Amanda was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She received her early dance training at Ballet Arts Minnesota and high school dance training at Ballet Royale MN. She also trained at various summer intensives including the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Alvin Ailey, and Alonzo King LINES Programs. During 2013, she apprenticed with Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota and performed in various feature roles. She graduated in 2017 with a BFA in dance from Cornish College of the Arts. During her time there, she performed in works by Amy O’Neal, Veronica Lee-Baik, Kiyon Gaines, Gerard Theoret, and Kyle Abraham.
Lily is from Maple Grove, Minnesota. She is currently working to earn a duel degree in dance and physiology from the University of Minnesota. Lily has 13 years of dance training from Escalate Dance and Theater Studio and 4 years of training from high school dance team . She is trained in modern, contemporary, ballet, jazz, broadway jazz, tap, and kick line. Lily has choreographed for the Minnesota fringe festival as well as for other studios around the twin cities. She is very excited to join the Dance Endeavors team and share her movement with the students here.
Kelsey works with a team of financial advisors downtown Minneapolis, but her greatest passion has always been dance. Kelsey danced for 12 years at Metro Dance Center before joining the Irondale high school Varsity dance team in 9th grade. She then went on to join the University of St. Thomas dance club, where she was a co-president for two years. Kelsey taught Just For Kix classes of all ages in Champlin for two years, then coached the Irondale high school dance team for three years. She is currently the head coach of the Edina Hornettes dance program at Edina high school. She is excited to bring her experience to the studio and looking forward to a fun and successful year!
Kim is so excited and blessed to begin her third season teaching at Dance Endeavors! Originally from Waukesha, Wisconsin, Kim moved to Minneapolis to obtain her Bachelor of Arts in Dance at the University of Minnesota. Kim has been involved in arts and performance for as long as she can remember! She spent much of her childhood competing dance at her home studio and graduated as a theater focus from a performing arts charter high school. Teaching dance has developed into one of her passions, some of her favorite aspects involve the personal development it takes to become a dancer and the collaboration of creativity between students and other teachers.
Vashti is a professional ballerina with the Continental Ballet. She has performed in numerous full-length ballets, concert works, operas, festivals, films, and events. As a dance instructor, Vashti's teaching methods stem from years of classical training in ballet, modern, and jazz in addition to spending years of dedicated research on the mechanics of the human body internally and externally. She received her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Kansas and holds certifications in Barre Fitness and Progressing Ballet Technique. Learn more about Vashti at www.vashtigoracke.com.
Gretchen has danced with Juli Mickelson from the age of three and is excited to back at Dance Endeavors. She holds a degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in elementary education and dance education. Gretchen did her student teaching in the dance classes at Southwest High school and Folwell Performing Arts Magnet School in Minneapolis. At MNSU, she studied under Dan Stark, Julie Kerr-Berry, Lisa Long, Paul Finocchiaro, and Jeffery Peterson. She studied a variety of dance forms including tap, jazz, ballet, improvisation, and dance composition, but her training emphasized modern dance. She performed with the University Repertory Dance Theatre; most notable performances include Suite Winter, Cops and Robbers, Crash, and Les Very Stylish Fillies. Gretchen has attended master classes from the Zenon Dance Company, Mia Michaels, James Sewell Ballet, Zorongo Flemenco Dance Theater, Classical Javanese artist Tri Sutrisno, and Brazilian dance artist Marciano Silva dos Santos. Gretchen is a 5th grade teacher in Bloomington and she is passionate about sharing her love of dance with young dancers!
Gerae is a mover. She has been instructing movement for seven years from swim lessons, to barre, to yoga, to dance for children and adults of all abilities. She graduated in 2015 with a B.S. in Dance and Psychology from MSU Mankato. She has choreographed and produced four full productions in her seventeen years of dance and taught and choreographed dances for shows. She is trained in modern, contemporary, ballet, improv, and jazz. Gerae is excited to be a part of the Dance Endeavors community and can’t wait to watch the dancers grow!
Allison is from Rosemount, MN, where she started dancing at the Dance Connection at the age of three. She holds a B.A. in dance and philosophy from Gustavus Adolphus College. and has performed and choreographed several times at the American College Dance Association Conference, Minnesota Fringe Festival, Off Leash Arts, Dances at the Lakes, and other various venues around the Twin Cities. Allison is trained in modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, lyrical, and more—all of which she has been teaching for seven years. She is beyond excited and thankful to continue sharing her love for dance with the amazing students at Dance Endeavors.
Kelly's daughters have been at Dance Endeavors since 2002 and her family has many more years ahead! She began working at Dance Endeavors in 2013 and is lucky to have one of the best jobs in the world - working with dancers and their families! Kelly holds a Bachelor's degree in vocal music and a minor in Communications from Minnesota State University. She is married to Doug and has 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters. In her spare time she enjoys singing and being outside as much as possible in the summer!
Ali began working part-time as the Account Specialist in 2018 after volunteering for her first two years at the studio. She works full-time in the Bloomington Schools. Two of her three daughters dance at Dance Endeavors. Ali loves that her girls get to be in such a fun, positive environment throughout the year! In her spare time she enjoys baking and making memories with her family!
Michaela started her dance training with the Milwaukee Ballet School at the age of five and continued her training through the Milwaukee Ballet School Academy Program. While at MBS, she trained primarily with Karl Von Rabenau and Phyllis Coffey. She spent her summers dancing at the Milwaukee Ballet School and Ballet Austin summer intensive programs, and danced several classical ballet roles, her favorites being Kitri in Don Quixote and Grumpy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. After high school, she continued her training as a dance major at St. Olaf College where she focused on not only movement, but also policy relating to the arts. Her training includes classical ballet, pointe and variations, partnering, jazz, character, and modern dance.
Don't miss our exciting line-up of summer camps and classes!
Juli Caldwell Mickelson
Juli has taught dance for over 30 years, 20 years here in Bloomington. Juli studied many forms of dance, thriving in the study of classical ballet. She studied intensively with Branitski Ballet Company, Andahazy Ballet, American School of Russian Classical Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre. She performed in numerous ballets including Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake and was a dance major at Texas Christian University. She is also an accomplished choreographer of dance performances and musicals, and certified Yoga instructor. Juli teaches all ages and levels with her unique blend of proper technique and a fun atmosphere.
Sarah Pelletier enrolled in the Classical Ballet Academy of Minnesota as a level 1 student in 2000 and graduated the Academy at Level 8 in 2008. She has danced in the classics Ballet Minnesota productions of Swan Lake and Giselle, restaged by Cheryl Rist. She has also danced in other original works by Andrew Rist including: ‘Black Dog Cafe’, ‘Nightmare’, Sorcer’s Apprentice, ‘At The Museum’, Emperor’s New Clothes ‘River Songs, and original version of ‘Nutcracker. Sarah taught ballet and choreographed original dance at Rain Academy of Dance in Hastings receiving an awards for original choreography. She has also been trained in Progressing Ballet Technique. She and her sister Rebecca also choreographed a dance in the original production of Amahl.
Emma is originally from Park Rapids Minnesota. She trained in dance for nine years and competed in dance throughout high school. Emma is trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, hip hop, contemporary and modern, with additional experience in precision dancing, pointe and acrobatics. Emma has attended intensives with the Radio City Rockettes and The National Dance Association. She also completed the zone trainee program at Zenon Dance Company. Emma is USAG certified in coaching gymnastics and tumbling, and has been teaching dance, and choregraphing and coaching gymnastics for the past 5 years. She will be completing her junior year in college this year, majoring in Psychology, and continuing her trainee program at Zenon Dance School. She can’t wait to continue her time at Dance Endeavors!
Our talented and creative staff includes highly trained, enthusiastic, and positive instructors with background in a wide variety of dance styles. Many of our instructors grew up dancing at DE and have returned to teach after receiving additional training at collegiate and professional levels.
Christina is a lover of all things dance! She trained at Dance Shoppe in Plymouth, Minnesota in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical. She went on to join the Totino Grace E'Gals where she medaled at the State Tournament 3 years in a row. She then went on to coach the Varsity Dance Team at Irondale High school. After graduating from the University of St. Thomas, she moved to the Washington D.C. area where she was a Senior Dance Instructor at a studio specializing in training young dancers. She is grateful and excited to be a part of the Dance Endeavors family and can't wait to meet all of the dancers!
Devin is thrilled to be teaching at Dance Endeavors. She grew up dancing with Juli and Dance Endeavors from Kindergarten through high school. Devin has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and danceline, with ballet and pointe being her primary focus. Dancing is her passion and she is so excited to be able to share her love for dance through teaching! Devin’s students will learn the techniques while also incorporating the art of story-telling and expression through dance. Currently Devin is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and has a love for working with children.
Jessica is a Maple Grove native and started dancing at age three. She started competing at the age of five and went on to win multiple titles and scholarships. She also was a gymnast for ten years and danced on the highly acclaimed Totino Grace High School varsity dance team. Jessica went to North Dakota State University where she trained under the director of the Fargo-Moorhead ballet and obtained a minor in dance. She recently coached dance team at Eden Prairie where she taught and choreographed jazz and high kick. Jessica is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, gymnastics, and more. Jessica just graduated from law school and is a law clerk to a Judge in family court. Jessica is very excited to be a part of the Dance Endeavors team and to spread her passion for dance!
Rachel is a Bloomington native and began her dance training at Dance Endeavors under the direction of Juli Mickelson. Rachel trained in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Danceline, and Hip-Hop for 9 years. Rachel graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and minors in Dance and American Indian Studies. During her time at Iowa State, she attended and performed four times at the American College Dance Association conference, in addition to bringing two pieces she choreographed to perform. Rachel studied modern dance, dance history, instructional technique, and dance composition under Cynthia Adams and Janice Baker and participated in the student dance company Orchesis 1, choreographing for all 4 years she was a member, as well as serving as a Costumer, Vice-President, and President of the company. Rachel performed the role of Flower Soloist in the annual production of the Nutcracker at the Iowa State Center, under the direction of Robert Thomas and Miyoko Kato Thomas. She taught dance for 2 years for the city of Ames and is excited to be back and teaching at Dance Endeavors!
Megan is excited to be joining the Dance Endeavors staff for the 2019-2020 season. Originally from Saint Paul, Megan danced at Dance Spectrum studying jazz, afro jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical and more. Megan then continued her study and passion of dance at Creighton University where she performed and choreographed for the school. At Creighton, she studied jazz, tap, ballet, modern, and musical theater, becoming the first student in over ten years to choreograph for a Main Stage musical production. Her work brought her to the KCACTF awards, a nomination for the TAG Awards, and other recognition in the Omaha area. During her time at and after Creighton, Megan taught at The Rose Theatre in Omaha, NE teaching ballet/tap to young children, triple threat musical theater tap/jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and more for students of all ages. At The Rose, Megan also performed in various musicals on Main Stage and was a teaching artist for musical theater camps. After five years in Omaha working at Creighton, The Rose Theatre, Gross Catholic High School, and The Wilson Performing Arts Centre, Megan decided to move back to the Twin Cities to pursue her passion in teaching dance and musical theater. She is looking forward to the opportunity to share her enthusiasm and love for dance education.