Our Personable, Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff

Solveig

Solveig grew up dancing in the Twin Cities, studying ballet and the Vaganova method, as well as jazz

Jen

Jen grew up in Prior Lake, MN and danced at Premier Dance Academy for 10 years.

Grace

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

Georgia

Georgia comes to Grand Jeté after serving as the 2017-18 Advancement Director for Minnesota Dance Theatre. She has over 30 years in the nonprofit industry, specifically in dance, education, and development.

Solveig

Director of Operations

Solveig grew up dancing in the Twin Cities, studying ballet and the Vaganova method, as well as jazz, at SPB.  She graduated from Augsburg College with a degree in Music Education, both vocal and instrumental, and is currently finishing her PhD in Historical Musicology through the U of M.Music and dance have always been major aspects of Solveig’s life.  While continuing to take adult ballet classes, Solveig taught piano lessons for over a decade, including at Cadenza Music here in St. Paul, MN.  From 2016-2017, she had the opportunity to spend a year in Norway doing research for her dissertation.  When she was ready for a break from teaching and academia and began looking for a new challenge, she started doing some arts administration work and found she really enjoyed it!

Solveig has shopped at Grand Jeté her whole life, and she developed a relationship with Ruthena Fink, the founder of Grand Jeté, both through the store and through dancing with her at SPB.  Solveig has always had a great amount of respect for Ruthena, recognizing also that Grand Jeté has a very important place in the dance community.  She sees Grand Jeté as a place where different people can come together, from different dance styles and backgrounds, and enter into a common experience outside of their own studio or community.  As Director of Operations, Solveig now seeks to continue the legacy of Grand Jeté and its role in the dance community.

When she’s not at Grand Jeté, Solveig is probably with her one-year-old son, cooking, knitting, reading, playing Wordle or playing/studying music!

Jen

Manager and Inventory Specialist

Jen grew up in Prior Lake, MN and danced at Premier Dance Academy for 10 years.  At Premier, she received training in ballet and pointe.  In 2017, her family moved to St. Paul, and she currently attends the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts.  At school she is transitioning into the instrumental track so she can focus on training on the guitar.

Grace J

Shift Supervisor

 

 

Grace

Social Media 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 Social Media Manager.

Bella

Team Member

Bella started taking dance classes when she was twelve years old, dancing at Martina Tessaro Dance.  She currently dances at Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists as well as Crash Dance, a contemporary company.  Bella trains in a variety of dance styles, including ballet, salsa, bachata, contemporary, jazz, breaking, hip hop and modern.  She is currently a junior in high school at SPCPA and works part-time at Grand Jeté.

One of Bella’s favorite things about Grand Jeté is getting to help all the little kids who are starting dance and seeing how excited they are!

Other fun facts about Bella besides dancing: she loves reading, her favorite show is Grey’s Anatomy, and her favorite color is orange!

Georgia

Team Member

Georgia comes to Grand Jeté after serving as the 2017-18 Advancement Director for Minnesota Dance Theatre.  She has over thirty years in the nonprofit industry, specifically in dance, education and development.  Georgia, founder of Saint Paul City Ballet (renamed St. Paul Ballet in 2014), continued its growth and development for sixteen years, garnering foundation and corporate support.  Georgia developed two ballet outreach programs in Saint Paul that are still active.  She was actively engaged in the Saint Paul business community and president of the Grand Avenue Business Association for three years.  Georgia currently works with her husband, helping market his business, Danceprints.  She is a firm believer that the arts, in partnership with corporate, business and community support, augment the economy of a city and increase the vitality and aesthetic beauty of its community.

 

Nora

Team Member