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LiSa

Lisa trained at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet of Canada, New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and received a dance scholarship to Los Angeles, CA.  She has danced professionally with ND School of the Performing Arts Jazz Dance Company under the Direction of Judy Rae Smith from The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Arts, Continental Classical Ballet Company in Minneapolis under the Direction of Riet Velthuisen from the Dutch National Ballet and with Ballet of the Dolls Dance Theater Company of Minneapolis, performing lead and solo roles in several productions for twenty years, under the Direction of Myron Johnson, Children’s Theater Company.  She has been cast in regional and national commercials, videos, musicals, touring shows, print and runway shows; traveling to New York performing at Paul Taylor Dance Studio and touring throughout the Midwest for Calvin Klein.  Lisa recently performed with OFF-LEASH AREA Dance Theater Company in Minneapolis in June of 2017. Choreographically, Conlin is the recipient of the Live Music for Dance Minnesota 2014 Grant Program, choreographed four full length shows, and curated RENOVATE-A Choreographer’s Evening from 2008-2014.  Her choreography was also presented at the Walker Arts Center, Old Arizona Studio, Patrick’s Cabaret, Studio 2A Project, Loring Playhouse, Ritz Theater, Southern Theater, and the MN Fringe Festival.   She has directed and choreographed Balleraena's Dance Theater Winter show for the past five years and is on faculty at Balleraena.   She also teaches and is certified in yoga, hot yoga, barre, and pilates at FORM Fitness Boutique.

 

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Raena

Raena Rasmussen received her BFA in dance from the University of Montana with emphasis in teaching, choreography, and performance. Her continuing education has included traveling and studying many forms of dance in Bali, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Boston. She has taken class from well-known Kyle B, Eric J. Campros, Matt Steffanina, Dana Alexa, Tracie Stanfield, Marty Kudelka, Mia Michaels, Chris Judd, Laurie Ann Gibson, Mike Witmers, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall and more. She opened her own dance studio, Balleraena Dance Studio in 2001. She has been teaching in Sioux Falls for eighteen years. She started Balleraena Dance  Company (BDC) in 2006. Balleraena Dance Studio performed the Nutcracker with the Moscow Ballet in 2005, 2015, and 2016.  Most recently she danced in Minneapolis at the Ritz Theater in Blue Heaven in 2012 and in Sacred in 2014. Raena also has earned her pilates certificates in mat, standing pilates, reformer and wunda chair.