I have been with Lundstrum since I was 3 years old at Ascension school. I was born and raised in North Minneapolis, I am 22 years old and having currently transitioned from a student to a teacher. However, I do take some classes every now and then and also perform in the fundraising gala. I teach the Sing and Dance classes from ages 3-6. I highly enjoy teaching the kids because the moment they walk through the door their faces light up like stars in the sky. More importantly, from the classroom to the moment they perform their student showcase I can see growth just within four months.
Additionally, I enjoy working with staff especially the five Casserly sisters because they have believed and supported my goals and dreams from the moment they put their faith in me by taking my dance technique to a higher level regardless of my age.
In closing, I honestly believe that this is the place for any child or adult at any age to be able to be their self without any judgement or "wrong doing". If anyone if looking for dance, voice, and drama Lundstrum is the place to be!!
This past January, I unfortunately had to end my business relationship as an acting teacher with the Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts. In my experience there, the managing director and the artistic director have made decisions that have compromised the quality of the programs and also have proven to run a disorganized business.
Ultimately, it was through a very poorly handled renegotiation of my contract that made my decision to leave final, but there have been many factors that have made it difficult to work with the Lundstrum Center and their goal of being an innovative and supportive training ground for musical theatre performance:
- Business matters had been passed around between the artistic director, the managing director, and the business manager, never being clear about who is the point of contact or ultimately responsible for these matters.
- The artistic director offered little support for the strengthening of the acting component of student’s training; the dancing component seemed to always supersede.
- The semester showcase was ultimately a poor example of the students work and forced teachers to work on product and not process.
- My classroom space was occasionally used as costume storage, for the showcase, making it difficult to have a consistent and comfortable space.
- The use of microphones during the showcase not only is an insult to my voice and speech work with the students, it sends the wrong message to students who are learning how to use their voice in the theatre.
- I have had little support from the artistic director in dealing with behavior issues and attendance issues.
- An overall sense of disorganization, disrespect, and an unclear goals from the leadership staff.
The students there are a joy to be around and work with, but it’s not fair that their potential is diminished by certain individuals. I have sent this same information to the Board of Directors in the hope that they reevaluate their leadership staff at the Lundstrum Center.
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