POYDS Dance Company, LLC is proudly owner by dance teacher and choreography, Kayleigh Schadwinkel. Kayleigh was born and raised in Gering, NE and has 22 years of dance training in numerous styles of dance and choreographing for over 10+ years.
POYDS, also known as Put On Your Dancing Shoes, started in 2013 when a student at Doane University decided to do her senior religious studies capstone on an interpretive dance of the first three chapters of the book of Genesis. This was called “In the Garden,” and premiered in May 2013. As a freshman, Kayleigh Schadwinkel was casted as Eve in this performance and helped choreograph the hour long performance. The What started out as a school project, in less than four years, Kayleigh turned into the largest Student Congress sanctioned organization on Doane’s campus. Kayleigh along with a team of Doane students created an annual spring full length original dance theater production that utilized dancers from all range of skill to execute these performances including “Let’s Go To The Movies”, “Remember WWII: How Nebraska Won the War” and “That’s Life: The Beat of Life: The Rhythm Goes On”.
Before she graduated from Doane College in 2016, Kayleigh established POYDS Dance Company, LLC, as a traveling choreography company and dance studio. Since then, she has choreographed over 80+ dance in less than 2.5 years across the state of Nebraska ranging from Miss Nebraska Talent pieces, show choir numbers, dance competition numbers, full length musicals, first wedding dances, summer camps and much more!
Kayleigh is recognized as an award winning choreographer and has received numerous choreography and technical excellences awards including her choreography in Doane University’s “Peter and the Starcatcher” being selected as an Invited Scene for the 2018 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Showcase (KCACTF) in Des Moines, Iowa. She creates and directs choreography for numerous schools and organizations including Doane University Theater Department, Crete High School, Gering High School, Pure Movement Dance Institute - Winter Ballet and Company Performances, and several additional show choirs, dance teams and musicals across the state of Nebraska. She is the Advance Tap Teacher at Pure Movement Dance Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska, Head Dance Instructor at the Crete High School - KPOP Dance Club and was been a featured dancer for the 2015 Summer TEDxYouth@Lincoln Program. Kayleigh has been a guest artist at Doane University’s Fall Drama Conference, Camp Summergold, the Nebraska Department of Indian Affairs - Leadership Sovereign Summer Camp and several non-profit organizations.
Along with choreography, Kayleigh has expanded her business from just offering private dance lessons to collegiate and adults trying to become a triple threat in the theater world to now providing public dance classes to individuals of all ages at Studio C in downtown Crete.
Kayleigh’s inspiration for POYDS Dance Company, LLC is to encourage dancers of all dancing backgrounds to always put on their dancing shoes, to learn life lessons of confidence, hope and much more while learning to love and appreciate the wonderful art of dance.
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