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 Perfomring with Ananya Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, Trinidad and Tobago, Africa, and Philadelphia. 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. Brittany can’t wait to see you at the studio!
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’.
Emily Winn is excited to start her second year on faculty at Eleve PAC! She is a dancer and dance instructor originally from Statesboro, GA and began her training at Statesboro School of Dance. Emily went on to study 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 and her husband Bennett moved to Owatonna, MN in May 2014. Emily is also starting her second season as a member of Borealis Dance, and she performs with Twin Cities Ballet. Before moving to Minnesota, she taught ballet and modern at Statesboro Youth Ballet under the direction of Jurijs Safonovs.
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!
Holly first started her passion for dance at age 4. She trained in dance studios in northern MN/WI and was a member of her high school and college dance teams. She has since danced with local studios as a company member performing in recitals, competitions, music videos, independent films, and flash mobs. Holly has danced for the semi-professional football teams, in the MN Fringe Festival, the Phipps Center for the Arts summer production and with the Starettes, a high kick precision dance company for 4 years. She currently is the Executive Director of the Twin Cities based company Minnesota Dance Collaborative.
Holly has been teaching dance to children for the last 10 years. She has taught with the City of Eagan Parks and Rec, YMCA, various workshops, Platinum Dance Center and now in her second year with Eleve. She loves dancing and introducing children to the world of dance! Outside of dance you can find Holly working at her full-time corporate job as a Business Analyst and spending time with her husband George and daughters Isabella (10 years old), Josetta (3 years old) and Vera (8 months old).
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 at tena.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!
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!
Competition Hip Hop Instructor
Darrius Strong is a Twin Cities based dancer, choreographer, teacher whose creative work has been chosen for Choreographers Evening, Rhythmically Speaking, American College Dance Festival, University Dance Theater and was featured in the first annual New Griots Festival. Darrius has created works for Southwest High School, St Olaf College and a shared evening of work titled, Ipseity. Darrius graduated from the U of MN, Twin Cities with a BFA in Dance in 2015. He has performed in works by Uri Sands, Carl Flink, Penny Freeh, Kenna Cottman, Larry Keigwin, Joanna Rosenthal, Gregory Dolbashian, Maurya Kerr and the Martha Graham dance company. Strong is currently a member of West African Dance group VoC (Voice of Culture).In 2014 Darrius reset the Broadway musical "In the Heights" on Henry Sibley High School. He is interested in working with movers in all different levels of training in hopes to build a bigger supportive community and in creating his own dance company, Strong Movement.
Competition Contemporary Instructor
Becky starting dancing in the 4th grade at Dance Escape Dance Studio in Duluth, MN where she was won numerous awards at local and national competitions. Becky also competed on her high school dance team all 4 years placing 3rd, 2nd, 1st, and 1st consecutively at the MSHSL State Dance Tournament.
Becky went onto dance at the National level at her college, College of St. Benedict. Here she had the opportunity to continue her love of dance performing at Clemens Stadium during Johnnie Football games and having the opportunity to compete at the National Dance Competition placing in the top 10 in all her years competing. She loves contemporary and jazz and is excited to share her love with dance with others!
Choreographer/Master Class Teacher
Sarah Hilarides 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!
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.