Faculty

Daphne McCoy - New Director of Northfield Dance Academy

Daphne McCoy has been dancing and teaching dance for most of her life. She has a BA in Music Theatre from the University of Central Oklahoma and an MFA in Modern Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is also a certified Alexander technique teacher. Currently, Daphne is a member of the dance faculty at Carleton College where she teaches Modern dance technique and choreographs for Semaphore Dance Company. For the past 18 years Daphne has been teaching dance technique and theory at many colleges and universities across the nation including, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, Miami University, Earlham College, Bowdoin College, Colby College and Bates College. Daphne has taught all techniques including ballet, modern, tap, jazz, musical theatre dance, Movement for the actor, dance history, dance appreciation, the Alexander technique, improvisation and composition.  After graduate school, Daphne was the co-Artistic director of Impact III a modern dance company in Champagne, Il for 3 years.  Some of her professional, and collegiate choreographic credits in theatre, music theatre and opera choreography include, “Wild Duck”, “Good Person of Szechwan.” “Cabaret,” “Big Love,” Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Music Man,” 42nd Street,” “Anything Goes,” “HAIR,”  “Metamorphosis,” “Attempts on her life,” Hamletmachine,” “La Traviata,” “Marriage of Figaro,” “Venus,” ”Top Girls,” ”Tartuffe,” “Putting it Together,” ”Skriker,” “Godspell,” “Tarzan,” “Man of La Mancha,” “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown,””Spelling Bee,” “Fiddler on the Roof”  and “Tarzan”

Throughout her career as a professor of dance, Daphne has had her modern dance choreography represented at the American College Dance festivals in many regions of the nation including here in Minnesota at the Mankato ACDFA in 2013.

Daphne shares her life with her two wonderful daughters, Harper and Carson Bechtel, her husband Roger and their dog Nugget and two kitties, Jasmine and Basil in the cozy little town of Northfield, Minnesota.

Daphne has worked with every demographic of dancers from 18 months to 90 years old and looks forward to many years training a diverse group of people at Northfield Dance Academy.
Aimee Ahnemann (masterclasses)
Aimee has studied dance for over 25 years and has instructed ballet, modern, African, and liturgical dance classes and programs for all ages for over 10 years. She has a B.A. degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD and has taught in middle school and junior high classrooms for 10 years. She received her ballet training from Christine Kirk of K’Dance Studio in Sioux Falls, SD; Ballet Arts in Minneapolis, MN; and the Houston Ballet in Houston, TX. Aimee is continuing her dance education by pursuing her teacher’s certification in the Cecchetti Method and has recently passed her first teacher’s exam. She has also studied African dance with the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company and the Repertory Dance Theatre in Salt Lake City, UT; and studied and performed modern dance with the Institute for Digital Performing Arts through the University of Texas and the National Dance Company in San Jose, Costa Rica. Aimee has had the opportunity to perform in several European countries and Taiwan, as a South Dakota Ambassador of Excellence; and most recently, she performed with the ELCA TX-LA Gulf Coast Synod’s Creative Expressions Liturgical Dance Ensemble.
Kristin Lauenstein (masterclasses and choreography)
Kristin has instructed dance since 1993 in studios and dance companies throughout Minnesota & Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire with a B.B.A. Degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship with a Minor in Dance, she has held many leadership positions within dance organizations throughout the Midwest, including President of the University of Wisconsin Concert Dance Company, and Director of a non-profit dance company in Northfield, Minnesota.  Her students have competed both locally and nationally and her works have won numerous “Overall High Point” awards in addition to awards for her choreography over the years. Kristin grew up dancing competitively and is trained in all styles of dance in addition to gymnastics and baton twirling. She continues her education by attending local dance classes and national workshops & conferences, such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project, West Coast Dance Explosion, and teacher training conferences.  Kristin believes in more than teaching dance. Through dance it is Kristin’s goal to instill self-confidence, time management skills, responsibility and the importance of physical activity in her students.
Katelyn Rademacher
Katelyn Rademacher is 18 years old and currently resides with her family in Red Wing, MN. She has received her dance training from Shoreline Dance in Red Wing, and Spotlight Productions Dance Studio, located in Eagan, MN. In June 2013, Katelyn graduated from Minnesota Virtual High School with Honors.  This fall, she plans to attend Dakota County Technical College for Exercise and Sport Science.  For the past couple of years, Katelyn has been traveling around the country taking class and conventions. From Seattle to Orlando, she has been successfully receiving scholarships and recognition for her dancing from various instructors/choreographers. She has won numerous regional and national titles over the the past 10 years as a competitive dancer, but she has recently retired herself from the competition scene- searching for something more within the dance industry. Katelyn has assisted at several Tremaine Dance Conventions across the nation and currently teaches at Northfield Dance Academy and JAMM Dance Company.  During the 2012-2013 season, Katelyn received five choreography awards with her creative, passionate, and memorable pieces.  Though her strengths linger in the contemporary and hip-hop genre's, Katelyn is extensively and properly trained in all styles. Katelyn is known in the industry for her artistry, movement quality, and maturity as a dancer. She appreciates the opportunity to explore new movement and constantly craves to expand her vocabulary and share her passion. Katelyn tries to portray the message to her students that dance is more than just turns, leaps, and kicks- and to focus more on the inner meaning of the art; the emotion, the quality, and the power it can hold. As a teacher, Katelyn endlessly strives for a clean and polished routine and hopes to show her students and audiences what she believes dance is all about.
Nicole Terry
Nicole Terry has been a successful dance instructor, studio owner and choreographer in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana for 14 years. During this time she taught, mentored, studied and performed at various venues. After studying many styles of dance in Arizona, Minnesota and Montana throughout the years, Nicole’s primary focuses are Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop along with Theatrical Dance. Her accomplishments include owning and directing Sapphire Dance Studio, directing and choreographing 28 recitals, choreographing and performing in 9 musicals, directing, writing and costuming 3 original complete story lines and numerous community events including youth theatre camps, school guest teacher and cheer coach. Her desire to motivate and create dancers with excellent technique and self discipline has helped propel several of her students into a career in dance. Nicole was a member of the Montana Dance Arts Association which contributes thousands of hours and abundant expertise in developing and promoting the art of dance in Montana. With her careful guidance, many of Nicole’s skilled dancers received full scholarships at the MDAA workshops in and out of state to further their dance education. She enjoys working with dancers of all ages and looks forward to inspiring NDA students into becoming successful dancers.
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