In-Studio Convention



In-Studio Convention




October 20th


In-Studio Convention Details


9 am – 4 pm | $55 | Ages 5+





Join us for our 2017 In-Studio Fall Convention! Featuring six different guest instructors ready to challenge, inspire, and engage!


Featuring Hip Hop, Jazz, Clog, Tap, Progressions and Technique, and Contemporary!


Register today to spend your MEA day-off doing what you love most, DANCE!


Registration includes lunch.




Please welcome:

Alexa Boderman (Hip Hop):

Alexa Boderman has 20 years of dance experience and seven years of coaching experience. She grew up dancing 15 years at The Dance Warehouse. She was also a 4 year member, senior captain, and multiple award winner on the Minnetonka Dance Team. She went on to be a 4 year member, 2 year captain, and multiple award winner on the St. Catherine University Wildcat dancers. She is a 2 time finalist for the Minnesota Timberwolves Dancers. Currently, she is the head coach for the Minnetonka Performance Team, St. Catherine University Wildcat Dancers, and choreographer/teacher at Deanne’s Dance Studio.


Jennifer James (Jazz):

Jennifer James is the Artistic Director for Dance Express and was born and raised in Sioux Falls, SD where she trained and taught at Main Stage Ballet and Dance Academy. Jennifer received her B.S. in Dance and Sports Medicine from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2011 and while there she danced for 4 years on the MSU Dance Team, as well as performed and choreographed for several of the Dance Departments concerts and ACDFA festivals. Upon graduation, Jennifer has been a company member of Breaking Boundaries Dance, Threads Dance Project, has worked with The Ordway on their production of “Cinderella”; she currently dances with Borealis Dance. Jennifer has won first overalls and Choreography awards at Masquerade DanceCompetition, Triple S Dance Competiton, Magestic Dance Competition, Legacy Dance Championship, and Midwest Starz National Competition. Jennifer was most recently named Head Coach of the MSU Dance Team. “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling” – Fabienne Fredrickson

Find Jennifer’s work HERE


Allie Strehle (Tap):

Allie Strehle began dancing when she was three years old at Summit School of Dance in Plymouth, MN. Growing up, she competed at Summit Dance Shoppe, her high school dance team at Mound Westonka, and was a member of the non-profit tap company Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble. She began teaching at Summit Dance Shoppe in 2012, where she continues to teach today. She has attended over 15 tap festivals around the country, including the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, DC Tap Festival and Tap2You. She was invited to dance at the Juba Tap Show at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the choreography of Michelle Dorrance. She has taken class from some of the best tap dancers in the world, including Dianne Walker, Derick Grant, Jason Janas and Chloe Arnold. She continues dancing during the school year as a member of the Elite Dance Team at Texas Christian University. She is looking forward to graduating from Texas Christian University in 2019.

Find Allie teaching a master class at QC HERE.


Marissa VanDanacker (Contemporary):

Marissa VanDanacker is the founder and creative director of The Choreo Co. She won 5 awards in the last year for her choreography, including Best of Radix, Best in Show at Tremaine, and 2 national-title winning routines at Starbound Nationals. She was the former director of Paradigm Dance Project, a pre-professional program in Winona, MN, as well as former Just For Kix program director, summer staff member, and choreographer. She now travels the country working with dance teams and studios sharing her choreography.

Find Marissa’s choreography HERE.


Deborah Johnson (Technique and Progressions):

Deborah Johnson is a 4 time member of the Fall Performance Team at Eagan High School. She graduated with the class of 2005. At the Miss Dance Drill Team USA competition, Deborah was the first dancer from Minnesota to ever make it to the third round of finals! She was crowned 2nd runner up and was also awarded “Best Technique” of the entire competition. She graduated from Bethel University with a degree in Biblical & Theological Studies. Deborah is the Director & Owner of Breaking Boundaries Dance Company, which she started in 2009. She has directed and danced in the company’s five full-length productions and teaches the weekly open contemporary classes the company hosts downtown Minneapolis at The Cowles Center.

Find Deborah’s choreography HERE.


Sheryl Baker (Clog):

Sheryl Baker has been teaching, performing and judging  appalachian clogging for 28 years.  She is the owner of the River City Cloggers and the Clogging Premier.

She has taught workshops and judged competitions across the United States and Canada.  She has danced at Dollywood Theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee for 6 seasons, and on “The Old Midwest Barn Dance” cable TV show for 2 years.  She has coached many National Champion Soloist and Duets receiving overall individual awards and Gold  Medals  at  The National Championships Of America, AAU Junior Olympics, and the NCHC National Championships.   She was the recipient of “The Glen Hill Pioneer Award” in 2006, recognized for her contributions to the clogging community in choreography, teaching and spirit.  Sheryl was honored in 2013 at the NCHC National Championships with a plaque stating her induction into the “Clogging Hall Of Fame”.
Sheryl is especially gifted in teaching preschool aged classes.  She developed a Tiny Tot program that has incorporated basic movement to music, rhythm, beginning clogging steps and how to be a part of a class, learning and listening skills.
Other classes taught by Sheryl are basic learn to clog from scratch, Easy Intermediate , Intermediate  and Advanced Buck, tap and Canadian Step Dance classes.  Sheryl also directs and choreographs for her 5 competitive clogging teams.
Sheryl’s passion for this unique form of dance shines through her students enthusiasm for this special  American Folk Dance

View Sheryl’s work HERE.

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