Instructors

Kate Bratt

It is often said that you will hear Kate Bratt long before you see her. Kate's fun-loving personality, animated gestures, attention to detail, and copious supply of knowledge make her the ideal instructor for both new and experienced dancers.
Winning regional and state competitions in elite gymnastics and holding the gym record for highest score led Kate to search for a new competitive outlet after she got "too old" for gymnastics, which naturally led her to ballroom dancing. While consistently making finals through her career in pro-am, am-am, and pro competitions is fun, seeing her students succeed on the social and competitive dance floor keeps her motivated. Kate also counts working with the youth in the local college and high school on-going programs as a fun experience.  Ballroom dancing has afforded her creative opportunities such as performing with Michael Johns (American Idol) and Gene Simmons (KISS), working on a national campaign for LensCrafters, and performing in the Minnesota Fringe Festival.  Kate continues her education in dancing by being DVIDA certified and studying for upcoming USISTD exams. In her spare time, Kate enjoys cooking, doing yoga, crafting, and having dance parties with her entourage of handsome husband, four lovely daughters, and one awesome son. Kate also composes content for a blog, Riot and Frolic, and Dance Comp Review to keep sleeping hours to a minimum.

Elena Bersten

At the age of 10, Elena Bersten learned rhythmic gymnastics and became Russian gymnastics champion in 1995. At The age of 12 she started learning ballroom/latin dance. In the summer of 1998, she and her Mother (a former Russian champion) opened dance studio “21 century”. At age 16, Elena went to school for choreography. In her dancing career Elena has won numerous awards for her dancing and won many prestigious Russian championships and titles. At the age of 18, Elena won the Russian formation team competition.
    In 2000-2005 Elena attended the university Culture of Arts in Orel, Russia, and received a special certificate as a Ballroom instructor. Elena also attended the Russian university for choreography, Natalia Nesterova (Moscow). In 2003-2006 Elena was invited as a dancer for European renowned “Moscow’s Starlight Dancers”.  She toured in Finland, Sweden, Monte Carlo and Cyprus.
    Elena has also performed with many celebrities including Lou Bega, Patricia Kass, Boney M, Touch and Go, and many other great performers. She has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in Moscow and St. Petersburg. In 2006- Elena created her own dance show “21 century dance,” and in 2008 and 2010 Elena was invited to perform in Burn the Floor as the main couple.
   Elena is the co-owner of the Dance Sport competition “Trophy Mayor.” Elena is also a recognized official judge of the Russian Federation DanceSport and USTA/NDCA certified as a highly qualified “Member” adjudicator in American Rhythm and Smooth, and International Ballroom and Latin. Elena trained many of the junior and youth champions of Russia in her Ballroom/Latin club “21 vek” in Orel, Russia. Now Elena is the co-owner and director of “Dance With Us America” a Ballroom and Latin dance studio in Edina.

 

Michelle Hudson

Michelle Hudson is co-owner, Dance Director and Principal instructor of Cinema Ballroom, one of the largest independently run studios in the United States. In addition to teaching out of Cinema Ballroom, she travels all over the country to coach, compete Pro/Am with her students and to judge as a registered Championship Level Adjudicator with the NDCA. With her husband Eric Hudson she is a United States professional Rising Star American Smooth Champion as well as an Open Professional United States and World American Smooth finalist.

Kate Bratt

Kate Bratt has been on the ballroom dance scene since 1999, when she started dancing after hearing salsa music on the radio. As an amateur for several years, she enjoyed many Star of the Norths, Mall of America demos, USADance Nationals, and NCDA competitions. Kate started teaching and competing professionally in 2001. With her former partner and current partner/husband, Kate has been making finals in competitions around the nation in Smooth or Rhythm for over 10 years. Continually training with the top coaches, Kate loves sharing her knowledge with students of all ages and backgrounds.

Gordon Bratt

Gordon began dancing lindy in college, and after taking a “break” before going to med school, got pulled into a job teaching ballroom and never left.  Now one of the premier pro-am dance instructors in the Twin Cities, Gordon teaches newbies to open-level dancers with technical aplomb, humor, and efficiency.  Dancing and running Mill City Ballroom with his wife and dance partner, Kate, hanging with his three (soon to be four) kids, playing music with his prominent  band, snowboarding, and working on his house keep Gordon out of trouble when he’s not teaching.

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