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COACHING STAFF

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TIFFANY SANDHURST
Head Coach

The 2022-2023 Season will be Tiffany's fourth year as the Head Coach of the Trojan Dance Team. Tiffany works full-time within District 721 as the Executive Assistant at Eagle View Elementary and she comes to New Prague Area Schools with a wide variety of knowledge and experience in the world of dance. She began studio training at the age of three and continued on with her passion of dancing on her high school team as well as dancing competitively through studio. She continued to train and study dance, pedagogy, and performance arts at the University of Minnesota, has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC, has attended numerous conventions and master classes dancing with professional choreographers, and has performed with various dance companies throughout the Twin Cities. Tiffany has over 2 decades of teaching and coaching experience and has been an instructor and Hot Kix Director at Premiere Dance Academy for 21 years. During her many years teaching competitive dance she has won several awards including Dance Xtreme’s National Choreographer of the Year as well as a handful of National Titles. She was the Head Coach of the Bloomington Jefferson JJ's in 1999-2000. She founded the Prior Lake Dance Team in 2004 where she was the Head Coach for three years, and was the Varsity Assistant Coach for the Faribault Emeralds Dance Team from 2017-2019, placing 3rd at State AA High Kick both years. Tiffany is a Nationally Accredited and Certified Coach through the National Federation of High School Coaches and she serves on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams. She was awarded the Assistant Coach of the Year award from MADT in 2018. In her inaugural year with New Prague, the team was awarded MADT's Sportsmanship Award and this past year Tiffany was honored to receive MADT's 2022 Class AA Head Coach of the Year Award. In 2021, NPDT made program history, placing 1st and being named Wright County Conference Kick Champions, and in 2022 NPDT set more records by placing 2nd in Jazz and 3rd in Kick at Sections - advancing the team to the State Tournament for the very first time! Tiffany lives on Roberds Lake with her husband Jeffery, and they enjoy sharing time together on the lake boating and fishing, as well as spending time with family and friends. Tiffany's charisma is contagious and her positive outlook radiates through all of the athletes she is fortunate to work with. Tiffany is so thankful for the roads that lead her to coach for New Prague and can't wait for another incredible year with this team.

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TARA BRANDT
Assistant Coach

Tara began developing her passion for dance at the age of five. She spent her entire studio career at Premiere Dance Academy where she gained experience not only as a dancer but also an assistant teacher. She began her dance career as a recreation tap, jazz, and hip hop dancer before moving into the realm of competition kick line. Throughout middle school and high school she competed with the studio kick team and became a Captain of her team her Junior and Senior year as well as being an assistant for the other competition kick lines. After graduating from Prior Lake High School, she attended the University of Notre Dame. She graduated from college in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and Behavior as well as Spanish Literature and Culture. Tara has just graduated from the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she has been applying the hard work ethic and dedication to excellence she learned throughout her dance career to the classroom. This past year Tara completed all of the MSHSL requirements to become Head Coach Certified as well. Tara is excited and honored to be back again for her fourth year with the talented dancers of the New Prague Dance Team.

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EMMA IVERSON
Assistant Coach

Emma is a 2018 Graduate of New Prague High School and a 2022 graduate of the University of Minnesota with her Bachelors degree in Health and Wellbeing Sciences. Emma is currently working towards her Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at St. Mary’s University of MN and works as an Eating Disorder Technician at The Emily Program. She began dancing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since! Emma was involved in studio dance for 14 years and gained experience in several dance styles including: ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern and hip hop. She was also a member of the New Prague Varsity Dance Team for six years. During her years on the team, she was named Captain for two seasons, MVP for three seasons, All-Conference for four seasons, and All-State her senior year. Throughout her dance career, Emma has had the opportunity to attend several conventions and camps, including Just for Kix Dance Camp. While attending this camp, she received the Most Outstanding Dancer Award as well as the prestigious Heather Star Habeck Award. Emma is extremely excited to be back for another season as a coach for NPDT. She looks forward to continuing to work with this amazing team!

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CAITLYNN NELSON
Assistant Coach

Caitlynn Nelson is back for her third season coaching for NPDT. She graduated Northfield High School in 2019 with 5 years of dance team experience under her belt dancing on the Northfield Hiliners Dance Team. During the 2021-2022 season, she will be a Junior at Minnesota State University-Mankato studying Communication Sciences and Disorders while also being a part of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority. Caitlynn decided to begin her coaching journey to not only continue her love and passion for dance team, but to be able to be a mentor, role model, friend, and inspiration to the young adults of NPDT. She looks forward to giving back what skills and life lessons she learned through her years on dance team. Caitlynn is so happy to be a part of our NPDT family!

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LINDSEY DAVIS
Assistant Coach

Lindsey graduated from Faribault High School in 2019 and she was a member of the Faribault Emerald Dance Team for 6 years. She is now currently working towards a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies and Human Resource Management at Mankato State University, Mankato.  Four of Lindsey's years as an Emerald were as a Varsity High Kick and Jazz dancer competing at the State competition. She received the All-Tournament award at the 2019 State Championships in the High Kick category of AA. She was also selected as part of the 2019 Minnesota All-State AA High Kick team. Along with being awarded Most Dedicated and All-Conference. She has 2 years of coaching experience as a Varsity Assistant coach for the Northfield Hiliners Dance Team. Lindsey’s positive outlook and strong work ethic is something she has gained through dance team, and she can’t wait to start working with NPDT to help the talented athletes reach their goals this upcoming season.

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MORGAN RIST
Assistant Coach

Morgan is a 2020 graduate of Faribault High School and currently attending the University of Minnesota for her Bachelors degree in Biology, Society, and Environment as well as a minor in Public Health. Morgan was a studio dancer for 13 years, learning multiple styles of dance including jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. She was also a member of the Faribault Dance Team for 6 years. Four of those years being on Varsity dancing Kick for all 4 and Jazz for 3. She was Big 9 Conference Honorable Mention for two years in a row and was also selected as a part of the All-State Kick Team in 2020. Morgan has worked with the Northfield Hiliners Dance Team for two years during the summer, and she is now looking forward to working with the New Prague! Morgan is very excited to help these athletes reach their goals!

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TESSA LONGSHORE
Assistant Coach

Tessa is a 2019 graduate of Faribault High School, and a 2022 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor’s degree in Dance with Honors. Growing up she danced at local studios training in high kick, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, tap, musical theatre, and contemporary. During middle school and high school Tessa danced with the Faribault Emerald Dance Team. During her time on the team she danced both High Kick and Jazz, served as a captain, named Big 9 All-Conference, and her senior year she was selected for the Wells Fargo Jazz All-Tournament team, and the Minnesota Association of Dance Team’s All-State Jazz team. While pursuing her degree, Tessa narrowed her focus on ballet and modern dance and worked to express her creative voice. She has had the honor of having her choreography shown at the American College Dance Association North central conference where she has received outstanding feedback and had her work shown in the Gala concert. Tessa also has trained in training programs at Broadway Dance Center in New York City with focuses in contemporary and street dance. She worked as a summer coach for Faribault and Northfield in 2020 and 2021 and is so excited to start her first year with the New Prague Trojan Dance Team!

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JACKIE RINDAHL
Fall Head Coach

Jackie works at the Training Haus for Twin Cities Orthopedics as a patient service representative and she graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2021 obtaining a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. She began dancing at age 3 at a studio in Faribault. She became a part of the Emeralds dance team in high school, obtaining 4 state medals and she continued to dance in college at the University of Minnesota Duluth dance club. Jackie has been coaching for 5 years and has coached at multiple high schools throughout the state, aiding Hermantown Proctor in making it to state for the first time in their team history in 2019. She will begin coaching at Prior Lake as a winter coach this year as well. She lives in Burnsville with her cat Remi, and Jackie enjoys walking outside, being by the water, playing with Remi, and staying active. Jackie can’t wait to start coaching the NPDT this fall! For information or questions during our Fall Performance Season, please contact Coach Jackie at: npdtcoach@gmail.com

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MADELINE CASPER
Fall Assistant Coach

Madeline is a Junior at Mankato State University, working on her Bachelor's Degree for Nursing. She was a member of the Faribault Emeralds Dance Team program for 6 years and was a Varsity dancer for both Kick and Jazz, taking home the 1st place State Championship Medal in High Kick one of those years, as well as many other State Championship medals in her years on the dance team. She was honored as an All-Conference dancer for 3 years in a row and her Senior year was a Captain, All-State, and awarded MVP on her team. She is looking forward to helping our program grow and sharing her love for dance with this team.

Coaching Philosophy
Our philosophy is always to LEAD

Listen:

listen to what is said and not said, verbally and non verbally, and give everyone attention 

Educate:

teach and inspire young adults to give value and purpose to what they do, it's not all about dance, it is teaching life lessons as well 

Applaud:

be the team's biggest cheerleader giving dancers necessary approval and praise 

Drive:

push the team beyond what they think their limits are, be responsible, organized, and dedicated

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