Midwest Youth Dance Theatre


MYDT Faculty & Staff



Janet Blacik - Director

Emily Blacik Joos - Assistant Director; Ballet, Tap, and Modern

Emily holds a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  As a member of Li Chiao-Ping Dance Company for 2 years, she performed in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and several other cities.  She has had the opportunity to work with many renowned choreographers including Sean Curran, Molissa Fenley, Laura Dean, James Sutton, Cornelius Carter, Joe Chvala, and Mel Wong.  Emily has taught at MYDT since its beginning, and initiated the modern dance program at MYDT in 1999.


Brad Hamilton - Jazz, Musical Theatre

Brad has been teaching jazz and musical theatre at MYDT since 1994.  His local performance credits include the Ordway Music Theater, the Minnesota Opera Company, the Ford Playhouse, and the Great American History Theater.  Internationally, Brad was a featured performed with Carnival, Dolphin, and Holland America Cruise Lines, as well as American Entertainment Incorporated in Osaka, Japan.  Outside of regular classes, Brad enjoys choreographing for show choirs, cheerleading squads, and elite gymnasts.


Stacy Kotch - Modern, Jazz

Stacy holds a BFA in Dance from Western Michigan University, and has participated in a wide array of dance performances.  She joined MYDT in 2001.


Rebecca Walseth- Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Combos

Rebecca has been dancing since the age of three.  She has performed throughout the United States at such venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.  She has been a guest artist for a project with JAZZDANCE by Danny Buraceski, as well as an understudy with Cathy Young Dance.  She has performed works by Merce Cunningham, Doug Varone, Shapiro and Smith, Zoe Sealy, and countless other choreographers.  Rebecca has studied at Interlochen, American Dance Festival, American College Dance Festival, and at numerous workshops and conventions throughout the country.  She received her BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota.  She has been teaching in the Twin Cities since 1995, and has enjoyed being with MYDT since 2002.


Margaret Marinoff - Ballet, Pointe, Combos

Margaret studied dance at the University of Utah and the University of Minnesota where she received a BFA in Dance.  She has also trained with many prestigious teachers across the United States, and has performed with the Continental Ballet.


Renee Starr - Ballet, Modern, Musical Theatre, Combos

Renee graduated from MYDT in 2005 and holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota.  She was a company member with Mathew Janczewski's Arena Dances for four years, and has also performed works by Emily Blacik Joos, Trisha Brown, Sardono W. Kusumo, Bebe Miller, Helen Pickett, Linda Talcott Lee, and Robin Stiehm.  Renee has spent summers training with the American Ballet Theater, the American Dance Festival, Gallim Dance, and Shapiro and Smith Dance.  She has had the pleasure of teaching dance to kids overseas, as well as in the Twin Cities and has been teaching at MYDT since 2005.


Grace Wilson - Ballet, Combos

Grace is a graduate of MYDT, and has been teaching at MYDT since 2005.  She is also a graduate of Macalester College.


Jessica Chad - Hip Hop

​Jessica has danced for almost as long as she remembers and has trained in a variety of dance styles including, but not limited to, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She choreographs and performs with Erin Sheppard Presents and has taught hip hop dance in the Twin Cities for several years.


Conley Pitzl - Combos, Jazz, Modern, Ballet

​Conley is a graduate of MYDT and the University of Wisconsin, Madison with a degree in Dance.  She has previously been a substitute at MYDT, and is beginning her first year as a faculty member.