In the Spotlight Owner, Choreographer and Instructor
Celeste started dancing at the age of 3 at Carlene’s Dance Centre. After three years she moved to Dance Impressions for one year and then to The Dance Shoppe for the remainder of her school years. She started in competing lines at the age of 7 and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. While at The Dance Shoppe, she was voted captain of her team sophomore and senior year. Through her years at The Dance Shoppe, Celeste and her teams received numerous awards including: 1st overall at Nationals, “High Intensity,” award for her solo, “Totally together turns,” for small groups and many overall and cash awards. She was also on the Maple Grove Dance Team, teaching clinics and helping to choreograph dances for the team. Celeste continued her dance career teaching at a small dance studio in the metro area for 3 years and then opened In the Spotlight in 2005. Other teaching opportunities include: Elk River community Ed for ages3-12, guest instruction at other studios in the metro area and coached the Rogers fall dance team. Her teams have won cash awards, and choreography awards. In the Spotlight attended nationals in Orlando, FL in 2017 with her soloist placing in the top 5 overall, 3 of her dances made it to the finals and her small group holds the title for National Grand Champions. Also this past year she was awarded a choreography award, numerous overall awards, judges choice awards and In the Spotlight Won the In10sity challenge award at their regional competition taking home $1000.00 cash.
Krista began her dancing career at the age of 3 and continued training through high school with the Dance Shoppe, Butterfields Gallerie of Dance and Dancin’ On Broadway. During her high school years, Krista was a member of the Maple Grove Dance Team and served as captain her senior year. While on the Maple Grove Dance Team, Krista was named Most Outstanding High Kick Dancer three times. Krista attended Minnesota State University, Mankato and graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Health Education and a minor in Biology. While at MSU, Krista was on the dance team for 4 years, being named captain her sophomore, junior, and senior years. Her team attended the NDA Collegiate Dance Championship in Daytona Beach, FL consistently placed in the top 5 in Division II dance every year. Krista was also a summer dance camp instructor for 10 years with Just For Kix (JFK) and was named 2006 Veteran Staff Member of the Year. She served as Director of the Chaska and Waconia JFK youth dance programs for 2 years. Krista also served as a certified dance official through the Judges Association of MN dance teams and the Minnesota State High School League. Currently, Krista is beginning her 12th year as an assistant coach of the Maple Grove Dance Team. She has helped lead the team to their 2010 High Kick and 2008, 2011, 2013 and 2015 Jazz State Championship titles. Krista had the honor of being nominated for the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2018 Assistant Coach of the Year from the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams. Krista will be entering her 10th season with In the Spotlight where she has been honored with numerous overall awards, choreography awards, judge’s choice awards, as well as many entertainment awards working with In the Spotlight’s production routines.
In addition to teaching at In the Spotlight, Krista received her Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology in 2014 and currently works in cancer research.
Julie Mordhorst grew up in Maple Grove, Minnesota where she was an active participant of the dance community. For 16 years, she was a competitive student at Dance Shoppe/Summit Dance Shoppe as well as a varsity athlete for Maple Grove Senior High for 4 consecutive years. During this time, she won local and national championships with her studio as well as two state titles with the Maple Grove Dance Team. While attending Winona Statue University in southeastern Minnesota, Julie received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography and Digital imagery as well as a minor in dance and business management. Her dance minor was centered on modern and ballet. Julie is a previous employee of Misty’s Dance Unlimited, the founding member of More Than Just Great Dancing, where she focused her teaching and choreography around jazz and leaps and turns technique. She also was a member of the competition staff where she worked with different solos, teams, and production lines.While in the Onalaska Wisconsin region, Julie had an internship at the More Than Just Great Dancing corporate office as well as assisted in the first Midwest Dance Connection competitions in West Salem Wisconsin and Wisconsin Dells. She helped manage the Orlando Florida national training event for More Than Just Great Dancing and the arrangement and behind the scenes of both dance competitions. Julie also traveled on Semester at Sea her Fall 2013 semester where she was able to broaden her dance knowledge by attending different programs throughout her voyage. She participated in a drumming and dancing program while visiting the country of Ghana. She also was able to attend a Ballet in Russia and went to a Tango dance club in Brazil. This allowed her to have hands on experience of different cultures and the way they express movement through dance. Subsequent to graduation, Julie has recently moved back to the Minneapolis region where she will continue teaching and coaching. She will be working part time at In the Spotlight and Summit Dance Shoppe, as well as choreographing solo and team routines throughout the Midwest region. She also is an assistant coach for the Maple Grove Dance Team where she will work with both JV and Varsity level athletes. She is determined to make an impact in the dance community as well as be an inspiration for the youth.
Ever since Jess was able to walk she always found a reason to spin in circles, move her hips and jump. Her mom knew from a young age to put Jess in dance. When she was three years old her mom enrolled her at Dance Shoppe where she fell in love with dance. Jess continued her competitive dance at Dance Shoppe until 5thgrade when her and her mom decided that they wanted a change. Jess switched studios to Butterfield Gallery of Dance where she competed competitively through 8thgrade. When entering 9th grade she joined the dance team at Totino-Grace High School. Her sophomore year her team one first in state for AA for Jazz and placing 2ndin Kick, where she became captain her senior year and received the honor of All-State Honorable Mention. Following high school, she decided to focus on college where she attended Minnesota State University Mankato and majored in Health Science and Minored in Psychology and graduating with Magna Cum Lade. She decided she still needed dance in her life but took a more recreational approach. Here is where she taught classes on campus and attended workshops throughout Minnesota. When graduating in 2009 from Mankato she applied to graduate school and started in the fall of 2009 at University of Minnesota in the Occupational Therapy Program. While in the program she got the opportunity to coach Andover Dance Team. She fell in love with coaching. It wasn’t the competitions that made it fun, it was getting the opportunity to teach girls not only dance but also how to be the best version of themselves that they can be. In 2011 Jess graduated with her master’s in occupational therapy. Following coaching Andover, she took her coaching to Academy of Holy Angels. In 2014 she moved to Huntington Beach California. She continued her practice in Occupational Therapy and found dance again. She attended workshops in L.A. on a weekly basis. In 2016 after being in California she decided that she wanted to be back near family. She moved back to Minnesota and bought a house in Rogers. Every time she was visiting MN from CA she came to her niece’s dance recitals. She loved how this studio ran their recitals, loved the dances and it just felt like this studio was a family. That studio was “In the Spotlight.” Jess got an opportunity to talk to Celeste about what she could bring to her studio and Celeste gave Jess one of her passions back, being able to teach students. Since 2016 Jess has been at “In the Spotlight” and it has been one of the best things that she has been able to do. Not only is one of Jess’s favorite things to do with a dance is to “clean it” but there is nothing more satisfying then seeing a dancer start in September with a certain set of skills and confidence and seeing everything grow throughout the year. Seeing the dancers up on stage doing what they love and worked so hard for makes all the long and hard practices worth it. She not only wants to be a teacher that helps them expand their skill set in dancing she wants to be that teacher that they never forget that taught them more about being the best version of themselves and following the best path for themselves.
Madeline Schutte began dancing at the age of 3 and continued throughout college. She grew up at Butterfield’s Gallery of Dance, Dancer’s Edge, and Northern Force Dance Company. She also was a varsity athlete for the Maple Grove Dance Team for 5 consecutive years winning three state titles. After high school, Madeline danced for the University of Wisconsin-Madison dance team and placed I the top ten at UDA National Dance Team Championship. Now, Madeline enjoys teaching and choreographing on the side while pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant!
Anna began dancing at the age of 3 and continued dancing through her freshman year at college. She are up dancing at Butterfields Gallery of Dance, Dancers Edge, Energy Dance Center and Kincade Dance Industries. On top of her love for studio, she was also a varsity athlete for 3 years on Maple Grove Dance Team winning 2 State championships. While on her high school dance team, she competed at Miss Dance Team Minnesota receiving 2nd runner up and a chance to compete at nationals in California. After the endless hours of practice, she headed out to California for MDTUSA and was overjoyed to tie for 5th place in the nation. After high school, she had the privilege of being on The Iowa State University Dance Team for her freshman year. She loved getting the chance to cheer for her team in-front of 60,000 cyclone fans. Now, she has a degree in marketing and is working as a Manager at Spaces, a co-working office space located in the North Loop. She will also be coaching Maple Grove Dance Team this fall.
Jadyn Reddy joins the ITS staff as our new ballet instructor. Jadyn graduated from the University of Arizona’s School of Dance on a Fine Arts scholarship. She was featured performer at UA Commencement, and was awarded the “Future In Dance” graduate scholarship. Jadyn’s training is comprised of several intensive programs including American Ballet Theatre, River North Dance Chicago, BalletX, and Alonzo King LINES Ballet. When she’s not dancing, you’ll find Jadyn in a yoga, pure barre or pilates class, challenging and growing in body, mind and soul.
Kendell found her love of dance at the age of 2. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, musical theater and hip hop. Kendell trained at Dance Impressions, In the Spotlight, and then Northland School of Dance. At ITS, Kendell was a part of many group high point awards, and as a soloist, received several judge’s choice awards, scholarships, standout dancer, and many other awards, including 1st overall at Nationals. At Northland, Kendell was a part of many high point and national award winning dances. She was awarded “Core Performer” at Radix Nationals, and “Best Dancer” at Nuvo and Jump Nationals. She also received a full scholarship for Radix Nationals her senior year. Kendell was a part of the Super Bowl Live dance team, and appeared on many news channels throughout Super Bowl 52 week. In addition to teaching dance, Kendell will be studying for a degree in nursing.
Jen began dancing at the age of 3, and competing at a very young age. Jen has training in tap, ballet, lyrical, and jazz. Jen was a member of the high school dance team where she choreographed for 4 years and was the senior captain. From there she went on to dance on her college dance team for 2 years, where she also choreographed and was captain. Jen has a Business Marketing degree from the University of St. Thomas. Currently, Jen is the head coach of the St. Michael Albertville winter competitive dance team. Jen just finished her 4th year teaching at Bravo Dance Company where she taught both for their recreational and competitive teams. Her dances have won several high point, judges choice, and overall awards.
Jill Price Meeker
Jill joins the staff as our new tap instructor. A New Jersey native, Jill has over 30 years experience teaching in all disciplines of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theater. She studied under the watchful eye of many New City instructors such as Charles Kelly, Phil Black and Henry LeTang. Jill is no stranger to the musical theater stage having performed in many productions. Favorite roles include Kristine in “A Chorus Line”, June in “Gypsy” and Velma in “West Side Story”. Jill is thrilled to be the newest member of the In The Spotlight staff, and is excited to work with these talented and beautiful dancers.