Alida is the Executive Director for MDE. She is experienced in jazz, kick, precision, ballet, tap, modern, musical theatre, and lyrical. She studied modern dance at the College of St. Benedict and continues to dance throughout her adult life. She has performed at the Pioneer Place Theatre and Studio Jeff in St. Cloud, MN and recently performed in "Holidaydream" at the Southern Theatre in Minneapolis, MN.
Samantha Collen, Artistic Director Samantha is in her 3rd year as Artistic Director of MDE. She continues to train and choreograph dancers for company productions. She has many years experience as a professional dancer including dancing 6 years in Russia, touring throughout Europe and Asia. Samantha has danced with companies including Madison Ballet, San Diego Ballet, Malashock Dance, Minnesota Opera, Opera Colorado, as well as many companies throughout Russia. She has returned home to St. Cloud, Mn to continue teaching dance in the heart of Central Minnesota.