Katie Heckman was born and raised in Lincoln, NE and having grown up at this very studio, I am SO thrilled to be back teaching at the institute that built me and has always felt like home. I attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated in May 2011 with a Bachelors degree in Fine and Performing Arts. I took my next leap of faith by moving to New York City where I danced professionally for the six years that I lived there. Dance is my passion and I can’t wait to share that with my students and their families. I’m looking forward to a wonderful year!
Andrea Maack has been dancing at Karen McWilliams/Pas de Deux for over 20 years. She was a former Lincoln High School dance team member from 2005-2008. She received two All-Star awards at the Universal Dance Association (UDA) camp and competed nationally. She has choreographed many pieces in various musical theater productions. She has enjoyed being a student, assistant and teacher in the studio where she grew up. Andrea continues to enjoy being both student and teacher at Pas de Deux. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Andrea looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others through teaching and performing.
Brooke was a student at Karen McWilliams / Pas De Deux for 11 years, and a teaching assistant for 3 of those. It was here that she found and developed her passion for dance that she is still building on today. She graduated from Lincoln East High School in 2016 where she was a member and music coordinator of the Apollonaires Dance Team. Upon graduating she was so excited to get the chance to continue at Pas De Deux as a teacher. She is currently studying Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of The Husker Scarlets Dance Team. Brooke is so grateful to be apart of the Pas De Deux family!
Sidney Parks started dancing at the age of three. She trained with Karen McWilliams School of Dance/Pas de Deux, where she found her passion for ballet. After graduating from East High School in 2016 she jumped at the opportunity to teach at Pas de Deux. Sidney is currently a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she is double majoring in Advertising and Public Relation and Graphic Design. At the University Sidney is a mentor for the William H. Thompson learning community. Sidney still continues to grow as a dancer by teaching and taking classes. She wants to share her passion with dance with every one of her students.
Billie Vest was a gymnast herself for 15 years from childhood through her college career. From there she has coached, judged and choreographed for the sport. She joined Pas De Deux starting our tumble program in 2016 and has thoroughly enjoyed her students. She has 4 children of her own, 3 of which are currently dancers at the studio.