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Our Mission & Vision       

Artistic Director/ Ballet & Dance Instructor         
 Lisa M. McKinnis, MA  
 Bethel University, Magna Cum Laude           





Lisa McKinnis most recently participated in a teacher's intensive training with Finis Jhung a the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater in New York along with four of her students. "It is important to be a life long learner and to share this learning with your students".   As well participating in stage classes with the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and Dance with Me Midtown, NY for latin and salsa dance.

Lisa McKinnis enjoys choreography that is central to her faith and fostering creativity within her students. Lisa’s dance training began in St. Paul, MN and includes ballet, stage dance, dance line, as well as jazz, tap, modern, hip hop and break dancing. Lisa earned talent awards, participated in the Miss America Scholarship Program at the state level, has performed with the Inver Hills Community College theater, and earned the Championship award with the Minnesota State Dance line Association. Lisa has a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership and an undergraduate degree in Organizational Studies from Bethel University. She teaches Ballet, Tap, and Barre Fitness Classes.

We are pleased to share that McKinnis has successfully written and choreographed the original ballet "Reflective Transparency: The Inner Beauty", which is a work that began in 2015 and was performed in 2016 and again in 2017.  With the assistance of a grant from the East Central Arts Council, McKinnis is now able to write part two of the Reflective Transparency: The Inner Beauty series entitled "Our Volitant Province" to be performed in May of 2018.  
These ballets include original music composed by Andy & Kathryn Karg of 2getherproductions from St. Paul, MN.  



Another key element of our studio is that we focus on mentoring our students, not only as it relates to the performing arts, but also as it related to learning leadership skills and life skills.  MENTORING takes place at all levels within out studio - McKinnis models and intentionally fosters this environment and has seen the benefit over time with many of our students.  Seeing sisters become best of friends is a blessing.  



Natasha
 teacher's assistant & instructor 
Natasha has danced with In His Steps Ballet for many years.  She has danced in over 50 dances choreographed with our studio.  She has placed as a semi-finalist in the Minnesota State Fair.  Natasha is an excellent student, demonstrating hard work, diligence and elegance to her art.  We are proud to have Natasha teaching with Mrs. Lisa for our pre-pointe, pointe and elite petite students this 2017-2018 season.   Natasha will be one of our featured soloists to an original composition by Kathryn Karg in Our Volitant Province: The Inner Beauty ballet this spring. 
Natasha's long-term goals include becoming a veterinarian.   pic of Natasha in our preschool class.  It is a joy to mentor such wonderful and capable young ladies.

   Maria  
   Preschool teacher's assistant and instructor for Ballet & Tap


Maria has been dancing with In His Steps Ballet since the age of three.  Maria has placed as a semi-finalist in the Minnesota State Fair three years in a row. Maria has performed in multiple roles including our multiple disciplines of creating writing, crafts and projects, character development, and her choreography.  She is also learning the ropes of costuming and the business aspects of running a studio.  Maria will be our lead teacher for our preschool class this season and will assist in teaching along side Natasha and Carmen in our more advanced classes.   Maria is one of our studio's most emotionally intuitive dancers as can be seen in her solo work and her roles with the corp.   Maria's long-term goals include not only dance, but possibly engineering.  
 This is Maria as a peacock in her first production with our studio.

   Carmen                                 
Elite Petite, Social Dance, and Barre Fitness  Teacher's assistant and instructor 

 
Carmen has danced with our studio for many years.  While she has a passion for latin dance she dances wonderfully en pointe as well.   Carmen will present a transformation on stage in Our Volitant Province: The Inner Beauty wherein her characters include 'The Crow' and 'A White Swan'.  She will also be featured as soloist in a contemporary pieced to Trees by Twenty-One Pilots.