Meet Our DelMonico Dance Staff
Kim DelMonicoArtistic Director / Studio Owner
Kim began her dance training in Minnesota and upon graduating high school, she moved to Las Vegas where she danced in numerous industrial’s and shows such as “Legends in Concert” for Onstage Productions and “Bevertainers” for Dick Foster Productions at the Rio Resort and Casino.Upon her return to the Midwest Kim became a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader and in 2004 took the title of “MVC Best Dancer”. She has performed with the former Minneapolis based, Imagine Dance Company in “Broken” and with Hey Sugar Productions in various hair shows for Rocco Altobelli Salons. Kim was also a featured dancer in the celebrity impersonator show “Mythology”. Kim teaches competitive and recreational level dancers and also has done free-lance choreography for professional dance teams including the Minnesota Timberwolves. Most recently Kim was a judge for the final auditions of the 2015 Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders. Kim also judges for various regional and national dance competitions throughout the United States for Legacy Dance Championships and Starz Dance Competition.
In 2016 Kim judged for Copa Cuam Dance, Cheer, and Pom competition in Mexico and was also asked to be a judge in February 2016 for the Arthur Murray Dance Studio charity event “Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities”. Kim’s choreography and students have won many top scoring awards and achievements at competitions at both the regional and national level! While the accolades her dancers receive are rewarding to her, the true gift comes from seeing her students develop as artists and performers more and more each year.
Bella has been dancing for over 15 years, including competition studio and performance dance. She has also been a choreographer since the age of 12. Bella’s choreography has always caught the judges eye. Personally and with her students she has received numerous standout awards, judges awards, title awards, and choreography awards for her work at regional and national dance competitions. Bella and her dancers have received many scholarships to attend more workshops and conventions to keep growing as dancers.Bella continues her dance education by frequently attending workshops to train with the industry’s best from JUMP, New York City Dance Alliance, West Coast Dance Explosion & Hollywood Vibe. She has learned from the most talented in the industry. One of her main inspirations is Joe Lanteri. Bella always leaves these conventions feeling inspired. She brings what she learns to share with her students at DelMonico.
Bella may be a young choreographer, but she certainly isn’t “green” by industry standards. Kim DelMonico first met Bella at a national dance competition seven years ago in which she won with a duet she choreographed for herself and her little sister Angelina. Bella brings to us a unique style that is very student centered. She has a beautiful gift to emphasize the dancer’s strengths and a vision to help dancer’s grow and succeed. Bella loves teaching and working with kids. Dance is her passion and we are so proud to have her at DelMonico.
Kelly Nichols is a native to North St. Paul, MN and started her first 12 years of dance training at Larkin Dance Studio. Throughout her dance training there she received many national awards and scholarships.Growing up, Kelly was known for her love and energy that she brought to the stage, specializing in tap, jazz, and musical theater. Kelly’s performance experiences include Jesus Christ Superstar, Guys and Dolls, The Pajama Game, Anything Goes, CBA La Crosse Bobcats, Ten Foot Five, Superbowl XXVI Halftime Show, Tostitos commercial, numerous fashion shows, and print work for Leo’s Dancewear. Kelly graduated from UW-La Crosse with a B.S. degree in Exercise and Sport Science with a minor in Business. She has been a full time personal trainer and Spinning instructor since 2001 at The Minneapolis Club, training the “who’s who” of the Twin Cities. She continually takes medically based classes specializing in PT, orthopedic injuries and surgeries, exercise physiology, bio-mechanics, Postural Restoration (PRI), and Functional Movement Screening (FMS) with local and nationally known doctors, surgeons and physical therapists. She likes to consider herself a “Movement Specialist.”
Currently, Kelly has been choreographing and teaching dance since 1998, giving her 37 years of combined experience with dance and exercise physiology. She has won numerous choreography awards and has enjoyed combining her passion for dance with her educational background, bringing a special enthusiasm to her teaching style.
Kelly can be found at DMD either teaching a masters class or choreographing a future award winning competition routine.
Hannah graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance earning her BFA in Dance Performance with a dual emphasis in Ballet and Modern. Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Hannah began formal training at the Minnesota Dance Theatre School (formerly Ballet Arts Minnesota). Hannah also received training from American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Washington Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Milwaukee Ballet summer intensives.
Upon graduating college in 2012, Hannah moved to St. Louis, MO to dance professionally. Hannah has performed with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company, is a former company member with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, was a guest dancer with the Kansas City Ballet, and continues freelance work throughout the Midwest. Hannah recently moved back to the Twin Cities to begin work as an artist with the Saint Paul Ballet for their 2015-16 season. Over her career Hannah has enjoyed performing works by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, Antony Tudor, Jessica Lang, Uri Sands and more.
While pursuing her dance career, Hannah has worked as a dance teacher and choreographer in the St. Louis, MO area and is excited to continue teaching in the Twin Cities at DelMonico Dance where she began her dance training.
Kelsey SullivanRecreational Program Director
Kelsey Sullivan began her dance training at a young age, locally. She danced competitively for 12 + years in studio dance, danced on the Woodbury High School Dance Team and was part of the cast in the Woodbury High School Musical Theatre Productions.
After graduating high school, Kelsey attended Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing. While at Augustana, she was a part of the Augustana Dance Team and taught the fundamentals of Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Tap and Technique at Dynamic Cheer & Dance in Brandon, SD.
Previously, Kelsey has choreographed for Starplayers Musical Theatre Camp, Dynamic Cheer & Dance and 5678! Dance.
Kelsey has a strong passion for teaching the recreational dance classes. She wholeheartedly believes dance is more than a weekly class, but a safe place for all dancers, from all backgrounds and walks of life to come and express themselves. Nothing brings more joy to Kelsey than to see her students improve each week and excel in what her students put their mind to.
Kelsey says there’s a feeling you get when you enter DMD, an energy of everyone supporting one another! Kelsey is looking forward to another incredible year at DelMonico Dance.
Vanessa is originally from Phoenix, Arizona where she trained at Take 5 Dance, Ballet Arizona, and under Brian Friedman at Dance Source. When she was 18 she moved to LA and was chosen to be on scholarship at EDGE PAC in Hollywood and trained under Alex Magno, Eddie Garcia, Billy Goodson, and Wes Veldink among many others. After that she started her professional dance career that lasted 15 years before she moved back to Phoenix last year.She is trained in all styles including acrobatics and gymnastics too. As a professional dancer, her career highlights include Glee, Dancing with the Stars, How I Met Your Mother, So You think You Can Dance, America’s Best Dance Crew, Victoria Secret fashion show with Justin Timberlake, Pussycat Dolls, Eli Stone, Fired Up, MTV movie Awards, NIKE, Puma, Speedo, and Sega. Some of her TV commercial credits include GAP, IPOD, Honda, Lexus, Special K, Star TV, GE, and a super bowl commercial for Toshiba. She was a body double for 2 seasons of Victorious for Victorious Justice, and an acrobat body double for CHER. She has danced for artist such as Eminem (as a contortionist/acrobat), Justin Timberlake, Marilyn Manson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gene Simmons, Kristen Chenoweth, and Alanis Morrisette to a name a few. As a gymnast, she was part of Le Ombre, which is a show with only dancers who can do acrobatics, dance, and partner. Le Ombre traveled all over the world performing for various companies.
She loves teaching and is excited to be teaching her knowledge of acro and dance to teach students all over the country.
Deane’s first love was musical theatre, and he has appeared on the main stage at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres in Anything Goes; Disney’s Beauty and the Beast; as Bernardo in West Side Story; Singin’ in the Rain; 42nd Street; and Swing. He also had the great pleasure of joining the Metropolitan Ballet’s productions of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Agnes DeMille’s Rodeo at the Historic State Theatre. He continues in musical theatre as a choreographer/director for Ashland Productions and has choreographed for Maple Grove Senior high, where his work has been recognized at the annual Spotlight Awards.Since he fell in love with tap dancing, he’s had the pleasure of taking class with tap greats Yukiko Misumi, Grant Swift, Jimmie Payne, Jr., Mark Yonally, Chloe Arnold, Jason Samuels Smith, Randy Skinner, Everett Smith, Derick Grant, Lisa La Touche, Jay Fagan, Dianne Walker, Dormeisha Sumbry-Edwards, Star Dixon, Nico Rubio, Jumanne Taylor, Guillem Alonso, Sam Weber, Jason Janas and others.
Deane has won several choreography awards and can be found tapping at several different studios in the Twin Cities. Happy Tapping!
Kacey Hauk trained at Classical Ballet Academy and Larkin Dance Studio while growing up around the twin cities. At 13 she traveled to Washington D.C. to study at the Kirov Academy and when she was 17 she attended the Juilliard School’s Summer Intensive program for dance. Kacey graduated from the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists in 2008. That year, she received a national award for her first piece of choreography from the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts’ YoungARTS Program in Miami, Florida. Later that year, she performed it again at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. where she was named a Presidential Scholar in the Arts.After high school Kacey moved to New York City to further her knowledge in classical ballet and modern dance at The Juilliard School where she graduated in 2012. There, she performed works by Lar Lubovitch, Mark Morris, Alexander Ekman and Nacho Duato. Kacey was a teaching artist for StART Osceola summer intensive in Kissimmee, Florida for one of Juilliard’s many outreach programs. She also performed with the Juilliard School for The National Dance Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland and has been featured on HBO’s documentary television series Masterclass as a rookie choreographer under the mentorship of Bill T. Jones.
Kacey has choreographed Merchant Hall’s production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Rutland, Vermont and Chuck Mee’s The Four Seasons performed at the Angel Orensanz Foundation in New York City. She performed with Nai Ni Chen Dance Company based out of New York and the Summer Stage series at the ICA Theater in Boston, Massachusetts where she performed Merce Cunningham’s How to Pass Kick Fall and Run.
Since her return to the twin cities she has performed in Luke Olson-Elm’s Broken at the Southern Theater and Jes Nelson’s Equinox Suite. She has also participated in Live Arts at the SooVAC where she performed the grand pas de deux from Don Quixote as a solo with the accompaniment of a backpack, Kevin Iverson’s original choreography for the debut of Hackwith Design’s Bridal line at Paikka, and her own work at an in-studio workshop at TU Dance. Kacey is thrilled to be back in the twin cities and hopes to share her love of creativity and movement with as many aspiring young artists as possible.
Dance has been part of Kelsey’s life for as long as she can remember. Kelsey grew up dancing competitively at local studios and was a former student of Kim DelMonico. Kelsey then went to Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Arts for High School. Kelsey taught dance at a local studio for four years before graduating college, as well.
Kelsey graduated in 2017 from Concordia St. Paul with a degree in Elementary Education and an endorsement in Middle School Mathematics. This is her second year of teaching the 2nd Grade. She loves going to work everyday and teaching wonderful kiddos. Teaching is definitely what she’s meant to do, and she truly enjoys every second.
We are excited to have her added enthusiasm and passion to our staff.
Yellie Shustack, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio began her training at Cunningham School of Dance under Carla LeMaster and Naomi Cunningham. In 2000, Yellie joined the Ithaca Ballet Company and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2003. She danced the lead roles in Cinderella, Bolero, Sentimental Journey, Bluebird Pas de deux in Sleeping Beauty, Snow Queen and Dewdrop Fairy in the Nutcracker. Yellie also won choreographic workshops and had her works, Business of Love and Pieces Missing, performed by the company in 2002 and 2003.
Ms. Shustack’s summer studies include Ballet Regent, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, Studio Maestro, Julliard, Ballet Austin, as well as, merit scholarships for The Jilana School and Richmond Ballet. Yellie joined Ballet Austin’s trainee program in 2004, where she performed in outreach programs, as well as, works by Gina Patterson, Stephen Mills, and Kimmary Williams. She was selected to perform Serenade with the company.
Yellie joined the Alabama Ballet in 2007 where she stayed for seven seasons. She performed soloist roles including Benevolence Fairy and Sapphire Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, Autumn Fairy in Cinderella, The Turning Girl in Roger Van Fleteren’s Messin’ with Mozart, Bashful in Snow White, and Paquita. Demi soloist roles include La Sylphide and Allegro Brilliante. Yellie has also appeared in Swan Lake, Giselle, Be Major, Alice in Wonderland, and Marzipan in George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker.
Ms. Shustack moved to Arizona and danced with Ballet Tucson 2014-2017 and was featured as a Doublemint Twin in Sam Watson’s Hi Jinks , “The Funny Couple” in Daniel Precup’s Love Songs, and Cascades by Kim Robards, as well as, numerous other roles. Yellie was also featured as Odette/Odile in Swan Lake this spring.
Yellie has taught all levels of ballet for seventeen years at various schools all over the United States and been on staff at major Ballet Companies. She is also a certified yoga instructor and an Executive Consultant for Rodan+Fields Skincare.
Monique Speese has been coaching gymnastics for six years at Rising Stars Gymnastics Academy. Monique was a gymnast for 16 years and also has 8 years of dance experience. Monique can be found at DelMonico Dance instructing tumbling and gymnastics classes along with strength conditioning. She also offers private lessons to our students to work on specific tricks and skills at their own pace. We love Monique’s energy and ability to give kids the confidence to try new acro skills.