Stella Dance Studio . 720 St. Croix St., Suite #118, Prescott, WI 54021
715-262-3035 . info@stelladancestudio.com
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Meet Our Staff

jaquiJacqui Johnson
Owner/Instructor

Jacqui has been involved in dance for 15 years. Throughout this time, she has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and pom. Jacqui was a 4 year member of the state champion winning Prescott High School Dance Team and was captain her senior year. Jacqui began dancing with Stella Dance Studio in its opening year of 2009. After graduating high school, Jacqui set off for the University of Minnesota where she danced with the Premier Dance Team for 2 years. Jacqui also spent a year at the U of M as a member of the National Champion University of Minnesota Dance Team. That year, she had the opportunity to represent the U.S. in the World Dance Championships as a member of Team USA. Jacqui has been instructing at Stella since 2010 and is excited to continue to challenge her students and watch them pursue their greatest dreams as our new owner!

sara1Sarah Matteson
Instructor

Sarah started her dance training in a studio when she was 3 years old, and began competing when she was 7. She continued to study dance and compete in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical until graduating from high school. Sarah was also a member of the award winning Prescott Dance Team throughout her high school career. In college, Sarah continued taking master jazz and tap classes through the University of Minnesota's dance program. In addition to taking classes, Sarah has been teaching, choreographing, and judging for the dance community for several years. She is excited to help out at Stella!

nikki1Nikki Kill
Instructor

Nikki started her dance career at Metro Dance Studio in Shoreview, MN and was involved with the competition lines at an early age. She then danced with the Mounds View "Viewettes", the University of St. Thomas Dance Team, and the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders. Nikki loves choreographing and has done work for the MN Vikings Cheerleaders, Mounds View High school, Irondale High School, and Totino Grace High school dance teams, and of course at Stella! Nikki says "I have a strong passion for dance, and nothing brings me greater joy than teaching and coaching. Seeing a dancers' face when they learn something new or succeed at a skill for the first time is the most rewarding moment. I love motivating, inspiring, instilling in the students I work with that anything is possible, and seeing them become more confident and proud. Those are just the most thrilling and humbling moments." We love Nikki's passion for dance at Stella and cannot wait to work with her more in the future. Thank you for everything you do Nikki!!

tammi1Tammi Iverson
Instructor

Miss Tammi has been teaching for much of her life at various studios in the metro area.  She teaches a wide variety of classes, but is primarily a ballet instructor.  Tammi believes ballet technique in many forms is the foundation of dance.  Tammi started dancing at the age of three and continued her training at various studios throughout high school.  In addition to dance studio training, she was part of the alpha class dance program at The Perpich Center for the Arts, and continued her training as an adult at Zenon.  It wasn’t long before Tammi realized that the joy of dance came from teaching, and decided to become a full time dance educator and instructor.  Sharing her knowledge of many forms of dance, her creativity and positive energy continues to educate and inspire dancers of all ages. Her innovative choreography has won many top awards over the last 18 years in both regional/local and national dance competitions. Her favorite memories involving dance is the time she spends teaching her own daughters the joy of dance.  We know that you will love Tammi’s warm heart, and energetic personality in addition to her  incredible dance knowledge! Tammi, we are so happy you’re here!

lauraLaura Sukowatey
Instructor

Laura began dancing at the age of 9 and continued her dance education until graduating from high school in 2005. As a member of the dance team in high school, Laura won the All Conference Solo Division all four years; was a Wisconsin All-State Dancer for 2 years; and was a top 5 Performer of the Year for 3 years in a row at UPA Nationals. She also won awards as a soloist with Helmer Dance Studio. She spent 4 years on the dance team at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and was a captain on the team for 3 of those years—in which she helped lead the team to some of their best placements at UDA Nationals in Orlando, FL. Laura has been acknowledged over the years for her choreography. She currently dances with Crash Dance Productions, a professional contemporary company in Minneapolis, MN.

tristinaTristina Timm
Instructor

Tristina has been involved in the dance world for over 26 years. She started with studio training in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical for 16 years and danced on the Prescott High School Dance Team for 4 years. She then went on to dance on the National Champion University of Minnesota Dance Team for two years followed by a year of training in Los Angeles at The Edge. Tristina has also been on the Timberwolves Dance Team and was a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader.

megan1Megan Walsh
Instructor

Megan began studio training at the age of four. By age 10 she was heavily involved in the competitive dance world, continuing until she graduated from high school in 2012.  Throughout this time she recieved soloist title awards, as well as scholarship opportunities.  She is trained in the styles of Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theater and Contemporary.  Megan was lucky enough to be part of a dance company titled, Twin Cities Dance Collaborative, that provided the opportunity for her to work with well known dance choreographers from across the country. She began teaching dance at the age of 13, mentoring under the owner of the studio she danced with. Her passion for teaching was found, while sharing her love of dance with her students. She is currently a student at the University of Wisconsin River Falls, studying Elementary Education. Megan is enthusiastic to begin a new chapter of her dance career at Stella Dance! 

casey1Casey Weber
Instructor

Casey has been dancing since the age of 3 and instantly fell in love with the art and sport. She has been competing and performing since a very young age, but finally moved to Stella her sophomore year of high school where she competed with the senior line for her remaining years of high school. She has trained intensely in jazz, lyrical/contemporary, ballet, tap, and hip hop. Next year she will be a freshman attending the University of Minnesota where she hopes to continue her dance career.  "My 15 years of dancing have shaped me into who I am today, and I cannot be more thankful for that." She can't wait to officially be a part of the Stella Staff where she can continue to share her love and passion for dance.  We're so excited to bring her talent onto our staff this season!

samanthaSamantha Schoen
Instructor

Samantha started her dance career at the age of 6 and began competing at the age of 9.  Although she has trained at multiple studios, Stella has been her home ever since it’s opening in 2009.  Throughout her high school career, Samantha danced competitively on Stella’s very first competition line, taught at the studio, and was also a member of the Prescott High School Varsity Dance Team.  After graduation and a year of college behind her, Samantha returned to the Prescott Dance Team as in assistant coach in 2014, and is now experiencing her first year as head coach!  In addition to coaching and completing her junior year at the University of St. Thomas pursuing a degree in business, Samantha will be instructing at Stella.  “Dance has given me so much.  Not only has it given me happiness, health, determination, and confidence, it has brought me to the most amazing people, inspired so many of my aspirations, and allowed me to experience the most incredible memories that I will never forget!”  Thank you, Samantha for bringing such an uplifting energy to our staff!

kylieKylie Rowe
Front Desk Staff

 
       
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