WLDC Values

Children enjoy the inspiration and beauty that is dance.  We are dedicated to providing a nurturing environment that enhances the development of self-esteem, poise, and confidence.  Join us in the celebration of rhythm, music and our students.

Our goal is to provide students with a quality experience within a supportive and educational environment.  It is our belief that dance is a magnificent art form that develops discipline, cognitive focus, and expressive awareness.



Ms. Cindy Padilla

Artistic Director

Cindy is from Denver, Colorado where she dance with the acclaimed Kit Andre and The Performing Arts Center. While in Denver, she had the opportunity to perform at the historic Bonfils Theater in the their productions of "Peter Pan" and "Follies." Cindy attended the University of Northern Colorado where she studied dance and got her degree in Education. 

Cindy has owned and operated the Liberty Dance Center for twenty four years. She continues to study dance in the summers traveling to Chicago, Las Vegas, Phoenix and New York. This year will be her twenty third year to return as a judge for the Symposium National Dance Competition. Cindy travels to several different cities in the winter and spring judging various competitions. She is recognized as an outstanding tap dancer and choreographer. Cindy loves working with children and feels very fortunate to be able to share her love for dance with her students.


Ms. Alexis Wolfe


Alexis is from Ottumwa, Iowa and grew up at her mother’s dance studio, Premier Dance Center.  Born to a dance instructor, this has been the focus of her life for many years.  Her mother, Sally Sharp, owned and operated her studio for 40 years!  She officially began teaching and choreographing at age 14, even though she was at her mother’s dance studio “helping” with every class since she was born.  She is thrilled to once again have dance back in her life as it is her true passion and is very grateful for Cindy giving her the opportunity to be an instructor at Liberty Dance Center!  Fun fact:  Alexis, her sister, and mother used to attend Dance Caravan every year and attend classes instructed by Kit Andre, whom Cindy studied with for years in Colorado!

Alexis and her husband, Mike, have 2 children and live on a small hobby farm in Springdale, outside of West Branch.  They enjoy being outdoors tending to their goats, chickens, and gardens on their farm.  They love being in the communities of Springdale and West Branch, and now being a part of the West Liberty community at Liberty Dance Center!


Ms. Kayla Smith


Kayla grew up in West Liberty and was a student of Cindy's at the Liberty Dance Center. While in high school, she was a much loved assistant teacher. Kayla qualified for the Kids Artistic Revue National competition in Panama City, Florida and performed both a jazz and tap number with her dance group. She had the opportunity to travel with Cindy to New York City and take classes at the Broadway Dance Center. In high school, Kayla was part of the WLHS dance team and last year she was the assistant coach for the team. She currently works at MidWest One Bank and is excited to be helping out at the Liberty Dance Center this year.


Ms. Sam Kabela


Sam grew up in West Liberty and graduated from West Liberty High School. She now resides in West Branch with her husband, Jake and four children (plus one on the way!) Sam has had a love for dance and is glad to be given the opportunity to teach at the West Liberty Dance Studio. Although she loves all parts of dance, some of her most loved passions are technique, ballet, and pointe. 

Same was formally trained with the Kate Carroll and Company Dance Studio in Iowa City for the first 10 years of her career where she competed locally and performed at many different venues. She then moved to Nolte Academy in Coralville for two years, holding three major productions a year. Same finally finished her high school career with Ms. Cindy at the West Liberty Dance Studio where she had one of her fondest memories being her senior piece. 

During the week, she works for West Liberty Foods, LLC as an Accounting Specialist. Same and her husband own part in the family cow/calf operation where they raise both commercial and show stock cattle. She cannot thank Ms. Cindy enough for the opportunity to teach alongside her and look forward to all the memories they'll make this year!


Ms. Cami Jones


Cami started her love for dance at a young age and began taking classes and acting as a teacher assistant for Liberty Dance Center the first year it opened in 1994. Since then, Cami has continued to assist, choreograph, and help out where needed throughout the years. She was a member and captain on the WLHS Dance Team, as well as a member and captain of the Luther College Dance Team. Cami was able to study abroad for a semester at the University of Newcastle in Australia where she had the opportunity to be part of their dance team and attend classes at the Sydney Dance Company. Cami continues to study dance, alongside Cindy, in New York, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

Cami graduated from Luther College with a degree in Business Administration and is General Manager for Saige Partners. She lives in West Liberty and is active in her church and CYG. Cami is excited to be teaching at Liberty Dance Center this year.