To provide excellence in all of our programs, instructors are equipped with a tactical training program. This is included but not limited to unique instructing methods, child development, and customer service. We are proud to provide the best arts based education system! Our instructors are held to specific standards that are regularly analyzed and developed.
All hired staff are required to submit a resume and go through an interview and trial period before becoming a member of our school’s team. Teacher qualifications needed but not limited to are education and experience in the appropriate subject matter, desire and ability to work with children, demonstrates enthusiasm, patience and flexibility in the classroom, ability to develop creative and age-appropriate lesson plans, ability to accept guidance and supervision, as well as, good character and integrity.
All assistants working with your children are held to high expectations. Along with a signed commitment to our school’s expectations, they are carefully nurtured in teaching skills and regularly analyzed by individual instructors.
Originally hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota Christian’s early performance career started with training in Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet and gymnastics. Later, he focused on Ballet, studying dance at UWSP and later pursuing a BFA in Ballet Performance from Friends University. There he was a student of director Stan Rogers and Ballet Mistress Sharon Rogers; and was given the opportunity to perform leading roles in Stan Roger’s “Firebird”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “The Nutcracker”, and numerous other original neo-classical ballets. He was able to have the privilege of working with Wendy Whelan (NYCB principal), and Connor Walsh (Houston Ballet) and performing original works by Dominic Walsh (Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre) and Melanie Buchannon (Mesa State University). Christian has since worked with Wichita Ballet Theatre, Rogers Ballet, Continental Ballet, and Twin Cities Ballet.
Ms. Olafson studied ballet, jazz, tap, and modern at the University of Wisconsin in Stevens Point. Desiree is an accomplished performer, choreographer, and teacher who has performed all over the United States and Europe. Her choreography has won many awards on the regional and national levels, and has been performed by studios, companies, and Universities throughout the Mid-West. For many years she choreographed the Jr. Mr. Ms. IDC semifinalist production at their national competition. Desiree has trained with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Alonzo King Lines Ballet, and Desmond Richardson Complexions Contemporary Ballet. She has performed with various companies and choreographers in Chicago, including Joel Hall Dancers, Inside Chicago Dance, and Elements Contemporary Ballet. She currently resides in Minneapolis where she teaches dance and pilates, and shares her love of ballet with the community.
Grew up a Larkin Dancer and went on to Juilliard. She has danced with multiple dance companies and choreographers such as Jose Limon, Jerome Robbins and Merce Cunningham. She is still a dancer today. She is invigorated by teaching dance to young students and inspiring the love of dance in everyone. She has judged multiple dance competitions, performed on HBO Simon & Goodman Picture Company’s “Masterclass” Episode 8 (With Bill T. Jones) and been awarded some of the highest awards given to ballet dancers in the U.S.
Brinna has been teaching hip hop at various studios for 10 years. She has choreographed award winning competitive as well as recreational hip hop. She loves teaching and watching choreography come to life through her students.
Brinna began choreographing as captain of her high school dance team. In college she received her bachelors degree in sociology and a minor in dance, she was also a head choreographer of the dance guild leadership. After graduating she went to New York City for an internship at the Broadway Dance Center as well as training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. She has been teaching dance ever since! Brinna’s passion is community outreach and helping kids reach their full potential.
Alice is an experienced dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She graduated from Luther College where she studied dance, as well as, education. In addition she has studied dance with Hubbard Street Dancers in Chicago Illinois, Gus Giordano, David Parsons, and Ellen Werksman. As a student she won many regional and national awards. Alice has choreographed high school musicals, community theatre, and operettas. With more than 20 years experience teaching dance at various studios in the Chicago area, as well as Minnesota and Wisconsin, Alice continues to enjoy teaching and inspiring dancers of all ages.
Leta Triebold began dancing at the age of five, training in tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, ballet, and pointe. Growing up participating in many dance competitions and conventions Leta has had the opportunity to work with some well renowned master teachers such as Marius Andahazy, Corrie Rolf-Dunn and Ellen Werksman to name a few. She attended St. Croix Ballet during her senior year of high school where she performed in the classical ballets of The Nutcracker and Coppelia. She received an apprenticeship with Continental Ballet Company during her freshman year of college and became a contracted company member a year later. Leta has just finished her third season with Continental and has performed professionally in The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppelia, Gisele, and Sleeping Beauty. She also currently teaches in the Twin Cities area.
Jessica is a dancer, choreographer, and passionate teacher. As a competitive and professional dancer she has won many regional and national awards and has attended several conventions all over the U.S.A. for dance and dance education. She received a scholarship to dance at Zenon in Minneapolis, MN while attending UW, River Falls for her degree in dance education. In conjunction with New Beginnings out of New York Jessica enjoyed working with aspiring artists ending with a grand finale performance Off Broadway. She was a featured performer at the Phipps performing arts Center as well as performing in productions of “Anything Goes,” Grease,” “42nd Street” and “The Princess and the Pea” in the Minneapolis area. She has studied with professionals in the industry such as Keith Clifton, Dena Rizzo, Ellen Werksman and Marius Andahazy of the Andahazy Ballet to name a few. As a teacher for over 20 years her dancers and dances have won many local and nationally acclaimed awards for technique and choreography, as well as, gone on to be professional dancers of their own. She also organizes a private convention each year which gives over $2400 in scholarships to students of all ages and ability levels. Jessica continues to teach and loves working with young performers of all ages, as well as, being a busy mom of four.
Wade has been dancing since the age of four. He was on the Christmas special “Dance Fever” in 1983 and competed for the show “Star Search” in 1984, all before the age of 11. He has won numerous national titles as dancer and is also a two time state champion wrestler and a Division one full scholarship athlete. He began teaching at the age of 16 for his mother Pat Short who owned two dance studios from 1965-1991. Wade took dance classes at the University of Minnesota from 1991-1994 and attended two ballet intensives in 1996 and 1997 at the Finis Jhung Ballet School in New York. He has also taken classes from Keith Clifton, Greg Russell, Marius Andahazy and many others. He has danced in two professional dance companies and performed professionally for 10 years in over 75 shows/5 industrials/3 commercials. He has performed at over 50 venues across the United States and taught master classes at 8 universities and at numerous dance studios across the U.S. He has been teaching now for over 20 years and has received over 75 choreography awards. His dances have won numerous national titles and special awards over that time. He is also a published poet and has had showings and sales of his artwork in New York City. He is also a certified Zumba instructor.