Alexa (Lexie) Buttermore

Lexie Buttermore is a recent graduate of Spotlight Productions Dance Studio. As a student of tap, ballet, lyrical and jazz, Lexie earned regional and national championships. At the studio, she is found teaching recreational students of all ages, assisting and instructing younger competitive dancers, and choreographing for several soloists and groups most notably in jazz. As one of Owner/Instructor Maria's key assistants, Lexie helps establish a strong foundation for young competitive dancers.


Mike Dietz

Mike Dietz comes to the studio with several years study at Larkin Dance Studio. There, he also instructed and refined dances of all ages, group sizes, and styles for competitive performance. As a young adult, he performed professionally with a number of lyrical and contemporary companies within the Twin Cities. At Lake Area Dance Center, Mike instructs competitive dancers of all ages with current and challenging lyrical, contemporary and jazz choreography. His creativity has earned numerous regional and national awards.

Nicole (Nikki) Buttermore


Risa Malmstedt

Risa Malmstedt is a veteran lead instructor of many recreational classes throughout the week. Risa studied dance throughout her childhood at Dancing Star Studios (now named White Bear Dance Center) in tap, ballet, and jazz. She has several years experience assistant teaching toddlers through pre-teens in tap, ballet and jazz. And she has two talented dancing daughter at the studio! Her role as a mother comes in handy, as she gives careful individual attention and nurturing to so many children.

Lauren Tracy

Lauren began dancing at Woodbury Dance Center studying tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary styles. She is currently working towards her degree in Dance from University of Minnesota. She performs professionally with a number of companies within the Twin Cities. Here at Lake Area Dance Center, Lauren is found choreographing routines for advanced soloists, duets, trios, and small groups of competitive dancers.

Kendall Rutherford

Kendall comes to the studio with degrees in Education and Dance from the University of Iowa. An experienced competitive dancer from Metro Dance Center, Kendall has performed professionally with Breaking Boundaries Dance Company (BBDC) while teaching  ballet, lyrical, and creative movement. At Lake Area Dance Center, she is most often found instructing ballet technique to intermediate to advanced competitive dancers.

Kyle Gross

Kyle is a graduate of Dance By Kris where he studied tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, and musical theater. Now a University of Minnesota Carleton School of Management student, Kyle is found choreographing tap, musical theater, and contemporary styles of dance to competitive dancers. He also performs professionally with BBDC and student-run tap company MinnesoTap.

Madelyn Lee

Madelyn is a seasoned assistant instructor and an award-winning competitive dancer. As a graduate of Saint Paul Conservatory of Performing Arts, she studies tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and contemporary styles of dance. At the studio, she instructs recreational dancers in addition to assisting competitive dance groups.

Leah Osadchuk

Leah began dance with Woodbury Dance Center. For many years, she competed at a regional and national level in tap, ballet, lyrical, and jazz as part of well-reputed teams and an advanced soloist. She is a nurturing instructor to young students and a relatable yet challenging teacher to competitive dancers. As a graduate of Arizona State University, you will also see Leah focus on day to day business operations, communications and marketing.

Suzanne (Suzie) Kieselhorst

Suzie is a recent graduate of the studio having studied tap, lyrical, jazz and hip-hop. As a hip-hop soloist and LADanceCrew member, she earned regional and national awards at dance competitions. One now sees her instructing dancers of all ages in tap, ballet, jazz and hip-hop. She also instructs our youngest competitive hip-hop dancers in addition to refining routines for advanced hip-hop students.

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