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Jayme Stedman – Director
Owner and Director Jayme Stedman has been involved in the dance world for over 28 years, and has been teaching and choreographing for the past 13 years.  She began her training at the Dance Shoppe in Plymouth, MN, where she was trained in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, contemporary and musical theater. She won many awards individually and was part of several National Title winning teams.

After graduation, she moved onto college at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point, studying Dance and Business Administration.   There, she was awarded the Incoming Freshman Dance Scholarship and Kathryn Bukholt Dance Scholarship through the University.  Throughout college, she taught and choreographed both at local studios, and within the UWSP Department of Theater and Dance. During college, Jayme also interned at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, studied with Alonzo King’s LINES Dance Company, and River North Chicago Dance Company.

After college, Jayme returned to the Minneapolis area to teach, choreograph, coach dance team, and hold dance intensives in the metro area. Her choreography has been acknowledged and awarded at the regional and national levels.  Jayme currently has dancers working at the professional level, competing and performing on collegiate level dance teams, and teaching children and competitive dancers around the country.  She is excited to share her passion, technique and kinesthetic based teaching style with her students at all levels and in all styles of the art.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, twin daughters and her son.

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Jenna Dorn – Assistant Director
Miss Jenna was born and raised in Minnesota where she trained at one of the top
competitive studios in the state. During high school she was a 5-year member and captain of the Maple Grove Dance Team, where she led them to a State Champion win three times. She was also a 5 year member and 4 year captain of her college dance team, where she led her team to two National Champion titles.

Miss Jenna is currently on the coaching staff for Maple Grove High School’s Dance Team, and is teaching dance master classes throughout the Midwest with Just for Kix. Jenna is very excited to have joined the Millennium Dance Company family and is excited to get the season started. The energy and enthusiasm that she brings to the classroom and her training is truly contagious.

Grace Janiszewksi – Ballet Directorimage001
Miss Grace grew up in the competitive dance scene in Minnesota.  She knew dance was her passion from an early age and made it her focus by attending a performing arts high school in St. Paul.  She furthered her training by attending intensives with Milwaukee Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.

Grace attending the University of Arizona where she graduated summa cum laude with a BFA in dance.  After graduation, Grace was able to explore all parts of the Carribbean during her time working for Royal Caribbean as a dancer and aerialist.  She just returned from Australia where she spent a year traveling, dancing and also instructing Pilates.  Back in Minnesota, you can find Grace on the stage dance for Collide Theatrical.

Grace is excited to be joining the Millennium Dance Company family as the Ballet Director.  She is passionate about helping her students grow in their technique through discipline, artistry and enthusiasm!

 

SDT(76)Kristine Wasik
Miss Kristine started dancing at the age of three at Dance Shoppe/Summit Dance Shoppe in Plymouth, Minnesota. After graduation, Kristine continued her love and passion for dance in college as a member of the College of St. Benedict dance team, while studying History and Exercise Science. She has coached the St. Cloud Cathedral Dance Team, and has spent several years working at North Crest Kids Activity Center in Sauk Rapids, Minnesota teaching and training children of all ages both in recreational and competition programs.

It is Kristine’s dream to teach dance to the next generation of children. She is extremely excited to be a part of the Millennium Dance Company family and to share her passion of dance with her students.


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Miss Katrina has been involved in the dance and gymnastics industry for the past 13 years both as a student, assistant and lead teacher/choreographer.  She has trained at award winning studios in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater, pointe and contemporary in the Minneapolis area.  She has been awarded many top high points and titles as a competitive dancer.  As a teacher and choreographer, her dances received numerous awards and recognition including first high points and the Most Entertaining Number at competitions around the Midwest.

Miss Katrina’s strong background and training has helped her bring discipline into the dance classroom to promote focus, commitment and passion in all that she teaches.  She enjoys being in the classroom and growing relationships with each dancer and seeing them learn and grow in their technique and talent.

Miss Katrina can also be seen working behind the scenes with costumes, rhinestones and administration.  She makes everything run smoothly from registration and enrollment to camps and recitals.  She is also expecting to finish her degree in Psychology in the spring of 2019 at the University of Minnesota.

SDT(77)Kellie Peterson
Kellie has been invested in the MN dance community for nearly 25 years. She got her start at the age of 5 at her home studio in Andover, and after graduating from studio dance, she went on to compete as a member of the St Cloud State University jazz and hip hop dance teams. After college, Kellie continued to teach recreational and competitive dance in St Cloud and Andover, but in 2012, had the opportunity to join the Exisdanz All Stars, where her hip hop routine went on to place 1st overall at the USASF Dance Worlds Championship. After Exisdanz, Kellie spent 4 years dancing with the Northern Elite Vibe Pom and Hip Hop teams, in addition to stepping into an leadership and program management role to support fundraising, communications, social media and recruitment.  Throughout her dance career, Kellie has had the honor of competing locally, nationally and internationally, and most recently, she was cast in the Justin Timberlake Superbowl halftime show in February 2018.

Kellie joined MDC during the 2016-2017 season and in her tenure, has led her students to become category and division winning performers.  While titles are hard earned and appropriately celebrated, she believes that some of the most valuable moments in a dancer’s education occur offstage.

Kellie is looking forward to another amazing season learning from, and working with the Millennium Dance Company dancers!

Justine DietzSDT(74)
Miss Justine started dancing at the age of 3 and went on to compete and graduate from Larkin Dance Studio and the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (SPCPA). During her time at Larkin and SPCPA she was introduced to Yoga and Pilates and was immediately hooked on the physical and mental transformations she saw with those practices.

After graduation she continued to explore her passion of dance through Yoga and Pilates training and has developed a unique class format that combines all of her passions. She is thrilled to have joined the Millennium Dance Company family and is excited to cultivate strength, focus and endurance to help each dancer reach their full potential.