Our Teachers

Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio is an award winning dance studio in the St. Cloud area. Ms Melinda's is a place for students and families to establish long lasting relationships on and off the dance floor. We strive to improve dance ability, self confidence and leadership skills in a clean, safe and professional environment. At Ms. Melinda's, we aspire to share our passion and joy, where "dreams begin with a dance."

Ms Melinda Tamm

Ms Melinda Tamm

CEO

Melinda is the founder, owner and CEO of Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio. She has over thirty years of experience in all areas of dance, including 25 years as an instructor for all ages and abilities. She also spent multiple years as a professional NFL cheerleader, dancer and choreographer. Melinda graduated from St. Cloud State University with a B.S. in Education. Melinda has won multiple choreography and performance awards throughout the years. She is also a community leader, serving on the Paramount board of directors, the Holly Ball planning committee and volunteering for the Women's Fund.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Rebecca Gross

Rebecca Gross

Guest Instructor

Rebecca has been teaching dance for over 10 years and is in her eighth season with Ms. Melinda's. She has won multiple choreography awards in the styles of tap, jazz and lyrical. Rebecca graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in 2012. While at college, she performed on the St. Ben's Dance Team, coached the St. John's Prep School Dance Team and choreographed four musicals. During the day, Rebecca is a full time Business Development Manager for a non-profit in St. Cloud and serves on the St. Ben's Board of Alumnae.
rebecca@msmelindas.com

Kelsey Nelson

Kelsey Nelson

Instructor

Kelsey is a Ms. Melinda's alumna who is going into her sixth year of teaching. She is currently a student at St. Cloud State University, pursuing a degree in nursing. Kelsey always encourages her students to strive for their personal best and is looking forward to working with them this season. She teaches all ages, from Tiny Tots to high school competitive teams, in the styles of tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. If she's not dancing, Kelsey is working at the St. Cloud Hospital.
kelsey@msmelindas.com

Cassandra Evans

Cassandra Evans

Instructor

Cassandra is a sophomore at College of Saint Benedict and is planning to major in Economics. This is her fifth year on the Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio teaching staff. Cassandra has been a part of the Ms. Melinda's Dance studio family for twelve years and teaches jazz, tap, ballet, pointe and lyrical. She also specializes in tap where she has won multiple awards as a tap soloist. Cassandra is excited to bring her expertise to our team and to your dancers.
julie@msmelindas.com

Marah Bersheit

Marah Bersheit

Instructor

Marah is returning to the Ms. Melinda's staff as a sixth year teacher. She has been teaching dance for 17 years to students of all ages. Marah has an Early Childhood Education degree from St. Cloud State University and currently works full time at Scheels. In her spare time Marah enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids. She is excited to get to know all of your children this season and looks forward to furthering their dance education.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Andrea Fenstad

Andrea Fenstad

Instructor

Andrea is in her second year as a teacher at Ms. Melinda's, but has over 17 years of teaching experience collectively. She graduated from NDSU in 2007 with an Apparel & Textiles major and Public Relations and Art minors. While at NDSU, Andrea was on the dance team and performed in many shows. She has been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater and hip hop, in addition to being Barre certified. Today Andrea lives in Sartell with her husband and son Henry. She also enjoys walking, running, decorating, painting and traveling with her family.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Molly Meier

Molly Meier

Instructor

Molly has been a dance teacher for six years and this is her second year on Ms. Melinda's staff. She lives in Sartell with her husband and kids. Molly has taught Kindergarten for seven years and is currently at Pine Meadow in Sartell. Her Elementary Education degree is from Concordia College in Moorhead. Molly has been trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, musical theater and lyrical. She has also lead youth theater dance camps and has choreographed multiple high school musicals. Outside of teaching, she enjoys photography, music and theater, and spending time with her family.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Jerome Akubue

Jerome Akubue

Instructor

Jerome is a senior at St. Cloud State University studying Bio-Medical Sciences, with plans to go to medical school. He is trained in hip hop and continues to learn by watching new tends and following some of the best hip hop dancers in the industry. This is Jerome's third year teaching at Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio and he is as eager to learn, as he is to instruct.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Haley Hubbard

Haley Hubbard

Instructor

Haley has been leading the Acrobatic Dance program at Ms. Melinda's for four years now. She is a second year student at the College of Saint Benedict and plans to major in Accounting-Finance with a minor in Communication. Haley was in gymnastics for 16 years, 13 of which were competitive. She qualified for the Minnesota State gymnastics meet with her team three times, and individually on floor exercise for a total of four times. Haley loves getting to meet young dancers and teach them new tricks to utilize in their dances! She also enjoys spending time with friends and family.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Aubree Lahr

Aubree Lahr

Instructor

Aubree is in her second year as an acrobatic dance instructor at Ms. Melinda's. She was in gymnastics for 12 years, and her high school team made it to the state tournament three times. Aubree is in her second year at the College of Saint Benedict and plans to major in biology for pre physical therapy. Her hobbies include spending time with my family and friends and swimming, tubing, and wake boarding in the summer.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Erin

Erin

Instructor

Katie

Katie

Instructor

Gretchen Moos

Gretchen Moos

Instructor

Brittney Ayers

Brittney Ayers

Instructor

Brittney is second year teacher at Ms. Melinda's. She is currently a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict majoring in Global Business and minoring in Communication. Brittney was both a competitive studio dancer and on the Hill Murray Dance Team in high school. Now, she's on the St. Ben's Dance Team and also enjoys running, hiking, yoga, strength training and photography. Brittney has been teaching for over three years and has been trained in many styles including ballet, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, tap, musical theater, pointe, contemporary and ballroom.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Olivia Michals

Ballet Instructor

Bailey Stalmer

Ballet Instructor

Megan Thooft

Megan Thooft

Assistant

Megan is freshman at St. Cloud State. She was a competitive dancer at Ms. Melinda's and in her third year teaching. Megan loves to dance wherever she is and loves sharing her passion with others.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Amber Linn

Amber Linn

Assistant

Amber was a competitive dancer at Ms. Meleinda's and this is her fourth year on the teaching staff. She is a freshman at the College of St. Benedict.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Olivia Plamann

Olivia Plamann

Assistant

Olivia has been dancing at Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio for ten years, and this is her fifth year on the teaching staff. She dances on the Show Stars competitive line and does a lyrical solo. Olivia is currently a senior at Sartell High School and is on the dance team there. During her free time, Olivia likes to play with her dogs.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Anna Satre

Assistant

Anna has been dancing at Ms. Melinda's for eight years, and this is her third year on the teaching staff. She dances on the Dream Team competitive line and does a lyrical solo. She is currently a senior at Sauk Rapids High School and also enjoys running, hiking and art. Anna loves teaching at Ms. Melinda's and wouldn't trade her teaching moments for the world.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Kirsten

Kirsten

Assistant

Ella Plamann

Ella Plamann

Assistant

Ella is in her second year as a teaching assistant at Ms. Melinda's Dance Studio, but has been dancing at the studio for eleven years. She dances on the Show Stars competitive line. Ella is currently in 10th grade at Sartell High School. She is excited to assist and share her love of dance with younger students.
melinda@msmelindas.com

Ashley Jones

Assistant

Josie Leinonen

Assistant

Samantha Clark

Assitant

Sami Rock

Assistant

Vienna Boom

Assistant