Meet Our Staff

Join Our Team! View open positions below.

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.

Joel Stark

Colleen Stark-Haws

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!

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.

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.

Ellie Schmaltz

Afton Windsperger

Maggie Fandel

Claire Quinn

Madden Quinn

Danica Meyer

Trisha Gebhart

Ashalee Stueve

Alexa Downey

Alllison Shepard

Jadyn Mahaffey

Olivia Hunt

Assistant Staff

Brianna Cruzen, Cosette Ritter, Miriam Ritter, Riley Quinn, Katelyn Ravenberg, Vivienne Ritter, Grace Stark

Meet the Guest Instructors

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!

Amanda Sampson

Shelby Feddema

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.

Now Hiring 22-23 season

St. Cloud School of Dance Ultimate Gymnastics is currently looking to hire both Dance Instructors and Gymnastics Coaches for this upcoming 2022-2023 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
  • 1-Day Competition Instructors
  • 2-Day Competition Instructors