The dance studio was originally founded in September of 1981 under the name of Chris & Anne’s Dance Studio. At the suggestion of her dance teacher and mentor, the late Dorothy Lundstrum (at right), Anne approached the pastor and principal of St. Anne’s Parish who gave their wholehearted support to the idea of a dance studio on site. In those early years, Anne taught ballet and her sister, Chris Maros, taught the tap & jazz classes. Their talented mother, Mary Jane Piazza, graciously accepted the position of piano accompanist and bookkeeper.
Hundreds of young dancers passed through the doors of Chris & Anne’s Dance Studio. Mary Jane retired from playing the piano in June of 1990 and at the end of the 1995 season, Chris retired from teaching. Anne still had two younger daughters that she wished to keep teaching. Therefore, in September 1995 Anne’s Dance Studio was formed with Anne at the helm as full time teacher and bookkeeper. With the support of very talented piano accompanists, as well as help from students and parents, she has continued with quality dance lessons.
In June of 2011 the studio moved to its current location at MetroBeat Fitness and Dance at 3537 Douglas Drive N in Crystal.
The goal of Anne’s Dance Studio is to provide good solid dance instruction in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. We believe that we have achieved this goal
Anne’s first dance days at the age of four were at MickRay Studio on 21stPenn Ave. N. continuing through some of the local dance studios. She studied Cecchetti ballet at MacPhail Center for the Arts and Russian classical ballet at The American School of Russian Classical Ballet and St. Anthony Park School of Dance. She considers her most valuable learning experience the 24 years spent studying ballet, tap, and jazz under the late Dorothy Lundstrum.
Anne’s passion for teaching children is evident in her accomplishments. She has choreographed five 8th grade musicals for St. Anne’s School, a Christmas play, 50’s Revue and fourteen spring concerts for Sacred Heart School in Robbinsdale, as well as produced 30 dance recitals.
Anne has been happily married to her husband since 1974. They have three daughters and two sons, all have taken dance from their mother.
The goal of Anne’s Dance Studio is to provide good solid dance instruction in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. We believe that we have achieved this goal.
Amy was born with a great sense of rhythm and movement. She is a gifted dancer and teacher. She studied ballet, tap, jazz and pointe under the tutelage of Chris Maros and Anne Hedlund and also had the great privilege of studying the same dance genres under the guidance of the late Dorothy Lundstrum.
Amy is a married homeschooling mom to one son and three daughters. Her love of dance is contagious not only to her three daughters but also to the many students who partake in her tap classes. She is creative in her teaching skills and thoroughly enjoys watching her students achieve and succeed.
Amy is a huge asset to our studio not only in her teaching and creative abilities but also in the fact that she is able to carry on the high quality style of dance that is unique to Anne’s Dance Studio.
Angela was introduced to the world of dance by Anne Hedlund and her sister Chris at “Chris and Anne’s Dance Studio” at the age of 4. She continued on to become an accomplished jazz dancer and is seasoned in ballet, tap, lyrical, musical theater, and hip hop.
Her extensive training includes studying in master and teacher classes under the professional organizations of LA Dance Force, LA Underground, New York City Dance Alliance, and Tremaine. She was classically trained in ballet and pointe by ballet master, John P. Hallahan (Mr. H). Angela competed on the national level for 12 years in top performing lines and as a soloist. She is especially honored to have been selected to perform with Gloria Estefan in the Super Bowl XXVl Half-Time show. As a competitive soloist, Angela was awarded “Best Emotional Execution” and continues to consider stage performance one of her specialties.
Angela’s dance career has come full circle from her first steps onto the dance floor at St Anne’s Parish school. She is blessed and humbled to have been granted the opportunity to teach here at “Anne’s Dance Studio” under her mentor, Anne Hedlund. Angela brings a fresh perspective to the classroom by translating proper technique into innovative movement. Her aim is to deliver an inspiring dance experience to her students. Angela also has a degree in Psychology and Design from the University of MN and currently works in visual merchandising at Target Headquarters.
Brittany Ford has been dancing since the age of three at Dance Fever in Andover, MN. She started competing at the age of eight performing tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. She has traveled around the country competing in many national competitions.
Brittany attended Minnesota State University Mankato with a double major in athletic training and dance in hopes to work with injured dancers. The first three years she participated multiple dance concerts as well as traveling to Washington D.C for the American College Dance Festival for nationals. Upon entering the athletic training program she used the skills she was learning to help the dance program at Mankato.
Brittany currently lives in New Hope and works as an athletic trainer at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Eden Prairie and Edina. She works primarily with dancers and teaches injury prevention. Brittany also provides outreach to different dance competitions and dance companies around the twin cities. She is very pleased to be teaching the Modern Dance Class at Anne’s Dance Studio.