I would like to thank all the teachers I’ve had through my years at Balleraena. Each one, though they have different teaching styles, has kept me so interested in learning new things while also focusing on making my technique and prior knowledge to dance even stronger. Miss Raena has always believed in me as a dancer and grew my love for dance through Company. She has given me amazing opportunities like bringing in numerous choreographers from all over the US to the studio. I have been able to make such great relationships with these artists through this, while also learning so much. Also, taking me to New York City to take classes at Broadway Dance Center and of course just teaching me to be myself and to show that through dance. So thank you Raena and all my teachers at Balleraena!
I also have to say a huge thank you to my Mother and dance teacher Lisa Conlin for making me the dancer I am today. I’m so thankful for such a strong relationship with you, with dance to bring us even closer. And of course to my Dad, for being so supportive and putting up with constant dance talk at our house.
Lastly, to all the friends I’ve made along the way. Company has helped create so many great friendships for me, because you get very close to people when you dance, sweat and work hard with them basically everyday! Company has always been such a supportive environment and I’m thankful I got to spend five years supported by them.
After spending so much time in the studio, It’s impossible for me to just stop dancing. Next year I will be attending Chapman University in California to major in dance and Spanish. I am so excited to start my next chapter in California but I am forever grateful to everyone back home for being so supportive. I love my Balleraena family.
I am also very thankful for the people who have worked in my life to get me here. Balleraena has supplied me with vital training and experience, advancing my ability to where it is today. The artists and opportunities that have been supplied by Balleraena have allowed me to enhance my skill set, artistry, and connections in the industry. All of these experiences have pushed me to become a better dancer, more knowledgeable human, and harder worker. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store!
The other girls and teachers at the studio are like my second family and I am so thankful for them. My teachers have not only taught me technique, but have encouraged my personal growth as an artist. Balleraena has allowed me to discover and grow my passion for dance. I will be attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to double major in Dance and Biology. Thank you to all my amazing teachers and friends at Balleraena that have encouraged me and believed in me.
school. In the short time I had been with Balleraena, I was given so many opportunities. I was exposed to many artists throughout the country through receiving a scholarship to dance in New York at Broadway Dance Center and Perri Dance Center, intensives, master classes, and LiRa, the professional dance company.
Balleraena has taught me not only different techniques, but also how important it is to have artistry in your dancing. I am attending the University of Minnesota to pursue a BFA in dance and a business minor. In the future, I plan to own a dance studio and continue to dance. I can’t thank Raena and Lisa enough for everything they have done for me and for continuing to inspire me.
I couldn’t not of done all of this with out the help of Raena and her amazing faculty at Balleraena Dance Studio. I have danced at this studio ever since I was a little girl. I am a former company member and student. I have such great memories at Balleraena and I am so very thankful that I was able to grow up in such a loving and supportive environment. Raena helped me turn my passion for dance into a profession and I will be forever grateful. I am totally open to answering any question if you might have any. You can just ask Raena for my contact information.
in the art of dance through qualified instructors, an abundance of creative
opportunities, and exacting classes. The information I gleaned during my
attendance has proved crucial to the quality and artistry of my
performance and choreographic endeavors .
Aside from augmenting my abilities as a performer, Balleraena presented
a new course of study to me: choreography. Prior to my attendance at Miss
Raena’s studio, the notion of creating movement for fellow dancers had
occurred to me in brief–but through exposure to choreographers from
dance utopias such as New York City and California, I realized that I could
utilize my own ideas. Opportunities were available for me to experiment
and showcase my choreographic work at this facility. I was taken seriously
as a budding artist and in turn, has given me faith in my creative prowess.
The perspective of the studio is instrumental to artisans of dance.
Due to the support and knowledge of my instructors, I received a
choreography award at a dance competition–something that is incredibly
precious to me. For a student to be awarded for a piece of their own
creation at such an event is a rarity, and I have no one but my studio to
I often think back to my memories at Balleraena and deeply cherish my time there! In such an important growing period of the beginnings of my life as a dancer, I could not have asked for a better experience! I would not be the dancer, nor person I am today without Balleraena… especially the Raena part. This second home taught me to have fearless determination, drive, and attack to fight for my dreams and I have everlasting love for all the amazing people I was lucky to meet through Balleraena Dance Studio. I welcome any young dancers to contact me – just ask Raena how!
Balleraena has taught me to be diverse in my dance training. I love how Balleraena focuses on the passion of just being able to move in a space freely rather than constant worry about looking perfect. I feel as though that Balleraena really allowed me to be creative and use my artistry more than any other place I’ve danced at. This studio has been my rock and I owe everything to it and to the teachers; it’s why I am where I am today.
I graduated in 2017 with a BFA in dance. In the four years prior I trained with incredible movers and performed work by acclaimed artists such as Martha Graham, Michel Kouakou, Joanie Smith, Angharad Davies, Justin Jones, and Gerald Casel. In 2016 I performed a piece by Leila Awadallah at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC as part of ACDA.
My choreographic work has been shown at Silverwood Park, Future Interstates, Glam Doll Donuts, UMN Rec Center Pool, and Rhythmically Speaking.
I’m currently working on project based work with my collaborator, Annika Hansen, and teaching Pilates reformer classes in Minneapolis, MN. Goals and dreams include teaching composition and dance theory classes at a university level, traveling to dance, and researching my own movement vocabulary.
Coming to Balleraena was one of the nest decisions I’ve ever made. Through this studio, I’ve been able to get better technique, study with many amazing artists from all over the country, establish tons of connections throughout the dance world, travel with Balleraena Dance Company to different events, and most importantly, gain another family.
Besides Expanding Harmony and Balleraena, I’ve studied dance at The Academy of Dance Arts in Rapid City, South Dakota, with Rire Woodbury Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, and am now pursuing a degree in dance at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I’ve choreographed six complete pieces of work thus far, and hope to continue to grow as a choreographer and eventually dance a choreograph for a company somewhere.
Now, as a sophomore in college at South Dakota State University I am still dancing as a member on the SDSU dance team. I am an Elementary Education member and hope one day to teach dance classes as well. I am also finishing up my yoga teacher training, as that is a big passion of mine. Balleraena will always be home to me and I encourage all of you to enjoy your time there.
If I have learned one thing from Raena, it is the ability to create regardless of the opinions of others.
Raena has been my teacher before there even was a Balleraena and before she sculpted her studio into the chaotic and beautiful place that it is today. I know I would not have wanted to dance at any other studio in Sioux Falls, because at Balleraena I was not only disciplined and taught technique, but I was also able to experiment in any type of movement open to me. Through the influence of the many teachers and choreographers I am excited to carry my career as a dancer to Arizona State University. Although I am not quite sure what I want to do yet, whether it is to remain a performer, I hope to take dance, and other studies of history, journalism and whatever else is thrown my way, to many different places of the world and share my love for it with others. As of right now I am going with the flow and letting any type of current take me to places I may never have even thought of. Once there, I hope to share my knowledge of dance and anything else and to constantly learn through the work of others.