DAC owner, Jill Rieken, takes a unique approach to dance education. Jill's philosophy is simple, "Character first."
She strongly believes that when students lay a foundation of perseverance, respect, and teamwork first, everything they attempt afterward, including the art of dance, is completed with excellence.
It is this philosophy that sets DAC dancers apart and sets them up for success for the rest of their lives.
DAC is not only a place where beautiful dancers are trained, it is also a place where students develop into young women and men of strong character.
Lindsey began studying dance at 5 years old and her love of the art form has only grown over the years. Studying with established tap teachers; Mike Minery and Karen Callaway-Williams of Riverdance, Lindsey has extensive knowledge of the professional dance world. She also possesses a background in the areas instrumental and vocal music, theatre and modeling. Lindsey is known for her positive energy that she brings to her classes as she encourages her students to learn and grow.
Mollie is respected in the dance community. Her training and experience has led her to be one of the top instructors at Dance Arts Centre. She is a popular teacher with the Recreational students and the Performing Team dancers alike. Mollie’s success as the choreographer of multiple National Grand Champion routines tops the list of the many credits that Mollie and her dancers have received during the competition seasons.
Pam began her dancing career at DAC when she was 2.5 years old! She then went on to dance for the University of St. Thomas and coached the team for 6 years. Also following college, she danced for the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders for 5 years & was the ProBowl cheerleader her final year. Pam has choreographed highschool, college & pro teams and judged competitions around the US. Pam also currently works at The Line Up along with running Matrixx Pro classes!
Miss Jessica began dancing as a young girl and never could get it out of her blood! Her love of children and organizational skills have been a benefit for everyone at DAC. She encourages her students to learn and grow with her dynamic style. A deeply valued assistant, Jessica began teaching her own classes in 2010. She absolutely loves working with our recreational dancers and our youngest competitive Performing Teams as they prepare for their recital in June.
A former professional Ukrainian ballerina whose ballet company toured the world, Julia brings extensive knowledge of the professional dance world to DAC’s students. She leads DAC’s ballet program with discipline, style and grace. In 2003, Julia created DAC’s resident ballet company, La Danse Fatale. The company gives dancers a taste of the professional dance world. La Danse Fatale graduates have gone on to become members in professional companies all over the country.
Taylor has grown up dancing since she was two years old. Since then, dance has been a constant in her life. In addition to competitive studio training, she danced for her high school dance team and attended an array of dance conventions taught by industry professionals.She now specializes in working with the "little ones" and naturally has an instant connection with her students. One of her greatest strengths is helping young dancers grow emotionally and physically through their dance education.
Miss Jenn has a magical gift for capturing the best from her very youngest dancers and lights up a room with inspiration for her older students. Her contagious enthusiasm and passion for teaching children is what makes learning dance so much fun for her students. She teaches both recreational and competition dancers and continues to earn high praise with her fun and energetic dance routines at regional and national competitions.
Alysia coached the University of St Thomas Dance Team from 2003-2018, where they earned 11 national titles. She is also a former Timberwolves Dancer, captain of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Dance Team and DAC alum! She was a Head Instructor, program choreographer and judge for UDA (Universal Dance Association) and earned 5 gold medals and 1 silver as Director of Dance for Team USA. Alysia is a NCSM Certified Personal Trainer & currently trains at Burn Boot Camp in EP.
As the Performing Team Costume Coordinator, Jane brings over 20 years of experience in the dance environment as well as a degree in Fashion Merchandising. Having had 2 daughters come through the program at Dance Arts Centre, she recognizes the importance of ensuring that each dancer feels special in every costume they wear. For Jane, working with the wonderful dancers and parents at the studio has been the most rewarding part of her creative position.
Dancing all her life, Miss Chris loves to be in the studio setting. At DAC she wears many hats and can be seen most often in the office as the front-desk manager. Miss Chris loves watching the DAC family grow while connecting with dancers and parents alike.