Jan Barduson Tripp graduated from Hastings High School as the class valedictorian in 1971. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree Magna Cum Laude in physical education with a dance minor from St. Olaf College in 1975. After teaching physical education and health in the Rosemount and Hastings Public Schools, Jan started Jan’s School of Dance, Inc. in the fall of 1981.
For over 35 years she has enjoyed teaching pre-school through adult classes. Her dancers have gone on to dance both professionally with Disney, Minnesota North Stars, Minnesota Swarm, and Minnesota Vikings, as well as at the college level.
Jan is a member of DEA and has attended numerous conventions throughout the years. She is happy to discuss any questions with you. Please call 651-437-1584 if you need assistance.
Kayla Sohn started her dancing career at the age of 2 here at Jan’s School of Dance. She was involved with the competition lines at an early age performing jazz, lyrical, ballet, pointe, musical theatre, clogging and multiple solos. She then went to dance at Gustavus Adolphus College on their national dance team where she was a captain. She was also a member of the Gustavus Dance Company where she focused and performed modern pieces. Kayla graduated with a B.A. in dance and communication studies. She then went on to dance for the Minnesota Swarm Performance team for two years and is now in her 5th year as a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader and is a captain.
Kayla works with our competition lines and various solos and duets. Kayla’s favorite part of being in the studio is choreographing dances. “I love motivating and inspiring the students I work with that anything is possible, and seeing them become more confident and proud. I love helping them connect with movement and message behind choreography. The best moments are when you see your dances impact the audience and know that your choreography is speaking to your students and the audience.” We are very fortunate to have Kayla’s bright smile and talent at our studio.
Leah (Schabert) Erson began her love for dance when she was a toddler. She danced competitively in various styles of dance for almost 2 decades during which time she had the incredible opportunity to partake in many local and national competitions and workshops.
After graduating from High School, Leah went on to North Dakota State University where she was the captain of the National Champion dance team for four years. Following graduation, Leah owned and operated a dance studio for many years in Fargo, ND. She later received her Masters Degree Magna Cum Laude in Radiation Therapy.
Leah has choreographed award-winning dances for high schools and colleges nationwide. Leah’s most “goosebump worthy” moments are when dancers gain confidence in themselves as artists, along with watching routines come to life on stage.
Julie Mattimiro danced for Jan’s School of Dance until she graduated from Hastings High School. After high school, she went on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the College of Saint Benedict and her Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls.
Julie has been teaching students age toddler through adult at Jan’s for many years in a variety of disciplines including: tap, ballet, tumbling, jazz, lyrical, contemporary and clogging. Julie’s calm demeanor and steady approach is a valuable asset to the teaching staff.
Karina Culloton loves performing, learning and creating dance with movers of all ages and abilities! She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and departmental distinction in dance from St. Olaf College in 2015, where she performed, choreographed, and took as many dance classes as possible. Karina has brought these interests to the professional dance community, performing in the 2015 Spoleto Festival and the 2016 and 2017 MN Fringe Festivals, teaching, and working administratively for several arts organizations.
Karina has taught at Jan’s School of Dance since graduation and works with dancers of all ages. Her easy going nature is appreciated by her students and parents.
Katherine Griffis began dancing at the age of three when her mother noticed her inability to sit still during violin lessons. She performed at both regional and national levels in the styles of tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical for 15 years. Katherine’s passion for dance was further nurtured at St. Olaf College where she pursued a dance major, graduating Magna Cum Laude with departmental distinction in dance.
Katherine has had the privilege to work with countless talented artists and companies including Mandy Moore, Greg Russell, Alex Little, Shapiro & Smith Dance, and ARENA Dances. She continues to follow her love of movement as an instructor of dance and as a performer with Stuart Pimsler Dance & Theater, a touring dance company based in Minneapolis.
Katherine strives to empower her students, finding no greater joy than seeing dancers learn and grow in the safe space they create together. She works primarily with the competition lines at Jan’s and is especially gifted in choreography and technique. Her bright smile is a tribute to her love of dance.
Molly Reuter began her love for dance at Jan’s School of Dance and danced for 12 years. She performed in a variety of styles of dance including: jazz, tap, clogging, lyrical, and musical theater. After high school, she went on to dance on the dance team at North Dakota State University. Molly graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches elementary students at SEAS.
Molly has been teaching dance at Jan’s for several years and works with dancers of all ages. Her school teaching experience has been invaluable in teaching dance to her students.
Kelly Brasher is a graduate of Hastings High School and St. Cloud State University. She was a star gymnast of Jan’s for many years prior to making the Hastings High School Varsity team in 7th grade. Kelly coached the Hastings High School Varsity gymnastics team for seven years prior to teaching at Jan’s. We are fortunate to have someone with Kelly’s gymnastics and coaching experience at our studio.
Christy Dobbratz is currently attending St. Olaf College where she is majoring in dance and is a member of the St. Olaf Dance Company. She has worked for the Mayville Children’s Theater as a choreographer and teacher and is excited to be at Jan’s working with students of all ages.
Alexis Kimmes is a graduate of Randolph High School where she was an All-State performer in dance line. She currently attends the University of Minnesota where she is studying physiology. She also finds time to coach Randolph’s powerhouse dance team.
Lexi was a student at Jan’s School of Dance for 15 years where she was an accomplished dancer in lyrical, jazz and clogging. We are very happy to have her on our staff.
Janna Weise began dancing at Jan’s when she was 3 years old and has been a member of our family for over 30 years.
Janna took dance and gymnastics at Jan’s and later starred in gymnastics on the Hastings High School team. Her daughter now dances at Jan’s on the Blue line.
Janna’s expertise as a gymnastics coach has made her a valuable asset in teaching our “Acro for Dancers” class, where students can learn valuable tricks to add to their routines. Her calm demeanor is comforting to both students and parents.
Susie Mattson has been a member of the JSOD family for many years, first as a dancer, then as a dance mom, and now as a teacher for the younger dance members.
Suzie was a competitive dancer for Jan’s, as well as a member of competitive cheerleading for Hastings High School. Her perspective as a competition dancer as well as a dance mom has given her a relaxed demeanor that is appreciated by her students and their parents.
Emily Emerson is a senior dance and history major at St. Olaf College. There she is a member of Companydance, and has also spent a year performing with the school’s international company Veselica. She danced at the Eau Claire School of Dance where she studied ballet, jazz, tap, pointe and lyrical. She was also a member of her high school’s varsity dance team for 4 years, which exposed her to hip hop, kick and Pom, as well as furthering her experience in jazz. We are happy to have her sparkling smile and well-rounded talents at Jan’s!