A 1/2 hour Introduction to Dance/Creative Movement class is for our 2 year old dancers. Fun props are used throughout the class to help develop rhythm, dance skills and coordination. This is a great class for little ones as they begin to develop life skills such as independence, taking direction and listening skills. (Perform 1 dance in recital – 1 costume) Tuition $40/month; Costume $65. Shoes Needed – Pink Ballet (Boys will need Black Ballet)
Monday 5:15 w/ Buffy
Monday 6:00 w/ Ashlee
Tuesday 10:45 w/ Mary
Wednesday 10:30 w/ Buffy
Wednesday 4:45 w/ Katherine
Wednesday 6:15 w/ Alexis
Thursday 9:30 w/ Mary
Friday 10:30 w/ Buffy
Saturday 9:00 w/ Alyssa
Preschool - Age 3 & 4
A 55 minute combination class for 3 and 4 year olds. Class includes basic tap, introduction to ballet, creative movement and tumbling. We strive to help this age group learn basic dance skills while having fun. While the physical skills of coordination, balance and rhythm are mastered, you will also see your dancer grow in their self confidence, listening and social skills. (Perform 2 dances in recital – 1 costume) Tuition $56/month; Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Pink Ballet and White Tap (Boys will need Black Ballet & Black Tap)
Monday 4:15 w/ Buffy
Monday 5:20 w/ Katherine
Monday 6:20 w/ Mary
Tuesday 9:45 w/ Mary
Tuesday 6:20 w/ Mary
Tuesday 6:30 w/ Macey
Wednesday 10:30 w/ Mary
Wednesday 4:20 w/ Alexis
Wednesday 6:20 Kathy
Thursday 10:05 w/ Mary
Thursday 5:25 w/ Ashlee
Friday 9:30 w/ Buffy
Friday 6:20 w/ Katherine
Saturday 9:30 w/ Alyssa
A 55 minute combination class for kindergarten age dancers. Tap and ballet, with ballet barre introduction as well as intro to jazz and basic tumbling. Dance helps children develop listening skills, self confidence and discipline, which will carry over to other areas of their lives. These are all beneficial skills as they start grade school. No matter your dancers level, our attentive faculty will help your child learn dance as well as life skills to help them succeed. A dance education offers not only physical development but discipline, focus and self confidence. (Perform 2 dances in recital – 1 costume) Tuition $56/month; Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Pink Ballet and White Tap (Boys will need Black Ballet & Black Tap)
Monday 4:00 w/ Mary
Monday 5:50 w/ Buffy
Tuesday 5:20 w/ Mary
Tuesday 6:15 w/ Katia
Wednesday 9:30 w/ Mary (Ages 4-5)
Wednesday 4:20 w/ Kathy
Wednesday 5:20 w/ Katherine
Thursday 5:20 w/ Brinna
Saturday 10:30 w/ Alyssa
1st / 2nd Grade (Levels Noted)
A 55 minute combination class. Tap, ballet and jazz technique will be taught with use of kid-friendly music and activities to make learning fun! Dancers will enjoy learning short routines and combinations of their favorite dance steps! These classes are leveled based on prior dance experience. (Perform 2 dances in recital – 1 costume). Tuition $56/month Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Pink Ballet and Tan Tap (Boys will need Black Ballet & Black Tap)
Monday 6:30 w/ Ashlee (Beg / Int Level)
Tuesday 5:15 w/ Katia (2nd Grade Only, Int Level)
Tuesday 5:30 w/ Macey (Beg / Int Level)
Wednesday 4:20 w/ Brinna (Beg / Int Level)
Wednesday 5:15 w/ Kathy (Beg / Int Level)
Wednesday 6:30 w/ Brinna (Beg / Int Level)
Wednesday 6:50 w/ Alyssa (Int Level)
Saturday 11:30 w/ Alyssa (Beg / Int Level)
3rd / 5th Grade Tap, Jazz (Beg / Int Level)
A hour long tap and jazz class. Dancers will learn tap technique taught through center exercises and traveling progressions. Jazz fundamentals will be taught to upbeat music with focus on stretching, basic technique and fun, energetic movement! (Perform 2 dances in recital – 1 costume). Tuition $56/month; Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Tan Jazz and Tan Tap
A 75 minute combination class including tap, lyrical and jazz. Dancers will learn tap technique taught through center exercises and traveling progressions. Jazz fundamentals will be taught to upbeat music with focus on stretching, basic technique and fun, energetic movement! Lyrical is an exciting new style of dance for dancers to be introduced to at this age/level. Performance skills will also be included in class goals for the year. (Perform 3 dances in recital – 2 costumes total). Tuition $62/month; Costumes $125 total. Shoes Needed – Tan Jazz and Tan Tap
Monday 5:00 w/ Mary
Monday 6:45 w/ Katherine
Tuesday 4:15 w/ Macey
Wednesday 4:20 w/ Alyssa
Wednesday 5:15 w/ Brinna
Thursday 6:15 w/ Katherine
5th / 7th Grade Tap, Jazz, Lyrical (Levels Noted)
A 75 minute combination class including tap, lyrical and jazz. Dancers will learn tap technique taught through center exercises and traveling progressions. Jazz technique will be taught to upbeat music with focus on stretching, proper technique and fun, energetic movement! Lyrical will be taught with focus on helping the dancers express themselves through movement. Performance skills will also be included in class goals for the year. (Perform 3 dances in recital – 2 costumes total). Tuition $62/month; Costumes $125. Shoes Needed – Tan Jazz and Tan Tap
Monday 7:15 w/ Mary (Int / Adv)
Wednesday 7:45 w/ Alexis (Int)
6th / 8th Grade Tap, Jazz, Lyrical (Levels Noted)
A 75 minute combination class including tap, lyrical and jazz. Dancers will learn tap technique taught through center exercises and traveling progressions. Jazz technique will be taught to upbeat music with focus on stretching, proper technique and fun, energetic movement! Lyrical will be taught with focus on helping the dancers express themselves through movement. Performance skills will also be included in class goals for the year. (Perform 3 dances in recital – 2 costumes total). Tuition $62/month; Costumes $125.Shoes Needed – Tan Jazz and Tan Tap
Monday 8:00 Alexis
Thursday 7:30 w/ Katherine
8th / 12th Tap, Jazz (Levels Noted)
A hour long jazz and tap combination class. Dancers will learn tap technique through center exercises and traveling progressions. Focus will be on proper technique and increased speed and clarity of tap sounds. Jazz technique will be taught including warm up/stretch and across the floor exercises. Dancers will focus on style and performance while learning jazz technique with correct body placement. These classes are leveled based on prior dance experience. (Perform 2 dances in recital – 2 costumes). Tuition $56/month; Costumes $125 total. Shoes Needed – Tan Jazz and Black Tap
Monday 8:30 w/ Mary (Int)
Tuesday 8:15 w/ Emily (Adv)
for dancers in Sr Pom, or by instructor approval
Wednesday 7:45 w/ Alyssa (Int / Adv)
8th / 12th Grade Lyrical (Levels Noted)
A 45 minute class. Lyrical will be taught with focus on helping the dancers express themselves through movement. Class will include warm up/stretch and across the floor exercises to work on body placement and proper technique. (Perform 1 dance in two separate recitals – 1 costume). Tuition $50/month; Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Pirouettes
Thursday 8:45 w/ Katherine (Int)
Jazz / Lyrical (Grades / Levels Noted)
A hour long jazz and lyrical combination class. Jazz technique will be taught including warm up/stretch and across the floor exercises. Lyrical will be taught with focus on helping the dancers express themselves through movement. Dancers will focus on style and performance while learning jazz technique with correct body placement. (Perform 2 dances in recital – 2 costumes). Tuition $56/month; Costume $125. Shoes Needed – Tan Jazz
A 45 minute class. Jazz technique will be taught including warm up/stretch and across the floor exercises. Dancers will focus on style and performance while learning jazz technique with correct body placement. (Perform 1 dance – 1 costume). Tuition $50/month; Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Tan Jazz
Tuesday 7:30 w/ Macey 6th-8th Grade (Int)
Tuesday 8:15 w/ Mary 8th-12th Grade (Adv)
for dancers in Teen/Sr Pom or by instructor approval
Hip Hop / Tap
A 55 minute combination class for beginner to intermediate dancers ages 5-7 class. Dancers will learn basic tap and hip hop moves will be taught with lots of energy and enthusiasm. (Perform 2 dances in recital) Tuition $56/month; Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Clean Tennis Shoes and Tan Tap
Wednesday 6:45 w/ Alexis (Ages 5-7)
Thursday 6:20 w/ Brinna (Ages 6-8)
A 45 minute class for beginner to intermediate dancers ages 6 and older. Learn the latest hip hop moves to clean, current hip hop music. A popular and ever-growing class, we are very conscious to keeping these classes age appropriate. Hip Hop is also a great class to take in addition to a combination class. (Perform 1 dance in recital) Tuition $50/month; Costume $75. Shoes Needed – Clean Tennis Shoes
Monday 4:30 w/ Michelle (Ages 6-8)
Monday 6:15w/ Michelle (Ages 6-8)
Monday 7:45 w/ Michelle (Ages 9-11)
Monday 8:30 w/ Michelle (Ages 12+)
Wednesday 4:15 w/ Michelle (Ages 9-11)
Wednesday 5:00 w/ Michelle (Ages 6-8)
Wednesday 7:30 w/ Brinna (Ages 9-11)
Thursday 7:15 w/ Brinna (Ages 9-11)
Thursday 8:00 w/ Brinna (Ages 12+)
Boys Only Tap, Hip Hop (Ages & Levels Noted)
We offer boys only classes for age 4 & up! Taught by Bruce, these classes are geared towards learning while having fun! Boys ages 4-8 will enjoy a 45 minute class offering both tap and hip hop (will perform 2 dances in recital). Tuition $50/month. Boys ages 8-12 will enjoy a 30 minute class offering tap only (will perform 1 dance in recital) Tuition $40/month. Boys ages 8-12 will enjoy a 45 class offering only hip hop (will perform 1 dance in 2 separate recitals) Tuition $50/month; Costume fee: TBD. Shoes Needed – Black Tap and/or Clean Tennis Shoes. *Boys only – Ages 8 – 12 take both the tap only class (Tue 6:45 or 8:00) and the Hip Hop class (Tue 7:15) and tuition is only $62 per month total for both classes. Boys class tuition is FREE for the month of September Adult Tap (Levels Noted) We offer tap classes for adults. A 45 tap class with Bruce. Adults will have the option to perform in our recital at the end of the season. Tuition $40/Month Shoes Needed – Black Tap Tuesday 8:30 w/ Bruce Beginner Tap Tuesday 9:15 w/ Bruce Intermediate Tap
Tuesday 5:15 w/ Bruce (Age 5-8 Int Tap & Hip Hop)
Tuesday 6:00 w/ Bruce (Ages 4-7 Beg Tap & Hip Hop)
Tuesday 6:45 w/ Bruce (Ages 8-12 Beg Tap Only)*
Tuesday 7:15 w/ Bruce (Ages 8-12 Hip Hop Only)
Tuesday 8:00 w/ Bruce (Ages 8-12 Int Tap Only)*
Adult Tap (Levels Noted)
We offer tap classes for adults. A 45 tap class with Bruce. Adults will have the option to perform in our recital at the end of the season. Tuition $40/Month. Shoes Needed – Black Tap
Tuesday 8:30 w/ Bruce Beginner Tap
Tuesday 9:15 w/ Bruce Intermediate Tap
Discounts are also given for paying more than one month at a time starting in the fall
2 Classes Per Week (Same Student)
3 Classes Per Week (Same Student)
2nd Student from Same Family
$8 off per month
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Student from Same Family
50% off tuition per month
All accounts are required to have a credit card on file and must be signed up for automatic monthly payments for tuition. You do have the option to pay at the front desk with cash, check or a different card before automatic payments are processed on the 3rd of each month. Refunds – There are no refunds on registration fees. If cancellation is made by July 31st, September tuition will be refunded. No exceptions for September refunds after July 31st
$15 one student/$25 family with more than one student
Family with More than One Student$25.00
$40 payment due per student per class on October 15th. $35 payment due per student per class on November 15th ($25 due for tots classes). $50 payment due per student on December 15th only for classes with costume totals of $125
All classes perform in one recital at the end of the season (late May or early June) unless noted in the class description (8-12 Boys HH and Teen Lyrical classes). A class observation/holiday performance is held in December for tots through kindergarten class levels at the studio during their class time. While we do our best to schedule siblings in the same recital it is not always possible. Siblings that take class on the same day of the week are not guaranteed to be in the same recital
Class size varies depending on age of students and size of studio room. All classes tots age and older are taught by an instructor along with an assistant
The shoe requirements are for dancers in our full school year program that will be participating in our spring recital can be found HERE. All shoes and dancewear are available at Woodbury Dance Center in our dance boutique
Woodbury Dance Center - Artistic Directors, Instructors
Woodbury Dance Center Artistic Directors Kathy Johnson Mueller and Buffy Johnson Breen, have a total of over forty years of teaching experience. They began their studio in 1995 and have enjoyed teaching dance to students in Woodbury, MN ever since. Read more about the history of WDC here. The two sisters regularly attend dance workshops locally and throughout the country to keep up with the latest in dance instruction and have won many choreography awards for their work.
Kathy Johnson Mueller
By the time Kathy was 17 she was already a dance instructor.
She was also one of the first Minnesota Vikings Professional Viking Cheerleaders and went on to become the team's assistant coach. This step led to Kathy teaching full-time at studios and day care centers in the Twin Cities area.
Kathy's teaching philosophy is simple, dance is supposed to be fun so learning how to dance should also be fun.
Sometimes I feel like an entertainer more than a dance teacher, but I find that is what works the best, especially with the little ones. Seeing a child who is unsure about even entering the dance room in September blossom into a dancer who is performing and having a blast on stage in June is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do.
The dance world is never far away from Kathy's life.
Her daughter, Miss Katia, is an instructor at Woodbury Dance Center and her daughter-in-law is also a dance studio owner. Kathy has two sons and two wonderful grandchildren.
Spending free weekends up north in the summer and sharing time with her grandchildren are things Kathy loves to do when she's not at the dance center.
Kathy's other interests include the non-profit group Breanna's Gift.
This group brings the arts, including dance, to critically ill children in the hospital and at Ronald McDonald homes.
Buffy Johnson Breen
Since the very early age of 4, Buffy has had her dancing shoes firmly on her feet.
Her love for dance kept drawing her back to it even though she went to school to become an actuary. Every weekend, while in college, Buffy would make the drive back to the dance studio to continue teaching. She ultimately changed schools so it would be easier to keep up her teaching schedule. Eventually, dance won. Although you can still see Buffy's analytical side shine through when it comes to scheduling keeping everything on track at the studio.
One of Buffy's fond dance memories is of performing at the Metrodome during Super Bowl XXVI in 1992.
A 26 year veteran dance instructor, she enjoys working with students of all ages and levels from 18 months through adults.
"Seeing my students progress each week and learn to love dance in the same way I do is very rewarding."
Buffy has passed her love of dance on to her three daughters as well all of whom enjoy dance and performing.
When she's not dancing Buffy enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies, traveling, camping and cooking.
Jennifer began dancing at the age of two. Her love and passion for dance grew further when she joined her high school dance team, which she was a part of for four years. She also participated in show choir and choir all throughout high school. After graduating in 2007, she channeled her passion of dance through line dancing and joined a line dance team. This experience opened up to a whole new way of dancing for Jennifer. Jennifer is excited for the privilege to educate a younger generation at Woodbury Dance Center. She hopes her knowledge and experience will help pass on her strong belief that dance is a form of art for expressing oneself to her students.
Katia Bode, daughter of co-owner Kathy Mueller began dancing at the age of 2. She grew up competing with Woodbury Dance Center and was awarded many top awards and scholarships including National Jr. Miss StarQuest, American Dance Awards Regional Dancer of the Year in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and scholarships to The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, CA. When Katia graduated she moved to Salt Lake City, Utah where she was a professional dancer with Odyssey Dance Theater. "Odyssey Dance Theater dancers are equally proficient in every style of dance, including ballet; tap; jazz; modern; Irish; ballroom and funk/hip hop. Odyssey's creative repertoire, versatility and multi-talented and spirited with dancers give the company a sustainable, competitive advantage." While with Odyssey Katia worked with choreographers such as Mandy Moore, Roni Koresh and Justin Giles. She had many travel opportunities with ODT, including dance tours in Europe and California. After two years in Utah, Katia returned home in 2010 to teach at WDC and has already been recognized for her choreography with a Choreography Award for "Come Home". Katia loves the challenge of helping dancers improve, whether they have been dancing for several years or they are stepping into the studio for the first time. She brings great energy to her classes and loves teaching dancers of all ages and levels.
Macey Breen, daughter of co-owner Buffy Johnson Breen, began dancing as soon as she could walk. She grew up competing with Woodbury Dance Center and received many special awards at local and national competitions. She is a student at the University of St. Thomas and continues to dance with local companies in the Twin Cities. Macey is excited to bring her energy and enthusiasm to WDC this year! She loves working with children and sharing her love for dance.
You'll love taking hip-hop from Amy Dawson! Amy began studying dance at the young age of three attending 4th Street Dance Centre in White Bear Lake. There, she took tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop lessons for 15 years earning several awards as a competitive student. Upon graduation in June 2005, Amy moved to Illinois to instruct tap, jazz, and hip-hop at a family studio. Additionally, she choreographed award-winning small and large group productions in those styles. Now she's back and teaching hip-hop classes at local studios including Woodbury Dance Center and Lake Area Dance Center. Her hip-hop style is trendy, intricate, and most of all, fun considering she packs her classes full! Outside of dance, Amy is attending college and hopes to be a Bridal Consultant in the future. She is sure to keep your children challenged and entertained learning all the latest moves!
Bruce DeMorrow is a tap-instructor-extraordinaire! You will love having class with him, learning new, cutting-edge choreography at a fast and upbeat pace. Bruce was a competition dancer for many years at Woodbury Dance Center and performed with the top competition line, the Topaz. Bruce is a phenomenal performer with the Rhythmic Circus Production. He has had much involvement with outside tap dance companies and is an experienced performer and choreographer. Bruce is an awesome role model and instructor for our Boys Classes and enjoys teaching many of our Adult Tap Classes as well. He has been trained in many styles of dance and looks forward to teaching you a thing or two! Come to class ready to learn something new, challenging, and fun!
Leah Gallas has been a professional dancer for the last 16 years. Her professional experience includes being a member of Colorado Ballet, Dayton Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Minnesota Ballet, Tulsa Ballet and most recently James Sewell Ballet. Leah has performed may roles in various classical and contemporary ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Stanton Welch's Bruiser, Balanchine's Serenade, Ben Stevenson's Dracula and Paul Taylor's Black Tuesday, among others. Leah received the majority of her training at Ballet Arts Minnesota studying primarily under Bonnie Mathis and Lirena Branitski while also spending summers training at the San Francisco Ballet School and the Boston Ballet School on full scholarships. Leah's teaching experience includes Tulsa Ballet SemGroup Center for Dance Education, Ballet Royale Minnesota, Alesso's Dance Spectrum as well as teaching private lessons throughout the Twin Cities.
Ashlee has been dancing for over 19 years and was on competition lines for a large part of that time. Ashlee has been an assistant teacher for 10 years and has been teaching herself for over three years. Currently, Ashlee is going to school for a degree in fashion and retail management. Designing clothes and dance costumes is something that Ashlee has loved to do for many years and would like to continue this passion. Ashlee has always known that dance was a lot of work but has come to appreciate it much more after assisting and teaching. Ashlee puts forth her own energy and enthusiasm for dance to her inspire her dancers to do the same. She believes in having fun while learning and strives to make her classes an enjoyable experience for all. Ashlee looks forward to many more years of teaching at WDC, growing as an instructor as well as a person.
Katherine began dancing at the age of three when her mother noticed her inability to sit still during violin lessons. She enrolled at Woodbury Dance Center dancing recreationally and later moved on to compete at both regional and national levels in the styles of tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical for 12 years. Katherine's passion for dance was further nurtured at St. Olaf College where she pursued a dance major, graduating magna cum laude with departmental distinction in dance. Katherine has had the privilege to work with countless talented artists and companies including Mandy Moore, Greg Russell, Alex Little, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and ARENA Dances. She continues to follow her love of movement as a WDC instructor and as a performer with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, a touring dance company based in Minneapolis. Katherine strives to empower her students, finding no greater joy than seeing dancers learn and grow in the safe space they create together.
Rebecca began dancing at Woodbury Dance Center at three years old. She danced recreationally and competitively in tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet during her 14 years at the studio. She graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Elementary Education. After assisting this past year, she is excited to teach adapted dance classes through the Darby's Dancers program at WDC. She hopes to share her love of dance and to encourage her students to express themselves through movement.
A South Carolina native, Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Jeffrey has studied at the School of American Ballet, the Dance Theater of Harlem, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and the Koln Dance Acadamie in Germany. Jeffrey was a principal dancer with the Desmoines Ballet and soloist with the Ballet D'Anlego. He danced with the Alvin Ailey Repetory Ensemble directed by Sylvia Waters, the Elisa Monte Dance Company, the Joyce Triscler Dance Company, the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company and has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Jeffrey also taught ballet at the Alvin American Dance Center under the direction of Denise Jefferson. Broadway credits: "The Kind And I" (Starring Lou Diamond Phillips), "Little Me" (Starring Martin Short), "Ragtime", "Jerome Robbins Broadway" (Starring Tony Roberts), "Damn Yankees" (Starring Jerry Lewis), "Follies" and Susan Stroman's "A Christmas Carol". Jeffrey has appeared in film and television and wrote his first short film "Obedience", which made its world premiere at the New York International Independent Film Festival in September 2002 and had been screened at 6 major festivals around the world. Jeffrey currently resides in Minneapolis, MN and is ballet master for the St. Paul Ballet. Company teacher for the James Sewell Ballet, Tu Dance and former faculty member of St. Paul Conservatory for the Arts. Jeffrey is also an abstract painter with works in many private collections around the country.
Alexis Heruth started her dance career when she was three years old at Woodbury Dance Center, which lead her to continue at arts high school, Perpich Center for the Arts Education and Minnesota State University Mankato. While at MSU, Alexis studied with and performed works by Zenon Dance Company, Penelope Freech, Gabriel Anderson, Lynn Andrews, Mary Davies Stark, Julie Kerr-Berry, Stuart Pimsler Theatre and Dance Company, and Alan Sener. She was recognized by The Kennedy Center for her choreography for the musical, Spring Awakening and danced Daniel Stark's 'Crash' on the Kennedy Center Stage in Washington D.C. Over her collegiate years she received The Breakthrough Dance award as a freshman, several Outstanding Dance Performance Awards and was the recipient of the Bunny Just Theatre scholarship two years in a row. After graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Alexis joined modern dance company Alternative Motion Project where she performed at the Lab Theatre this past March. She is currently working on projects with Taja Will and local pop singer Ashley Hall. Alexis is very excited to be teaching at WDC where her dancing began. While assistant teaching this past studio season Alexis' most memorable moments are being goofy with her students and seeing recital dances grow and come together.
Erin has been dancing for over 25 years. She has assisted and taught at WDC for the past 12 years. Erin graduated with a psychology degree from the University of Minnesota where she was also a part of the dance program. She also received 6 years of ballet training from Marius Andahazy. She continues to take all types of dance classes as much as possible to keep up with the latest dance trends. She recently attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC where she took classes and seminars on teaching and choreography. Erin loves teaching all types of dance. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz and lyrical to all different ages and levels of dance. Erin likes to incorporate ballet into all forms of dance, she feels as though it is the strong basis every dancer needs to succeed. She currently teaches both recreational classes and competition line students. Her competition dances have won numerous awards regionally and nationally. Erin has also received many choreography awards for her work on a regional and national level. She is passionate, energetic, and sincerely cares about each student. She enjoys the challenge of thinking of new and exciting things to do in her classes to keep everyone excited and motivated to dance their best. Her degree in psychology has helped her to make the classes she teaches productive and organized with an emphasis on positive behavior management. She looks forward to many more years of teaching dance to all ages and levels.
Kelly Jo "Kj" is an elementary & middle level science education major at Winona State University. While studying to be an academic teacher she continued her passion for performing & dance through her years on the university dance team. During this time she was able to channel her passion for dance in an even more impactful way, through teaching & choreographing dance. During her time teaching it became incredibly clear that through teaching she was able to help her students express themselves, build their confidence, & find their voice through the art of dance. Basing her teaching out of strong technique & the idea of sharing oneself through dance she works with dancers of all levels to be their best. In tandem with her creative & stimulating choreography students are continually challenged & inspired to grow & progress in their passion. Kj danced competitively in all styles of dance on the regional & national level for 9 years based out of the Twin Cities of Minnesota. During these years as a dancer Kj spent at least 6 hours a week in a high intensity ballet program that trained her to the highest level of technique & proper placement. With this understanding & value on technique Kj was awarded Top Ballet Technique at her summer intensive every year she attended. At Winona State University, Kj led her team as captain & choreographer to 3 consecutive collegiate national berths & 1 Grand National Championship in her years on the team (2010-2013).
Brinna began her teaching career as captain and choreographer for her high school dance team. Her love for dance continued as she received her degree at Calvin College in sociology while minoring in dance. Pioneering the Calvin College Dance Guild as captain and head choreographer she began the foundation for her true passion. She volunteered at The Salvation Army, mentoring youth and organizing after school activities including dance, and jump rope teams. Her youth groups won local talent competitions. Her passion for community outreach led to a director's assistant position at The Salvation Army. After graduating, Brinna received an internship at the Broadway Dance Center in New York city, increasing her knowledge in tap, jazz, and ballet under some of the country's best teachers she discovered her love for hip hop. Seeking out new dance opportunities, she also studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. With over 10 years of teaching under her belt, she has continued to grow as a dancer and choreographer, earning awards for choreography as well as top awards for her students. She has also been honored to judge at Triple S Dance Competition. Brinna has used her dance background to culminate her passion for teaching and helping children reach their full potential by expressing themselves through dance.
Michelle Miller, a Woodbury native, has danced at Woodbury Dance Center for 10 years beginning with tap, jazz, and ballet then transitioning to competitive hip hop. Her love and passion for dance grew stronger during each competitive season. She also has experience in traditional African dance and is continually exploring different genres of dance. She is currently a student at the University of St. Thomas studying Music (Vocal Performance). She is involved in PULSE, a performance club mainly focusing on dance, on campus. She's energetic, passionate, and hopes to instill the belief of "leaving it all out on the dance floor" in her students!
Jenny Pennaz, a Minnesota native, graduated from the University of Minnesota with bachelor's degrees in dance and biology and completed a post-baccalaureate certificate in Contemporary Studies in Dance from the Federal University of Bahia in Brazil. She holds a K-12 Dance & Theater teaching license and is currently writing her thesis to complete a master of arts in teaching from Hamline University. Jenny has studied ballet at Minnesota Dance Theater, North Carolina School of the Arts, SUNY Purchase, and the Arizona Ballet. She is trained in capoeira (a Brazilian martial art form) from Capoeira Beribazu at the Federal University of Espirito Santo. She is also a registered yoga teacher (RYT 200). Jenny has been teaching dance in the Twin Cities for over 10 years and absolutely loves it. In addition to teaching ballet at Woodbury Dance Center, she teaches dance at the Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Resource School, also know as the FAIR School, in Crystal, MN. Jenny is a professional dancer and a member of two companies: Contempo Physical Dance, a company that fuses Afro-Brazilian dance, capoeira and contemporary dance, and the Threads Dance Project, a contemporary ballet company. Jenny is also active as a choreographer, with an interest in combining choreography with photography and film. Her choreographic work has been presented at Works-in-Progress at the Red Eye Theater, Minnesota Dance Film Project at the Southern Theater, No One Knows at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, and the Paniel Performatico at the Federal University of Bahia. This November she will present a solo at Choreographer's Evening at the Walker Arts Center.
Alyssa began dancing at a young age and continued for years at Woodbury Dance Center receiving national awards as a soloist and as part of countless small and large group productions. She has 10 years experience teaching and working with groups of all ages in styles of musical theater, tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop and lyrical dance. Her choreography and routines have also received many awards in several regional and national competitions. Additionally, she has staged and choreographed for show choirs and high school theater productions, as well as performing in the University of Wisconsin River falls summer theater productions. Outside of dance, Alyssa graduated with a degree in Exercise and Sport Science and Dance Education and performed with the modern dance theater company of UWRF. With her knowledge and experience, she hopes to improve your student's technique, enhance their performance quality, and experience the joy and art of dance.
When she was two, while dancing in the bathtub, Andrea cut her chin so badly she needed stitches. Despite this tragic start, she fell in love with dance. She received her training at Woodbury Dance Center for 13 years and was on their top competition lines from Rubies to Topaz. She won numerous awards and scholarships with each group as well as dancing solo. Her solo took 1st place and won the title of Miss Showbiz at the 2008 National Competition in Chicago. Andrea also received her training and high school education at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She graduated in 2009 and was the first graduating class to go through all 4 years of the high school. Attending this school was one of the greatest experiences of her life. She studied and worked with many locally known diverse teachers and choreographers. From Indian and African dance to modern and ballet, the school provided her with a wide variety of dance. She also took many acting and musical theatre classes. Andrea was one of the assistant coaches for the Woodbury High School Dance Team for Fall 2010 and choreographed some of the routines performed at Friday night football games. Andrea loves working with dancers of all ages and in every style of dance. She is a very positive, fun and energetic teacher and always makes the ordinary, extraordinary!
Emily's love of dance started at the age of 2 when she made her first debut on stage as a little flower in a pot. Her love for dance continued as she became a competitive dancer at the age of 5 and continued to the age of 18. Emily has competed in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop. She has earned many high point and first place awards as a soloist and a group dancer. Emily has been named to the Masquerade Dance Regional and National Parade of Stars. Emily has also enjoyed assisting with numerous dance classes for the past five years. Through her dance career thus far, Emily has had the pleasure of taking classes from famous dance choreographers such as Alex Little, Mandy Moore, Derrick Schrader, Eddie Strachan, Glen Jenkins and Keri Lagrand. Currently, Emily is a student at the University of Wisconsin River Falls majoring in Elementary Education. She is on the UWRF competitive dance team and is assisting with choreography for the team. Emily is energetic, fun, and enthusiastic- you'll love taking her classes!
Mary graduated in 2010 from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in the top ten percent of her class with a major in Communication Studies and a minor in Mass Communications. Mary has been instructed in various styles of dance as a student of WDC, a competition pom dancer, a Minnesota Vikings All-State Cheerleader, and her high school cheerleading captain. She was also proud to represent our state as Miss Minnesota International 2011. Her pageant experience translates to helping her students become sparkling dancers who have great stage presence, communicate effectively, and are confident in front of audiences. Mary has been teaching recreational and competition dance for the past seven years at WDC and was recently honored as a finalist for Dance Teacher of the Year by Masquerade Dance. Her competition Pom Teams and Oyster Dance Line students have won countless awards, received many platinum high scores and have placed 1st nationally in their divisions. Mary has also coached the St. Croix Preparatory Academy Pom Team. Mary spends her summers teaching dance and cheerleading camps for elementary age students and loves taking a variety of dance classes herself, including latin and hip hop. Mary is a firm believer that dance teaches more than technical ability, it inspires confidence, self-esteem, discipline, and individual expression. She looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm, positive attitude, and love of dance with students here at WDC!
Leta began dancing at the age of five, training in tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet, and pointe at Short Dance Studios and attended St. Croix Ballet during her senior year of high school. She joined Continental Ballet Company during her freshman year of college and has performed professionally in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Gisele, and Sleeping Beauty. Leta is currently in her first season with St. Paul Ballet.
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