Elizabeth Fernandez

Elizabeth Fernandez

RMSA Co-Founder and Executive Director

Elizabeth Fernandez graduated with honors from the University of Northern Colorado where she received degrees in Dance Teaching/Movement Analysis and Dance Kinesiology. While at UNC, Elizabeth was a member of the University of Northern Colorado Dance Theatre and Colorado Dance Theatre. With these companies, she performed in many ballets and was ballet mistress for both these companies. Throughout the years, Elizabeth has received dance training from such names as Jeffrey Rockland, Sandra Minton, Robert Barnett, Christina Monroe, Cherie Noble, Katherine Kramer, and David Taylor. While at UNC in 1996 and 1997; because of her involvement and contribution to the department, Elizabeth received the Department of Dance Award.

After graduating she moved back to Cody, Wyoming where she co-founded Rocky Mountain School of the Arts in 1997 and non-profit Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre in 1998 in Cody, Wyoming.

Under Elizabeth’s direction, RMSA and RMDT trains students of all ages in the art of dance and theatre, focusing on building dancers with a strong and diversified foundation emphasized in technical training and performing. RMSA dancers have gone one to train with the Joffrey School of Ballet, Houston Ballet School, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, and Rhapsody James.

Throughout her time as Executive Director, Elizabeth has choreographed and produced several short works, along with The Nutcracker, and her own original musical “Wild West Spectacular”, which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Elizabeth continues to train and for 3 summers, she attended The Russian American Foundation’s Bolshoi’s Ballet Teachers Certification program. In the summer of 2018, she graduated from their highest level and received her teacher certification from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in New York. Still performing, Elizabeth continues to take classes in New York at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey, and master classes throughout the United States.

Cynthia Kaelberer

Cynthia Kaelberer

RMSA Co-Founder and Sole Piano/Music Instructor

Cynthia Kaelberer has taught piano privately for more than 40 years; the last 20 of which she has taught at Rocky Mountain School of the Arts. Over the years she taught music at Wapiti School for three years and has been on the faculty of the Montana Music Institute since 2003. She sat on the Park County School District No. 6 Board for 4 years and was a member of the NCOC Board (which is affiliated with Northwest College and the community orchestra and chorus). Cynthia has been an active member of the Music Teachers National Association since 1977.  She has served as the Competitions Chair for the Northwest Division of MTNA for 2 terms and has been an officer in every capacity at the state level (WMTA). To add to her repertoire, Cynthia has been an organist at her church for over 40 years.

Cynthia was born and raised in Wyoming and Montana. Her husband, Robert Kaelberer passed away in 2018 after a long battle with cancer. Robert was a huge supporter of the studio. They have a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Erich.

Brittany Schneider

Assistant Director

Brittany is a highly experienced dancer and instructor. She has been dancing for over 17 years and is a former Rocky Mountain School of the Arts student. Brittany performed in the Nutcracker for 9 years and as a student she received the role of Sugar Plum Fairy, a role typically performed by a professional ballerina; with principal male dancer, Michael Cook of Ballet Arizona.
In the spring of 2018, Brittany was promoted to RMSA/RMDT Assistant Director and she specializes in hip hop, jazz, and tap. She has received dance training from such names as Leslie Feliciano, Katherine Kramer, Lane Napper, Cheri Noble, Katharine Penza, David Thomas, and our very own Elizabeth Fernandez. Brittany continues to take classes in New York at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Alvin Ailey, Peridance, and other master classes in the United States.

Mary Sims

Office Manager


Heidi Rasmussen

Operations Manager


Jennifer Kaelberer

Director of Public Relations


RMSA Dance Instructors

and student teachers

Elizabeth Fernandez

Elizabeth Fernandez

Tap: Preschool, Kindergarten

Ballet: Preschool/ Kindergarten/ Ac 1/ Ac 1b/ Ac 2/ Ac 1b/Ac 4/ Advance

Ballet & Pointe: Ac 5/ Advance

Contemporary: Ac 5 / Advance

Brittany Schneider

Jazz: Ac 2b/ Ac 3/ Ac4 /Ac 5/ Recreational

Tap: Ac 2b / Ac 3/ Ac 4/ Ac 5/ Advance

Hip Hop: Ac 1b/ Ac 3 /Ac 4/ Ac 5/ Advance /Recreational

Jumps & Turns

Mikayla Burichka

Academy 4 Ballet/Pointe & Contemporary

Margaret Burkhart

Meg Burkart

Academy 4 Ballet

Kyla Cossaboon

Kindergarten, Ac 2B Ballet

Emily Cole

Academy 1 Jazz/Hip Hop , Academy 2B Ballet

Kayla Collier

 Ac 1 Jazz/Hip Hop

Gabrielle Crum

Academy 2 Jazz/Hip Hop, Academy 2B Contemporary

Alexa Etter

Academy 1 Tap, Academy 2B Contemporary

Solie Jackson

Academy 4 Ballet & Contemporary

EmRee Johnston

Academy 1 Ballet

Emily Morris


Lily Whitman

Academy 2 Jazz/Hip Hop & Tap