Every instructor at High Temperature is highly educated and qualified. We truly have an inspiring team of dance educators that not only make taking class fun, but also encourage each child to be their authentic self while growing into successful young adults.


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 and her husband, Mitchell, live outside of Fairfield with their newest and most exciting addition to their family, their daughter, Celeste. 

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

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.


Mary Shearon

Dance & Tumbling Instructor

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.


Shelby Moquin
Dance & Tumbling Instructor

Shelby moved to Iowa City in 2008 and began taking competitive dance classes in 7th grade at Debut Dance. Shelby has attended numerous competitions and conventions throughout her dance career. As her love for dance grew, so did her passion for teaching. In 2021, her family relocated to Keosauqua, IA where she discovered the wonderful High Temperature Dance Academy community. She is very excited for this year to begin and to share her dance knowledge with all ages of students! 


Outside of dancing, Shelby is currently a sophomore earning her BA in Journalism and Mass Communication through Drake University’s online program. You can often find her hanging out with her family, friends, and three cats! 


Jaelyn Hesseltine

Dance & Tumbling Instructor (Ages Creative to Mini)

Jaelyn Hesseltine is a Financial Production Analyst for Eichelberger Farms, Inc in Wayland, IA. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. Jaelyn played all the sports growing up; volleyball, basketball, track, and softball, where she learned to be a team player. It wasn’t until high school when she decided to become a part of the high school drill/dance team. From the age of 12 to the end of her high school years, Jaelyn would babysit frequently for some of the families around her community. When she was asked about teaching at High Temperature Dance Academy she was so thrilled to be able to be with kids again! She feels very blessed to be able to do both jobs of which she loves, one being alongside her best friend, Tympest! Jaelyn feels that the kids have helped her grow & learn so much already from her first year at HTDA in the 2020-2021 season, and is so excited to continue growing and learning in the coming years!   

Tasha Beghtol
Dance Instructor 



Emily Hora
Dance & Tumbling Instructor


Helen Drish
Dance & Tumbling Instructor


Bruce Brown
Dance & Tumbling Instructor

Bruce Brown, a native Nebraskan, has long been recognized as a talented gymnast and gymnastic coach in both the US and Europe. In the 1980’s he owned and operated his own private club in Omaha Nebraska. As a USA Jr. Women’s national team coach, he was privileged to work with Olympic Gold Medalist “Mary Lou Rhetton”. He has always been drawn to the performing arts and soon thereafter migrated to the stage. He performed starring roles with Yvonne DeCarlo in “Gypsy”, Harve Presnell in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and was in the first national tour of “Cats”. He has played, danced or sung in every major musical from 1980 through 1992. 

His wide ranging talents then led him most fortuitously to the world of directing

and choreography. Among his many credits are West Side Story, 42nd street, Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma and Guys and Dolls.  He was chosen to choreograph the 1984 and 1986 World’s Fair shows in both Knoxville and New Orleans. Following his successes there, he moved to New York City and the Metropolitan Opera.

Specifically, he was entrusted with the movement, dancing and acting skills of the Lindemann Young Artist’s Program. On the main stage he also worked with Luciano Pavarotti in Puccini’s Tosca and Verdi’s I Lombardi, Carol Vaness and Placido Domingo in Verdi’s Otello and Offenbach’s Tales of Hoffman on the opening night of the 1992 season. Strauss’s Ariadne aux Naxos saw him not only choreographing the Comedia dell’ Arte but performing in it as well. He also performed as a tumbler and dancer in Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci. 

Continuing his role of choreographer/performer, he saw his Canadian Debut at the Banff Summer Music Festival as the “Papparazzi” in the North American premiere of Michael Dougherty’s Jackie O. Houston Grand Opera became the setting for the world premiere of Daneil Catan’s Florenza en el Amazonas where Brown served as choreographer and performer with subsequent performances given at the Seattle Opera and the Los Angeles Opera.  He returned to NYC as tap dance trainer and coach to multifaceted performer Liza Minelli. He also enjoyed working out with Gregory Hines at the famed “Steps” studio. 

Bruce Brown is now teaching master classes in combat (both hand to

hand and weaponry) and movement, and stage deportment in various universities

around the US, most notably in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music in

the Opera Department. He currently enjoys dancing both musical theater and tap,

teaching and coaching whether it be in specific movements for Opera or Musical Theater, and training gymnastic skills, acrobatic skills and ballroom dancing.

Jessica Koontz
Office Manager