LYNSEY DAVIS / PROGRAM DIRECTOR / CHOREOGRAPHER / TEACHING ARTIST
Lynsey Davis began her dance training at Woodbury Dance Center on their competitive line and was the captain of the Woodbury High School Dance Team. She then went on to dance at the collegiate level at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska for two years before transferring to the University of Iowa where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology.
Lynsey is currently becoming certified in Progressing Ballet Technique, an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in relationship to their ballet technique. She is also the head coach of the East Ridge Dance Team where she teaches and choreographs for high school students.
Previously, Lynsey has taught and choreographed in high schools and studios such as the Pure Movement Dance Institute, Woodbury Dance Center and Delmonico Dance and has coached and choreographed for the Woodbury High School Dance Team and Hudson High School Dance Team.
HANNAH BENDITT / TEACHING ARTIST
Hannah Benditt graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance earning her BFA in Dance Performance And Choreography with a dual emphasis in Ballet and Modern. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hannah began formal training at Minnesota Dance Theatre (formerly Ballet Arts Minnesota). She has attended American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Centra PA Youth Ballet, Washington Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Milwaukee Ballet summer intensives. Upon graduating from UMKC, Hannah danced professionally with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company in St. Louis, MO, St. Paul Ballet and most recently with Arbeit Opera Theater and Minnesota Opera. She also performed with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, Kansas City Ballet, DanceCo and independent artists throughout the Midwest. Hannah has enjoyed performing works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Jessica Lang, Uri Sands, Sally Rousse, Peter Davison and more. Currently, Hannah enjoys sharing her love of dance by performing, teaching and choreographing throughout the Twin Cities.
ALEXIS HERARD / CHOREOGRAPHER / TEACHING ARTIST
Alexis graduated cum laude from Minnesota State University, Mankato, in 2014 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While there she had the privilege of working with artists like Zenon Dance Company, Penelope French, Stuart Pimsler Dance and Theater, and Gabe Anderson. While in college she received recognition for her choreography in the musical, 'Spring Awakening', and received the Bunny Just Theater Scholarship in 2012 and 2013. She has danced professionally for local dance companies such as Alternative Motion Project and Black Label Movement. Alexis has been teaching recreational and competitive dance for the past five years at Woodbury Dance Center and Northstar Dance Company.
ABBY MICKSCHL / TEACHING ARTIST
Abby Mickschl graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a BS in Marketing and Minor in Dance and Business Administration. At MSU, Mankato she competed in Jazz and Pom and was a part of the MSU Mankato Dance Team that won the National Champion Jazz Title at the 2016 UDA Nationals. In 2017, she had the privilege of performing in Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl LII halftime show.
Before college, Abby had trained at Woodbury Dance Center, Out on a Limb, and Delmonico Dance where she was trained and choreographed on by both Tara and Lynsey. It was in high school that she started instructing and choreographing dance for the beginner to advanced level classes. Upon entering college, she has worked and continues to work as a choreographer and camp staff for high school dance teams across the country through Just For Kix, where she teaches classroom sizes of upwards of 100 students at a time, and has choreographed for three high school pom competition teams.
Abby hopes to teach and create, while focusing on the integration of proper business practices within the dance industry, as she strives to aid young dancers in reaching their full potential.
BRENNA STEVENS / SUBSTITUTE TEACHING ARTIST
Brenna Stevens is a Minnesota native who began her early dance career at Woodbury Dance Center. She completed her training at Delmonico Dance under the instruction of both Lynsey Davis and Tara Webbe Filomena Cacciatore. Throughout her time at Delmonico. Brenna taught recreational preschool and kindergarten classes along with substitute teaching competition and ballet classes. After graduating she continued to perform, teach, and choreograph, along with coordinating Lawrence University's annual spring dance show for the past three years, as Co-Director of Melee Dance Troupe. She also studied ballet and Graham Technique in Paris last spring at the Paris Marais School of Dance.
In June, Brenna graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University in film and english. For her senior film thesis she created, in collaboration with Tara Webbe Filomena Cacciatore, the first part of a four part documentary about the intersections of dance and gender.
Currently she is working at Pathway Health as a production intern and is teaching tap classes for high school theatre students.
TYLER ZGODAVA / TEACHING ARTIST
Tyler began dancing at three years old. He has a passion for tap that started very young as he has always loved making music with his feet. His teaching style places emphasis on rhythm and focused beats overlaying the music when creating dances. He participated in competitive dance for ten years, accumulating insight and knowledge through performances, master classes, and his time training. When assisting or teaching, he most enjoys seeing rhythmic growth in students. Tyler is a student at the University of Saint Thomas, majoring
in Sociology and minoring in Criminal Justice.
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