Jamie Tesch, Co-owner
Jamie Tesch was a student of Karen McWilliams for 15 years, an assistant for 3 years, and has been teaching since she graduated from high school in 2001. Jamie was a member of the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company in 1997 and 1998. She was also a member of the Lincoln Southeast Shirette dance team 1999-2001 becoming captain and an All-Star dancer with the Universal Dance Association in 2000-2001. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a degree in Family Science and Education. She has performed with the Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company’s “The Nutcracker” for 13 years and was a rehearsal assistant for 3 years. Jamie is married to Philip who is a Retail Sales Associate with Frito Lay. They are new (and very proud) parents to Isabelle who was born in December 2011 and a handsome son, Jaxson who was born in the fall of 2013. Jamie is continuing to fulfill her dreams of being a dance teacher thanks to Karen, and furthers her experience and knowledge through Karen, workshops and personal experience. It is a passion of Jamie’s to share her love of dance with others and is grateful that she is able to do so.
Tricia Aldag, Co-owner
Tricia Aldag started dance lessons with Karen McWilliams when she was 5 years old. While Karen McWilliams School of Dance was always her primary studio, she also studied with the Lincoln City Ballet Company, Lincoln Midwest Ballet Company, and Omaha Ballet Company. Tricia was a member and captain of the Apollonaires dance team at Lincoln East. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was the captain of the Scarlets Dance Team. Upon graduation, she was hired on as the coach of the Scarlets. Soon after, Tricia worked for the Dance Department at UNL where she taught dance courses. She also traveled with NDA as a head instructor, teaching dance throughout the country, as well as judging and choreographing for many dance teams over the years. Tricia is married to Richard, who is an investigative sergeant with the Nebraska State Patrol. He recently retired from the National Guard of which he served 2 deployments over 3 years in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have four children; Hayden (17), Aubrey (15), Annalise (8), and Ren (2). Tricia has been teaching for Karen McWilliams School of Dance for over 20 years and is excited to take on this new chapter in her life with continuing the traditions, passion and love for dance.
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.