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Laren is a contemporary dancer from Afton, Minnesota who is thrilled to teach the young dancers of today. Dance is and will always be Laren's first love. Starting at the age of three with Phipps Dance Center for the Arts, this is where her passion began. For high school, Laren attended Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists while also attending TU Dance studio in Minneapolis full time. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance from the University of Iowa where she graduated with high distinction, was a receiver of the ICA talent scholarship and also toured in the pre-professional company, University of Iowa Dancers in Company. Most recently, Laren just finished a post graduate professional program with Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School where she got to work with choreographers all over Europe while also touring with Copenhagen International Dance Festival. This summer Laren also had the pleasure to be invited to participate in workshops at B12 contemporary dance festival in Berlin. Now, she has an incoming apprenticeship with TU Dances CULTIVATE program and is so excited to teach at Dance Endeavors!
Cherry has been passionate about dance and performing ever since she can remember. She grew up in Plymouth, and attended her first classes at Summit Dance Shoppe when she was three. She then went on to win Miss Masquerade in 2011, and placed 1st in multiple competitions for both her solo and group routines. After going to study at Larkin Dance Studio where she placed nationally in Las Vegas, she attended Saint Paul Conservatory and experienced a wide range of cultural dance styles on top of her technical training. She has attended workshops around the country including Pacific Coast Dance Fest & JUMP, and trained with multiple studios around the Twin Cities throughout her dance career. She is excited to be teaching with Dance Endeavors after a full year at Tonka Dance, and looks forward to many more great years of instructing!
Ingrid has been classically trained in ballet since the age of two. She started her training at Saint Paul Ballet and switched to Minnesota Dance Theatre at age 13 under the training of Lise Houlton as a pre-professional student. She has been trained in both Vaganova and Balanchine styles, and has 10+ years of pointe experience. She was also a member of her high school’s varsity dance team, and later helped coach the team all the way to the State Tournament. Ingrid is currently a graduate student at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota for her master’s degree in counseling psychology. She is extremely passionate about making ballet fun and exciting while still prioritizing a strong technical foundation. She encourages dancers to explore their artistry and performance skills and wants to share her love of ballet with her students.
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 nine years. She is beyond excited and thankful to continue sharing her love for dance with the amazing students at Dance Endeavors.
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. We congratulate Michaela for graduating from law school last year and starting her new endeavor as an attorney!
Kayla grew up in Minnetonka where she trained with Center Stage Dance Studio for 9 years. Training in many styles, she grew especially fond of Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Modern dance. First as a recreational dancer and then as a competitive line member, she won multiple awards at various competitions across the country. Kayla recently received her bachelors degree in public health from Hamline University! She was an active member of the Hamline Dance Ensemble and is still a member as she continues her education, pursuing grad school in hopes of becoming a physician assistant Kayla also works at Children’s hospital. In her free time she loves to read, spend time with her friends, and go on walks with her dog! She is so excited to be joining Dance Endeavors and looks forward to sharing her love of dance!
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 originally from Hutchinson, MN where she started dancing at Kelly’s Dance Academy at the age of 5. Rachel attended multiple dance conventions such as JUMP. She is trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre and modern style dance. While attending St. Cloud State University, she coached dance at Just for Kix in Princeton focusing on jazz and high kick and attended ballet and hip-hop dance classes. Rachel graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Human Resources. She is currently a part of the Human Resources team at Sleep Number. Rachel is very excited to be apart of the team and to share her passion for dance!
Educator, Assistant Competition Coordinator
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 7 years. She will is attending college, majoring in Psychology, and continuing her trainee program at Zenon Dance School. Emma is excited to be the Assistant Competition Director this year as well as an instructor! She can’t wait to continue her growth 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.
Administrative Assistant and Educator
Sophia recently graduated from the U or MN with a BFA in Dance and a 200 Hour Yoga Certification. She has performed in works by and trained under artists including Herb Johnson III, Danial Shapiro & Joanie Smith of Shapiro and Smith Dance, Souleymane Badolo, and Renée Copeland & Genevieve Muench of Hiponymous, Carl Flink, Erin Thompson, and Marciano Silva Dos Santos. She has also worked closely with Madeleine Scott of South Dakota Ballet in Sioux Falls for the last two seasons. She loves to share her passion for dance with people of all ages and abilities. She hopes to foster a meaningful community by meeting each dancer where they are at and creating a safe space that empowers them to push their limits. Sophia is so excited to join the Dance Endeavors family!
Hope started dancing at age 9 at the Anne Hebard School of Ballet in New York where she studied Ballet and Jazz. She has also studied Tap, Hiphop and Character Dance at the School at Steps. She has performed with Catskill Ballet Theatre dancing both soloist and corp de ballet roles in ballet productions such as The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen, and Peter and the Wolf. Hope has attended summer intensives at Steps on Broadway, the Nutmeg Conservatory of Ballet, Richmond Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Nashville Ballet, and the State Street Ballet. She spent a year training at the Richmond Ballet and spent a year as a trainee at the Nashville Ballet under Paul Vasterling. From 2018 to 2019 she was coached under the tutelage of Aaron Orza, former dancer with the San Francisco Ballet. In 2020 Hope joined the State Street Ballet in Santa Barbara CA where she performed in various productions throughout the year including the Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. Hope is currently performing with the Continental Ballet in Bloomington. She is incredibly excited to be involved in the teaching Dance Endeavors students.
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.
Ali grew up right here in Bloomington, MN. She began volunteering at Dance Endeavors in 2017 and has been an account specialist since 2019. She also serves as the parent volunteer coordinator for winter shows and recitals. Ali has worked in finance for over 10 years and has attended various trainings for financial literacy and accounting. In addition, she has taken basic UFARS training through the Minnesota Department of Education. Her daughters participate in both traditional dance classes and the competition program at the studio. She is proud to be a part of such a welcoming team, and enjoys meeting and interacting with families!
Allison has been at Dance Endeavors for 14 years. She has danced on the Competition Team, the Youth Performance Ensemble, and almost everything DE has had to offer! Allison is self-motivated and eager to share her love of dance. She has earned prestigious top awards at both Regional and National Competitions for groups, duets, and solos. She has trained in all styles of dance. Allison has assisted with parties, events and classroom teaching. She has helped the studio ever since she could, even cleaning mirrors and organizing trophies when she was just a wee dancer! We are so excited to have Allison teach this year!
Aliyah has grown up in dance, and has called Dance Endeavors her home for 14 years. She has trained in all styles with contemporary being her current favorite. This is her 4th year on the Dance Endeavors competition team where she has earned top awards at both Regional and National events. Aliyah has hosted DE Birthday parties, assisted in numerous classes and taught her own classes this past summer. She organizes team events and does planning and execution for many studio needs. Aliyah is excited to be an official staff member this year and share her love and knowledge of dance!