Miss Shari is an independent dance instructor and the owner of On Your Toes Dance Studio. Shari started Ballet and Tap at age 5, and then added Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical and Music Theatre there after. At the young age of 16 she began teaching her own classes of Tap, adult Jazz and Beginning Ballet.
This is when Shari realized not only did she enjoy dancing, but LOVED teaching!
From age 7 - 17 she performed in the Rapid City Nutcracker with many lead roles. During her teen years she attended dance camps at the University of Wyoming. She has also attended workshops by Shaun T. (Hip Hop Abs, Cize) Tamera Squires and Michelle Butterfield (Tam Jams), Lindsey B. with Beat Freaks (winners of Americas Best Dance Crew) and Brooklyn Jai just to name a few.
In August 2003 Shari opened the doors of On Your Toes Dance studio. She began teaching students as young as 2 1/2 years of age to adult. She is proud to be the only studio in Rapid City to accept her students as young as 2 1/2 years of age.
To keep up with the latest dance styles Shari is continuously attending dance conventions and workshops to broaden her range of dance trends and techniques.
2008 Shari received the Excellence Award for "Most Outstanding Achievement" from Kim Mckimmie's "I LOVE DANCE" Competition. In 2009 Shari appeared as a guest judge for "I LOVE DANCE" in Portland, Oregon.
In Summer of 2015 On Your Toes Dance Studio is upgrading their studios. They moved to 1211 Oregon Street, Rapid City SD 57701; where their new location features 2 dance studios to be able to hold more classes.
Miss Kirsten was born and raised in Rapid City, SD. For as long as she can remember, she’s loved dance. From being a dancer herself to teaching at On Your Toes, Miss Kirsten easily adds the fun to all of her classes! She started her dance career when she was 9 years old under the instruction
of Miss Shari Trujillo. She then went on to join the traveling competition dance team with On Your Toes. After many years dancing competitively and
recreationally she then became a teacher. Miss Kirsten has a competition team that travels to different competitions and has won choreography awards and judges choice awards. She also still continues to further educate her dance skills by attending dance teacher conferences in Arizona and attends master classes where she has had the opportunity to dance with some amazing instructors. Some of the instructors she has had the honor to work with are Ryan Bosco Baker, Derrick
Schrader, Roni Mahler, and Julie Kay Stallcup just to name a few. Miss Kirsten is always striving to be the best role model and educator she can be. Miss Kirsten uses dance as a tool to not only to build confidence and creativity but inspire dancers of tomorrow.
Miss Tara started dancing when she was 4 years old. She danced competitively for several years before discovering her love for ballet. She then began studying ballet at Bountiful School of Ballet for several years before going off to college. Miss Tara also danced at her High School where she had the opportunity to travel to New York to study under professional dancers. In college she continued her dance education focusing on ballet and modern dance. After taking a few years off to be with her family she loves being back in the studio sharing her love for ballet.
On Your Toes Dance Studio students in recital.