Owner and Creative Director, Angeline Gard began her dance career when she was only 3 years old.  She began assisting with classes while still in high school and landed a teaching, then directorship with national dance company - after graduating from Augsburg College.  

For over 20 years she has trained dancers in all levels and all styles of dance including ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, contemporary, open, musical theatre and hip hop.  

Her dancers have won many awards on the both the regional and national levels but she continues to love working with dancers in all levels of dance.  "We all start out as beginners" is her motto.  

She is proud of the community within her dance company and the fact that her dancers are considered family to her.  "The greatest part of being part of a smaller studio is the bond we build and the fact that we consider our students our 'dance kids' and their parents part of our dance family.  It makes it a special place for our students to come to dance to and a special place to come to work"

Hannah Meinke

Hannah has been teaching with Plie Dance since its opening in 2008 as is the newly appointed Assistant Director of Plie Dance since the start of 2012.  As a dancer, Hannah fell in love with the art at an early age. Dancing from age three onward, Hannah has learned many styles and techniques of dance. Her favorite styles are tap and hip hop. Currently, Hannah is also a full time college student majoring in Business Administration and Marketing with a minor in Public Relations. A Stillwater native, Hannah loves the St. Croix Valley and has lived here all her life. In addition to Plie, and her studies, Hannah also spends time working with the American Legion and with Boutwell’s Landing, a retirement community. In her spare time, Hannah enjoys hiking, going to the beach, (dancing, of course), and spending time with friends and family. Hannah loves Plie Dance and all of her dancers and dance families.  She teaches both recreational and competition classes and always says that coming to Plie Dance is "her happy place"!


Alyssa Busse

Alyssa Busse is mom to 3 year Lucille who just started taking dance classes with Plie Dance!  Alyssa is a graduate from the University of Minnesota Duluth, where she majored in early childhood studies.  She currently works in the Presscott, WI School System.  She has always loved working with children and has been dancing for 20+ years.  Alyssa has trained in a wide variety of dance styles, and her favorites are tap and lyrical.


Alyssa gained dance teaching experience by being a teaching assistant at Dance Tech Studios, where she spent most of her dancing years. 


Alyssa previously ran the dance program at East Central Public School, where she taught and choreographed routines for dancers ages 3-15 in the dance styles of ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, lyrical, hip hop, and tumble/acro.  Alyssa’s other loves (aside from dance) are reading, playing guitar, shopping, and spending time with friends and family.