Abbie Montermini - Owner and Ballet, Pointe, & 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 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 and currently lives in NE Minneapolis with her husband and 3 children. When she isn't teaching in the studio she is probably at home with them reading or dancing. She is excited to bring a dance studio to her "home" community.
Christine Lee - Ballet, Tap, Jazz, 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.
Rebecca Culp - Ballet & Modern Dance Instructor
Rebecca began teaching in 1998 and especially loves to introduce ballet students to the joys of modern dance. She grew up studying ballet, jazz and tap before focusing on ballet by attending the Milwaukee Ballet School and performing with the Madison Ballet Company in Madison, Wisconsin. Rebecca received a B.A. in Dance at Western Michigan University and is trained to teach the first three years of the Vaganova Method ballet technique.
Rebecca has danced professionally with Modern American Dance Company (MADCO) in Saint Louis, Missouri; Western Dance Project in Kalamazoo, Michigan; and in the Twin Cities with Saint Paul Ballet Company and Nancy Hauser Dance Company, where she was also Stage Manager and Lighting Designer and Operator. Other performance highlights include aerial work flying on a wire onstage in MADCO’s Chimera and Saint Paul Ballet’s Peter Pan; performing George Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes and Who Cares?; learning repertoire directly from Robert Battle, director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and helping a young dancer’s dreams come true through a performance with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Rebecca worked at Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in Saint Louis as a ballet instructor and Company Manager for Yele, a youth African Dance Company. She also taught at DaySpring School of the Arts, where she developed a boys-only dance program and served as an adjudicator for the Ballet Conservatory. She has been teaching at several schools in the Twin Cities since 2008. Rebecca has continued her professional development and passion for safe, effective dance technique by attending the annual Minnesota Dance Medicine Foundation Conference for many years.
Gabby Plaep - Musical Theatre Dance, Jazz, Tap, & Dance Fitness Instructor
Gabby trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern for 18 years. She choreographed and performed in Hope College's productions of The Nutcracker and with its Sacred Dance Ministry. She also performed
in several Student Dance Showcases during her time there.
Gabby majored in Exercises Science and minored in Youth Ministry. In 2014, she became and ACE-certified Group Fitness Instructor and a certified Zumba Instructor in 2015 and began teaching classes at church and gyms. In 2016, she became an ACE-certified Personal Trainer and Metafit HIIT Coach, and in 2018 she became Pilates certified. Gabby loves using her dance and fitness knowledge to help others become stronger, more confident, and closer to God.
Emily Compaan - Ballet Instructor
Emily was born in Visalia, California and began dancing at the age of 3. She studied under Sarah Branaman at the Conservatoru of Dance in Rocklin, CA and was part of Ballet Rejoice’s Company for 2 years prior to moving to MN.
Since moving to MN, Emily studied many styles of dance at Waconia Center for Dance Arts in Waconia, under the direction of Sue Guinness. Emily is now studying Engineering, Spanish, and Dance at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Her favorite style of dance to perform is jazz, but she loves teaching ballet.
Maddie Brinker - Ballet and Musical Theatre Instructor
Maddie has been dancing since the age of three and in 2015 she began dancing at Northeast Dance Center. She joined the NEDC Teacher Training Track in 2015 and assisted dance classes for 2 years. As a student at NEDC she performed in many formal and informal performances in addition to dancing in the ensemble of Mary Poppins at the University of Northwestern, St. Paul. Maddie teaches at NEDC during the summers, and continues her dance training at Grand Canyon University in sunny Arizona during the school year.
We are always looking for experienced teachers to teach 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.