Heart of Dance is grateful to have many dedicated volunteers serving in a variety of capacities. Many thanks to the following individuals for working with us this year!

Volunteer Engagement Committees (VEC)

Our VEC committees assist us in promoting Heart of Dance in their respective communities in many ways.

Twin Cities Metro Area

Dede Ouren, Chair
Anne LaTourelle
Marci Levy-Maguire
Pat Soulak

Joyce Thompson
Dennis Yelkin

Duluth

Sonja Vogen Baertsch, Chair
Sue Anderson
Jim Carter
Ken Larson
Ben Mork
Tanya Wick
Darlene Wolfe

Rochester

Dr. Patricia Barrier, Chair
Terri Allred
Marge Gramtham
Mary Phelps
Dr. Rosebud Roberts
Sharon Gentling

Rita Russell

Classroom Assistants (CAs)

Our CAs volunteer to assist our Teaching Artists in the Dancing Classrooms throughout the semester.

Sue Blohm - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Lance Boole - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Kim Dirr - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Peter Dimock - Fall 2017
Catherine Dodge - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Carolyn Gergen - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Heather Hammargren - Fall 2017
Susan Hervey - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Marlene Kapitan Nelson - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Dede Ouren - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Barbara Pelletier - Fall 2017
Elaine Prebonich - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Lynn Rivers - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
John Sandgren - Fall 2017
SuAnne Schloo - Fall 2017
Heather Snook - Fall 2017
Joyce Thompson - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Dianne Zepeda - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018

Pro Buddies

Professional Ballroom Dancers visit a classroom at the middle of the semester. Together with the Heart of Dance Teaching Artist, they demonstrate the same dances the students are learning. The students are also able to show the "pro buddy" the dances they have learned and the pro gives the students tips to help them prepare for their performances at the end of the semester. We are grateful to these professionals for donating their time. It is truly a highlight of the semester for our students!

Bruce & Rebecca Abas, Four Seasons Dance Studio - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Russell Alliev, DanceLife Ballroom  - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Cody Arndtson, Dancers Studio - Fall 2017
Gordon Bratt, Mill City Ballroom - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Gary Dahl, Dahl Dance Center (Rochester) - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Darren Franco, Superior Ballroom (Duluth) - Fall 2017
Shane Haggerty - Fall 2017
Bonnie Inveen - Fall 2017
Whitney Irenev - Fall 2017
Chris Kampainen - Spring 2018
Julie Kendle-Jacobson - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Jay Larson - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Shinya McHenry, DanceLife Ballroom - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Deanne Michael - Fall 2017
Quang Nguye, Dancers Studio - Fall 2017 & Spring 2018
Rhett Romsaas, DanceLife Ballroom - Spring 2018
Kit Smart, Superior Ballroom (Duluth) - Spring 2018