Tympest Hora


Tympest Hora, the director of High Temperature Dance Academy, is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in Performing Arts with a Dance emphasis and a minor in General Business. Tympest has been in dance for over twenty years, and has been competing and performing since the age of four. Her passion for dance has given her many opportunities and experiences throughout her adult life, including: performing in Disneyland and interning with Professional Dance Academy, being elected as the Orchesis I Dance Company President at ISU in 2016, receiving State and National titles, and - most importantly - allowing Tympest to share her love, knowledge, and experiences with others within and outside of the dance world.

Tympest has wanted to own her own dance studio since the age of thirteen, and can't wait to continue experiencing all that HTDA & the community has to offer! Her commitment to each individual student, and her passion for creativity and teaching are what make High Temperature Dance Academy so special. 


Katie Six

Dance & Tumbling Instructor

*3 years with HTDA*

Katie Six is the Human Resources Manager for Dexter Laundry, Inc. She is a graduate of Simpson College with a degree in International Business minoring in French. Katie began her dancing career at the age of 5, right here in Fairfield, Iowa at Le Cygne Dance Academy. Katie continued dancing and doing cheer while in college as well as teaching youth dance in Indianola, IA during her college years. Katie was a dance teacher for Melissa’s Stairway to the Stars for both recreational as well as competitive dance for 16 years where she continued to attend teachers’ workshops and dance educator events. Katie was a judge for Symposium Talent Contest for 10 years as well as had the opportunity to perform at Disneyland with her daughter, Tympest. Katie currently lives in Fairfield, IA with her husband, Jeff and son Kanon and truly enjoys teaching dance and sharing her passion and creativity with all her students along side her daughter, Tympest.


Annalena Rippen-Smith

Dance & Tumbling Instructor

*3 years with HTDA*

Annalena was born in Bonn, Germany where she found her passion for dance at the age of 2 and has continued loving it ever since. Growing up performing and being able to dance internationally has given her so much inspiration. The performing arts have helped to form her personality and has allowed her a vastly important creative outlet.  

After finishing high school in Germany, she decided to become a foreign exchange student here in the USA for the 2008-2009 school year. After a year abroad, she returned to Germany to attend college, where she received her diploma in individual dance studies from the Art Revolution Akademie. 

Upon returning to the U.S to visit her host family in the summer of 2013, she met her husband, Dillon. They were married in early 2016 and she moved the to United State permanently.

She has served as a dance teacher at High Temperature since 2018 and has loved every minute of it! She feels truly blessed that she can share her passion for dance as an instructor. Dance gave her the opportunity to experience many so many wonderful moments and meet amazingly creative people who have helped form her life.

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Mary Shearon

Dance & Tumbling Instructor

*2 years with HTDA*

Mary is the Senior Accountant at Hawthorne Direct, LLC. She is a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Finance and minors in Economics and Dance. Mary's love for dance began at the age of 5 at Glenda's Studio of Dance in Keokuk, Iowa. She enjoyed dance and cheer through out middle school and high school. While attending college, she continued dancing with UNI Orchesis Dance Company and Iowa's Best Muscle Dance Team. Mary also enjoyed sharing her passion for dance with young dancers in Cedar Falls, Iowa through Young Peoples Dance Theater. She has continued sharing this passion at High Temperature Dance Academy since 2019. Her favorite part of teaching dance is watching the growth of creativity and confidence in her students.


Jaelyn Hesseltine

Dance & Tumbling Instructor (Ages Creative to Mini)

*1st year with HTDA*

Madeline Belknap

Dance & Tumbling Instructor (Ages Creative to Mini)

*1st year with HTDA*

Jessica Koontz

Office Manager

*2 years with HTDA*