Instructors/Faculty

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Maricela Radke

Co-Owner/Instructor




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Brittany Radke

Director/Co-Owner/Instructor



Brittany Radke began her dance journey at the age of 2. She grew up dancing at her mother’s dance studio, Summit Dance School, in Detroit Lakes, MN. After graduation Brittany went on to receive a BFA in Dance at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Since her graduation in 2006 she has been actively performing, choreographing and teaching in the Minneapolis area. Some of her recent performance credits include Renovate at the Ritz Theatre, Momentum- New Works at the Southern Theatre, MN Fringe Festival at Intermedia Arts, and Tushaanal-Fires of Dryed Grass at the Southern Theatre. She has also continued her dance education by attending yearly Dance Masters of America Dance Teacher Training seminars, and has received yoga certification training. Brittany has also worked at many area dance studios and theater companies. Currently Brittany is a choreographer for the Youth Performance Company in Minneapolis, dance instructor at Betty Jo’s Dance Center in Apple Valley, and company member of Ananya Dance Theatre. Brittany is very excited to be the director of Eleve’ Performing Arts Center and can’t wait to see you at the studio!




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Lindsay Lundgren

Assistant Director/Instructor



Lindsay Lundgren grew up in the heart of the Midwest where she started dancing competitively at the age of 6. Training at Universal Dance Academy in Lincoln, NE, she also danced and performed for the Lincoln Midwest Ballet company and did multiple summer dance intensives with the Colorado Ballet. In high school she was captain of the dance team all three years and earned a national merit of dance excellence when she was a senior. In 2003 she moved to San Diego, Ca where she studied dance at San Diego Mesa College. She was apart of the schools company as well as taught, performed, choreographed and created dances, costumes and lights for performances. While she was there she also trained in injury prevention and nutrition for dancers. Lindsay moved to Minneapolis in 2010 and has been teaching at various studios around the metropolitan area. Lindsay is currently a teacher in Apple Valley at Betty Jo’s dance center and is so excited to teach at Eleve’.




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Megan Halsey

Choreographer



Megan Halsey, originally from the Twin Cities, has been performing, teaching, and choreographing dance through out Minnesota and California for the past ten years. Her training began at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN, and she went on to earn her BFA degree in Dance from California State University, Long Beach in 2005. Megan was an active member in the Long Beach dance community from 2001 to 2007. She was a member of Bare Dance Company & Keith Johnson Dancers, both based out of Southern California. After relocating to Minneapolis in 2007, Megan has been an active teacher and choreographer around the Twin Cities area, and most recently has traveled to Utah and Poland as a guest performing artist. She has extensive experience performing, teaching, and choreographing ballet, modern, jazz, and tap dance and loves to share her knowledge and passion for movement with her students and the dance community. She is currently enrolled in the Metropolitan State University, Urban Teacher Program, and hopes to achieve her Masters in Education during the next two years. Megan is also a member of Alternative Motion Project, a modern dance company based out of Minneapolis. She is thrilled to be an active part of Eleve Performing Arts Center, and looks forward to the many successful years ahead.





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Ricci Milan

Competition Tap Director/Instructor



A proud Minnesotan, Ricci has been professionally entertaining audiences for over 15 years. Ricci's first twelve years of his dancing career was spent dancing at Larkin Dance Studio. Since then his career has given him the opportunity to perform with Savion Glover, Jason Samuels Smith and Kirk Franklin. He was a featured soloist in ONE at the Alabama Theatre in Myrtle Beach, SC, and in Tap Happy for Two at Tokyo Disneyland. He has choreographed and performed for the NFL, NBA and NCAA in addition to industrial shows for Best Buy, Target, PBS and Compaq. Ricci was a co-creator and choreographer for the nationally and internationally acclaimed tap dance company Ten Foot Five, which he toured with extensively for 10 years. Currently Ricci is working hard making his dreams come true by touring with Rhythmic Circus across the country. As Artistic Director of Rhythmic Circus Ricci is preparing to take their show "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" to New York City. He is excited to bring his passion and love for tap dance to Eleve Performing Arts Center with Funk, Soul and Honesty!




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Ali Milan

Dance Instructor


Ali Milan grew up in the Twin Cities area and began her dance career at the age of three at Larkin Dance Studio. She was also a captain for North St. Paul High school Dance Team. Ali continued to dance at the collegiate level as a dancer and coach of the St. Ben's Dance Team for four years where she lead and danced with a 70-girl team. Through out college she taught and choreographed at St. Cloud School of Dance and Ultimate Gymnastics. Ali recently graduated from The College of St. Benedict|St. John's University with a Bachelors degree in Communication and Management. She has continued to assist with choreography and training for the North St. Paul Dance team. Ali also is an intern attena.cious,a social media marketing firm in St. Paul. Ali is so excited to share her passion for dance with a new group of dancers at Eleve' Performing Arts Center!




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Jennifer Mack

Ballet Instructor


Jennifer originally trained at Rochester Ballet School and Janet Lang Dance Studio of Rochester, MN, but also spent summers at: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Alvin Ailey, the Cunningham School, Steps and Broadway Dance Center of NYC. Previously she danced 6 seasons with Continental Ballet and also performed in Montreal, Hungary, Ireland, Colorado, New York, Wisconsin and Minneapolis/St. Paul as a guest artist with: Debra Jinza-Thayer's Movement Architecture, Eclectic Edge Ensemble, Jagged Edges Ensemble, Kari Jensen's Moving Arts Ensemble, Kim Robbards Dance Company, Offleash Area, Rainy Day Cabaret, Ray Terrill & Dancers, Rosy Simas Dance Project, Spandrel, Vox Medusa Dance Company and numerous independent choreographers as well as commercial work for Aveda, Best Buy & Cost Cutters. Her own choreography has been performed in Hungary, MN, NYC, and WI. It often includes live accompaniment and collaboration with local bands,musicians & composers such as: Aby Wolf, Ada Jane, Alex Kaufman/Dichotomy, Matt Marka and Ben Seims. Her choreography was selected for 'Rhythmically Speaking' and 'Renovate' Choreographer's Evenings in Minneapolis, MN several years in a row and was recently awarded a Cultural Arts Grant through Eau Claire, WI in 2012, which she used to co-produce 'Movement Arts Day 2012' with fellow choreographer, Cheri Dostal. 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 and is currently a member of St. Paul City Ballet, Cities Classical Dance Ensemble, and Alternative Motion Project. She also is an active teacher to teenagers and adults in all forms of dance all over the state of MN. This summer she is launching a new creative avenue, The Porch Project with fellow performing artists: Lindsay Anderson & Ashleigh Penrod. Jennifer resides in Minneapolis, MN with life partner, Matt Marka and their

newest addition, Zuzu, who is inspiring new work!



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Emily Winn

Ballet Instructor


Emily Winn is a dancer and dance instructor originally from Statesboro, GA. She began her training at Statesboro School of Dance and went on tostudy ballet and modern at Belhaven University and Greensboro Ballet, as well as many summer intensives, including: Alonzo King's LINES, Boston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Emily has been teaching ballet, tap, and modern for the past two years at Statesboro Youth Ballet under the direction of Jurijs Safonovs. Emily, her husband Bennet, their dog Sadie, and their cat Sierra recently moved to Owatonna, MN and since their move Emily became a company member of Borealis Dance.Emily is very excited to be joining the faculty at Eleve PAC!




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Christina Harstad

Acrobatic/ Dance Instructor


Christina began exploring movement at the age of 3 throughdanceand gymnastics. She trained as a competitive gymnast for 15 years along with taking studiodancelessons in tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop and contemporarydance. She is nowpursuing adancedegree at the University of MN twin cities and has had theprivilege of working anddancingwith professionaldanceartists throughout the twin cities area. Outside of school, Christina is the Head coach for the Hudson High School Varsity Gymnastics Team and also teaches gymnastics at Rising Stars Gymnastics Club. Christina feels so honored to be teaching at

Eleveand is looking forward to a fantastic first year at the studio!



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Sarah Hilarides

Choreographer/Master Class Teacher



SarahHilarides is a graduate of Oakland University with a Bachelors in Musical Theater and Dance. She has been in many musicals including Grease, Godspell, Into the Woods and Operas such as The Mikado and The Magic Flute. She has choreographed award winning numbers all over the country for all types of studios and colleges. Recently she choreographed the last two opening numbers for Showbiz National Talent. She now works as a director for Kids artistic review and will be on staff for their convention this fall!



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Laura Osterhaus

Hip Hop/ Dance Instructor


Laura Osterhaus of Maquoketa, Iowa began dancing at the age of six and found Studio A Dance Company, where she truly belonged, at age 12. Upon dancing at Studio A, Laura discovered how passionate about dance she was and soon decided to make it her future. Laura was asked to join the Inspire Dance Company at age 13 and remained in the company until graduating high school six years later, training in the styles of jazz, ballet, hip hop, contemporary, and tap. Throughout those six years Laura won multiple awards and scholarships at competitions across the Midwest. She also began choreographing group and solo work, receiving many honors including the Choreography Award, Top Scoring Dance of the Weekend, 1st place Large Group, and 1st place Iowa State Hip hop. After graduating high school, Laura set off to the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities where she now studies dance, working towards a Bachelor of Arts performance degree. Since beginning college, Laura has had the opportunity to work with well-known modern dance choreographers Uri Sands and Nora Chipaumire. Laura continues teach and choreograph for Studio A and dance studios in the Twin Cities area. Laura is excited to join the Eleve' staff!




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Alexandra Eady

Dance Instructor/Yoga


Alexandra Eady began her dance dream at the age of 6. She grew up dancing at Ballare Teatro performing arts center in Minneapolis and also attended Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing artists for high school. She is currently attending the University of Minnesota pursuing a degree in dance. Since the age of 16 she has been performing around the Twin Cities in works such as the Momentum series, Choreographers evening, and Rhythmically Speaking. She has also been performing with Ananya Dance Theatre for the past 4 years. Alex is so excited to be teaching at the fabulous Eleve' Performing Arts Center!


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Brian Karoff

Boys Teacher/ Dance Instructor


Since the age of 5 years old, Brian has been on stage dancing and performing in front audiences all over the world through his disciplines of Tap, Jazz and Hip-Hop. He established his reputation early at the age of 13 being the first “Male Dancer of the Year - Junior” at nationals that awarded him scholarships to L.A. and New York to train with the industry’s finest. Brian toured as a performer for the internationally acclaimed tap dance company Ten Foot Five, while teaching students in the US, Europe and Mexico. He has also performed in showsThe Lion King, Under The Boardwalk, The Mask, Soul Tribe Revolutionand with companies Compaq, Target, Polaris, Best Buy, CBS, Disney, and Heart Surgeons of America. Brian has also worked with artistsWayne Brady, Savion Glover, Jason Samuels, Pavarotti, Vanessa Williams.Brian has a vast array of performance and production art that he bestows upon his students.



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Cornel Blanchard

Private Piano/ Voice Instructor

Cornell is formally trained both vocally and as a pianist. Having grown up singing and playing every day in school and at home, concerts and recitals were a big part of his life. He carried on to college where he continued training in new genres and performing in many choirs and ensembles at the University of Minnesota, Duluth where he eventually became the accompanist and musical director of mainstage musicals including "Guys and Dolls" which performed in Italy his junior year. After college, Cornell has been performing professionally locally, nationally and overseas. This year's performances include traveling to Hawaii, Scotland, Canada, Netherlands and all corners of the U.S.



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