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Meet our Faculty

Prima Classical Coaching strives to provide the highest level of dance education.   The Vaganova method remains as the pillar of our training method, while drawing on other techniques and training methods to provide a well-rounded dance education. We are excited to announce our exceptional teachers and professionals joining our faculty.

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Joanna Mednick

Joanna Mednick was born in San Francisco, California, and trained at City Ballet School, San Francisco, California, under the direction of Damara Bennett. During her sophomore year in high school, Joanna was a Coca-Cola scholarship recipient at the American Ballet Theater School in New York City. After her training at City Ballet School, Joanna joined the San Francisco Ballet in 2000 as an apprentice and was promoted to Corps de Ballet in 2001. After seven years at the San Francisco Ballet, Joanna joined the Corps de Ballet at the Dutch National Ballet in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Shortly after joining Dutch National Ballet, she was promoted to Coryphee and then again to Grand Sujet. After 10 years of dancing with the Dutch National Ballet, Joanna retired from her professional career in 2017. Joanna has worked with the top ballet choreographers from around the world and is excited to share her diverse knowledge in Ballet with aspiring young dancers.

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Ted Sothern

Ted trained with Frank Bourman and started his dance career with Loyce Houlton’s Minnesota DanceTheater. He left Minnesota and began a career in classical ballet, most notably with WashingtonBallet, North Carolina Dance Theater, and American Repertory Ballet. While performing with BalletsGrandiva he had the opportunity to tour Japan, performing comedic and classic ballet works. Since moving back to Minnesota he performed with Ballet MN, MN Dance Theater, Ballet of the Dolls, Continental Ballet, Twin Cities Ballet of MN, and a variety of local choreographers. At St. Paul City Ballet, he danced and was also an Artistic Partner for 10 yrs, producing many full-length ballets. It was at SPCB that he met and danced with Miss Jacqueline. He was AD of Rochester Dance Co. for 8 years and AD of Hopkins Youth Ballet at Hopkins Dance Co, where he also taught ballet for 12 years. 

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Noah Coon

Noah graduated from the Chicago College of Performing Arts with a BFA in musical theater and an emphasis in dance. He has studied dance under the mentorship of Jane Lanier, Jumanne Taylor, Sarah Reich, Tammy Mader, Cathy Wind, and Ellen Keane and is currently teaching dance and choreographing across the greater Twin Cities area. Noah has been a company member in Stone Soup Rhythms at the American Rhythm Center, the Ballet Arts Youth Ensemble, Keane Sense of Rhythm’s Youth Tap Ensemble, and Elite Tap Feet. Noah was recently seen in the Twin Cities dancing in Michael Heitzman and Jared Grimes’ production of 42nd Street at the Ordway. When not dancing Noah can be found singing, acting, working on film projects, and playing yo-yo. He has performed with the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Children’s Theatre Company, Old Log Theater, History Theater, Porchlight Music Theatre, the Chicago Fringe Opera, and toured nationally with Troupe America. 

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Sophie Rossmiller

Sophie Rossmiller is a versatile dancer who was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She began studying ballet at St. Paul Ballet, where she studied for 7 years, and has continued to expand her technical and creative fluency in other dance styles since then. These styles include modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and exposure to historical dance forms. Her passion for dance combined with her interest in movement and the human body inspired her to pursue a dual-major Bachelor of Arts from Hope College in Exercise Science and Dance. While at Hope, Sophie had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Sharon Wong, Heather Cornell, Matthew Farmer, Tracy Dunbar, and Jasmine Meija. Additionally, Sophie has furthered her development as an artist by attending various summer programs and spending a semester abroad at the Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, France.

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