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Oh my how I love ballet! I love it, love it, loveit! You would never guess that I didn't start my training until the age of 18. And not even in ballet! I began in Modern Dance. I discovered a real passion for dance in those first classes with my instructors, Barry and Michael.
As the years went by my heart tuned to ballet. I took every opportunity to study it. There wasn't a book in the library, even children's picture books, that I didn't check out and study. By now I was busy having babies, 4 total, but would sneak into my days any ramdom training opportunity that I could.
I've studied at the Minnesota Institue of Dance and Zenon Academy in Minn, MN. But my instructor, my mentor and the man I respect more than any other in the dance world is Finis Jhung. Finis is my coach today and has been for many years. This bio is about me, I know, but none of us learn without instruction, and credit must be given where it is due. His technique, I've adopted as my tecnique and I do not waver from it! He may never grasp my true appreciation of his methods of training, his patience and kindness toward me. ~Thankyou, Finis. ~
Holly Hutchens is a remarkable teacher. Her deep love for ballet dancing and passion to teach correctly underlies everything she does. She understands my technique thoroughly and demonstrates positions and movements beautifully. Most importantly, you can rest assured that Holly will always be willing to go the extra measure to give your child a deep and lasting understanding of the wonders of ballet technique. She is the jewel in your crown!
Master Teacher -New York
Now, I do love ballet, but not for it's sake. I have no desire to dance for the sake of dance alone. I decided to commit my life to Christ many years ago. Now, I want only to give back to Him that which He first gave me ~talk about One who gets the credit!~ Our very bodies were created by the living God!
"I founded Karar Academy with the purpose of training young women in the art of ballet technique, in order to use these skills to honor God. How much more dedication should we offer when that is our goal! All of our heart, all of our dedication and nothing less than our very best effort. May the Lord keep me faithful to continuously train and teach with this singular focus, to show students, by my words and example that we worship God by how we live our everyday lives. I want to inspire young women to have an active and growing relationship with the Lord that spills over onto all who come near them."
Karar Academy - Clear Lake, WI - Owner & Director
Mrs Wendy Dietrich
Founder of Karar Academy
Off-site Artistic Director in charge of teacher training for Clear Lake, WI
Artistic Director and Instructor Spring Valley, MN
Mrs. Holly Hutchens
The Clear Lake class room instructors consist of qualified dancers trained within the Karar Academy program!
These instructors are participants in Karar Academy's Aspire Teacher Training Program.
Along with coursework, our instructors travel regularly to the Spring Valley Minnesota studio for
teacher training intensives with Mrs Holly.
Our Instructors receive rigorous training, on going instruction from Mrs. Holly, oversight by onsite Director, Mrs. Wendy, and are capable of classical ballet instruction at the highest level offered by Karar Academy - Clear Lake, Wis.
Karar Academy Clear Lake - Instructors
Beginner Ballet Fundamentals
Stretch, Strength & Extend
I started working at the registration desk for Mrs. Holly in
2015. Working as the administrative
secretary for Karar Academy has allowed me to us my gifts and talents of
organizing and managing to honor Christ.
I love seeing every dancer, getting to know them and their parents, and
interacting with the community to support the ministry of Karar Academy. On February 27, 2020, my role changed to the Director and owner of the Clear Lake location. I am honored to continue to be used of God to bring the message of the Gospel through dance, to our community and beyond.
I attended Crown College in St. Bonifacius, Min. to receive
my Associate of Arts degree in Business & Office Administration. Some of my jobs included: secretary for the
Vice-President of College Advancement & Alumni Relations at Crown College in St. Bonifacius, MN, Administrative Secretary
at Valley Christian School in St. Croix Falls, WI., Administrator for Child Evangelism Fellowship, St Croix Valley Chapter, and Shift Manager
& Assistant Gift Buyer at Northwestern Bookstore in Roseville, MN. But my most favorite job was working as a
barista serving espresso drinks at a local coffee shop.
I live in Amery, WI, with my husband, Mark and our five
children whom I homeschool. There are so
many things I love about Karar Academy!
From the very first time my husband and I watched a performance by the
Student Company, I knew this was something exceptional – a diamond in the
rough. My two oldest daughters began
taking classes in 2012 and my two youngest daughters began in 2015.
Miss. Maggie has been in the Karar Academy program for six years and studied under Mrs. Holly & Mrs. Elizabeth. Maggie is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Clear Lake, Wis. program and holds the highest level of dance skill in our location. Under the direction of Mrs. Holly, Miss. Maggie instructs the Student Company, and demonstrates Karar Academy's highest level of classical ballet achievement. As an instructor, Miss. Maggie will encourage your dancer to perfect their technic and become a classical ballet dancer to the glory of God.
Miss. Clara has been in the Karar Academy program for eight years, studying under Mrs. Holly & Mrs. Elizabeth. Clara holds the position of Captain at the Clear Lake, Wis. location. As Captain, Clara encourages our students in both classroom etiquette and spiritual discipleship. There is more to classical ballet than mere technic. In the classroom, Miss. Clara brings an energy, her love of dance and an ability to help every dancer improve their individual skills and technic to the best of their ability to the glory of God.