Staff

Stacey Dimberio is the owner, director and principal instructor. Stacey is trained and certified in the Cecchetti Ballet technique. She holds a degree in Dance and Education from UMD. Stacey has been teaching for over 30 years and continues to study to keep up with the changing dance curriculums. Stacey’s Studio uses student helpers who are chosen by Stacey to assist in most classes. Some advanced assistants may teach some classes and are available for private lessons. All staff are highly trained dancers, outstanding role models, and have been carefully chosen by Stacey to follow her philosophy on the true love of dance.




The 2016-17 team includes but is not limited to: Amanda Abrahamson, Katie Berg, Jenna Bergee, Rebekkah Brownson, Hannah Davich, Sophie Goad, Alex Peterson-Hanson, Willow Huber, Brianna Hall-Nelson, Katie Paul, Amy Swartz, Dominic Slininger, Nicole Slininger, Jamie Tolaas, and Carly Wick. 



Amanda Abrahamson

Occupation:  I am the Grant Reporting Specialist for Foundation and Government Relations at The College of St. Scholastica

Favorite hobby:  Reading, running, sewing, and knitting (in no particular order)

Dance background:  I trained at the School of the Minnesota Ballet, and spent summers training at DanceAspen in Aspen, Colorado. I was named an apprentice with the Minnesota Ballet in 1997, was promoted into the company at the start of the 1998-99 season, and danced professionally until 2010. I taught in the School of the Minnesota for 11 years (levels 3-7, adult ballet, and a creative dance class for students with special needs), and taught ballet in Continuing Education at The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. 
 
A short message to your dancers:  What if I took the rules of ballet away? You don’t have to turn out, you don’t have to point your foot, you don’t have to straighten your knee. What’s left? Movement. And that is what dance ultimately is - movement, so lets breathe and move (while still turning out, pointing our feet and straightening our knees)!





Katie Berg

Occupation: College English Teacher 

Favorite hobby: Climbing

Favorite color: Purple

Dance background: Undergraduate BA in Theater at UMD, trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater; classes with Minnesota Ballet and Zenon Dance Company.  Heavily involved as a dancer and choreographer in numerous UMD Theater shows, and was an officer, choreographer, and dancer in Attitudes Dance, UMD's student-run dance club.  7th year teaching at Stacey's! :)

A Short message to your dancers: In all aspects of life, I try to follow Thoreau's advice- "Be silly, be honest, be kind", and I hope to pass that on to my incredible dancers.  It's been amazing to watch you grow as artists, athletes, and as people, and I'm so proud to be your teacher!  


Jenna Bergee

Occupation:  Interior Designer

Favorite hobby:  Traveling

Favorite color:  Peacock Blue

Dance background:  I started dancing at Stacey's about 24 years ago, and continued through high school when I was also on the Marshall dance team.  I began "helper teaching" as a sixth grader and continued that through high school graduation.  I moved away for college and after graduation came back to Duluth and have been teaching since then.

A short message to your dancers:  I am looking forward to a dance year full of creativity, hard work, and lots of laughter!






Rebekah Brownson

Occupation:  Engineer at Cirrus Aircraft

Favorite hobby:  Baking, hiking, and to do crafty things around my house.

Favorite color:  Mint/teal

Dance background:  I've been a studio dancer for 15 years doing ballet, jazz, and clogging (similar to tap).  I was in showchoir for 6 years.  I danced all four years in college, and this is my second year teaching.

A short message to your dancers:  I am very excited to continue teaching this year.  I love getting to know all dancers in the studio.  Please come say hi if we do not know each other.  "Forget your troubles and dance."




Hannah Davich

Occupation:  Student

Favorite hobby:  Painting, traveling, and cooking

Favorite color:  Pink

Dance background:  I have danced for 17 years at Stacey's Studio.  Throughout the years I have danced jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, and hip hop.  Nine of those years I have been on the competition dance team.  The last two years I choreographed my solos in jazz and lyrical. I was selected to be a standout dancer at nationals a couple of times.  To further my knowledge of dance I have attended workshops in the twin cities, Duluth, and Disney World.  I danced in the Disney parade twice.  I have also traveled to New York City to attend dance class at Steps on Broadway.  I recently returned from Paris, France where I took ballet class at Paris Marais Dance School.  While dancing at the studio I have also danced on my high school dance team for four years.  I competed on both JV and varsity lines in jazz and high kick for the Duluth East East Side Steppers.  While on the high school dance team I performed in a half time show for The Outback Bowl.

A short message to your dancers:  Dance with your heart and your feet will follow.  Push yourself and continue to grow.  Have a great year, and have fun.



Sophie Goad

Occupation:  Full time student at CSS

Favorite hobby:  Dancing and running

Favorite color:  Blue

Dance background:  I've danced here at Stacey's for 16 years, on a competition team for 9.  I also danced on my high school dance team and was captain my senior year.  I am continuing dancing on the dance team at CSS as well.  

A short message to your dancers:  I'm so excited to be coming back to work with all of you this year!  I'm ready for a fun, hard working year and I can't wait to see what you guys can do, you're all amazing!



Alex Peterson-Hanson

Occupation:  Full time student at the College of Saint Scholastica

Favorite hobby:  Reading

Favorite color:  Purple

Dance Background:  I have been a dancer at Stacey’s Studio for thirteen years and look forward to teaching this year.  I am excited to teach all of you and have a great dance year!

A short message to your dancers:  I am excited to teach all of you and have a great dance year!





Brianna Hall-Nelson

Occupation: Perfect Duluth Day, applying to physical therapy school.

Favorite Hobby: Attending as much live music as possible!

Favorite Color:  Purple

Dance Background: I began dancing at the age of 4, and continue training and performing today.  I hold a B.A. in dance from St. Olaf College where I studied various dance techniques, performance, and choreography.  Subsequent studies include the Bates Dance Festival, Bearnstow Creative Retreat, and the Boulder Jazz Festival. As a child, I studied tap, jazz, and lyrical at the Dance Conservatory of Southern Minnesota, Mankato, MN.  My ballet training at the Mankato Ballet Company ushered me en pointe and through many performances of The Nutcracker.   My local performances include the Duluth Playhouse’s production of 42nd Street and Dances on the Lakewalk.   Before transitioning to Stacey’s I taught as the tap and jazz director at Reif Dance in Grand Rapids, MN where I directed original productions of Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book.  I feel privileged to share my knowledge with the next generation of dancers!

A short message to your dancers:  Hard work is fun!



Katie Paul

Occupation:  Assistant buyer at Maurices

Favorite hobby:  Researching for new music and dance inspiration!

Favorite color:  Pink

Dance background:  I grew up dancing at Stacey’s Studio from age 2 – 18.   After graduating high school, I attended the College of Saint Benedict, where I danced for 4 years on their football and basketball performance teams.  During my time at St. Ben’s, I was a Captain for 2 years and started the Hip Hop basketball performance team.  I came back to Duluth each summer and taught classes at Stacey’s.  This prepared me to become a dance teacher after I graduated college, and here I am starting my third year as a staff member!

A short message to your dancers:  Dancers, I am so excited for this season to begin!  We had an amazing recital last year, and I am ready to raise the bar in our 31st season at Stacey’s Studio.  Get ready to work hard, have fun, and make great friends as we dance our way through another school year!  Love, Miss Katie



Amy Swartz


Occupation:  Brand Marketing and Public Relations at Maurices

Favorite hobby:  Anything if it involves spending time with family or friends.

Favorite color:  Blue – specifically ocean blue shades

Dance background:  I grew up dancing at Stacey’s and was on the dance team in high school.  I started teaching when I started college.  This will be my 10th season at the studio!

A short message to your dancers:  I didn’t start dance from a young age – I started in 7th grade!  It’s never too late to try something you love!











Dominic Slininger

Occupation:  I am currently a junior at UMD studying psychology and I am hoping to go into occupational therapy in the future.

Favorite hobby:  Dancing, obviously, and exploring outdoors.  I like to hike with friends and discover the beauty of Duluth.

Favorite color:  Burgundy and blue-green

Dance background:  I am starting my third year teaching at Stacey's Studio and I love it! Before coming to Stacey's, I trained at Dance By Kris in Cottage Grove, MN. I danced at that studio for 17 years, 13 of which, I was a competition dancer. I learned many different styles of dance at Dance By Kris which include tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet, and contemporary. My favorite types of dance are lyrical and contemporary, although I like to teach all styles that I have been trained in. I am so excited to be teaching a lot more this upcoming year from solos and duets, to group dances and parades!

A short message to your dancers:  I am happy to be a part of the Stacey's Studio family and I am super excited for this dance season! Keep up the hard work and you will be amazing!

 



Nicole (Colee) Slininger

Occupation:  I am currently a freshman at UMD studying mechanical engineering.

Favorite hobby:  Listening to, singing, and playing music.  I love to search for new types of music to expand my cultural horizon.  I also love to sing and I have been playing the saxophone for 8 years so creating music is such a joyful feeling.

Favorite color:  different mixes of blue and green.

Dance background: I have been a competitive dancer at a studio in my hometown of Cottage Grove, Minnesota since I was 2 years old.  I took classes and learned dances in the styles of tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, contemporary, and ballet at Dance By Kris. My favorite dance styles are tap and ballet. I am extremely excited to start the season and get to see all of the dancers grow as performers, artists, and as people.

A short message to your dancers:  I am extremely excited to start the season and get to see all of the dancers grow as performers, artists, and people.

 

Jamie Tolaas

Occupation:  Wellness Specialist at Maurices

Favorite hobby:  Besides dancing and choreographing, one of my other favorite things to do is spend time at the Kettlebell gym.  It is something that both motivates me and challenges me.  It's very rewarding to see what my body is capable of accomplishing physically and what I can overcome mentally 

Favorite color:  Green or pink!

Dance background:  My love for dance started at the age of three when I first began at Stacey's Studio.  During my time as a student, I enjoyed learning many forms of dance but hip hop, jazz and lyrical have become some of my favorites.  I trained with Stacey up until high school when I joined the dance team for those four years.  After graduating and moving onto college, I was on the UMD Dance Team for two years and also took dance technique courses while I was there.  I have always grown up with a love and passion for dance, so I was beyond excited for the opportunity to work on the staff at Stacey's Studio.  It has been a wonderful experience working with Stacey, the other staff, and the dancers over the past nine years.  I continue to look forward to sharing my gift and love of dance with the next generation of dancers!



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