Meet Our DelMonico Dance Staff

Kim DelMonico
Artistic Director / Owner / Choreographer
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 Amerigo
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
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.

Hannah Benditt
Dance Instructor
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.

Tara Cacciatore
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Tara is originally from St. Louis. She graduated with honors from Webster University holding a BFA in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet. She has completed extensive training and summer intensives in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC and St. Louis with Stephen Petronio, Pascal Rioult, Iyun Harrison, Eddy Ocampo, Tyrone Brooks, Jimena Paz, Christine Kardell, Maggie Konkel, Beckah Voigt and Gary Hubler. Tara has been fortunate to work with renowned artists such as Uri Sands, Jessica Lang, Jennifer Medina, Paula Weber, Audra Sokel and Mathew Janczewski to name a few.

Tara is a former national synchronized swimmer before she found her way into dance. She is currently a company member with TU Dance under the artistic direction of Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands. Tara is a gues artist with Karlovsky & Company as well as a former company member of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. She has also performed with a Trek Dance Collective as well as a guest artist with other companies in St. Louis and Chicago. She has been blessed to have been able to perform nationally as ell as had the honor of performing at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for the National Gala Concert of the American College Dance Festival where she was featured in Iyun Harrison’s “Union”, a role created for her.

Tara had her debut in Dance Magazine in the October 2012 issue in a photograph submitted and selected by Dance St. Louis to represent the New Dance Horizon’s tour. She was also interviewed as well as seen dancing in a solo and group number choreographed by Jessica Lang for New Dance Horizons in a documentary for a PBS special regarding the concert tour.

Tara is the founder, artistic director and resident choreographer of Project: le.Lux. Her choreography has been commissioned in St. Louis by professional companies, studios, public and private schools. Her work can be seen on the Higher Education Channel that was previewed January 2011 for her work in co-hosted concert “(un)Bridled” where she choreographed a full-length piece for the show. Her work has been presented at the American College Dance Festival on two separate occasions. She was honored when one of her works was selected for the gala evening performance acknowledging excellence among the participants of the festival. She was also awarded the Chalot Douglas Trust Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts in the Spring of 2010 and currently serves on the Advisory Board for Ashani Dances in Seattle.

Additionally, Tara was recently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Missouri St. Louis teaching modern and jazz dance before moving to St. Paul. She has also taught and choreographed for Webster University, Studio E, The Movement Arts Center, American College Dance Festival, Dancing in the Streets, Leaping Lizards, ANNONYArts, The Cathedral Basilica School, Nerinx Hall, Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company, St. Louis Public Schools and The Berry Patch to name a few.

Tara is excited to be a part of the DelMonico Dance family while being a lyrical and contemporary dance instructor.

Hassan Ingraham
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Hassan Ingraham, born and raised in Miami, FL, first discovered dance while attending the inner city Charles R. Drew Middle School. After coming to terms with his passion for dance, Ingraham was then accepted into New World School of the Arts where he had the opportunity to further his training while at the same time obtain his diploma. At this point Ingraham knew his future would involve the performing arts therefore was then accepted to the prestigious The Juilliard School where he received his BFA in dance. From there, he traveled to various places throughout the world performing,and working with different virtuosos such as Dwight Rhoden, artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Robert Battle, artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Gregory Dolhbashian, just to name a few.

In Ingraham’s spare time he can be found teaching which is another passion of his. He has taught national and internationally. Most recently, he and a fellow group artist traveled to Gabarone, Botswana to participate in a culture exchange program where he led a three week intensive. Today, Ingraham is now based in Minnesota dancing with the TUdance company led by Alvin Ailey veterans Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands as well as teaching at the DelMonico Dance as the modern-contemporary and ballet instructor.

Lynsey Gilbertson
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Lynsey Gilbertson started her dance career in Woodbury where she was on a competitive studio line for 14 years. During high school she was on the Woodbury High School dance team from 2005-2009. Lynsey was named captain her senior year and was responsible for choreographing new routines throughout the season. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she was a Scarlet Dancer on the Spirit Squad. While in Lincoln Lynsey taught at a dance studio instructing multiple genres of dance.

After moving back to Minnesota she taught competitive and recreational classes at a local dance studio from 2010-2012. She also coached the Woodbury High School’s fall dance team in 2011. Lynsey graduated from the University of Iowa in 2013 with a bachelor of science degree in Human Physiology. Her dance/teaching background includes jazz, tap, lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip hop, pom, gymnastics, and musical theater.

Lynsey is very passionate about teaching dancers of all ages and is excited about being a part of the DelMoncio Dance family.

Kelly Nichols
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
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.

Kelsey Sullivan
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Bio coming soon!

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651.493.7897

650 Commerce Dr. Ste. 100 Woodbury, MN 55125

info@delmonicodance.com

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