About Us

Madeleine Scott

Madeleine is originally from Beresford, SD. She is currently the founder, executive director & artistic director of South Dakota’s first professional ballet company; South Dakota Ballet. Madeleine has performed professionally (corps de ballet and soloist roles) with renowned classical ballet companies such as Ballet West, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Sacramento Ballet & Gelsey Kirkland’s Studio company. She has performed principal roles in masterpieces such as “Cinderella” in Cinderella, the “Waltz Girl” in Balanchine’s iconic Serenade, “Odette & Odile” in Swan Lake & countless others.

Madeleine earned her BFA in ballet from the University of Utah in 2017. Madeleine left home at age 13 to train professionally at various prestigious programs such as the year-round program at the Rock School for Dance Education in Philadelphia, the School of American Ballet (feeder school for New York City Ballet), the Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre & Edward Ellison Ballet in New York City. Madeleine is one of two American Ballet Theatre certified teachers in the state of South Dakota. She is also certified to teach the Italian Cecchetti syllabus through grade V & also in Pilates mat/reformer/barre classes.

Madeleine has expertise in various ballet styles such as Vaganova (“Russian”), Balanchine (“American”), Bournonville (“Danish”), Cecchetti (“Italian”), and Cuban. She is one of the most experienced & equipped teachers to produce an employable professional ballet dancer. Madeleine’s Balanchine experience has been handed down to her directly from George Balanchine’s renowned muses including Violette Verdy, Patricia McBride, Zippora Karz, John Clifford, and many others.

Madeleine has trained extensively in the styles of Bournonville (under the direction of Jeff Rogers of Ballet West & Karina Elver, former dancer of the Royal Danish Ballet). She received her Vaganova training from masters such as Elena Kunikova (Internationally sought-after répétiteur & graduate of the Vaganova Ballet Academy), Natasha Zeiger (YAGP judge & graduate of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy), & Edward Ellison (internationally recognized ballet coach & former ballet master).

As a performer, Madeleine is known for her athletic facility, adaptability, attention to detail, intellectual capacity & innate ability to convey deep emotions through expressive story-telling. As a coach & mentor Madeleine believes in intentionally challenging each student while uplifting them to gain the confidence & bravery to meet each obstacle with the goal of producing employable artists, remarkable athletes & well- rounded young adults.

She recognizes that the art form of ballet is entrenched in its own culture. When ballet first became institutionalized, dancers were hand-selected based on their body type around 4 years old to become professional ballet dancers. In our current era, ballet has begun to shed the old-fashioned concept of what body type is conducive to a career in professional ballet…however the art form has yet to adapt its training approach to meet the demands of diverse body types & learning styles.In her curriculums, Madeleine aims to preserve the most valuable aspects of ballet culture while incorporating 21st century elements to enhance each dancer’s physical facility & intellectual capabilities. She continuously conducts research to revamp her curriculums so that they remain top-tier in accommodating/showcasing each unique body type, artist & person.

Apart from ballet, Madeleine has experience in almost every other form of dance. She has performed professionally with LED Boise (a contemporary company recognized as the nation’s Top 25 to Watch by Dance Magazine in 2019). She has performed in commercial work such as the Pro-Bowl Halftime Show in Hawaii as well as opening for hip hop artists such as Nelly & FloRida.

Madeleine is an award-winning choreographer & teacher who has been invited to share her passion with students & professionals across the country. In her spare time she enjoys reading, learning new hobbies, traveling to beautiful places, developing her yoga practice & helping people recover from injuries & restore their bodies at FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers.

Our Team

Shanna Hill

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Katie Rederick

Katie Rederick began dancing at the age of three and danced in the Yankton community for 16 years before moving to Omaha, NE where she was a member and instructor of the Omaha Ballet Theater Company and Omaha Beef Prime Dance team. She grew up taking classes in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, character, dance team, hip-hop, and modern dance.

She has danced in numerous productions such as The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Midsummer night’s dream, and many more. She has attended workshops and summer intensives with Giordano Dance, Northwest Ballet Theater, Ballet Mignificat, American Midwest Ballet and Universal Dance Association. Katie has been a dance instructor and choreographer for the past 13 years including being a coach for the Yankton High School Dance team and Sioux Falls O’Gorman Dance team.

She is a traveling choreographer for numerous High Schools in South Dakota and Nebraska. With having a passion for dance she also owns her own Salon & Spa in the heart of downtown Yankton. She has two boys, Jax and Cooper, along with a baby girl named Harley Jo. This will be her seventh year teaching hip-hop at the studio.

Kristi Ekroth 

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Elisabeth Rettig

Originally from Yankton, Elisabeth Rettig has performed the roles of Sugar Plum, Snow Queen and Lead Angel in Dakota Dance Association’s The Nutcracker. She spent her summers traveling to dance programs like American Ballet Theater, Colorado Ballet & Ballet Magnificat!

After graduating from Academy of Dance in 2017,  she moved to Chicago to train under Julianna Rubio Slager, Brette Benedict and Antonio Rosario while performing for Ballet 5:8’s Studio Company. There she performed in many professional student shows and with the professional company, as well as various dance festivals & community events.

Her first professional gig was as a guest artist at Fox Valley Ballet’s The Nutcracker in 2017. She joined Magnum Opus Ballet as a Company Artist in 2019. There, she performed in the classical ballet “Full Light” set to Handle’s Messiah and the ballet  “Seeds,” performed in Collaboration with Gigi‘s Playhouse.

One of her highlights during that season was assisting with adaptive dance classes. Before the end of the season, she had the privilege of choreographing for the company and having works by Abigail Henninger, George Birkadze and Randall Flynn set on her.