About POYDS 

We value working with dancers of all ages and refuse to discriminate against anyone based on their previous dancing experience or ability. We welcome individuals from any and all dance backgrounds to further their dance skills! 


At POYDS Dance Company, we strive to create an inclusive environment for people of all ages to take any level of classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, country line & swing dance, musical theater, or basic ballroom!


Our vision is to make you a dancer regardless of your dance background or skill level!


We value not only making you a sound and technical dancer, but also a well-rounded individual!


At POYDS Dance Company, we only hire teachers and assistants that value inner beauty, balance and personal well-being and are committed to excellence and high quality dance education. We value meeting and working with dancers regardless of their starting point to find the strengths that maximize their potential!

 Meet the Owner 

Kayleigh Schadwinkel

About Kayleigh 

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.

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 125+ numbers across the Midwest region of the United States in less than 4 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!

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 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.

 Meet the Staff 

Keri was a dancer for most all of her childhood and into her teen years. She then shifted her focus to the visual arts but never gave up her love for dance.

Keri went on to earn a BFA in Theater Design and Production from MSU in Montclair, NJ and a Post Graduate Professional Certificate in Scenic Art from the Yale School of Drama.

She finds great pleasure working in the arts and being a part of POYDS Dance Company. 

Keri Kriston

Studio Manager 

Crete Branch

I have 16 years of dance experience. I am from Littleton, CO and my favorite styles of dance are jazz, pom, and hp hop. I joined POYDS because I want to help students find their passion and this business gave me several unique opportunities.

Renee Lukowicz

POYDS Dance Ambassador

I have 10 years of dance experience. I am from Waverly, NE and my favorite styles of dance are tap and jazz. I joined the POYDS team because I thought it would be a great opportunity to advance my dance career and would help me branch out. This is something I have never done and am very excited for this opportunity I am getting.

Madison Eliker

Tap & Ballet 


I have 16 years of dance experience. I am from Lincoln, NE  and my favorite styles of dance are, modern and contemporary. I joined the POYDS team because I have had great experiences taking a few classes from Kayleigh and I have always wanted to be a dance in college.

Oliva DeFord

Ballet & Tap 


We are so excited to have Syerra a part of our 2020-2021 dance season!

Look for her bio coming soon! 

Syerra Watson

Office Assistant 

Substitute Teacher

We are so grateful to have Andrea Holmes a part of our studio and to assist with classes like our two 3 - 4 years Creative Movement Classes. Andrea is one of our amazing adult ballerinas and is always willing to serve and volunteer for any studio project!

Andrea Holmes 

Teacher Assistant 

Studio Volunteer

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We are so excited to have Gilly a part of our 2020-2021 dance season!

Look for her bio coming soon! 

Gilly Pearson

Acro Teacher  

Teacher Assistant

I have 9 years of dance experience.  I am from  Cairo, Nebraska and my favorite style of dance are, hip hop.I joined the POYDS team because I will be able to teach a variety of kids and dance styles.

Brynn Korinek 

Ballet & Tap Teacher Assistant 

We are so excited to have Avery a part of our 2020-2021 dance season!

Look for her bio coming soon! 

Avery Wilsman

Creative Movement 

Teacher Assistant

1318 Main Avenue Crete, NE 68333

Highlands Ranch, Colorado Branch - Coming Soon


(308) 765-1137

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