Meet our staff!
Jacqui has been involved in the dance world for over 20 years. Throughout this time, she has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, 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 United States 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!
Tammi has been teaching for much of her life at various studios in the metro area. She teaches a wide variety of classes, but focuses primarily on ballet. 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 20 plus years in both regional 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!
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 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! She continues to work closely with the Minnesota Viking Cheerleaders and their assistant coach. Nikki has a strong passion for dance, and nothing brings her greater joy than teaching and coaching. She loves motivating, inspiring, instilling the motto that anything is possible, and watching students become more confident and proud.
Megan began studio training at the age of four. Since that time, she has been trained in the styles of ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, and contemporary. By age ten, she was heavily involved in the competitive dance world, continuing until she graduated from high school in 2012. Throughout this time, she received soloist title awards and many scholarship opportunities. Megan was also part of a dance company titled, Twin Cities Dance Collaborative, which provided the opportunity for her to work with well known dance choreographers from across the country. Megan has been teaching dance since the age of 13. After learning about her passion for teaching through dance, Megan chose to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to pursue a degree in elementary education. She is now a licensed elementary school teacher in addition to teaching her dancers at Stella!
Casey instantly fell in love with the art and sport of dance after stepping onto the dance floor at age three. Over the years, she has trained intensely in jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet, tap, and hip hop. In 2012, Casey joined Stella's competition team where she competed on the Senior Company Line for her sophomore, junior, and senior year in high school. After graduating, Casey moved to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota to pursue a major in physiology. She then continued on with her dance career by being a part of the University of Minnesota's Premier Dance Team for their 2015-2016 season. Casey has been instructing at Stella since 2015 and continues to enjoy having the opportunity to share her love and passion for dance.
Carynn has been involved in the dance world for 20 years. Throughout tis time, she has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, kick, and pom. Carynn was a 4-year member and 2-year captain of the Hudson Raidaires Dance Team and was named 2013 National Performer of the Year. After graduation, Carynn attended Winona State University and was a member of the Winona State Dance Team until featuring to Hudson in 2015 to coach with the Hudson Raidaires Dance Team. Over the years, Carynn has been involved in the dance team world by choreographing college cheer and dance teams, as well as numerous high school dance teams. Carynn has been instructing at Stella since 2016 and she is thrilled to sharing her love and passion of dance with her dancers here at Stella!
Aimee grew up in Bar Harbor, Maine where she had the opportunity to learn ballet from a certified Vagonava teacher. There, she learned the value of the structured Russian system of teaching ballet to optimize strength, understanding, and longevity in a dancers life. From there, Aimee went on to study musical theatre at Webster Conservatory and received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Roosevelt University. While studying at Roosevelt, she continued to expand her classes at the Lou Conte Studio and the Boitsov Ballet. For the past 30 years, Aimee has enjoyed a career as a professional actor, singer, and dancer all over the country in productions including Cats, Cabaret, Oklahoma, The Music Man, and 42nd St. under such choreographers as Marc Robin, Millie Garvey, and Ann Neiman. Throughout her career on stage, Aimee has remained connected to her roots in classical Russian ballet and thrives on sharing her passion with students of all ages.
Courtney has been involved in the dance world for over 15 years. She is trained in jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and high kick. During her middle school years, Courtney danced on the Lake City Varsity Dance Team. As a high school sophomore, she enrolled in classes at Red Wing High School so that she could be close to Fusion Dance which is where she dance competitively at throughout her senior year. In the 2017-2018 dance season, Courtney worked with the Cannon Falls Dance Team as the assistant varsity coach. She continues to work with this team as a guest instructor for technique and ballet classes. Courtney is so excited to have the chance to teach Stella dancers her greatest passion that is dance!
Makenzie has studied the art of dance for the past 10 years at Stella Dance Studio. She is currently a member of our Stella Stars Company Line and is a senior at Prescott high school. Throughout her dance career, Makenzie has been trained in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and pom. She is a two-time state champion, 4 year member, and senior captain of the Prescott High School Varsity Dance Team. Makenzie loves sharing her passion for dance with those around her, especially those she teaches at the studio!
Caitlin began dancing when she was 3 years old. She grew up dancing at Northern Force Dance Company in Blaine, MN and continued her dance career at the University of Minnesota on the Premier Dance Team. She was a 2-year captain while teaching and choreographing around the Midwest. After graduating college in May of 2018 from the Carlson School of Management with degrees in Accounting and Finance, she now coaches the U of M Premier Dance Team and various high school varsity teams. Caitlin also travels to Los Angeles multiple times a year to train at Millennium Dance Complex and The Edge Performing Arts Studio. She has worked under many renown commercial choreographers including Mandy Moore, Nick Lanzisera, Hamilton Evans and Travis Wall. Outside of the studio, Caitlin is an IT Auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, currently working towards getting her CPA. She is so excited to be a part of the Stella family!
Stephanie Boden, Front Desk Staff
Diana Gilbertson, Front Desk Staff