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Private Camp staff members have diverse backgrounds with areas of expertise in several dance genres. Our staff members have received training from the top dance teams and studios in the country, allowing them to bring a wealth of experience to your team.

We look for natural leaders and teachers, not just strong performers. While strong technical training and background is extremely important in an instructor, a strong performer does not always make a strong teacher. Our Private Camp staff is trained extensively so they are fully prepared to come and work with your team. Curriculum is developed by an expert in each dance style, and then our staff is trained, as needed, to prepare for the camp.


They’re an awesome and outstanding representation of Just For Kix, national collegiate dance team champions, famed and nationally acclaimed dance studios, professional sports team performers, and interns at leading NYC dance centers.

Cindy Clough

Co-Founder and Executive Director of Just For Kix

Coach of The Brainerd Warrior Dance Team - The Kixters since ‘77

Co-Founder of the Minnesota Association Of Dance Teams

Inducted into Minnesota Dance Team Coaches Hall Of Fame ‘87

Minnesota Dance Team Coach of the year, ‘87, ‘99 and 2010

Let’s Cheer Magazine’s Hall Of Fame, 1988

North Dakota Drill Team Association Hall Of Fame, 1991

Brainerd High School ATHLETIC Hall Of Fame, 1995

Voted as one of the top 5 directors in the Midwest in 2000

Brainerd’s Young Citizen of The Year, 2001

Recipient of the Breaking Barriers Award, presented at the State Capital for contributing significantly to Women’s Sports in MN, 2004

Recipient of the State of Minnesota’s Small Business Administration’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2006

Recipient of the Distinguished Graduates Brainerd High School Hall Of Fame ‘07

All State AAA Choreographer in 2006 and 2011

Inducted into the Minnesota, Iowa & North Dakota Dance Team Halls of Fame

Has choreographed over 25 Collegiate Bowl Game Half-Times

Kelly Hegarty

Director of Just For Kix Private Camps

Secondary Education and Master’s degree of University of Minnesota- specializing in Biology

Former coach of the award-winning Burnsville Blazette Dance Team

Inducted in to Minnesota Coaches Hall of Fame

Specialty areas: High Kick/Precision

Meredith Butulis

Over 22 years of dancing experience in a variety of genres, including: modern, jazz, ballet, tap, theater, and dance team

Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Northeastern University, 2008

Master’s in Physical Therapy and minor in Dance, Boston University

Choreographed and performed with Boston University’s Dance Theater, and began performing professionally in Boston with Impulse and Kelly Donovan & Dancers

New York City Performing Arts Physical Therapy. Provided Physical Therapy service for the Radio City Rockettes, as well as the Broadway Shows: Lion King, Hairspray, and Beauty & the Beast

Named one of CrashArts’ s top 10 upcoming choreographers, 2004

Current Dance Physical Therapist at LifeRehab/Phenomenal Rehab (Wayzata, MN) in collaboration with Minnesota Dance Medicine

Competes in x-treme fitness, and has been the reigning Ms. Natural Xtreme Fitness Minnesota since 2007

Jessica Mahr

BA in Dance & Master’s in Secondary Education, U of MN

Danced professionally in Los Angeles through Bobby Ball Agency

Just For Kix staff member and choreographer for 15 years

Former member of professional MN Timberwolves dancers and current captain of Minnesota Swarm dancers

Dance Department Director and Dance Team coach at Eastview High School, Apple Valley, MN

Specialty areas: High Kick/Precision, Hip Hop, Modern, Novelty, Production

Elise Gosch

Just For Kix staff member, camp director and choreographer for 12 years

Former member of University of South Dakota Dance Team

Coach of the University of Nebraska – Omaha Dance Team

Choreographer for several high school and college teams throughout SD, NE, IA, CO and AK

Specialty areas: Pom, Jazz, Hip Hop, Team Performance (combination style routines)

Adina Belanger

Former member of the contemporary jazz company “Pushing Progress,” NYC

Broadway Dance Center Intern and was a member of Wes Veldink’s Professional Program

Appeared in ‘tangle’, a play, directed by Tai Dang, ‘shows with recording artist Genna Young in NYC, and BOB band.

Appeared in episodes of TLC’s ‘audition series’, ABC’s ‘Carrie Ann vs. Bruno :Dance Wars’, and commercials for ‘Second Skin Shop’

Specialty areas: Contemporary, Jazz, Street Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Pom

Lisa Orth

BA from University of St. Thomas

Member and Captain of national champion St. Thomas Dance Team

Instructor for Advantage Dance since 2007

Choreographer for several high school and college dance teams including Ohio State University

Fall Dance Team Coach at Eastview High School, Apple Valley, MN

Specialty areas: Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop

Alexandra Clough

A member of the Stroia Ballet Company for 10 years

Represented Minnesota for Miss Dance Drill Team USA

Creator of the Alexandra Collection Dancewear Line

Coach of Brainerd, MN Warrior Dance Team

Former 2-time All Conference & team MVP as a Brainerd, MN Dance Team, “The Kixters” member

Fulltime Just For Kix Dance Instructor

Danced on stage during halftime of Super Bowl XLV with the Black Eyed Peas

Specialty areas: Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, High Kick

Hannah Frederick

Studio trained at Summit Dance Shoppe, MN

Former member of Eden Prairie, MN High School Dance Team

Intern at Broadway Dance Center (NYC)

Coach of Chaska, MN High School Dance Team

Specialty areas: Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical

Sam Maroney

Third year staff member

Senior Captain, 4-year Minnetonka, MN dance team member

“All-Conference Dancer” award

Member of the National Champion University of St. Thomas, MN Dance Team

Haley Jones

Four year varsity member, choreographer and senior captain of the Lakeville North, MN Dance Team

All Conference Honorable Mention, two time All Conference, Just For Kix’s Most Outstanding Dancer and other awards

Top Ten at Miss Dance Team Minnesota in 2008

A current member of the University of Minnesota Premier Dancer Team

Varsity coach of the Lakeville North, MN “Lakeliners” Dance Team

Emily Burrington

Just For Kix instructor for more than four years

Member of the Totino Grace, MN E’gals dance team

Member of national champion University of St. Thomas Dance Team, MN

Studio traied at Diavolo Dance Company, CA

Sam Kaine

Studio trained at Summit Dance Shoppe, MN

Four year member of the State Champion Wayzata Trojet Dance Team

Member of the National Champion U of MN dance team

Paige Campbell

4-year Varsity member and senior captain of the State Champion Eastview Lightning Dance Team, MN

Represented Minnesota at the Miss Dance Team USA competition in 2008 and 2009. Placing 7th in the nation in 2009

Member of the nationally ranked UW-Madison Dance Team

Vanessa Lorio

4-year member and Senior Captain of the State Champion Wayzata Trojets (2009), MN

Miss Dance Team Minnesota in 2008 and went on to win the title of Miss Dance Team USA, 2009

Current member of the nationally ranked UW-Madison Dance Team

Rachel Fellows

Numerous scholarships and national titles with her teams at West Cast Dance Explosion, StarPower, and Showbiz

Current member of the National Champion U of MN Dance Team

Lauryn Perdew

Studio trained at Summit Dance Shoppe (MN)

Former member & captain of Maple Grove High School Dance Team (MN)

Current member of National Champion University of St. Thomas Dance Team (MN)