Karissa Machacek

Instructor

Instructor Name: Miss Karissa

Title: Dance Instructor

Education & Certifications: BFA in Dance, Belhaven University; Certificate, Apprenticeship Scheme, Springs Dance Company

Dance Experience: Trained in ballet from an early age with the School of Continental Ballet in Bloomington, Minnesota, and later danced as a member of their Junior Company. Graduated with honors in 2011 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi, performing a variety of works by faculty and guest artists, as well as with the university’s Dance Ministry Ensemble. Danced for two seasons as a corps de ballet member and soloist with Continental Ballet Company in Bloomington, Minnesota, performing and touring full length classical ballets. Danced for one year with Elevate Dance Company, the apprentice company of Springs Dance Company in London, UK, training in contemporary, ballet, and street and performing and teaching workshops in schools and churches across the United Kingdom. Performed at Project Dance in both New York City and London.

Years Teaching: 10

Favorite Dance Genre: Ballet (although modern is a close second!)

Personal: I live in St. Louis Park and work full time as assistant manager of Smith Coffee & Cafe in Eden Prairie, where I love serving our customers and perfecting my latte art. In my little down time, I love Pilates, reading, expanding my record collection, and spending time with my family (and cats!).

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