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Burnsville Blazette Coaches

Megan Thomas

Winter Varsity Head Coach

Megan Thomas is a 2014 graduate from Burnsville where she spent 4 years as a member of the Blazettes. Placing 3rd at state in kick her junior year on the team. Megan was an All State Kick dancer her junior and senior years and also received the Blazette award her senior year of being on the team. This will be her tenth consecutive year returning to coach the Blazettes. She previously coached the JV team for four years prior to becoming Varsity Head Coach in 2019. This season Megan is a Co Head Coach for Winter Varsity Blazettes. Megan is dedicated to her Blazette dancers and her she is commitment to helping her dancers grow individually and as a team.  Megan's growth mindset and continuous improvement approach is a driving force behind the Blazettes team! 

"I cannot wait to see the improvement of your daughters in not only their dancing skills, but life skills that come along with being a part of this amazing team!"

Coach Megan

Alyssa McKeag

Alyssa Sinclair graduated from Burnsville High School in 2014 where she danced on the varsity dance team all 4 years she was on the team and was an All-Conference and All-State Jazz dancer her senior year. Her favorite moment was dancing at state her junior year and dancing “House of the Rising Sun” her senior year at sections. After high school she went to University of Minnesota Duluth where she graduated with her B.A in Elementary & Special Education in 2018. Alyssa will start her first teaching job in 2019 at Hastings Middle School teaching special education! Alyssa started coaching in 2018 with JV Blazettes. Alyssa is focused and is an expert in her attention to details in all aspects of planning preparing and developing dancers for a successful season!

This season Alyssa is back as a Co Head Coach for Winter Varsity Blazettes.

Winter Varsity Head Coach


AnnMarie Engebretson

AnnMarie graduated from Burnsville High School in 2015. AnnMarie grew up dancing competitively at Center Stage Dance Studio where she had the opportunity to train in multiple genres of dance. In high school, she spent 4 fall seasons and 3 winter seasons on the Varsity Blazettes. Her favorite memories of being a Blazette were placing 3rd in state with her team, as well as being an All State Jazz dancer her senior year. AnnMarie studied at Gustavus Adolphus College, where she graduated with her B.A in Elementary Education in 2019. There she enjoyed dancing on the Gustavus Adolphus College Dance Team, singing in choir, and working in the coffee shop and book store on campus. AnnMarie has extensive experience teacheing dance both in studio as well as for high school dance teams.  AnnMarie is excited to be back with this amazing team and to be part of the Blazette Legacy and we are thrilled to have AnnMarie who is truly "All In" when it comes to coaching!

Winter  JV Head Coach


Soponnie Phan

Soponnie is back for her 5th year as a Winter JV Blazette Coach! Soponnie grew up dancing and trained at a competitive studio since the age of 6.

In 2010 she joined the Blazettes Dance team and spent the next 3 years dancing with the team. Soponnie is proud to be part of the Blazette Legacy and is a big part in the success of her team.

As a Blazette, Soponnie and her team had multiple years they made it to the state tournament, including her senior year placing 3rd in State for High Kick. Soponnie was on the Varsity Jazz team for all 3 years and Varsity Kick for 2 years. She brings strength, skill and expert knowledge as a coach but Soponnie is also known for brining creativity, positivity, and passion into teaching the Blazettes and her energy and attitude makes her so adored by the dancer she coaches.


When Soponnie is not coaching withthe Blazettes she can be found at Spalon Montage Salon and Spa in Edina where she works as a hairstylist.

Winter  JV Head Coach


Jessi Mosley

Jessi Mosley began dancing at the age of 3. She was trained at Monique School of Dance in ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, jazz, Broadway, and was a member of the performance company. One of her
favorite memories is dancing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Jessi participated in the Burnsville Dance Team from 7th-9th grade. While attending Burnsville High School, Jessi was a performer, co-choreographer, and assistant director for numerous musicals and plays. She was the president of the BHS theatre department her junior and senior years. After graduating, Jessi choreographed for the BHS theater department from 2003-2016.
Jessi attended college at the University of MN-Duluth where she choreographed and danced in many shows and productions and was an active member of Attitudes Dance Association and Barebones Dance Concerts. Jessi had an internship teaching ballet at UMD and took a mixture of technique, choreography, and dance history classes. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Minors in Dance and Psychology. Jessi then went on to attend Inver Hill’s Community College where she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Paramedicine.
Jessi coached the Duluth Central Trojanette Dance Team from 2004-2005, the Eagan Wildcats Dance Team
from 2007-2010, the Nicollet Middle School Dance Team in Burnsville from 2010-2011, the Apple Valley AVaire Dance Team from 2017-2019, and the Burnsville Blazette Dance Team in 2016 and 2019-present. Jessi was the Assistant Director of Shana’s Dance Studio in Savage from 2009-2023 where she taught dancers from ages 3-adult and helped run the Performing Lines.
Jessi is a Paramedic and Educator for M Health Fairview, Aquatics Coordinator and Preschool Teacher for ISD 191, and cat mom to Maizie & Lenore.

Fall Head Coach

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Courtney Kruse

began her dance career in kindergarten with Just for Kix. She spent 6 years as a member of the Farmington High School Dance Team, competing in jazz and high kick, and 4 years as a Varsity Sideline Cheerleader. She has since coached Fall Dance Teams for both Farmington High School in
2017 & the Burnsville Blazettes in 2019!

Courtney graduated from Inver Hills Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Nursing in 2019. She then worked at Mayo Clinic as a Registered Nurse while obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing
from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She currently works for M Health Fairview as an ICU Nurse,
and a Critical Care Nurse Educator. Courtney is currently attending Augsburg University where she is
pursuing her Doctorate of Nursing Practice.

In her free time, Courtney enjoys spending time with Cash, her Bernese Mountain Dog, going to concerts, and spending time with friends over coffee!

Fall Assistant Coach

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Hannah Alderson

Fall Assistant Coach

Hannah Anderson

began dancing in 5th grade after attending a youth clinic with the Apple Valley AVaire Dance Team and falling in love with the high kick style of dance. Hannah attended Valley Middle School where she was on their competitive cheer team prior and middle school's dance team. Hannah was then invited to try out for the Apple Valley AVaire Dance Team when she was in 8th grade, becoming the first 8th grader to be a part of their program. Hannah was a member of the AVaire Dance Team for 5 years and was a captain for 2 years. While on the team, she was a member of the 2018 All-State Kick team and
named Most Valuable Dancer. 

Hannah attended college at the University of Wisconsin - Stout to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation with a Minor in Psychology. Hannah currently works as a Mental Health
Social Worker throughout Dakota County. Hannah enjoys the fast-paced and ever-changing environment of her job and uses the core skills she learned while on the high school dance team. 

When not working or coaching, you can find Hannah working on her house she recently bought in St. Paul, hanging out with her cat, Beans, auditioning for various professional dance teams within the twin cities, or attending contemporary, technique, pom, hip-hop, jazz funk, or heels at Klass MPLS.

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Maddy Clausen

Fall Assistant Coach

MADDY CLAUSEN began dance and gymnastics at the age of 3. Maddy was trained at Northwest
Gymnastics and North Crest Gymnastics & Dance. During high school, Maddy competed in both club gymnastics and with Park Center High School’s Varsity Gymnastics Team. Maddy studied dance at both North Crest and Dancin’ on Broadway, training in ballet, tap and jazz. Maddy has coached gymnastics, dance, acro, and tumbling, and specializes in creating floor routines.

Maddy graduated from Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2021. She works at M Health Fairview Ridges alongside Coach Jessi in the Emergency Room as a Registered Nurse. 

When she is not at the hospital or coaching, Maddy enjoys many different hobbies such as Jiu Jitsu, adult gymnastics classes, and knitting. She can also be found hanging out with her friends or her tiny dog Willow!

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