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. 


2019-2020 Staff

Front Row L to R: 

Paige Grayson, Alix Bettin, Miya Weber

Middle Row L to R: 

Azalea Story, Kelsie Simon, Isabella Schroeder, Sabella Maas


Back Row L to R: 

Nicole Heers, Katie Gillespie, Jill Hoggard, Michelle Honsey,

Melynda Schultz 


2020 Graduating Seniors

Front Row L to R:

Lacey Bakken, Melinda Abernathey 

Middle Row L to R: 

Kelsie Simon, Julia Dallenbach 

Back Row L to R: 

Kayla Mollenhauer, Azalea Story 

Not Pictured:

Brooke DeLeeuw


2019 - 2020 Competition Teams

Front Row L to R: 

Adison Prestegard, Chloe Millar, Ellie Zeman, Michelle Honsey,

Jill Hoggard, Katie Gillespie, Sophia Miller, Ella Bishman,

Kaydence Grunklee


2nd Row L to R: 

Natasha DeVries, Cassandra Gilgenbach, Paige Grayson, Annika Wilke, Vivien Fox, Danika Hanson, Aurora Heintz , Alexandra Herget,

Halle Anderson, Faith Hager, Lucinda Abernathey, Angie Iserman,

Renee Lips- Bush 


3rd Row L to R: 

Sofia Maas, Lauren Prestegard, Emery Vick , Naomi Jones, Norah Kath, Jorja Pena, Lily Graves, Luca Gfrerer, Ava Carroll, Jordan Otte,

LexiAnne Kennedy, Melany Davis, Aniston Sorum, Christina Bell  

Back Row L to R: 

Miya Weber, Kelsie Simon, Sabella Maas, Azalea Story, Julia Dallenbach, Abigale Dirks, Chris Goodpaster, Isabella Schroeder, Jocelynn Madson, Lilly-Ann Wilder, Angelina Pizarro, Alix Bettin, Makayla Fischer  

Not Pictured: 

Julia Deetz, Sophia Muir, Sophea Nirk