Andrea Mirenda, 
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Teaching Artist, Educational Liaison

Andrea has spent more than 20 years as a ballroom dance educator and is certified through the National Dance Council of America. She is an experienced choreographer, multi-studio owner, regional director, and competition and event organizer. Andrea currently coaches at two Minnesota colleges, competes with adult students in Pro-Am divisions and also judges and emcees ballroom dance competitions.

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Ember Reichgott Junge,
Co-Founder & Director of Development

Ember is an amateur ballroom dance student, attorney, and political broadcast analyst who currently serves as a national consultant in nonprofit board governance, education policy, and charter schools. She is a former Minnesota state senator, nonprofit executive, and development professional.

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Amy Hero Jones, Associate Director of Development

Amy Hero Jones has over 15 years experience working for local non-profit organizations. Her roles have included Executive Director, Artistic Director, Development Director, and Office Manager. Amy completed her Master of Arts in Arts Administration from St. Mary’s University. She received the Blacklock Foundation Arts Manager grant twice, both in 2007 and 2009, and received a Leadership Development grant from McKnight Foundation in 2011. Amy was also selected to be a NAMAC Arts Leadership delegate in 2012.

Kim Dirr, School Development

Kim is a former IT consultant and small business owner who uses her spare time to garden, bake, read, and travel.  She joined Heart of Dance as a volunteer classroom assistant and eventually joined the staff because she believes strongly in the program and enjoys watching the young dancers develop teamwork and confidence as they progress through the ten week course.

Jeremy Maddox, School Development, Teaching Artist, Educational Liaison

Jeremy is a passionate advocate for classroom success and personal growth for all students. With a degree in Computer Science from Normandale Community College, he strives to help young people develop a positive sense of self-worth and a vision of what they can achieve for their community. Jeremy enjoys sewing, writing poetry, producing music, and sketching as creative ways to bring peace, understanding, and optimism to the world.

Janine Premil,  Finance Manager 

Janine is a financial and accounting professional with experience in corporate accounting. She enjoyed competing as an amateur ballroom dancer for many years.

Carrie Sandgren, Program Manager

Carrie's corporate career included leading teams in project management, IT, and reservations. Since leaving the corporate world, she has worked on projects for several nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities area. She enjoys social ballroom dancing including a former role as co-chair for a dance club in the Twin Cities area.

Rose Hartnett, Administrative Coordinator, Educational Liaison

Rose is a ballet and modern dance teacher/performer, and an admirer of ballroom dance. She recently graduated from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University with a BFA in Dance and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, and was the student director of the Rutgers Performing Dance Company. Rose is an Alumni of New Leadership New Jersey, through the Center for American Women in Politics at the Eagleton Institute for Politics. She has worked with the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission’s Office on the Economic Status of Women and is passionate about social justice and art.