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Meet Our Staff

Melissa, Director

Melissa McCabe

Melissa began dancing at age 4 at The Dance Shoppe in Plymouth, MN.  She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, and Lyrical for 22 years.  Melissa competed both locally and nationally for 12 years and was a part of a number of award-winning numbers.  She has trained with Desiree Robbins, Gregg Russell, Ray Leeper, Doug Caldwell, Chris Moss, and Wade Robson to name a few.  Melissa also performed in the pre-game show for Super Bowl XXVI.  Melissa has taught a wide range of ages and dance styles.  Melissa's students have won a number of Overalls and Judge Choice Awards as well as a number of Best Costume Awards for her Tap numbers. 


Melissa's greatest love is to perform and teach others. She takes pride in watching her dancers grow to achieve their highest goals and potential.  She helps achieve their goals to be strong and more confident dancers.   She was a part of a local group of ladies around the Twin Cities for 7 seasons performing during the holiday season at the local malls and nursing homes sharing her love of dance with so many during the holiday season.  Melissa also takes classes to continue her dance education.

Whitney, Teacher

Whitney Nobles
Creative Director/Choreographer

Whitney entered the world of Dance as an Energetic, Eager 3-year-old. As a committed student of 14 years, She developed skills in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. Whitney competed in many local Competitions and was a part of many of the studios winning routines. As a teenager, She began assisting at her childhood studio helping with numerous classes of a variety of ages. After finishing High School, She decided that Dancing and Teaching were her true passions and began to pursue that full time.

Since then, Whitney has choreographed winning routines at both National and Regional Competitions. She also has won the "12 and under Choreography Award" for her lyrical group number, Small Group Hip Hop as well as a Standing Ovations Award for her Teen Jazz in 2021. Whitney has a unique, fun-loving way of connecting with her students to inspire and share her passion for dance. The biggest reward for her is watching her students improve and grow in class and helping them achieve their goals and to become the best dancer they can be! We are pleased and happy to have Whitney as a part of the IDC Family!

Luann, Teacher

Luann Burger

Luann has loved to dance since she started dancing at the age of 7.  After graduating, Luann spent a few years teaching students to dance at her home. The hard work paid off and she opened Metro Dance Center!! After many years she sold her studio to longtime friends, Colleen and Brad Wood so that she could take some time off while her children were young.  She rejoined the Metro Staff in 2012. Luann’s innovative tap and musical theater routines have gained national and international acclaim. 


She is best known for the way she relates to the dancers and motivates them to be the best dancers and people they can be.  Her philosophy is that teaching dance is much more than just demonstrating steps and correcting techniques.  She instills in her students that dance teaches life skills that benefit her students greatly in every area of life.  Luann is excited to continue sharing her love of dance with her students and is excited to join the IDC family!

Maddy, Teacher

Maddy Woodman

Maddy is a passionate dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She was introduced to dance at the age of 3 and followed her dreams to the University of Minnesota where she received a BFA in dance. During her time in college, she performed the work of choreographers including Herb Johnson III, Carl Flink, and Chris Schlichting, and produced and danced in student shows. Outside of school, she has performed at Valleyfair and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. 

In addition to performing, Maddy is passionate about the art of teaching. She has been teaching youth dance for 3 years with Jan's School of Dance and Minneapolis Community Education and has built her teaching practice through research culminating in her senior thesis on dance pedagogy. She also loves teaching fitness and has led various adult and teen classes including cardio kickboxing, dance cardio, barre, and mat pilates. 

Maddy is a creator and choreographer and has made solo, duet, and group works for dance film and live performance. She loves any opportunity to be creative and expressive and hopes to give her students chances to do the same. Maddy will be working with our recreational classes as well as our competitive team this season.  We are excited to welcome her to the IDC family!

Izabella, Teacher

Izabella George

Izabella went to her first dance performance at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love and signed up at a local dance studio. Shortly thereafter, she realized she also had a passion for teaching and choreography. This passion led her to offer free dance classes out of her garage. Over her 20 years of dancing and 15 years of competing, she was trained in contemporary, modern, lyrical, ballet, tap, hip hop, salsa, and bachata. 


After graduating from Larkin Dance Studio she went on to pursue a degree in dance education at Hamline University. While attending Hamline she founded a dance organization that went on to perform and compete at the national level. Izabella is excited to share her passion and knowledge with the students and become part of the IDC family.

Renee, Assistant Teacher

Renee Olds
Assistant Instructor

Renee started dancing at six years old at Metro Dance Center. She has experience in tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, and pointe. She’s been on a competition team for nine years and she has also performed tap solos under the instruction of Luann. Renee loves to dance, and her favorite style is tap. She views dance as a way to express and enjoy oneself.  Welcome, Renee to the IDC Family!

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