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!
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’.
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.
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!
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!
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!