ASHLAND SCHOOL OF DANCE

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.  

2021 - 2020 INSTRUCTORS

ANESSA ANDERSON
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 Tuesdays.


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 III 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 on Mondays and Thursdays this fall. 


LILY MILLER
Lily is a Junior at the Ashland High School. This will be Lily's 8th year of teaching. She's been dancing since the age of 3. Lily is also a member of the Ashland High School Girl's Basketball team.  This year she will be taking Sr Company, Co Tap and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. She will teach the PreJazz/Funk, Level I Jazz/Tap and Level II Jazz/Tap classes on Sundays.  
 

BAILEY LULICH
Bailey is a Freshman at the Ashland High School. She has been dancing since she was 7 years old.  This is her 4th year of teaching. Bailey will be taking Jr Company and Sr Co Jazz/Funk classes this year. She will teach the Creative Movement and PreBallet/Tiny Tap classes on Tuesdays.  

PAYTON ZIFKO

Payton is a 7th grader at Ashland Middle School. This is Payton's 2nd of assisting. This year she will be taking Level III Jazz/Funk and Level III Tap. She will assist with the PreBallet/Tiny Tap class on Mondays.


LILLIAN WROBLEWSKI
Lillian began her dance journey at the age of 3 in Virginia, MN. Lillian has always had a passion for dance and dreams of being a performer on Broadway or for Disney.  Lillian had exposure to teaching during our summer session  and joins us for the 2021 2022 dance season as a first year assistant. She is excited to bring her passion to the younger students and see what the new year brings for her at ASOD.  This year she will be taking Jr Company. She will assist with the Level I Ballet/Jazz class on Mondays.


CADIGAN COLEMAN

Cadigan is an 8th grader at Washburn Middle School. She began dance classes at 4 years old. Outside of dance, she enjoys baking and spending time with friends. This year she will be taking Jr Company and Sr Co Jazz/Funk. She will assist with the Creative Movement and Level I Jazz/Funk class on Thursdays. 


GRACE SWANSON

Grace is an 8th grader at Ashland Middle School.  She's been dancing since the age of 3.  This year she will be taking Sr Co, Co Tap, & Sr Co Jazz/Funk.  When she's not dancing, she plays soccer, runs cross country/track, and mountain bike races.  She will assist with the Creative Movement and PreBallet/Tiny Tap classes on Tuesdays.


ASHLEY LECIEJEWSKI
Ashley  is a 5th grader at Lake Superior Elementary School. She has been in dance since she was 4 years old. This year she will be taking Level III Jazz/Funk, Level II Jazz/Tap, Level II Ballet/Jazz and Poms. She will assist with the PreJazz/Funk class on Sundays.