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.
Leah Wernimont began gymnastics at the age of three through a community education program. At five years old she joined Gleasons Gymnastics School in Eagan. She began competing at the age of seven as a Petite Elite and continued at Gleasons through Level 8 until the age of 12. Beginning in 7th grade she competed for Apple Valley High School’s Junior Varsity Gymnastics Team. Her freshman and sophomore year of high school she was asked to join Varsity, and the remainder of her gymnastics career was spent there. After a knee injury, she decided to pursue other things. Her junior and senior year of high school she danced for the Apple Valley AVAires; in the fall for their performance team, and during the winter season, competing for their Varsity team. After graduating from high school, she moved to Phoenix, and attended Arizona State University where she pursued and received her BA from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating in 2010, she moved back home to Minnesota, where she began to raise a family. After reconnecting with Rachel Jones, a coach of hers from Gleasons, she has found her place here at Studio 4 as a recreational and intermediate tumbling coach.
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.
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.
Cory Booker found his love for dance in high school through show choir and theatre. As dance captain of his high school show choir, he had the wonderful opportunity to tour, perform, and compete in places such as New York, Chicago, and London. He has had the opportunity to train and learn from choreographers such as Corey Anderson, Stacey Tookey, Randi Kemper, David Moore, Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, Kevin Maher, Rhapsody James and Luam, just to name a few. He has had the wonderful opportunity to perform as a cast member in the Minnesota hip hop production called “SHAPESHIFT.” Along with “SHAPESHIFT,” Cory performed at numerous venues and had the great opportunity to be the opening act for “WEDAY” at the Excel Energy Center, and recently “TEDx Minneapolis”. Cory has also been a featured dancer in companies and groups such as, JLW Productions, Legacy: A Tribute to the King of Pop, 612 Crew, Mn Motion, and Ku De Ta. Cory has won numerous scholarships from dance conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop, Jump, and NUVO. Cory has had the wonderful opportunity to choreograph for many corporate events, and to have his choreography represented by multiple studios in the twin cities. Even though he loves teaching, building and inspiring young dancers, he will always remain a student to the art form, and will constantly keep learning and growing as a dancer and teacher.
Marc Guerrero started dancing at the age of 5 at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN. During his training there he won many of the Nation’s Competition highest honors, Top awards and scholarships including Mr. Starpower, Mr. Showbiz and scholarship and finalist for West Coast Dance Explosion. After Graduation he moved to L.A to continue his passion for dance. While there he had the honor to dance, work and train with Choreographers Dee Caspary, Nick Bass, Tyce Diorio, Michele Assaf, Chris Dupre' and more. Marc decided to move to Las Vegas and immediately booked a Resident show there dancing for Toni Braxton, which lasted 2 years and was choreographed by famed broadway Choreographer A.C. Cilla. While dancing for Toni Braxton he performed with her in The NBA All Star Game, and a Live broadcast on Fox’s New Years Eve Special live in Times Square. While doing that show he was also offered to dance in Wayne Brady’s Resident show “Making S*@t up” which continued for 2 more years. Marc then began dancing for The Chippendales as an Ensemble. He quickly was made Dance Captain and Choreographer for the Chippendale World tour. While touring he had the privilege of performing in major countries from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Mexico, all over Europe, China, Mayalasia, Singapore, and major cites around the US. During Marc’s career he has had the opportunity to dance with some of the best dancers in the world, work with some of the biggest names in the business, travel the world performing and entertaining on some the biggest stages and events there is to offer. Other credits include The Cheetah Girls, Tovaris Wilson, Ray Leeper, Corbin Bleu, The Early November, Laurie Ann Gibson, Michael Chambers, Ray Leeper, Show in the Sky, Aida, Royal Caribbean, MGM Production, Caesar Productions, Redkin Hair, Carmen, The Cheetah Girls DVD, Entertainment Plus Productions. Marc is excited to be back in Minnesota and teaching for Studio 4 and bringing his passion and love for dance to the next generations of entertainers.
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.
Kayla Dahlke has been dancing since the age of 3 and competed for 11 of those years. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, and pointe at Dyan’s World of Dance and Studio 4. She was also a member of the Lightning Dance Team all four years of high school where she gained more experience in jazz and high kick. While attending NDSU in Fargo, ND she has been a member of the Bison Dance Team, performed as a soloist in the Fargo Moorhead Ballet Company and danced in shows for the Fargo Moorhead Opera. Kayla has been teaching dance for 4 years at studios in Fargo and is excited to start a new chapter teaching where the passion for dance all began, at Studio 4.
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.
Brie Johnson began dancing at the age of 3, where her love for dance started at the Continental Studio of Ballet. Since then, Brie has trained at Red River Dance, Dance Connection, Dyan’s World of Dance, and Studio 4 Dance. She graduated from the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2010 where she studied dance for four years while exploring the world of theater. During high school she was apart of the Dance Company and performed many times at local theaters and schools. After high school, Brie attended the University of Iowa where she studied dance and business. While in Iowa, Brie was apart of the University of Iowa Dancer’s in Company. This experience allowed her to broaden her horizon while dancing at various theaters across Iowa and Illinois, and teaching dance workshops at many schools. Brie has had the opportunity of working with well-known choreographers such as Armando Duarte, Eloy Barragan, Toni Pierce Sands, Uri Sands, Maggie Bergeron, Ricci Milan, Patrice Barakat, Clebio Oliveira, and many others. Brie is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Contemporary, Afro-modern, and Musical Theater. Currently, Brie is working towards her business law degree and is so excited to be apart of the Studio 4 Dance staff!
Emily Johnson began dancing at the age of 2, and has trained at Dyanís World of Dance, Studio 4 Dancers, and with numerous instructors nationally. Emily has been competing dance since age 5, achieving numerous awards and several soloist and group titles. She has had the opportunity to perform with the Moscow Russian Ballet in the Nutcracker, TU dance, ARENA dances, and many other choreographers. In high school, she attended St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists mainly focusing in dance and acting. She trained mostly in Ballet and Modern, but studied many other dance forms including; Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, African, and Afro-Modern. Emily transferred from University of Iowa last year where she majored in Dance and Business to University of St. Thomas; now working towards a Business degree. She has been teaching dance for five years, and is excited to continue her love of teaching at Studio 4.
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.
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 Cityís 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.