Instructors

Tuesdays: Jay Larson

Jay Larson is a United States Professional 9 Dance Champion and a 3 time North American 9 Dance Champion. He is also a teacher, coach, judge and emcee in the world of social and competition ballroom dancing. He has also been an owner of dance studios and was a founding member and performer in the 12 year run of the Beyond Ballroom Dance Company. But these days he mainly is happy to introduce people to ballroom dance and help them to learn and enjoy all the ways it can enrich our lives. Jay was born and raised in Minnesota and is excited to be teaching at the U of M!

Thursdays: Kate Bratt

Kate Bratt has been teaching ballroom dancing for longer than most of you have been alive, and is grateful for the opportunity to say that in what is likely her tenth year teaching at UMNBDC. She also owns Dancers Studio in Saint Paul where she teaches (and offers a college discount) and has a long and boring list of accomplishments in the amateur, pro-am, and professional ranks.

Fridays: Nels Petersen and Theresa Kimler (Primary Alumni)

Nels and Theresa are the undefeated 9-time US Amateur Open Rhythm Champions, 7-time US Amateur Open Smooth Champions, and 5-time US Amateur Open 9-Dance Champions.  Nels is the most winning Open Amateur Champion in all of DanceSport and a member of the University of Minnesota President’s Club.   Nels and Theresa, as the most highly trained club members, have chosen to give back to their alma mater and also play a key role in the nonprofit U Partner Dance, which was created to support Ballroom Dance at the U of MN.  Theresa is a Mechanical Engineer Alumni and owner of Total Project Consulting.