Classical Training At Its Best

Faculty And Staff

Susan Hovey is uniquely qualified to lead St. Croix Ballet into its next stage of growth and development. Susan began teaching at the studio in 2004 and has directed St. Croix Ballet's spring productions of Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Coppelia. From 1993-2003, she co-directed a ballet school in Kiel, Germany. Susan has a BFA in dance from Creighton University and has danced professionally with Jo Savino, David and Anna-Marie Holmes, Nevada Dance Theater, and Wuerzerburger Staatstheater in productions of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Coppelia, and Nutcracker.

Rosa Prigan is a native of Columbus, Ohio and began her training at BalletMet Columbus, where she trained under Susan Dromisky and Dmitri Suslov. She obtained her BFA in Dance Performance from Butler University and went on to dance with St. Paul Ballet. She is entering her second season with Ballet Co.Laboratory in St. Paul as a founding member of the company. Her performance experience ranges from classical to contemporary ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, George Balanchine’s The Four Temperaments, and Zoe Emilie Henrot's Gentle Human. She was honored to have created the role of the Cheshire Cat in the premiere of Ballet Co.Laboratory's Nutcracker in Wonderland last season. In addition to dancing, Rosa is a teacher and choreographer in the Twin Cities. She is also a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and enjoys sharing the power, vitality, and freedom she has found through the Baptiste Power Yoga methodology with others.

Lindsey is St. Croix Ballet alum who continued to pursue her love of ballet in college. She attended Washington University in St. Louis, where she earned a double major in Environmental Studies and Political Science, as well as a minor in Ballet. Lindsey performed ballet and modern pieces in Washington University Dance Theater and danced in guest works, including 'Tensile Involvement' by Alwin Nikolais, 'Still Crossing' by Liz Lerman, and Antony Tudor's 'Dark Elegies.' Lindsey spent six summers working ant teaching at the Chautauqua School of Dance, a classical ballet intensive located in upstate New York. At Chautauqua, Lindsey development curriculum for and taught all creative movement and beginning ballet classes. She is current working toward her Master of Education degree at the University of Minnesota and hopes to eventually teach English as a Second Language. She is excited to return to teaching students at St. Croix Ballet.

Will Kratz started as a student at St. Croix Ballet where he was instructed by Karla Sweeney and Susan Hovey and performed in all of the studio's productions from the Nutcracker, Spring Shows and the Summer Gala. In addition, Will has danced with Ballet Royal, Continental Ballet and Metropolitan Dance Academy as a guest artist, and has danced with Milwaukee Ballet, Academy of Russian Ballet, and Academy of Russian Classical Ballet for their Ballet Intensives. A highlight was performing in the Premier of the new ballet, Narnia. After graduation in 2015 Will performed as an apprentice with Minnesota Ballet Duluth for two seasons. With MN Ballet, Will toured with the company to Canada and throughout the Midwest, offered workshops for school children, and met with and performed for company Patrons at special events. A favorite aspect of ballet is the pas de deux and the unique challenge it presents for performances. When not dancing, Will is pursuing a degree in electrical technology.

As a new mother who will also be teaching at L'Etoile du Nord, Abbie will not be teaching regularly at SCB this year, however, will remain very much involved by continuing to train all teachers in the pre-school curriculum, substitute teaching, and assisting in Nutcracker rehearsals. Abbie is an alum of St. Croix Ballet. Having lost interest in dance at a competition studio, Abbie started taking character classes at St. Croix Ballet with Neka Tobak, she then fell in love with ballet and devoted her junior high and high school years to studying the art. She remained involved with St. Croix Ballet throughout her undergraduate years and began teaching regularly in 2009. Abbie received a Master’s in Teaching at Hamline University and is currently a teacher at L'Etoile du Nord French Immersion School, in St. Paul.Her goal is to expose the children to ballet in a way this is cognitively and developmentally appropriate to their age while thinking of the long term goals of true master of the art.

With a background as an educator and a depth of training in Pilates, Cherlyn has devoted the last 15 years teaching individuals and groups how to use their bodies properly through Pilates mat classes and reformer training. Cherlyn's goal is to have students increase strength and flexibility while being mindful of past injuries and giving students the tools they need to avoid future injury.

Guests/Master Teachers

Barry Molina: SCB Alum and current Milwaukee Ballet Company Member: Summer Intensive 2018

Svetlana Gavrilova and Kirill Bak: Summer Intensives

Neka Tobak: Character Dance: Summer Intensives and periodic Master Classes throughout the school year

Deborah Ellis: Flamenco. Periodic Master Classes.

Barry Leon: Periodic Master Classes

Maryann Johnson, Physical Therapist. Periodic Master Classes on health, nutrition with a special emphasis on avoiding injuries as a dancer.


Karla Sweeney, Founder: Karla Sweeney and her husband Brian founded St. Croix Ballet in 1991 in the basement of their Stillwater home. They built the program into one of the Twin Cities top ballet studios. After a gallant 15-year battle with late-stage breast cancer, Mz. Karla passed away on February 12, 2015. Karla graduated from the University of Utah with a BFA in Ballet. She danced with Ballet West and several regional companies in the Southwest, performing in the Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, and others. She then toured the United States and Mexico as the featured dancer with Disney on Parade Mary Poppins show, and then traveled to England and South Africa with other Disney productions. Karla has left a beautiful legacy of quality ballet and dance to the St. Croix Valley.

Brian Sweeney. From the studio's inception, Brian Sweeney has lent his business and non-profit expertise to help build and manage a successful ballet program here in the St. Croix Valley and continues to do so.