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 Coppélia. 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, Coppélia, and Nutcracker.
Meet Our Staff
Anna Roesler grew up dancing at St Croix Ballet, instructed by Karla Sweeney and Susan Hovey. She has danced lead roles in the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. She then spent two years dancing with the Cincinnati Ballet and enjoyed many performance opportunities there.
Anna is excited to be back at St Croix Ballet and is committed to continuing the strong Vaganova training and maintaining a positive culture in the studio.
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.
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.
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.