Our TDA Staff


Kay Williams Prunty


Opened The Dance Academy - Kay Williams Prunty, Worthington, MN 1996

B.A. Theatre/Dance - Performance Emphasis, Luther College, Decorah, IA 1995

B.A. Public Communication, Luther College, Decorah, IA 1995

She won over 100 National & State 1st place Dance Championship titles

Miss Minnesota American Co-Ed 1989

Miss Minnesota American Pre-Teen 1984

Studied dance with Bernie Willadsen from 8-18 years old

Started gymnastics at 3 years old and held several school records for years at Worthington High School 


Teaches & Choreographs:

Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Modern, Musical Theatre, Pointe, Tap, Tumbling/Acro, Wedding (First dances, Father/Daughter, Wedding Party),  Worship/Liturgical dances, and Gymnastics Floor routines.  


Sam Becker



  • M.S. K-12 School Counseling - SDSU, Brookings, SD

  • Currently working on a M.A. in American History

  • B.S. Social Studies Education - U of M Duluth, Duluth, MN

  • B.A. Psychology - U of M Duluth, Duluth, MN

  • Teaches US History and AP Psychology- Worthington High School

  • Studio dance education at Summit School of Dance, Twin Cities

  • Former Worthington Trojette Dance Team Coach 1994-2000, 1st state appearance in '96-'97 

  • "Dance Mom" to Morgan!


Teaches & Choreographs:

Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Kick

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Julianne McKee-Hinkeldey


  • Began teaching at TDA fall of 2019

  • M.S., Nutrition 

  • M.A., Inter-Cultural Diversity and Communication

  • B.S., Psychology/Minor, Education

  • Certified Personal Trainer (C.P.T.)

  • C.P.R., First Aid, AED (American Red Cross)

  • Certified Health Coach 

  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor 

  • Certified Silver Sneakers

  • Certified Living Well with Diabetes, Chronic Pain, & Chronic Conditions (C.L.W.D., C.L.W.C.P., C.L.W.C.C.)

  • Trained at The Virginia Beach Ballet, K-1 grade

  • Trained at O.D.U Ballet (Old Dominion University), from 2nd - 12th grade

  • Besides teaching at TDA, Jullianne is a Personal Fitness Trainer/Coach at YMCA, Mankato, MN

  • "Dance Mom" to Kelsey and lives in Windom




Teaches & Choreographs:

Beginning Ballet


Shelby Kingery


  • B.A. Biology - Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD- 2020

  • Associates Degree - Minnesota West, Worthington, MN -2017

  • Master Teacher for TDA Intensives - Jazz, Hip Hop, & Contemporary

  • Shelby began teaching & choreographing at TDA while in high school. 

  • Studied dance at TDA for 9 years

  • Captain of Worthington Trojette Dance Team, Jazz & Kick 2016

  • Minnesota State High School League  Dance Team Participant 2016 & 2017

  • Honored to the All-State 2016

  • Nationally Competitive  Figure Skater

  • Varsity High School Volleyball player at Worthington High School


Teaches & Choreographs:

Middle School/High School - Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Lyrical

Competition Solos & Duets


Kya Nickel


  • Student at Minnesota West, Worthington, MN

  • Former TDA Student for 11 years

  • TDA Teacher & Choreographer for the Additional Ballet classes, Class Assistant/Substitute Teacher for several Combo Classes.  

  • Kya has been choreographing and teaching at TDA for 3 years 

  • Captain of the Worthington High School Girls Hockey Team 2019-2020

  • Competed in Varsity Tennis, Hockey, and Track for Worthington Trojans  


Teaches & Choreographs:

Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Lyrical


Jacquelyn Banegas


  • Jackie will be attending Minnesota State University Mankato this Fall.

  • Member of the MSU Maverick Dance Team and Cheer Squad

  • Jackie graduated from Worthington High School with honors

  • Training in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap for 14 years

  • TDA Class Assistant/Substitute Teacher for 4 years

  • TDA Teacher/Choreographer  for Hip Hop, Jazz, and Lyrical for 2 years

  • Captain of the Worthington Trojette Dance Team 2020-21

  • Minnesota State high School Dance Team State Participant 2017

  • Honored to the All-State Kick Team in 2019, All-State Jazz Team in 2020

  • National Honor Society and Honors student


Teaches & Choreographs:

Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern/Lyrical

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Brigette Rosenberg

  • Brigette is a Teacher and Choreographer for Pre-S/K classes

  • Senior at Worthington High School, Worthington, Minnesota

  •  TDA Student for 14 years with Ballet being her favorite

  • TDA Class Assistant/Substitute Teacher Combo Classes for 2 years.  

  • Brigette is also involved with several school activities:

    • Concert, Marching, & Jazz Band playing the Alto Sax

    • Plays on the WHS Golf team 

    • President of National Honor Society

    • Treasurer of Student Council

    • Loves to paint! 


Teaches, Choreographs & Assists:

Pre-K, Lyrical, Jazz, Modern, Tap

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Kalea Appel


  • Studying Songwriting  at Belmont University, Nashville, TN 

  • Former TDA Student for 12 years

  • TDA Class Assistant/Substitute Teacher Combo Classes for 4 years.  

  • Choreographer at TDA for 2 years 

  • Kalea has an extensive amount of stage experience in Community/School Musicals, Plays, and Music Concert Soloist

  • Worship lead singer and dancer at American Lutheran Church, Worthington, MN  


Teaches & Choreographs:

Lyrical, Jazz, Modern


Mitzi Williams Goheen


  • B.S. Accounting & Finance - Mankato State University, Mankato, MN 1984

  • Minor in  Computer Science - Mankato State University, Mankato, MN 1984

  • Retired in 2017,  but works part-time at H&R Block, Bloomington, IL and TDA!

  • Senior Accountant for Taylor Corporation, Mankato, MN 2003-2017

  • Accounting Manager for Christensen Farms, Sleepy Eye, MN 1999-2003

  • Controller and Consultant for Artsource, INC., New Berlin, WI 1997-1999

  • Accounting Team Leader; Accounting Supervisor & Consultant  for Weyerhaeuser, Austin, MN 1993-1997

  • Accountant/Controller for KAAL TV, Austin, MN 1985-1993

  • Accounting Technician, Accountant Intern, Mankato State University, Business Office, Mankato, MN 1983-1984 

  • Austin High School Cheerleading Coach, Austin, MN 

  • Basketball cheerleader at Mankato State University, Mankato, MN

  • Football & Wrestling Cheerleader for Worthington High School

  • "Dance & Pagent Sister" to Kay. Mitzi  traveled, supported, and did make-up & hair for Kay

  • "Dance Grandma" to her sweet granddaughter.  Again, doing make-up & hair when needed!! 


Melissa Visser

Front Desk

  • B.A. Mathematics - 

  • Math Teacher at Worthington Christian School

  • Danced while growing up and is now a "Dance Mom" to her 3 girls!

  • More info coming soon!


Mark Prunty

Front Desk and Handy-Man

  • B.A. Mathematics - Luther College, Decorah, IA

  • B.A. Secondary Education - Luther College, Decorah, IA

  • High School Coaching Endorsement - Luther College, Decorah, IA

  • Math teacher at Worthington Middle School, Worthington, MN

  • 24 years as Head Wrestling Coach at Worthington High School 

  • Coached --- State Champions, -- State Place Winners, --- Team State Participants

  • Been Kay's  biggest supporter and best friend since 1992 and Husband since 1995

  • Has danced every year in the DANCE DAD's dance from 2004 to 2019 with their children 

  • Helps teach partner dance classes: Salsa, Two Step, Swing, Ballroom

  • TDA's Handy Man!  


Class Assistants



Allyson Meinders

Brigette Rosenberg

Aria Larson

Kyra Visser

Marilyn Castillo Loza

Grace McGaughey