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.
Hannah Albers – School Program Director
Marit Green – Business Director
Sarah Steichen Stiles – Performing Arts Director
Nicole Stumpf – Marketing Manager
Miss Hannah started dancing at the young age of three, while training, performing and competing in various dance techniques. She’s recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and a Business Management Minor. While at the U, she has worked with many notable choreographers both local and international, some of her favorite experiences being the Brian Brooks Moving Company of New York and also the Martha Graham Dance Company. Along with her performing and company work with WI based company, Warped Dance Company, she has had the privilege of co-producing her own works. She has a plethora of teaching experience and has taught and choreographed for many years at her hometown studio in Wisconsin. When Miss Hannah isn’t at PSOD she is spending time with friends, exploring Minnesota and staying in touch with her family back home. She is passionate about our school’s mission, as well as our children, and can’t wait to bring the joy of dance as a teacher and key member of our leadership team.
Jennifer A. Bader is a Senior Lecturer in Dance at Carleton College, and was a 2014 guest choreographer for the Carleton College Semaphore Dance Company. In 2016 and 2017 Jennifer received two separate grants from Carleton College to create a web-based ballet book for college students that will be launched in the fall of 2017. Jennifer holds a B.F.A from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, where she had extensive training and performing opportunities. She augmented her training in New York and in San Diego. In 1992, she returned to Minneapolis and joined the Minnesota Dance Theatre Company. While performing she also taught the Young Children’s, Adult and Performing Arts Divisions, and was Assistant to the Artistic Director of MDT for ten years. Jennifer has also taught and performed at the Children’s Theatre, and has performed with Independent Choreographers in Minneapolis. In August of 2002, and 2004 she traveled to Yaroslavl, Russia to participate in Link Vostok’s ‘International Festival of Movement and Dance on the Volga’. There, she was Assistant to the Executive Director and taught ballet and modern. For eighteen years, Jennifer also taught ballet, and choreographed for First Year Dance Project at Saint Olaf College. She has also taught ballet and variations at Mankato State College, and taught ballet and choreographed for the Saint Cloud State University dance department. In addition to teaching at Carleton College, Jennifer teaches ballet, pointe, modern, jazz and choreographs for independent schools in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas.
SYDNIE BERTRAND MCINTIRE
Sydnie grew up dancing in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She discovered her greater passion and pursued instruction from a variety of teachers. In high school, she was able to partake in a studio company. They gained experience in performance, class etiquette, and completing intensives. In 2010 Sydnie entered her first year of college as a dance major at Minnesota State University Mankato. Although the city was not her match, she continued school at South Dakota State University in 2011. That path led her to following all her ambitions; apparel merchandising major, dance minor, and business minor. The dance program offered a student-led company in which she performed and choreographed pieces. She also shared the joy of dance through college dance club where she led as the club’s vice president in 2013/2014. Sydnie graduated magna cum laude in May 2014. Wanting more artistic career opportunities, she moved to the Minneapolis area June 2015. She found work as both dance teacher and fashion consultant. The positive environment of Prairie School of Dance captured her attention and she was soon apart of the dance family. Sydnie got married August 11, 2017 and enjoys spending time with her husband, cat, family, and friends. She looks forward to continuing her journey at Prairie School of Dance!
Noah Brewington is a tap dancer, hip hop dancer, house dancer, teacher and performer from Eagan, Minnesota. He is a member of Keane Sense of Rhythm where he has had many opportunities to perform at different events such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, New York and Twin Cities tap festival. He is currently a company member of Kaleena Miller Dance. He has completed the Institute for Rhythmic Arts with Nicholas Van Young. He has been chosen for Elite tap feet for the last two years at theTwin Cities tap fest and was chosen once again for the 2017 fest. His performances include, Rhythmically Speaking, Kaleena Miller Dance: Here Now, Kaleena Miller Dance: SHIFT and Chicago Human Rhythm JUBA! Along with the Twin Cities tap festivals. Inspiration comes from everyone he has worked with along with Jimmy Slyde, Sam Weber, Nicholas Van Young, Nico Rubio, Kaleena Miller and the many master teachers he has had the opportunity to learn from.
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.
Mallory Dykema began her training at the Waconia Performing Arts Center under the direction of Sue Gunness. Receiving a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, she performed with several faculty members and guest artists including experiences in Sokolow and Limon masterworks. Her teaching experience includes five years as an adjunct faculty at North Central University and now in her tenth year of teaching at Prairie School of Dance. At PSOD, she focuses primarily in sacred and modern dance instruction, which was highlighted by her evening length work, Psalm 139. Mallory is in her tenth consecutive season and a performer with local jazz dance company, Eclectic Edge Ensemble. Although her three delightful children have brought her into a season of less teaching, performing and choreographing, she always finds dance trickle back into her schedule! She will forever be enchanted by this expressive art and the power of storytelling through movement.
JENNA DOVE ~ Guest Teacher & Choreographer
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!
Kelly started dancing competitively at age 11 at Dance Arts Centre in Chanhassen. In high school she was selected to be part of the youth ballet company La Danse Fatale. It was then that Kelly knew she wanted to pursue dance as a career. Kelly originally attended the University of Minnesota as a Dance major and performed in works by NYC based visiting artist, Gregory Dolbashian, and local artist, Penelope Freeh. While in college, Kelly realized her passion for Dance Medicine and graduated from the University of Minnesota in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. She plans to apply to graduate school to earn a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and focus her career on dance medicine. All through college Kelly took dance classes in the UMN Dance Program and various companies in the Twin Cities to continue training. She also spent two months in New York City dancing in Broadway Dance Center’s training program. In this program she focused on contemporary and hip-hop where she was mentored by Ellenore Scott and Ginger Cox. Kelly is very excited to be teaching with PSOD this year and cannot wait to share her passion for dance with her students!
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 and also holds her MA in Leadership from Augsburg College. She has been the Business Director at Prairie School of Dance since 2009, travels the midwest as a judge at regional dance team competitions, and is going in to her 11th season as the Head Coach of the dance team at Hopkins High School. 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, Matt, and 2 kitties!
Annika is a teaching artist with a passion for connecting her knowledge to the boundless creativity that young students have. She graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota in 2017, where she was fortunate to perform, learn, and teach with direction from incredible instructors and visiting choreographers, and this is the lineage she draws from in her own artistic practice. In 2016, she completed a year of studying dance and Gaga in Jerusalem, Israel. In all her studies, Annika pursues the joy of moving your body and dancing from a place of self-awareness and exploration that allows students freedom in their own learning. She also performs in Minneapolis and makes dance works with her collaborator, Abigail Whitmore.
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.
Erik recently received his BA in Dance, with a double major in Physiology, from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. There, he trained in many different dance styles and worked with locally, nationally, and internationally renowned teachers and choreographers. He has received additional tap dance training by attending the annual Twin Cities Tap Festival, and by participating in MinnesoTap, a student-run dance ensemble, where he served as the artistic director for 2 years. Erik has performed locally with Philly Productions LLC (“Philly” the musical), Artistry Theatres, MinnesoTap, Jeremy Bensussan Dance Company, Kaleena Miller Dance, Keane Sense of Rhythm, COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company, and in various other independent projects. In addition to performing and teaching at studios around the Twin Cities area, Erik works as a character performer at Nickelodeon Universe. Erik is so excited to join the Prarie School of Dance family this year and can’t wait to share his love of dance with the next generation of movers and groovers!
Rachel has studied dance since she was three years old. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2013, where she earned a B.A. in gender studies and dance. In college, she studied extensively with Melissa Rolnick, Stephan Koplowitz, Jeffrey Peterson, and Sarah Hauss. She has performed in both Italy and New Zealand, though local highlights include performing in RENOVATE at the Ritz, at the old Patrick’s Cabaret, and co-directing a 2014 MN Fringe Festival show. When she’s not dancing or teaching, she enjoys cooking, yoga, walks in her neighborhood, and camping with friends and family, especially her new husband Dan. Miss Rachel cannot believe she’s already starting her fifth year at PSOD, and loves that she gets to teach the joy of dance to so many students of all ages!
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, then expanding her training to include jazz, tap, and modern. Sara graduated from the University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and BA in English, then moved to Colorado where she trained and performed with Valerie Madonia, Caroline Richardson and Alpine Dance Company. She has been a company member and toured regionally and nationally with several dance companies including 10,000 Feet and Kayle & Co. Regionally, she has performed for Minnesota Fringe Festival, Rhythmically Speaking and Dance & Other Behaviors. She 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
After two years on scholarship at STEPS on Broadway in New York, and two years with Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Allison returned to Minneapolis to complete her BFA in Dance from the U of MN. Locally, Allison was a founding member and principal dancer of the Saint Paul City Ballet Company from 2007-13, and served as Co-Interim Artistic Director in 2012/13.
She has also proudly danced for Minneapolis based jazz company Eclectic Edge
Ensemble since 2006. In 2010, she worked with the Chiang Mai Ballet, and was honored by the US Consulate in Thailand for her choreographic work. She has been an adjunct dance dept. faculty member at Minnesota State University, Mankato since 2014 and holds an MA in Holistic Health Studies from St. Catherine University.
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.
Julia graduated from St. Olaf College with a Bachelors in Dance and Psychology, two fields that she feels see people as whole beings. Julia trained for 13 years at the Neta Barker School of Ballet in her hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts, and continued with Modern and Improvisation at St. Olaf College. Julia has had the opportunity to perform works choreographed by Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Alexandra Bellar/Dances, SEVEN DANCE and has danced in the Minnesota Fringe for several years with independent choreographers Jolene Konkel and Nora Anderson. In partnership with St. Olaf faculty member Sheryl Saterstrom, Julia conducted an undergraduate research project titled Somatic Foundations in Dance Education. 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. This year Julia is excited to perform with Alternative Motion Project and she is looking forward to another wonderful year at Prairie School of Dance!
CHELSEA LIN RELLER
Chelsea grew up in Eden Prairie dancing duets with her big sister, Aimee, at Dance With Michelle, On Your Toes, and Hopkins Dance Center. In the Twin Cities, she has performed at the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, and Theater Latte Da. Chelsea graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of MN Duluth with a BFA in Musical Theater. One of Chelsea’s highlights was performing on Disney Cruise Line as she sailed the Caribbean for a nine-month contract. Recently, she has been involved in the film world, acting in ABC’s In An Instant television documentary series. In seven years at Valleyfair Amusement Park, she has taken on a variety of roles from performing, choreographing, dancing and leading as an Entertainment Seasonal Manager. When not onstage, Chelsea teaches Barre at BRX Fitness, swings from the air at Xelias Aerial Arts Studio, and bakes healthy desserts. She is blessed to be able to share her love of dance and faith with Prairie School of Dance! Chelsea’s passion for dance, gymnastics, and fitness is the recipe for the perfect day.
Callie Rosenbaum is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While training at the U of MN she performed in works by notable choreographers, one favorite being Brian Brooks of Brian Brooks Moving Company. Currently she trains and works with various dance artists in the Twin Cities. Originally from the Madison, WI area, she has taught dance for several years and is thrilled to continue sharing her of love of dance and teaching with the Prairie School of Dance community.
Karolina spent eight wonderful years as a student, and then a teaching assistant, at Prairie School of Dance. She was inspired by, and remains thankful for, Prairie’s deep commitment to quality instruction, faith, and honoring the development of the whole person. This past spring, she graduated magna cum laude from Gustavus Adolphus College with a BA in Dance Honors and Religion. During her four years at Gustavus, she was a part of the amazing team at the marketing and communication office, supporting the mission of the college through event planning, promotional materials, outreach, and hospitality. This past year, she formed a small sacred dance company, Grace Upon Grace, which explores the intersection of faith and movement in partnership with congregations. While she has studied many forms of dance at Prairie, the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, and Gustavus, ballet and sacred dance are her great joy. She is excited to be a part of the faculty at Prairie School of Dance and sharing the joy of dance with students and families!
Ellen began her dance career at the age of 3 in Redfield, SD. It was there, at Johnny Cavelle Dance Studio, that she realized dance would always be one of her largest and ever growing passions. Over the last 24 years, Ellen has studied various styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, character/musical theatre, pointe, Celtic, and dance team. During high school, she focused on the Cecchetti ballet technique, receiving honors on her first 5 Cecchetti exams. While studying Checchetti, Ellen attended intensive Cecchetti ballet camps in Holland, MI, where she had the opportunity to work with many esteemed instructors, choreographers, and Cecchetti Council of America members. Ellen continued to pursue her passion for dance in college at South Dakota State University earning a minor in Dance and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. At SDSU, Ellen participated in a collaborative performance created by students and faculty in Theatre, Dance, Journalism & Mass Communications, Music, English and the South Dakota Art Museum called “An Evening with Harvey Dunn’s Feminine Images.” In association with the Dance program, Ellen also taught and performed in studio company pieces at the Expanding Harmony Dance Studio. Her love for dance deepened as she gained experience with composition, choreography, and creative movement. Ellen taught Junior High Tap, 2nd Grade Modern, and Creative Movement for Children while at EHDS and worked with diverse groups of children through the ECE program as well. Ellen moved to the Twin Cities area after graduating college and marrying Brian Schulte in June of 2014. She worked in the ECE field as a lead teacher for KinderCare for 2 years. In the summer of 2017, Ellen completed a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program and is a certified Yoga instructor with the Yoga Alliance. In her spare time, she enjoys taking yoga and fitness classes, gardening, and spending time with family, friends, and her dog, Winston. Ellen is overjoyed to combine her love of dance and working with children as a part of the wonderful staff at Prairie School of Dance.
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 fifth year as a company member with Zenon Dance Company. She’s performed in St. Petersburg, Russia, Cuba & France. When not dancing, Sarah can be found near water, walking her dog, and enjoying life and delicious food with family and friends. Miss Sarah finds great joy in sharing her love for dance and is extremely 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.
TEACHING ASSISTANTS 2017-2018
Ellyse Ferlauto, Delaney Giles, Caroline Gugel, Emma Heath, Samantha Heiberg, Maddie Hilligoss, Abby Jacobson, Josie Koering, Ellie Kronlokken, Julia McGuire, Taylor Muhlbauer, Anna Nelson, Jilly Pearson, Tessa Pemantell, Annabelle Puett, Grace Rau, Lilly Rau, Lizzy Reardon, Cleo Robbins, Tori Schneider, Elizabeth Stone, Anna Tupa Clark