Sheila is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance and a Business Management Minor from Carlson School of Business. At age 16, she was cast by audition for a performing internship with Vox Medusa Dance Company. She has now been with the company for 12 years performing feature roles as well as becoming a choreographer, rehearsal director and co-director for many of the productions. Her favorite places she has performed are Leeds Castle and Sadlers Wells Theatre (London England), for the company Red Bull at the Wesiman Art Museum (Minneapolis, MN), for A Dim Image Dessert Theatre's musical Gigi at the Southern Theatre (Minneapolis, MN), and for the American Heart Association (Minneapolis, MN). Most recently, her work with Vox Medusa Dance Company received the Audience Choice Award at the Minnesota Fringe Festival in both 2014 and 2015. Sheila has also choreographed for numerous companies throughout the Twin Cities and has taught dance for the past 11 years. She has worked both on stage and in music videos. Sheila has also directed, designed, and choreographed plays and musicals for Stillwater Area Schools and Community Theatre, Simley Junior and Senior High School, River Falls Community Theatre, and A Dim Image Dessert Theatre. She has worked with young children to working professionals and enjoys bringing out the best in every performer at every level. In 2015, Sheila received Outstanding Overall Performance, Outstanding Performance by a Chorus, and Outstanding Acting by a Chorus by the Hennepin Theatre Trust's Spotlight Awards for her directing and choreography of Hairspray for Simley High School. Sheila's students were among one of the 25 schools chosen out of 77 high schools from all over Minnesota competing in the Spotlight Awards to earn the privilege of performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, MN. Sheila loves to challenge dancers both technically and creatively so they can become well rounded dancers and succeed in their goals.
Melissa has been dancing for over 20 years. She has previously danced with Braided Light Dance Project, Firefall Dance Theater, Morgan Brown Dance Co., RED Company Real.Edge.Dance, and D&D Dance Studio. She has also performed in Orlando, Florida for Disney's Magic Music Days. Melissa has formerly taught at Dianna Durkin Dance Studio (OH), Bedford Dance Academy (MI), World of Dance (FL), Magnolia Dance Academy (SC), and All About Dance & so much more (OH). Melissa graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Akron in English and Dance, plus she earned her Master of Education degree from the University of North Florida in 2015. She has co-choreographed The Nutcracker, produced and choreographed You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and recently choreographed Hello, Dolly at Cardinal Stritch High School. Fun fact: Melissa has been in over 15 musicals!
Malerie grew up in Tempe, AZ where she trained with Mary Moe Adams at Adam's Ballet Academy for 17 years, passing her Primary through Advanced I R.A.D. examinations. She became a Royal Academy of Dance Majors Member. However, the lights of New York City beckoned and at 18, she moved to the "Big Apple". In the spring of 2008, Malerie graduated from Wagner College with a B.A. in Musical Theater Performance and a minor in dance. During her undergraduate work she had the opportunity to intern both at Dance Magazine in Manhattan and Dance/USA in Washington D.C. In 2010 Malerie received her M.A. degree from New York University in Teaching Dance in Higher Education and The Professions with a concentration in ABT Pedagogy. She is a certified teacher of the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum for level Primary-7. She is excited to be working with the dancers at Northridge Dance Center now!
Community Dance Program Instructor, Wedding Dance Choreographer, Special Occasion Dance Choreographer
Jennifer began her dance training with Irish Dance. She then moved on to study Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Lyrical throughout her high school years. While pursuing her degrees in both Veterinary Assisting and Massage Therapy, she trained as a Ballroom Dance Instructor at Dansport Dance Centers under the USBDA method. At Dansport, Jennifer specialized in choreographing wedding dances. After training in additional styles of world dance, including Bellydance, Tribal Gypsy, Irish, and Flamenco, she began teaching at Derby Dance. Jennifer loves sharing her love of dance with all ages and levels, and looks forward to working with many students for years to come.
Jennifer offers choreographing of wedding and special occasion dances on a private lesson basis.
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