NorthEast Dance Center Faculty

Abbie Montermini - Owner and Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap & Musical Theatre Dance Instructor

Abbie has been teaching dance in the Twin Cities since 2002, specializing in classical ballet and pointe instruction. Over the years she has taught in a variety of settings to a wide variety of students from age 3 to adult. She received her training in St. Paul and Minneapolis through Midwest Youth Dance Theatre, Ballet Arts Minnesota/MDT, and has continued her education through classes, seminars, and workshops in both the Twin CIties and around the country. She has performed locally with Out on a Limb Dance Company, Metropolitan Ballet, and St. Paul City Ballet/St. Paul Ballet. Abbie has taught ballet, pointe, lyrical, modern, jazz, musical theatre, and tap in churches, community education programs, community theaters, and of course dance schools and studios. One of her most memorable teaching experiences came in 2007 when she was able to teach and translate for the summer ballet intensive at Emmanuel Children's Home in Juarez, Mexico. It is her passion to educate students in proper technique in order to develop each student's individual gifts and abilities to the utmost for the glory of God. She also believes that dance is best enjoyed when it is performed to bring joy to others so it is her mission to train students and enable them to perform as often as possible around the Twin Cities.


Abbie grew up in NE Minneapolis and currently lives in Mounds View MN with her husband and 4 children where life is a constant (and slightly crazy) dance party.


Christine Lee - Ballet, Tap and Modern Instructor

Christine has been dancing since age 5, studying ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. She attended St. Paul Conservatory for the Performing Artists where she studied modern, ballet, musical theater, and various other forms of dance from professional artists in the Twin Cities. After graduating high school Christine was accepted to train with Cor Ignis Contemporary Dance Company located in Juarez, Mexico. She toured internationally with the company performing in original pieces. In this season she also taught ballet and gymnastics to disadvantaged children at Emmanuel Children’s Home (also located in Juarez) and grew immensely from the experience. Upon returning home, Christine has studied dance throughout the Twin Cities, including the University of Minnesota, Shapiro and Smith, Zenon, and more. She has found a passion for modern dance and for promoting dancing with excellence for God. As a teacher she hopes to share an excitement and enthusiasm for dance while being focused on bringing all glory to God.

Mari Anderson - Tap, Jazz, & Contemporary/Lyrical Instructor

Mari is a dancer, actor, and dance instructor who has performed with many local theaters and also serves as our Bits of Broadway Summer Musical Theatre Camp Artistic Director. She has taught and performed locally including South Pacific and A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie theater and Legally Blonde at Artistry. She also spent a summer in Southern California through The Young American’s College for the Performing Arts. During her time is SoCal Mari realized how much she loved to teach and encourage the next generation of performers to grow in their craft! She came back from that program and performed in South Pacific and A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie theater, Legally Blonde at Artistry, and has been teaching dance for the last 4 years.

Gabby Plaep - Dance Fitness, Ballet, Jazz, & Tap Instructor


Gabby began dancing at age 3, and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. She attended Hope College and continued training there in addition to performing and choreographing in productions of The Nutcracker, Hope's Sacred Dance Ministry's worship services, and student showcases. Hip surgery halfway through college led her to pivot her focus to fitness and strength training. She became passionate about helping dancers become well-rounded athletes. Gabby earned her B.A. in Exercise Science and Youth Ministry in 2015 and subsequently earned certifications in many styles from Zumba to HIIT to Pilates. In 2022, she became a certified Holy Yoga Instructor, rediscovering her love for using movement to glorify God. Gabby has taught ballet, tap, jazz, and modern around the Twin Cities and has also danced with Mosaics Dance Co for the past two seasons. She loves building self-efficacy in students and encouraging health and strength in heart, mind, and body.


Sarah Ariel - Ballet & Irish Dance Instructor


Sarah's passion for dance began at the age of 7 when she was invited to watch a ballet performance. From the moment the curtain went up, she was captivated and determined to be on the stage. 
Sarah trained in ballet, pointe, Irish soft shoe, and Irish hardshoe, and has performed in 14 original ballets that were written by her studio's director. She's played the roles of starfish, fairy, mouse, and more, and loves sharing stories with the audience. 
After many years of training in ballet and Irish dance, Sarah began teaching classes at the age of 16 and has been teaching ever since. As a teacher, she believes in giving students a strong technical foundation to aid them in becoming versatile dancers, as well as encouraging artistry and artistic expression. She strives to help students develop their God-given abilities and find joy inside the dance studio.

Elizabeth Mork - Tap, Jazz, & Lyrical Instructor


Elizabeth began dancing at the age of 4, and competed in jazz, lyrical, tap, & ballet through 6th grade.  In 7th grade, she made the varsity dance team at Spring Lake Park. She danced on both the kick and jazz teams for 4 years. Elizabeth then joined Northeast Dance Center for her junior and senior year of high school. Elizabeth is thrilled to join the teaching staff at NE this fall, after teaching in summer.

Mandy Meuer - Ballet Instructor


Mandy has been dancing since age 7, training throughout the Twin Cities in classical ballet and modern dance. After graduating from high school, she apprenticed with Saint Paul Ballet for their 2016-17 season, and then moved to Madison, WI to apprentice with Magnum Opus Ballet company for their inaugural season, and dance as a company artist for their second season.  She started teaching ballet in 2017.  Mandy’s passion is to build up healthy, confident artists who are empowered to be their personal best and know their worth.  She is thrilled to be back sharing her love of dance and using her gifts for God’s glory.

Past Staff

Carlie Emery - Ballet Instructor


Carlie hails from Hydesville, CA and trained at Trinity Ballet Academy for 10 years studying classical ballet. She went on to complete her Associates in Behavioral Science from College of the Redwoods before moving to Minneapolis, MN to dance with YWAM’s international touring company where she had the privilege of performing in Hawaii, NYC, Mexico, and South Africa. Carlie then went on to complete her BA in Dance at Belhaven University where she had the honor of working with the Liz Lerman Dance Collective and performing Elite Syncopations by the Royal Ballet’s choreographer Sir Kenneth Macmillan. She then danced a year with Ad Deum’s second company under the direction of Shizu Yasuda. Coming full circle, Carlie is excited to be back in the Twin Cities and teaching for North East Dance Center!

Teaching Opportunities

We are always looking for experienced teachers to substitute classical ballet, pointe, creative movement, and musical theatre jazz and tap. If you are passionate about our mission and core principles and would like to teach or choreograph as an independent contractor, please send your resume to 

Where to Find the Studio

Northeast Dance Center is located at:

475 Old Hwy 8 NW, Suite 290
New Brighton, MN 55112


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