Dance Revue is entering it's 23rd year of teaching dance instruction! Dawn Ruzynski is the original founder & has spent the past 22 years building and pouring her heart into what Dance Revue has become! Our team consists of fully accredited and licensed instructors and personal trainers, all of whom have years of experience in various styles of dance and training, both group and personal. Our staff truly connects with each individual dancer & ensures they are a part of the Dance Revue family.
Dawn Ruzynski-Director & Instructor I began my dance education later in life, I was in 6th grade when I signed up for my first set of studio dance classes...and that was the beginning of it all! I would have never guessed at that time what an impact dance would have on my life and how it would become my passion, my drive and my life! In the beginning I took tap, ballet and jazz classess. A year later, I fould myself entering the world of competitive dance where I added both pointe and musical theater. I danced at Stage Door under the guidance and instruction of Sue Anderson-Franks. While at Stage Door, I attended workshops and competitions on a regular basis. I also had the opportunities to travel with the studio to Chicago, St. Louis and New York where I took classes with some of the biggest names in the dance world at the time. I learned so many lessons in dance and life by having having the opportunities to travel for dance. In addition to studio dance, I was also a member of the Coon Rapids Cardettes Dance Line (that's what it was called in the '80's) while in high school as a member of the team, I attended several camps and competed in the State Dance Line Tournament. Those were some awesome times in my life, but my favorite part of being in studio dance and dance line was being able to perform for my peers and making life long friendships. I remember the performances, way more than the trophies that is for sure!
Terri Lillard-Assistant Director & Instructor I began my dance training at the age of seven at Westonka School of Dance located in Mound, Minnesota. Any chance I could dance...I would, whether it was performing, taking class at the studio or going to a workshop. My junior year in high school I began teaching dance and I loved every minute of it! I knew that this was what I was meant to do! I was also a member of my high school dance team, along with being captain. I went on to win "Dancer of the Year" my senior year. After I graduated, I stayed at Westonka one more year dancing with my group and teaching full-time. I also started attending classes at Zoe Sealy Dance Center in Minneapolis, studying all styles of dance. Then the following year I moved to Evanston, Illinois to study at Giordano Dance Center, where I grew so much as a dancer with the opportunities the teachers gave me. Eventually I moved back to Minnesota and continued classes at Sealy's and started teaching dance for the Minneapolis School District. I'm proud to say that I have been with Dance Revue from the start! Along with teaching at the studio, I also taught dance through Anoka Hennepin's Community Education program for seven years. Also, Iam a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association. Overall, as a teacher I want to inspire each dancer to be the best they can be and to help each student striveto reach their full potential.
Kari Weinmann-Instructor and Choreographer Kari's dance journey began in 1996 when her parents enrolled her in an after school dance program at Ramsey Elementary School. Terri Lillard was the instructor. Kari had so much fun in the program that she wanted to take dance to the next level. Terri recommended a new studio that had just opened up, Dance Revue. When Kari attended her first class at Dance Revue, little did she know that she would be come a part of the studio for the next twenty years! Kari was first enrolled in a recreational class, then the very next year she made a competition line the "Rockets." That is when her true passion for dance exploded. Kari started teaching and choreographing at the early age of sixteen. Her main inspiration for her choreography and style was led by Derrick Schrader. She loved seeing her creations come to life on stage. Throughout the years of teaching and choreographing, her pieces have achieved first place high point awards, judges choice awards, choreography awards, and even call backs to perform for the national winning titles. Kari plans to continue teaching at Dance Revue, and is looking forward to the day she can share her passion with her first born girl Dahlia May, her most recent pride and joy.
Megan Heidemann- Instructor & Choreographer - Megan's dance career began at a young age at Northland School of Dance. Megan continued her dance career at Butterfield Gallerie of Dance and eventually graduated from Dancer's Edge in 2006. During her high school years Megan developed a love for dance team & competed on Champlin Park's Varsity Dance Teams. Megan went on to dance after high school at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on the dance team there. She soon began her teaching and coaching career at 18 years of age and hasn't stopped yet. Megan has coached previously at St.Paul Academy, Andover High School and Champlin Park High School. Megan is currently the Head Coach of the Anoka Twisters High School Dance Team and has been for four seasons now. She has coached the team to many accomplishments in her four years including invitational titles, Section Championships as well as multiple trips to the State Tournament! Megan is also the Head Coach for the Anoka Middle School Cyclones Dance Team. The Cyclones have won the District Championship in both A & B teams in 2016 & 2017 under Megan's direction. Megan's studio teaching career dates back to 2007. She began teaching at Energy Dance Center as a young teacher eager to learn. Megan has now taught for Dance Revue for six amazing years. She has won multiple choreography awards in her teaching years for her unique, stand out choreography. Megan's favorite styles of dance include jazz, lyrical & contemporary and she enjoys creating pieces that tell a story on stage. "I love seeing dancers become artists - I love seeing them develop into more than they ever thought they could be - it truly touches my heart when I see their progress." Megan is looking forward to yet another outstanding and inspiring season with the Dance Revue staff and students! Each year at the studio brings something new - exciting & different - which is what makes Dance Revue the best place to work & teach! In Megan's "free time" she enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, watching Anoka & Alabama football & working as a Para Educator at Anoka High School!
Callie Supan-Instructor I began my dance journey at the young age of two and I can not believe, at 27, I am so lucky to still be involved! During those twenty five years, one year of training in particular stands out from the rest, this was the year I attended Minnesota Dance Theater. The tryout process was extremely nerve wracking, but I ended up being cast as a toy solider in the Loyce Holten's Nutcracker Fantasy. I spent the year taking strictly ballet and beginner pointe classes. This was a very unique experience from my other years of dance at the studio that were spent training simulaneously in various styles. I have always considered the studio a second home and a place to get away, leaving everything at the door when I walk in. It brings me so much happiness and joy to be working with children of all ages and dance experience. I may be the teacher, but I learn so much from the kids themselves during each class. I have also learned so much from my little sister, Megan. Her dedication, love and passion for dance is something that the two of us will always have in common. My goal as a teacher is more geared towards helping the dancers succeed/accomplish a goal by the end of the year. The look on their face is PRICELESS when their goal is reached. While some dance teachers at our studios favorite part is getting to choreograph, I enjoy getting the dances "stage ready!" Cleaning dances and gaining the synchronization really allows the choreographer's picture to come to life and is definitely the area of dance that I enjoy the most as a teacher. Other than teaching at the studio, you can find me rhinestoning costumes, helping dancers one-on-one, or just chatting with dancers/parents to get to know them better.