's Degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. I now co-operate R & R Transformational Healing with my wife Rita. I have a holistic practice and strive to help people with acupuncture, traditional herbal therapy, lifestyle guidance, and more. I also love to give people tools that help to improve their mind-body-spirit health by teaching such things as meditation, tai chi, & healthy eating.
Natalie Sorenson
I'm Natalie Sorenson. I've been drawn to creative play forever. I caught the jewelry bug in my mother's cellar studio and later took metallurgy in OH, where I received my degree in fashion design. The beauty of handmade jewelry comes from an artist's own signature hammer blows, torch strokes, and aesthetic, and going elemental with precious metals and soldering is the cathartic step in making so much possible. JoeBobLeigh is my label for handmade jewelry, where it has sold from Sticks & Steel to Mall of America. Some of my artistic haunts are Painted Prairie, 1st Lutheran Church, St. Mark's Church, Soul Movement Studio, the Butterfly House and Knitter's Magazine. I've taught sewing, tie-dye, painting, baton, knitting, as well as jewelry. JOE'S Garage is where I have been teaching jewelry classes to like-minded earthy artsy sorts since 2011. I have lived in Sioux Falls since 1990 with my husband, where we raised our 3 daughters.
Dakota Spirit
Dakota Spirit was established in 1997 by founder Robin Fritsch. It was South Dakota's first youth cheerleading program. Students of all ages participate on cheer teams and in a variety of classes, tumbling and cheerleading activities. Dakota Spirit's mission is to promote mental and physical development, healthy self esteem and positive sportsmanship. DS Coaches are trained and certified. Dakota Spirit has won national honors, community service awards, and statewide recognition each year. Dakota Spirit's state of the art facility is located at 3910 West 59th Street.
Emily Stiegel
I have a degree in music education from the University of South Dakota and have taught lessons for a couple of years while teaching K-12 Music near Redfield, SD. My husband and I live in Tea and I work at Holy Cross Lutheran Preschool and Daycare during the day.
I am excited to meet your kids and enjoy music with them!
Dawn Szymik
Hello, my name is Dawn Szymik. I have been teaching Zumba since 2009. Zumba is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning dance fitness-party!! Since I was introduced to Zumba I knew this was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I have always had a passion for dance and fitness. I used to be 260 pounds, and in the journey of losing weight I knew it was my mission to help inspire others! Zumba has changed my life because it has given me back happiness, a purpose, and a mission to help others through what ever journey they are on! I stage my classes in a club style environment to create a comfortable, non-intimidating, party like atmosphere. If you have never taken a Zumba class, please come try it with me! We love to laugh, shake, sweat, dance, and most importantly have FUN!!!!
Rita Taylor I feel like my life has been a journey of discovering the many tools available for healing. Since I was a little girl, my dreams and life choices have centered around being able to help others. After a short career as a pharmacist, I moved on to a more holistic approach with Reiki and Massage Therapy. After returning from Thailand, where I learned their traditional massage, I met my husband Randy who runs R & R Transformational Healing with me. Since then I have added crystal healing, energetic jewelry design, and sound therapy with crystal singing bowls and tuning forks to my "tool box". My passion is to continue learning and assisting others in their own journeys.
Gypsy Trading
James Trett
Tracy Vik-Sonia Sotomayor Principal
Troy Vink, Jr. Master
I started Taekwondo when I was 14 yrs. old and now I am 45.... I can let you do the math. I obviously have a love and passion for this! I am a 4th degree black belt and have been teaching for over 25 years now. I "think" that close to, if not over 15 years have now been with Community Education in Sioux Falls. I have the pleasure of teaching students the aspects of Respect, Confidence, and Discipline. I cannot think of many things in my life that has been more gratifying than the companionship and connection that I have through this experience.
Robert Vroman
Mary Wheaton
I believe that life is meant to be lived in relationship with other people and all of creation. In an atmosphere built on mutual trust and respect, my passion is to provide a peaceful space where together we explore and discern what God desires to live out through you. I also enjoy coming alongside people in 12 Step Recovery who are seeking to find a Source of Strength greater than themselves. God lives in us and all things; including our past, our present and our future. I'm here to help you discover how He is writing you into His story. Please visit my website to learn more.
William Wheeler
Molly Wilson
Siouxland Woodturners

The Siouxland Woodturner's (SWT) is a local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW). The AAW is an international, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the woodturning craft. Our mission is to provide information, education, a meeting place, and an effective organization for all who are interested in turning wood.