About Us

Our staff consists of qualified and experienced teachers who love what they do!

Melissa Strong: Owner, Director, & Head Instructor

MelissaStrong Owner/DirectorMelissa Strong has been a dancer, choreographer, and teacher for 30 plus years. She founded the 5678! Dance Studio in North Sioux City, South Dakota in the summer of 2000 with 40 students. Melissa’s studio has now expanded to over 300 students. This is also her 18th year as the head coach for the Dakota Valley High School Dance Team. Melissa has helped the Dakota Valley Dance Team win their Seventh State Championship Honors this year. Melissa was the head dance coach at Morningside College from 2008-2010. Melissa has received several awards during her time as a dance instructor. She was recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine as being a Who’s Who of U.S. Dance Directors in 2004. She was also awarded Coach of the Year – Top Five in the Nation by UPA Americup in 2006, 2011, & 2016.  She was inducted into the DX Hall of Fame in 2015. Melissa graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa in December of 2000. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Broadcast News and a Minor in English. Melissa trained at Siouxland Movement Arts Center in Sioux City, Iowa. There she studied Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, and Tap. She also danced with Jazzin’ Co., a local jazz company, and Siouxland Civic Dance Association Ballet Company. Melissa taught for Siouxland Movement Arts Center as a substitute and full time teacher for two years. At the University of Minnesota- Mankato she studied Dance as a Minor and danced with the University’s Modern Company. Melissa was also a United Indoor Football League dancer. She now attends workshops and classes across the nation to keep current with the new dance styles and techniques. Melissa is married and has two children, Gracie age 12 and Bode age 7.


Carey Baczwaski, Dance Instructor

Carey Baczwaski graduated from Morningside College in 2011 and is a Registered Nurse in the ER at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha. Carey is also pursuing her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Clarkson College. She was awarded National Coach of the Year – Top Five in the Nation by DX Americup in 2013. She has taken 14 years of dance at Siouxland Movement and Arts, in Sioux City. There she took classes in ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. She also participated in Ballet Sioux, Tap Inc., and Jazzin’ Co. While attending conventions and dance camps, Carey has taken classes from Frank Hatchett, the late Gus Giordano, and Mandy Moore, among others. Throughout high school she competed as a member and captain of North High’s Blue Squad, competing in military, pom, and kick. Carey was also an assistant for Mrs. Netley’s Rising Stars Dance Team for three years, helping with pom and hoopla. Carey danced for three years on the Morningside College Dance Team and was a captain her senior year. She helped choreograph a few of the “extra” halftime performances while dancing for the team. This is her seventh season with the 5678! Dance Studio, and she can’t imagine life without the studio! Carey teaches Competition Team and Lyrical this season.

Rebecca Hebda, Dance Instructor/Head Ballet Instructor

Rebecca Hebda is a graduate of the University of South Dakota, where she studied Business Management.  She has been dancing for 15 years with the Academy of Dance in Yankton,SD.  There she took classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, character, dance team, hip hop, modern, and advanced technique.  She has danced in the ballets of Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and the Nutcracker with Dakota Dance Association.  She has participated in many workshops across the country with the Omaha Theater Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Dance Educator’s of America, The Joffrey Ballet Company, Broadway Dance Center, and Universal Dance Association.  And taken class from choreographers like; David Howard, Mia Michaels, Rod Howell, Hayley Cooper, Vickie Moore, Travis Wall, Mandy Moore, and Tracie Stanfield. Rebecca was a participant of the Yankton Dance Team for 3 years, and for one year was the Assistant coach for the high school dance team.  She assisted and taught ballet, jazz, character, and dance team at the Academy of Dance for 3 years.  This is Miss Becca’s 6th year teaching at 5678! and she is teaching classes in Performance Pom, Pre-Ballet, Ballet, Pre-Tap, Tap, and Competition Team.

Haley Hutton, Dance/Tumbling Instructor

coming soon…

Riley Meier, Dance Instructor

Riley Jo Meier is a High School English/Language Arts Teacher at South Sioux City High School and is the head coach of the dance team there as well. Riley graduated in May of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary English Education from the University of South Dakota. She is currently attending graduate school through USD working on a Master of Arts degree in English with a specialization in Literature and an emphasis in British Literature, Medieval Literature, and Shakespearean Studies. Riley has been dancing for 18 years. She started off her dancing career at Sandy Keene’s School of Dance, then Dancing with Celeste, both in Sioux City, IA, and spent the next 11 years at 5678! Dance Studio. She has taken classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, pom, lyrical, tumbling, competition team, and technique. She was a member of the 5678! Competition teams throughout middle and high school and performed at many competitions throughout the Midwest, including nationals in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Wisconsin. She has also competed solo routines throughout middle and high school. Riley was on the Dakota Valley High School Dance Team for all four years, competing in pom, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. She was a part of the first ever Dakota Valley Dance Team State Championship Team. She was also an assistant at 5678! Dance Studio throughout junior high and high school in many different classes. Riley was a member of the University of South Dakota Dance Team and competed at the National Dance Association College Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida in April of 2013. Throughout her time attending conventions to stay current on all things dance related, Riley has taken classes from: Jaclyn Walsh, Mario Velez, Sarah Jo Fazio, Jessica Etzel, Jeremy Arnold, Billy Griffin, Bill DeRicco, Ashley Shaw, and Gev Manoukian, among many others. This will be Riley’s third year teaching at 5678! Dance Studio, and she will be teaching Jazz and Competition Team.

Kandace Preston, Dance Instructor

Kandace is an employee at Liberty National Bank; she has also started her own business on the side as a nanny and pet caregiver. She started dance in Sioux City, IA at Barbara Jean’s Dance Studio and 5 years late started taking classes at 5678! Dance Studio in 2002. Since joining 5678!, she has taken many different styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Pom, Lyrical, Kick, Competition, and Technique. Kandace graduated from Dakota Valley High School in 2009; during that school year the Dakota Valley Dance Team won their first Nationals title in Hip-Hop in Minneapolis. Kandace is enrolled at Northeast to continuing her learning in childhood development and special education. She has always had a passion for dance over the years since graduating and has helped out around the studio whenever an opportunity came up. This year she is excited to be teaching her first class in Pom

Marissa Proschinske, Head Tumbling Instructor/Dance Instructor

Marissa is a Lakeville, MN native. She began dancing at the age of 3 and continued on until her Sophomore year of college. Marissa also began competitive cheerleading in 7th grade and went on to earn 4 time all conference and 3 time all American titles. Her cheer team, the Panthers of Lakeville North, went on to take home 4 state championships and a 10th, 2nd and 1st place rankings at the national competition in Orlando, Florida. Marissa is currently a Junior at Briar Cliff university; she is majoring in Business and Criminology, with hopes of continuing onto law school. She is also a captain of their cheerleading team.
Marissa is a Pom and tumbling coach for 5678! this year.

Nancy Seeman, Dance Instructor

Nancy Seeman is the Digital Solutions Manager for KMEG/KPTH in Dakota Dunes. She graduated from Morningside College in 2014 with majors in Corporate Communication and Marketing with minors in Advertising and Graphic Design. There she was a member of the dance team for 4 years as well as a member of the theater department. She spends her free time choreographing musicals for some of the local theaters in Sioux City as well as being in the shows. She has taken 15 years of dance at Dance Etc. in Norfolk, Nebraska, prior to college. There, she took classes in ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, and contemporary. She was a member of their competition team for 11 years. When attending conventions she has taken classes from Nick Drago, Jesus Solorio, Grant Chenok, Kourtni Lind, Gev Manoukian, as well as many others. Nancy also was an instructor for Dance Etc. of Norfolk for 3 years teaching jazz and tap. This is her 7th year teaching at the 5678! Dance Studio and teaches classes in Competition Team, preballet, and jazz this season.

Paige Tracey, Dance Instructor

Paige is currently a sophomore at the University of South Dakota majoring in Nursing. Paige has been dancing for 16 years. She started her dancing career at Central Dance Academy in Le Mars, Iowa. There she was on their competition team for 10 years, where she also competed solo routines as well. She has taken classes in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and tumbling. Paige held the title of Miss Teen Chapter of 47 of Dance Masters Mid-America. She then competed for the National title in Orlando, Florida. She has taken classes from: Kenny Bell, Travis Wall, Cat Cogliandro, Bill Hotaling, Tammy Dyke, among many others. She has also received scholarships from workshops such as NUVO, Jump, and Manhattan Dance Project. During High School, Paige was on the Le Mars Community Varsity Dance Team for 4 years. She competed in the Iowa State Dance Team Competition along with the Iowa State Solo Dance Competition all 4 years. At the Iowa State Solo competition, Paige placed in the top 10 all 4 years and was crowned the Division 4 Solo Winner in 2014. Paige was also on her high school’s cheerleading squad all 4 years. Paige was chosen Captain of both the Dance Team and the Cheerleading squad her senior year. Paige was a University of Nebraska – Lincoln Cheerleader before she transferred to USD. Paige will be teaching lyrical, hip-hop, jazz and competition teams this year at 5678!

Riley VanDeSteeg, Dance Instructor

coming soon…