Program Director Hailey Wilmer is from Moorhead, Minnesota. She has taught at Red River Dance for six years as well as running the Outreach Coordinator position for the past four years. Hailey received her dance training at Camria Ballet Academy formerly in Moorhead, Minnesota under the instruction of Bee Pinotti. She also spent summers at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada and at Ballet Magnificat in Mississippi. Hailey is a 2017 graduate from Minnesota State University Moorhead where she received a B.S. degree in Multi-Media Journalism with a certificate in publishing and a minor in Theater Dance. Hailey was a member of the MSUM Dragon Dance Team for three years and has now been the Head Coach for the past 6 years. She has enjoyed choreographing for Horizon Middle School and has recently worked on the shows, Oliver! and, The Little Mermaid Jr. Hailey also had the opportunity to be a member of the Straw Hat Players for three summers in Cats as Victoria, Blame it on the Movies as a featured dancer, The Wedding Singer as an ensemble member, and Hello Dolly! as Ermengarde. She has a strong passion for dance and whether it be teaching, performing, choreographing, or managing, she loves to share it with others.
Competition Director Kristi grew up with competitive dance specializing in jazz, lyrical, and ballet. Kristi has been teaching dance for over 15 years and a part of the RRD organization for the past 11 seasons, 10 with the competition program. Through these years, she has instructed and choreographed many award-winning routines at all age levels, including several best choreography acknowledgements. She has watched this competition program grow through these last 10 years and is thrilled to be transitioning to the Competition Director role, continuing the legacy that has been developed. In her free time, you can find Kristi spending time with her husband and 3 boys at the baseball field, basketball court, or at the lake!
Outreach Coordinator Bailey joined Red River Dance in February of 2021 where she has been teaching Outreach classes. As a full time speech-language pathologist, Bailey has a passion for teaching dance as a way to communicate. Bailey danced for Just For Kix as a child and later joined her High School Dance team, the Carrington Cardinaires, as well as Top of the Stairs Dance Studio in Jamestown ND. Following high school, she danced for the MSUM Dragon Dance team for one year. The rest of her college career was spent dancing for the MSUM Theatre Arts program where she found a passion for musical theatre dance during her time taking dance classes and performing with The Straw Hat Players. Outside of dance and being a speech-language pathologist, Bailey loves to craft, do yard work, and spend time with her husband and son (specifically at the lake).
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Instructor Rachel began dancing at the age of three and entered competitive dance at the age of ten at All About Dance by Kirsten in Stow, Ohio. Training under Kathi Halbert, Gigi Hartman, and Kristen Messner, she practiced jazz, contemporary, and ballet, passing her Cecchetti Method Grade Five Professional Examination in 2008. While completing her undergraduate degree at Marietta College in Ohio, Rachel instructed at the Marietta Dance Academy, teaching a variety of classes to all ages and coaching competitive teams, winning national awards for choreography. Additionally, she had the incredible opportunity to attend workshops through Dance Masters of America. In 2012, she moved to Mission, South Dakota and established recreational dance programs for elementary and middle school-age students on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Rachel also instructed ballet, pointe, jazz, and tap classes at Dance Institute in Denver, Colorado. Rachel relocated to Fargo in 2016 and found a new home at Red River Dance! She is currently the head principal of West Fargo High School and, when not dancing or at school, enjoys adventuring outdoors with her husband Levi and rescue pup Sunka.
Instructor Kaitlyn has been dancing for 22 years. Her training began in Baudette, MN where she started dancing at age 2. After her family moved to Fargo in 2012, she competed on various North Fargo Just For Kix teams, lastly she recieved training at MSUM from Red River Dance’s own, Hailey Wilmer! Her favorite styles are Jazz, Lyrical and HipHop. Outside of dance, she studies surgical technology at MState and tutors on campus. In her free time she enjoys spending time in nature with her dog, Buddy. Kaitlyn is just returning to dance after a breif haitus and couldn’t be happier to join the Red River Dance family!
Instructor Nikki Black is a mom of 3 from Moorhead, MN where she enjoys time spent with family, friends & the FM community. Nikki is a teacher of many trades, she teaches Family and Consumer Sciences with Fargo Public Schools as well as dance. Nikki was formerly the Competition Director at Red River Dance, where she spent 11 years growing and developing what is now one of the most well-known competitive dance programs in the region. She continues to dance, teach dance and loves spreading the joy of learning to all she comes across. Nikki has experience in many genres of dance, including: lyrical, contemporary, jazz, ballet, acrobatics and fitness. Originally from Minot, ND, Nikki danced with Rinat Mouzafarov’s Dance and Ballet Theatre, along with Studio X, directed by Joshua Wise. Nikki's dance teaching career has lead her to multiple high point awards, choreography awards and even Masquerade's Top Studio Award, three years in a row. She has also had the opportunity to learn from master teachers, mentors and choreographers across the nation. She consistently finds ways to inspire her fire for dance and teaching life skills.
Instructor My name is Kaitlyn Johnson and I have been working as an instructor at Red River for 4 years. I have been dancing since the age of 3 and started competitively dancing when I was about 12. I danced at RRD on red lines throughout high school. My favorite style of dance is contemporary/lyrical. Currently I am working towards a doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of Jamestown.
Instructor Hi! My name is Kaitlyn Mohler and I mainly teach tap here at RRD. I am originally from Blaine, MN, and have danced for 17 years now. I currently attend NDSU for Human Resources Management.
Instructor Amanda Torok has been an instructor with Red River Dance for 16 years. Her dedication to the mission fuels her passion for dance. From choreography to technique, Amanda enjoys teaching of variety of dance styles and dancers of all ages. Her biggest passion lies within choreographing and teaching the Red Line competition teams. Amanda started dancing at a young age and enjoyed taking classes at Red River Dance while competing with her school dance team. She had the honor of receiving two National Championships throughout her high school dance career for dances she was a head chorographer for. After high school, Amanda transitioned into the teaching world at Red River Dance working with students as young as three to adult teaching a variety of dance styles from ballroom to hip hop. She also enjoys guest teaching and choreographing in various communities. As the Senior Vice President of Culture at Gate City Bank, she oversees the Bank’s social media, internal communication, philanthropic giving and more. Amanda’s diverse work and volunteer history has fueled her zeal for creativity and engagement. Amanda also volunteers her time speaking to local organizations about philanthropic giving, social media, company engagement, culture and more! She is also an avid supporter and volunteer with various nonprofits in our community.