Pictured from left to right: Sandi Vasatka, Rey Santana, Jessica Mueller
Jessica Mueller is the proud owner and director of Jessica's School of Dance in Sheboygan. She has been teaching dance/choreography in various locations throughout the state of Wisconsin for more than 10 years. Originally from the Green Bay area, Jessica now calls Sheboygan her home. She has a BS in education from UW-Green Bay where she studied elementary education and dance. Jessica has taught kindergarten at Oostburg Elementary and dance and choreography at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and UW-Sheboygan. Jessica has been the director of choreography for many high school musicals throughout the area and is currently an instructor at Lakeland College. Active in our community, she generously donates her time and talents for various fundraisers and events.
Rey Santana has lived in Sheboygan for the past 12 years. He works as a financial adviser for MetLife and owns Santana's Limo, LLC with his wife Susan, a Lakeland College alum. He enjoys dancing and has been around social dancing all his life. He appreciates professional dancers and understands the dynamics of social environments. According to Rey, "When you dance, your whole being is brought into play to create a gracious and fun performance." Rey serves on the Board of Directors at the Sheboygan Theatre Company and the Hmong Mutual Assistance Association. He and his wife teach ballroom and Latin social dance at various institutions around the Sheboygan area including the UW-Sheboygan, Sheboygan Area Community Recreation Department and Kohler's Sports Core.
Sandi Vasatka moved to Sheboygan with her husband Jim from Nebraska in the early 1970s. The dancing bug bit them during the disco era. Yes, platform shoes, bell-bottom pants and Afros. They began taking extensive dance lessons at Arthur Murray, Fred Astaire and several independent studios in the Milwaukee area. Their teaching career was launched by showing their children intricate dance steps by holding hands as they danced on the tops of their feet. It was quickly discovered that this technique did not work with adults, so they enrolled in various dance workshops to strengthen their teaching skills. Since losing Jim, her favorite dance partner, to cancer, Sandi has continued teaching and sharing her love of dance at her home studio in Plymouth.