Jen Waller

Winter Varsity Co-head Coach Burnsville Blazette Dance Team

Jen Waller graduated from Kennedy High School a very long time ago where she was a three-time high-kick state champion on the Kennedy Kolleens. After graduating from the University of North Dakota with a B.A. in English Education, Jen started teaching English at Burnsville High School in 1999. She was the assistant coach and co-head coach for the Burnsville Blazettes from 1999-2008 where she helped coach the Blazettes to win the high-kick state title in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2008. Jen “retired” after having her third child and started the step team at BHS, which she coached for seven years. In Jen’s “spare” time, she drives her three children to their activities, grades English papers, works with #Burnsvillestrong, and tries to touch base with her husband David. Jen is excited to be back coaching her favorite dance team in the state of Minnesota.

Megan Thomas

Winter Varsity Co-head Coach Bursville Blazette Dance Team

Megan Thomas is a 2014 graduate from Burnsville where she spent 4 years as a member of the Blazettes. Placing 3rd place at state in kick her junior year on the team. She was an All State Kick dancer her junior and senior years. Megan also received the Blazette award her senior year of being on the team. This will be her sixth consecutive year returning to coach the Blazettes. She previously coached the JV team for four years prior to becoming Varsity Head Coach in 2019. She currently works as a preschool teacher at Woodpark Montessori, while also being the Director of the Just For Kix Program in Burnsville! 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!

Emma Gislason

Winter Varsity Assistant Coach Burnsville Blazette dance Team

Emma Gislason was born and raised in Burnsville, Minnesota. Her love of dance began at the young age of three when she walked into her first ballet class at Monique’s School of Dance in Apple Valley. Emma spent twelve years with Monique’s. At age fifteen, Emma transitioned into the competitive dance world when she joined Studio Vibe in Eagan and the Burnsville Blazettes. Post high school graduation, Emma attended the University of Minnesota where she studied Sociology and took part in the University’s dance program. Currently, Emma is a Minnesota Vikings Cheerleader and enjoys cheering on the best team in the NFL from the sidelines at every home game. In addition to coaching the Blazettes, she teaches dance at Katie Lien School of Dance where she has been an instructor for the past 3 years. 

Alyssa Sinclair

Winter JV Head Coach Burnsville Blazette Dance Team

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 this fall 2019 at Hastings Middle School teaching special education! Alyssa started coaching the Blazettes after 4 years (too long!) away from the team. She helped coach the 2018-2019 JV Blazettes and will be back this year for her second year with JV! She is pumped to get the season started and to see how much the girls will grow as dancers this year!

Abbey Benvenutto (Palmquist)

Winter JV Assistant Coach Burnsville Blazette Dance Team

Abbey Benvenutto (Palmquist) graduated from Burnsville High School in 2009. She was part of the Blazettes for 3 years, winning state in 2008. She was voted Rookie of the Year and was an All State kick dancer her senior year. She coached for one year while studying at the University of Minnesota and now has been back at BHS coaching JV since 2017. She recently got married and works for Virgin Pulse, a corporate wellness company in downtown Minneapolis. I love the Blazettes and am so thankful to be part of this amazing team! 

Anne Marie Engebretson

Winter JV Assistant Coach Burnsville Blazette Dance Team

AnnMarie Engebretson 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. Along with coaching the Blazettes, she is also beginning her first year teaching at Headline Dance Center in Burnsville. She is so excited to be back with this amazing team and this amazing legacy! 

Jessi Mosley

Fall Head Coach

Jessi Mosley began dancing at the age of 3. She was trained at Monique School of Dance in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, 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 dance team from 7th-9th grade in Burnsville. 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 theatre department her junior and senior years. After graduating, Jessi choreographed for the Burnsville High School theater department from 2003-2016.


Jessi attended college at UMD where she choreographed and danced in many dance concerts and was an active member of Attitudes Dance Association. Jessi had an internship teaching ballet at UMD and took a mixture of technique, choreography and dance history classes. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in English and minors in dance and psychology.


Jessi has 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 Dance Team from 2017-2019, and the Burnsville Blazette Dance Team in 2016 and is thrilled to be back this year!


Jessi is a paramedic for Allina Health EMS, the ISD 191 Aquatics Coordinator and the Assistant Director of Shana's Dance Studio in Savage.

Julie Vue

Fall Assistant Coach

Julie Vue began her dancing experience in 2007 with the Farmington High School Dance Team. During her time on the team, she danced Varsity kick and jazz, and was named Captain her senior year. In addition, she was named a MN All Conference dancer in 2012.

In addition to being on the dance team, Julie spent her time in high school on the Varsity cheerleading team. She was named a two-time Captain, UCA three-time All American Cheerleader, and performed at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

After graduating from Farmington High School, Julie continued her education at St. Catherine University in St. Paul where she was also a member of their Pom/Jazz/Hip Hop team where she competed in the UDA nationals in Florida. After one year, Julie continued her education at Herzing University in Minneapolis to complete her bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene with an emphasis in dental hygiene education.

Julie coached for Farmington Dance Team from 2013-2016, the Lakeville South Cougar Dance Team in 2013 & 2015 and the Apple Valley AVaires Dance Team with Coach Jessi from 2017-2019.

Julie resides in Farmington, MN with her husband and Australian Shepard, Bailey. She is a full time dental hygienist in Shakopee. In her free time, she enjoys long walks around target, with a Venti iced coffee from Starbucks. She is excited to be a part of the Burnsville Blazettes family!

Courtney Kruse

Fall Assistant Coach

Courtney Kruse started dancing in kindergarten through Just for Kix, participating in jazz, kick, and hip hop. During middle school and high school, she danced for Farmington Dance Team on both their fall and winter teams. During her high school career, she was also a varsity cheerleader of four years. Some of her favorite memories from dancing and cheering in high school come from dance & cheer camps in the summer, and Friday night football game performances.

Courtney coached the Farmington Fall Dance Team in 2016, and Farmington Competitive Cheer Teams from 2017-2018.

Courtney works for Fairview Health Services at Fairview Ridges Hospital in their NICU & Pediatric Units and is finishing her degree in Nursing this December!

Amanda Poehler

Fall Assistant Coach

Amanda Poehler began dancing at age 2. Starting out as a competitive studio dancer taking classes in tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, ballet and pointe at Pat Peare School of Dance and Studio 4. During high school, Amanda spent 4 fall seasons and 2 winter seasons as a Burnsville Blazette.

Amanda graduated from Burnsville Senior High School and is currently continuing her education at Herzing University in Minneapolis for a bachelor’s in healthcare administration and management.

She currently resides in Minneapolis, MN with her 8 roommates and cat Esme. She enjoys yoga classes, Oreos and green juices from Starbucks. She is so excited to be back with the Blazettes coaching this amazing team!

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