Sarah Goar

Art Director/Dance Educator

Using her diverse training in dance and her gentle nature in the classroom, Sarah inspires her students to develop their technique and creativity to reach their full potential. Sarah has over 15 years of experience as a successful and respected dance educator and has been a student of dance for over 30 years. She has studied at J & L Academy of Dance, the University of Minnesota, Zenon Dance Center and Company and has participated in many internationally recognized master classes including CNADM. Sarah continues to study dance to stay current in the latest forms and trends to provide her students with the best training possible. She developed our Certified Training Program and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Child Psychology. Contact Sarah directly at

Miss Nikki

Dance Educator

Miss Nikki is a 25-plus year dance student that we are beyond happy to have on our staff. Nikki is a vibrant and experienced teacher who brings her personal best into every classroom and enhances the self-esteem of every student. Nikki has completed the Certified Training Program created by our Director, and she has furthered her dance education by participating in the internationally known CNADM in Chicago, attending Dance Olympus, and taking several other master classes and workshops. Miss Nikki is very active within the dance community. She has taught various Community Education dance classes, participated in the Mippey music video, and she has a part of the Lee Carlson Center’s “Dancing With Our Local Stars” and “Anoka County’s Got Talent”. Her passion for dance has been passed down to her two daughters who attend ‘nMotion. You can contact Miss Nikki directly at

Miss Stevie

Dance Educator

Miss Stevie has been dancing for over 25 years, and the studio has been fortunate enough to have her as an educator since the doors opened. Stevie is a gifted choreographer, successful team manager and has extensive performance experience. Her love for dance has been passed down to her daughter who studies dance at ‘nMotion.  She has completed the Certified Training Program created by our Director. You can contact Miss Stevie directly at

Miss Maria

Dance Educator

Maria has been dancing under the direction of Miss Sarah since she was 5 years-old and has loved every minute of it! She has numerous years of experience as a Studio Assistant and Performance Team Affiliate prior to starting her education career with ‘nMotion where she has now been teaching for several years. Choreography is one of Miss Maria’s many talents, and she was fortunate enough to both help create and teach the dance portion of the Mippey5 video “High-Waisted Shorts,” which can be found on YouTube. If you ask what her favorite part about being an instructor at ‘nMotion is, she says that she enjoys seeing the kids develop each week in class. Miss Maria has completed the Certified Training Program created by our Director, and she attended the 2015 CNADM in Chicago. Maria is a 2013 graduate from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Genetics and Physiology. You can contact Miss Maria directly at

Miss Michelle

Dance Educator

Miss Michele has been dancing since the age of 2, with 14 of those years at the 'nMotion Dance Center. A passionate love of dance has always kept her coming back. She has attended many dance conventions and classes both in Minnesota and Chicago learning from such notable dancers as Ellen Keane, Jeremy Plummer, Jo Rowan, and Stacy Keller. She has also completed the Certified Training Program created by our Director and loves the structure of this studio.

Miss Kim

Dance Educator

Miss Kim has been a student of dance since the age of three, starting at J & L Academy of Dance with Miss Sarah. After high school she attended the University of Minnesota’s Duluth campus where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance. Since graduating, she has enjoyed working as a costumer and choreographer at several high school theatre programs in the Twin Cities area. Kim has a love of dance that spans all genres and has participated in classes and workshops ranging from Dance Olympus to African movement and ballroom. She began teaching at ‘nMotion in 2012, which has given her many opportunities to share her passion with students and the community. She has participated in teaching the Columbia Heights community education dance program and helped create a performance of the “The Nightingale” with the city of Fridley and a grant from the Sinfonia orchestra. Kim couldn’t be happy to find a home at the ‘nMotion studio. You can email Miss Kim directly at

Miss Renee

Dance Educator

We are happy to introduce Miss Renee as our most recent staff to join the team! Miss Renee has been a dance student for over 15 years, with almost all of those years under the direction of Miss Sarah. When she isn’t on stage performing her heart out, you can find Miss Renee teaching dance to the Columbia Heights community education program.

Miss Kristin

Hip Hop Specialist

Kristin started dancing in college at Iowa State University 10 years ago. She found the Hip Hop Dance Club her first week of freshman year and hasn't stopped dancing since! After being elected president of the club, participation grew from about 50 students to over 350 students. She loves all styles of dance but her passion is for choreography-style hip hop. She always encourages people of any age and skill level to try her classes. We're all here to have fun together and to push ourselves!

Miss Ashley

Studio Assistant

Ashley Walsh is the N'motion Center for Performing Arts Studio Assistant.  Ashley is a lifelong lover of dance. Her earliest memories are of watching The Nutcracker and longing with everything in her to dance like the performers on stage. Having grown up in a small town (that had more cows than people), opportunities to dance were few and far between.  In fact, Ashley didn't begin her dancing career until she joined N'motion 5 years ago. Ashley now takes great joy in fulfilling her greatest dancing dreams and is ecstatic that she can support her fellow dancers and a studio with a mission as incredible as N'motion. 

Jennelle Donnay

Dance Instructor, Choreographer, Movement Coach and Performer

Jennelle started dancing at the tender age of three at the Kay Koch School of Dance in Saint Paul Minnesota, where for 15 years she studied Tap, Jazz, Lyrical and Ballet. Right after high school in 2001, Jennelle took a job as a Ballroom Dance instructor at a local Fred Astaire Dance studio, and after teaching Ballroom for 8 years she decided to spread her wings into the Latin, Country, and Swing Dances. In 2008 she became a independent dance instructor of numerous partnership dance styles and has since been teaching, performing and creating dance communities all throughout the Twin Cities. Dance is her passion and her joy and she loves sharing that joy with people of all ages.

Visit or contact Jennelle Donnay at 651-357-2060 for information on Ballroom, Social, and Partnership Dance classes.

Kalei Enstad

Hula Instructor

My name is Dana Marie Kaleinā'ala O Ka'ahuonāali'i Enstad.  Everyone calls me Kalei or lately, Aunty Kalei.  I grew up in 'Aiea on the island of O'ahu, graduated from The Kamehameha Schools and I love to dance the hula. My hula travels took me to Japan, then to Minnesota, my temporary home until I can get back to the islands.

Visit or contact Kalei Enstad at 651.491.9422 for information.

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