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Elayna started dancing at the age of three. She received her training from Fergus Falls School of Dance and St. Olaf College, where she earned her B.A. with majors in dance and a course of studies through St. Olaf’s College of Integrated Studies called Body/Mind: Wholeness Through Movement. She also earned a concentration in Women’s Studies. Elayna has always wanted to use her love of dance to help others live fuller lives and teaching dance is the perfect way to do that. Elayna likes to focus on correct alignment and technique in her classes, as well as building confidence and community with her dancers.
Anna McMahon has 25+ years of experience dancing and performing. She has studied a wide range of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and modern. Anna has performed many classical works such as the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. During her college dance career at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, she was able to travel around the United States to compete at the collegiate level. Anna loves being a dance instructor at Platinum Dance and is excited to share her passion for dance!
Jeremiah has been coaching, performing and choreographing for over 20 years. He is also the owner and creative director of JLW Productions, a new local company focusing on choreography, performance and fitness. Furthermore, he serves as a group fitness instructor for Lifetime Fitness. Jeremiah has performed in and choreographed many top award winning show choirs, dance troupes, cheer teams, theater productions, international and national music acts. He has also choreographed talent productions for national pageant contestants as well as providing entertainment for numerous national hair and fashion events. Since he has had experience in this field for many years, Jeremiah strongly believes the importance of passing the torch to young performers and getting them to understand and appreciate how they can positively impact people’s lives on and off stage. He is looking forward to teaching at Platinum this year!
Solana, originally from Arizona, began her training with the Tucson Regional Ballet, later dancing with the company, Ballet Tucson, through her high school years. She spent her adolescent summers training with Boston Ballet, State Street Ballet, Ballet Austin and Movement Invention Project. Continuing her education, Solana attended The Juilliard School, where she received a BFA and upon graduation was awarded the Martha Hill Prize for outstanding leadership and achievement in dance. Post graduation, Solana moved to the Twin Cities to become a dancer with Minnesota Dance Theatre where the 2020-2021 year will now be her 6th season. Throughout her career Solana has had the honor to perform masterworks choreographed by Liam Scarlett, Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, José Limón, Eliot Feld, Glen Tetley, Loyce Houlton and Christopher Bruce. Also, enjoying the creative process side of dance, Solana has collaborated with Adam Barruch, Wynn Fricke, Lise Houlton, Larry Keigwin, Emery LeCrone, Penelope Freeh, Elayna Waxse, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel, Helen Hatch and Darrell Grand Moultrie. Solana is so excited to be back teaching at Platinum after taking some time away to heal her body from some dance related injuries.
Alexandra Bodnarchuk is a Minneapolis based dance artist who hails from Pittsburgh, PA. She holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from Ohio University, and is also a graduate of Bodiography Contemporary Ballet’s College Preparatory Program. Alexandra has studied a wide range of dance from ballet to Eastern European folk and Ghanaian dance to movement theater. Her work has been presented in venues throughout Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and New York City and has been supported by several organizations including the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and Mary Lipple Memorial Fund. She is excited to help develop the dancers at PDC into fearless and beautiful artists.
Chrystie has been dancing since the age of two and doesn’t have any plans to stop! Growing up, she was involved in competitive dance at the Dance Shoppe and was the Captain of her high school dance team. She continued her love of dance as an adult by being involved in a variety of groups, including competitive adult teams at Platinum Dance Center, Summit Dance Shoppe, the Starettes and she currently dances with Minnesota Dance Collaborative. Dance has always brought so much joy to Chrystie and she loves to instill that joy while teaching the youngest dancers at PDC!
Corie has been teaching dance for 6 years and has fallen in love with teaching competitive dancers! She has won various choreography awards along with judges awards. She is passionate about challenging the dancers to achieve something great each year, and loves watching each dancer evolve. She is so excited to be apart of the Platinum family!
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Dayna is from the Twin Cities and has 25+ years of dedication to the art of dance as a performer, instructor, and choreographer. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip-Hop, which lead her to teach and dance competitively for her local studio, high school and college dance teams. She has also had the opportunity to choreograph and coach locally. Being a MN Vikings Cheerleader was a professional highlight for Dayna. In 2002, she was able to fulfill her dream of being a stay-at-home mom to her 3 beautiful children, while successfully operating an in-home dance studio business.
Jennifer grew up dancing at The Dance Shoppe (now Summit Dance Shoppe) for 15 years in Plymouth, MN. She graduated from Totino-Grace High School where she was a member of the varsity E’gals Dance Team for 4 years. She was captain of the team her senior year, helping them to win a State Championship in High Kick in 2014. Jennifer graduated from Creighton University, in Omaha, Nebraska with her BS in BIA and Entrepreneurship. While at Creighton, she was a member of the Creighton Dance Team for 4 years and captain for 2 years. Jennifer has experience in many styles of dance and is looking forward to working with the next generation of dancers.
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