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. Between teaching at the preschool and studio, Lissa also works at a local contracting company helping customers make selections for their home remodeling projects along with coordinating the work being done on their homes. In her free time she also loves spending time with her husband Ryan, son Logan, 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!!!
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!
Tia: Studio Relations Coordinator, Competition Team, Acro & Young Adult Class Instructor
Tia began dancing in 1994 at River Valley Dance Academy in Chaska, MN. She was captain of the Premier Dance Team at the University of Minnesota. She began teaching in 2010 and joined the QC family in 2014. Tia works with recreational classes, competition teams, and teaches acro. Tia is also the head coach of the Spring Lake Park Dance Team. She spends her summers and falls traveling as a freelance choreographer to set pieces on out-state high school teams and studios and colleges in the Midwest. Outside of dance, Tia enjoys reading, drawing, and playing board games.
Josie: Recreational, Hip Hop and Blaine Park and Recreation Class Instructor
Josie has been dancing since she was three years old. She started teaching at QC Dance in 2014. Josie works with Park and Rec and Recreational Dancers. She is currently a part of Minnesotap which is a student-run tap company for University of Minnesota students, where she currently attends. Other than dance, Josie also enjoys watching movies, reading, and making crafts.
Heather: Kids 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.
Heather is also our fundraising and birthday coordinator!
Gabbi: Recreational & Technique Class Instructor
Gabbi is a recent college graduate from St. Catherine University. She has been involved with dance her entire life. She started dancing at the age of 2 at Stage Door of Performing Arts and danced there until she graduated high school. She has been trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, kick and even some hip hop. During high school she was on the Centennial dance team for 2 years and served as captain her last year. During college she was on the St. Kate’s dance team for 4 years and served as captain her last two years there. Currently Gabbi is one of the assistant varsity coaches at Centennial High School.
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.
Jill: Ballet Instructor
Before moving to Minneapolis, Jill was born and raised in Helena, MT. She started her dance training in 1996 at Queen City Ballet. Jill has appeared in Queen City Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker as Clara, Columbine Doll, Snow Corp., Flower Lead, Spanish Lead and Sugar Plum Fairy. She has also performed many roles in Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty. She has been awarded scholarships at the Montana Dance Arts Association and has been accepted to summer intensive programs at the American Ballet Theatre in Orange County, California, Ballet Austin in Texas and Northwest Dance Intensive in Olympia, Washington. Jill has also competed at Youth America Grand Prix in 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2010.
Jenny: Hip Hop 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.