Tim Hirzel is currently serving as President of the Dance Discovery Board. Tim started dancing after taking a course in historic dancing given by Dr John Ramsay that his wife Elsa talked him into attending in St Louis around 2006. Tim quickly became an accomplished dancer and joined Dance Discovery in 2007. He also plays the flute with Dance Discovery and other English Dance bands.
Karen Jackson is currently serving as Dance Discovery Vice President.
For many years Karen enjoyed casual ballroom, country western, and freestyle dancing. Then she discovered contra dancing (a "relative" of English Country Dancing) in 1989, and quickly became addicted. She ventured into English Country Dancing a couple of decades later, becoming a caller of both contra and English dances, as well as of private Community dances.
In 2013, she was thrilled to be invited (along with her husband, Dan Klarmann) to join Dance Discovery. She has enjoyed rehearsing and performing with the troupe ever since.
Marty Aubuchon is currently serving as Treasurer. Marty started ballroom dancing while in college. He became interested in English Country Dance and that evolved into his membership in Dance Discovery. Marty also enjoys history and is a member of several reenacting groups. He participates in living history events and this includes historic or period dancing. In addition to historic music and dancing he enjoys World Music and has a Special Interest in American Indian Culture, music, dancing and playing the Indian flute.
Elizabeth Lengyel is currently serving as secretary of the Dance Discovery Board.
"A little over 20 years ago, my dancing opportunities were limited to an occasional waltz or polka at a wedding reception. That all changed when I was introduced to country dancing at a contra dance held by Childgrove Country Dancers in Webster Groves. The merriment of this social dancing was expanded by including English country dancing offered through St. Louis ECD and the aforementioned Childgrove Country Dance.
"I enjoy dancing and being able to help others who are new to country dancing. Five years ago, I was fortunate to join Dance Discovery which is a group comprised of talented dancers, callers, musicians, reenactors, and those interested in preserving historical dance. It's been a good and memorable journey."
Rebecca Taylor is the President of the St. Louis English Country Dancers and has been dancing in the style of Jane Austen for more than twenty-five years. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Her dissertation is entitled Robinson Crusoe and the Reproduction of Singleness in England’s Long Eighteenth Century. Rebecca recently retired from Clayton High School after nineteen years of joyfully teaching Clayton’s wonderful teenagers. She delights in dancing with Dance Discovery’s lovely troupe.
Zoë Quinn is a Member at Large. A younger dancer, adding much verve to the group and the board.
Missy Reisenleiter is our Artistic Director and a founding member of Dance Discovery. From the group's beginning in August 2002, Missy has been performing regularly. She served as the group's Treasurer for two years, and served as President for eight years. Missy has danced and performed for many years, including historic dancing in Civil War groups to current memberships in the St. Louis English Country Dancers, Childgrove English Country Dancers and Blackthorn Morris. She has taught English Country dancing to church groups and school groups. Her desire is for Dance Discovery, the “Premier Historic Performance Troupe”, to use its skill and talent to keep these historic dance forms alive for many years to come!