MEET THE TEAM

Bre paulson

Co-Director/Competition Instructor

BreAnna began dancing at the age of 2. She trained in the disciplines of Ballet, Contemporary, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Kick. Bre danced at the Dance Shoppe and Dance Impressions where she began competing at the age of 9. A member of the Elk River Dance Team during high school, she was a choreographer for 4 years and captain for 2 years. After graduating, Bre came back to coach the Elk River Dance Team for 3 years. Her training also includes classes taken from many nationally renowned master educators. As our lead competition instructor and choreographer here at Showcase, BreAnna has been awarded many choreography awards and her competition teams have taken numerous high point and judges choice awards. 

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KATIE FORREST

Competition Instructor

Katie's love for the art of dance began at the early age of 3. She has trained in the areas of jazz, tap, kick, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She danced competitively for 13 years and earned numerous awards and dance scholarships including all-conference both her junior and senior years, Dancer of the year and Athlete of the Week by the Star News. Katie was a choreographer for the Elk River Dance Team, choreographing several award winning routines. She was also a captain for the Elk River Dance Team her senior year. Katie has trained under such masters of dance as Sonja Tayeh, Mia Michaels, Travis Wall, Stacey Tookey, Peter Chu, Matt Cady, and David Moore just to name a few. Katie's choreography and work with our competition companies has earned her numerous choreography awards. Her team's have consistently placed top in their respective categories. A passionate dancer, Katie is excited to pass on her knowledge and joy of dance to her students.​

GABRIELLA DONNAY

Program Manager/Competition Instructor

Gabriella began dancing when she was only three years old. Her love for dance continued to grow and at the age of 7 she began to dance competitively. At 13, she started her competition training at Northland School of dance where she continued to dance and compete until graduation. Gabriella has trained in the areas of jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical and hip hop, but her true love is in ballet and pointe. "If I could choose any style of dance to choreograph and perform it would be lyrical because of the emotion behind every movement and song." She is very excited to get to know her students and to share her love of ballet as well as other forms of dance. Outside of dance, Gabriella likes to surround herself with lots of friends and family, spending time outside in the pool during the summer or snowmobiling in the winter. She is a movie fanatic and LOVES Chinese food! We are so excited to welcome Gabriella to the Showcase family and our teaching team.

MORGAN BIANCHI

COMPETITION/PERFORMING INSTRUCTOR

Bio coming soon...

SHERISE PETERsEN

PERFORMING INSTRUCTOR

Sherise was enrolled in her first dance class at 4 years old, yet her love for dance started well before. She began competing at the age of 7. She trained at Daryl's Dance Connection for 8 years, JFK for 1, and was a member of the Elk River Dance Team for 5 years.​ She has trained in ballet, jazz, tap, kick, hip hop, and contemporary. Sherise began her teaching career at Showcase Dance Studio as an assistant in 2010 and in 2011 re-launched our Daddy & Me class. Since then she has taught a wide variety of classes; including our 3 & 4 year olds, Creative Movement, Pom, Level 1/2 Ballet-Jazz-Tap, Level 3/4 Jazz-Tap, Camp Twinkle Toes, assisted with Production and Boys Hip Hop and in 2012 launched our Mommy & Me class. She is excited to pass on her love of dance with her dancers and looks forward to watching their knowledge of the sport grow throughout the year.

Sophie norris

POINTE INSTRUCTOR

Sophie started dancing at the age of 2 ½. She began as a baton twirler and gymnast, but her passion for dance took over early on. She competed with the Dance Exchange in Eden Prairie for over 10 years, where she trained in jazz, lyrical, tap, and ballet. Sophie also danced on her high school's hip-hop team, and studied at Peck School of Dance at UW Milwaukee under the professionals of the Milwaukee Ballet Company. She then became a member of the Metropolitan Ballet Company, performing in over 8 ballets, such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. Sophie was recently chosen for a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet School’s New York City 2017 Summer Intensive. While in NYC, Sophie trained under many elite ballet professionals, including Marina Bogdanova, a former principal dancer of the Russian National Ballet. Sophie has a strong passion for dance and works hard to share that passion with her students by encouraging growth and creativity through dance.

ELIZABETH ENSIGN

TUMBLING PROGRAM

Elizabeth has been involved in dance and gymnastics her entire life. After doing competitive dance and gymnastics growing up, she continued to fulfill that passion by teaching with a strong focus on tumbling, form, technique, conditioning and flexibility. Elizabeth has coached competitive high school gymnastics as well as coaching for gyms. From 2003-2005 she ran her own gymnastics program on a military post in California where her program grew to over 200 students. Elizabeth finds great joy in working with children and watching them learn and grow in their abilities. Elizabeth and her husband, Mark, of 24 years have six children and one grand-daughter. Several of her children have participated in both competitive dance and gymnastics with her oldest daughter being a competitive gymnastics coach in Kansas City. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and making cakes.​

Student Interns 2020-2021

​Student interns are selected through an application and interview process. They assist in both our performance and competition classes throughout the year. Congratulations to our 2020-2021 student interns... 

Makenna Swenson, Tia Kastanos, Grace Beltrand, Harley Ross, Ella Beltrand, Lucia Markey, Priscilia Maldonado, Addi Geiser, Niya Staul, Izzy Hauxwell, Maya Papa

OFFICE HOURS

MONDAY-THURSDAY

4:00 PM-9:00 PM

 

SOME FRI/SAT

CONTACT​ US

19134 Freeport St.

Elk River, MN 55330

 

becky.burley@showcase-dance.com

Tel: 763-441-9985

 

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