As the Spring Lake Park coaches, we take pride in our holistic approach to coaching the young women of our program. We not only strive to help our dancers reach their maximum skill level, but also focus our efforts on creating young women of character.
We teach determination, dedication, responsibility, self-advocacy, and poise. We hold our dancers to the highest standards in the classroom, in our community, and on the dance floor. As coaches, we are constantly learning and improving our leadership skills, technical knowledge, and teaching abilities. We are thankful to be a part of the Spring Lake Park Dance Team community.
SLPDT Coaching Staff Mission Statement:
We coach to inspire passionate athletes who wear many hats in our community as mentors, role models, and professional young women. We strive to bring a positive, energetic atmosphere to every day as an integral part of our team culture. We are dedicated to building a program that is consistently growing, by developing our dancers' skill and character.
Jenny Whiteley – Head Coach
"I coach young women to trust and believe in themselves and their teammates through hard work, commitment, and compassion."
Jenny has danced for over 25 years and counting. Her dance background includes: competition studio, high school dance team, semi-pro/professional work, and all star international competition. She was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical as a young dancer. It wasn't until later in her career where she started to find her passion for hip hop and contemporary. She went to the U of M where she obtained her B.A. in Strategic Communications and Augsburg College for her MBA. This is her 10th year coaching high school dance team and cannot wait to see where this year goes!
Krysta Corrigan - Assistant Varsity Coach
"I coach to develop young women into leaders, on and off the dance floor. I strive to model the level of integrity I want to see in my athletes and inspire a commitment to service to others.
Krysta has been involved in dance for over 21 years. She grew up dancing at Larkin Dance Studio until she became a member of the Spring Lake Park dance team, where her passion grew considerably over the next 5 years. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in Communications and Journalism. This will be her 6th year coaching the Pantherettes and she is thrilled for the best year yet.
Gabbi Lottie - Assistant Varsity Coach
"I coach to allow dancers a space to grow confident in themselves as people and dancers as well as empower them to become leaders both in and outside of practice."
Gabbi has danced for 23 years and is still looking for opportunities to continue dancing. Her dance background includes dancing at Stagedoor of performing Arts for 15 years where she dance competitively for 13 of those years, dancing on Centennial High school dance team for 2 years and dancing on a college dance team for 4 years. Gabbi has taught at a studio for 3 years and has coached high school dance team for 2. She went to St. Catherine University and graduated with a B.A in psychology and went on to get her Masters degree in Social Work. She is excited to be working with SLPDT and cannot wait for a great season!
Sydney Page - Head JV Coach
"I coach my athletes to help equip them with the skills to be successful in all aspects of life. Teaching to be inclusive, compassionate, and persistent will help ensure they become well-rounded young women."
Sydney is going to be a junior studying Health Service Management at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Aside from her academics she is apart of the Chi Omega sorority on campus. Throughout the years she danced at Stage Door of the Performing Arts and Northern Force Dance Company. Along with studio dance she graduated as a proud seven-year member of SLPDT and she is excited to get to continue working in such a strong dance program!
K'ryn Bunker - Head B-Squad Coach
"I coach to challenge the girls so they can achieve anything they set their mind to and watch the passion they have for dance as they step onto the competition floor to perform."
K’ryn is studying exercise science and kinesiology at Anoka Ramsey Community College. She was a two year member of Northern Elite Vibe All Stars where she competed at the international level. She grew up dancing at QC Dance, Northern Force Dance Company and was on the Blaine Dance team for four years where she became captain. This will be her third season coaching high school dance team. She is excited to be returning for her second season coaching the Pantherettes!