"You can dance anywhere,
even if only in your heart." ~Unknown
Meet your teachers!

DANA RISTE

Owner/Director/Instructor

Teaching dance has always been my dream job.  Owning my own studio still feels like a dream!

I began dance at the age of 8 and have continued my training with conventions, workshops and master classes since I was a teenager.  I have taken class from so many great instructors, Gus Giordano, Al Gilbert, Jo Rowan, Dan Karaty, Mandy Moore, Gil Stromming, Greg Russell, Debbie Dee, Steven Boyd and numerous others.  I began my teaching career at age 16 and have enjoyed teaching dancers of all ages.

My goal is to make Synergy Dance Center a place where everyone feels at home and important.  I believe that everyone CAN dance.  It is not about talent, it is about passion. 

When not dancing, I enjoy spending time with my husband Tom and my two daughters, Aubrie and Macie.  We like to travel, spend time "up north", and get together with our family.  I also love to read and scrapbook whenever time allows.

KRIS HOLMES

Office Manager/Instructor

Hello, my name is Kris Holmes.  Dancing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I started dancing many years ago with Brenda's School of Dance and started my teaching career there.  I went on to teach at a studio in Fargo, ND while attending college there.

For many years I have worked at and managed Celts Pub and Grill in Rosemount, but I have never lost my passion for dance.

After our daughter was born I took a break from dancing so I could spend more time at home with my family.  When she was 2 years old she started dancing.  A couple of years later, I found myself back at the studio.  

I have now found my place as a member of the Synergy Dance family.  I serve as both an instructor and office manager.  

When I'm not with my Synergy family I spend my time with my husband Kurt and our kids Cole and Calli.  I also enjoy working at my photography business, Kris Holmes Photography.  I am blessed to be able to turn my favorite hobbies into my career!

  

AUBRIE KLOTZ

Instructor

 Dance has always been my passion. I started dancing at the age of 2 and fell in love. When I was old enough I joined the Competition team and started assisting classes. Throughout my dancing years I have had classes in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, Indian and African.  I just couldn’t get enough dancing!  In elementary school I wanted to do something other than just dance but I loved dance and wanted to find something that complimented that, I found Baton Twirling!

I started twirling baton when I was seven years old. I went on to join a competitive baton team that I have twirled with for over 15 years, many of which my team attended the national competition held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. I have won many state and national titles both individually and with my team. I look forward to dancing and twirling with you soon! 

 I went on to work as a full-time Dance Instructor at LWA, a Visual and Performing arts charter school in Golden Valley, MN from 2008-2014.   Here I taught dance to boys and girls from K-8th grade. Now, I continue my dream job here at Synergy, and have had the pleasure of teaching here since 2009.  I LOVE our SYNERGY family, and  I am so pumped for another fantastic year! Amy

AUBRIE RISTE

Instructor

Hello, My name is Aubrie Riste. Dance has always been my passion. I started dancing at the age of 2 and fell in love. When I was old enough I joined the Competition team and started assisting classes. Throughout my dancing years I have had classes in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop, Indian and African.  I just couldn’t get enough dancing!  In elementary school I wanted to do something other than just dance but I loved dance and wanted to find something that complimented that, I found Baton Twirling!

I started twirling baton when I was seven years old. I went on to join a competitive baton team where I twirled for over 14 years, ten of which my team attended the national competition held at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana. I have won many state and national titles both individually and with my team. I look forward to dancing and twirling with you soon!  

AMY JO OKSNEVAD

Instructor

Hello! My name is  Amy Jo Oksnevad. I grew up in Lakeville, MN and currently live in Crystal, MN.  I have been dancing for 22 years and have had classes in ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, hip hop and African. I started out dancing at Brenda’s School of Dance in 1995 where I took jazz and tap combination classes and moved to ballet/tap/jazz competition classes from 1997-2002.

After high school graduation, I danced in college at the University of MN – Duluth (UMD) from 2002-2007. I graduated from UMD in 2007 with a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a minor in Dance and Psychology. I was also the secretary and president of the UMD Attitudes Dance Club in 2004 and 2005. I had the opportunity to dance in a play in Duluth called, This Room With No Mirrors.

 I went on to work as a full-time Dance Instructor at LWA, a Visual and Performing arts charter school in Golden Valley, MN from 2008-2014.   Here I taught dance to boys and girls from K-8th grade. Now, I continue my dream job here at Synergy, and have had the pleasure of teaching here since 2009. When not dancing, I stay at home with our 2 year old son, Odin.  Erik (my hubby), Odin and I enjoy spending time with family and being outdoors in nature! I LOVE our SYNERGY family, and  I am so pumped for another fantastic year! 

 MISSIE KANE

Instructor

I started my first dance class on my third birthday.  It was the best gift I have ever received and I still thank my parents every year for allowing me to become a dancer.  I continued dancing with Dana as my instructor for the next 15 years at Brenda’s School of Dance as a companie dancer with a strong passion for ballet and pointe.

 From there I went on to the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, where I minored in Dance with an emphasis on Kinesiology. I was also a member of the Concert Dance Company under the vision of Dr. Toni Poll-Sorensen.  In addition to the core tap, jazz and ballet, I was also trained in modern, musical theatre, and Alexander Technique.  My training in Alexander Technique has changed my day-to-day life and dancing dramatically, by making me more aware of where movement stems from and where it can take you.

 After graduation, I came back home and started dancing at the new Synergy Dance Center.  It was great to be back in the place where I grew up.  After taking classes and subbing various classes, I knew it was time to start teaching again. I am so grateful for this opportunity and look forward to leading these beautiful dancers.

 I currently work at CarSoup.com as a Data Analysis.  When I am not dancing My husband, Nate and I enjoy spending time with our sons, Wendell and Sterling.

 

 LACY KNUTSON

Instructor

My name is Lacy Knutson.  Dance has always been second nature for me. I started dancing when I was three years old. I have danced many styles including; ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and musical theatre, but my favorite is tap. Throughout my elementary, middle and high school days I was actively involved in competition dance, both with my teams as well as individually.  I also was involved at Rosemount High School in Dance shows, Onstage and The Modern Company directed by Christina Morris.

 I have been teaching dance since 2003, I started as a dance teacher assistant and went on to sub teaching for my studio and guest choreographing for Rosemount High School. After graduation I went to Rasmussen Community College where I got my associates degree in Paralegal. After that I transferred to the University of Minnesota Duluth where I was Assistant Junior Varsity Coach for the Duluth East Dance Team, who won two first place trophies and multiple top five finishes throughout their season. I was also a part of Attitudes Dance Association at the University. I loved every minute of it, but I missed being home. I transferred to the University of Wisconsin River Falls where I my Bachelor’s degree in Communications with a double minor in Dance Education and Political Science. 

Dancing will always be my first love, but teaching is a close second. Being a part of the Synergy Staff makes my heart whole and has made me realize how much I love working with children. Being able to step into the studio with those same students every week is the highlight to my day. They make me want to be a better teacher, for them. I love seeing how much they improve class to class. I am excited to announce I will be getting my Masters at Hamline University for Teaching. I will also be a part of the Reading Corps program at Riverview Elementary School as the Kindergarten based literacy tutor. I am so blessed being part of the Synergy family and being able to do what I love each and every day.

  

 MACIE RISTE

Instructor

My name is Macie Riste and I’m from Rosemount, MN. I started dance when I was 2 years old and have danced  many styles including: Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, tap, hip-hop and musical theatre.I was a member of Synergy's Companie Intensive Program for over 10 years and danced as a part of Rosemount High School's Dance Department. While at Rosemount High School I participated in and choreographed for many of their shows including; OnStage, Plays, Dance Shows and The Modern Company directed by Christina Morris Along with dance I also have developed a love for Baton Twirling. I have been a part of a Regional and National award winning team for over ten years!

I look forward to dancing with you soon! 

 

 

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