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Yackel Dance Studio is a full-service dance studio that specializes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theatre, Lyrical/Contemporary, and Hip-Hop by professional teaching staff. Yackel Dance Studio is offering 20 classes for recreational dancers to choose from as well as National Champion Competition Teams. Currently, Yackel Dance has eight competition teams. Yackel Dance Studio offers classes for beginner to advanced students ages 2 through 18. All of our dancers perform in our Spring Recital each year.

At Yackel Dance Studio it is about so much more than dance. Yackel Dance Studio is a safe family environment where dancers can come and be treated with respect by their teachers and all teammates. The dancers learn what it means to be apart of a team and how to treat others with kindness and be there for one another in a positive way. The dancers also learn that hard work and dedication will go a long way in all aspects of their life. We hope by the time a dancer graduates they can look back on their dance experience and be happy they will always have positive dance memories to take with them. Yackel Dance Studio has alumni who have gone on to open up their own dance studios, become dance teachers themselves as well as continue their dance education on dance teams such as The University Of Minnesota, University Of St. Thomas, Mankato State University, Winona State University, University Of Iowa. Many of our alumni have also gone on to major in dance from dance programs such a University Of Minnesota, University Of Iowa, University Of Arizona, and UMD to name a few.

Founder: Denise Yackel

Denise Yackel has been teaching dance for 48 years. She began dancing at the age of five. She attended the University of Minnesota after graduating from South St. Paul High School.  She has studied dance with countless professionals from across the country.  Denise has instilled a true love of dance and many life lessons in hundreds of children and adult's lives.

Owner: Beth Yackel Wasley

Beth began her dance training at the early age of 2 at Yackel Dance Studio. She grew up learning and growing from her mom Denise Yackel as well as attending many dance conventions each year. She was a competitive dancer from age 6 to 19. She is a graduate of South Saint Paul High School and attended the College Of St. Catherine. Beth began choreographing and teaching at the studio when she was 15 years old. Teaching and choreographing is her number one passion. She is always striving to be better each year and to give her dancers new challenges and ideas. She considers all of her dancers her family and really works to instill great morals in all of them. She believes that learning how to be a respectful, hardworking, and classy individual is so important. She leads by example and holds her older dancers to a very high standard in being strong leaders to the younger dancers. She continues to attend at least three dance conventions per year. She just recently attended the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC taking seminars and classes from all the top people in the industry. Beth has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, musical theatre, and lyrical. Beth has won numerous choreography awards for her pieces.  Beth is so excited to start a new chapter in her life with taking over the studio and watching her two little girls grow up with dance in their lives. Her goal is to continue to keep Yackel Dance Studio a safe, happy, and fun environment for dancers to learn and grow as dancers and as people. Beth teaches tap, jazz, lyrical, and ballet to all of our Company Teams. She is so thankful for the amazing studio her mom has built over the past 50 years.

MEET THE TEAM

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Meredith Day

Company Instructor

Meredith started dancing at the age of 3 and was a competitive dancer for 15 years graduating from Spotlight Productions in 2011.  She has trained in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, musical theater, and hip hop and has won many regional and national titles in her dance career as well as dance convention titles around the United States.  One memory that stands out to Meredith during her dance career is when she traveled to Dallas, TX to participate in Worlds with her fellow teammates.  Meredith taught her first solo during her senior year and started teaching dance classes in 2011/2012.  Her passion for dance is shared through teaching.  Meredith started teaching at Yackel in 2013 where she teaches and choreographs for Company competition teams, solos, and specialty groups.  She has been recognized for her choreography as well as overall achievements at regional and national competitions.  Meredith had choreography recently recognized for the Industry Dance Awards.  Her choreography continues to be at the top of MN's amazing talent and we are so proud to have her as our lead Company choreographer.  

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Alyssa Sutton

Company & Recreational Instructor

Alyssa began her dance journey at Yackel Dance at the age of 3. She graduated from Yackel in 2018 after 15 years of competitive dance. She’s trained in all styles of dance including Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Ballet, and Musical Theater. Alyssa began assisting Beth when she was 12 years old and has loved it ever since. She’s always had a passion for dance and also helping/teaching others.  Alyssa has also won multiple overall and title awards throughout her dance career. One of her most favorite memories was winning Miss Masquerade in 2015 and having an unforgettable senior year with her teammates. She began her teaching career her senior year in high school. She teaches both Competition and Recreational teams including specialty groups, duo/trios, and solos.

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Micah Chermak

Company Ballet/Acro/Conditioning

Instructor 

Micah Chermak is a native to Minnesota and takes pride in his long career as a professional dancer, choreographer, and pedagogue. He is an alumnus to the University of Arizona School of Dance from which he received his Master of Fine Arts in dance while working as a preceptor and instructor of record for the University. He has worked as an artists and choreographer all around the country dancing and setting works on such companies as Cincinnati Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, PDX Contemporary Ballet, Minnesota Dance Theater, Ballet Tucson, The Portland Opera, and Twin Cities Vallet of Minnesota where he completed his time as a professional dancer. Micah earned his BFA in Ballet and his BA in Liberal Studies from Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He maintains the artistic philosophy of, "Working for the well-being and flourishing of humanity and its condition through art making and pedagogy."

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Grace Fabio  

Company Instructor

Grace grew up dancing starting at the age of 3 at Yackel Dance Studio. She has trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, musical theatre, and hip-hop and won many regional and national titles throughout her competitive dance career. She choreographed and taught her first solo during her junior year of high school and fell in love with teaching and choreography instantly. This continued after she graduated in 2021 and she has since set numerous solos, duets/trios, and group routines with the Company competition teams at Yackel Dance Studio. Grace is currently at the University of Wisconsin Dance Team which has brought a new light of dance to her life by mixing her studio background with new college dance team experiences. She is
currently studying Kinesiology and Athletic Healthcare and hopes to integrate her education into a career in choreographing and teaching.

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Melissa Jannetto

Recreational Instructor 

Bio Coming Soon!

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Danielle Maas

Company Guest Ballet Instructor

Born and raised in Plymouth, MN, Danielle started dancing at the age of 2. She was a competitive dancer at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN until the age of 15, and did additional ballet training at Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis. While dancing in Minnesota Danielle traveled monthly since the age of 9 for further ballet training to New York City and Las Vegas. She attended the summer programs of School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theater in NY. She gained a great amount of her training by working privately with mentors such as, Francois Perron director of Manhattan Youth Ballet in New York, Susan Jaffe from ABT, Tara Foy from the Royal Ballet, Karin Averty from the Paris Opera Ballet, and Elizabeth Parkinson from Joffrey. She then moved to New York City at the age of 15 to continue her ballet training. She attended Manhattan Youth Ballet (formally Studio Maestro) under the direction of Francois Perron, for 3 years, and in 2008 became a member of The Company of MYB. Danielle has also attended the Youth American Grand Prix regional and finals competitions for 3 years and has placed in the top three in both classical and contemporary divisions at multiple regionals and also being invited to compete in the NYC finals all 3 years. Danielle's recent performances include those with Imagination Entertainment, The Company of Manhattan Youth Ballet, and the Broadway Dance Center’s 25th anniversary gala in NYC. You may have also seen her in TV shows, “Royal Pains” on USA,  “Kings” on NBC, and "Mobbed" and "Glee" on Fox,  along with the 2012 "Back to School" commercial for Scheels.  She has also done print work for Leos dancewear, Katrina wear, and Donna international magazine. Now living in LA she works as a professional dancer signed with MSA dance agency and Diaz Management Group. Danielle has been teaching at various studios across the US since the age of 16. Many students and teachers have given extremely positive feedback in reaction to her teaching approach. She has a very unique way of connecting with the students and getting their fullest ability out of them. With her wide range of training, she offers a great class for both the classically and competitively trained dancer. 

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Yellie Chermak

Company  Ballet Instructor

Yellie Chermak is originally from West Chester, Ohio, and has lived in Minnesota for the past five years.
After dancing in ballet companies all over the US in her twenty-year career Yellie has recently crossed
over into the pedagogical and directorial chapter of her life. She believes in encouraging and challenging
each dancer she works with to find their own artistic voice and bring it to life. Yellie finds it exhilarating
to create and be a part of new choreography that pushes boundaries but is also incredibly sentimental to
the time-honored classics and feels honored to be able to pass down choreography from classical and
romantic ballets to the next generation.
Some of Yellie’s favorite roles while dancing include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Cinderella in
Cinderella, and Bluebird Pas de deux in The Sleeping Beauty. Her favorite contemporary and modern
roles include Double Mint Twin in Hi Jinks by Sam Watson, Cascades by Kim Robards, The Funny
Couple in Love Songs by Daniel Precup, and Red by Denise Vogt. Yellie also has choreographic credits
and has had her works featured by Reif Dance Company, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota, Ballet Tucson,
and Ithaca Ballet.
Yellie has taught alongside her ballet career and has been on the faculty of Ithaca Ballet, Ballet Austin,
Ballet Tucson, Northwest Dance Project, BodyVox, and numerous others. She enjoys teaching all levels
and ages while bringing her love of dance, specifically her love of ballet to the community. Yellie
also has her 200-hour Yoga teacher certification.

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Grace Hildrum 

Company & Recreational Instructor

Since the age of two, Grace's passion for dance has been a driving force in her life. She danced competitively for 13 years with the last 6 of those years being at Yackel Dance Studio. Grace is trained in various genres including tap, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop. During her years dancing at Yackel, she also spent her time as a teacher assistant, which is where she discovered her strong passion and love for teaching.  Upon graduating high school in 2020, Grace joined the Yackel staff where she now teaches and choreographs for recreational classes, Company competition teams, solos, duo/trios and specialty groups. She truly enjoys working with kids of all ages. 

Beyond the dance world, Grace graduated in 2024 from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition and is currently pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree at St. Catherine University. Grace is also a certified Pilates Reformer instructor and finds joy in sharing the transformative power of Pilates with both children and adults.

A proud member of the Yackel family, Grace looks forward to the exciting chapters yet to come. Her enthusiasm for dance, coupled with her commitment to holistic well-being, shapes a narrative of continuous growth that she hopes to instill in her dancers.

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Lindsey White

Company Instructor 

Lindsey Rose is a professional dancer, yoga teacher, and meditation teacher. A lifelong dancer, she has been practicing yoga for 12 years and passionately teaching dance for 15 years. While she currently resides in Minnesota, she has trained dancers all over the country in her mindful dance technique called "The Lab."This is a specialized class that melds the mindfulness and breath awareness of yoga, with the rigorous physicality of dance. Using this training, she encourages dancers to approach movement they have been doing for years with a completely different awareness than ever before. It has lead to many life changing breakthroughs for numerous dancers.

Lindsey dances with Crash Dance Productions based out of Minneapolis and also leads their “CDP2” pre-professional dance program. She has danced with companies across the country including Contemporary Dance Wyoming, Poetry In Motion, and Kybele Dance Theater. 

In the past year, she been working with high school and college dance teams to train their minds for performance and overall well being. Known as "the dance guru" she truly holds the greater good of all of her students at heart.

We are so lucky to have Lindsey on staff working with our Company dancers weekly.  She brings so much knowledge to our dancers and staff.

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Jenny Rodriguez

Company Yoga/Pilate/Acro Instructor 

She is a married mother of 4 who enjoys spending time with her family and friends, working, shopping, having FUN….and beach vacations! She grew up as a dancer at Yackel Dance Studio and gymnast and have never been able to let it go. It has been her passion her entire life! We have been blessed to have Jenny on staff for the past 8 years.

For the past 19 years, she has been coaching gymnastics for the Park Gymnastics Program, also teaching classes at Yackel Dance Studio, and currently working at Energy Pilates Fitness Studio(for the past 13 years) teaching Group Fitness of all different formats and Pilates Reformer, Personal Training and Private Acro lessons for dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts. She absolutely LOVES her job and LOVES working with kids of all ages …..from beginner skills to advanced. She specializes in teaching proper form and technique for all skills and work through drills and progressions to teach safety and precision. She is a hands-on-spotter for all skills. She loves helping the kids learn to leap, jump, turns, advance in flexibility, strength and conditioning…. Also, walkovers, front and back handsprings, side and front aeriels, and even back tucks, and many more unique variations of many skills. She loves watching all of the kids she teaches progress and grow and feel so good about themselves when they master a new skill!

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Jasmine Wachter

Recreational & Company Instructor 

Bio Coming Soon!

GUEST FACULTY:

Melissa Lobes

Derrick Schrader

Kia Hill

Drew Geck

Carson Andringa

Our dance instructors are experienced, well trained, and educated in the dance field.  They are also experienced in dealing with children.  We want all of our students to have fun while being challenged to become accomplished dancers.  We require discipline in a friendly environment.  

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