LEADERSHIP

KARISSA TRAVIS-HEERDT

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR / TEACHER

Karissa Travis-Heerdt, co-founder and Artistic Director of Reign Dance Theater, shares over 20 years of training and experience in classical ballet and performance and over 15 years as a teacher.

She began training in New York at the age of 7 and performed there in five seasons of the Nutcracker and seven other productions including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Celebration of Miracles. She has now choreographed and directed over 15 original theatrical productions at Reign Dance Theater – including premiers of Esther: Courage to Rise, On the High Seas, Flashback, Daniel Undefiled, Dragonslayer, and Elisha: Pursuit of the Holy One. Her beauty in worship and the gifts she so
graciously and skillfully shares are an inspiration to many hundreds blessed
by her leadership.


KAREN TRAVIS

PRESIDENT / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Karen Travis, co-founder and President/Executive Director of Reign Dance Theater, brings a background in Bible, Ministry, and Missions, and over 40 years of full-time ministry experience.

She has an intense love for the Word of God and the God of His Word, and a deep desire for others to know the reality of God in their lives. Her skills in script-writing, costume design, theater production, and ballet administration have blended to create over 15 original productions at Reign Dance Theater. She delights in the presence of the Lord
and is passionate about bringing His heart to students, churches, and the
world.


ELISE (JOHNSON) BARRAZA

TEACHER – Ballet and Worship

Elise has trained and performed with Reign Dance Theater for 10 years and began teaching Intermediate/Advanced ballet and Improv Worship classes for Reign Dance Theater in Minnetonka, MN in 2018.  Fall 2020 she will begin teaching ballet and worship classes for Reign Dance Theater in Northfield, MN.  For Elise, ballet is so much more than just dancing. It is a special way for her to connect with the Lord and praise Him. She has found great joy in dancing freely before God – for His glory, by His strength, and in His Spirit. She is passionate about her role as a teacher because she hopes to help students grow in intimacy with the Lord through worshiping Him with dance. She also really values the self discipline and perseverance that ballet has helped her to learn, and she desires to help others to grow in character through the pursuit of both ballet and worship. Students touched by her ministry in Minnetonka
know that Northfield will be very blessed!

 


JO CORNELIUS

TEACHER – Assistant and Substitute Teacher

Jo started taking ballet classes around 20 years ago at the age of 37. She has been teaching adult community education students for five years. She has danced and performed with Reign Dance Theater for a number of years and has delightfully taught a variety of classes at Reign Dance Theater.  She really loves teaching as well as learning, because “When you teach, you learn!”