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 Performing Arts and Recreational Programs
Sarah Steichen Stiles – Sacred Dance Director and Artistic Director for the Performing Arts Christmas Show
Sarah Swenson – Merchandise Specialist
Kelly Folwick – School Program Specialist and Assistant Director for the Performing Arts Christmas Show
Courtney Holleyman – Costume Specialist
Hannah is starting her third year with Prairie School of Dance and I am so appreciative for all she has brought to our school. Hannah graduated from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance and a Business Management degree. Hannah is continuing as the School Program Director for both the Performing Arts and Recreational programs and has loved the opportunity to get to know all the dancers and their families. She is a full time teacher for PSOD as well as a professional dancer with Black Label Movement.
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 2018. 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!
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 has always admired dance and started dancing competitively at age 11 at Dance Arts Centre in Chanhassen, Minnesota. In high school, she was selected to be part of the youth ballet company La Danse Fatale under the direction of Julia Levina. It was then that Kelly knew she wanted to pursue dance as a career. Kelly graduated from the University of Minnesota in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While in college, Kelly had the opportunity to perform through the UMN Dance Program in works by NYC based visiting artist, Gregory Dolbashian, and local artist, Penelope Freeh. She continued her training through the UMN Dance Program as well as various dance companies in the Twin Cities. She also spent two months in New York City dancing in Broadway Dance Center’s training program with a focus on contemporary where she was mentored by Ellenore Scott and Ginger Cox. Kelly has been sharing her passion for dance and science as a member of the Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation (MDMF) since 2015. Through MDMF she organizes conferences to teach dancers and dance teachers the best practices for healthy dancing. Kelly is very excited for her second year teaching at PSOD and cannot wait to share her passion and support for 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!
Marsha Grund earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from UND, Grand Forks. At the University of St. Thomas, Mrs. Grund completed level 1 certification in Orff, Dalcroze Eurhythmics, and Kodaly as well as “Teaching Children to Sing” with internationally-recognized children’s vocal music expert Joan Gregoryk. Mrs. Grund taught k-12 instrumental (band) and vocal (classroom and choir) music education in public schools in North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Minnesota for 10 years. Outside of the school environment, she directed musicals, church choirs, hand bell choirs, she taught in preschool settings in Minnesota and North Carolina, and has filled a variety of roles in church congregations, including volunteering and employment in children’s and youth ministries. Mrs. Grund received her Musikgarten training from the co-authors of the curriculum (Lorna Heyge and Audrey Sillick) in the 1990’s and has been teaching it since that time in private studio settings. Mrs. Grund’s calling is children, her passion is music, and her mission is ministry. She thoroughly enjoys being a positive influence in children’s lives through the love of God and the gift of music. Mrs. Grund is a licensed instructor of Musikgarten. She and her husband are blessed with three young adult children and one grandson.
Annika is a teaching artist with a passion for connecting her knowledge to the creativity of students, and she offers tools of self-awareness and exploration to guide students’ learning. She started dancing at Prairie School of Dance, attended Perpich Arts High School, and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance in 2017. She draws from this lineage of of wise instructors in her own artistic practice. Annika performs in Minneapolis and creates dance works to fill both theater and public spaces with her collaborator, Abigail Whitmore. In her artistic endeavors, she strives to excavate her own experiences and pursue dance with a joyful, socially-aware practice that engages other people.
Ali Higginbotham, a proud Minnesota native, has a degree in Dance from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. She can’t remember a time in life when she didn’t love to move! In 2014, she graduated from the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. She has performed professionally with ARENA Dances, MNperform Dance, Altered Odyssey at the Phoenix Theater, Agape Dance Collective and Rhythmically Speaking. Ali is passionate about choreography and her works have been performed at Patricks Cabaret, the Tekbox Theater, Elevate Youth Dance Festival and with the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir. She spearheaded a Christian dance troupe, named Agape Dance Collective and premiered their first show in 2016. In 2018, She attended a 4-month training program for dance missions in Europe and had wonderful opportunities to be a witness for Christ through dance.
Miss Emilee grew up in Eden Prairie and has been dancing since the age of 2. She 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 25 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 since 2008. 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 works at LifeTouch as a Digital Marketing Specialist. 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 Johnson Burnett started dancing at 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 and co-directing a 2014 MN Fringe Festival show. When not dancing or teaching, Rachel can be found baking, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family, especially husband Dan. Rachel joined the team at PSOD in 2013 and loves that she gets to teach the joy of dance to so many students of all ages!
Antonio Lopez began his training with Ballet Repertory Theater of New Mexico in the fall of 2011 and continued as a company member until 2013. After completing his first season with the New Mexico Ballet Company he studied under the direction of Marcia Dale-Weary at the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet until summer of 2016. Throughout his training he attended various summer intensives such as Joffrey Ballet NYC, Walnut Hill, CPYB, and Alonzo King Lines Ballet. During his training at CPYB, Antonio performed works by Alan Hinline, Mathew Powell, Price Suddarth, Malinda Howe, Balanchine’s Nutcracker and Western Symphony. Antonio completed 2 seasons with St. Paul Ballet, while also guesting with Ashley Ballet Arts Academy, Children’s Dance Theater, Rochester Dance Company, and St. Lucie Ballet. This year he will dance his first season with Twin Cities Ballet. As a part of teaching his way throughout the Twin Cities, he is thrilled to continue his second year here, at PSOD.
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: Clara (Clara’s Dream), The Can Can Doll (Enchanted Toyshop), 1st Shade Variation (La Bayadere), Franny (Carmen), Beauty in Twin Cities Ballet’s original production of Beauty and the Beast, and many more. Michelle has also danced in Denver with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company and learned a variety of repertoire such as: Christopher Wheeldon’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream, Michael Pink’s Dracula, and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. This season Michelle will be dancing and working as the Outreach Manager for Ballet Co.Laboratory under the direction of Zoé Emilie Henrot. 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.
Megan grew up dancing at PSOD from 1999 to 2015 and is very excited to be back as a full time staff member! During her time at PSOD, Megan traveled to Washington D.C as part of the studio’s inaugural trip to Project Dance and again three years later to New York City. Megan graduated from Eden Prairie High School in 2015 where she was a member of the Eden Prairie Dance Team for their 2014-2015 season. She recently graduated from Macalester College with a B.A in psychology and minors in political science and dance. During her 4 years at Macalester, she performed and choreographed within the Macalester Dance Program. Her final year at Macalester, she performed in a devised theater/dance production, which was the inaugural performance in the college’s new theater, and in which she was honored to perform a solo. When she’s not dancing Megan enjoys singing, taking yoga and fitness classes, walking her two dogs, and eating lots of pasta!
Julia trained for thirteen years at Neta Barker School of Ballet in her hometown of Wayland, Massachusetts, and continued with Modern and Improvisation at St. Olaf College where she received her Bachelors degree in Dance and Psychology, two fields that she feels see people as whole beings. Julia has had the opportunity to perform choreography by Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, Alexandra Beller/Dances, SEVEN DANCE and has danced in the Minnesota Fringe and several other performances with independent choreographer Jolene Konkel. Julia is currently a company member with Alternative Motion Project and is looking forward to another wonderful year at Prairie School of Dance!
A transplant from Chicago, Shannon is a performing and teaching artist based in the Twin Cities. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance and decided to stay in the cities to delve deeper into the arts community. While at the U, she was an apprentice for Contempo Physical Dance during their 2016-17 season, performed alongside the Brian Brooks Moving Company on Northrop’s Carlson Family Stage and studied under renowned choreographers and instructors such as Toni Pierce-Sands, Erin Thompson, Carl Flink, Scott Rink and Marciano Silva Dos Santos. Since graduating, she has danced for Erin Sheppard Presents in the Twin Cities Horror Festival, Rhythmically Speaking, and Rebecca Tanner Dance in the 2018 Twin Cities Fringe Festival. Shannon is enthralled to begin her first season with PSOD to share her knowledge and passion for dance with not just her audiences but now her students. When she is not dancing, Shannon is biking around the cities, travelling to new places and eating tacos with friends and family.
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 and Bahamas on the Disney Fantasy and Disney Dream. She has also been involved in the film world, acting in ABC’s In An Instant television documentary series. In eight 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 BarreSport at TIGERFIT, 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.
Regan O’Connor is a performer, instructor and choreographer and is a native of Sioux Falls, SD. She danced at Balleraena Dance Studio for 15 years. She was apart of their pre-professional dance company. Regan performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Television; or (And Now, Our National Anthem) and Peak choreographed by Daniel Stark, as part of the American College Dance Association (ACDA) National Conference. Additionally, she was a company member of LiRa Dance Theatre Company, which is the first dance theater company of South Dakota, for two seasons. This fall, she will be performing in Daniel Starks dance concert at the O’Shaughnessy.
Callie recently graduated from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. There, she trained with various locally and nationally accredited dance artists in a variety of dance styles. Callie has performed locally with Lyric Arts, Rhythmically Speaking, Erinn Liebhard, and Jeffery Peterson. She is currently working with COLLIDE Theatrical Dance Company and is so thrilled to share her passion of dancing with her students. When she’s not dancing, Callie loves to cook, travel, be outdoors, and spend time with friends and family. She is thrilled to be back for her second year with Prairie School of Dance!
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 sixth year as a company member with Zenon Dance Company in Minneapolis. She has performed in Russia, Cuba & France. When not dancing, Sarah can be found near water, walking her dog, and enjoying 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!
Sarah Swenson joined PSOD last winter as our Office Manager. Sarah attended St Olaf College and eventually went on to graduate from North Central University with a degree in Mass Communications and a minor in Biblical Studies. She was involved with theater, including directing, musical theater and traveling theater. Sarah has corporate experience in event planning, retail sales and management. We are thrilled to have her on our team. In her free time, Sarah enjoys spending time with her husband and 4 children.
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.
LAUREN MERRIMAN Lauren began dancing at age of two at a local Minnesota studio, where she competed in Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary dance. Growing up tap was always her favorite. After High School, Lauren continued to tap dance throughout college at the University of Minnesota with a student-run tap company called MinnesoTap. During this time, she was able to travel to different tap festivals to learn from a number of great artists, as well as develop her own voice. Lauren graduated from the University of Minnesota in the spring with a degree in Biomedical Engineering, and is excited to start her first year teaching at PSOD!
SOPHIA DIEHL Sophia Diehl received a B.A. in Dance and Religion from St. Olaf College. Her undergraduate studies included a semester at the University of Ghana and another at Cornish College of the Arts. Sophia has taught Creative Movement and Modern at the Northfield Arts Guild since 2015 and also teaches at Young Dance in St. Paul, MN. She currently works as Company Manager with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater and has performed with Matthew Janczewski’s ARENA Dances. Sophia is grateful to be joining Prairie School of Dance.
TEACHING ASSISTANTS 2018-2019
Gabbi Neale, Caroline Gugel, Thea Benson, Lilly Rau
Annabelle Puett, Elizabeth Santos, Lili Ullrich, Elizabeth Stone, Samantha Heiberg, Delaney Giles
Abby Jacobson, Maddie Hilligoss, Grace Rau
Taylor Muhlbauer, Lizzy Reardon
Emma Heath, Ellyse Ferlauto, Elyza Gengler, Tessa Pemantell,
Ella Runyan, Gracia Suppogu
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