Faculty

OUR FACULTY

Our knowledgeable instructors are committed to passing on their love of dance to your child. With such a wide range of experience, you can feel comfortable knowing that your child is in good hands. Our qualified instructors bring a passion to teach, ability to help students progress in technique, desire to explore performance styles, and ability to provide positive energy. In addition, our staff’s commitment to lifelong learning, means that your child’s dance education will remain up to date and current. Our entire staff s is dedicated to ensuring that your child receives the proper training needed for them to reach their full potential in their dance education. We realize that dance lessons should be disciplined, fun and energetic, and are committed to giving your children the best dance education possible.

Alicia Knopps

Miss Alicia Knopps Owner

Miss Alicia Knopps began her dance training under the direction of Ariel Lopez in Southern California and hasn’t sat still since. She has been sharing her passion for dance and mentorship with students in the Chippewa Valley for 18 years.

An award winning choreographer, Miss Alicia enjoys creating unique and challenging choreography for her students.

Alicia was honored to receive the Eau Claire Chamber's 2013 "Excellence in Education" Outstanding Educator Award. She has a strong understanding of the hard work and the process dancers, teachers, and parents take on to get to the stage and have a great experience.

Alicia's passion is watching dancers develop their God-given talents in a nurturing environment, instilling confidence and a love for dance in every student! Her greatest mission is to help children reach their full potential in life through dance.

When she is not with her dance studio family, she is at home with husband Derek and daughter Lily “Lily Bug”. She loves time with family, photography, fitness and being outdoors in the Summer.

Derek Knopps

Mr. Derek Knopps Owner

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ERIN BOSSE Diamond School of Dance

Miss Erin Bosse Assistant Director

When Miss Erin was a little girl, she constantly put on dance performances and shows for her parents. They took this as a sign and enrolled her in classes at the Denver Ballet Academy at the age of four. Since then she has trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, modern, and contemporary; expanding her passion for dance. In middle school she trained at a day program, through the University of Minnesota, taking a variety of classes in dance, theater, and voice. She also attended several summer dance programs throughout her school years, including the UW Stevens Point intensive.

Miss Erin has had the opportunity to learn and be inspired by some of the best in the industry, including Mia Michaels, Mandy Moore, Denise Wall, Ray Leeper, Gregg Russel, Al Blackstone, Tricia Gomez, Stacey Tookey, Paula Morgan, Ivan Koumaev, to name a few. She has also continued her dance education at BDC (Broadway Dance Center in New York), and at the wonderful Dance Teacher Summit.

Miss Erin loves working with dancers of all ages, instilling her love and joy for dance in all the dancers she works with. She is excited to be starting her third season as DSD's Assistant Director, and her 8th season as an Instructor.

ANGELINA ARROYO HEADSHOT 2

Miss Angelina Arroyo Competitive Director

Miss Angelina began dancing at the age of five in Colorado Springs. As her passion for dance grew, she expanded to New York at the age of 13 where she took professional classes at Broadway Dance Center.

After experiencing what New York had to offer, she expanded her training to California at the age of 17. While in California she studied with popular professionals such as Rudy Abreau, Ian Eastwood, Tovaris Wilson, and the Joffery's own Michael Blake along with Tina D'Amato-Sidoni, Will Adams, Correy Finn, Gregg Russell, Nathan Trasoras, Justin Giles, and Travis Wall among others.

Entering her 5th year as a Dance Instructor and Competitive Director at Diamond School of Dance, Angelina has received multiple awards, such as, Choreography Awards, Judges Choice Awards, and Overall High Point Awards.

Angelina’s love of dance inspired her to broaden her knowledge in as many different styles of dance as possible to further increase her knowledge and education in dance. More so, Miss Angelina is honored to share her wealth of experience with the dance students at Diamond School of Dance!

Miss Sarah Diamond School of Dance

Miss Sarah Rosenquist Lead Team Member

Originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin and a proud 2013 alumni of Diamond School of Dance, Sarah Rosenquist is a 2017 graduate from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Arts in dance. She has been training extensively in modern, ballet, jazz, tap, and movement analysis under the direction of Michael Estanich, Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, and Pamela Luedtke.

Sarah received the Kathryn Bukolt Memorial Dance Scholarship in 2015 and 2016, the Outstanding Graduating Dance Major award and the Festival of the Arts Scholarship, as well as the Chancellors Leadership Award in 2017. During her years of training, she has also participated in workshops and master classes with Eddy Ocampo, Larry Keigwin, Tania Perez-Salas, Autumn Eckman, José Soto, Grace Gallagher, Jaclyn Walsh, Rennie Harris, Max Pollak, and Brenda Bufalino.

Sarah has performed in faculty and guest artist works by Joan Karlen, Jeannie Hill, Michael Estanich, Autumn Eckman, Eddy Ocampo, and Max Pollak. She has presented her own choreography in the student produced events Afterimages and Afterimages Unplugged. In 2014, Sarah performed "Woman In Red" choreographed by Maggie Zoeller at Artsbash, as well as co-choreographed her piece, "I Would Prefer Not To." with Constance Williams in 2015 for UWSP's Afterimages. She has also performed Amy Roby's piece, "It's a Thing With Feathers" at the American College Dance Association conference in Duluth, MN.

Entering her third year of teaching for the DSD facility, Sarah has grown in her desire to educate the younger generation about the body and the proper, heathy way to use muscles throughout movement. At the 2019 Revolution Talent Competition, she received a Choreography Award for her piece, "What About Us". Because of Sarah's love for dance and education, Sarah plans to pursue a performance and teaching career in dance, eventually leading to more education to achieve her Master of Fine Arts in dance.

Flavia Garcia Diamond School of Dance

Miss Flavia Garcia Ballet Director

Originally from Brazil, Flavia Garcia trained with The National Ballet of Cuba. From 2006 she was a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem where she danced principle roles in such ballets as Raymonda, Balanchine's Four Temperaments & Glinka Pas de Trois, Giselle and Le Corsaire. Since moving to New York City she's also danced with the Joffrey Ballet and Lazar Ballet NYC as well as being invited to guest in such galas as, Gala of the Stars in the Dominican Republic performing Diana & Acteon with a member of ABT and NYIBC's Gala 2011.

Other ballets in her repertoire include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Gamazatti of La Bayadere, The River by Alvin Ailey and various original contemporary works.

In 2015 she guested at Ballet Ness Ziona ( Israel) where she performed Diana and Acteon and Elie Lazars choreography.

Flavia is currently on faculty at Berks Ballet Theatre Conservatory of Dance, Breaking Ground Dance Center and continues her career as world renowned guest artist.

Dorothy Diamond School of Dance

Miss Dorothy Stevens C.A.T. Team Member

Originally from Austin, Minnesota Dorothy grew up dancing from a young age. She has trained in ballet, tap, lyrical, jazz, pointe, and musical theater. Dorothy has also had a background in teaching all ages the love of dance. 

Now studying Marketing and Sales and the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire she is grateful to continue to be immersed in the dance world by being a part of our hospitality team. Having the opportunity to get hands on experience learning the ins and outs of how a business runs while being in the Diamond School of Dance family has been a dream. 

Dorothy cannot wait to support the team here at Diamond as we jump into season 20!

Amelia Neff

Miss Amelia Neff Instructor

Originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Amelia Neff began dance with Diamond School of Dance when she was six. She currently attends college at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and can’t wait to work with Diamond dance students!

Amelia has a passion for teaching dance and extensive experience working with children. 

Miss Cassy Diamond School of Dance

Miss Cassy Ostrowski Instructor

Miss Cassy Ostrowski started her dance journey at five years old at Dance with Pam studios in Wisconsin Rapids. She continued her career bringing dance into her small community by helping create the Be HIP Dance Program to introduce kids of the community to the dance world.
 
Her passion for dance followed her in furthering her education as a Dance Minor at UW-Eau Claire as well as becoming an officer in the student organization Concert Dance Company. Her she participated in not only their performative side of dance but also worked as a stage manager, technical liaison, and many other backstage work as part of putting on a performance. 
 
She is beyond excited to continue her love of dance in her first year at Diamond School of Dance and can’t wait to share her passion with her students. 
Abigail Mattson Diamond School of Dance

Miss Abigail Mattson Instructor

Miss Abi began her dance studies at Main Street Conservatory of Dance in Marshfield, Wisconsin where she discovered a fiery passion for the freedom and surrender that dance is. During high school, she transferred to Allegro School of Dance and Music in Rochester, Minnesota. She was trained extensively in modern and hip hop all throughout elementary and high school. She went on to get her Bachelor of Science degree in dance at Minnesota State University, Mankato under the amazing guidance of Professors Daniel Stark, Melissa Rosenberger, Allison Doughty, and Julie Kerr-Berry. There she trained rigorously in Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Afro Cuban, and more. Within her college career she performed and choreographed numerous dances for shows on the Ted Paul Theatre stage of MSU. She was also graced with the opportunity to dance abroad in Paris! Miss Abi is SO excited to be part of the DSD family!

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Miss Jacy Hansen C.A.T. Team Member

Jacy recently graduated from Austin High School and Riverland Community College in the spring of 2019. She is from Austin, Minnesota, and is now attending the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire as a freshman.

Growing up, Jacy began dancing at the young age of 2. She began her training at Jane Taylor Academy of Dance. From there she learned tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and pointe. Jacy also has a background in line dancing including kick, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical. Combining her passion for dance and love for young children, Jacy has spent the last 6 years assisting and 2 years teaching in the studio helping spread the love of dance to kids. 

Jacy cannot wait to combine her love of helping people and dance as part of the team here at Diamond School of Dance!