Our Personable, Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff

Ruthena

Ruthena has been the sole owner of Grand Jeté since she opened the store in 1983.

Paula

Paula has been at Grand Jeté since December of 1999, accruing years of expertise in dancewear and specializing in managing inventory and creating special orders for customers.

Grace

Grace began dancing when she was four at Johnny Cavelle Dance Studio in South Dakota.

Lisa

Lisa has been with Grand Jeté since 2008, bringing to the store her talents and expertise in store design, marketing and public relations.

Brittany

Brittany received a B.A. in Dance from Colorado State University, where she focused primarily on ballet and modern and received the Faculty Award for Sustained Achievement in Performance, Choreography and Technique.

Vivian

Vivian has been dancing since she was two years old, studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and Haitian, among other styles.

Shaylene

Shaylene is a Neuroscience Studies major and dance minor at Macalester College.

Ruthena

Owner

Ruthena has been the sole owner of Grand Jeté since she opened the store in 1983. She began ballet when she was seven, studying at the Andahazy School of Classical Ballet in St. Paul, MN through high school and at the Minnesota Dance Theater and School in Minneapolis following her graduation from college. She performed in MDT’s Nutcracker for a number of years and also performed with Jo Savino and the Classical Ballet Academy in ballets such as Giselle, Coppelia, and Firebird. Ruthena has continued to take regular ballet classes twice a week at Saint Paul Ballet and has been a guest performer with Ballet Minnesota. She is an avid supporter of the dancers who come to Grand Jeté, getting to know many of them as they shop at the store and attending many performances for dance schools and companies in the Twin Cities area each year.  Additionally, Ruthena has been an active board member for the MN Retailers Association for ten years. In July of 2014, Ruthena received the honor of being chosen as one of five finalists in America’s Retail Champions program at the National Retail Federation Advocacy Summit in Washington D.C.  

Paula

Administrative Assistant

Paula has been at Grand Jeté since December of 1999, accruing years of expertise in dancewear and specializing in managing inventory and creating special orders for customers.  She has danced ballet since she was nine, training at Classical Ballet Academy and Saint Paul Ballet.  Paula worked for a number of years in the Saint Paul Ballet costume shop as the wardrobe mistress.  She currently continues to take ballet class at SPB as well as tap class at Dance Spectrum.  She has also been a member of the St. Anthony Sacred Dance Company for over ten years.  In addition, Paula started her own business hand-crafting cards, selling those with beautiful, dance-related designs at Grand Jeté.

Grace

Ballroom and Marketing Manager

Grace began dancing when she was four at Johnny Cavelle Dance Studio in South Dakota.  She studied ballet, tap, jazz, character, celtic and pointe and passed her Cecchetti exams through Grade IV.  Grace earned her bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance with a Spanish minor and teaches piano and performs professionally in the Twin Cities.  In 2011, Grace began training as a competitive ballroom dancer at Cinema Ballroom in St. Paul, MN.  She competed successfully in both amateur and pro/am partnerships locally and nationally before accepting a pro partnership and pursuing a career as an instructor at Cinema Ballroom.  Grace now teaches full time at Cinema and competes both professionally and with her students across the United States.  Grace has been at Grand Jeté since 2011 and is the ballroom and marketing manager as well as an administrative assistant.

Lisa

Administrative Assistant

Lisa has been with Grand Jeté since 2008, bringing to the store her talents and expertise in store design, marketing and public relations.  She began taking ballet classes at a very young age, continued throughout high school and college, and has two daughters who grew up dancing with Classical Ballet Academy.  Lisa has been involved with Ballet Minnesota for over 20 years in multiple capacities and is currently the Board President.  She has worked in the costume shop for fifteen years, preparing for shows such as Nutcracker and the spring classic ballets, and has organized mulitple fundraising events.  Additionally, Lisa has store display and merchandising experience in both wholesale and retail companies.

 

Brittany

Team Member

 Brittany began studying ballet at age four at the Boulder Ballet School, becoming an apprentice with the company her senior year in high school.  She has attended a number of summer programs including Kansas City Ballet, ABT, Joffrey Ballet, LINES Ballet, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance.  Brittany received a B.A. in Dance from Colorado State University, where she focused primarily on ballet and modern and received the Faculty Award for Sustained Achievement in Performance, Choreography and Technique.  She moved to Minnesota in October of 2013, and is currently a company member and teacher at Saint Paul Ballet as well as their PR manager.  Additionally, Brittany spearheaded the outreach program “Take Back the Tutu,” which partners with the Emily Program to raise awareness for how body image relates to ballet.

Vivian

Team Member

 

Vivian has been dancing since she was two years old, studying ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary and Haitian, among other styles.  She began in community dance but started dancing seriously when she was eight years old at Out On A Limb and has been there ever since.  Vivian performs with the studio frequently, and her favorite place to perform is the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium.  Vivian grew up in Como Park, St. Paul and currently attends SPCPA where she is in the dance program. She really enjoys the opportunity to dance during the school day and considers ballet her favorite style of dance.

 

Shaylene

Team Member

 

 

Shaylene is an alumna of Dancenter North in Libertyville, IL, and is currently pursuing a Neuroscience Studies major and a dance minor at Macalester College.  Shaylene has studied ballet, modern, jazz, and tap since she was a child, and she currently performs and choreographs with the Macalester Theatre and Dance Department.  Combining her pursuit of both neuroscience and dance, Shaylene completed two studies on dance and the brain in the spring of 2017, for her Capstone project.