Terry graduated with a BFA in dance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Terry performed professionally in Arizona and Washington, D.C. and was an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College. While residing in Virginia, Terry developed a successful Child Development Creative Arts program. She brings her experience, professionalism and love of dance to DanceWorks working with our Ballet, KinderMoves, Contemporary and our newest Ballroom classes.
Melissa began dancing at the age of five. She trained in all forms of dance, especially jazz, tap and danceline at Dance Arts Center in Eden Prairie. She has been teaching for sixteen years. Melissa teaches danceline and jazz classes and is also the head of our competition danceline program.
Leanne Campbell-Noonan has been a dance educator for over twenty years. She has taught and choreographed for students of all ages in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, and the Twin Cities. Leanne is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School, where she also earned her Associate Teaching Diploma-Cecchetti Method. She currently teaches at St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists where she continues to be inspired by fellow dance educators. It is a privilege to have her on the DanceWorks staff.
Katy began dancing at the age of 3. She has trained in all forms of dance including: tap, jazz, ballet, kickline, gymnastics and baton at the Pat Peare School of Dance. She has competed at numerous dance competitions and has performed at the Disney Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center. She has been teaching dance for eight years. Katy heads the “Starlettes” competition Jazz/Tap group and the JBT classes here at DanceWorks.
Michelle graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of St. Thomas with B.A’s in K-12 education and Spanish, as well as a dance minor from Macalester College. She began her training under the direction of Juli Mickelson and the Dance Endeavors team, studying a variety of styles including jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary, and classical ballet. Most recently Michelle has danced in Denver with Colorado Ballet’s Studio Company. Michelle has taught a variety of styles of dance to all ages during this time and looks forward to bringing her experience and love of dance to Dance Works.
Jennifer is excited to be teaching at Danceworks for her 2nd year. Currently she is a member of Christopher Watson Dance Company and continues working as a freelance/independent dancer. Her past professional performing credits include: 6 seasons with Continental Ballet, 4 with St. Paul City/St. Paul Ballet and a founding member of Alternative Motion Project in several notable Principal and Soloist roles. Jennifer graduated (Magma Cum Laude) with a B.A. in Dance Performance and a B.S. in Arts Management & International Business from UW-Stevens Point. She prides herself on bringing out the best dancer and artist in each individual student while also making them a well rounded, grounded person in whatever they choose to chase and succeed at for a dream.
Lisa was trained at St. Cloud School of Dance for fifteen years. Her skills were instrumental in landing her a position on the St. Thomas dance team for four years, two of which she was captain. During that time the team won two national collegiate championships. She graduated from St. Thomas with a B.A. in applied arts education and social work. Lisa is the current head coach for the fall Eastview Lightning Dance Team. She has been teaching jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, precision kick, lyrical and ballet for the last seven years and continues to choreograph national routines for several division one dance teams. She continues to perform with Crash Dance Productions based out of Minneapolis. Lisa facilitates several competition groups here at DanceWorks.
Gwen has been dancing since 1989 and loves working with children and adults to instill a love for dance. She connects with her students by having fun and, at the same time, teaching fundamental skills. Gwen teaches Beginning Ballet/Tap, AB’3′s and Adult Intermediate Tap. Come and join the fun!
Susan has been with DanceWorks since 1985. Throughout the years she has been a Tap, Jazz and Ballet instructor for all ages. Susan performed with Char Weiss and the Super Taps Troup, and has studied tap with many notable instructors. She is currently a substitute instructor, the Administrator for DanceWorks and she teaches Zumba for HealthWorks.
Ann Proudfoot, Owner and Director of DanceWorks Performing Arts Center, received her B.S. degree in Dance and Physical Education from the University of Utah. Ann was the Dance Director at Arlington High School, Arlington Hts., IL and later transferred to Larson Jr. High School in Elgin, IL where she introduced a dance program which subsequently became part of the school’s physical education curriculum. After moving to Chicago, she created her own community dance program, but a job transfer for her husband brought her to Minnesota. She established her own dance school and, during the past 30 years, has seen her program flourish. Throughout this time, DanceWorks has been the recipient of many awards and much recognition. DanceWorks is currently housed in a 14,000 state-of-the-art facility which also houses a women’s exclusive fitness center, HealthWorks.