Deanne's Dance Studio 

Voted "Best Dance Studio" by Sun Newspaper Readers

 
 

Enhancing self-confidence through dance for over 45 years!

 
 
 
 
Our Fabulous Staff

 

 

Deanne Roberg

Owner/Director

In 1969 Deanne Roberg founded Deanne's Dance Studio, fusing two of her loves, children and dance into a single vision…..using the art of dance to instill self-esteem in children, inspiring them to become their personal best.  Deanne followed in her mother Stephanie’s footsteps, herself a professional dancer and instructor, beginning her teaching career at age seventeen.  After moving to Minnesota, Deanne’s kind teaching style and choreographic skills, kept her in demand with professional and community theatres as well as local schools.  She is a founding board member of Child’s Play Theatre, now the well known Stages Theatre.  This love of the stage led her to create the studio’s Novelty (Theatrical Dance) classes.  Through these she has instilled confidence in even the most timid child, bringing them out of their shell.

Now proud mom and grandma, she is still at the healm of the studio, delighting students with impromptu demonstrations of her amazing tap skills.

During her 40 years serving Minnetonka and surrounding area families, Deanne has cherished every first dance class, wiggly tooth, new baby sibling, story about school, first date, prom picture, graduation, visit home from college, wedding, and finally, completintg the circle, when a former dancer brings their little one for their own first dance class.  Still, she has never waivered in her belief that this studio is first & foremost about the kids.  From the first student to those now numbered in the thousands, she has not only taught them to love dance, but more importantly themselves. Always striving to help them be, as she says, “Not only the best dancer, but the best person possible.”

 


Shannon Roberg

     Instructor/Choreographer

There is little Shannnon hasn't done in her 34 years as an instructor and choreographer for Deanne's Dance Studio. 

While captain of her high school's dance team, she began instructing pre-school and early elementary dancers, quickly progressing to teach the oldest and most experienced dancers in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, danceline, pointe, and modern.

For three seasons, Shannon coached the successful Benilde St. Margaret's dance team and has since branched out to choreograph for theaters throughout Minnesota.  Her work has been seen at Macalaster College, Hennepin Stages, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Theatre L'Hommee Dieu, Theatre in the Round, MCA, and Old Arizona Theatre.  In addition, she teaches for the St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts and has been a guest choreographer for the Actors Theatre of Minnesota.    

Although Shannon still hopes her dream of becoming an NFL running back will be realized, she would never trade a minute of all the wonderful experiences her career in dance has brought to her.

 


Lauren Rosenzweig

Instructor/Choreographer

Lauren started dancing at the age of 2 and began competing at age 7. She grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota dancing at Summit Dance Shoppe where she was trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Pointe. She has traveled to New York, Missouri, Chicago, and Florida for many different dance competitions and conventions. In 2012, as a dancer on the Senior Line at Summit Dance Shoppe, she won Showbiz Nationals in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Lauren graduated from Hopkins High School in 2012 where she was a member of the Hopkins Royelles Dance Team for 4 years. She was captain of the team her junior and senior year, helping bring Hopkins Dance Team to state in Kick in 2012. Lauren then attended the University of Minnesota where she was a member of the Premier Dance Team, becoming a two time champion at UDA Dance Competition in both Jazz and Hip Hop.

While attending the University of Minnesota, Lauren also coached the Hopkins Fall Dance Team for 3 years.

Here at Deanne’s for her 2nd year, Lauren is excited to work with so many bright and talented dancers of all ages. She loves choreographing and has a passion for all styles of dance!


Shannon Fahey 

Instructor/Choreographer

Shannon has taught competitive and non-competitive ballet and pointe for the past 19 years on the east coast and in Minnesota. Shannon received her degree in dance from Mercyhurst University and following her education, she performed professionally with Ballet Long Island and Huntington Ballet Theatre in such classics such as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Coppelia, A Mid-Summer's Night Dream and Cinderella.

Shannon is a wife to a loving husband and has a wonderful daughter. She looks forward to sharing her experience with us.


Haruna Asanuma

Instructor/Choreographer

Haruna first started her ballet training with Omaha Academy of Ballet in Omaha, Nebraska. She also danced in the Omaha Dance Project for several years run by former ABT dancers, Jon Fagan and Sara Mau. She performed at the regional American College Dance Festival Association 2009 and toured with UNL Dance Ensemble to venues around New England. She took part in American Dance Festival in the summer of 2010, where she participated in a six weeks intensive focusing on contemporary dance and African Dance Theatre.

In 2010, she studied for one year in London at Laban Conservatoire of Contemporary Dance where she further trained in Release, Limon, and Cunningham techniques, as well as classical ballet and contemporary jazz.

In 2012, she danced with Atelier Teatro Danza and performed in various venues in Italy. Haruna graduated from the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance, where she toured around Scotland with the SSCD graduate company and received her BA (Hons) Dance.

After graduation, Haruna danced as a company member with Omaha's Moving Company, Maya Taylor Dance Company and TBD dance Collective. Today, she teaches ballet and modern at several studios and actively performs as a company dancer with Metropolitan Ballet and Minneapolis Ballet Dancers.


Lauren Adams-Plehal

Lauren started dancing at age four, and moved to Deanne’s at age 5, doing tap, jazz and ballet.  That first year at Deanne’s recital Lauren saw Irish dancers… and the rest is history!  Lauren’s been Irish dancing for 12 years, first at Deanne’s (McKenna School of Irish Dance), then with Rince Nua Irish Dance, and last with O’Shea Irish Dance, under Cormac O’Sé, one of the original Riverdance troupe.

While competing, Lauren reached Ard Grad as a solo dancer (competing at Worlds, the Irish Open, multiple times at the North American Open and all around the U.S. In regional competitions).  On teams, Lauren won the North American Open in Figure Dance in 2014, and also in Freestyle in 2015.  Her Figure Dance team also took third in Worlds in 2014.

Lauren has taught Irish Dance for three years, everything from Wee Ones classes to coaching and choreographing for teams.  Besides her classes at Deanne's, Lauren also assistant teaches with the Loring Irish Dancers in Minneapolis.

Lauren is a member of the Irish Music and Dance Association in Minnesota and is currently working toward her teaching certification with Cumann Rince Naísíunta, the National Dance Association of Ireland.

Lauren loves everything about Irish Dance, and is excited to have come full circle and be back at Deanne’s, teaching right in the very same studio where she first started Irish dancing!