Artistic Leadership & Faculty

Heartland Conservatory of Dance

Meet Our Instructors

Heartland Conservatory of Dance’s faculty brings a broad range of experience and consists of former professional dancers, experienced Instructors, and former Alumni of HCD. Our faculty members are each trained in a curriculum focusing on age-appropriate, outcome-based technique at the highest level. Instilling correct technique while focusing on the health & safety of students is a priority of all HCD faculty. Creating a passion & love for dance while meeting each child at their developmental stage is what makes our faculty great.

Artistic Director

Rachel Vickrey

Rachel Vickrey – Rachel’s earliest years were spent sitting on a blanket in the corner of a dance studio watching her parents, professional dancers Robert Vickrey & Robin Welch rehearse. 
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Robin Welch

Miss Welch’s professional career has spanned over 50 years and began in Spokane Washington with dance teacher
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Betsy Anderson

Heartland Conservatory of Dance would like to welcome our newest instructor. Betsy Andersen,
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Tap, Jazz & Musical Theater Dance

Sarah Cantoya

Sarah Cantoya began her dance training at the age of 7 and within 2 years was winning top awards from various
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Laura Sambol

Former Radio City Rockette, Laura Sambol, is an Omaha native.
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Cheryl Lerner

Cheryl Lerner comes to Heartland Conservatory of Dance with many years of experience in the field of dance.
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Guest Faculty & Choreographers

Susan Brooker – American Ballet Theatre & American Ballet Theatre William J. Gillespie School

Alan Hineline – Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet

Kim Sagami – Joffrey Ballet Chicago / Kim Sagami

Armando Luna – Former School Director of Atlanta Ballet

Robert Vickrey – Former Artistic Director of Ballet Omaha – Company Member of San Francisco Ballet, Joffrey Ballet & Harkness – 30 years as Artistic Administrator of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Nicole Cisler – Choreographer

Altin Naska – Artistic Director Chicago Music & Dance Festival International

Ashlee Knapp – Ballet – New York City Ballet Director of Rye Ballet

Adrian Frye – Ballet – Principal Artist, Ballet West

Liz Reiter – Classical Jazz – Gus Giordano Pilates & Jazz Instructor Kansas City Ballet