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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.
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 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 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. She received a B.A. in Dance from Colorado State University and received the Faculty Award for Sustained Achievement in Performance, Choreography and Technique. She moved to Minnesota in October of 2013, and has been dancing professionally since, most recently with St. Paul Ballet until 2017. Additionally, Brittany spearheaded the outreach program “Take Back the Tutu,” which partnered with local mental health organizations and photographer Caroline Yang to promote healthy body image in dancers. Brittany lives in Uptown with her husband and very large kitty, Minkus.
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.
Celesta grew up in St. Paul, MN, and danced at Classical Ballet Academy for 14 years. In high school, she attended the Saint Paul Conservatory for the Performing Arts until her family moved to Duluth. There she was a member of the Duluth East Dance Team and trained at Madill Performing Arts Center. She has attended summer programs at Ballet Minnesota, Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts, and this past summer at Alonzo King LINES Ballet. Celesta graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in dance and minor in retail merchandising. Currently, Celesta is the ballet and contemporary instructor at STUDiO ViBE and guest teaches at many studios around Twin Cities. She is also producing her own work and performing as much as possible.