Dancin' Feet Staff


Dancin' Feet Director

Colleen Rudnicki is the director and owner of the Dancin' Feet Dance School.  She has been dancing for over forty-five years and teaching for over thirty.  Colleen has performed extensively and has received many distinguished honors both as a performer and teacher.  Colleen has her dance teaching certificates through Dance Masters of America and The National Clogging Organization.  She is also a state representative for the Professional Dance Teachers Association.  Colleen has danced professionally as the lead dancer and dance captain for a show in Nashville called Country Music USA and is on the teaching staff for the National Clogging Organization.  Colleen also teaches weekly dance classes and runs the Dancin' Feet performance teams.
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Dancin' Feet Staff
Lora Chapman 1997-2019
Lora has been teaching dance for 16 years! She has taught nearly all styles of dance and has been a member of several performance and specialty groups. Dance travels have brought her to Washington D.C., Nashville TN, and Branson MO for performances and conventions. She revived the Marilyn Hanson scholarship award for clogging in 2003 and became a nationally certified clogging instructor through CCI in 2007. She loves spending time with her husband, Nate, and daughters, Mara and Olly. Lora enjoys camping, trips to the beach, watching baseball, and impromptu dance parties with her daughters. Lora also enjoys serving in kids ministry and is a part of the foster care ministry at her church. When she is not teaching dance or helping at church, she works full time at a Marketing Agency as an Account Manager.
Melissa Hepner 2000-2019
I have been teaching dance for Dancin' Feet for 4 years. I hold a degree in Elementary Education. I have been dancing since I was 3 and there isn't much I love to do as much as I love to dance. However, in my free time, you can find me watching Marvel movies with my husband, serving at my church or making chocolate chip cookie bars. I look forward to one day traveling to Italy!
Emily Hopkins 2000-2019
Dance has created some amazing memories for me. My favorites include making the Vikings Cheerleaders All-State Team in high school, getting CCI certified in Nashville, dancing in the Disney World parade in Florida, and dancing in the steps of the Lincoln monument in D.C.
Michele Muonio 1987-2019
Michele started dancing at Dancin' feet when she was 3 years old. She has been on several performance teams and went to Perpich Center for the Arts High School, emphasizing in dance. Michele is also a certified fitness instructor. Michele and her husband love to hunt and are involved with 4H. Michele is the mom to Dancin' Feet dancers, Callidora and Asher, and little baby Reed.
Paige Myers 1998-2019
I grew up at Danicn' Feet learning everything from Ballet to Clogging  and Irish Hard Shoe. But I fell in love with Ballet and Pointe.
 Those are also some of my favorite types of dance to teach. I joined the staff at Dancin' Feet in 2006 and have loved every minute of it. Outside of the studio, I love dancing in the kitchen, reading and being outdoors.
Katie Ritschel 2011-2019
I have been teaching at Dancin' Feet for 4 years and have loved every minute of it! My favorite thing to hear is a young dancer shout out with excitement, "I did it, Miss Katie!" after they have accomplished a new dance step. I am thankful for every class I get to teach and every dancer I get to meet.
Abby Simpson 2016-2019
Abby started her career in recreational classes in 2003, where she learned basic Ballet, Tap and Jazz technique. She remained in recreational classes in various studios around the metro area until 2008. Beginning in high school, she danced competitively in the areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Lyrical, winning multiple awards for group numbers, including High Point and Grand Championships. She left the dance world while studying at Winona State University. After graduating with degrees in Special Education and Child Advocacy, she was blessed to have met Colleen and offered a job at Dancin' Feet. While Abby is not at the studio, she works as a full-time nanny to a young girl with Cerebral Palsy. Abby also choreographs play productions at Northern Starz Children's Theatre, including a national program called Penguin Project which puts on productions, casted entirely of individuals with disabilities.
Taylor Streckert 1998-2020
I started dancing at Dancin' Feet when I was 5 years old. I took classes in Tap, Jazz and Ballet, but my favorites were always Clogging and Hip Hop! After I graduated high school, I took one year off where I joined the University of St. Thomas's PULSE dance group. I returned to Dancin' Feet in 2012 and started teaching! Outside of the studio, I love spending all my time with my husband, Ryan, my new baby, Hudson, and my two dogs, Penny and Lucy. We enjoy being outside and eating ice cream! When I am not teaching at Dancin' Feet, I am teaching first graders at an arts and science charter school, where I have been for 5 years now!

2019-2020 Teacher's Assistants
Mariah Mckenna Tara

2019-2020 Dance Assistants
Adia Delaney Jordan
Abby Mya Marisa