Our Instructors

Date:  |  Dance-Twirl Minnesota  |  Eagan, Minnesota

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Baton Instructor & Owner:

Jacinda Miller is excited to have your child enrolled in baton twirling classes. I have always said that I would not be who I am without baton twirling. I learned more than how to twirl a baton; I learned public speaking skills, interviewing skills, confidence, poise, and so much more! I was lucky enough to have parents that really supported my twirling so thanks mom and dad! The support of my entire family helped me in winning the Illinois State Solo Championship, Midwest Modeling Championship, and the Governor’s Hostess for the Illinois State Fair. After my competitive career came to a close I took an adventure to the University of Arizona and was a member of the twirling team. Eventually I was selected as the Captain of the Twirling Team. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies with an emphasis in Child Development. Later, I returned to Capella University and earned a Master of Science in Organization and Management.

I have been teaching for over 15 years. I have also enjoyed a career in higher education, working at several local colleges in the Admission, Student Service Department, and as an instructor. I continue to teach classes at the college level while teaching children this great sport! I have coached thousands of children to improve their twirling skills as well as their confidence, self-esteem, and physical fitness. In 2002, I began the Minnesota Magic Competitive Teams. Our twirlers are improving every day and you should look for them to perform around our community! Many of our twirlers have won State, Regional and National Titles. It is my greatest accomplishment to see my students achieve their goals!

Instructor: Nicole Nelson

Nicole has been twirling with Minnesota Magic for 13 years. She has won numerous individual state and regional titles and was a member of the 2010 National Championship team. Nicole was the team captain for the last 4 years providing leadership to the national team. Nicole has placed in the top 5 at nationals in 2012 and 2013 and is the current Senior Miss Majorette of Minnesota.

Nicole recently graduated from Rosemount High School and is currently attending college locally. She has been a student teacher at Dance Twirl MN for the last three years. Nicole is passionate about twirling and teaching. She is excited to teach our students not only technique but also create a fun and upbeat environment for your kids. You will see Nicole not only in the classroom but also at the front desk to answer any questions that you may have !

Dance Instructor: Danesa Bender

Danesa Bender has nurtured a love of dance since she was four years old. When attending college at the University of Minnesota, she took jazz and modern dance classes while pursuing her degree in literature. Growing up, Danesa competed in Minnesota state and national competitions in the categories of jazz, tap and lyrical. She has also studied with the Minnesota Ballet. In high school she was captain of the Danceline and was awarded NCA Danz All-American. Danesa enjoys working with dancers of all levels and ages. She currently holds an MA in Special Education and teaches at a middle school in Minneapolis.

Dance Instructor: Jennifer Becker

Jennie graduated with at B.A. in Theater/Dance and Biology from Luther College in 2010. While at Luther she was able to intensely study contact improvisation with Jane Hawley and Amanda Hamp. After graduation Jennie relocated to Chicago to explore her passion in dance. In Chicago she has been fortunate to work with Kyle Vincent Terry's dance/theater company The Massive, Kathryn Burrow's Narrative Dance Company The Monocle Eclectic, and Chloe Jensen's company Aerial Dance Chicago. Jennie trained for many years in ballet, jazz, modern, tap, musical theater, and pointe in a studio in the Twin Cities. There she learned to have a love for all dance and furthered her training in ballroom, latin, and swing dancing. Jennie is very excited to be able to teach and inspire the dancers who share a passion in such an amazing art form!

Dance Instructor: Megan Mohr

Megan Mohr graduated with a B.A. in dance and psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Immediately following graduation she began dancing for professional Jazz Dance company Eclectic Edge Ensemble and is currently in her 6th season with them. Megan is grateful for all the amazing teachers in her life and has been fortunate to work with amazing talent such as Linda Talcott Lee, Karla Grotting, Zoe Sealy, and Karis Sloss. As well as dance, Megan is a yoga instructor and Zumba instructor. When not in a dance or yoga studio you will find Megan enjoying quality time with her husband and doggies. Movement is the essence of life- the combination of mind, body, and spirit.

Dance Instructor: Shannon T Ross

Shannon grew up in Minnesota where she started dancing at the age of 5 taking Tap, Jazz and Ballet. Shannon participated in studio dance until she made her High School Dance Team at South St. Paul High School.

After graduating from High School she attended the Aveda Institute for Cosmetology and continued her involvement in dance by becoming a JV coach for the Eastview Lightning Dance Team. After gaining a few years of experience she became the head coach for the JV program and an assistant to the Varsity program. She was presented with the opportunity to become a Varsity coach for the South St. Paul Packer Dance Team. Once coaching for South St. Paul Shannon also became involved in choreographing the musicals Oliver and The Music Man for the schools theater department.

Shannon is very excited to bring her knowledge of dance into a studio setting. She loves taking on new adventures and loves to help students excel to their best potential!

Cheer Instructor:

Jessica Grams has cheered from a very young age, and has coached at the high school (Loyola High School) and university (Minnesota State, Mankato) levels. As a cheerleader for 12 years, she has had experience with large pyramid stunting as well as co-ed partner stunting, performing as both a base and flyer. She has created clinics and camps, as well as routines for half time shows and competitions. She has experience as a teacher for ages 3-adult.

As a UPA National Champion, Jess knows just how much hard work and dedication it takes to succeed. In Los Angeles, California, she created a recreational and All-Star program for all age levels. Certified in 2004 by the American Association of Cheerleading Coaches and Administrators, Jessica fully grasps the importance of safety and proper technique in the sport of cheerleading.

Jessica passionately believes that cheerleading is as fun as it is challenging. She loves to see her students work hard to experience the satisfaction of reaching their goals. The essence of cheer is to support our peers and our community. She hopes to instill that in everyone she coaches, and that they can share this philosophy with others for the rest of their lives.

Student Teachers:

Our sport has continued for generations because young twirlers develop a passion for teaching new twirlers! Jacinda selects her very best twirlers to student teach. First the student joins Jacinda to learn the curriculum and classroom management. After developing a thorough knowledge, the student teacher will begin to teach classes by her/himself. Our goal in every class is to help those twirlers that love baton develop their skills so that they may join our competitive and performance teams

Why Us?

  • We are THE place to be for Baton Twirling and Dance instruction. Our instructors provide high quality, industry-current instruction to all of our students! Jacinda Miller is the only instructor in Minnesota to be nationally certified as a teacher and judge.
  • Multiple performance opportunities throughout the year to maximize costume investment.
  • Proven history of developing children's athletic coordination, confidence, and self-esteem.
  • Baton Twirling is ranked as one of the #1 sports for promoting physical fitness in kids.
  • Unique sport that your child where your child develops as an individual or on a team.
  • Experienced Instructors with a passion for teaching.
  • Small Class Sizes to Maximize Personal Attention.

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Dance-Twirl Minnesota

Owner and Instructor:
Jacinda Miller

(651) 705-6631

525 Diffley Road #1030, Eagan, MN 55123