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On April 18th, 2014, The Milwaukee Ballet presented "Peter Pan" on MPTV staring our own Marc Petrocci as Peter, Davit Hovannisyan as Captain Hook, and Courtney Kramer as well as our Ballet Master Denis Malinkine!
We are so proud of our faculty!

Katie Holtzen
Katie Holtzen - Owner/Instructor
Katie Holtzen has been the owner and Artistic Director of North Shore Dance Studio since 2006. She was fortunate enough to take over as owner of the studio that had been in business since 1987. Mrs. Holtzen began dancing at the age of 3, at Candy King's School of Dance in Circle Pines, Minnesota, which turned into a passion for choreography and performance at 15 years of age. During college , she was named President and Treasurer for the Dance Departments Student Organization. She received her BFA in dance, with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005.
Today, Katie teaches ages 2.5-18 year olds in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Hip-Hop, and Creative Movement, and also holds a Zumba Instructor Certificate. Katie's choreography has won countless coveted awards over the past 15 years of teaching, including many "Best Choreography" Awards. She is always trying to raise the "barre" in her choreography and teaching styles for her students. She believes at the end of the day, what is most important, is that her students leave the classroom a better dancer and a more thoughtful human being. Her students are continuously recognized and awarded for their work and talents, many receiving incredibly high praise as well as countless dance scholarships in conventions and competitions. She loves being able to watch her students grow into beautiful dancers, many whom have gone on to dance in college and to dance professionally.
When Katie is away from the studio she enjoys spending her time with her daughter Mace, and her husband Greg, and their two cats and puppy. She is thankful everyday that she is able to wake up and "go to dance class" and not "to work", when she's at the studio, it isn't work--it's fun, getting to listen to good music, and spending the day with people she loves. She is excited to be starting her 9th season as owner and is looking forward to what this year of dance will bring!


Jill McGuire
Jill McGuire - Instructor
This will be Jill's 3rd year teaching with North Shore Dance Studio.  Mrs. McGuire grew up dancing at her mother's dance studio in Omaha, Nebraska. She has enjoyed dancing and teaching for over 2o years.  Jill received her formal training from the University of Nebraska as well as the University of West-L.A. specializing in dance, theatre, and early childhood education.  Jill is delighted to be a part of the NSDS team.


Robin Ryan
Melanie Ricks - Instructor
This is Melanie's 3rd year teaching at North Shore Dance Studio, where she instructs students ages 8-17 in jazz and hip hop. Melanie has been dancing since the age of 3 and it has been her passion for as long as she can remember to open up a dance studio of her own. Melanie is currently a Junior at UW-Milwaukee pursuing a degree in Broadcast Journalism and she is also a member of the Milwaukee Bucks NBA dance team, Energee! Melanie was also a student at North Shore Dance Studio from age 13-18. She is so excited to be a part of the North Shore Dance Studio teaching staff and ready for an amazing year!
Denis Malinkine
Denis Malinkine - Instructor
A native Russian, Denis Malinkine graduated from the esteemed Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He soon joined the Moscow Classical Ballet in 1985 and participated in many of the Company's tours, including: the United States, the United Kingdom and Japan, among othesrs. In 1990 he joined the National Ballet of Portugal.

In 1993, Mr. Malinkine was invited by Christopher Gable to join England’s Northern Ballet Theatre. As a principal he created the title role in the landmark production of Dracula by Michael Pink and Christopher Gable, and the roles of Captain Phoebus in Pink’s Hunchback of Notre Dame and Albrecht in Northern Ballet Theatre’s Giselle. He expanded this experience in the genre of Dance Drama in productions ofRomeo & Juliet, Christmas Carol, Cinderella, Swan Lake, The Brontes and Carmen.

Mr. Malinkine has worked with Atlanta Ballet since 1999 where he created the role of Romeo in Michael Pink’s Romeo & Juliet. During his career he has appeared in classical ballet performances, and in productions by George Balanchine, Kenneth MacMillan, Lila York and many others.

Mr. Malinkine has acted as guest artist and assistant to Mr. Pink in performing and remounting these works for Atlanta Ballet, Boston Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Internationale and the Norwegian National Ballet. He also assisted John McFall in his work for Peter Pan with Ballet Internationale.
Becca Cross
Ms. Cross received her training from the Portland Youth Ballet and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School Graduate Program. She received additional training with full scholarships from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater summer intensive and the American Ballet Theater (Orange County) summer intensive for two summers along with attending summer intensives at the San Francisco Ballet and the School of American Ballet. While with the PBT Graduate Program, Ms. Cross performed as the Street Light Shine soloist in Step Touch (Dwight Rhoden), in Flex and Point and with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's The Nutcracker in the Snow, Flower, and Spanish corps and as a Lilac Fairy Attendant and a Nymph in Sleeping Beauty. For two years Ms. Cross performed with the Rochester City Ballet, where she was given the opportunity to dance in many productions such as Rochester City Ballet's The Nutcracker, The Blood Countess (Jamey Leverett), excerpts from Encore (Daniel Gwirtzman) and Carmen (Edward Ellison). Currently, Ms. Cross is attending the University of Wisconsin in Waukesha to get her associates degree.
David Hovhannisyan
David Hovhannisyan
Born in Armenia, David Hovhannisyan began dancing at the age of six. At the age of 10 he was accepted into the National Ballet School of Armenia on full scholarship. At the age of 16 he began his professional career with the Armenian National Ballet Company. After arriving in the United States he received critical acclaim dancing with numerous companies throughout the country. Mr. Hovhannisyan joined Milwaukee Ballet in 2004. This is his ninth season with the Company. He has enjoyed dancing many principal roles such as Romeo in Romeo & Juliet, Basilio in Don Quixote, the title role in Dracula, Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Captain Hook/Mr. Darling in Peter Pan, Prince Solor in La Bayadere, Tamino in The Magic Flute, Captain Phoebus in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Moon Prince in Scheherazade, Franz in Coppélia and leads in The Nutcracker, as well as numerous leads in contemporary ballets. Mr. Hovhannisyan has enjoyed working with choreographers such as Michael Pink, Lila York, Stephen Mills, Bruce Wells, Trey McIntyre, Margo Sappington, Kathryn Posin and Mark Godden, among others.
Marie Grant
Maria Grant
Maria Grant started dancing at the age of 4 with the Jean Wolfmeyer School of Dance in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She has been sharing her talents for the last 16 years and has had the amazing opportunity to dance professionally in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks Energee! dance team for one season. Maria has attended the Chicago’s National Academy of Dance Masters for many summers and has spent time at the Downer’s Grove Dance Academy in Chicago studying all forms of dance. She has also taken classes at the Milwaukee Ballet. Maria is ecstatic about getting into a studio again and she is looking forward to a great year of teaching and helping her students grow not only as dancers but as performers!
Marie Grant
Elisabeth Roskopf
Elisabeth’s passion for dance began at age 6, and she has continued to study dance and perform for the past 20 years.  In 2011, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a BA Piano Major and a Dance Minor.    As a dance professional, she interned with Danceworks Performance Company in Façade in 2013.  She is currently entering her second season as a company member with Catey Ott Dance Collective in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  In spring of 2014, Elisabeth had the privilege to perform in the inaugural Lake Arts Project - "Aurora's Dream."  She is honored to be invited back to perform and collaborate with the talented artists of the Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy and Arrowhead High School in this project for the second year directed by Jennifer Miller and Karl von Rabenau.  As a teacher and a dancer, Elisabeth finds it rewarding to teach her students the joy of artistic expression, intention, and communication through the power of dance and performance.  She is excited to begin teaching with North Shore Dance Studio team!
Marie Grant
Marize Fumero

Marize was born in Havana, Cuba and trained at the National Ballet School of Cuba. Upon graduation in 2009 she entered Ballet Nacional de Cuba where her many roles included the Pas de Trois from Swan Lake; Queen of the Wilis in Giselle; Swanilda in Coppélia; Mercedes, Queen of the Dryads and Kitri’s Friends in Don Quixote and Nikiya in La Bayadère. She also appeared in Cinderella, Paquita and Samsara.

In 2012 Marize join English National Ballet.
She appeared as Lead Snowflakes and Leading Flowers in Wayne Eagling’s Nutcracker, and Aurora’s Friends and Jewels variation in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Sleeping Beauty. She appeared in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake (Pas de Quatre) and also his Romeo & Juliet in-the-round staged at the Royal Albert Hall. Most recently danced in Jiří Kylián’s Petite Mort, George Williamson’s Firebird and as one of the three Odalisque’s in Le Corsaire staged by Anna-Marie Holmes.

Miss Fumero join Milwaukee Ballet Company in 2014,she perform many roles includes Snow Queen in Nutcracker, Gisselle, Mortal Form, Cinderella, in 2015 she perform Dracula and Dorian Gray, and sugar plum in the Nutcracker all by Michael Pink.
Recently Marize appear as guest artist with the Georgia Ballet as Swanilda in Coppelia and Sugar Plum in the Nutcracker,also numerous Festivals and Galas including Manon pas de deux,Kitri in Don Quijote and Carmen in the Festival of Miami.
Miss Fumero it's been Nominated at the Miami life awards as best female classical Dancer. Marize is a recognise teacher also for the previous summer courses around the USA and the Milwaukee Ballet school.

Marie Grant
Janel Hutchison

Growing up in Vancouver, Washington, Janel Meindersee received her formal training at The School of Oregon Ballet Theatre under the direction of Damara Bennett. After training in the school for five years, and dancing as an apprentice with the company for one season, Meindersee went on to dance as a Company Artist with Nevada Ballet Theatre. In Nevada, she performed works by choreographers such as James Canfield, George Balanchine, Matthew Neenan, and Thaddeus Davis. After two seasons, Meindersee joined Milwaukee Ballet in 2011. Throughout her time in the Company, she has had the honor of performing in Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass, Amy Seiwert's Requiem and In Passing (world premiere), the Snow Queen in Michael Pink’s The Nutcracker, the Queen of the Dryads in Michael Pink's Don Quixote, Trey McIntyre's A Day in the Life, as well as Michael Pink's Dracula, Peter Pan, Dorian Gray, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, Giselle, and Mirror Mirror. Janel is in her sixth season with Milwaukee Ballet.

Marie Grant
Rebecca Enea

Rebecca is a 19-year-old aspiring dancer seeking her way to large professionalism. At this point in her life, she is a part of the Fred Astaire ballroom industry. Her motives are to improve her abilities and techniques in all dances with focuses toward jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, and ballroom. She was once a part of North Shore Dance Studio's very own dance company in which the company performs, donates and competes. Through this studio, Rebecca has had experience with choreographers such as Katie Aune Holtzen, Davit Hovhannisyan, Denis Malinkine, Tatiana Jouravel, and Melanie Ricks. "This studio is one in a million and home to me. I would do it all over again... The friendships, family, and love for the art of dance has been the most wonderful thing to be able to create in my life." She graduated after her 16th year at the studio and 6th with the company. Through her competitive years, she had competed with this studio hundreds of times. While building the love of dance at NSDS, she started to take up ballroom at age 11 at Fred Astaire of Brookfield. There, Rebecca has been instructed by dancers and choreographers such as Slash Sharon, Albina Habrle, Stephen Knight and many more qualified professionals. At Fred Astaire, she had the opportunity to learn and perform dances such as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Cha-cha, Rumba, Swing, Salsa, and more. With the studio, Rebecca competed successfully twice as an amateur, with instructor Slash Sharon, at their regional competition of Dance-A-Thon. Now as a Professional instructor at the studio, she works her way to excellence. She has had small affiliations outside both studios as well. Rebecca plans to continue as a ballroom instructor at Fred Astaire while instructing Dance Basics classes at North Shore." I love to be able to spread and educate others on how much dance can impact anyone's life."

Marie Grant
Maddy Monday

Hi! I’m Maddy Monday and I have been dancing at North Shore Dance Studio for 13 years. I attend Cedarburg High School where my favorite subjects are History and English. At NSDS, I have been fortunate enough to be a member of the Competition Team since 2012. Not only do I dance at NSDS, I am also a Teacher’s Assistant for Dance Basics classes, a substitute teacher, and work one on one with dancers for private lessons. My favorite style of dance is tap because I love how you are able to make different sounds with every move. Outside of dance, some of my hobbies include water skiing, going to hockey games, and traveling with my family. This past summer, I had the opportunity to be an intern at Junior Achievement of Wisconsin where I was part of the Development Department which handled communications. In the near future, I hope to go to college with a major in communications, and become a public relations manager. All in all, I absolutely love working and dancing at my second home, North Shore Dance Studio!

Marie Grant
Tyara Bennett

Tyara Bennett has been dancing since the age of 4 with no technical training until the age of 13. She was introduced to Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Tap at Milwaukee High School Of The Arts. With dance being her passion, she continued to blossom and advance in dance throughout her time there. In order to still be involved in dance after high school, Tyara joined Remix Dance Company in 2012 (which is now ReVamped Dance Co).

She has performed with CAPITA Productions "We Are The Drum", Summer Fest, Potawatomi, Fox 6 segment 'Real Milwaukee', Sw3atshop Hip Hop showcase in Madison, Ignite: A Hip-Hop Experience at Danceworks, Pridefest 2015-16, as well as University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University Hip-Hop showcases.

Tyara has received training through Sole Matter Prime, Monsters Of Hip-Hop Dance (2014 scholarship recipient) Conventions in Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, California, and New Jersey. She has done some training at Movement Lifestyle Studio in North Hollywood, CA and Hubbard Street Dance Studio in Chicago, IL. Her dream is to travel, teach, train, mentor and give back all over the country and world as a successful dancer/artist/humanitarian.

Outside of Milwaukee she has taught Hip-Hop in Cedarburg, Union Grove, Menomonee Falls, Pewaukee and has been given the opportunity to teach at North Shore Dance Studio for the 2016-17 season.

Tyara is currently a performer/choreographer for ReVamped Dance Company and she works on other dance projects within the dance community! As her dance journey continues, she plans on staying true to her craft with hopes of endless opportunities to follow it! Tyara demonstrates creativity, humbleness and passion about what pushes herself and others on the dance floor and in life. Most of all, never give up on your dreams!

Marie Grant
Deana Velazquez

Deana was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin of Mexican and Puerto Rican descent, dance was an undeniable part of her life. Her technical development in dance began at the age of 12 and continues to this day. She received the disciplined art form of Ballet, Modern, and Jazz at Roosevelt Middle School of the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, Deana continued her dance training at Milwaukee High School of the Arts. While attending MHSA, Deana founded and created DMARVEL Choreography where she continually till this day choreographs dances for Quinceaneras around the greater Milwaukee area. In addition to the foundational genres and styles of dance, Deana has training in Latin, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Ballroom and Heels. She has had the privilege of working with such choreographers and Artistic Directors as Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Gil Duldulao, Brian Friedman, Cris Judd, Dave Scott, while a crew member for The Pulse Tour Chicago in 2009.

In 2010 at the age of 20, Deana booked her first professional job with Walt Disney World, but that wouldn’t be her last. In 2011, Deana became an NBA Dancer for the Milwaukee Bucks Energee! Dance Team. Deana was also a company member of Gifted Souls Milwaukee Dance Company, where she performed at the 2014 Chicago International Salsa Congress. She has also appeared as the dancer in the “Say Yes “by Fourtune ft. Qwel Miles and Biscuit Johnson music video. Deana has worked with Jojo Pizarro as her artistic development choreographer on her most recent single “If I Can Dream It.”

Deana has dedicated her time and talents as a dance instructor, coach and director teaching at various dance studios and programs committed to teaching the next generation of local talent such as Danny Gokey’s Sophia’s Heart Foundation, Milwaukee Recreation Department, Accent on Dance Studio, Homestead High School, Arts @ Large, North Shore Dance Studio, Academy of Dance Arts, Nicolet High School Recreation, Whitefish Bay Recreation and Milwaukee High School of the Arts. In the Summer of 2017, Deana will be teaching for Signature Dance Company Summer Intensive Camp.

Aside from her professional career, Deana is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography.

Marie Grant
Brynn McCarthy - Office Staff

Hi! My name is Brynn McCarthy and I have been dancing at North Shore Dance Studio for 13 years. I joined the NSDS Competition Team in 2011 and I currently dance almost 9 hours week at the studio. My favorite style of dance is either hip-hop or jazz because I love how strong and powerful each style is.

When I'm not dancing, you can find me working in the office, assisting other faculty with their classes, and substitute teaching dance classes. Outside of NSDS, I attend Cedarburg High School where I am a junior. My favorite subject is English because I have a huge passion for reading and writing. After high school, I hope to major in Communications and Journalism at an east-coast school and also study abroad in Europe.

Also at Cedarburg High School, I am a captain and choreographer for the Cedarburg Dance Team. As you can tell, dance is a huge part of my life. I love being a part of North Shore Dance Studio and I'm so excited for the 2016/17 season!



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