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Andrea and Kayla are pictured together at Kayla’s first solo recital. Submitted photo

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It was the early 1980s when Jan’s School of Dance first opened in Hastings. Andrea (Schappa) First was one of the first students there, and she quickly became an assistant instructor as a sophomore in high school.


“It was the next step,” she said.

She loved teaching the kids and loved the challenge of making a transition from student to teacher, she said. She kept working with the studio even after college and still teaches there today.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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