Central Minnesota's Premier School of Dance and Gymnastics
Meet Our 2016-2017 Staff!
Sue is the owner of St. Cloud School of Dance Ultimate Gymnastics. Dance has been a part of Sue's life since the day she was born. Sue and her mother have blessed the St. Cloud area with their love of dance for over 60 years. Sue continues to bring dance into the hearts of our children. She gives everything she has to her students and does it with a smile on her face. Her kind words and love for all the children that are part of the studio can be felt daily. Sue is always there for words of encouragement and to wipe away any tears. Each and every child has a special place in her heart.
Becky was born dancing, being an active part of the family owned business since she could walk. She was on the nationally ranked University of Minnesota Dance Team and has been teaching students for over 25 years. As an innovative choreographer, Becky has won Top High Point Awards and Top Choreographer Awards at regional and national competitions. Becky holds a Masters Degree in Education and is passionate about teaching and curriculum development. She ensures her knowledge and ability to teach is spread throughout the studio by acting as a mentor to the rest of the staff. Becky has 4 daughters that all dance, and treats the thousands of dancers that she has taught over the years as if they were her own!
Mandy has been a part of the family business since before she can remember! She studied all styles of dance and competed on her high school kick and jazz teams. She was also a member of the nationally ranked St. Cloud State University Dance Team. Mandy has her Master's Degree in Special Education and teaches Special Ed in Monticello. She has a passion for working with our younger 1 Day & 2 Day Competition Teams. Mandy's patience and dedication with her students shows through at dance competitions. Her students have won top awards and beam on the stage.
Andrea dancing experience includes numerous national competition awards while studying at Larkin Dance Studio. She is an active member of the nationally ranked St. Cloud State University Dance Team. Currently, Andrea is studying Special Education. She enjoys working with all the dancers. Andrea finds it rewarding to teach our dancers not only dance technique, but life lessons that will stay with them forever.
Brittany has been coaching gymnastic students of all levels for over 15 years.She has achieved several awards and accolades as a competitive gymnast when she was a member of the St Cloud School of Dance Ultimate Gymnastics Team, St Cloud Tech High School Team and the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh Team.In addition to her extensive gymnastics background, Brittany was a competitive dancer for 15 years and a member of St Cloud Tech Tigerette Dance Team.Brittany has also been recognized throughout MN and WI for her gymnastics choreography.
Brittany is also a Certified Athletic Trainer with a degree in Strength and Conditioning. Her extensive experience as a gymnast, dancer and coach along with her education provides a very unique well rounded perspective that yields phenomenal results. Brittany is very passionate about dance and gymnastics and she enjoys sharing her passion with all of our dancers and gymnasts.
Caitlin comes from a wide range of dance training. While being on the Simley High School dance team for six years, she was honored to be a captain and earned All conference, All State in jazz and was also able to compete for four years at the MN State High School League competition. Caitlin now will be starting her second year on the St Cloud State University Dance Team where her team won the 2016 UDA nationals in pom. Caitlin loves to watch dancers work hard and being able to share her love of dance with them.
Caitlin was apart of the Chaska High School Dance Team. She was captain for two years, and their team had 4 State High School Championships while she was there. Caitlin taught dance at the Dance Warehouse and Waconia Dance Company. Currently, Caitlin is a student at St. Benedict College pursuing a degree in Nursing. While being a student she is also dancing with the St. Benedict Dance Team and is a Captain this year. We are so excited to have Caitlin on our staff!
Jaana Singh, the owner and founder of The Awakening LLC studio, specializes in helping competitive dancers learn acrobatics, gain flexibility, and develop strength training to enhance acrobatic mastery. She has an eye for technique and is a stickler for professional execution concerning dance form. Jaana is passionate about helping kids and teens grow in confidence while teaching them life ethics. The Awakening is based in Plymouth, MN. Jaana not only has a gymnastics background, but also has taught classical ballet.
Dancing since the age of two, Jenna's passion and love for dance continues to grow year after year. She has danced for the top competition line at St. Cloud School of Dance and was two-year captain for the St. Cloud Tech Tigerettes Dance Team. Receiving All-State dancer awards in Kick and Jazz, Jenna looks to continue sharing her passion with all the dancers.
Jessica has been teaching students of all ages for ten years! She trained at Debra Millers and was a member of the St. Cloud State University Hip Hop and Jazz teams. Jessica is thrilled to be part of St. Cloud School of Dance Ultimate Gymnastics.
Katelyn started dancing when she was 4 years old, and began dancing competitively at the age of 8. Her passion grew into loving both lyrical and contemporay styles of dance. Katelyn is currently a member of the St. Cloud State Dance Team.
Kayla started her competitive gymnastics career here at St. Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics. She was an amazing gymnast! Kayla received many individual and team awards through her 11 years as a competitive gymnast (levle 5-10). She competed at the State and Regional level. Kayla loves working with young gymnasts and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Vocational Rehabilitation.
Kristin began dancing at Music General Studio in Brainerd, MN and received numerous awards both regionally and nationally. Kristin choreographs many of our competitive line tap dances. You'll find Kristin backstage at all performances helping the dancers get ready as her other passion is hairstyling.
Lexi was a gymnasts for 11 years and a dancer for 6 years. Lexi had the opportunity to dance in The Outback Bowl Half-Time Show in Florida. For the last two years, Lexi has been working as a personal trainer and assisting with coaching young dance team girls. At the studio you can find Lexi either conditioning the 1-day and 2-day competitive dancers or back in the gym working with students on improving their gymnastics skills. Lexi also enjoys weight lifting and training for different fitness competitions.
Madison grow up with a passion for gymnastis. Her grandmother was both a Gymnastics and Cheer Coach. Madison learned a lot from her grandmother and is excited to not only share her passion, but also her knowledge about gymnastics with our students. Madison loves teaching kids and finds great gratification when students learn and are able to perform skills by themselves.
Melissa joins our team with a background in dance and musical theatre. Her teaching experience includes over 10 years as a musical theatre camp instructor. Melissa is very excited to share her love of dance and music with all of the students at St Cloud School of Dance Ultimate Gymnastics.
Sarah has been dancing for 29 years, teaching for 19. She grew up studying tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and pointe at Debra Miller's World of Dance and hip hop and ballet technique at Zenon in Minneapolis. However, of all styles, Tap is her absolute favorite. Sarah participated in competitions both at the regional and national levels throughout her school years. She also was an assistant teacher for many other classes at the studio.
Throughout the years she has taught for many local studios that included the following: choreographing tap routines for competiton lines, teaching recrational classes, organizing community recreation dance programs for Fridley and Columbia Heights, and for 5 years owned and operated Contempo Dance Centre. She takes conventions from time to time and has recently has taken convention classes with Ryan Lohaff, Gregg Russell, Angela Carter, Sarah Reich and Cathy Wind.
Over the years she has choreographed solos that have taken special judges awards, high point and choreography awards. Although dance is the love of her life, she participated in pageants as well. She has held numerous talent titles, America's Miss Teene 1999 and two time National Ideal Miss (2000 & 2002).
We are excited to have Sarah join us this year! She is excited to bring her passion of dance with her while she teaches Tap technique and choreography to our students.
Sarah is one of our dance and acrobatic coaches apart of the Awakening program. She completed 10 years of dance with Reign Dance Theater, focusing on Ballet. Sarah has previously coached gymnastics at Mini-Hops Gymnastics and a substitute ballet instructor for Reign Dance Theater.
Taylor started dancing with us when she was 5 years old and has been dancing ever since. She was also part of the St. Cloud Tech Tigerette High School Dance Team. The Tech Tigerettes were State participant all four years Taylor was on the Team. Taylor was the Tigerette Captain her Senior year. Taylor is a Freshman at St. Cloud State and is pursuing a career in Elementary Education. She loves working with kids and is excited to be teaching dance and gymnastics this year!
Tina L. Eichers has an associate degree in dance from Valencia College where she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honors Society, Black High Achievers Club and Valencia Dance Theater (VDT). Tina is a choreographer and dance instructor. She was director of the “Arts-Us” dance program in St. Paul for 4 years.
Tina has choreographed for many artist and venues such as the opening act for the “Onyx Awards”, Tpt Television Network “Feel Better Minnesota”, Radio Disney Tour, Lil' Wayne, Pastor Troy, Rhianna, Hillary Duff, Jennifer Hudson, Ricky Martin, TGK from the movie “The Guardians” featuring B5. She has choreographed and danced in several music videos. Tina has also choreographed a music video for the Disney channel called ‘Gotta Get Up”. She is currently on the dance team at Mystic Lake Casino.
Tina has won national awards in both individual and group competitions. The University of Central Florida did a documentary of her life entitled, “Born to Dance”. Tina is the director/choreographer of EYESEEIMAGES HYPE (Hip-Hop dance company). HYPE has performed at the Walker Art Center’s Choreographers’ Evening, Mall of America, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, The Guthrie, Target Center and many other venues throughout the twin cities and nationally. Tina was selected to dance in the opening act with “Diddy” in (MTV) Video Music Awards in Miami. Tina lives and loves dance. She is excited to be a part of the St Cloud School of Dance Ultimate Gymnastics family.
Meet Our Junior Teacher!
Addie has been specializing in recreational dance and gymnastics for the last four years. She loves working with our little ones and watching them grow throughout the year! Addie has been dancing for the last 15 years. Here at the studio her dance group has received many high point awards, judges choice awards and overall awards. Currently, Addie is a Senior at St. Cloud Technical High School and is a member of the Tigerette Dance Team. She has been on the Tigerette Dance Team for the last four years. This year she helped her team to state in both High Kick and Jazz. During the afternoons Addie continues her passion of helping and working with little kids at Stride Academy.
Brittany has been dancing on her High School Dance Team, the Tigerettes since 7th grade. She was crowned Miss Dance Team MN as a freshman and junior! Brittany was nominated to the 2016 St. Cloud Times All-Conference Dance Team.
Meet Our Office Staff!
Lori is excited to be part of the office staff helping behind the scenes to make everything runs successfully for our families. She handles student registration and accounts.
Melisa works in our office and enjoys the opportunity to interact with all of the dancers and families and being involved with the backstage day to day studio life. Melisa brings a welcoming and inviting personality along with an enthusiastic passion for dance.
You will find Jamie's smiling face in our office ready to assist with costumes, trying on shoes, and helping answer question on the programs offered.