Tona teaches Ballet for Skaters at
Heartbeat Studios. She began dancing as a young child growing up
in the northern suburbs of Chicago. She was also a competitive
figure skater and received dance training as a tool to enhance
her competitive edge. She received formal dance training in high
school and performed with several of her school dance companies.
Tona attended Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she studied
communications and dance and obtained her B.A. As a member of the
Luther dance companies and theater program, Tona was afforded several
incredible opportunities to perform in student productions such
as West Side Story. She also performed around the U.S. and in Australia
and New Zealand, including a performance at the World Expo in Brisbane,
Australia. Tona then went on to attend law school and currently
practices law with a firm in the Twin Cities. Tona was also instrumental
in starting a local charter school, Paideia Academy in Apple Valley,
which places an emphasis on music, language and the arts.
introduced to Deb, Kristin and Heartbeat studios while acting as
lead prosecutor for several cities in the Minneapolis-St. Paul
suburbs. She was involved in training police officers and prosecutors
in domestic violence investigations and was fortunate to hear the
incredible story that Deb and Kristin shared at a conference. Tona
realized that Heartbeat Studios was a blessing not only for Deb
and Kristin, but for anyone who shared their love of dance. She
also shares her love of dance and performance with her family.
Her two children are very involved in the dance companies at Heartbeat,
as well as the Beat Squad, and her husband sings with the second
place international barbershop chorus champions, the Great Northern
Union, who have also participated in several of Heartbeat’s
shows. Tona has been performing with Heartbeat Companies and Vox
Medusa for many years and has also been blessed with the opportunity
to join Heartbeat dancers around the world, including performances
in London and Barcelona.