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.

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2021-22 Staff


Front Row L to R: 

Jocelynn Madson, Jordan Otte, Emery Vick, Ava Carroll, Lauren Roberts


Back Row L to R: 

Katie Gillespie, Jill Hoggard, Michelle Honsey,

Melynda Schultz


2022 Graduating Seniors

Abigale Dirks, Chris Goodpaster, Lauren Roberts