2020 - 2021 INSRUCTORS

ALLY O'CONNELL
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 Jr Company & Sr Company classes on Sundays & Wednesdays; and Level II Ballet/Jazz & Level III Ballet/Jazz classes on Wednesdays.  

ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE

ANESSA LAWRENCE
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 Level III Jazz/Funk;  Jr Co Jazz/Funk & Sr Co Jazz/Funk classes on Thursdays.


DESI NIEWINSKI

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 Mondays.


Heather Osborn
Like most dancers, Heather began her dance training while in elementary school. She started with a community ed program and eventually moving to a local studio where she learned jazz, tap, and ballet. Once Heather started high school she became a member of both the performance and competitive dance teams, adding both hip hop and pom to her repertoire. After High school, she continued her dance training at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay and eventually started choreographing for Unity High School of Balsam Lake WI and Saint Croix Falls High School dance teams, as well as working with the local dance studio in Osceola, WI. Some of Heather’s favorite dance memories are performing during the Minnesota Timberwolves games and competing with her High School competition team at the WACPC state championships. Heather is a senior stylist for Stitch Fix and will be teaching Pre-Ballet/Tiny Tap, Level I/II Jazz/Funk on Tuesdays this fall. 


LILY MILLER
Lily is a Sophmore at the Ashland High School. This will be Lily's 7th year of teaching. She's been dancing since the age of 3.  This year she will be taking Sr Company, Co Tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. She will teach the Level I Jazz/Funk and Level I/II Jazz/Tap classes on Sundays.  
 

KAYLA SETZKE
Kayla is a Freshman at the Ashland High School. This will be Kayla's 6year 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 Level I Ballet/Jazz classes on Mondays. 


​TEGAN MCFARLANE
Tegan is a Junior at Ashland High School. She began dancing at the age of 3 and is beginning her 14th 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 5th year as an assistant for ASOD. 

BAILEY LULICH
Bailey is a 8th grader at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in Ashland. She has been dancing since she was 7 years old.  This is her 3nd year as an assistant and she is beyond excited to be teaching. Bailey will be taking Jr Company and Sr Co Jazz/Funk classes this year. 

ANDREA BRATLEY
Andrea is a Sophmore at the Ashland High School. This will be Andrea's 2nd year of teaching. This year she will be taking Sr Company, Co Tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. The fall she will teach the PreBallet/Tiny Tap class on Thursdays. 

BRIELLE MESIK
Brielle is a Sophmore at the Ashland High School. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and this will be her 11th year at ASOD. This will be Brielle's 2nd of teaching. This year she will be taking Jr Company, Level III tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk.