FACULTY | DelMonico Dance

Meet Our DelMonico Dance Faculty

Kim DelMonico - DelMonico Woodbury DanceKim DelMonico
Artistic Director / Studio Owner
Kim began her dance training in Minnesota and upon graduating high school, she joined the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleading squad. She then moved to Las Vegas to attend UNLV to study Kinesiology. While in Vegas she danced in numerous Industrial and casino shows such as “Legends in Concert” for Onstage Productions as well as a dancer in multiple shows for Dick Foster Productions at the Rio Resort and Casino. Upon her return to the Midwest Kim once again resumed her role as a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader and took the title of “MVC Best Dancer” chosen by her teammates and coaches.

Kim 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 former Minnesota celebrity impersonator show “Mythology” for two years prior to opening her own dance studio.

Kim has judged for various regional and national dance competitions throughout the United States including Legacy Dance Championships and Starz Dance Competition. She has judged for Copa Cuam Dance, Cheer, and Pom competition in Mexico and has also been a judge for the Arthur Murray Dance Studio charity event “Dancing with the Twin Cities Celebrities”. Kim continues to be involved with the Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader Alumni Association and has judged try-outs for hopeful Minnesota Vikings Cheerleaders numerous times.

Kim teaches competitive and recreational level dancers and also has done free-lance choreography for professional dance teams including the Minnesota Timberwolves. Her 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 - DelMonico Woodbury DanceBella Amerigo
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 may be a young choreographer, but she certainly isn’t “green” by industry standards. Kim DelMonico first met Bella at a national dance competition 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 - DelMonico Woodbury DanceKelly Nichols
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 - DelMonico Woodbury DanceKelsey Sullivan
Recreational 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 Huntoon
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 Tasler
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 - DelMonico Woodbury DanceKacey Hauk
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.

Angelina Amerigo - DelMonico Woodbury DanceAngelina Amerigo
Angelina Amerigo has been dancing for over 16 years. She was a proud DelMonico Dance Company member from 2014-2019, and was one of the captains for the Senior Company Team while she was a student at DelMonico Dance. Angelina achieved high honors at dance competitions such as top overall placements, title winner awards, and judge’s awards to name a few. She now continues to be a positive role model for our dancers to look up to as she teaches at DelMonico.

Angelina has years of experience in competition dance and also the dance convention world. From 2017-2019, Angelina was chosen as a Pro-Reveler assistant with Revel Dance Convention. She has been fortunate to learn from professional choreographers during select dance convention weekends, and connect with other dancers in this elite program. Not only does Angelina dance, but she sings and acts as well. Angelina has received Triple Threat awards at competitions recognizing her talents. She loves to inspire younger generations with her passion and love for the arts. Angelina was recently the lead dancer in a 2020 Black Friday advertisement for the company Best Buy.

She is currently continuing her college education with online college classes through Minnesota State Online. On top of her responsibilities, she is running for Miss Minnesota in June of 2021. She holds the regional title of Miss Heart of the Lakes. Since August of 2019, Angelina has shared her social impact initiative with the world, “One Bottle, One Straw, One Bag at a Time”, working to spread awareness on the ocean plastic crisis. Angelina has continued to advocate for this cause in many avenues. You can follow Angelina, @missheartofthelakes on Instagram to view her journey as she is on the road to Miss Minnesota.

Angelina’s time at DelMonico Dance helped shape her to be the person she is today. We are proud to now have Angelina on our team of teachers at DelMonico Dance.

Hailey Lambert - DelMonico Woodbury DanceHailey Lambert
Hailey started her dance journey at the age of three on the island of Maui with the Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA). Trained heavily in classical ballet brought her the roles of a mouse, party girl, and Clara in the Nutcracker. At the age of fifteen, Hailey moved to Minnesota and joined the Delmonico Dance Family. She danced competitively with Delmonico for three years and currently has been teaching for Delmonico for two years.

In high school, Hailey was one of the team captains for the senior company at Delmonico, was involved with her high school’s musicals productions, and part of the selective choir ensembles: Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Hailey has also assistant choreographed the following musicals: High School Musical, Once Upon A Mattress and The Addams Family.

Currently, Hailey is finishing her associate’s degree at Century College and is transferring to the University of Minnesota fall of 2021. On top of school and teaching, Hailey recently became an educator for Lululemon Athletica. Always keeping a full plate dance continues to stay constant and full in her life.

Transitioning from student to teacher has been thrilling and such an honor. Recreational dance was how Hailey started, so she feels a personal connection with every one of her students. Dance has always been an outlet and safe place for Hailey, and she wants only that and more for her students.

Paula Lentz - DelMonico Woodbury DancePaula Lentz
Paula is a native of Ann Arbor Michigan where she began her career as a competitive gymnast at a young age. She competed through USGF as well as her high school, receiving many awards and acknowledgements for her artistry and athleticism. One of her proudest acknowledgements was being awarded Most Athletic in her high school.

After high school, Paula went on to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. While at U of M she was a member of the University of Michigan gymnastics team. She also taught gymnastics to students at various levels and abilities at a local club.

Her love and passion for gymnastics and fitness led her to take additional classes in Kinesiology and manage a Bally’s fitness club along the way.

Paula received her Acrobatic Arts Module One Teacher Certificate in 2020, and continues to challenge our dancers with new Acro skills.
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