Meet the Team
- The heart and soul of ZDS -
Sandra began her dance career at the Janet Lang Dance Studio and brings over 30 years of experience to her intermediate and advanced tap classes.
Anna is a ZDS alum who trained here for 15 years until furthering her training at the University of Minnesota. Anna will be instructing, jazz, lyrical and the ZDS Performance Team.
Blaire trained at ZDS for 15 years and was a five year varsity member of ZMDT before continuing her training at the University of Minnesota. She has instructed the ZDS Performance Team since 2010, and her favorite dance move is the big-clap.
Chalsie has been involved as a student and teacher at ZDS for more than 25 years. She will be teaching preschool, beginning ballet and assiting the ZDS
Erica instructs jazz and hip hop classes at ZDS. She holds a degree in elementary education and also has experience coaching the JMHS Hip Hop Team.
Deb began both her dance training and teaching career at the Janet Lang Dance Studio. She brings her numerous years of experience to preschool and ballet classes.
Jen trained at ZDS for 15 years and was a six year member of ZMDT. She went on to coach ZMDT, leading the team to an all time best, 3rd place finish at state. Jen will be teaching jazz and assisting with the ZDS Performance Team.
Jen received an M.A in Dance Education from Barat College and a B.A. in Dance from the University of Michigan. She teaches across MN at several universities, conferences and studios. We are excited to have her join us to teach ballet, pointe
Suzanna trained at KAATS Gymnastics in Pine Island, Minn. for 12 years before joining their coaching staff where she works with K-6th grades. We are pleased to have her teaching tumbling this year.
Avin has been an instructor at ZDS since 2004 and is a jack of all trades. She is trained in ballet, jazz, clogging, tap, modern, Irish and pilates and teaches across southern MN at Winona State University, Rochester YMCA and the MN Conservatory for the Arts.
We are excited to have Marieke back at ZDS! She was a teaching assistant while attending the Janet Lang Studio and the Studio Academy of the Arts, and will be back on staff teaching jazz and hip hop.
We are pleased to have the following students assist with classes for the 2017-2018 season:
Abby Voss, Brianna Dose, Corie Deraas, Halle Kruse, Maddie Lawler, Myfanwy Postians, Marissa Mcbride and Nikki Bryant