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Meet Our Teachers!

Miss Kim

Kimberly Walters Coffey, owner/instructor of Arabesque Dance Studio, is from Carterville, Illinois. She is a seasoned performer, choreographer, and director of jazz, tap, ballet and pom. Miss Kim has been dancing for over 30 years and has been teaching dance for 23 years. She has performed in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and was a member of the Southern Illinois Dance Team.  She performed with the Springfield Ballet Company in the Nutcracker. As well as The Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella, Jack from the Newsies, Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, The Scarecrow and The Wicked Witch in The Wiz, Miss Hannigan in Annie and Julian Marsh in 42nd Street. She is a certified dance teacher with Dance Educators of America and a member of the St Louis Dance Teachers Association. She was the assistant dance coach for the Carterville High School Dance Team from 2018-2020. She is also a certified judge with the National Dance Coaches Association.

Mr. Will 

Mr. Will is the head Ballet Instructor at Arabesque Dance Studio. He has been at teacher with Arabesque for over 5 years, specializing with pointe students. Will has danced in the Southern Illinois Music Festivals productions of The Nutcracker, Romeo & Juliet, CoppĂ©lia, Giselle, Firebird and Petrushka.  He was a featured solo dancer in D4Gs productions of Aida, Chicago, and Legally Blonde.  Will has also danced at the collegiate level, and helped originate the role of Thomas for the Alzheimers Associations production of Adam E. Stones A Life Happening. 

Miss Gabby

Gabrielle Peterson is starting her fourth year teaching at Arabesque. she danced for over 15 years before joining the studio and competed for 9 years at Stars R Us Dance Studio in Mascoutah, IL. In the past three years, she has choreographed numerous award-winning dances, including 'Survivor', the 2019 World Dance Champion. She enjoys choreographing all styles, but her favorites are acro and contemporary. Most recently, she received multiple choreography awards for our contemporary routine "Better End". 
This year she will continue choreographing competition routines as well as teaching conditioning. she has also added two new classes, Advanced and Intermediate Technical Skills, which she hopes will help take our competitive students to the next level. She is very excited to start year four with Arabesque And Studio!

Miss Maddie

Maddie Wiemers is a student attending SIUC, majoring Human Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been dancing for 10 years and coaching for 8 years. Miss Maddie was on the Saluki Shakers, however after her first year, made a decision to pursue one of her favorite things to do: teach dance! Her favorite styles of dance are Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theater.

Miss Maddie teaches our Junior Jazz and Musical Theater teams, Hip-Hop, Acro class and private lessons to work on specific skills, as well as solo lessons. 

Miss Gracie

Gracie Mitchell is a senior elite dancer who has been dancing at Arabesque for 8 years. She is also a member of the Carterville High School Poms team. She credits dance and Arabesque for allowing her to have some amazing experience such as auditioning for Dance Moms in LA, being featured with her teammates in in THE ONE family film, having her photos published in Vogue Italy and competing in NY at the World Dance Championships and winning a world title. She is excited to be coaching and hopes to help younger dancers have their own exciting adventures. Grace is trained on contemporary, acro, jazz, lyrical and ballet.

Miss Emily

Miss Emily is a senior in high school who has trained in dance since the age of of five and started teaching around 4 years ago. She has performed in both a concert and a music video for the upcoming artist Robbie Shae. Emily is also features in Jonathan Given's dance photography book, "Dance Across the USA". She has received two choreography awards and a judges award for "Choreographer in the Making" in the past two seasons. Her favorite styles of dance are Contemporary and Jazz Funk. Miss Emily teaches technique, kickstart to choreography, solos, and the intermediate contemporary team. 

Miss Abby

Abby Partain has been dancing for 9 years and teaching for the past 2.5 years. Her passion is to perform, teach, and choreograph. She has been recognized as a teacher at regionals and nationals with choreography awards and top scoring novice/intermediate soloist. Abby was a level 7 gymnast from SIGA and now is an assistant coach at Snopower. She has performed a pointe variation in Moscow's Nutcracker, casted in Cats, and Into the Woods. Abby is a member of the NC based KinFigure group and the Go Pro performing group, at Branson. She participated in Joffrey's Summer Cirque do Soleil internive at Las Vegas and the World Dance Pageant at NYC. Abby is also a jazz and contemporary per-professional trainee with the Joffrey Ballet School. 

Abby has been competing at conventions and competitions for 8 years earning several winning titles as an Elite competitive dancer including her latest achievement, three different solos earning NAtional Elite Teen Title and National Teen high scoring soloist. Her proudest moment was the national title she won with her self-choreographed solo. 

Miss Kaelin

Kaelyn Rowland has beeem dancing with Arabeque for 13 years. Kaelyn is currently a junior at Carterville High School. She has been teaching and assisting dance classes since she was 11 years old and has been trained in a variety of dance styles, her favorites being Lyrical and Jazz. Kaelin is beyond excited to teach her very own classes to begin the 2020-2021 dance season!

Miss Megan

Miss Megan is from Jerseyville, IL and has studied Ballet, Jazz, Tap, and Hip-Hop for over 18 years. She attended her hometown studio from ages 3-18 and competed in her school's dance team from 8th-12th grade. She graduated from SIU in 2016 and was a member of the Southern Illinois Dance Company while in school. She loves to help dancers build a foundation while experiencing the joy that dancing brings. 

Miss Bella 

Bella Pierce is trained in Lyrical, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre/Character, Pom, some Tap, and Jazz (her favorite). Miss Bella grew up in a studio in Texas called Academy of Gymnastics and Dance. She was also a part of the drill team at Lufkin High School. Bella moved to Carbondale her sophomore year of high school and is currently a freshman at John A. Logan. She is extremely excited to work at Arabesque and build great bonds with hard working dancers in a positive environment. 

Miss Kamea

Kaema Rhine started dance with Susan Barnes when she was 3 years old. Since then she has taken classes at Willow St. in many different styles of dancing including Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Tap, and furthered her dance education by participating in dance workshops both at the studio and in the St. Louis area. These include workshops led by Katherine Dunham, Robert Battle, Kris Cangelosi, Alicia Canterna (Whitehead), Pilobolus, The Moscow Ballet, and Anthony LoCascio. Kamea started assistant teaching at Willow St. when she was 10, had her own jazz class at 16, and quickly took on Ballet and Tap classes as well. She continues teaching at the studio for 9 years until moving out of state in 2013. However, she is ecstatic yo be back and plans to continue teaching Tap at the studio for many years to come!