Dawn Schulberg - Owner/Instructor
Dawn Schulberg - Owner/Instructor Dawn Schulberg - Owner/Instructor Dawn has been working in the dance industry for over 30 years and has been instructing for over 20. Dawn was the producer, director, and choreographer for several productions including; Guys and Dolls, American Pride, I’ll be Home for Christmas, Emmanuel, Journey to Bethlehem, A Christmas Carol, and Rollin’ Down the River, to name a few. Dancers look forward to coming to the studio because of her passion for dance and the enthusiasm and dedication that she brings. Dawn and her husband Jerry have three children, Jason, Cassie and Callie along with several beautiful grandchildren.
Cassie Schulberg - Owner/Instructor
Cassie Norgren has been dancing since the age of three. She has studied all types of dance, and is a former member of the tap company “Keane Sense of Rhythm Youth Tap Ensemble”. She has studied dance in New York where she received training from choreographers such as Jared Grimes, Derek Grant, Germaine Salsberg, Ray Hesselink, and Lynn Schwab She has performed with the “Chicago Human Rhythm Project” and has taken class from great artists such as Lane Alexander, Diane “Lady Di” Walker, and Jeni LeGon. She has also had the privilege to work with the Prior Lake Players and choreographed for “Grease” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Cassie loves working with kids and enjoys watching the progress that all of her students make from year to year.
Callie Schulberg - Owner/Instructor
Callie Schulberg is experienced in all forms of dance but specializes in Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, and Hip Hop. After graduating, she moved to New York City to train at Broadway Dance Center as an Intern. She was fortunate to work with various notable instructors and choreographers such as Jeff Amsden, Sheila Barker, Michele Assaf, Kat Wildish, Michelle Barber, Luam and Billy Larson. After New York, she then took an opportunity to travel to Tropea, Italy to study and perform at the Broadway A Tropea Festival where she worked with such artists as Desmond Richardson, Mandy Moore, Wes Veldink, and Jessica Hendricks. Callie is a former company member of Crash Dance. She feels blessed to be able to pursue her love of dance not only as a career, but also as a performer, teacher, and choreographer.
Cheryl Failor - Instructor
Cheryl began dancing at the age of 6 and continued taking dance until high school. She then was part of the high school danceline - the Roosevelt Rockettes. The Rockettes performed not only pom, pom dances but also tap and jazz on the stage. After graduating high school, Cheryl attended college in Oklahoma and graduated with a degree in business. After a long absence from dance, she resumed taking classes in tap, jazz and ballet. Cheryl then began teaching for Premiere in 2003. She has always had a passion for dance, and feels blessed to be able to share that passion with others. Cheryl is married to a wonderful man, and has four daughters who dance at Premiere. Cheryl believes dance is a great physical and mental sport, and she just plain LOVES TO DANCE!!
Tiffany Boozier - Instructor
Tiffany began her studio dance training at the age of three, and has an extensive background in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Kickline, Musical Production, and Hip-Hop. Tiffany is a graduate of Apple Valley High School where she was a member of the AVaire Dance Team, Captain of the Varsity Football Cheerleading Squad and student of the AVHS Educational Dance Department. Tiffany studied dance at the University of Minnesota and performed for two years with modern dance company Vox Medusa, and was also a member of the Minnesota Monsters AFL Performance Team. Tiffany has taken several Master classes with dance professionals from around the country. Tiffany has been a dance instructor at various studios throughout the metro area as well as coached and choreographed for high school cheer and dance teams.
Lori Smith - Instructor
Lori Smith started dancing in 1969 at the age of five taking lessons from the Leffler
Sisters in Bloomington. In 1974 the Leffler’s closed their studio. Lori then moved
to the Barbi Lee Dance Studio in Edina where she studied Tap, Jazz and Ballet. She
started her competition years in 1976 when she was 12 years old. Loving every minute
of dance she decided to start assistant teaching at the age of 15 at the Barbi Lee
Dance Studio. In 1981 she started teaching classes; therefore, her assisting days
were over. In 2001, Lori decided to make the biggest change in her life teaching for
Prior Lake Dance Studio now Premiere Dance Academy. In 1985 Lori married Gary Smith
and they have resided in Savage since 2000 with their two children Dustin and Korina.
Lori really enjoys teaching dance because it gives her a great feeling doing something
she has loved all her life.
Lani Lutz - Office Manager, Instructor
Lani started dancing at a young age, receiving her studio training from Premiere Dance Academy. After graduating high school, she went on to attend the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and recently graduated in December 2009. Lani focused much of her attention in college on understanding dance history, finding the meaning behind movement, and researching different styles of dance. In Eau Claire, she was a member of the “Concert Dance Company” which provided students with the opportunity to perform and choreograph in a company setting. Lani set and performed in pieces that were presented at American College Dance Festivals in Wyoming, Kansas, Michigan, Maine, and Pennsylvania. In addition to the dance company, Lani had the opportunity to set movement on singers at the university and was involved in choreographing several Opera and choir productions. Now back in the Twin Cities, Lani has choreographed Curtain Call Theatres production of “Annie” and Friendship church’s “Esmeralda”. Lani is thrilled to be back at Premiere and anxious to learn more about the wonderful world of dance!
Andy Ausland - Guest Instructor/Choreographer
Andy Ausland is a choreographer and composer from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Over the past 13 years, he
has been touring and producing shows as the co-creator of Ten Foot Five Productions. Ausland received
his dance training from Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, Minnesota, where he trained for 15 years
under the direction of Shirley, Molly, and Michelle Larkin. Ausland, Buckets and Tap Shoes and Ten
Foot Five have performed for companies such as Best Buy, Target, Ecolab, MTV, and VH1. Ausland has
had the honor of performing in Finland, Russia, Austria, Malta, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Los Angeles
and New York City. He is excited to be teaching and sharing his gifts.