Central Minnesota's Premier School of Dance and Gymnastics
2016 Summer Guest Instructors!
Born and raised in Plymouth, MN, Danielle started dancing at the age of 2. She was a competitive dancer in MN until the age of 15, and did additional ballet training at Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis. While dancing in Minnesota Danielle traveled monthly at the age of 9 for further ballet training to New York City and Las Vegas. She attended the summer programs of School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theater in NY. She gained a great amount of her training by working privately with mentors such as, Francois Perron director of Manhattan Youth Ballet in New York, Susan Jaffe from ABT, Tara Foy from the Royal Ballet, Karin Averty from the Paris Opera Ballet, and Elizabeth Parkinson from Joffrey Ballet School.
She then moved to New York City at the age of 15 to continue her ballet training. She attended Manhattan Youth Ballet (formally Studio Maestro) under the direction of Francois Perron, for 3 years, and in 2008 became a member of The Company of MYB. Danielle has also attended the Youth American Grand Prix regional and finals competitions for 3 years and has placed in the top three in both classical and contemporary divisions at multiple regionals and also being invited to compete in the NYC finals all 3 years.
Danielle's recent performances include those with Imagination Entertainment, The Company of Manhattan Youth Ballet, and the Broadway Dance Center’s 25th anniversary gala in NYC. You may have also seen her in TV shows, "Royal Pains" on USA, "Kings" on NBC, and "Mobbed" and "Glee" on Fox, along with the 2012 "Back to School" commercial for Scheels. She has also done print work for Leos dancewear, Katrina wear, and Donna international magazine.
Now living in LA she works as a professional dancer signed with MSA dance agency and Diaz Management Group. Danielle has been teaching at various studios across the US since the age of 16. Many students and teachers have given extremely positive feedback in reaction to her teaching approach. She has a unique way of connecting with the students and getting their fullest ability out of them. With her wide range of training, she offers a great class for both the classically and competitively trained dancer.
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.
Jacqueline holds a MFA in Dance from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a BA in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from the University of St. Thomas. She was a four year member of the University of St. Thomas Dance Team; earning two National Championships, as well as awarded roles as captain, choreographer, and team’s most valuable. Currently, she serves as Production Director, Choreographer and Company Member of Twin Cities based Crash Dance Productions. Jacqueline has been a dance educator since 2005, currently serving as the Dance Director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Minnesota and Instructor/Choreographer with INNOVATE Dance.
Katie Johnson received her BFA in Dance from the University of Iowa, where she was the recipient of the Iowa Center for the Arts scholarship. She studied at The Butterfield School of Dance, Mark Morris Dance Center, and the Beijing Dance Academy in China. Katie has worked with Tania Perez-Salas, The Joffrey Ballet, Duarte Dance Works, and Ballet America. She has performed works by Jiří Kylián, Dwight Rhoden, Louis Falco, Elisa Monte, Hope Boykin, George De la Pena, Emery LeCrone, Wynn Fricke, Loyce Houlton, and Lise Houlton. She is a 2011 SAGE Award nominee and a 2012 SAGE Award winner for Outstanding Performer.