A new dance school, Casper Spirit Dance and Cheer, will open Tuesday in the Atrium Plaza’s upper level.

Owner and head director Devon Sisneros Schulte created the school because there is “no prep program for dance team and cheer” in the state. She said the studio will incorporate dance, cheer and tumbling to ensure students are well-rounded. The school is open to children 4-14.

Schulte is a 2009 Kelly Walsh graduate. She began dancing at 3 years old and was on the then-new high school dance team her senior year. She and her mother, who founded the team, still choreograph the activity.

Following graduation, she auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance” and made it to the top 30. She then moved on to the University of Nevada — Las Vegas, where she danced on the school’s Rebel Girls team. While there, she was part of the Rebel Starzz program, in which dance and cheer members taught children the ways of dance.

She returned to Casper recently with her family and “wanted to bring something back” to the town.

The new dance company will be similar to the Starzz program by preparing young children for upper level dance team and cheer squad tryouts in high school and so on.

“I’m bringing Las Vegas to Casper,” said Schulte.

For its first business year, the school has 85 kids enrolled, almost hitting capacity. Schulte said students will perform around the community including high school and college games. There will also be a competition team featuring students ages 4 to 18 traveling around Wyoming and Colorado. There will also be a recital in May.

With the new school, she hopes to instill confidence in students and bring dance and cheer in Wyoming “to the next level” and “up to speed.”

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