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Ann Proudfoot

Owner/Visionary

Ann Proudfoot, Owner and Director of DanceWorks Performing Arts Center, received her B.S. degree in Dance and Physical Education from the University of Utah.  Ann was the Dance Director at Arlington High School, Arlington Hts., IL and later transferred to Larson Jr. High School in Elgin, IL where she introduced a dance program which subsequently became part of the school’s physical education curriculum.  After moving to Chicago, she created her own community dance program, but a job transfer for her husband brought her to Minnesota.  She established her own dance school and, during the past 30 years, has seen her program flourish.  Throughout this time, DanceWorks has been the recipient of many awards and much recognition.  

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Melanie

DanceWorks Co-Director - Communication & Coordination

Instructor

Melanie is returning to DanceWorks for her fifth year of teaching and her second year as the studio's communication and coordination point person. Melanie began dancing for various studios at the age of four, and then went on to win three state championships with Eastview High School's Lightning Dance Team. In college, Melanie went on to dance at UW - Madison and coached the student run team, Dance Elite. At DanceWorks, she is an instructor for Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Kick and various other styles.

Melanie received her undergraduate degrees in Human Development and Social Welfare from UW-Madison, most recently graduated from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota with a Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. In addition to her roles at DanceWorks, Melanie works for a local counseling agency seeing child, adolescent, and teen therapy clients as well as their families.

 

Melanie is passionate about helping our dance students not only do their best, but be their best in and out of the classroom.

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Timothy

DanceWorks Co-Director - Finances

Instructor

Timothy's dance career began at the age of 3. He studied various styles of dance including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop at Northland School of Dance and throughout the country at various renowned studios including Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Additionally, Tim has traveled the country taking from some of the industry’s top instructors. Timothy's  performance achievements include 2004 national teen title at West Coast Dance Explosion, 2005 Tanzsommer Dance Festival in Austria, and top 3 senior male at NYCDA.


Timothy's teaching career began at age15 as an assistance teacher for Northland. Now he is teaching master classes, assisting for New York City Dance Alliance and choreographs for various projects.


Recently, Tim danced with Odyssey Dance Theater in Salt Lake City, Utah. Performed productions “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “Giselle”, and “Romeo and Juliet”. Last spring Tim toured Europe. Tim is excited for his next project – touring with Rasta Thomas’ “Bad Boys of Dance”. Timothy Joined DanceWorks as a full time staff member in 2020 and has won several first place, chorography and entertainment awards. 

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Jennifer

Ballet Program Director

Instructor

Jennifer Mack has spent 20 plus years as a professional dancer, choreographer, instructor, adjudicator in Europe & North America working with over 150 plus companies, schools, businesses and other artistic collaborators while earning several awards and grants. She holds a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT), a BFA in Dance Performance & Pedagogy, and a BS in Arts Management & International Studies including minors in biology, art & music (Magma Cum Laude) from UWSP. Currently, she dances for Christopher Watson Dance Co., Offleash Area and choreographs for Arbeit & MN Opera while residing in north Minneapolis with her fiance' and 8-year old daughter.

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Terry

Instructor

Terry graduated with a BFA in dance from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  Terry performed professionally in Arizona and Washington, D.C. and was an adjunct faculty member at Northern Virginia Community College.  While residing in Virginia, Terry developed a successful Child Development Creative Arts program.  She brings her experience, professionalism and love of dance to DanceWorks working with our Ballet, KinderMoves, Contemporary and our newest Ballroom classes.

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Katy

Instructor

Katy began her life-long love for dance at the age of three.  She trained in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, and Lyrical, taking a special interest in Tap.  She spent 14 years competing locally and nationally and won numerous top awards.  Katy has continued with her passion and now holds over 15 years of experience teaching and working with dancers of all ages!  Katy has received top choreography and high point awards for her routines.  Katy teaches the competition tap groups here at DanceWorks and the Dad's and Daughter's production group.

 

Katy resides in Lakeville with her family!  Katy looks forward to sharing her love of dance with her students at DanceWorks.

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Vanessa

Instructor

Vanessa is returning for her fourth year teaching at DanceWorks. She started her dance training at DanceWorks in 1996, and has continued dancing throughout her life. She’s studied numerous styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and afro-cuban. She danced throughout high school as a part of the Apple Valley High School Advanced Dance Company and AVaire dance team. Vanessa attended Minnesota State University, Mankato after receiving a talent grant from the Theater and Dance department, where she graduated with a BS in journalism and a minor in dance. Vanessa continues to perform and dance recreationally in the Twin Cities and is excited to be back for another season at DanceWorks!

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Brittany

Acro/Tumbling Instructor 

Brittany started dancing at age 5, but found a love for gymnastics at age 8. She competed in club gymnastics until she was 14 and then continued her career at Eastview High School as a varsity gymnast until she was 18. After high school, Brittany went on to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography, while coaching high school gymnastics for several years at two schools in the area. Brittany is excited to join the DanceWorks team (summer '21) to focus on the fundamentals and technique of tumbling. She hopes to help our dancers develop their skill set and hone in on flexibility and strength techniques in order to improve our tumbling. 

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Caitlin

Instructor

Caitlin grew up dancing and assisting for younger students at a local dance studio in Shoreview, Minnesota studying numerous styles of dance including jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet. Upon high school graduation, Caitlin started her teaching career and continues to choreograph and instruct in the Minneapolis area! Additionally, she attends the University of St. Thomas and is a member of the Premier Dance Team. She has been a member of the Kaleena Miller Dance junior company “KMD2,” danced in the Super Bowl, and has performed in several music videos for a local artist. Teaching dance is her biggest passion and she loves to share that with and inspire her students! Caitlin is excited to be coming to DW in 2021-22 for her first year on our competition staff.

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Rachel

Instructor

Rachel's dance training began at a local competition studio where she trained for 10+ years in styles such as ballet, tap, contemporary, hip hop, and ballroom. Upon graduation from Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts, Rachel has worked for and danced under the direction of many local choreographers in events including the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Multiple WE Day tours, Timberwolves 612 crew, and the Official Prince Tribute Concert. Rachel is a member of MOTUS, an innovative dance company envisioned and created by the world-renowned dancer and choreographer, Diana Matos. Rachel is passionate about watching dancers grow and develop their own style. We are excited to have Rachel join DW as our hip hop instructor for the 2021-22 season!