Samantha just returned home to St. Cloud after dancing 6 years in Russia, touring throughout Europe and Asia. Samantha has danced with companies including Madison Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Malashock Dance, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, as well as many companies throughout Russia.
Tiffany has been with MDE as a company dancer since 2014.
Tiffany started dancing at age six, and continued dancing throughout highschool and college. She was a member of the UWRF Dance Theatre, focusing on modern dance choreography, while she attended the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She graduated summa cum laude from St. Cloud State in 2011.
Tiffany lives in Monticello with her husband, 14 year old daughter, three lovable bumbling dogs, and cat. In her limited spare time she's a documentary film buff, thrift store junkie, and loves reading, coffee, and photography
This is Nick's second year in Minnesota Dance Ensemble. He has always loved to dance but didn't get really passionate about it until age 16. Since then he has been in multiple musicals including West Side Story, Music Man, White Christmas, Hairspray and multiple others. When Nick is not dancing he is a manager at Caribou Coffee.
Frasquita and Thief
Dance has always been Missy's sanctuary. Though she didn't grow up in a studio she felt a strong connection between movement and music from a very young age. Once the opportunity arose in high school to join the dance team, Missy's passion soared as she danced in countless competitions and state tournaments. She continued dancing through college, taking classes including ballet, jazz and hip hop. Missy graduated in 2004, with honors, from St. Cloud State University with a degree in Elementary Education and took a break from dance and a career to raise her 4 beautiful boys. Over time, she no longer had that sanctuary that dance provided. With the support of a loving husband and fantastic friends, Missy joins MDE for her third season.
Heidi started dancing when she was 6 and trained mainly in classical ballet at various studios throughout Minnesota all the way through age 22. This is her first season with MDE and she is excited to expand her dance repertoire and collaborate with other dancers in the community. Heidi graduated from the University of Minnesota in May with a degree in nutrition and is pursuing the path of becoming a Registered Dietitian. In addition to dancing and cooking healthy food, Heidi enjoys being outside, drinking tea, yoga, baking, and spending time with her husband and dog.
Lucille Guinta-Bates returned to dance in 2015 after many years away. As a child and teen she studied ballet and pointe work. In college she studied Modern, Jazz and Tap dance, obtaining a degree in Pre-Dance Therapy at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA in 1989. She performed with the New Dance Company in Stockton, CA and taught dance classes in the community in the early 1990’s. Many years later she completed a M.S. degree in Social Responsibility at St. Cloud State University and is now an adjunct instructor in Human Relations and Multicultural Education at SCSU as well as in Diversity and Social Justice at St. Cloud Community and Technical College. Her personal mission is to bring the joy of dance as a life-long endeavor to her community. She teaches adult beginning ballet at Revolver Studios, and created the community group “Gotta Dance” as a way to create space for adult dancers of all abilities to enjoy dance and movement. She recently self produced and performed in the three person show, Cabaret de Lune. Lucille shares her home in St. Could with her husband Chris, daughter Barbara and cat Jake.
Escamillo and Thief
Jeff currently serves as a theater instructor, teaching children and adults to explore their imagination while giving them tools to grow as actors. Jeff graduated from St. Cloud State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication and Fine Arts. He will be directing the Lion King this year with SOAR Regional Arts. His credits include directing High School Musical with SOAR Regional Arts, Leading Ladies with Great River Arts, Frosty the Snowman & Mr. Popper’s Penguins with GREAT Children’s Theatre along with assistant directing Les Miserables for the GREAT Theatre Company. Jeff is currently work with TAG, a teen lead board through Soar Regional Arts to produce four live theatre performances for the city of Otsego this summer. Jeff has also done work with the Guthrie Theater on and off throughout his theatre career. He has performed in a number of shows including: Les Miserables, Rent, You Can’t Take It with You, Drowsy Chaperone, Shrek the Musical, and Something’s Afoot.
This is Jeff Anderson's first year with Minnesota Dance Ensemble.