NICOLE BRUHN - COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR
Nicole is from Centennial, Colorado where she trained at Starstruck Academy of Dance for 16 years. She began competing for the Elite company team at the age of 5; she also had the opportunity to assist many name choreographers from around the country. Nicole graduated from Arapahoe High School where she was a four-year varsity letter winner and captain of the dance team her senior year. As a senior, she led her team to a state championship. Nicole moved to Minneapolis, MN to attend the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. At the U, she continued her dance career as a member of the University of Minnesota Dance Team. During her time on the team, she won 6 national titles at the UDA College Championship and won a gold and silver medal as Team USA at the ICU World Championship. Nicole was a four-year collegiate varsity letter winner and served as a captain her senior year: helping lead the team to a double national title. She graduated in May 2017 from the College of Science and Engineering with a Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (B.Bm.E), emphasizing in Medical Device Design. She works full-time as a Supplier Quality Engineer with Medtronic in Plymouth, MN. She is also an assistant varsity dance team coach at Chanhassen High School.
MOLLIE HELSER - FRONT DESK
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Cristi Falkenberg - Director, Owner and Instructor
Cristi grew up dancing in Lakeville, MN where she was on the Star Liner Dance Team and the Lakeville North Dance Team. While in high school Cristi performed in the Presidential Inaugural Parade For President George Bush, Danced halftime at the Outback Bowl in Florida, competed in the State Dance Team Tournament and was awarded All State Dancer by the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders her Senior year. After high school Cristi attended St. Cloud State University and earned a degree in Elementary Education. During this time Cristi taught at the Just for Kix program in St. Cloud and was the Director in Mora. She was also a coach for the Lakeville North Dance Team. After college Cristi danced for a Semi Pro Football Team for 3 years and took the Head Dance Team Coach position at Prior Lake High School and Prior Lake Middle School. Cristi is going into her 10th year coaching at Prior Lake and in this time the team has grown from 20 dancers to 70 dancers and has been to the State Tournament 8 years in a row. Cristi has also been nominated Coach of the Year through MADT and Prior Lake High School in 2015 - 2018. In 2018 Cristi performed at the Superbowl Halftime Show with Justin Timberlake! With her love of dance she decided to start her own studio too! Evolution Dance Company is entering its 7th year and Cristi so proud to be a positive role model in so many kids lives.
KRISTINA MONSEN - COMPETITIVE INSTRUCTOR
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KACEY SOUTHWICK - BALLET INSTRUCTOR
Kacey Southwick was born and raised in Minnesota. She started dancing at age 5, studying all styles of dance. At age 11 she became a competitive artistic gymnast, while still continuing part time ballet training. At the age of 16 she began training strictly classical ballet and still continues to do so today. Kacey has performed the featured roles of Arabian, Flower Queen in Waltz of the Flowers, Rat Queen, and Dancing Doll all from the Nutcracker. She has also performed Puss and Boots from Sleeping Beauty and Work Duet from Coppelia. Kacey lives in Minneapolis with her Husband and Goldendoodle named Louie.