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!
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 join the Dance Endeavor’s team and share her passion of 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!
Edda has been dancing since the age of two, including the past thirteen years at Dance Endeavors. She has studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern and contemporary dance and is a member of the Dance Endeavors Intensive Dance Program (DEIDP). Some of her favorite dance experiences include being part of the cast of the Dance Endeavors Winter Show, including most recently as a Good Fairy. Edda has enjoyed teaching the youngest of dancers as an instructor of several dance camps and being an assistant and substitute teacher the past few years. She also spends her summers as a favorite counselor at Camp Kota! Edda is excited to share her love of dance with the dancers again this year!
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.
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.
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.
Jacqueline's love for ballet began at the age of seven. She began her training at Ballet Iowa, a Vaganova-based school and company directed by former Bolshoi Ballet dancer, Konstantin Uralsky. While attending a summer intensive at the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C., she was invited to attend the pre-professional program under Ludmila Morkovina, a graduate and professor of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Upon graduation, Jacqueline danced with Omaha Theater Ballet and as a guest performer for Central Dance Theater and Iowa Dance Theater. She decided to put her dancing career on hold to attend college. Jacqueline relocated to Chicago where she received a degree in Marketing with an Art minor from Roosevelt University. While attending college, she began teaching ballet, pointe, and creative movement at several Chicago-land studios. After college graduation Jacqueline realized how much she missed dancing. She decided to return to the stage. Jacqueline went on to dance with: Schaumburg Dance Ensemble, Omaha Ballet Theater, Ballet Theater of Maryland, Metropolitan Ballet, Cities Classical Dance Ensemble, and Saint Paul Ballet. Jacqueline loves encouraging dancers to believe in themselves above all else; to always push for more and not define themselves by one specific talent but pursue their limitless potential.
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.
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.
In-person & virtual classes begin September 10th!