OU hires dance team coach

The Herald Staff

Ottawa University has hired a new head dance coach.

Shayla Siebenthall, director of cheer, dance & STUNT, announced the hiring of Tori Hilger.

“I’m so excited about the hiring of Tori as head coach for our dance program,” Siebenthall said. “Her ability to focus solely on the dance team will make a huge impact for the current members, as well as the recruitment for future dancers. Tori’s infectious and positive attitude, paired with her expertise in dance and choreography, make her a perfect fit for the position.”

Before coming to Ottawa University, Hilger worked as an instructor at Universal Dance Association. She taught a variety of dance levels and styles in both technique and choreography classes.

Hilger has also traveled nationwide to competitions, where she judged and served as stage, backstage and music manager. Hilger will continue her work with the Universal Dance Association during her time at Ottawa University.

“From the time I could walk, I’ve been in dance classes,” Hilger said. “From pulling my tutus up to my head to showing my parents a new trick every day, dance has followed me outside of the studio and into every aspect of my life. After training and competing heavily both with my studio and my school, I have realized that it’s now my turn to train the next generation of dancers. With experience in setting choreography, perfecting technique, and cheering on students, I’m so excited to help the Ottawa dance team progress in this new season, and to grow alongside the dancers.”

Hilger has 15 years of training experience in jazz, hip-hop and contemporary dance. She has 10 years of training experience in ballet and tap.

Hilger has attended the following conventions: The Classes, Soul de Soul, The Pulse, Hollywood Vibe, Adrenaline, Tremaine, and The One. Hilger has taught dance choreography and technique of all levels and styles for over five years. While in high school, Hilger was a five-time NDTC national champion.

Hilger graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of General Science in English with minors in creative writing and dance.

Hilger will begin her duties at OU on Aug. 10.