Smiling white woman, Denise Gagner

Denise Gagner

Teaching Artist


Denise Gagner (hear it) is a dancer and massage therapist. She graduated from St. Olaf College with a B.A. in Dance. She has been teaching for Young Dance since 2009. Denise has taught extensively throughout the Twin Cities and enjoys working with students of all ages, but particularly enjoys the enthusiastic and explorative nature of Young Dance’s youngest movers. Watching her students reveal and discover who they are, how they move, and how they relate to each other fuels her passion for teaching. She has performed locally with Rosy Simas Danse and collaboratively produced work with Ready At Will, but currently spends most of her free time with her home-based dance troupe featuring the choreography of her three kiddos and husband.

2023–24 Session Teaching Roster: Creative Movement

Photo by Jennifer Glaws