SARAH LINNER QUIE
Prairie School of Dance was started in 1997 by founder and director Sarah Linner Quie. Mrs. Quie graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelors degree in Dance and Religion and has taught the joy of dancing for almost four decades. Sarah was the Dance Director at Macalester College, MN from 1978-80. She also taught at Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, where she choreographed Sacred dance performances for chapel services from 1990-96. She was the Dance Director for the Early Childhood Development Center at the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College in South Bend. Mrs. Quie has founded and directed three dance schools; St. Anthony School of Dance in St. Paul (currently St. Paul Ballet), the Conservatory of Dance in South Bend and is currently the Director at Prairie School of Dance. Sarah was the Dance Co-Director of St. Anthony Sacred Dance Company from 1996-2014. She founded Cathedral Dance Festival in 2013, bringing dance schools together in a wholesome environment for education, performance and adjudication in Eden Prairie, MN. Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband, three sons, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. Sarah is a lifelong dancer, continuing to teach dance and lead workshops. She believes dance is a calling and is grateful to have dance as an expression of her Christian faith.
Jenna Dove – Program Director
Marit Green – Business Director
Sarah Steichen Stiles – Communications Director
Sydnie moved to the Minneapolis area in the summer of 2015 from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Prior to the move she studied at South Dakota State University. In August 2014 she graduated with her degree in apparel merchandising and minors in dance and business. She has been teaching dance since 2011 to ages 3 and up—styles including: ballet, hip-hop, modern, tap, and pre-pointe. Through both high school and college she also participated in dance companies. Her high school dance company consisted of learning new choreography from a variety of instructors and performing at various events. The college dance company was an opportunity for students to create their own choreography and teach to their peers to perform at the spring recital. Sydnie choreographed pieces for 2013 (Ballet Piece) and 2014 (Modern/Jazz Piece) shows. In addition, she also took leadership roles in Dance Club at SDSU—Officer at Large in 2013 and Vice President in 2014. Post graduation, Sydnie’s goal was to still be just as involved in dance as she had been since 1st grade. While preparing for her move to the Cities, she found Prairie School of Dance and fell in love with the positive environment of teaching. The dance studio has already made a home in her heart and she looks forward to continuing her teaching/learning career with Prairie School of Dance.
Michelle began dancing when she was 2 years old and became a teaching assistant in middle-school and high school. Also, while in high school Michelle participated in cheerleading and dance team. Her high school dance team had the rare opportunity to march in the Tournament of Roses Parade and perform at Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and Sea World with the marching band. After high school she continued her dance training with Zenon Dance Company and later became a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader, as well as a member of a local dance troupe that performed at industrial shows, conventions, and resorts. Her teaching career began at The Summit Dance Shoppe before opening her own dance studio in Eden Prairie. After running her own studio for 12 years she sold it in 2000 and went back to teach at The Summit Dance Shoppe, Tonka Dance Works, and Prairie School of Dance. Michelle is also the Office Manager at Prairie Lutheran Church.
Jenna Dove has danced since the age of 3, graduating in 2008 from the University of Iowa with a degree in Dance and Journalism, and a minor in Communications. While at the University, Jenna performed at the American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA), and performed the works of such choreographers as George de la Pena, Alan Sener, Deanna Carter, and Louis Falco, several of which featured her in ballet solos and duets. She has had the opportunity to dance professionally at corporate events, local churches, parades, a Twins game, and has danced in several national commercials. Jenna performs with the Minneapolis Jazz company of Eclectic Edge Ensemble. She currently teaches tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, gymnastics and musical theatre at several dance studios around the Twin Cities area, and is choreographing for local musicals. When not dancing, Jenna enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler, and her three kitties, Aladdin, Rajah and Dash!
CAITLIN GADEL ANDERSEN
Caitlin grew up in Eden Prairie and began dancing at the age of three at a local studio. She trained and competed in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and lyrical and was a member of the State Champion Eden Prairie High School Dance Team. Graduating from the University of Michigan in 2008, Caitlin received a B.A. in political science and philosophy. While at the University of Michigan, she was a member of the nationally competitive Michigan Dance Team, and a member of Dance2XS UMICH—a chapter of the international professional hip hop dance company, Dance2XS International. Throughout college, Caitlin spent summers traveling the Midwest teaching dance camps to high school dance teams and judging regional dance competitions. Caitlin then attended the University of St. Thomas School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor in 2011. Caitlin is an attorney at a local law firm, and when she’s not dancing she enjoys reading and cooking!
Marit grew up in Eden Prairie and began dancing at the age of three at a local studio. She trained and competed in ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical and was a member of the National Champion Eden Prairie Pom Squad in high school. Graduating from St. Olaf College in 2006, Marit received a BA in dance and economics. While at St. Olaf, she was captain of the dance team, member of Companydance, and had the opportunity to work with various dance choreographers. Marit spent 8 summers traveling the Midwest teaching dance camps to high school dance teams and continues to travel the country as a judge at regional dance team competitions. She is the current head coach of the dance team at Hopkins High School and the Business Director at Prairie School of Dance. When not at PSOD, Marit enjoys spending time at the lake, catching up with friends and family, traveling and hanging out at home with her husband and kitties!
Molly is a graduate of St. Catherine University with a B.S. in Communication Studies. Her professional dance career had her performing on stages across America and aboard Holland America Cruise Lines. Molly served as Company Manager and Dance Captain for many of her contracts and enjoyed traveling the world while performing. Her twenty-five plus years of dance study included extensive ballet, tap, jazz and modern training. Molly currently works for Target Corporation where she designs, develops and implements training and development programs. She is also an avid runner and will be completing her second marathon in the fall. She is thrilled to be joining PSOD as a Creative Dance teacher and is looking forward to teaching the youngsters about the joy of dance!
Emilee is a graduate of Augsburg College with a B.S. in Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. She has been dancing for over 20 years and received her primary dance training at Prairie School of Dance. Miss Emilee was an assistant teacher at PSOD for nine years and has been a teacher for the last 8 years. She is greatly appreciated for her unending support of this program. Her contagious smile and friendliness captures the hearts of kids and dancers alike! Miss Emilee currently work at FindLaw, a part of Thomson Reuters as a Project Manager. In her spare time, she enjoys golfing, cooking and spending time with her family.
Rachel graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2013, where she earned a B.A. in gender studies and dance. She studied extensively with Melissa Rolnick, Stephan Koplowitz, Jeffrey Peterson, and Sarah Hauss in college and continues to further her dance education through taking class as much as she can and freelance performing. She has danced in both Italy and New Zealand, though local highlights include RENOVATE at the Ritz, Patrick’s Cabaret, and co-directing/choreographing/dancing in her 2014 MN Fringe Festival show “On the Move”. Rachel is excited to start her third year at PSOD. Her favorite things about teaching are getting to know each child’s personality, finding new ways to help students learn, and seeing the students’ improve and grow throughout the year! In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, drinking tea on cold days, biking around Minneapolis on hot days, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Laura is a dancer, actress and instructor originally from Rosemount, MN. In high school, Laura was introduced to modern dance and hasn’t looked back since. She is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Dance Honors. During the summers, Laura supplemented her study at the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival where she was taught by Netta Yerushalmy, Tatiana Baganova, Angie Hauser, Cathy Young, Stephan Koplowitz, among others. In college, Laura also explored acting and physical theatre and now enjoys combining her love for dance and theatre. She believes that dance is inherently theatrical and theatre is inherently physical. Laura has a talent for both comedic and dramatic performance and enjoys adding both aspects to her choreography. Laura is beyond excited to become a member of the Prairie School of Dance faculty!
A native of Milwaukee, WI, Sara began her training with the Milwaukee Ballet School. Sara graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and BA in English, and has trained and performed with artists including Valerie Madonia, Caroline Richardson, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener and George de la Pena. She has been a company member and toured regionally and nationally with several dance companies including 10,000 Feet and Kayle & Co. She has been teaching and choreographing for the past six years and is currently a company member with Threads Dance Project and Borealis Dance. In her spare time, Sara enjoys reading, running and enjoying the great outdoors.
Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas with B.A’s in K-12 education and Spanish, as well as a dance minor from Macalester College. She began her training under the direction of Juli Mickelson and the Dance Endeavors team, studying a variety of styles including jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and classical ballet. Other training includes summer intensives with Joffrey New York, Magnus Midwest, and Milwaukee Ballet. Michelle began her professional dance career in Minnesota with St. Paul Ballet and Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota where she had the opportunity to perform many soloist and principal roles including: Mouse Queen and Dew Drop (The Nutcracker), Noelle and The Can Can Doll (Enchanted Toyshop), Spring Fairy (Cinderella), and Beauty in Twin Cities Ballet’s original production of Beauty and the Beast. She will be returning this season as a company dancer with St. Paul Ballet. Most recently Michelle has danced in Denver with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. There she learned a variety of repertoire from Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Michael Pink’s Dracula, and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. During this time she also had the opportunity to perform with the Studio Company for their Student Outreach Performances. Michelle has taught a variety of styles of dance to all ages during this time and looks forward to bringing her experience and love of dance to Prairie School of Dance.
ALLISON DOUGHTY MARQUESEN ~ Guest Teacher & Choreographer
Allison’s diverse dancing background has blessed her with the opportunity to perform ballet, modern, jazz and tap concert works on stages across the US. After two years on scholarship at STEPS on Broadway in New York, and two years with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, she returned to Minneapolis to complete her BFA in Dance from the U of MN. Locally, Allison has been seen recently in Saint Paul City Ballet’s Enticed, Uri Sands Happy, as a soloist in Anna Sokolow’s Rooms, and featured in Joe Chvala’s Berserks. She has also been a soloist in the Minneapolis based jazz company Eclectic Edge Ensemble for the past four years. Allison enjoys teaching for several Twin Cities dance studios in addition to her work performing with the Saint Paul City Ballet.
Britta Maddox has studied dance since she was four years old. She began her training at City Center School of the Arts in Rock Island, IL studying ballet, modern, tap, and jazz. As she progressed, she got involved in pointe, pilates, hip hop, ballroom, and liturgical dance. In high school, she performed alongside the professional company, Ballet Quad Cities and as a dancer/singer for the professional opera company, Opera Quad Cities. She also taught creative movement and ballet for City Center and for Dance & Fitness. Britta also has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Criminalistics from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. At St. Olaf, she danced as a member of the modern dance company, Companydance, and was president of the company her senior year. She also formed and directed the St. Olaf Liturgical dance company, Leap of Faith. Leap of Faith performed and led workshops at churches across Minnesota including St. John’s Lutheran in Northfield and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Red Wing, MN. Currently, Britta is able to keep her two passions alive, working for the Coon Rapids Police Department as well as teaching for Prairie School of Dance and performing with sacred dance companies throughout the Twin Cities.
Emily Magnuson is a graduate of Minnesota State University Mankato, where she earned a BFA in Dance and a minor in Business Administration. Originally from Sioux Falls, SD, Emily moved to the Twin Cities in the summer of 2015. She received many awards while studying in Mankato, including the Florence Sponberg Theatre Scholarship, the Richard and Mary Davenport Theatre Scholarship and several Outstanding Performance awards. She has performed works by Shapiro and Smith Dance Company, Zenon Dance Company, Allison Doughty Marquesen, Daniel Stark, Julie Kerr-berry, Lisa Conlin, Penelope Freeh, Jeffery Peterson, Eric Campros, and Tracy Stanfeld. In addition to her training at Minnesota State University Mankato, she has studied intensively at Balleraena Dance Studio in Sioux Falls, SD, studying many forms of dance such as Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern/contemporary, Hip Hop, and Pointe. She has attended multiple summer intensives including Shapiro and Smith Dance Intensive (Minneapolis, MN), TU Dance (St. Paul, MN), and Synthesis Dance Project (New York City, NY). She has taught dance at Balleraena Dance Studio and set choreography for the Balleraena Dance Company, and she has taught at Dance Express Mankato and set choreography on her peers at Minnesota State University Mankato. She recently performed professionally with LiRa Dance Theater Company (SD) and has enjoyed performing with Eclectic Edge Ensemble in Minneapolis, MN. She is so excited to begin working with all of the talented dancers at Prairie School of Dance!
CARRIE MCCOLLUM SMITH
Originally from Chanhassen, Carrie has been dancing for twenty years. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Theatre Arts. She has performed and taught a variety of styles, including ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and musical theatre. Apart from the University of Iowa, Carrie has trained with Minnesota Dance Theatre/Dance Institute, Zenon Dance, Joffrey Ballet New York City, and the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, where she received a full scholarship. Upon graduating, Carrie has worked with various schools, community, and professional theatres on their musical productions, and is in her fourth season with Borealis Dance. Carrie loves working with artists of all ages, and finds it a blessing to be passing on her knowledge and love for dance.
Julia graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelors in Dance and Psychology, two fields that she feels see people as whole beings. Her dance training began with thirteen years of ballet at the Neta Barker School of Ballet in her hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts, and continued with Modern and Improvisation at St. Olaf College. At St. Olaf Julia had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater and Alexandra Bellar/Dances and St. Olaf faculty Anthony Roberts, Janice Roberts, and Heather Klopchin. In partnership with St. Olaf faculty member Sheryl Saterstrom, Julia conducted an undergraduate research project titled Somatic Foundations in Dance Education and developed two websites. Her experience on this project was further enriched by the opportunity to present at the 2013 Minnesota Dance Education Summit and the 2013 National Dance Education Organization Conference. Julia is looking forward to continuing to be a part of this enriching and loving community this year!
SARAH STEICHEN STILES
Sarah Steichen graduated with honors from St. Olaf College with a degree in dance & management studies. She was the captain of the National Champion Eden Prairie Pom Squad and has continued to choreograph and work with dance teams across the country. She is now in her fourth year as a company member with Zenon Dance Company and spent the past year working and performing in France and Cuba. When not dancing, Sarah can be found near water, laughing with friends and family, and enjoying life with her supportive husband, Tom. Miss Sarah finds great joy in sharing her love for dance and is exremely grateful for her Prairie School of Dance family!
Megan Wind is a dancer, teacher, and performer based out of Minneapolis. Megan is currently a company member of Keane Sense of Rhythm and Kaleena Miller Dance. She studied tap with Keane Sense Rhythm, where she had the opportunities to perform internationally at different events such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Tappy Holidays in New York City, the Ordway, the Walker Art Center and the Ladek Droj Dance Festival in Poland. She graduated from St Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, where she primarily studied modern, ballet, jazz, hip hop, tap and african dance. She currently attends the University of Minnesota -Twin Cities where she is studying Strategic Communications with a Design minor.
Megan grew up dancing at the Saint Paul City Ballet School, receiving the Vaganova method of ballet training. During her college years she studied contemporary and improvisation technique with members of the San Francisco Ballet, Netherlands Dance Theater and Forsythe Company, at the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance. After receiving her BFA in Ballet from the University of Utah, she came back to her roots to be a member of the Saint Paul City Ballet for its first season. When she is not teaching, Megan enjoys a fulfilling career as a Licensed Massage Therapist. As a massage therapist she has been able to blend her love for holistic healing and dance, and seeks to help athletes rehabilitate after sports related injuries. When she is not dancing or practicing massage, she is happily busy being a mommy to her little boy Judah, with the help of her husband Leonard.
2016-17 Teaching Assistants
Front row: Catie Hoy, Lilly Rau, Julia McGuire, Meghan O’Rourke, Maddie Hilligoss
Second row: Grace Rau, Jilly Pearson, Delaney Giles, Teagan Wanous, Ellie Kronlokken, Breanne Heine, Tessa Pemantell
Back row: Isabella Robert, Ellyse Ferlauto, Ally Leonard, Anna Nelson, Sophie Leonard, Abby Jacobson