Teachers & Staff

Jill Hoggard

Jill Hoggard has been dancing since 1964 and teaching since 1974 with Owatonna Dance Theatre, under the direction of her mother, Jacquie Quinlivan-Day. Jill changed the name of Owatonna's hometown dance studio to Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance in 1980. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Dance with certification from Texas Women's University. This specialized degree allows her to teach dance in the Texas Public School System. In 1992, Jill performed at St. Clements Church in New York City with Theatre of the Heart. She has been a member of many dance associations. Jill has continued her studies in dance by attending workshops throughout the United States. Jill has attended Costume Conventions in Chicago and St. Louis, as well as Rhee Gold's seminars for teachers.

Katie Gillespie

Katie Gillespie​ was a student at Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance beginning in 1983.  In high school, she was a dance assistant before attending Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN.  She studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern and Dance Composition while at Gustavus and graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Minor in Dance.  In the summer of 2002, she began teaching a variety of classes at the studio and working in the studio business office.  She continues to work in the studio business office and teaches a variety of classes, including Performance Team dancers.  Katie continues her dance education by attending workshops in the summer.

Michelle Honsey

Michelle Honsey has been a dancer at Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance since she was 3 years old. In high school she was a dance assistant, on the Competition Team and an award-winning Competition soloist. She assisted all of our Competition Teams in 2018 and taught our 2018 graduating seniors. She is currently attending St. Olaf College on scholarship, working toward her Dance degree. We are excited to have her teaching 4 of our Competition Teams, several Competition Soloists and our 2019 graduating seniors.

Melynda Schultz

Melynda Schultz​ was a dancer at Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance beginning in 1987.  In high school she was a dance assistant for three years before attending Winona State.  She earned a BS in Elementary Education with an emphasis in middle school English.  She has been the studio's Backstage Manager since 2002 and began working in the studio business office in 2008.  She continues to work in the studio business office and is a substitute teacher in the school district.

Nicole Heers  

Nicole Heers started dancing with Jill Hoggard Academy of Dance in 1999 and was a dance assistant for two years in high school. After graduating Nicole helped backstage during the dance concerts. She attended Hamline University and earned a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education and Studio Arts. Nicole is currently working in the studio office in the evenings. 

2018-2019 Staff

Front Row L to R: 

Kelsie Simon, CC Nicholson, Isabella Schroeder, Alix Bettin, Miya Weber


Middle Row L to R: 

Gabby Flemming, Sabella Maas, Azalea Story, Paige Grayson


Back Row L to R: 

Melynda Schultz, Katie Gillespie, Jill Hoggard, Michelle Honsey,

Nicole Heers

2019 Graduating Seniors

Front Row L to R:

Emily Keck, Paige Grayson, Brianne Ulrich

Back Row L to R: 

Morgan Masche, Sophia Mrotz, Drewsila Plank, Jasmyn Harris

2018 - 2019 Competition Teams

Front Row L to R: 

Lucy Abernathey, Katie Lamb, Heather Duneman, Mara Oien, 

Katie Gillespie, Jill Hoggard, Michelle Honsey, Becky Plank, Lori Wencl, Michelle Minton 


2nd Row L to R: 

Ellie Zeman, Gabby Barrie, Kaylynn Simmons, Faith Hager, Lily Thiele, Sophia Miller


3rd Row L to R: 

Annika Wilke, Vivien Fox, Jessalynn Smith, Aurora Heintz, Sophia Nelson, Sophia Hanson, Lexi Kennedy, Naomi Jones, Melany Davis, Grace Thiele, Jaelyn Otte, Alexandra Herget, Halle Anderson, Lauren Prestegard, Christina Bell, Sofia Maas


4th Row L to R: 

Aniston Sorum, Emery Vick, Makayla Fischer, Maddy Reese, Luca Gfrerer, Jocelynn Madson, Kate Sande, Morgan Lien, Ava Carroll, Lilly-Ann Wilder, Jordan Otte, Norah Kath, Jorja Pena

Back Row L to R: 

Pagie Grayson, Alix Bettin, Miya Weber, Sabella Maas, Brianne Ulrich, Julia Dallenbach, Azalea Story, Chris Goodpaster, Isabella Schroeder, Sophia Mrotz, Keezia Rud,Elise Sande, Kelsie Simon, Whitni Minton,

CC Nicholson, Emily Keck

255 SE 22nd St. Owatonna, MN


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