Libby Saunders is a lifelong dancer and spent most of her childhood dancing competitively. She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with degrees in Dance and Nursing. She has previously danced at the American Collegiate Dance Association and in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and is currently working as an oncology nurse. Libby is thrilled to begin teaching at Dance Unlimited, and is excited to guide students as they discover how transformative dance can be.
Brooke Christoperson has had the opportunity to study all styles of dance from a young age. She was able to gradually focus her training on classical ballet and was trained diligently in the classic art form for a number of years. From there she continued expanding her repertoire through involvement and education in other styles of dance, competitions, theater, and musical theater. She has performed and instructed in various settings from Colorado to Australia. Brooke is very passionate about teaching the technique found in dance as a form of creative expression. She is excited to be a part of the Dance Unlimited team!
Kirsten Brenden has been dancing since age 3 and holds a BA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Her training includes ballet, modern, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. Through intensives and conferences, Kirsten has had the privilege of performing in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Seattle, WA. She looks forward to her third year of teaching at Dance Unlimited!
Alaina Sieben has been dancing since she was three. Alaina is excited for her second season at Dance Unlimited. Alaina graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Stout, where she was a member of her college dance team and the university’s dance ensemble. Alaina has been trained in Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, and High Kick. After years of competing, she is excited to spread her love for dance by inspiring young students to fall in love with dance the same way she did!
Mara Rosenberg Mara began her dance training in Madison, WI, During this time, she trained with members of River North Dance Company and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. After high school, Mara joined the Madison Contemporary Visions Dance Company, a professional contemporary company. Mara's previous teaching experience includes studios in Madison, WI and Grinell, IA, as well as summer intensives. Mara's favorite part of teaching is creating connections with students and families and telling stories through dance.
Kristi Loeck has been dancing since the age of 3 at her home studio in Marshfield, WI. Kristi has studied many styles of dance, with her main training being in ballet and modern. Kristi was on her high school's dance team, and continued to dance while attending the University of Minnesota where she completed her degree in Elementary Education.
Gretchen Novak is the Owner & Director of Dance Unlimited. Gretchen has studied all styles of dance, with an emphasis on ballet. She enjoys working with all age groups, from toddlers to adults, and brings proper technique to the classroom while practicing a fun environment. Gretchen continues to increase her exploration of dance through trainings, specialty programs and participation in performance opportunities. She believes that dance is a life-long treasure to be enjoyed at any age! Gretchen is also a certified gymnastics coach, fitness trainer, and yoga instructor.
Christy Dobbratz has been dancing since the age of 3. She graduated from St Olaf College in Northfield, MN with a BA in Dance and a concentration in Management Studies. . Her favorite dance styles include modern, tap, jazz, hip hop, ballet, and many different forms of cultural dance from around the world. She also enjoys filming and editing screendances and serves as a remote video editor for a NYC company. Christy is excited for her second season with Dance Unlimited!