Anessa started dancing at the age of 3 at Sterling Silver Studio in Superior WI. She was ten years old when she switched to Dance Escape in Duluth, MN. Anessa than went on to be part of the Superior High School dance team. While on the team Anessa was captain her junior and senior year. After graduating Anessa went on to college at Iowa Central College where she danced her freshman and sophomore year and was also captain of the team. Throughout the years, Anessa has participated in many styles of dances such as Baton, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-hop, and Ballet. She has also won awards at local competitions and was called back to be in a Kelle Costume Catalog. Anessa also participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and has competed in the National Dance competition in Daytona Beach Florida with her college dance team. Anessa is an Occupational Assistant assistant at Ecumen Lakeshore in Duluth. This fall she will teach the PreJazz/Funk; Level II Jazz/Funk and Level III Jazz/Funk classes on Tuesdays and she will also teach the Creative Movement; Level I Jazz/Funk; Jr Co Jazz/Funk & Sr Co Jazz/Funk classes on Thursdays.
Desi started dancing when she was 3 years old at Summit School of Dance in Wayzata, MN. She began doing competitive dancing at age 7, and took classes in ballet, tap , jazz, lyrical, and hip hop at Summit Dance Shoppe in Plymouth, MN. Desi attended Mainstreet School of Performing Arts in high school and received her dance arts endorsement in 2012. There she started to choreograph modern dances, as well as teaching ballet at the Saint Paul City Ballet. In high school she learned a variety of dances, mainly modern and ballet. Desi attended Northland College and while in school previously taught at ASOD teaching creative movement, pre ballet/tiny tap, level 1 jazz/tap, level 3, Jr. Company, Sr. Company and Advanced Tap. She then went to Dayton, OH for her masters and performed with SMAG Dance Company for a year. Desi now works at Northland College managing the Burke Center Lab and this fall she will be teaching Level 3 Tap and Company Tap on Fridays this year, as well as teaching at En Pointe Dance Company in Park Falls, WI.
2019 - 2020 INSRUCTORS
Lily is a Freshman at the Ashland High School. This will be Lily's 6th year of teaching. She's been dancing since the age of 3. This year she will be taking Jr Company, Co Tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. She will teach the Creative Movement and PreBallet/Tiny Tap classes on Sundays.
Kayla is a 8th grader at the Ashland Middle School. This will be Kayla's 5th year of teaching. She's been dancing since the age of 3. This year she will be taking Sr Company and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. Kayla will teach the Creative Movement and PreBallet/Tiny Tap classes on Tuesdays.
ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE
Ally started her dance journey with Just For Kicks at age 7 where she studied high kick and jazz. In 2008 Ally joined Sterling Silver Studio and studied jazz and lyrical. She was also part of their competition team. After graduating in 2012 Ally attended The University of Wisconsin Superior and became a part or their cheerleading team. After a year without dance she decided to also join their dance team, where she helped choreograph and started to help with coaching. Through that experience Ally learned she had a love not only for the sport of dance but for creating them as well. Ally also has practiced hip-hop, pom, zumba, belly dancing, and ballet. Ally is a Medical Assistant for Twin Ports Dermatology. This fall Ally will teach the Level II Ballet/Jazz, Jr Company & Sr Company on Sundays & Tuesdays classes; and Level III Ballet & Jazz classes on Mondays.
Isabel is 18 years old and is a Senior at Ashland High School. She has been dancing for Ashland School of Dance from the very beginning and has taught/assisted for 6 years and competed for 3 years. In 2017 Isabel danced back up for Danielle Cohn in her music video "Lights Camera Action". She competed at Celebration Talent's Nationals in 2018 and Triple S Nationals in 2019. This year she will be taking Sr Company, Co Tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. Isabel really enjoys teaching and loves to see her students progress and move forward. This fall Isabel will teach the Level I Ballet/Jazz, Level I/ Ballet/Tap and Level II Tap on Wednesdays.
Molly is a sophomore at the Ashland High School. She started dancing at the age of three, and has been dancing ever since. This will be her 4th year as an assistant. This year she will be taking Jr Company and Jr Co Jazz/Funk. Over the past 12 years she has taken Ballet, Jazz, Zumba, Tap, and Jazz/Funk. She is very honored to be teaching at Ashland School of Dance and she really enjoys assisting young kids with dance! Molly will teach the PreBallet/Tiny Tap class on Thursdays with Tegan and she will also assist Anessa with the Creative Movement on Thursdays.
Tegan is a sophomore at Ashland High School. She began dancing at the age of 3 and is beginning her 13th year of dance this fall. She has studied ballet, jazz and tap. This year she will be taking Sr Company, Co Tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. Tegan has three other siblings that dance so she has lots of experience teaching and sharing her moves with others. This was her 4th year as an assistant for ASOD. Tegan will teach the PreBallet/Tiny Tap class on Thursdays with Molly and she will assist Anessa with the Level I Jazz/Funk class on Thursdays.
Bailey is a 7th grader at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in Ashland. She has been dancing since she was 7 years old. This is her 2nd year as an assistant and she is beyond excited to be teaching. Bailey will be taking Level III Ballet/Jazz, Jr Co Jazz/Funk and Level III Tap classes this year. She will assist Isabel with the Level I Ballet/Jazz and Level I Ballet/Tap class on Wednesdays.
Andrea is a Freshman at the Ashland High School. This will be Andrea's first year of teaching. This year she will be taking Sr Company, Level III Tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. She will assist Kayla with the Creative Movement and PreBallet/Tiny Tap classes on Tuesdays.
Brielle is a Freshman at the Ashland High School. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and this will be her 10th year at ASOD. This will be Brielle's first year of teaching. This year she will be taking Jr Company, Level III tap and Jr Co Jazz/Funk. She will assist Lily with the Creative Movement and PreBallet/Tiny Tap class on Sundays.