All of 4Th Street Dance Centre’s classes are taught by qualified instructors to encompass all ages, levels, and abilities. With a focus on friendship, community, passion, technique, and fun, your dancer will definitely find a place to call home. Our professional dance instructors are experts in their genres, continue their education annually, and work hard to remain cutting edge and innovative in the dance industry. With the different genres, performance opportunities, and programs – your child will absolutely be able to find what they excel in at 4Th Street Dance Centre!
Our instructors instill an appreciation and love for dance within each student. We believe that dance enriches life. Dance education encompasses far more than technique or the steps your children will learn. We believe the discipline of dance training gives young people a better understanding of commitment by offering them the chance to learn, experience the spirit of teamwork and understand what hard work can accomplish.
From your child’s first class to their graduation performance, 4SDC has a class for everyone! We offer training for beginners through advanced and competitive levels. Stop in for a tour today… our team is excited to meet you and your dancer!
Meet our talented staff at 4th Street Dance Centre!
We are thrilled to offer you a team of instructors that are professional and at the top of their careers. Their vast experience is evidenced on the faces of all our dancers and the joy they bring to the studio! We are committed to the love of dance and sharing that joy with our dance family.
Our staff works with all levels of dancers to help them achieve their individual and group goals. We are so proud of the success demonstrated at competitions and at our end of the year recital.
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As an instructor for over 30 years she brings her years of experience to the classroom. Carol’s choreography in all areas of dance has been recognized at state and national levels.
Her talented students have competed on the regional and national stages winning top honors. Many of her students have continued their dance experience in the professional fields of film, professional team dancers, dance educators, and stage productions. She is honored to have welcomed many alumni back to 4SDC as members of her staff over the past 30 years.
Her expertise is called upon for judging at national competitions. She is licensed with Dance Educators of America and Professional Dance Teachers of America.
I believe no matter what age a dancer is, they are here to grow and have fun. Whether it’s a dancer aspiring to become a professional in the dance world or a dancer who comes once a week. Each one has his/her own goals and ambitions. We as teachers are here to take the time to teach and share our love and knowledge of dance to all of our students. If you give them 100% they will give you 100% in return.
Crystal Secor is a 2008 graduate of the University of MN where she received her BFA in dance. While studying at the U of MN she had the opportunity to work with Guest Artists Ananya Chatterjae, Bebe Miller, Sardono Kusumo, as well as local artists Jeffery Peterson and Karen Charles of the Threads Dance Project.
Prior to her studies at the U of MN, Crystal completed a BS in Kinesiology from the University of WI, Eau Claire. While at UWEC she participated in the Concert Dance Company, a student-organized dance group that presented original student choreography and participated in ACDFA. She is a current member of Eclectic Edge Ensemble and has been a member since 2009. She is also a member of AMP (Alternative Motion Project) and will begin her second season of performances this fall.
When she’s not rehearsing she teaches tap, jazz and ballet at the studio where she grew up dancing as a Senior Competition Assistant. She joined the Lux Winterguard for the 2014-2015 season an independent color guard which provides educational and performance opportunities in the art of color guard. Crystal would like to thank her husband and family for all their support!
Michelle Schwartz has over 36 years dance experience. Her career started as a Larkin Dancer where she was extensively trained in ballet, lyrical, pointe, jazz and tap.
As a member of Larkin’s premiere competition lines, Michelle competed and won numerous awards at the local and national levels. She has performed on Star Search, the Superbowl XXVI Halftime Show, televised public service announcements, corporate events and live onstage with Ben Vereen to highlight a few.
For the past 15 years Michelle’s passion has led her to focus her studies and teaching on ballet, lyrical and pointe. Michelle has travelled the country to study and train under the top names in the dance industry. Those individuals have included: Finis Jhung, Michelle Lucci, Ted Kivitt, Janice Barringer, Joe Tremaine, Jackie Sleight, Doug Caldwell and Marce’a Lane.
Michelle’s comprehensive training and leadership has benefitted her students. Under her direction, students have won numerous awards and gained recognition at the local and national levels. Michelle’s focus is not limited strictly to the dance studio. She has dedicated herself to being a positive role model by instilling self confidence, personal responsibility and an appreciation for the Fine Arts in all her students.
Maddy Schwartz began dancing at 4th Street at the age of four. She started competing at the age of six, dancing on all of the main competition lines. She was a leader and role model for other dancers as she was co-captain while on the Shining Stars and Stars lines. Her small groups, trios, and solos received recognition at regional and national competitions. During her last two years of dancing at the studio, she was a junior assistant. She is grateful for this opportunity as working with the younger dancers helped her find her passion for teaching.
After dancing at 4th street for fourteen years, she continued to dance at Gustavus Adolphus College. While receiving her Bachelor’s Degrees in Dance Honors and Exercise Physiology, she was a member and president of the Gustavus Dance Company. As a company dancer, she was able to choreograph for, and dance in many concerts with a featured performance at the American College of Dance Association in Madison, Wisconsin. While training in modern, ballet, pedagogy, and composition, she studied under Jill Patterson, Melissa Rolnick, Melissa Herrada, Jordan Klitzke, and Natosha Washington. Her senior year, she received the Distinguished Dancer Award for her commitment and diligence in her practice for four years.
Currently, she is continuing to dance and create. She is dancing with Grace Upon Grace, a sacred dance company showcasing how faith intersects with movement. She is also choreographing for local theatre companies.
She is excited to be back at the studio sharing her knowledge and love of dance with the students, working alongside the teachers that continue to inspire her.
Jenna Mauch grew up at 4th Street Dance Centre. She started assisting classes as a young student and continued teaching right out of high school. Jenna has extensive training in Tap, Jazz, and Ballet. Her specialty is with our youngest dancers because it joins her passion for teaching with her love of kids.
Her dancers have been consistent winners on the competition circuit. Jenna lives in White Bear Lake with her husband and two children.
Jenna is the Lead Instructor for the Pre-teen Performing Line.
Maggie Koller’s dance background is a little different than most. Having spent the first 14 years of her life as a gymnast and diver, she did not officially begin dance until her freshman year of high school, when she attended a summer dance session at Fourth Street Dance Center. Safe to say, it was love at first plié.
After dancing her freshman year on her high school’s dance team she decided that she wanted more. The following summer, she auditioned and achieved a spot on 4SDC’s Shining Stars competitive line.
Within her three short years as a competitive Fourth Street Dancer, she danced on the Shining Stars and the Stars lines, on the competition hip hop line, as well as dancing two duets, and a solo.
Following her graduation from Hill-Murray High School in 2013, she took a year off of dance, but feeling as though something critical was missing, she came back to her Fourth Street home and began assisting classes. She feels so lucky to be able to share her passion for dance with the many talented young individuals of Fourth Street Dance Center.
Ashlee Koerner grew up as a dancer at 4th Street Dance Centre. When she was twelve, she began assisting in the classroom. Ever since then she has loved being a part of teaching dancers what she knew – dance!
After graduating high school she became a member of the 4th Street staff team. Ashlee became a lead instructor in 2008 for our younger classes. She has helped lead our youngest competing line to many high-scoring awards in the competition world. Working primarily with our preschool through second-grade programs has worked perfectly with Ashlee’s patience, dedication, kind heart and love of kids.
Rachel Johnson Burnett has been dancing since she was three years old. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2013, where she earned a B.A. in gender studies and dance. In college, she studied extensively with Melissa Rolnick, Stephan Koplowitz, Jeffrey Peterson, and Sarah Hauss. While in school, she was selected for the Distinguished Dance Award at Gustavus. She has performed in both Italy and New Zealand, though local highlights include performing in RENOVATE at the Ritz and co-directing a 2014 MN Fringe Festival show.
Most of Rachel’s time is now spent teaching dance to students of all ages, from Tiny Tots to adults. She continues her training through taking dance classes when she can, but teaching is where her passion lies. She joined the team at 4SDC in 2013; her goal as a teacher is to share her knowledge and love of dance with her students, no matter what age or ability.
Rachel lives in northeast Minneapolis with her husband Dan and puppy Stella. When not at the studio, she can be found baking, camping, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Abby Glass started dancing at 4th Street Dance Centre at the age of 7. She has competed in the sparkling Stars, Shimmering Stars, Shooting Stars, Shining Stars and Stars lines along with the competition hip hop lines and several specialty numbers. Abby helped out as a Junior Assistant throughout her years as a student at 4SDC.
After graduation, she decided to take a year off of dance but soon realized that she missed dancing and her 4th Street family. Abby is excited to be back doing what she loves and is grateful that she gets to share her passion for dance with all of the students at 4SDC.
Kim Dixon has been involved at 4th Street Dance Centre since 1992 – first, as a mom of 4 dancers then started working at the front desk for a few years before eventually being hired on as the office manager. Kim has also been one of the show coordinators for many years helping to make sure the recitals run smoothly.
Kim’s professionalism and friendly personality welcomes all who enter our front door. She has become known as the unofficial “Face of 4th Street”! Kim loves her job and it shows!
Little did Olivia know that dancing in her room at the age of three was only the beginning of an exciting path of pursuing her passion. After growing up dancing at 4th Street she knew that she would be continuing on in the performing arts as it was her biggest joy. Being the youngest of five siblings she was surrounded by continuing love and support of her dream. Not knowing any differently, Olivia was always told to find what makes her the happiest and share that gift with the world. And that is exactly what she did.
Olivia trained at Broadway Dance Center in the Professional Semester in New York City, working with well-known. Choreographers such as; Sheila Barker, Tracie Stanfield, Matthew Powell, Jim Cooney and Rhapsody. Also getting the opportunities to dance on “Good Morning America” as well as “The Carson Dailey Live Show”. Knowing that home is where the heart is, she decided to continue her dance, acting and modeling career here in Minnesota with the two agencies she is currently signed with.
While Olivia is currently pursuing a career in acting and dance, that still wasn’t enough. She decided what better way to share her love and passion for dance than teaching at 4th Street Dance Centre. Olivia has continued her training by taking classes in Minneapolis as well as traveling to New York a couple of times a year! For the past two years, she has traveled to multiple Monsters of Hip Hop conventions and continues to do so. She is passionate, hard-working, and always promotes positive attitudes at the studio. Olivia’s joy of teaching has only grown over the past two years and she can’t wait to continue to share her gift with all the talented and inspiring students at 4th Street!
At the age of 4 Stephanie began her dance journey at Larkin Dance Studio. Professionally trained, she studied ballet under Ted Kivitt and Michelle Lucci.
Over the next 23 years, she continued her training and love of dance by attending numerous conventions such as Tremaine, LA Dance Force, West Coast Dance Explosion, Pulse ad Broadway Dance Center NYC.
After switching to 4th Street Dance Centre at the age of 13 and dancing competitively through high school, she began teaching both recreational and competition levels, ages pre-school through high school. Stephanie is the lead instructor of 4 competition classes – Rising Stars, Twinkling Stars, Junior Line and Teen Line. In addition, she choreographs and instructs competitive solos, duets, trios and small groups. She lives in Hugo with her family. Two of her three children also dance competitively at 4th Street Dance Centre.
Stephanie’s Mission: Sharing her love of dance with her students, be it recreational or competitive classes. She wants her dancers to achieve their goals in a positive, supportive classroom. She’s here to make sure they learn proper technique and have fun doing it.
Kristen Detert was a collegiate gymnast for Gustavus Adolphus College and continues to stand on her
hands to this day! She enjoys working with students of all ages and has extensive classroom teaching
experience, as well as a Master’s Degree in Education. Kristen also has several years of experience
coaching gymnastics for a local club and during her time in college.
She is excited to share her love for gymnastics with the dancers at 4th Street as she focuses her instruction on building the strength and
flexibility necessary for successful and safe skill development and on the acrobatic skills that will
enhance choreography and grow self-confidence.
Shawn Vue is a Hmong American Minnesota based Dancer/Choreographer and Creative Director for Elite Family Dance. He has worked with organizations such as the Chozen One Productions, Hmong American Partnership, Fremont FIT Force, Center for Hmong Arts & Talents, Premiere Entertainments, Asian Media Access, Barnes & Noble, Vitamin Water and Mojo Solo. Shawn Vue was also a featured dancer of the 2017-2018 612 Crew for the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA hip hop dance team.
Some notable mentions are 1st place open division champion at the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Competition 2021, featured on World of Dance Tour 2017, Best Theme Award Upper Division at World of Dance Chicago 2018, 3rd place at Masterpiece Chicago dance competition 2019, and 1st place at HIDO dance competition at the Mall of America 2019.
Shawn is also a videographer that captures dance in unique ways. He is part of the Be Your Best MN film crew as well as The Workroom film crew. When not doing anything dance related, he is a father to two amazing babies.