Twin Cities School of Dance and Ballet is proud to showcase a professional and talented group of instructors.
Ekaterine Bezirgani, Artistic Director.
Originally from the Republic of Georgia, Eka trained with the Moscow Academy of Dance and Moscow Academic Choreographic College, earning a Graduate Artist of High Ballet and Teaching Diploma. She also trained with the Tbilisi Ballet Academy School, acquiring the rank of prima ballerina with the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre.
Eka has danced all over the world as a principle dancer and guest artist, performing an extensive repertoire including Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, Swanhilda from Coppelia, Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker, and the title roles in Giselle and Paquita. She has also danced principle roles in La Bayadere, La Sylphides, Don Quixote, Porgi and Bess, and Romeo and Juliet.
Since joining Twin Cities Ballet, she has produced The Nutcracker, La Sylphides, Cinderella and The Sleeping Beauty.
Eka is the Artistic Director of the Twin Cities Ballet Company.
Lisa Henry, Artistic Director of Performance
Lisa graduated from Rockford College with her bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in dance. She owned her own dance studio in Sterling, Illinois for a number of years prior to joining Twin Cities School of Dance. Lisa also created the Performance Company which performs in several community events, travels, and competes. Lisa created the group to teach dancers how to stand out in the crowd and to allow dancers an opportunity to choreograph their own dances. Many of her students are also active in local theater, cheer, dance, and pom teams.
Her philosophy on dance goes beyond pointing your toes. Miss Lisa believes that dance is a great way to build confidence and discipline in children and one of the best ways to stay active in your youth. Lisa also states, “You don’t’ have to be the best, you just have to try your best”! Lisa credits her self-confidence and enthusiasm to having a wonderful role model. At least once every year her students will hear the words of Lisa's late mother, "Confidence, you have to have Confidence."
She is a very enthusiastic teacher with the spunk and drive to motivate dancers.
Lisa is also employed at Heartland Bank and has been with Twin Cities School of Dance since 1996.
Patricia Zimmerman, Artistic Director Repertory Company, Certified Acrobatic Arts Instructor
Patricia Zimmerman started dancing ballet, tap, and jazz at an early age. She continued her training at Twin Cities School of Dance when she moved to Bloomington, IL in 1994. She studied dance with Artistic Director Alexander Bennett and Miss Janet Hayslip-Streenz throughout high school.
Her passion and interest for dance brought her to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1999. Tricia was awarded a Talent Scholarship all four years of college. She graduated, with high honors, from the Department of Dance, with a BFA in dance, in 2003. While at college, she also attended many dance intensives including Joffrey Midwest, Paul Taylor, and NYU. She had a dream of making it big so moved to New York City to continue her training.
She performed with many choreographers including Pat Catterson, Mary Lisa Burns, and Tere O’Connor. While on scholarship, Tricia attended class at the Merce Cunningham Studio where she completed the Professional Training Program. She performed in faculty concerts and took class daily with Merce Cunningham. In 2007, she was chosen by Tere O’Connor to perform as a returning professional at the U of I for their Spring performance. This experience influenced her decision to move back to the Midwest. In 2008, Tricia moved to Chicago to take class and perform with Thread Meddle Outfits.
Her dream of some day teaching and having a studio inspired her to move to Bloomington and teach at Twin Cities School of Dance in June 2010. Tricia also taught ballet at the U of I as a visiting lecturer 2012-2013.
Tricia is the Artistic Director for our newest company, Repertory Dance Company, which was founded in 2015.
Alicia Harvey received her bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in dance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2004. She was awarded a talented student scholarship by the dance department in 2002. While at UIUC, Ms. Warren had the pleasure of dancing in several faculty pieces by Linda Lehovec, Sara Hook, Luc Vanier, and Elizabeth Johnson. She was also privileged to have taken part in a restaging of Lar Lubovitch's "NORTH STAR" under the direction of John Dayger.
After graduation, she began teaching in her hometown of Bourbonnais, Illinois at the Paula Aubry School of Dance and was appointed artistic director of the Jr. Kankakee Kompany. In 2007, Alicia re-located to Chicago, Illinois where she continued her teaching career at ARCC Ballet and Dance.
Alicia has performed professionally with Mordine & Company Dance Theater, Thread Meddle Outfit, as well as Chicago Dance Crash. She has also performed in a variety of dance festivals including the Other Dance Festival, Dance/USA, and the St. Louis Dance Festival. Alicia moved to Bloomington in August of 2009 where she currently teaches at Twin Cities School of Dance.
Tracie teaches Zumba® Fitness, Strong by Zumba® and Strong 30TM at Twin Cities School of Dance.
Certifications Include: Zumba® Fitness, Zumba® Toning and Zumba Gold®, Strong by Zumba®, STRONG 30 TM , ACE Certified Professional with designations in Personal Training and Group Fitness Instruction.
Zumba Fitness : easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and by mixing low-intensity and high intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party.
STRONG by Zumba® and STRONG 30TM: For those who wish to increase their fitness level with additional challenge the original STRONG by Zumba® Class is a demanding hour long session that works your entire body. It's ideal for hitting your ultimate fitness goals-- and then making new ones. STRONG 30TM packs a challenging total body workout into 30 minutes. This efficient and focused class helps you fit fitness into any schedule. Come ready to sweat, adnd prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. Perfect For Everybody and every body!
Byron teaches hip hop to boys and girls from ages 7+. He has alot of experience teaching and is a choreographer for many different local schools. He had taught at our school for several years and then moved to Virginia. He has come back to the Twin Cities Area this school year and we are excited to have Byron back teaching. He is a lead developer of Stage 32.
Jenna relocated to Bloomington from New York City in 2014. While in NYC, Jenna performed with Aaron McGloin Dance Company. She also trained with Nicole Wolcott (Keigwin + Company) and frequented Dance New Amsterdam where she took class from a variety of contemporary dance instructors.
Jenna holds a bachelors of fine arts in dance from Arizona State University. There she had the opportunity to study with several outstanding instructors; most notably, Nina Watts (Jose Limone Dance Company), Claudia Murphy (Trisha Brown Dance Company), Doug Varone (Doug Varone and Dancers) and Elizabeth Johnson (Liz Lerman Dance Company).
Before college, Jenna trained at Western Arkansas Ballet in her hometown, Fort Smith, Arkansas and attended ballet intensives at Tulsa Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, and Regional Dance America - Southwest. The highlight of her dance career was being 1 of 20 dancers selected to represent Regional Dance America - Southwest and perform at the 2006 International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.
She is happy to have found a dance studio "home" at TCSD!