ABOUT ddA

ABOUT OUR STUDIO

Our programs instill a love for dance through technique,

teamwork, and play.  We believe in building confidence, healthy bodies, and skill through dance.

dreamdance Academy was founded by studio director, Peter Myre. ddA is a welcoming atmosphere where dancers can come have fun, learn to dance, and be creative. We like to create stories behind our dances, thus allowing the audience members to engage more in the dance that is being performed in front of them.

 

The stories behind the dances can often be thought of as “out of the box” and we pride ourselves on those kinds of dances. dreamdance Academy strives to make you wonder what they will come up with next.

 

At dreamdance Academy, we like to focus on all of our dancers, and provide them with opportunities to dance on stage as often as possible through competitions and community events.  In addition to our competition schedule, our dancers have also performed in the Hermantown Summer Fest Parade, Tall Ship Festival, Spirit Valley Parade, Proctor Hog Head Parade, and the Christmas City of the North Parade.

LARK EKBERG  /  INSTRUCTOR

Lark began her dance training in North Carolina where she studied Tap, Ballet, Jazz and Ballroom with Beale and Peggy Fletcher-former Vaudeville performers, Tap and Ballet with Mason Trent, Modern and Ballet with Andrew and Mary Kuharski-former Atlanta Ballet principal dancers, and Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary/Classical Ballet with Pam Nochese and Carlos Agudelo-former professional dancers.  She attended the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts summer intensive in Connecticut where she studied Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Drama, Music, Nutrition, Character Dance and Repertoire Study.  She has taken master classes with David Howard, Savion Glover, Christopher Gattelli, Kevin Martin, Nico Rubio, Twitch, Peg Leg Bates, Avi Miller & Ofer Ben, and many more.  Lark also studied flute under Leslie Oaks and piano under Joe Erwin, both retired Julliard School of Music professors.

 

Lark has attended The Chicago International Salsa Congress, Midwest Lindy Fest, Twin Cities Tap Festival, Showstoppers Dance Conventions, The Dance Teacher Web Conference and Expo and Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School year one.  She is currently pursuing the Dance Masters of America Teacher Certification.

 

Lark has taught at Lorie’s Music ‘n’ Motion Dance studio in Marion, North Carolina, at the Elm Park Elementary’s After School program in Worcester, Massachusetts, at the Minnesota Ballet School in Duluth, Minnesota, and at the Ashland School of Dance in Ashland, Wisconsin.  She was the founding Vice President on the board and dance department director for Avalon Educational Institute, as well as the Woodland Community Center Director and Youth Development Director for the Duluth YMCA in charge of the gymnastics program, dance program and various youth/community programs.

 

Professionally she has performed with “Over the Top” Dance Company performing Modern/contemporary works, Beale Fletcher’s Dance Troupe touring a three state area performing Tap, Ballet, and dramatic skits, and with Universal Dance Studio Performance Troupe performing Ballroom dance works.

 

 

ALEXA REINKALL  /  INSTRUCTOR

Alexa began her dancing training at the age of five at Deanne's Dance Studio in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  As a student at Deanne's she studied jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, pointe, and hip-hop.  As a freshman in high school Alexa got the opportunity to learn from and be choreographed by Shara Smallwood, an assistant choreographer and dancer in the Beyonce Run the World Video.  In high school she also joined the Minnetonka High School Performance Dance Team where she dance kick as well.

 

Alexa began teaching at dreamdance Academy in 2014.  She teaches both Studio and Company dancers.

Since starting her teaching career she has taught, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, and tap.  Currently she is our resident hip-hop teacher and she has really focused on building our hip-hop program.  She teaches dancers ranging in age from five to eighteen.  Her hip-hop routines are known for having intricate tutting sections.  During the summer of 2016, Alexa attended the Dance Teacher Summit in Long Beach, California.  At the Summit, she had the opportunity to take classes from well known dancers and choreographers such as Tatiana Parker (SYTYCD Canada), Mia Michaels (SYTYCD), Travis Wall (SYTYCD/Shaping Sound), Denise Wall, and Anthony Morigerato (SYTYCD/Operation Tap).

 

Alexa is currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Superior where she is studying Exercise Science.  She is also double majoring in Sports Management and Biology.  She plans to attend graduate school after to become a physical therapist.

 

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4:30 - 10 p.m. M-F

2:30 - 9 p.m. Sundays