Barb began dancing at the age of 3 and has been part of the QC family since 1986. She became a member of QC’s competition team, competing in numerous local and national competitions. She was also a member of Twin Cities Dance Court- a non-profit volunteer performance troupe with which she performed in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France- including EuroDisney, Italy, and many local venues including nursing homes and the Mall of America. She has performed multiple times at Walt Disney World in Florida and in 2008 in Nassau, Bahamas. Throughout her dance career she has trained with many renowned choreographers. During college she attended ballet classes and dance education classes at the University of Minnesota. She trained in many dance disciplines including ballet/pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical /contemporary, clog, musical theater, modern, hip hop, and liturgical. Barb is also a member of the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. Barb has been teaching and choreographing at QC since 1994. Barb’s choreography focus over the past 8 years as concentrated with the competition program. With her passion of dance she guides each dancer to their greatest potential. Barb has received many awards for her choreography on the regional and national level. Most recently, under Barb’s direction dancers achieved 1st Place National Showdown Champions, 2nd Place National Showdown Champions, and 4th Place National Champions.
Barb is excited to begin another successful season with the wonderful QC Families!
Barb additionally has her Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology (the Study of Movement) and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Lissa: Assistant Director, Recreational and Competition Instructor
Lissa began dancing back in 1988 at the age of three at Stage Door of Performing arts in Coon Rapids, MN. She spent from 1998 to her graduating year in 2003 as a part of their top performing lines, competing in top competitions across the nation. While traveling around the country winning high awards at both the regional and national levels, Lissa was able to experience many opportunities such as performing at the Metro dome and dancing on television. From 1999 to 2003, Lissa also participated on the Irondale Dance Team where she was honored to spend her senior year as the captain. From there she continued to dance throughout her time at college on both the St. Cloud State Dance Team along with transferring schools and becoming a member of the University of Wisconsin Stout Dance Team. She also spent her senior year at Stout helping to expand the UW-Stout Dance Ensemble, giving all dancers the opportunity to perform in many different styles and skill levels. After graduating in 2008 with a degree in Interior Decorating, Lissa has had the chance to continue her love for dance by teaching at her former studio, Stage Door of Performing Arts. From 2008-2011, she worked with kids of all ages on both the recreational and competitive level. Lissa joined the QC Family in the fall of 2011 teaching and choreographing with the younger recreational dancers, the teens class, Blaine park and rec classes, the premier line competition teams, and dancers participating in solos, duets, and trios.
In 2013, Lissa began to assist Barb with class management at the studio where she was in charge of the attendance for each class. In the summer of 2014, she took on the position of Administrative Assistant at QC where she assists Barb with not only the attendance and class management, but also organizing studio events such as the beginning of the year open house, student appreciation day, holidance, competition lock-in, watch weeks, spirit weeks, and schools out party at the end of the season. She is excited to bring her organization and planning skills to QC to show the families how much we appreciate them and how important it is to make QC more than just a dance studio.
In the beginning of 2015, Lissa also started a new venture as the head teacher for Creative Steps Music and Movement and Creative Steps Dance Company at Jack and Jill Preschools in St. Anthony and Blaine. These are dance classes held at the preschools for kids to attend during the day as a part of their weekly curriculum. In her free time she also loves spending time with her husband Ryan, son Logan, daughter Lainey, and their dog Dexter. Together, they enjoy going to the local YMCA, camping, spending time at the lake, and watching movies. She is very excited to continue her passion of dance by working with the QC kids, parents, and staff!!!
Tia: Studio Relations Coordinator, Competition and Acro Instructor
Tia began grew up dancing at River Valley Dance Academy in Chaska, MN primarily studying ballet, jazz, and tap. She also took classes in hip hop, lyrical, and musical theater. Throughout high school, she was also a member of Chaska Dance Team, where she was a senior captain, All-Conference, All-State, All-Tournament Team, and a six-time state finalist. Tia was also a All-Conference and section-finalist track athlete in high school, which shapes much of her cross-training and affinity to athletic dance styles.
Following graduation, Tia became a Just for Kix staff member where she spent 4 summers with the company teaching camps to thousands of high school dancers across the Midwest. Tia spent her first year of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she was part of their professional dance program and got the opportunity to work with choreographers from around the world studying primarily ballet and modern. Her sophomore year she transferred to the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities where she was captain of the undefeated Premier Dance Team. Tia graduated in the spring of 2013 with a B.A in Communications and a minor in Leadership.
Tia has demonstrated for the Judges Association of Minnesota and consulted for high school dance teams around the metro area. She coached dance team for six years, most recently as the head coach of Spring Lake Park, where she led them to three state appearances and two section titles. In 2015, she was awarded the Rookie Coach of the Year by the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams. She is also a freelance choreographer for Miss Dance Team Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, and Illinois high school dance teams and Minnesota colleges. She has won the Best Choreography award at the St. Thomas Invite in both 2013 and 2014. She has won numerous choreography awards at studio competitions as well.
Tia served on faculty at four metro studios before joining the QC family in 2014. Tia works with the competition teams and teaches acro. She also works at QC increasing our studio relations through various programs such as NHSDA, student appreciation, and social media. Tia is known for her daring and intense choreography that leaves audiences on the edge of their seat. She brings an unmatched level of enthusiasm and passion to both her choreography and teaching. She loves getting to challenge QC dancers and push their boundaries while teaching life lessons along the way! Tia married her husband, Cameron, in September 2016 and they live in New Hope with their puppy Bella and own a photography business.
Felicia: Community Outreach Coordinator, Recreational, and Blaine Parks and Recreation Class Instructor
Felicia started dance training at QC Dance at age 3. She participated in competition as well as being a member of TCDC (Twin Cities Dance Court) a non-profit performance company. As a member of the Pequot Lakes Revolution Dance Team for 4 years, Felicia received the All Conference Dancer award in her senior year, All Academic State award, Conference Champions, Section Champions, and her team was State Finalists. After graduating high school, she returned to QC in 2008 to continue her love of dancing through teaching children. Her classes have included Rockin Tots, Tots Plus, Pre K through 6th grade, solos and duets, summer camps, and seasonal Park and Recreation classes. In 2008, she was a member of the Concordia University Performance Team where she performed at football and basketball games. Felicia also taught Adult Tap classes for Minneapolis Park and Recreation for 2 years.
In spring of 2012, Felicia graduated from Concordia University, St. Paul with a B.A. in Business Management, a minor in Marketing, and an emphasis in Dance as well as a distinction from the University Honors in litteris fideque program. She was a member of the Business Club and PLUS (Playful Learning with University Students) Time, where she tutored refugee students. She was a President’s scholar recipient, Dean’s List recipient, and Research Symposium winner. She is looking forward to another year with the ‘wonderful dancers’ at QC!
Josie: Recreational, Hip Hop, and Blaine Park and Recreation Class Instructor
Dance has been a part of Josie’s life since she was three years old. She has danced at Dancin’ Feet, Stage Door of Performing Arts, and QC Dance throughout her dancing career. Josie was also part of the PACT Charter School Dance team. She was part of the first team in PACT’s history to ever make it to state in any sport. Josie also received the Academic All-State Award and was part of the All State Dance team in her senior year in high school. After high school Josie continued her education at the University of Minnesota where she graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology Law, Criminology, and Deviance with a Minor in Outdoor Recreation and Education. While in college Josie was a part of the student run tap dance company at the U of M called Minnesotap where she was a member and also secretary for the group. Josie started teaching dance at QC in 2014 and she works with recreational and park and rec dancers. She is looking forward to another great season with the QC family.
Heather: Clog Instructor and Fundraising and Birthday Party Coordinator
Heather started dance when she was in 6th grade taking tap, ballet, and jazz at Queen’s Court, now known as QC Dance. In high school she danced on the Blaine Dance Team and was captain her senior year. For the past eleven years she has been teaching ballet, tap, tumbling, jazz, and clogging at QC. Heather has four wonderful children of her own plus owns an in home licensed daycare. Children are her passion! Her classes include technique and skill development as well as fun activities to enhance creativity, and build self esteem. She is looking forward to a great year.
Gabbi: Recreational & Technique Class Instructor
Gabbi began dancing at the age of 2 at Stage Door of Performing Arts. She danced there for 16 years spending 14 of those years on their top competition teams. Gabbi spent her time at Stage Door studying ballet, jazz, lyrical and tap. She also took classes in Hip-hop, musical theatre, yoga and tumbling. Gabbi was also a part of the Centennial Dance team for two years where she served as captain her senior year and received all-conference, most valuable dancer and participated in the state dance team tournament. After graduation Gabbi attended St. Catherine University where she majored in psychology and danced on their dance team for four years where she competed nationally in jazz and hip hop and served as captain her last two years on the team. During her time on the St. Kate’s dance team Gabbi also had the opportunity to train in pom and begin choreographing.
During her time at Stage Door Gabbi worked as a assistant teacher for preschool classes. She also worked as an assistant varsity coach for the Centennial Dance team for two years. Gabbi joined the QC staff in 2015 and teaches recreational classes as well as some speciality classes such as acro, technique, mommy and me and ninja camp! Gabbi also has the opportunity and enjoys working with some of the competition dancers on their solos and duets. She loves the environment QC provides for dancers and she loves that when dancers come to QC they are learning more than dance, they are learning life skills and building relationships that will last a life time!
Gabbi graduated with her masters degree in social work from the University of St. Thomas in 2017 and is currently working as a Mental Health Practitioner providing in home therapy to clients ages 2-65. In her spare time Gabbi enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside and especially enjoys fishing up north at the cabin! She also enjoys working out and going for walks or runs. Gabbi currently lives in Lino Lakes with her fiance Nick, their pitbull Lily and their bearded dragon! She will be getting married on October 13, 2018!
Dani: Modern Instructor
Dani, originally from Sioux Falls, SD, has been dancing her whole life. She attended Minnesota State University, majoring in Elementary Education, K-12 Dance Education and Dance. She will be starting her fifth year as the dance specialist at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, in St Paul Public Schools. Dani believes that dance is a tool to help children become creative problem-solvers and critical thinkers to be effective global citizens. Dani excited to be joining the QC family.
Haruna: Ballet Instructor
Haruna first started dancing at Omaha Academy of Ballet in her hometown, Omaha, Nebraska.
In 2010, she moved to London to train at Laban Conservatoire of Contemporary Dance and went on to graduate with her BA (Hons) degree in Dance at the Scottish School of Contemporary Dance.
Professionally, Haruna danced with Atelier Teatro Danza in Italy, Moving Company, Omaha Dance Project, Maya Taylor Dance Company, TBD Dance Collective and Metropolitan Ballet, where she has dance both contemporary and classical works. Some of Haruna’s favorite roles are Sugar Plum Fairy in Nutcracker, Cygnets in Swan Lake, Autumn Fairy in Cinderella and Friends in Romeo and Juliet. Today, she teaches ballet and contemporary modern technique at several studios around the Twin Cities and actively performs and choreographs as a company dancer with Minneapolis Ballet Dancers.
Jenny: Specialty and Competition Instructor
Jenny Whiteley has been dancing for over 23 years. She started at Richfield Dance Studio where she took classes and competed in their competition line. She danced varsity all four years of high school and was captain her senior year. In college, she danced with the MN Sting semi-pro football team and directed Minnesota’s professional ultimate frisbee team’s Windchill Dancers. Currently, she just completed her second year dancing with Northern Elite Vibe on their international hiphop team, where they placed 9th in the world. As a side hobby, she loves to coach high school dance team and is entering her 8th year. Outside of dance, she is a U of M graduate and is working at Target Corporation where she leads program management for energy saving initiatives to help reduce Target’s carbon foot print.
Cathy: Tap Instructor
Cathy Wind is a sought after teacher, choreographer and performer born and raised in the Twin Cities. A Sage nominated educator, Cathy works locally and internationally. Some notables are St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, “Tappy Holidays” in New York, Ladek Zdroj International Festival Poland, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Twin Cities Tap Festival, Superbowl, and the Junior and Special Olympics. She is the artistic Director of Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Dance Company, a non-profit company training professional dancers as well as bringing tap dance to inner city youth.
Cathy will be working Thursdays for the 2017-2018 season, focusing on tap technique and choreography with QC’s Elite Competition Teams. Cathy will also be teaching our Adult Jazz and Tap class – adults get ready for some fun!
Sydney is currently a Junior studying Health Service Management and Public Health at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Throughout the years she danced at Stage Door of the Performing Arts and Northern Force Dance Company. Along with studio dance, she graduated as a six year member of Spring Lake Park Dance Team and now work as a Coach for their winter season. She is very excited to join the QC family!
Emma has been dancing at QC for 12 years. She currently is a member of the QC competition team. Emma attends school at The Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts and has studied various styles of dance and movement. Outside of QC Emma is a member of several different dance companies. She believes that dance is meant to act as an outlet for children and to help express what words cannot. Outside of dancing, Emma enjoys hanging out with her friends, traveling, and eating ice cream. Emma is thrilled to be teaching at QC.