Nadine Smith - Instructor
Nadine's dance career began right here at ECSOD at the age of 3! Her early years were spent here as well as with the Minnesota Ballet training in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, Tap, and Pointe. In High School, Nadine was on the Memorial Varsity Dance Team all 4 years, where she also served as captain for her senior year.
After high school, Nadine was an instructor for the Universal Dance Association. She traveled to various cities throughout the midwest training high school age dancers in jazz, hip hop, pom, kick, lyrical, and more. Through UDA, Nadine also judged various dance competitions thoughout the US.
Nadine then went to Arizona State University where she studied dance and also was a member of the Arizona State University Dance Team. While on the ASU Dance Team, she performed with artists such as Taylor Swift, James Brown, and Little Richard, as well as the half-time show in the Super Bowl with artists Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. She has also performed at the NCAA Championships and the BCS National Championship.
Nadine continues to further her dance education by attending various dance conventions and classes around the United States. She has studied under Mia Michaels, Ray Leeper, and Travis Wall to name a few.
Nadine's passion for dance is what drives her... her love for teaching brings her incredible joy and she is thrilled to be back teaching at ECSOD!
"Life is a dance, you learn as you go, sometimes you lead, sometimes you follow."
Keegan Cianciolo - Assistant Instructor
Keegan has been dancing for 8 years. Since Joining ECSOD's Performance Company in 2011, Keegan has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Contemporary.
Along with taking extra classes at conventions, Keegan was part of The Minnesota Ballet's "The Nutcracker" in 2008.
Keegan is an Honor Roll Student in 9th Grade at North High School. When not dancing, Keegan enjoys playing Soccer and Tennis.
Ashley Kinning - Assistant Instructor
Ashley has been dancing for 15 years and has enjoyed every minute of it! She has studied many styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Musical Theater, Contemporary, and Pointe.
She is very excited to be assisting this year and can't wait to watch her students grow. She brings a fun and bubbly personality into every class she teaches and her love for dance shines bright wherever she goes!
When Ashley is not at the dance studio, she enjoys swimming and being outdoors.
Zoe Gullicksrud - Assistant Instructor
Zoe has been dancing for 11 years. She has studied many types of dance over the years. Her favorite styles are Ballet and Contemporary. Zoe is eager to help her students learn and grow in dance class. Zoe brings lots of laughs and smiles to the classroom and is excited to work with her students!
Baylee Smith - Assistant Instructor
Lizzy Kohler - Assistant Instructor
Lizzy has been dancing for 12 years. She began with ballet and tap at 3 years old and now has experience in Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theater as well. Lizzy loves to dance and loves working with children. She has been an Assistant Instructor for 2 years now. Lizzy brings positivity and fun to the classroom each week and is excited to help her students grow throughout the year.
Kamryn Gunnes - Assistant Instructor
Kamryn has been dancing for 5 years. She has studied Jazz, Hip Hop, Pom, Kick, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, and Modern. Her favorite style is Hip Hop. This year, she will also be studying Contemporary and Musical Theater. Teaching dance has taught Kamryn that with patience and perseverance comes the reward of watching her students succeed. Kamryn brings energy and a positive attitude to the classroom and looks forward to being able to share her passion for dance with her students every week.