Our Team


Daria Ehler – Co-founder/Instructor
InstructorsSecond of the four Dietrich children, Daria Ehler was born and raised in Festus, Missouri. She began taking dance lessons from her cousin, Mary Beth Hauck at 4 years of age. She danced throughout her grade school years. She is married to a wonderful husband of 44 years who supports all aspects of the dance business. They have two adult daughters, Rachel and Vanessa.

Once Daria’s mother Gloria Dietrich opened the dance studio, Ms. Ehler returned to dance, continuing her dance training from Carmen Thomas who taught in Clayton, Missouri. She also attended several dance conventions in the St. Louis area, which enhanced her love of dance. Famed ballet teacher Jo Rowan, Tapper, Bo Wagner (one of the original Mouseketeers) and Lynda Gache were several of the teachers who inspired her over the years.

Vanessa Krieg – Instructor
Vanessa has danced and performed for 23 years with Dietrich Dance. A natural tapper, she began teaching tumbling during her junior high school years and continues to do so today. After attending Meramec Community College, she married and presently has two sons. Besides teaching tumbling and tap and helping with business operations at the studio, she is a realtor with 5 Star Homes in Festus, Missouri.

Cassandra Patterson – Instructor
Cassandra has 21 years experience in dance. She specializes in contemporary choreography.  Cassandra teaches ballet, pointe and tumbling.  Cassondra s an excellent photographer, we have included several of her candid recital shots on our  recital posts.

Emily Baer – Current Student/Teacher Aide
Currently in her 7th year of dance, Emily is home schooled and participating in several activities included musical theater. She attends two hour dance class, an additional pointe class plus a hip hop class.  Emily teaches two Hip Hop/Funk classes.