Tonka Dance Academy

Minnetonka Community Education and Dance Endeavors have come together to create a new dance partnership to offer dance classes in Minnetonka! We welcome Juli Mickelson, Owner/Director of Dance Endeavors, to lead the program. These classes are designed to help your child improve flexibility and strength, learn fun new dance moves, and meet new friends! Registration is open now for the following classes:


Kids & Caregivers

1.5-3 yrs, with an adult

Your little ones love to move, wiggle and dance so get them started in the studio with this age-appropriate creative movement class along with their caregivers. You'll get some exercise as you bond with your dancer. 

Tappin' Tots & Tippie Toes

3-4 yrs

A combination of tap and ballet for young children. Learn ballet and tap techniques while enjoying creativity in dance. The focus will be on movement, music, and enjoyment. 

Shuffles & Chasses

Grades K-2

A combination of tap and ballet for young children. Learn ballet and tap techniques while enjoying creativity in dance. The focus will be on movement, music and enjoyment.

Jazz/Lyrical Combo

Grades 3-5

The fluid motion of jazz dance brings you flexibility and musicality. Dance to current and upbeat music while enjoying freedom of movement in this quick-paced class. 

Ballet/Jazz Combo

Grades 3-5

This combination class will allow students to learn classical ballet and jazz dance through music and movement. A great introduction to both styles of dance with a focus on form. 


Grades 3-5

Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. Athletic character and unique choreography blend in this exciting dance form. 


The Royal Ball Camp

3-4 yr

Princesses, Castles and Fairies, oh my! Dancers will get to play dress up, learn a special dance, do some crafts and have fun at our Royal Ball!

Fancy Nancy Dance Camp

3-4 yr

Please join us for a very fancy dance camp! We will learn fancy dances, make fancy crafts, and have a fancy tea party, of course!

Hip Hop Tumbling Camp

4-5 yr & Grades 1-3

Drop that beat! Learn some stylistic hip hop moves and gain flexibility! Learn some fun basic dance steps and beginner tumbling. Listen to fun music and do a craft too! 

Ballerina in Training Camp

3-4 yr & Grades K-2

Explore the true ballerina ballets including Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker. Learn choreography to traditional music and do a fun craft! 

Aladdin Dance Camp

Grades K-2

Ever want to fly on a magic carpet? Grant Wishes? Dance the day away inside your own magic lamp? Come to Aladdin Dance Camp and explore Aladdin and Jasmine's magical world!

Toy Story Dance Camp 

Grades K-3

Dance and move with many of the popular characters of Toy Story through fun music. Learn to dance and get a chance to make a craft. Students can dress as their favorite Toy Story character if they wish. 

LOL Surprise! Doll Dance Camp

Grades K-3

This camp will surprise all involved! Celebrate the LOL Surprise! doll phenomena through dance and movement. We'll have a dance party based on the characters while moving to fun music. 

Bows, Bebop & Boogie Camp

Grades K-3

You will be able to learn a JoJo dance, Listen to JoJo music and create your own JoJo inspired bow. The camp will culminate in a dance fashion show! 



Study ballet based on the Vaganova method of instruction. Your technique will soar and you will develop grace and strength as your body learns the art of classical ballet.


A combination of tap and ballet for young children. Learn ballet and tap techniques while enjoying creativity in dance. The focus is on movement, music and enjoyment.

Jazz/Hip Hop

Learn moves you can perform on the stage, at a school dance, or anywhere. Class includes warm-up, stretching, conditioning and choreography and promises to challenge even the most seasoned vets while still allowing complete beginners to get a solid and fun introduction to this style.


Acro Dance combines lyrical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. This unique choreography seamlessly blends dance/acrobatics.

Meet Juli Mickelson

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Juli has taught dance for over 30 years. She was a dance major at Texas Christian University. She studied many forms of dance, thriving in the study of classical ballet and performing in numerous ballets. She is also an accomplished choreographer of dance performances and musicals, and a certified Yoga instructor. Juli and her staff teach all ages and levels with a unique blend of proper technique and a fun atmosphere.

Juli Mickelson of Tonka Dance Academy in Minnetonka

Tonka Dance Academy dancers at a dance class in Minnetonka