Kari Nelson-Kalmes has been dancing since she was 3 years old, winning awards both regionally and nationally. She has received scholarships to Tremaine Dance Center and The Edge Studios in Los Angeles and has studied with Larkin Dance Studio, Ted Kivitt, and Lise Houlton-Gilleland locally.
Kari appeared on Star Search in 1992 and in the Super Bowl XXVI halftime show. She has modeled for the Mall of America, Polaris, and "Good Company", and has performed in industrial shows and fundraisers. Kari's choreography and students have taken many first and high point awards and have been recognized both regionally and nationally.
She received the Entertainment Award at the Starpower Dance Competition and was named Young Choreographer of the Year at American Dance Awards. Kari is a graduate of Bethel College with a degree in Business Management.
Stacey Nelson-Sweetman has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Her dance experience includes numerous national competition awards, appearances on "Good Company", performances in various industrials and fundraisers, and a participant of the Super Bowl XXVI halftime show. She has studied with Larkin Dance Studio, Ted Kivitt, Michelle Lucci, and Tyce Diorio. In 1994, Stacey was named Miss Showstopper and in 1996 was a finalist in the Miss New York City Dance Alliance Competition. Her performing lines have earned top awards and her choreography has been recognized at both the regional and national level. She is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University with a degree in Psychology
Heather Nelson-Guerrero began dancing at the age of 3 at Larkin Dance Studio, winning numerous awards both regionally and nationally. She has performed at many public events including the Mall of America and the Superbowl XXVI halftime show. Heather has also received extensive training from some of the most respected teachers in the country, including Ted Kivitt and Michelle Lucci. Heather was a three time state champion with the Totino Grace E'Gals Dance Team and continued that success as part of the University of Minnesota National Championship Dance Team in 2003. In addition to her dance studio training, Heather has taught gymnastics at Flips in White Bear Lake and was the Head Coach of the new North St. Paul High School Dance Team. Heather has also earned an Elementary Education degree from the University of Minnesota.
Melissa Nelson-Sitzberger began dancing at the age of 2 at Larkin Dance Studio and has trained with some of the best instructors and choreographers around the country, including Ted Kivitt and Tyce Diorio. She has won many top honors and was awarded a scholarship to L.A. Underground in Los Angeles. Melissa has performed in various appearances across Minnesota, and has modeled at the Mall of America. Melissa was captain of the North St. Paul High School Dance Team where she was named one of the Universal Dance Association's All-Star Dancers. She continued to contribute to the team as their Assistant Coach. Melissa is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management.
Jennifer Bennett, originally from Maryland is a graduate of the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. At the academy she trained and apprenticed with Prima Ballerina Alla Sizova and received an accelerated Six-Year training certificate. Jennifer also studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in London, American Ballet Theatre in New York, The National Ballet School in Toronto, and with Suzanne Farrell at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the Catholic University of America.
Jennifer danced with the Kirov Ballet and toured as a soloist on their US Nutcracker tours. She moved to Minnesota in 2008 and was a company member with Ballet Minnesota from 2008-2012 where she performed soloist and principle roles. Her favorite dances are the Rose in the Nutcracker and Dryad Queen from Don Quixote.
In addition to teaching ballet at Studio 4, Jennifer is also a faculty member at Ballet Minnesota/Classical Ballet Academy, Saint Paul where she teaches advanced levels and performs character roles with the company.
Jennifer's teaching career began at Ballet Petite and Youth Performing Arts School in Bethesda, Maryland where she founded and was the Artistic director of the Ballet Performance Company. Jennifer staged many ballet’s there including Carnival of Animals, La Bayadere, and the Nutcracker in addition to teaching all levels of ballet.
Danessa Snustad began dancing at the age of two and started dancing competitively in kindergarten. Danessa came to Studio 4 her freshman year of high school and competed on the Junior and Senior lines. Danessa is trained in jazz, ballet, lyrical, and modern, but her favorite style of dance is tap. Danessa was part of Keane Sense of Rhythm tap group and trained by Ricci Milan, Cathy Wind, and Elene Keane. Danessa attended St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts where she found her other passion-- musical theater. She has performed in many musicals and theater productions. Some of her favorite characters she has played include: Catherine (Pippin), Roxie (Chicago), Elmire (Tartuffe), and Helen (Up, the Man in the Flying Chair). She was an intern at the Minneapolis Childrenís Theatre where she choreographed dance numbers for the summer theatre students and helped direct the plays. Danessa also had the pleasure of choreographing a tap dance for Kairos Dance Theatre. Danessa attended the New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts and now studies at Concordia University - St. Paul where she is in her senior year double majoring in Theatre and Elementary Education.
Jenny Conlin began dancing at the age of two. She has trained at Dyans World of dance and Studio 4 winning numerous awards regionally and nationally, and is trained in all different styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, and contemporary. She was also apart of her high school dance team winning multiple competitions as a dancer, choreographer, and manager. While studying dance she found her passion for working with children of all ages on skills and technique. Jenny began assisting classes in 2007 and teaching in 2011. Her other passion in life besides dance, is hair. She graduated from the Aveda institute fall of 2012, and is currently working in a salon. Jenny cannot wait for another successful year at Studio 4.
Stacy is a master teacher, choreographer and dancer from the Twin Cities. Credits to Stacy's name include master teaching for CanDance Dance Convention in Toronto and Ottawa, Beyond Dance Dance Convention throughout the U.S, and Jazzowega Dance Intensive in Poland. Stacy had the opportunity to assist Dee Caspary for The Shoot Dance Convention, Media Danza Dance Festival in Italy, and the critically acclaimed TV show So You Think You Can Dance. Stacy has been a part of Evolution Dance Company under the direction of Mark Meismer in Los Angeles, CA and has trained and performed in Japan, Poland, France and all across the United States. Stacy has also had the opportunity to perform and collaborate with Amy Grant, Gloria Estefan and Paula Abdul, to name a few. She co-produced and co-choreographed The Transit of Venus for the dance company KTT in Kielce, Poland which debuted to rave reviews December, 3rd 2011. Her founded company, Poetry In Motion, was one of the first dance companies to perform at the Cowles Center, the premiere dance theatre in the Twin Cities. You can see Stacy in industry works such as the Microsoft Tablet Commercial, Industrials for Delta Airlines, and performances with LXD such as The 2012 Dizzy Feet Gala in Los Angeles. Her early years of dance include Guest Performing with the famous Joffrey Ballet and numerous commercials for Target Corp. Though Stacy is constantly setting work in both the professional and competitive realms of dance, the commitment to educate herself in the art of movement never subsides.
Nate is a professional dancer and choreographer from the Twin Cities. He trained in all styles of dance at Larkin Dance Studio in Minneapolis, MN. In 2008, Nate became an assistant for WCDE and traveled the US working under John Crutchman and Alan Sheffield. Nate was chosen as a Monsters of Hip Hop Alumni and performed in the 2011 Monster’s Showcase in Los Angeles under the direction of Chonique Sneed and Lisette Bustamante. Nate is also currently assisting for The Monsters Tour across the US. He has also had the opportunity to work in Indonesia where he performed as a back up dancer with choreographer Luam. You can see Nate in various music vedios such as Jason Derulo’s “Otherside” and in live industrials for companies like Delta Airlines.
Cindy started working part-time at Studio 4 in 2010 as a member of the office staff when her daughter joined the studio. When her daughter graduated in 2015, Cindy took over as the full time Office Manager. In 2016, she launched our new Adaptive Dance program, designed to provide dance opportunities for children with special needs. Cindy and her volunteer student dance helpers teach dance skills to children with a variety of abilities. This program has been very successful and the dancers have performed at Tribute Dance Competition and our annual spring recital. The Adaptive program was featured on KSTP TV and Kare 11’s Breaking the News.
Rachel has been dancing since the age of 5 at various studio’s including Studio 4 Dance where she trained in styles such as Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Jazz, Musical Theater, Pointe, and Tap. She now trains at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in her Junior year as a BFA Dance Major. There she practices Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, West African, etc where she has worked with well-known artists like Gregory Dolbashian, Wynn Fricke, Carl Flink, Erin Thompson, Laurel Keen, Linda Lee Talcott, Gerold Casel, and more. She also dances with STRONGmovement and hip-hop/contemporary dance company, Shapeshift, which performed their show “Grey Skies Blue” at the Cowles Center this past fall as well as other events including backup dancing for Natalie la Rose at the Xcel Energy Center. Rachel has also performed independently at events at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, First Ave, and music festivals. Rachel’s goal as a teacher and choreographer is to bring her moving aesthetic to life in her students, and inspire them as well as be inspired by their progress and talent.
Jameson has been teaching the past year at Legacy Dance Studio of Woodbury, MN. After graduating from MSU Mankato with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre, Jameson began to focus on dance. He has taken classes from Brian Puspos, Ian Eastwood, Shaun Evaristo, and Jillian Meyers. He has been strongly influenced by Hip Hop, Musical Theatre and Tap dance. Jameson’s teaching methods are very unorthodox at best. He loves to challenge his students to move in ways they didn’t think they could, at various tempos they never thought possible. His classes focus on the fundamentals of dance, technique, improvisation, interpretation and choreography. His goal for his students is to get them to see what they hear and portray what they see.
Hannah Mocol has been dancing since the age of 3 where she has worked with some of the best choreographers in the country. Hannah started competing at the age of 9 where she has won both individual and group awards regionally and nationally. She began training at Studio 4 when she was 13 where she broadened her love and knowledge of dance spending 2 years on their Junior Line and 3 years on their Senior Line. While dancing at Studio 4 she received the honors of Jump VIP Runner Up and the Showbiz Dancers Excellence Award. During high school she also was a member of the Burnsville Blazettes Dance Team. Hannah loves working with young dancers to see their passion for dance grow and has been working at Studio 4 since her sophomore year of high school. She is currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota where she continues to dance on the University of Minnesota Premier Dance Team.
Monique grew up in Minnesota and received her dance training at Larkin Dance Studio, Andahazy School of Classical Ballet, and Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts. She continued her studies in Los Angeles at Joe Tremaine Dance Center, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and in New York at Broadway Dance Center. In college, she founded and was instructor/choreographer of the SMU Dance Team at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. While living in Hawaii, Monique majored in performing arts at the University of Hawaii at Hilo and had the opportunity to choreograph along with Celeste Staton. Her performances include work for Disney, Mall of America, and Minnesota Vikings.
Monique has been teaching recreational and competitive level dance for 9 years in a wide range of genera to students aged three through adult. Her experience also includes teaching coordination and flexibility classes to the Saint Mary’s University baseball team and ballet, lyrical, and jazz to gymnasts at TAGS Gymnastics. She aims to instill a love for dance and self confidence in all of her students.
Jenae has had a variety of experiences in dance. Her background includes being a dancer, choreographer, professional cheerleader, teacher, dance team coach, and judge. Jenae started dance when she was 2-1/2 years old at a local dance studio in St. Paul. Later, she danced competitively at Larkin Dance Studio which gave her the opportunity to travel for several national competitions. During high school, she was a member of the South St. Paul Packer Dance Team which placed 2nd in class AA Jazz State in 1998. Jenae continued her passion for dance after high school and auditioned for the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders. She was selected to be a member in 1998. She cheered for 6 years and was a 4-year captain along with being selected as the 2004 MN ProBowl cheerleader and performed in Hawaii. Jenae has also had experience teaching dance—ballet, jazz, tap, and hip hop to all ages at local dance studios as well as coaching some high school dance teams. In addition, she has been a dance team judge with the Minnesota State High School League and has also judged studio dance competitions. Jenae is extremely excited to be a part of Studio 4’s staff and to have the opportunity to work with these young enthusiastic dancers.
Rachel Jones has been Artistic Gymnastics coach for 25+ years including head compulsory coach and assistant optional coach for Gleasons Gymnastics. Rachel has worked as the head coach of Lakeville South as well as the Head Coach/Director of Northfield Gymnastics Club. Over the years Rachel has coached a number of Gymnasts to State Titles. Rachel has been a part of the Studio 4 family for many years now working with dancers on their tumbling, core strength, and flexibility. During her free time Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 kids.
Cami Phillippi started gymnastics at the age of 3 at the Roseville Gymnastics Club. At the age of 8, she began competitive gymnastics which was just the beginning of a long competitive career. In 10th grade, she began competing at the USAG level 10 and stayed a level 10 for three years. This helped her to land a spot on the University of Minnesota womens gymnastics team from 1996-2000, where she also earned a scholarship beginning her sophomore year. As a Golden Gopher, Cami was a part of the first top 10 nationally ranked U of MN team, a member of the 1998 Big Ten Championship team, and was also inducted into the Minnesota Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 2006 and 2017. With a degree in Sport Management, Cami jumped right into teaching gymnastics and has taught at several clubs all over the Twin Cities since 2001. With her passion for teaching, she decided to put her knowledge of creative tumbling to good use and has found her nitch in teaching acro for dancers. She has worked at several studios in the Twin Cities and has traveled to other states giving workshops on acro, choreography, and performing. Because of her love for performing (and music), Cami began competing in air guitar in 2007, where she became a 4 time regional champion allowing her to compete from coast to coast. She was ranked 2nd in the US in 2008, and was invited to be on America's Got Talent in 2013 as a contestant. Cami loves teaching kids of all ages and skill levels and incorporates "fun" into their learning. She is so proud to be a part of S4D!!!
Angela Brunello has been dancing and tumbling since the age of 5. She has made fitness her career since 1992 when she began studying Human Biology, Sports Management, and became a group fitness instructor.
She graduated from Valparaiso University with a degree in Sports Management. Her passion for fitness has lead her to become certified by the American Council on Exercise in both Group Fitness and Personal Training.
Angela is also certified by Yoga Fit and has been passionate about Yoga, flexibility, and body balance for the past 11 years. Angela is also a mother of four children. She is passionate and dedicated to teaching children fun,
safe, effective techniques to tumble and dance there way through life!
Stephanie Johnson started dancing at the age of 3 and spent years as a competition dancer for Larkin Dance Studio and Yackel Dance Studio. She also trained for 8 years at the Andahazy School of Classical Ballet. While attending Boston College, she danced with the Boston College Dance Ensemble, also serving as an executive member and lead choreographer. Throughout her dance career she attended multiple national conventions and took class at the Broadway Dance Center in New York City. She graduated from Boston College in 2003 with a degree in Economics and also obtained her law degree from William Mitchell in 2007. She is a mother of three and truly loves being a part of the Studio 4 family.
Brittany Bloch has been dancing since the age of three and working as a dance instructor for the last four years. She is better known for her ties with Larkin Dance Studio where she began her love for dance. She is trained in jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop and modern. She has won numerous awards and scholarships throughout her competitive dance career and has trained with some of the nations top choreographers including Dee Caspary, Ray Leeper and Mandy Moore. She has danced in Viking half time shows, performed in venues at New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom, as well as performed at the Las Vegas Mirage Hotel with the Weather Girls. Brittany has also done choreography for local music artists and was featured in a recent hip-hop music video for upcoming pop artist Stacy B.