Curio.Dance@gmail.com1560 W Frontage Rd Stillwater MN 55082                                   

The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.


William Arthur Ward


1560 West Frontage Road

Stillwater MN 55082


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Great dancers are great because of their passion.


Martha Graham


Dario Mejia

Dario received a full tuition scholarship and graduated from the The Juilliard School in New York studying under directors Lawrence Rhodes and Benjamin Harkarvy.


Dario's performance, choreography and directing background includes national and international work such as: iLuminate in multiple cities, Drop The Mic! series of shows, the off broadway production Artists Of Light, Radio City Music Hall, Six Flags, Disney, Crystal Cruises, and the Minnesota Dance Theater.


He has television appearances include The Today Show, Good Morning America, Ellen, Telemundo, and America's Got Talent in which his group iLuminate placed 3rd overall.


Dario served as the Ambassador of Dance for the U.S. Embassy as a choreographer, rehearsal director and spokesman for the United States Government on dance for Asia.


Dario's teaching experience includes The Main Street School Of Performing Arts, the Minnesota Dance Theater,  the Stamford School Of Ballet, the State of Minnesota, and numerous Minnesota studios. 

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Giselle Mejia​

​Giselle graduated Cum Laude from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance in New York with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a Certificate in Arts Management.  Currently pursuing her MFA in Dance Performance from the Peck School Of The Arts in Milwaukee.


Her professional performance and choreography experience includes: Nachito Herrera and His Cuban Orchestra, Artist of Light on Broadway,  iLuminate internationally, Curio Dance's Drop The Mic!, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Hong Kong Dance Festival, JFK Center For Performing Arts in Washington and Teatro Principal Burgos in Spain.


Giselle has performed on televison for the Today Show, Ellen, America's Got Talent and Telemundo.


She has taught at Minnesota State University, The Cowles Center for Dance and the Performing Arts, Latin Social Dances, Lundstrum Center for the Performing Arts, P.L.A.C. Parents of Latin American Children, La Semana Culture Camp, Main Street School of Performing Arts and Conservatorio Municipal en Ecuador.

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The School

Kids don't remember what you

try to teach them.

They remember what you are.

Jim Henson


Classes | Lessons

We are a performance-based, non-competitive dance school with diverse and rigorous training by professionals with significant higher education in dance technique, theory, history and performance.


Curio Dance provides many opportunities for pre-professional and professional performance throughout the year. Our training is focused on the dancer and the capabilities that emerge when you provide all the tools for learning in a positive, fun, rigorous and accepting environment.


What sets our school apart is our teaching artist hold higher education in danceperformance and choreography. Dario Mejia, Giselle Mejia and Caitlin Jean Mejia have all had rigorous training with national dance companies and at highly demanding dance education programs with professional dance performance experience on stage, television and video. 


Dario (4 years) at The Juilliard School, Giselle (8 years) at SUNY Purchase Dance Conservatory and a Master in Dance at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Caitlin (5 years) at Minnesota Dance Theatre and Bachelors of Arts at University of Minnesota. 

Together we have spent years designing a program for your dancer, from recreational to pre-professional. We believe that everyBODY can dance. Our teaching artists not only instruct dancers how to move, but also nurture the dancers’ individual talents, improve confidence, teach poise and etiquette. We teach a fine arts preparatory curriculum based on leveled technique.

When you combine a positive environment, rigorous dance training, performance opportunities and a full range of diverse dance styles (that only the Mejia's can offer) the result is a truly innovative dance school.

 

 

Jazz

A full jazz syllabus rooted in strength and flexibility from the earliest African American forms to modern influences such as Fosse and Robbins. Technique in low center of gravity, improvisation, syncopation and high energy are among the lessons provided.


Hip Hop | Urban Street

From early house dancing to funk styles and contemporary BBoy and BGirl training.


Modern

A heightened sense of awareness grounded to the dance floor inspired by the likes of Duncan, Graham and Cunningham.


Ballet

Classical, neoclassical and contemporary ballet programs rooted in the original renaissance style with advanced American, French, Italian and Russian influences.

Pre-Pointe | Pointe

Proper technique in body alignment, foot placement, and transition with repetitive exercises in ankle strength and flexibility.


Musical Theater

Broadway American Musical Theater blending voice, acting and physical character movement.


Adult Classes

Fun way for adults of all ages to stay healthy and in motion. Styles include Tap, Musical Theatre, and Latin Social Dance/Ballroom.


Partnering

Connecting with others in classical and unique contemporary partnering techniques.


Pilates

The art of controlled movement based on centering and breathing.


Yoga

Hatha and Vinyasa physical and mental practice of transforming the body.


Group Lessons

All styles offered.


Private Lessons

All styles offered upon request.


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Caitlin Jean

Caitlin holds a BFA in Biology from the University of Minnesota and has studied dance extensively with the School of the American Ballet, San Francisco Ballet,  American Ballet Theatre, Ballet West and the Minnesota Dance Theatre.


She has performed in iLuminate on the  New World Stages Off Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Broadway in the Park and on television for America's Got Talent. Her local performances include: “Concrete Abstraction” Dwight Rhoden,  “A Stair Dance” Eliot Feld, “Mythical Hunters” Glen Tetley, “Nutcracker Fantasy” Loyce Houlton, "Carmina Burana” Loyce Houlton,  “Upturned Jewel” Wynn Fricke, “Serenade, Divertimento No. 15” Balanchine, “Swan Lake” Petipa, “A Piece A Chord, 12 Dancing Princesses” Lise Houlton, “Figure Ground” Wynn Fricke, and  “Bred in the Bone” Lise Houlton.


Caitlin has taught at  the Dance Institute under the direction of Gloria Govrin and at Corazon Latino. She has been the ballet program director at Premiere Dance Academy, Jete Dance Centre and Heartbeat Studios.