miss Holly - Owner/director/Teacher
Miss Holly is celebrating 19 fabulous years of ownership and 32years of teaching! She opened Holly's Dance on May 20, 2000. Since then she has expanded her studio four times to accommodate her growing number of students. This last expansion includes a brand new state of the art 12,000 square foot facility with large 4 studio's! In 1992 Miss Holly performed in the Super Bowl Half Time Show with Gloria Estefan. She's very fortunate to have studied with many dance world educators in Chicago, Oklahoma, Las Vegas, Florida, LA, New York, Switzerland including Tommy Walsh, Luigi Faccuito, Joe Lanteri and Joe Tremaine to name a few, After earning her degree in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota, she taught and performed with Club Med Vacations in Sand Piper Florida. Miss Holly has taught several workshops at local dance schools and colleges as well as serving as a dance judge. She successfully developed, taught and staged the Minnesota Valley Family YMCA's dance program, 1998 through 2000; while holding the position as Fitness Director. Miss Holly holds the prestigious Dance Educators of America Certification, which she received in July of 2004, and is still an active member at present day. She passed her written, verbal and demonstration exams in the 98th percentile.
Miss Holly's teaching style is very uplifting, energetic, patient and fun! With these important qualities come class structure, professionalism and respect. Teaching dance to children and adults has always been Miss Holly's love and passion. She is so excited to bring her lifelong dream to life in Downtown Lakeville and share it with you!
Miss Abie comes to us from the Rockford, Illinois area. She is a recent graduate of Rockford University with a degree in physical education. In addition to her extensive dance training, Miss Abie comes to us with 4 years of teaching competitive dance. She enjoys teaching Ballet Technique, Jazz, Modern and Contemporary. In addition to her teaching dance, she has developed and implemented successful dance mentorship and service society programs. Miss Abie’s teaching style is focused on injury prevention and safety first. Her goal is to develop student passion and make a difference in the lives and health of her students.
Miss Alaina comes to us having graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She was a member of her college Dance Team and held a leadership position in the Universities’ Dance Ensemble. She has extensive teaching, choreography, competition and performance experience. Miss Alaina had the honor of receiving the Outstanding Dance Performer recognition from her high school and title of Grand Champion from Triple S. She’s looking forward to inspiring Holly’s dancers of all ages to fall in love with dance the same way she did.
Miss Annabelle grew up dancing in the Twin Cities area and is entering her 5th year of teaching. She has trained under numerous rhythmic tap legends including Deane Tasler, Galen Higgins, Kaleena Miller and Dianne Walker. She has won multiple judges choice and overall awards as both a dancer and choreographer. Annabelle has performed at the Twin Cities Tap Festival in Elite Tap Feet and in the student showcase. She was also a 4 year member and captain of her high school dance team and three year member and captain of the St. Thomas cheer team. When Annabelle is not busy teaching or studying mechanical engineering, she enjoys spending time with her family and her cat Snoopy.
Miss Arneshia came to us with an 8 page resume! In short, she is a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, she obtained her B.F.A. (Howard University) and M.F.A. (University of Colorado Boulder) in dance. She continues to train, perform, and lecture on a variety of dance education connections. Miss Arneshia enjoys teaching Hip Hop and Contemporary with an Afro-modern, floorwork, inversion, improvisation style. She is excited to be working as a dance artist in Minnesota.
Miss Danielle is a native of the Twin Cities. She has spent the past 19 years training at various schools including Alvin Ailey American Dance School, Columbia College Chicago, and The University of Minnesota. Danielle has taught Ballet, Modern, Post Modern, Afro Modern, Jazz, Gaga, Tap, West African, Her unique style of movement has been mainly influenced by Afro-Modern, Gaga, and Improvisational techniques. She also includes dance psychology and creative arts therapies in many of her classes. She has performed various works throughout the Twin Cities, Chicago, New York, Duluth, and Mankato, including performances for the American College Dance Festival, Manifest Festival, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. Miss Danielle is excited to be able to share her knowledge and passion for dance and believes that movement is a form of personal and artistic expression that has the ability to break down barriers and create new ways of seeing yourself and the world.
Miss Emma comes to us from Ames Iowa and is a recent graduate from Iowa State University with a Performance Arts degree, emphasis on post-modern contemporary. She is a current choreographer and member of Orchesis 1 Modern Dance Company in Ames Iowa. Miss Emma has extensive dance training, performance, choreography and teaching experience as well as a love of competition dance. She enjoys teaching many styles of dance, some of which will be new to Holly’s Dancers.
Miss Emma brings with her and finds so much passion and happiness in the art of dance, and truly believes that movement is medicine. She can’t wait to work with our amazing and talented dance family!
Miss Julie grew up in Huntsville, AL. She was classically trained in Ballet until college, when Modern was introduced and took ahold of her heart. She is an Honors graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi with a BA in Dance Performance & Choreography. While she was there, she was awarded 6 times for her outstanding performance quality and choreography. Julie has had the honor to perform in works by internationally renowned choreographers as well as having a professional performing career here in Minneapolis with companies such as ARENA Dances, Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater & Black Label Movement to name a few. She is also a distinguished teacher. She started a dance program at a public high school in Mobile, AL upon college graduation & founded the schools dance company; led the Modern Dance program at Nancy’s School of Dance in D’Iberville, MS and has taught locally at Zenon Dance School, Young Dance, St. Olaf & the distance learning program with the Hennepin Center for the Arts. Miss Julie is looking forward to sharing her passion for modern with us.
Miss Katie comes to us with 29 years of gymnastics coaching experience. Throughout her life she’s participated in several sports including softball, soccer, cheerleading, dance line and of course, gymnastics. She loves that she can combine her enjoyment of sports with her love of working with children when teaching gymnastics. Katie is originally from St. Paul but now calls Lakeville her home!
Miss Mandy was born and raised in Bozeman, MT where she trained in ballet under the direction of Lynda Youth of the New York City Ballet. Miss Mandy also trained with the Joffrey Ballet and Boston Ballet. After high school, Mandy focused on developing a science career and started teaching ballet. She has enhanced her classical ballet pedagogy by becoming a Certified Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America and focuses her teaching on technique, artistry, and injury prevention. Mandy loves sharing her passion and joy for classical ballet and hopes to instill her love for ballet with all of the students she teaches.
We are proud to announce Miss Maria is home grown and excited to stay on staff after her graduation from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. Miss Maria has been a student of Holly’s Dance for the past 10 years, an assistant teacher for the past 3 years and our administrative assistant for the past 2 years. Miss Maria has gained the respect and admiration of her peers and has been an excellent role model for her students and our dance family. She has received many competition dance awards and achievements throughout the years and is looking forward to continuing to offer her talents with us this year.
Miss Melinda grew up in the Washington DC area. She started training at her mother’s dance studio and went on to study throughout the tri state area. Miss Melinda moved to NYC in 2002 to attend NYU and shortly after, she joined the Radio City Rockettes. She has performed in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and worked as an Assistant Choreographer, Dance Captain and Swing on the show. She also performed in the Spring Spectacular and the Summer Spectacular as a Rockette.
Melinda has also been seen on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, Ellen, Dancing with the Stars and the TONY awards. She is a dance competition judge with Dance Educators of America and enjoys teaching Musical Theatre, Jazz, classic Lyrical and technique. She also enjoys mentoring students in the professional dance audition processes through Q & A sessions. When not performing Miss Melinda travels the country as a guest teacher. She is passionate about teaching and sharing her experiences with students of all ages.
Mr. Sanborn comes to us as founder and Artistic Director of the Metropolitan Ballet Company and Academy. We are thrilled to be able to partner with this amazing and talented man who will be able to offer our ballet students many performance opportunities and excellent training. He is a native of Minnesota and has been teaching in the fine arts for nearly 30 years. He has performed several ballet principal roles and male leads. He has a passion for creating Ballet Productions with live Orchestra’s and Symphony’s! If you attended either of our Cinderella performances this past June 2018, you would have seen the talented creation of Mr. Sanborn’s Backdrops, stage props and Cinderella’s Carriage. Mr. Sanborn is excited to work with our ballet students this Summer to get a jump start on his first performance of the season.
Miss Whitley is a native to the twin cities and graduated from St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2017. She has extensive dance training, competition, choreography and performance experience throughout the twin cities. She is a current company member with Crash.Dance.Productions and attending Normandale working towards a Criminal Justice Degree. Miss Whitley performed in the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show and modeled for Kelle' Costume Company. She is excited to share her talents with students of all ages here at Holly’s Dance.