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 / Founder

Deanne Roberg founded Deanne's Dance Studio in 1969, fusing two of her loves - children and dance - into a single vision: using the art of dance to instill self-esteem in children, and inspiring them to become their personal best.  Deanne's mother Stephanie was a professional dancer and instructor, and Deanne followed in her mother's footsteps, beginning her teaching career at age seventeen. 

Deanne’s kind teaching style and choreographic skills kept her in demand with professional and community theatres as well as local schools.  She was a founding board member of Child’s Play Theatre (now known as the Stages Theatre).  Her love of the stage led her to create the studio’s Novelty (Theatrical) dance classes.  Through these classes she instilled confidence - bringing even the most timid child out of their shell.

During her 40 years serving families in Minnetonka and the surrounding area, Deanne 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 - completing the circle - every time a former dancer brought their little one for their own first dance class.  Deanne never waivered in her belief that this studio is first and foremost about the kids. 

From the first student to those now numbered in the thousands, she not only taught them to love dance, but more importantly to love themselves. Deanne was always striving to help her students be, as she says, “Not only the best dancer possible, but the best person possible.”  Deanne is now retired, a proud mom and grandma, and all of us at the studio strive to live up to her standards and continue her vision. 

 


Juli Mickelson

Dance Director

Juli was previously associated with Deanne's for 20 years as a student, bookkeeper and an instructor. She also ran Deanne's former satellite programs in Orono, Chanhassen, and Norwood/Young America. On her years with Deanne's she says, "Deanne instilled my love of dance and also my love for children. They are the reason I teach and want to bring dance into their lives. Deanne showed me how to care for them and lovingly guide them through their dance experience. Deanne was my role model and I always wanted to live up to her teaching standard."

Following her inspiration, Juli studied many forms of dance, thriving in the study of classical ballet. She studied intensively with Branitski Ballet Company, Andahazy Ballet, American School of Russian Classical Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre. She performed in numerous ballets including Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Swan Lake and was a dance major at Texas Christian University. She is also an accomplished choreographer of dance performances and musicals. In 2002 she founded Dance Endeavors in Bloomington, growing it to four active studio spaces. Finally, perhaps also inspired by her time with Deanne, Juli has an Accounting degree from Augsburg.


Abby Wallin

Abby Wallin

Instructor

Abby has been a close part of the Deanne's family since she began dancing at about 3 years old.  She competed all throughout high school and performed with the Minnetonka High School Performance Dance Team.

Abby has a 4lb baby Chihuahua named CarleiBee who she rescued and absolutely adores.

Her passion for children led Abby to pursue a degree in elementary education. She is also wrapping up a degree in business management to continue her career growth with her current full time job at Amazing Lash Studio, where she facilitates all studio operations and training.

Abby can’t wait for a great year with your tiny dancers!


Alexa Boderman

Instructor / Choreographer

Alexa joined Deanne's in 2017 with 20 years of dance experience, and 7 years of coaching and teaching experience.  She graduated from St. Catherine University with a major in Exercise Sport Science and two minors in Coaching and Psychology.  Alexa grew up competing for The Dance Warehouse and was on their Senior Line.

Alexa danced for 4 years with the Minnetonka High School Dance Teamand was the senior captain, all conference, the JFK Firecracker Award Winner, and was chosen two times as Most Dedicated and Most Inspirational.  She also danced for 4 years with the St. Catherine University Dance Team and was captain twice,   voted Most Spirited four times, was an Athletic Leadership Council Member three times, and was also the St. Catherine University Athletic Department Brady Williams Spirit Award Winner.  Alexa was also a 2-time finalist and master class dancer for the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers. 

Besides teaching at Deanne's, Alexa is also currently the Head Coach for the Minnetonka High School Performance Dance Team and the Head Coach for the St. Catherine University Dance Team!


Georgia Sylvester

Georgia Sylvester

Instructor

Georgia Sylvester is a native of Massachusetts and began her dance training at the age of three in ballet, tap and jazz. Soon after moving to Florida at the age of seven, Georgia joined the competitive dance team at Universal Performing Arts Center and also trained in hip hop, lyrical, jazz, acrobatics, ballet and tap for several years.

Georgia then continued her dance training at A Better Place Dance Center. There she began performing solos and received an award for "spot on jumps" at Bravo Dance Competition. When she started high school, Georgia  joined the dance program and had numerous opportunities to perform and teach in the community. In 2011 and 2012, she worked as an assistant dance teacher with the Florida Jammers and taught jazz and hip hop as an after school activity in two elementary schools. 

Georgia attended the National High School Dance Festival in 2012 and was awarded a full scholarship to Bates Dance Festival. The next year Georgia attended the Regional High School Dance Festival where she received another scholarship to Bates Dance Festival and a scholarship to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

While at the University, Georgia has performed works by numerous artists including Uri Sands, Larry Keigwin, Gregory Dolbashian, Wynn Fricke, Garth Fagan, Gerald Casel, Luke Olson Elm, Brian Brooks, Luciana Achugar, Rosy Simas and Joanie Smith. In April 2017, Georgia became a company member for the 11th season of Black Label Movement directed by Carl Flink. She is excited to continue to grow her performance career.


Hannah Spivey

Instructor

Hannah is a native of Tucson, Arizona. She began her dance instruction at the age of 5. She has had training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. As a child, she performed as a mouse, an angel, and a bon bon in Ballet Arizona's production of "The Nutcracker." She held the roles of Clara, Dewdrop, and Marzipan in her home studio's production of "The Nutcracker." She has also performed lead roles in "Les Sylphides" and "Coppelia," and performed in the corps for "Swan Lake" and "Sleeping Beauty."

Hannah began teaching dance as a senior in high school, and has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop to students ages 4-14. She enjoys teaching dance, and has also taught Kindergarten at a charter school in Arizona. Hannah believes that each child has a unique learning strategy and she strives to nurture each student's individual gifts.

Her other love is music. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from University of Arizona and will graduate with a Master of Music in Harp Performance from University of Minnesota in December 2017. She works as a freelance harpist and private piano instructor in addition to teaching dance.


Jen Crist

Jen Crist

Instructor/Choreographer

Jen has been teaching dance and choreographing in the Twin Cities since 1999 when she was an instructor here at Deanne’s. It was also at Deanne’s that she began taking classes at the age of five.

She continued her studies during college where she was a captain and member of the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Nationals Dance Team. Jen has studied ballet under Juli Mickelson, Marcia Keegan, Ronn Tice and Lisa Long and modern with Julie Kerr-Berry and Dan Stark. She has choreographed for local professional and community theatre companies, and is currently Resident Choreographer for Minnetonka Theatre, where she also has performed as a dancer and actor.

Jen was also formerly on the teaching staff at Stages Theatre Company, and was a member of the artistic staff at Anoka High School and Community Theatre. She held the position of Head Coach of the Minnetonka High School competition Dance Team from 2003 to 2008, and received the 2004 MHS Female Coach of the Year. Jennifer's choreography has been awarded six Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Awards: in Minnetonka High School’s productions of Once on This Island (2005) and Blood Brothers (2008), Young Frankenstein (2013), Evita (2014), Urinetown (2014) and Brigadoon (2015). She holds a B.A. in Public Relations (1999) and a minor in Theatre Arts from the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire.


Lauren Adams-Plehal

Irish Dance Instructor/Choreographer

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 14 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 all 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 Irish Figure Dance in 2014, and also in Freestyle in 2015.  Her Irish Figure Dance team also took third in Worlds in 2014.

Lauren has taught Irish Dance since 2014, everything from Wee Ones classes to coaching and choreographing for teams.  Besides her classes at Deanne's, she 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.  She is also a student at Macalester College in St Paul.

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!


Lauren Rosenzweig

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!


Lizzette Chapa

Lizzette Chapa

Instructor/Choreographer

Lizzette Chapa is a Mexican-American dancer and choreographer originally from the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. She recently graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Dance. During her time at UT she performed works by Rennie Harris, Sidra Bell, Johnnie Mercer, and more.

Lizzette moved to Minnesota in August 2017, and is honored to share the stage as an apprentice with Ananya Dance Theatre members. Looking to her artistic future, she will pursue an MFA in dance.


Nichole Berndt

Instructor

Nichole is so excited to be a dance teacher at Deanne's. She has been dancing with this studio since she was six years old and has taken all styles of dance at Deanne's (minus Irish).  Nichole taught taught classes previously at Deanne's but stopped when she went off to college, and is now happy to be back.  

Nichole graduated high school at Minnetonka where she was on the performance and competition team for two years.  She is currently a junior at St. Catherine University, working toward a major in nursing and a minor in psychology.  After college Nichole's goal is to specialize in pediatrics and eventually get her masters and become a pediatric nurse practitioner.

Nichole also dances at St. Kate's where she is one of the captains on the dance team.  This year the team has the opportunity to go to Nationals in California, which is very exciting!

Nichole is very excited to be back at at Deanne's Dance Studio and believes it is going to be a great year!


Noah Brewington

Noah Brewington

Instructor/Choreographer

Noah Brewington is a tap dancer, hip hop dancer, house dancer, teacher and performer from Eagan, Minnesota.  He is a member of Keane Sense of Rhythm where he has had many opportunities to perform at different events such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, and the New York and Twin Cities Tap Festivals.  Noah is currently a company member of Kaleena Miller Dance.  He has completed the Institute for Rhythmic Arts with Nicholas Van Young and has been chosen for Elite Tap Feet for the last three years at the Twin Cities Tap Festival.

His performances include Rhythmically Speaking, Kaleena Miller Dance; Here Now, Kaleena Miller Dance; SHIFT and Chicago Human Rhythm JUBA!; Cowles Center GALA, along with the Twin Cities Tap Festivals.

Noah’s inspiration has come from everyone he has worked with as well as Jimmy Slyde, Sam Weber, Nicholas Van Young, Nico Rubio, Kaleena Miller and the many master teachers he has had the opportunity to learn from.


Kim Adams

Business Manager

Kim is very happy to be returning to Deanne's, where she was a dance MOM for many years!  Her daughter Lauren Adams-Plehal (see above) was a Deanne's dancer for nine years and is now an instructor here.

Kim has a Master's degree in International Management from the University of St. Thomas, and five years' experience working for the Irish Dance studio Rince Nua, where she played a key role in its rapid growth.