As is the case of many great things, this company began as a vision... of something that 'could' be. But Sole to Soul is just a name. It is the artists who breathe life into the work and turn dreams into reality. We are pleased to introduce you to our family. They are talent, grace, energy, and devotion unlike any other and they inspire us every day. We hope you are able to meet these incredible individuals and have them share their unique gifts with you at your future events!
Nina DeNio has been dancing her entire life. She has been a part of many companies but truly found her passion when becoming a member of Sole to Soul. Nina first met the owners of the company during her involvement in the dance production of Mythology and has been performing with them ever since. She has made appearances in many hair shows, pageants, and clubs all over the country and quickly emerged as highly respected ‘senior’ dancer, always leading with positive enthusiasm and amazing energy. Aside from her work with the company, Nina dances and sings with the band Skitzo. This band performs internationally and was recently featured in the reality show Full Throttle Saloon. She is also the lead singer in the blues band The Korat Grey Band. In addition to her love of performing, Nina enjoys teaching dance. She has been a part of the Holy Angels Dance Team coaching staff for nine years. Nina has been dancing since age and continues to pursue the craft she loves.
Jeremiah Lewis-Walker has been an active member with Sole to Soul since 2006 as a celebrity impersonator, dancer, and choreographer. He has performed in various major productions, noting some of his favorite performances were at the Ivey Awards and Midwest Regional Emmy Awards. Jeremiah also serves as the choreographer for show choirs, theatre projects, and dance pieces for numerous high schools in the Minneapolis/St.Paul metro area and is the head coach of the Academy of Holy Angels Competition Cheer Team leading the team to five state championships with high marks in choreography. Further, he performs with the Northern Elite Inferno Performance Team who took home the National Champion win in 2009! Jeremiah’s other credits include backup vocalist for Shania Twain’s “God Bless The Child” and performer for Mythology, the Capone All-Stars, Taylor Dayne, Skitzo, Big Lots TV Commercial, and in multiple music videos such as Motion City Soundtrack’s “A Lifeless Ordinary” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season One first place winner, Bebe Zahara Benet’s debut. As a highly respected ‘senior’ S2S member, Jeremiah engages those around him both on stage and off, and entertains with riveting energy and enthusiasm!
Tamsen Preston started dancing at age 6. She trained and competed at 4th Street Dance Centre in White Bear Lake, MN for many years. Her love of dance has brought her opportunities to perform all over the world. She has danced in two NFL Super Bowl pre-game shows, Euro Disney in France and a USO performance at the United States Air Force base in Osan, South Korea. To keep up on her training of ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop she has taken classes at the Hennepin Center of the Arts in Minneapolis, as well as Steps on Broadway and Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Locally she continues to utilize her dancing skills by performing in many different projects around the city including corporate events, Mythology, and as a featured dancer in the video “Lifeless Ordinary” by Motion City Soundtrack. She also holds fond memories of dancing for the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. In addition to these ventures, Tamsen is a highly dedicate and talented 'senior' member of Sole to Soul and has participated in many exciting events including the Rocco Altobelli Fashion Awards, Midwest Regional Emmys, and as a back up dancer for national recording artist Amber.
Maggie Hoadley-Edwards began dancing at age seven, training at Pat Peare School of Dance, Terps, Butterfield, and Larkin. She competed for 12 years winning many awards including the Pulse Convention Scholarship, Missouri’s Dance Idol, Symposium’s Terpsichorean, Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Contest Winner, Statewide’s Performer of Excellence, Jr. Miss Showbiz and Miss Starpower. Maggie went on to attend Webster University in St. Louis, MN, where she founded, coached, and participated on the Webster University Danceline. In 2006 she graduated with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Business Administration. After college, Maggie returned to Minneapolis and began her professional career as a celebrity impersonator and dancer in Mythology. Since then she has been featured in Macy’s Glamorama performing with Big & Rich at the Orpheum and Chicago State Theatre, toured with SKITZOfenic and appeared on the reality show Full Throttle Saloon. She has also become a highly respected 'senior' member of Sole to Soul performing as a backup dancer, lead, and model for major productions at local community events as well as large national/international hair and fashion productions. She also continues to share her talents as an instructor of jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical, ballet, musical theatre, gymnastics, and baton at studios throughout the twin cities, and can be found routinely at The Dance Factory. In addition to dance, Maggie has been involved in the world of theatre, performing and choreographing for companies in Minnesota and Missouri. In her words, “Passion drives me. I believe I have a shot at my dreams, which float amongst the clouds, and make me proud to think upon from one sunrise to the next… that’s me at my best. I do what I love everyday!”
Heather Jo Burke has been dancing for over 20 years. She began her training with a focus on ballet at Zenon Dance in Minneapolis. Her intrigue for free dance expression grew and she diverted her passions into a variety of dance genres including jazz, hip-hop, and freestyle. Shortly after high school Heather auditioned with 350 other hopefuls and found herself dancing and cheering as a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader. After two seasons with the NFL, Heather moved on to sing and dance as part of MTV’s series ‘Making the Band’. From there she performed as a back dancer and lead for Mythology, instructed high energy aerobics and dance classes at many fitness studios, and began her career with Sole to Soul! As a 'senior' S2S member, Heather has shared her fiery spirit and contagious enthusiasm as a model and dancer in many fashion shows, as a back dancer for nationally renowned artists, and in large productions such as the Midwest Regional Emmy Awards. Heather is a proud mother of two who never rests! She is a hard worker with drive and ambitions that keep her in constant search for the next adventure!
Jean Paul Kelly began dancing at the age of 15. After lighting a dance production he thought there was nothing more he would rather do than dance. Beginning his formal training at Mt. Carmel High School, followed by Temecula Valley High School, he was added to the advance dance team after only one short semester of class. In 1998, Jean Paul received a scholarship to dance with the Festival Ballet Company of Atlanta (FBCA) under the director of world renowned ballet dancer Nicolas Picana. Within a year of training, Jean Paul became a soloist with FBCA. Some years later he went ROGUE from the ballet world and set out on a tour of dancer discovery working with such companies as American All-Stars, Royal Caribbean, NCL, Stiletto Entertainment, Irwin Production, D-White Productions and the Orlando City Ballet. He also had the honor of performing with rock legend Tina Turner during her famous Super Bowl pre-game performance and in Tarzan Rocks at Walt Disney World. You can currently find Jean Paul on stage at the Ballet of the Dolls or serving things up with the Sole to Soul Crew!
Nicole Maurer started dancing at the age of 3. She graduated as a Senior Larkin dancer and continued her dance career as an NFL cheerleader. She debuted with Sole to Soul in 2002 as a model and dancer for Intercoiffure Mondial in Paris, France! Since then, Nicole has been fortunate to perform in various S2S shows in the Twin Cities, New York, and Washington D.C. Nicole feels blessed by the dance opportunities S2S has provided her. She is highly respected as a ‘senior’ S2S dancer building many wonderful relationships, leading by impeccable example, and sharing her passion of dance with many other talented individuals. In addition to dance, Nicole is also a real estate agent for Remax Results and is an intership away from her Masters in Psychology at the University of St. Thomas. Between dancing, real estate, and graduate school, Nicole first and foremost enjoys spending time with the three loves of her life; her husband Aric and her two beautiful boys Auden and Rayen!
Alan Tse is very excited to be part of the Sole to Soul family. He has long been a big fan! Alan debuted as a performer with Sole to Soul at the 2009 Minneapolis Institute of the Arts Gala. He has also danced in the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA), the Rocco Altobelli Fashion Awards and a variety of other inspirational local events. He was a model for Fashion Ball by Ballet of the Dolls and has been a featured dancer in other fantastic Dolls productions. Originally from Hong Kong, Alan is the design director for his own design agency, Zydeco Design. Alan is very proud to be able to share not only his passion for dance, but also his professional talents with the company. His most notable contribution being the design of the Sole to Soul logo!
Danielle Nelson premiered with Sole to Soul as a model and dancer for the 2008 RAFA Rocco Altobelli Fashion Awards Show. Since then Danielle has been fortunate to dance with S2S in numerous shows in the Twin Cities and in Washington D.C. Danielle feels blessed by the relationships she has formed and all the opportunities the company has provided her and has loved every minute of dancing with S2S! When she is not dancing, Danielle is often involved with theatre; she has been seen in various productions including Anything Goes as “Erma”, and Guys and Dolls playing a “Hotbox Doll” and the lead “Havana Dancer.” Danielle has also choreographed various musicals including: “Seussical the Musical”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Les Miserables”. In addition to theatre, Danielle also has a passion for singing and has had professional vocal recording experience. Although Danielle has a strong passion for the performing arts, she is also a 2010 graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a double major in Elementary Education and Psychology. With her degree, Danielle hopes to share her enthusiasm of performing with young students!
Britta Martin holds a BA from the University of Minnesota in Mathematics and MBA from the Carlson School of Management. Her love for dance emerged at age three when she began taking tap, jazz, and ballet classes at a local studio. Britta went on to study dance at the University of Minnesota and studios around the country, noting some of her favorite classes were hip-hop and jazz at Millennium and the Edge in California. Over time her training has expanded to include a wide variety of dance styles, which she has performed professionally in Minnesota, Washington DC, and California. Britta dabbled in acting and choreography during her time in Washington DC performing in the 'Guys and Dolls' Musical and continues to pursue her acting career. As a new company member, Britta debuted with Sole to Soul in 2010 and has been inspired by the energy and talent the company has to offer. She quotes her favorite trait of the company as, "These dancers never bring less than their A game. Whatever is asked of them, they do a little bit more. And they have fun doing it!"
Morgan Kirvida is honored to have been a member of Sole to Soul for the past four years, performing both locally and nationally with the company. She studied voice, dance and acting at the University of Minnesota where she earned her BA in Dance Performance. She has been a choreographer for a number of CAM productions and can be found teaching a variety of local studios. In additon to her love of dance, Morgan frequents the stage in musical theater productions throughout the twin cities and has been featured in shows such as On the Town, Cabaret, My Fair Lady and Sweet Charity at the Bloomington Civic Theater and A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie. Morgan also enjoys singing with her church choir and sharing her artistic talents as a stylist at LifeTime Fitness LifeSpa & Salon.
Elyse Transon started dancing with Sole to Soul in a 2010 performance at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and has been performing with them ever since. Elyse enjoys a variety of dance styles and has been featured in videos and commercials, including Motion City Soundtracks “A Lifeless Ordinary” and a commercial for LG electronics shown throughout Europe and Asia. Additionally, she is a backup dancer for national vocalist Alejandra and tours with her all over the United States. Yet, Elyse’s most heartfelt passion is for Irish dance. After ending her competitive career at the World Championships in 2006, Elyse moved on to teaching and performing professionally. She has been sharing her love of dance with the St. Paul Irish dancers and has performed on various tours in both the United States and Europe. Elyse hopes to one day start her own school of dance where she can continue to share her true passion for the arts.
Karen Scherer, a Minnesota native, spent 13 years training and competing at Royal Dance studio in Fridley. While pursuing her degree in graphic design, Karen spent two years performing with the Drake University Dance Team. In addition to sharing her talent in the design world, Karen has continued to pursue her love of dance. In 2008, she joined Sole to Soul. She has performed at many incredible events and is ecstatic to be back on stage!
Bailey Johnson began dancing at 4th Street Dance Center in White Bear Lake, MN, where she competed for many years in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, character, and modern. She continued her training at the University of Minnesota Dance Program and soon began performing with the semi-professional Ascending Star Dance Team. Following graduation, Bailey spent two years as a participant in the scholarship program at Zenon Dance Studio and began dancing professionally for the Minnesota Swarm Performance Team. As one of the newest members of Sole to Soul, Bailey contributes fresh, radiant energy to the company and the projects she is involved in!
Bryan Gerber is a summa cum laude graduate from Minnesota State University - Mankato where he received his B.A. in Dance. Bryan currently dances with the Ballet of the Dolls, is an instructor for LifePower Yoga, and serves on the Board of Directors for Off-Leash Area. His repertoire includes the Minnesota Opera, Zenon Dance Company, Jeffrey Peterson Dance, Arena Dance, Off-Leash Area, Christopher Watson Dance, and Cathy Wright and of course, Sole to Soul! His work has been featured at the Ritz, Patrick's Cabaret, the University of WI - River Falls, the American College Dance Festival, and the Twin Cities' Dances at the Lakes Festival.
Diane Zwack started dancing at the Summit School of Dance at age 2. There she spent 16 years training and competing in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and lyrical. In 2008, Diane became a proud member of Sole to Soul. She admits, “I was a bit intimidated coming in as a new dancer, but I can’t express enough how awesome this dance family is!” As a professional entertainer, she has performed at events including Taste of Grand, Josef’s Rock the Hair, at Myth’s 2008 New Years Eve Party, with the Capone All-Stars, and on Fox 9 Morning News, just to name a few. Diane has grown immensely as a performer since joining S2S and reports she loves every new and exciting performance opportunity that comes her way!
* In addition to those featured, S2S currently has an extensive list of talented members. Further, S2S has proudly employed 100+ artists since its foundation. We are honored for all of those who have been and will always be a part of this family!