Prima’s staff has over 175 years of combined dance teaching experience!

Christy Remington - Director

Christy draws upon 30+ years of dance experience to focus her training on ballet, tap, and jazz. Christy received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in early childhood instruction from Colorado Christian University. She attends training programs throughout the country.

Christy served as director of a performance group and taught outreach classes in Cambodia for Y.W.A.M. (Youth With A Mission) and has served for over 15 years on the Black Hills Dance Theatre board, a nonprofit organization providing quality dance education and performance experiences throughout the Black Hills. She is ABT® Certified in Primary through Level Six of the ABT® National Training Curriculum.

Laura Lisnik

Laura began dancing at Prima School of Dancing at age three. Her passion for dance convinced her to pursue a B.A in Dance from the University of Montana, Missoula and study at Dance New Amsterdam and Broadway Dance Center in New York City and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance in Denver.

Laura studied with choreographer Antonietta Vicario in New York and has performed with  MoTrans Dance Company and Epiphany Dance Company. She choreographed and produced her own shows in Montana and showcased her solo "Filtration" at the American College Dance Festival. She has taught at Kids and Company, Ballet Arts of Academy, University of Montana, Creative Dance Kids, Leap Dance Studio, On Pointe School of Dance and, of course, Prima School of Dancing.

Alyssa Record

Alyssa grew up in Minneapolis and studied ballet, modern, and jazz at MCAE Arts High School before moving on to comprehensive theatre, movement, and voice at Fuller Young People’s Theatre and dance at Youth Movement. She briefly attended SUNY Purchase as a modern dance major before leaving to become a full-time company member and instructor with Shattering Feet Dance Co. in Minneapolis.

While in Minnesota, Alyssa was fortunate to work with Paula Mann, Jane Shockley, Erin Thompson, and Hijack, regularly performing at Walker Art Center, Bryant Lake Bowl, Studio 6A, and Southern Theatre. Alyssa taught ballet, tap, and jazz at Jill’s Dance in Wyoming before moving to Rapid City in 2008.

Sarah Covington

Sarah performed with Dance Arts Theatre for many years and was cast in several lead roles. She won Gold for her solo pointe piece in the Hawaii International Dance competition in 2004, and her company performed in a variety of locations, including Disneyland and multiple cruise lines. She was featured in a guest performance with Ensemble Ballet Theatre in Washington.

Sarah was a dance instructor in Arkansas and Tennessee and has served as a technique instructor at a gymnastics academy, coached peewee cheerleading, and choreographed for Music Makers Children’s Theatre.

Aly Strong

Aly studied ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, hip hop, and musical theatre in high school years, and attended a number of summer study programs for dance including Ballet Magnificat! in Mississippi.

Upon graduating, Aly moved to New York City to dance with the Joffrey Ballet School's Trainee program. While there, she learned from world-renowned dancers and teachers. Afterward, Aly returned to Rapid City and began teaching for Prima. She is a certified STOTT Pilates Instructor with a comprehensive knowledge of human anatomy and kinesiology.

Nicci DeMarce

Nicci brings 30+ years of dance, teaching, and choreography experience to Prima. She began her professional education at the American Conservatory of Dance in Chicago while taking classes at the Lou Conte (Hubbard Street Co.) and Gus Giordano studios, performing with Especially Tap Chicago's artistic director, Julie Cartier, and founder Bruce Stegmann, and was crowned Miss North Dakota 1994.

Nicci was a ballroom dance instructor in Costa Rica while studying Latin dance, salsa, and merengue. Afterward, she taught a variety of dance genres at the Aberdeen Arts and Cultural Center and served as a member of the South Dakota Dance on Tour, SDAC committee.

Jill Bunkowske

Jill has an extensive educational background, which includes a master’s degree in Education. She is a retired elementary educator with over 35 years of experience, has trained in Cechetti Ballet, and has 30+ years of experience teaching many forms of dance. Her current dance emphasis is Early Childhood.

Jill is co-owner of NUCLEO Fitness and is a Level 2 Certified STOTT Pilates Trainer and certified Indoor Cycling instructor. Jill brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in dance, Pilates, and fitness education.

Shawna Robbennolt

Shawna danced with Mountain West Ballet Company as one of its founding and youngest members for 15 years. She received additional training at Ballet West Conservatory, the Utah Ballet Company, and the University of Utah Ballet Department, where she earned a BFA in Ballet.

Shawna has taught dance for over 20 years and has a passion for choreography. Her original works have appeared in The Millennium Celebration, Sandy Dance Alliance, and numerous studio and school productions. She was the Director and Choreographer for Balleraena Dance Studios Winter productions for five years.

Rachel Harris

Rachel began dancing at Prima School of Dancing at age four. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, musical theatre, and modern in high school. After graduation, Rachel trained at the Joffrey Ballet School’s Trainee Program and Ellison Ballet’s Pre-Professional Trainee Program in New York City. She danced with Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi,  training and touring for the next two years.

After her time in the South, Rachel joined the arts ministry in Italy. Since moving back to Rapid City, Rachel has become certified as a Reformer STOTT Pilates Trainer.

Carla Buum

Carla is Prima's Music FunTime Director. She taught special education and remedial reading and math for 40 years in the Rapid City Public School system, as well as 4th and 5th grades initially.

Carla draws upon her experienced using music in her classrooms to teach not only the arts, but also reading, math, social studies and science.

Tricia Baltzer

Tricia’s extensive professional dance career took her all over the world.  She danced for the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and appeared in country music videos for Billy Ray Cyrus, Dolly Parton, Doug Stone, and Trisha Yearwood.

Tricia has also performed live with country music legends George Jones, Tammy Wynette, and Louise Mandrell. She served as a principal dancer with the Houston Grand Opera, traveled the world with Sesame Street and spent time in New York on Broadway and off-Broadway productions.