Misty Lown, owner of Misty's Dance Unlimited
Miss Misty Lown

Miss Misty has been sharing her passion for dance and mentorship with students for 25 years. She is the founder of More Than Just Great Dancing™ affiliated dance studios and “A Chance to Dance Foundation”, a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Misty is passionate about community service and has given over $150,000 in combined cash and studio scholarships over the past 15 years.

Miss Shayna Stellflue

Miss Shayna is the School Director of Misty’s Dance Unlimited and leads a staff of 27 teachers. She began teaching at MDU in 1999 and is the creator of “Dancin’ Kids!”, a popular performance group for 7-9 yr. olds. Miss Shayna recently co-authored a Children’s Curriculum for More Than Just Great Dancing™ and is passionate about instilling confidence in every child.

Miss Tiffany Fischer

Miss Tiffany grew up dancing at MDU and has many teaching since 2008. She is an award winning choreographer. Miss Tiffany is proficient in all styles of dance and has a passion for seeing students develop their God-given talents in a nurturing environment.

Miss Amanda Schams

Miss Amanda has taught ballet and Pilates across the Midwest for two decades and for 11 years at MDU. She trained in Madison, with the Milwaukee Ballet and the Nutmeg Conservatory. She graduated from the U of Iowa with a dance minor. She has performed professionally with the Madison Ballet and as a guest artist throughout the Midwest.

Miss Jessica Apfel-Miller

Jessica brings over 25 years of ballet, tap, and jazz teaching experience to MDU. She has been an instructor since MDU opened. Miss Jessica is also the owner of “Rooms by Jess”, an interior decorating business. Miss Jessica is passionate about inclusion and creating healthy environments for young women to grow in confidence.

Miss Alexia Sonnek

Miss Alexia has studied various styles of dance, but has a special love of Hip Hop and Lyrical. She is a former member of MDU’s Performance Company and currently leads our Steps of Praise program in which dancers can share their love of God through dance. Miss Alexia enjoys working with children of all ages to help them grow as dancers and individuals. She has been teaching at MDU since 2014.

Miss Beth Michelson

Miss Beth has been dancing for 20 years. Her favorite genres include tap, musical theatre, and contemporary. Beth shared her love for performing for many years as a member of MDU’s Performance Company. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Elementary Education and Spanish. She has danced with Ingredients Dance Company in Texas and has taught at MDU since 2014.

Mr. Dennis Williams

Mr. Dennis comes to us from Mission Viejo, California where he started training in classical ballet at Maple Conservatory of Dance. In May of 2014, he graduated with a BFA in dance at Belhaven University. He also danced professionally as a Russian in Ballet Mississippi’s Nutcracker under David Keary. This past year he was a founding member of Filter Dance Company in Champaign, IL. Additionally, he has four years of experience in Martial Arts. His desire is that his passion and excellence in dance, as well as the way he lives his life will exemplify Christ. Mr. Dennis has taught at MDU since 2015.

Miss Kylie Williams

Miss Kylie returned to MDU in 2008 after graduating from Belhaven University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance and a minor in accounting. She is the Director of our Award Winning Performance Company! Miss Kylie performed as one of the featured dancers at Miss Wisconsin in 2010 and 2011. She has worked with choreographers associated with Complexions, Ad Deum, Storling Dance Theater, Inaside Chicago, Dancing with the Stars, and Limon Dance Company. Before starting college, she was honored to be awarded as part of the 2009 and 2010 Wisconsin All-State Dance Team. She made her first film appearance as a dancer in the feature film, Pitch Perfect 2. She is thrilled to be back and to be a part of the growth of each dancer as not only an artist, but as a person.

Miss Alex Meier

Miss Alex has been teaching at MDU since 2012. She is a ballet and tap specialist with a love for children. She is a graduate of Winona State University. She is also a rehearsal assistant for Ballet La Crosse.

Miss Denise Meyer

Miss Denise and Miss Misty grew up dancing together at Marilyn School of Dance in La Crosse. Miss Denise is currently an English professor at Western and has loved being back in the dance classroom sine 2009.

Miss Larissa Oberly

Miss Larissa is a former professional ballerina with the Estonian National Ballet in Europe. She teaches for MDU's Pre-Professional Program and our classical performing company, Ballet La Crosse since 2011.

Miss Debbie White

Miss Debbie started studying dance at age 15 at the former College of St. Teresa in Winona, MN. She performed with the Minnesota Collegiate Ballet Company for 2 years. She studied at the National Academy of Dance in Champaign, IL during high school. Later she taught and performed at the Rochester Ballet School in MN. She studied, danced, and taught several years at the Alvin Ailey School in New York City.

Miss Krisa Roggensack

Miss Krisa is another MDU grad who returned to the studio following college graduation. She is a jazz and hip hop specialist and the former coach of the award winning UW-Green Bay dance team. She has been teaching at MDU since 2007.

Miss Amy Fortner

After doing gymnastics through her sophomore year of college, Amy still has a passion for the sport and loves to teach kids acro and tumbling. Amy has been teaching for many years, and is certified in acro by Acrobatic Arts. She's been teaching at Misty's since 2016.

Miss Anna Weidner

Miss Anna is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse where she was a member of the LC Hip Hop Dance Team. She grew up dancing at Jan's School of Dance in Hastings, Minnesota for 13 years where she studied and competed in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, hip hop, and her favorite, clogging! With a wide range of training under her belt, Anna is excited to teach your little ones the magic and fun of dance! Anna has been teaching at MDU since 2017.

Mr. Carter Full

Mr. Carter's favorite types of dance are Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theater, Contemporary, Jazz and Ballet. He has trained at Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, Gotta Dance, and Paradigm Dance Project. Hi is excited to share his knowledge and love of dance with younger dance students.

Miss Carolyn Ross

Miss Carolyn currently attends college at the University of WI - La Crosse. She has danced since she was 7 years old and her favorite style of dance is ballet. Carolyn has trained at the Milwaukee Ballet Summer Intensive. She is excited to teach at MDU because the atmosphere is amazing. It is peaceful, uplifting, positive and it feels like home. She began teaching in 2017.

Miss Olivia Key

Miss Olivia began dancing at age 3 and most enjoys ballet, pointe and lyrical. She currently is a Senior at 7 Rivers High School in La Crosse. This year will be Miss Olivia's 3rd year competing at Youth America Grand Prix. She has attended summer intensives at the Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts. She loves dancing at Misty's because she is constantly growing and being challenged. The faith-based, positive atmosphere and amazing teachers are always supportive and help her to reach her goals.

Support Staff

Miss Sandy Averill

Miss Sandy has been with MDU since day one. She is our Front Desk manager as well as Miss Misty’s mom! Sandy is the friendly face you will see at our front desk always happy to help. She enjoys the warmth and camaraderie of the families and staff at MDU and watching our students grow throughout the years.

Miss Kris Nandory

Kris comes to us with 25 plus years of excelling in managerial careers. She started at MDU in 2013 as the Business Manager and Enrollment Coordinator. She loves working with families and kids! She manages student enrollment, studio emails, family accounts, student attendance, and more!

Miss Toni Key

Miss Antoinette “Toni” Key has worked at MDU since 2012 as a seamstress, front desk staff, and as the Administrative Assistant for Ballet La Crosse. Toni has been a full time science teacher and a curriculum and technology leader in her school district for the last 21 years.  She is very excited to now have joined the MTJGD, Ballet La Crosse and MDU teams full time!

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