Meet Our Staff

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Sue Arnold

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 65 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. Read more about exciting changes for Sue and the studio in the St. Cloud Times

Becky Quinn

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 Abfalter

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.

Torrie Aycock

Torrie’s gymnastics career started at daycare where her provider had a set of equipment for her daughter to use. After many daycare lessons, she finally convinced her parents to try gymnastics and has since been in the gym. She competed for the Tech High School gymnastics team as well as at Gustavus Adolphus College. She is a recent graduate with a degree in Mathematics Education. Along with being an athlete, Torrie has coached with the Junior Tiger Gymnastics Program for 9 years. Torrie is excited to be back in the Saint Cloud area and to be apart of the Saint Cloud School of Dance and Gymnastics family.

Brittany Cashman

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.

Melissa Ritter

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.

Jessica Motzko

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.

Jasmine Jett

Jasmine is a Junior this year at St. Cloud Tech. She’s participated in the Tech Competitive Dance team for the last 4 years in both High Kick and Jazz, earning All State this past season. She is also in our top 2-Day Competitive Dance Lines and she loves contemporary. This will be Jasmine’s second year coaching with us and we are so happy to have Jas again this year!

Eli Stark-Haws

We are so excited to have Eli apart of our gymnastics staff!  He fell in love with the sport of gymnastics right from the start, since both his parents are passionate about coaching gymnastics as well.  Eli has been coaching gymnastics for over 10 years and enjoys how the sport of gymnastics continues to evolve.  Giving Eli new challenges to learn and how to become a better coach.  Eli’s favorite season of the year is winter, because that is the gymnastics competitive season.  Out of the four artistic gymnastics events Eli would say Vault would be his favorite, due to how powerful and fast the event is.  Eli is also the Head Coach for the St. Cloud Cathedral High School Cross-Country Team for the last 3 years (his alma mater 2015) and also coaches the Tech-Apollo-Cathedral Co-Op High School Gymnastics Team.  Eli recently completed 6 years of a military contract with the Army Reserves.  During these years he has completed an AA Degree, medic/nursing training and is now a Licensed Practical Nurse, and a 10 month deployment to Kuwait with his unit in 2019.  Eli has also received an Army Achievement Medal for graduating top of his nursing class.  We can’t wait to see how he shares his passion with the sport of gymnastics with all of our students.  Go Tigers!

Ellie Schmaltz

Brianna Hollenkamp

Afton Windsperger

Joel Stark

Sloan Scharzentraub

Sloan has been dancing for 19 years starting at Twin Cities Ballet, a ballet company in Bloomington, IL. Then started competition dance at Elite Dance Productions in Duluth, MN. In 2014 she moved to Sartell, MN where she danced at St Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics and Sartell Sabre Dance Team in 2014-2017.

With St Cloud School of Dance she competed solos and groups and received the Miss Showbiz title as well as overall placements.

On the Sartell Sabre Dance team she earned 2 Class AA high kick state championships along with 3 3rd place finishes. On the SSDT Sloan served as a choreographer and captain. She was awarded all-conference and all state awards. In 2017 Sloan was awarded St Cloud Times All Dancer of the Year.

Sloan recently graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a Bachelors of Science in Dance: Private studio teaching and a minor in Marketing. At MNSU she was a 4 year member of the Maverick Dance Team, where she won a pom national championship, served as a team captain and placed 2nd and 3rd in jazz.

Sloan has experience teaching and choreographing for dance studios. Her dances have earned overall placements, judges choice awards and choreography awards.

Claire Quinn, Madden Quinn, Caroline Wehsler, Trisha Gebhart, Morgan Hughes, Ellie Selisker, Angelina Borgen, and Colleen Stark-Haws

Meet the Guest Instructors

Kristin Goddard

Kristin began dancing at Music General Studio in Brainerd, MN and received numerous awards both regionally and nationally.  Kristin helps choreograph 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.

Andrew Flores

Andrew Flores is a Minnesota native residing in Los Angeles. He has been training for over twenty years in various disciplines including jazz, contemporary, ballet, modern, hip hop and tap. He began his dance career at Larkin dance studio under the direction of Michelle and Molly Larkin. Andrew then went on to study at AMDA in LA where he had the opportunity to learn/explore movement at a professional pace. He has performed/competed on NBC’s World of Dance with Embodiment under the direction of Rudy Abreu. He then went on the WOD live tour under the direction of Nappy Tabs. Andrew is currently an ensemble member in Canvus Dance and has worked with choreographers such as; Tessandra Chavez, Katy Tate, Gerran Reese, Mandy & Elizabeth, Nicole Berger and many more. Andrew is currently taking class and pursuing a career as a professional dancer/choreographer. He is an independent artist dedicated and committed to his work and loves to explore movement, while continuously spreading his love for dance.

Bethany Laiti

Danielle Maas

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.

Maggie Miller

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Maggie Miller began dancing at the age of 3. Following her high school graduation, Maggie moved to New York City to attend Pace University’s Commercial Dance Program. She trained for the next 4 years under the direction of Rhonda Miller – performing works by Chloe Arnold, Dee Caspary, and Bob Fosse restaged by Scott Jovovich. In 2017, Maggie won Broadway Underground’s “Run The Night” Choreography Competition, presented work in the NYC Young Choreographer’s Festival, and was selected as a finalist in the Capezio A.C.E. Awards. After receiving her BFA in Commercial Dance, Maggie made her move to Los Angeles, California as the Television Academy Foundation’s first ever Choreography Intern. As an intern, she worked for FOX’s So You Think You Can Dance assisting Mandy Moore and shadowing the show’s other Emmy award winning choreographers. Most recently, Maggie had the opportunity to be the assistant choreographer for the So You Think You Can Dance Live Tour. Maggie is currently signed with Bloc LA Talent Agency and continues to train in all styles of dance constantly striving to gain new knowledge, pushing creative boundaries.

Gigi Zirbes

Gigi was born and raised in Maple Grove, Minnesota and received her initial training at Butterfield’s Gallerie of Dance.  She was immersed in many genres, but found Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz and Acro to especially resonate with her artistic style.  Upon graduating from high school, Gigi moved to Los Angeles to further her education and her dance training.  While in L.A. she trained with some of the industry’s best choreographers at EDGE Performing Arts Center and Millennium Dance Complex.  When Gigi returned to Minneapolis she joined Poetry in Motion Dance Company, a Minnesota based Contemporary Company.  With Poetry Gigi was given the opportunity to travel to Poland for performances and further training.

She has choreographed and danced in performances for MPLSTV, Aveda Institute, 3M Company, Drop the Mic! and many more.  Gigi has received a number of choreography awards at some of the industry’s top competitions and conventions.  her dancers also consistently score in overalls and receive top honors.  She has developed a reputation of training well-rounded dancers with both strong technique and an established sense of artistry.  Although she is now based in Minneapolis, Gigi still enjoys traveling around the country as a guest choreographer and master teacher.

We are thrilled to have her work with our dancers!

Lori W.

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.

Amanda Sampson, Andrea Sampson, and Shelby Feddema

St. Cloud School of Dance Ultimate Gymnastics is currently looking to hire both Dance Instructors and Gymnastics Coaches for this upcoming 2019-2020 school year.  We are looking for energetic and passionate individuals who love working with and teaching children of all ages. For more information, please inquire at the studio or call 320-251-3110. Currently, we are looking to hire for the following positions:

Recreational Dance Instructors
Recreational Gymnastics Coaches
Performing Dance Instructors
Ballet Instructor
Technique Instructor
Pointe Instructor
Hip-Hop Instructor
1-Day Competition Dance Instructors
2-Day Competition Dance Instructors
Gymnastics Coach – with Dancers
Gymnastics Coach – Spotter