Borealis Dance


Who We Are

In 2008 Danielle Ricci and dancers founded Borealis Dance in Austin, Texas.  In 2013 the dance company transitioned to Minneapolis bringing local dancers and artists together. As we enter our fourth season in fall of 2016, we look forward to the partnerships and collaborations this year will bring.

Borealis Dance’s mission is to make the art of dance more accessible to the community by finding new ways to look at our world and reflecting modern life through the art of movement while collaborating with artists in the community to bring a sense of camaraderie among different art forms.

In the spirit of integrating new ideas into everyday life, we strive to relate to and inspire our audience on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level as you experience, dance that moves you.

Danielle Ricci, Artistic Director

Danielle received her BFA in dance performance from University of California, Irvine in 2006 and a Master of Arts in Arts and Cultural Management from St. Mary's University in 2014 and an MFA in Choreography at Jacksonville University in 2018. She has studied The Ailey School in New York City as part of their Certificate in Dance Program and has danced professionally in California, Minnesota, and Texas performing with Loretta Livingston and Dancers, Austin Classical Ballet, and Austin City Ballet. Danielle has also performed on stage with members of Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, and Minnesota Dance Theatre. She is head of the ballet and modern dance programs at Turning Pointe Dance Studio and also is director of the after-school theatre program at Northeast Middle School in Minneapolis. Her work has been recognized as the Frontera Fringe Festival in Austin, TX as being "Best of the Festival" in 2010 and 2012. 

Meave Donahue 

Maeve has been dancing since the age of four and is continuing her education in the upcoming years at the University of Minnesota. She enjoys teaching and helping others expand their appreciation for the art of dance and has performed extensively across the twin cities with several local artists. Maeve consistently  improves her own choreographic skills and has created over 17 pieces since the age of 12. This is Meave’s first season with Borealis Dance and she is very excited to continue her dance journey with the company.

Stephanie Eichman

Stephanie has studied dance for numerous years within central Minnesota including St. Cloud State’s Repertory Dance Theater, Company Northcrest and the Minnesota Dance Ensemble. She has trained with many different teachers including Debra Leigh, Nadine Studiar-Maiers, April Sellers, and Tracy Vacura. She has choreographed musicals for Troupe Theater, Actor’s Playhouse and most recently for The Deer Camp Troupe. Stephanie choreographed and danced with the Minnesota Dance Ensemble from 2005 to 2012 and was the Executive Director from 2008 to 2012. This is Stephanie's fifth season with Borealis Dance and she is thrilled to be a part of such wonderful group.                                

Joshua Engebretson

Joshua has been dancing his whole life. He has traveled around the country performing in New York, LA, Vegas, the Houston area and of course Minneapolis his home town. He has performed with Poetry in Motion Dance Company and Atomic Lotus Dance Company, and with a site specific dance company called Global Site Performances. Joshua is excited to continue his professional career with his fourth season with Borealis Dance.

Sara Karimi

A native of Milwaukee, Wi, Sara began her training with the Milwaukee Ballet School and Company. Expanding into jazz, tap and modern, she has performed for artists including Valerie Madonia, Caroline Richardson, Jennifer Kayle, Alan Sener and George de la Pena.  Sara graduated from University of Iowa with a BFA in Dance and BA in English, and continued her training at Joffrey Ballet, Bates Dance Festival and Colorado Dance Festival. She has been a company member and toured regionally and nationally with several dance companies including 10,000 Feet and Kayle & Co. Upon moving to the Twin Cities, she has collaborated and performed with local artists and currently teaches dance at several studios around the metro area. Sara is super pumped to celebrate her fifth season with Borealis Dance and work with such lovely people!

Troy Lerum

Troy has been a ballroom dance instructor for since 1999. He has background in Ballet and African Caribbean dance, as well as close knowledge of body movement from his training for a degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University. This is Troy's third season with Borealis Dance.

Kelli Miles 

Kelli is a Minneapolis-based dancer, teacher, choreographer and arts administrator. Her training began at Central Wisconsin School of Ballet, where her passion led her to attend Interlochen Arts Academy during high school. Throughout this time she has had the delight of training with Milwaukee Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, TU Dance, Alonzo King LINES Contemporary Ballet and most recently, Nashville's premiere contemporary dance company New Dialect and DanceWorks Chicago. Kelli graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BFA in Dance and minor in Leadership this previous spring after having spent a final semester dancing in Israel, currently one of the world's leading hubs for contemporary dance. She has created numerous works of her own, as well as performed works by nationally-renowned artists: Joanie Smith, Martha Graham, Angharad Davies, Uri Sands, Mathew Prescott, Ohad Naharin and Anne-Rene Petrarca. Kelli finds joy, strength and inspiration in this art form in its ability to evoke visceral empathy and intellectual conversation. 

Dylan Rugh
Dylan has received a degree in musical theater from the University of Minnesota - Duluth which allowed him to gain experience in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and other musical theater styles. He has performed with the Old Log Theatre, Ashland Productions and St. Croix Off Broadway Theatre. This is Dylan
's first season with Borealis Dance and he can't wait to see what the future brings. 

Hettie Stern
Hettie graduated from Carleton College magna cum laude
with a BA in Cognitive Science. Hettie grew up dancing with the Hopkins Youth Ballet and was an active member of Carleton’s repertory modern dance company. While studying abroad, she paired her CogSci studies with classes at the Budapest Dance Theater and moving meditation at a Thai monastery. After graduating in 2017, Hettie moved to NYC to train with the Limón Dance Company and intern with the José Limón Dance Foundation. She is grateful to be home in MN, finding renewal through her support network and continuing her training with the James Sewell Ballet and Zenon Dance Company & School.


Alejandra Gallegos
Maddie Grove
Paige Larrow
Karley Odella
Julienne Xiaaj

Advisory Board of Directors

Jennifer Ferrell

Stephanie Eichman

Michael Ricci

William White

Borealis Dance is an Incubator Project of 

Springboard for the Arts.