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.

Laura Daugherty has been teaching for fifteen years and is excited to back at St. Croix Ballet! She is a former student of St. Croix Ballet in the early years and her later training was with the Kirov Academy, Harid Conservatory, North Carolina School of the Arts, Classical Ballet Ensemble, University of Utah, and Royal Winnipeg Ballet School. She has performed in such works as Western Symphony, Aida, The Nutcracker, Paquita, Cupid and Psyche, Romeo and Juliet, and The Golden Bough. Laura has completed five teacher training courses and enjoys the process of developing dancers' technique.

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.

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.

An alum of St. Croix Ballet, Savanna has been trained in the St.Croix Ballet's Pre-Ballet program and curriculum and the Vagonava syllabus. This past summer she completed a teacher training program at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet.

Abigail is a senior in high school and has been trained in the Vaganova method at St. Croix Ballet for the past eleven years and has been dancing for almost sixteen years. She has been teaching for two years in the Pre-Ballet program and Level 1-5. Abigail enjoys combining her passion for ballet along with teaching children.

Maria Kratz is a senior student of St Croix Ballet. As a teacher of level I-2, Maria strives to instill a joy of dance and excitement of performance in her young students. Her other activities include flute performance with the Stillwater High School Wind Symphony, teaching Merit Badge skills to Boy Scouts at Tomahawk Scout Reservation, and caring for her autistic brother. Maria is currently pursuing a degree in Music Therapy as a PSEO student. Her love of dance and music is a motivating force in her life.

Anna has been dancing with St. Croix Ballet for 12 years and has had additional training at The Washington Ballet and A & A Ballet. At Croix Ballet, Anna has danced the lead roles of Sugar Plum Fairy, Cinderella, and numerous others. Anna is actively pursuing a career in dance. She loves teaching and hopes to make it a part of her dance career.

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.