Johnny Cavelle Death – Cavette “Johnny” Cavelle, a resident of Groton, South Dakota, and a well-known dance instructor in Northeast South Dakota passed away on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, at Avantara Groton. He was 85 years old at the time of his death. He was announced dead through a social media publication on Wednesday, May 24th, 2023. “To my Living Art family. To those of you who know and love Johnny Cavelle, it is with a sad heart that I am sharing the news of his passing yesterday at the age of 85.” Living Art Dance Studios announced.
Who was Johnny Cavelle?
Johnny Cavelle was born on November 9, 1937. Johnny formerly of Tulare, and a resident of Groton, South Dakota, was a well-known dance instructor in Northeast South Dakota who influenced countless students. When he retired thirteen years ago, he owned five dance studios in Aberdeen, Watertown, Huron, Milbank, and Redfield. His business was called Johnny Cavelle Dance Studies.
When Johnny retired in 2009, Vicki Schnoor took over the Aberdeen and Watertown locations. Vicki Schnoor began working part-time at Johnny’s Aberdeen studio when she was 16 years old. She continued to teach dance there for another 26 years. The remaining three studios were taken over by Chad Hansen and Andrea Conklin, and according to Vicki, everyone collaborates to support one another with choreography, backstage assistance on recital nights, and costumes.
Many aspiring dancers owe Johnny a lot for their success. He taught a lot of people how to dance, but he also taught them how to be disciplined in their daily lives. Even though not all of his dancers went on to become professional ballerinas, he and the other teachers who shared his studios with him made them all better people.
Tribute to Johnny Cavelle
“This one hurts my heart. I have been thinking about Johnny a lot over the last year. So much so I had a moment of trying to cyber stalk him in hopes I could find him and send a letter since we have lost touch over the years.” Kyle Marie Mack wrote. “Johnny Cavelle was a very important man in my life as a ballet dancer, and a young lady. I danced under his instruction from a tiny child to an adult. He taught me etiquette from the proper ballet attire with a perfect bun (No Acceptions!) or he would threaten slapping “dippity-do” to slick back flyaways.” Marie added.
Brenda Jensen-Schmidt also wrote “I have been wondering how he was as recital are now. He was a great guy and an amazing dance instructor, he took it very seriously, I am proud to say that he instructed both of our girls that helped shape them into the dancers that they became. RIP Johnny.”
Johnny Cavelle’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.
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