We are going to do a little series introducing our 2019 - 2020 staff. With the additional of a second location last season, we are excited to add to our staff this season! There are a lot of new faces both in the classroom and at our front desk.
Today we begin to introduce these staff members and we are starting with Ms. Lyndsey Knutson. Ms. Lyndsey is not new to our teaching staff, but is returning this season. She used to own a studio in Fergus Falls, MN and taught Hip Hop several years ago at our studio. She currently teaches Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop (and Tap). She is also the coach for our Premiere Team (performance team).
We did a little Q & A with our staff and this is what Ms. Lyndsey K has to say.
Q. What is your favorite part about teaching?
A. I really like seeing the growth of each dancer throughout the year. Not only as a dancer but as a person. I also love learning from the students as well. For instance- Sometimes they will say a fact I didn’t know or when doing a piece of choreography they will somehow do a movement differently that makes it look even better.
Q. What inspired you as a dancer?
A. My dance teachers growing up were my mentors as well. They always have inspired me and still do to this day. My family also inspires me to keep learning and bettering myself.
Q. Tips for our dancers?
A. Give your all in everything you do. Don’t hold back due to fear of failure or looking silly. Each day is a gift so soak up every minute of it!
Q. Favorite snack?
A. Popcorn or Cheez-its
Ms. Lyndsey Knutson
Lyndsey Knutson is well versed in all styles of dance and performing arts. She is an alumnus from Elite Dance and Performing Arts, which was once named "largest and most prestigious dance studios in the Phoenix Metropolitan area." Lyndsey was a national competitive dancer for ten years and has been trained in commercial acting and musical theater. Appearing in numerous stage and televised productions, including a tour through Europe ending with a nationally televised performance in Rosa, Spain, she was also a featured dancer for Showstoppers Entertainment Company.
Lyndsey has trained with the most influential and sought after entertainers in the business such as: Mia Michaels, Dee Caspary, Mandy Moore, Eddie Stratchan, John Crutchman, Joe Lanteri, Rhonda Miller, Alan Sherfield, Desmond Richardson, just to name a few. Working closely with and growing up taking class beside some well known names of today, such as: Tokyo-Kevin Inouye (Master teacher/well known choreographer), Nick Torres (Played Billy Elliot on Broadway in Billy Elliot), Robert McKee (Gus Giordano Jazz Co, Chicago, IL), and Bridget Mc-carter and Ade Obayomi ("So You Think You Can Dance"), she is part of a legacy of professional success.
Lyndsey is originally from Fergus Falls MN, moved to Arizona as a child and has now currently lives in Moorhead MN. She is married to Kyle Knutson and they have a son named Chance. Her dream had always been to open a studio of her own that provided the highest quality instruction in a fun and nurturing environment. With the help of her wonderful husband and family support this dream came true for Lyndsey. Edge Dance and Performing Arts in Fergus Falls MN was open 2006-2018 . After a military relocation to Texas last year they closed the studio.
She is now excited to be working with Gaspers School of Dance and teaching again. Constantly evaluating the dance world of today and updating material accordingly, she helps provide her students with the tools they need to become a well rounded dancer and performer. She wholeheartedly believes in "Building Confidence-Making Memories-Inspiring All". Lyndsey adores her students and feels honored to be a part of their lives.
Lyndsey has been teaching and choreographing dance, both competitive and non-competitive, for over eleven years and takes pleasure in watching students not only progress in their training, but also grow as confident individuals.