SSDT Coaching Staff 2018-2019
Kelly McCarney (Tomczik) - Head Coach
Kelly is a 2001 graduate of St. Cloud Tech High School and was a four year member, choreographer, and captain of the Tigerette Dance Team. As a dancer, she helped lead her team to a 1998 State Tournament 2nd place finish in the Class AAA High Kick Division and a Section Championship in 2001. This will be Kelly's 17th season coaching the Sabres. She started the dance program in Sartell in 2002. As head coach, she has helped lead the team to 14 consecutive State Tournament Appearances, including State Finals in HK & JF in every year since 2008 & HK STATE RUNNER's UP 2014, 2013, 2012, HK 3rd place 2016, Jazz 3rd Place 2014, 2016, 2017 & 2018 and the 2018, 2017, 2015 & 2011 HK STATE CHAMPION teams. Kelly was awarded the "Central Lakes Conference Coach of the Year" for 2010-2011. She is a member of the National Association of Dance Coaches & the Minnesota Association of Dance Teams. She was honored as the "Class AA Head Coach of the Year" for 2010-2011 and 2007-2008. Kelly is also the recipient of the Just for Kix "Veteran Staff Member of the Year" award, which she received in 2006. Kelly has attended and taught at various dance team camps throughout the Midwest. She has worked along with the other Sartell Sabre Dance Team coaches to improve and promote dance team as a sport in the State of Minnesota. Dance Team is her passion and she can’t wait to begin another successful season with the Sartell Sabre Dance Team! Kelly is also a RN and works full time at the St. Cloud Hospital. She is married to her wonderful husband Nick and has a daughter Reese and a son Tyler.
Kelsey Stoebe - (Winter Competition Season Assistant Coach)
Kelsey is thrilled to be coaching the Sabre Dance Team and is celebrating her 13th year of coaching during the 2018-2019 season! Kelsey is a 2001 graduate of Sartell High School. The dance team was started two years after she graduated so she is honored to coach as an alumni of Sartell! She began dancing at the age of three and danced competitively at the St. Cloud School of Dance studio throughout high school. While in high school, she was also a cheerleader for the SHS varsity football team. After high school, she continued to remain involved in dance through being a member of the University of MN-Duluth dance team, teaching at various studios, and working with Sartell Community Education. Kelsey began coaching the SSDT in 2006 and has helped lead the team to many of their successes such as 14 consecutive state appearances, advancing to finals in HK and Jazz since 2008, and medaling for the past 8 years! She is a member of the Minnesota Assocation of Dance Team Coaches where she was awarded “AA Assistant Coach of the Year” for the 2007-2008 and 2011-2012 dance seasons! She also served on the Board of Directors for the MADT from 2012-2014. She is honored to share her passion for dance with her co-coaches and other coaches around the state and work together to improve the sport! Kelsey is also celebrating her 13th year as a teacher in the Sartell-St. Stephen school district. She currently teaches kindergarten at Pine Meadow Elementary. Her family includes Stefan and their 2 year old son, Easton and baby due in June. She is looking forward to another fabulous season with the SSDT!
Molly Luzier (Carey)
Molly is a 7 year veteran coach for the SSDT. She is a 2011 graduate of Sartell High School. She was a member of the Sartell Dance Team where she danced jazz and kick for four years. Molly was also a captain and choreographer for the team. As a dancer she helped lead the team to the 2011 High Kick State Championship and to finals in Jazz Funk. She received All Conference in jazz and kick her junior and senior years, and was named All State dancer in jazz both years as well. Molly danced at St. Cloud School of Dance for 15 years where she learned multiple styles of dance. She is extremely excited to coach the Sartell Dance Team this upcoming year to help continue our tradition of excellence. Molly is an elementary school teacher at Avon Elementary & was recently married this summer!
Hannah is a 2016 graduate of the Sartell Sabre Dance Team, dancing kick and jazz for all of her four years. During her time on the team she was a captain, choreographer, 2015 and 2016 kick and jazz all conference, 2014 jazz all conference honorable mention, a Jazz all-state dancer, and the St. Cloud Times 2016 dancer of the year. Hannah helped the team receive 3 second place state kick titles, 2 third place jazz titles, and the 2015 State Championship title. Hannah will be a Junior at the College of Saint Benedict and is in the nursing program. She is so thrilled to be returning to the Sabre Dance team as a fall coach for the 2018-2019 season!
Abby is a 2010 graduate of Sartell High School and was a member of the SSDT her junior and senior year. While on the team, Abby danced both jazz and kick and received all-conference honors in both kick and jazz as well as All-State honors for jazz her senior year. Abby spent 14 years dancing at North Crest Gymnastics and Dance where she explored several different styles of dance and moved on to teach recreation classes at the studio for 3 years. Abby currently works as an Independent Living Specialist at Independent Lifestyles in Sauk Rapids and will also be starting her 4th season at Elk River as an assistant coach for the winter competition dance team. Abby is excited to be part of the Sartell Dance program once again and looks forward to a great fall season!
Brianna is an SSDT Assistant Varsity Coach Alum of 8 years (2003-2006, 2009-2014), and also a Doctor of Physical Therapy, practicing locally at Williams Integracare Clinic in Sartell. Brianna began dancing at local studios at age 3, and danced for St. Cloud Tech in high school. Brianna was lucky enough coach the SSDT during their first state appearance in both kick and jazz, and also during their first state championship in 2011, and received several state medals thereafter. Due to Brianna’s career in physical therapy, she is a promoter of injury prevention in dancers, and incorporates this largely into her training with the team. Brianna is very experienced in dance team training, learning from the best coaches in the state throughout the years. She is thrilled to continue working with the SSDT this fall to help foster continued success this next season!
Brittney trained at the Just For Kix dance studio in Brainerd in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, lyrical and kick. She was a four year member and senior captain of the nationally recognized Brainerd Warrior Dance Team, the Kixters and was awarded All Conference, All-Tournament, MVP, and received the Heather Star Habeck award. She is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in Business and Marketing Management & a former 2-year member and 2-time national champion of the University of St. Thomas dance team. She has performed on stage with Beyonce at Super Bowl XLVII in 2013. Previously worked at the Just For Kix corporate office as the summer camp coordinator as well as a marketing liaison for youth program directors. She is a 6 year member of the summer dance camp staff and has taught at the Brainerd & Medina Just For Kix studios. Selected to demonstrate proper technique for the Judges Association of Minnesota training seminar. Brittney has attended and spoken at numerous dance conventions throughout the U.S. & is a professional choreographer for high school and college dance teams throughout the United States and has been an adjudicator at Just For Kix's Together We Dance competitions as well as the Iowa State dance tournament. Brittney danced in Outback Bowl 2007 and has helped orchestrate the halftime show at Outback Bowl 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017. She is the current director of the St. Cloud Just For Kix dance program and is so excited to be working with the SSDT this season!
Haven is a 2017 graduate of the Sartell Sabre Dance Team, dancing kick for all 4 years. She was a choreographer her junior and senior years and was awarded all-conference in kick her senior year. Haven helped the team receive a 3rd & 2nd place kick finish as well as 2 State Championships in 2015 & 2017! Before dance team, she began dancing at Community Ed for 10 years before going to Just for Kix. Have is a sophomore at the College of St. Benedicts and is studying nursing. She is very excited to begin her first year of coaching with the SSDT!
Lexi is a 2012 graduate of Sartell High School. She was a four year member of the Sartell Dance Team where she danced jazz and kick, and was a jazz choreographer for the team. As a dancer she helped lead the team to the 2011 High Kick State Championship, as well as a 2nd place finish in High Kick in 2012. She received All Conference in jazz her junior and senior years. Lexi danced at St. Cloud School of Dance for many years where she learned multiple styles of dance, and was a part of the College of St. Benedict dance team for one year in college. Lexi currently works as a school-based mental health professional in Royalton and is very excited to be returning to the Sabre Dance Team!
Jenna is a 2013 graduate of Sartell High School. She was a member of the SSDT where she danced high kick for all 4 years. During her time on the team she was a kick choreographer, All Conference Honorable Mention in 2012, All Conference in 2013, and was named 2013 All State Dancer in High Kick. As a dancer she helped lead the team to the 2011 High Kick State Championship as well as two second place finishes in High Kick in 2012 and 2013. Jenna is currently an EL teacher at South Junior High in St. Cloud. After being a superfan to her younger sisters for the past 4 years, she is thrilled to be coaching the SSDT this year!