LilaAnn Coates White, Minnesota Ballet Artistic Associate/Principal Teacher, trained at the National Academy of Arts, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She apprenticed with the Des Moines Ballet, taught at the Allegro Dance Theatre, Tennessee, and was a company member of the Minnesota Ballet from 1986–93. An assistant professor of dance at the University of Minnesota Duluth, she is also AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® certified, Pre-Primary-Level 5.
Suzie Baer trained in Vaganova and Cecchetti methods before joining the School of the Minnesota Ballet in 2003. After graduating, she danced 11 seasons with the Minnesota Ballet and taught in the school, acting as Nutcracker ballet master for student and corps de ballet roles, as well as setting existing works on the company. Suzie also served as the coordinator of the Creative Dance program for 7 years. After retiring in 2017, she completed her BS in Communications and went on to earn an MSc in Dance Science and Education from the University of Edinburgh. While abroad, Suzie taught ballet at a number of institutions, including Dance Base, Scotland’s national dance center. She is thrilled to be teaching for the School of the Minnesota Ballet again.
Linda Carrillo trained at the University of Utah, Ballet West in Salt Lake City, and the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She also performed and toured with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She trained in the Vaganova technique and is certified in the Cecchetti Method.
Nancy Gibson began teaching for the School of the Minnesota Ballet in 1974 and served as Artistic Director of the Minnesota Ballet 1988–92. She leads workshops for both teachers and coaches and has been on the faculties of L’Academie de Ballet du Saguenay in Quebec, JAS Dance Centre in the Twin Cities area, University of Minnesota Duluth. She also teaches at Madill Performing Arts Center.
Laura Goodman trained at the School of the Minnesota Ballet and attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet Theatre of New York, North Carolina School of the Arts, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She danced with the Minnesota Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, and as principal guest artist with regional ballet companies. Laura attended teacher workshops led by David Howard and Beverly Spell and has over twelve years of teaching students of all ages and abilities.
Paige Kohler graduated from the School of the Minnesota Ballet and also studied at summer intensives at North Carolina School for the Arts, Joffrey New York, Boston Ballet, and Joffrey Midwest. She has danced professionally and for many years co-owned a dance studio in Wisconsin. She has choreographed for the Ballet’s Celebrity Dance Challenge along with Denfeld’s musicals, and Playhouse shows such as Cats, Rock of Ages, Chicago, and many others. She is also AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE® certified, Pre-Primary-Level 5.
Alex Loch comes to ballet from a background in gymnastics. At St. Cloud University he earned a B.A. in English with a minor in dance. In Seattle he danced with Khambatta Dance Company and taught ballroom, Latin, and swing dance. He danced with the Minnesota Ballet in the 2010–11 season as a trainee.
Renee Moe studied dance at UMD and in New York City. She founded Sterling Dance in Grand Marais in 1994. She has performed with Keane Sense of Rhythm Tap Co., Ressl Dance, and Project Lulu.
Nikolaus Wourms, Minnesota Ballet Artist-in-Residence and teacher, graduated from the School of the Minnesota Ballet and served as company member for thirteen seasons, dancing such featured roles as the Prince in The Nutcracker and Albrecht in Giselle Act II.
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