COACHING STAFF

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Sarah Speltz

Varsity Co-Head Coach

Sarah started dancing at age 4 in pre-ballet with Stefannie Valencia Kierlin at The Ballet School in Winona. She studied classical ballet for 10 years, dancing in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and other ballet and modern dance performances. She danced with the cheerleading teams at Cotter High School and Wartburg College and then made the switch to dance fitness.

 

Sarah has 20 years of experience teaching dance classes in her sneakers, including teaching cardiosculpt dance in the Harvard Dance Program, outdoor Zumba classes to 300 people in Boston, and Les Mills BODYJAM at multiple gyms.

 

When she is not dancing, she is teaching English at RHS and at DHMS, and she is absolutely thrilled to be back in Minnesota!

Oliva Conn

Varsity Co-Head Coach

Olivia grew up dancing competitively at both Footsteps Dance Studio and The Dance Connection. She was an Irishette for three years in high school and was a captain for two of those years. She went on to dance D1 in college for three more years, competing at UDA Nationals. 

Kaitlynn Stearns

Junior Varsity Coach

Kaitlynn began dancing at age 3 and started competing at Spotlight Productions at age 8. She was a 4 year member and 2 time state champion with the Lightning Dance Team, and is thrilled to be back coaching in the South Suburban conference. This is Kaitlynn’s first year coaching with the Irishettes. She is currently in her 3rd and final year of Occupational Therapy school and recently got engaged to her high school sweetheart. Kaitlynn is so excited to be back in the dance team world with the Irishettes! 

Abbie Hamilton

Fall Performance Team Co-Coach

I currently teach both competitive and recreational students at Holly’s Dance in Lakeville. I was a competitive studio dancer for 13 years of training in ballet, jazz, tap, and musical theatre. I was a member of the Shakopee Dance and Cheer teams throughout high school. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my two cats and trying new coffee. 

Annabelle Hamilton

Fall Performance Team Co-Coach

Annabelle grew up dancing in the Twin Cities and teaches competitive and recreational studio dancers. She has won multiple Judge's Choice and Overall Awards as both a dancer and choreographer for her tap, musical theatre, and jazz dances. She was the captain of her high school dance team where she was named South Suburban Conference Honorable Mention and a member of the MN All-State Jazz Team. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.S in mechanical engineering; while at St. Thomas, she was a 4-year member and 2-year captain of the St. Thomas cheer team. In her spare time, she enjoys rhinestoning, going to Target, and spending time with her cats Snoopy and Noelle.