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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!
Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Aileen is a freelance dance artist based in Minneapolis. Aileen grew up dancing and performing in ballets from the age of 4, attending summer intensives including Joffrey Ballet, Boston Ballet, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and LINES Ballet. While in high school, she performed many ballet roles, including Swanilda in Coppelia and the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland. She graduated from the University of Utah in 2019 with an Honors B.F.A. in Modern Dance and a B.A. in English. During her undergrad, she worked with nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers, including Anouk van Dijk, Stephen Koester, Satu Hummasti, Daniel Clifton, Halie Bahr, and Alexandra Barbier. Her teaching focuses on building technique, exploring artistry, and cultivating a love for dance. Aileen is so excited to be joining the Dance Endeavors team!
Aubrey grew up dancing at Holly’s Dance since age 3. She has been dancing for 18 years in styles that include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. She was an avid competition dancer and choreographer and was also on her high school’s varsity dance team. Aubrey was captain of the studio’s dance team and received many acclaimed awards for her dancing and choreography during competitions, including platinum, overall placements, top 10 awards and encore performances. . Aubrey received her bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University, Mankato in December 2019 with a BS in pre-dance therapy and a minor in psychology. She performed in the dance concerts every semester at MSU, and received a talent grant her freshman year. Aubrey also had her choreography presented on stage at MSU in the student dance showcase. Aubrey is currently attending online grad school through Lesley University to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor and dance therapist. Aubrey’s goals are to become a licensed dance therapist that works in a child oncology setting as well as share her passion for dance through teaching. Aubrey is excited to be on the Dance Endeavor’s team and share her passion of dance!
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.
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!
Kim is from Elko, Minnesota and went to school in Lakeville. She has been dancing for 18 years. She has trained with Hollys Dance, South Metro Dance Academy and the Cougar Dance team. Of those 18 years she competed for 7 years doing jazz, contemporary, and kickline. During her time competing, Kim’s teams received high placements and special awards. Kim attended college at Bemidji State University and earned a bachelor’s of science degree in mass communications. During her time in Bemidji, she taught jazz and contemporary at a local studio for 4 years in which many of her dances were awarded overall placements. She also spent 2 seasons coaching the high school team. Kim is so excited to continue her dance career here at Dance Endeavors!
Alexis grew up in Alma, Michigan where she trained with DuHadway Dance Dimensions for 15 years. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater and contemporary. She is certified in Grade V Cecchetti Ballet and has received prestigious awards at various dance competitions throughout the midwest. In college, Alexis earned an Engineering degree while teaching dance classes at a local studio in Houghton, Michigan. After college, Alexis found a job working as a Structural Engineer in the Twin Cities. During her time as an engineer, she also attended dance classes and coached mountain bike courses. Recently, she was inspired to turn her full attention to teaching, coaching and choreographing. She is excited to share her passion for dance with her students and be part of the Dance Endeavors family!
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.
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 Houston 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 in her final semester at the University of Minnesota with a major in journalism, and will be attending Saint Mary’s in the Spring 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. She is so excited to join the Dance Endeavors family and can’t wait for the upcoming seasons!
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 eight 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!