Shar BernsSHAR BERNS, Executive Director

Shar Berns has danced since age three and has been teaching and inspiring young dancers since 1997. Shar began her dance training in Ballet and Tap. She continued studying for 15 years at her hometown studio, Ann’s School of Dance, also learning Jazz, Lyrical and Pointe. Additional dance training followed at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN with classes in Anatomy, Hellerwork, Ballet and Modern dance. A new direction in study led to leaving St. Olaf and completing her BA in both Communications and Spanish at Concordia College, but her passion for dance remained strong. Shar was a founding member of a Liturgical Dance Troupe during her time at Concordia.  Shar also continued study in dance through the Tri-College University program at MSUM with Craig Ellingson, took classes at local studios and traveled to workshops in the Minneapolis area to continue independent work throughout her college years.

This variety of dance experience proved beneficial when Shar began teaching dance in 1997. She has instructed many types of dance over the years including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Creative Movement and Ballroom.  Shar enjoyed a successful career in sales and marketing but her passion for movement remained so strong that she had to return to her heart’s desire by creating INSPIRE in 2008. Shar is committed to dance education and is a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).  She attends national continuing education opportunities through Dance Master’s of America and other major teaching conferences.  This encourages dedicated teaching methods for all genres of dance and kinesiology.   She has enjoyed opportunity to explore teaching with industry masters from such esteemed organizations as Broadway Dance Center, American Ballet Theater, The Metropolitan Opera Ballet and The Julliard School.

Inspirations away from the studio include the quality time spent with her husband and son, traveling, and cooking. Shar is always on the lookout for new information in health, mind and body relationships. She feels some of the greatest joy is found in witnessing someone make a connection and find new understanding of the way that their body works in or out of the classroom. It’s a never ending discovery because we change continually requiring flexibility with how we treat ourselves. One of her favorite quotes regarding dance comes from Paul Draper and that is, “To dance is to move in such a fashion that you make someone else feel something about the relationship of human beings to the rest of the world that they haven’t understood before”. Wellness is a continual life journey… dance your way!


Courtney began dancing when she was three years old in her hometown of Centennial, Colorado at Metropolitan Academy of Dance (MAD). In her 13 years at the studio, she was classically trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Modern, Pointe, and Character. In 2003, Courtney was presented the award for “Most Outstanding Junior Dancer.” At MAD, Courtney was a member of the Senior Company, and participated in several competitions and intensive workshops on a yearly basis. Courtney danced and sang her way through high school in the theatre’s musical productions, including Beauty and the Beast, where she played a singing and dancing napkin, and Cinderella, as Cinderella herself.

While at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD, Courtney joined the Spirit Squad, and was on the dance team, The Augustana Vikettes for three years, serving as captain for her junior and senior years. The Vikettes performed at every football and basketball game throughout the year, showcasing a new Pom, Jazz or Hip-Hop routine for each game. In 2012, Courtney was presented the award for “Best Dancer” by her coaches. Courtney graduated from Augustana in May, 2014.  She is now living in Fargo and is a full-time instructor at Inspire Dance and Wellness Studios as well as supervising communications and special event planning for the studio.

In her free time, Courtney loves to travel, read, do yoga, and spend time with her family and friends. She’s a die-hard Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies fan, and has learned to love hockey; Go Wild!

Courtney is beyond excited to have the opportunity to teach at Inspire! Dancing is what keeps her grounded, and she hopes to pass on her deep passion for dance to her students, as her teachers and coaches did for her.

monica (2)MONICA MAHER

Monica grew up in Monticello, MN where she started her dance career at three years old.  Her first year she attended Barbara Lee’s Dance Studio in Monticello, MN where she learned the basics of ballet and tap.  She then moved to St. Cloud School of Dance and Gymnastics located in St. Cloud, MN and at age five attended Starz Dance Studio in Big Lake, MN becoming more advanced in ballet and tap. In 2000 she joined Lucille Murray’s Studio of Dance where she danced for the next eight years.  Monica branched out in her dance career and studied ballet, jazz, and lyrical. She also competed for Lucille Murray for one year. When Monica began high school she made the choice to try out for the Monticello High School Starettes Dance Team where she continued to broaden her jazz experience and was opened up to High Kick.   As a freshman she was eligible to make the varsity squad for the jazz and the high kick team at Monticello.  She continued to dance for the Starettes the rest of her high school career competing and performing during the winter months.  Her senior year she was Captain for the Starettes Dance Team taking on responsibilities of choreographing with the coaches and then teaching the team their dances.  During the summers she and her team would attend Just For Kix Dance camp where she continued to learn different dance styles.  She was also in charge of summer practices and doing the daily warm up’s for the dance team during the season.  Most recently she has completed a Teacher Certification in Jazz from the Gus Giordano  Center in Chicago.

Monica is currently a senior at NDSU studying Social Work and has been with Inspire Dance since 2013.  In her down time, Monica enjoys listening to music, relaxing with her family and friends, and attending as many sporting events as she can.

Monica learned that dance was her true passion and was her outlet in life; she is very excited to teach dancers what dance has taught her throughout the years and to have the opportunity to do so at Inspire Dance and Wellness Studios.


Kristin Ide grew up on a farmstead southwest of Wahpeton, North Dakota.  She began dancing at the age of 3 in her hometown where she attended ballet, jazz and modern dance classes.  At age 11, she continued her studies in classical ballet, pointe and modern dance by traveling to Fergus Falls School of Dance, under the direction of Ramona Jacobs and Mary Pettit.  She was soon recruited to teach Creative Movement and Ballet I teen classes.  During this time, Mrs. Ide also choreographed and performed in The Boyfriend, Oklahoma and other high school musicals in her hometown.  Mrs. Ide moved to Fargo upon graduating from high school and continued her dance education under Craig Ellingson at MSUM, dancing and performing solo roles in dance production classes.  Dance has always been a part of Kristin’s life.  She believes that once you are a dancer, you are always a dancer and is thrilled to have the opportunity to share this passion for dancing at Inspire Dance and Wellness Studios.  She is beginning her third year instructing at Inspire Dance.  Mrs. Ide currently resides in Fargo with her husband, Paul Ide and her two beautiful daughters, Giselle and Amara.  She is an elementary art teacher in the Fargo public school district.


Lindsay grew up in Prior Lake, MN. From a young age, Lindsay loved to be active; she participated in gymnastics as well as a traveling softball team. Although Lindsay danced around the house before she could even walk, she did not find her true passion for dance until 8th grade. She was recruited to the Prior Lake High School Dance team as an 8th grader and fell in love instantly. Through the team she has danced kick, jazz, lyrical, and hip-hop routines.  She became a varsity dancer her freshman year of high school. She also led a youth clinic with some of the team members to teach younger girls in the community. Lindsay was also a part of the team’s choreography committee and the fall dance club.

In her free time, Lindsay loves to spend time on the lake, hang out with friends and watch as much Netflix as possible!

Lindsay is a senior at North Dakota State University studying public relations with a minor in business administration. This is her second year teaching at Inspire and she is excited to share her love of dance with her students!


Bridget grew up in a tiny rural town in Minnesota. At three years old she began her dance career at Southwest School of Dance in Marshall, Minnesota with Charlotte Wendel. She has been trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, and Pointe. She has had parts in multiple productions throughout her dance career, including in Babes in Toyland, Alice in Wonderland, and The Nutcracker four times. She attended a dance camp every summer ran by Prairie Dance Alliance where she learned multiple dance forms from a variety of well known and talented instructors.

The majority of Bridget’s dance career was spent competing. She started on the competition team at Southwest School of Dance when she was 11 years old and continued to compete until she graduated high school. They participated in two or three regional competitions a year with Dance America. She also went to Dance Olympus Workshops three times a year and has taken many different classes with many well known choreographers and teachers. Every July her studio would participate at Nationals.

Bridget began her teaching career as a dance assistant in 2008, when she was a freshman in high school.  She always loved getting the chance to share her knowledge and love for the art of dance with the younger students. When she graduated high school in 2012 she knew that she wanted to continue to share that love of dance with students. She started working at a local dance studio in 2012 and taught classes in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz for two years.

Bridget is working on getting her degree for Dental Hygiene and after that she hopes to continue her education so she can become and Orthodontist. She hopes to always be able to keep teaching dance. She is excited and honored to be a part of the Inspire Dance and Wellness staff. She cant wait to share her love and training in the art of dance with young minds!



PEYTON BUSHPayton 30B (2)

Peyton began dancing when she was four years old at Just for Kix in North Fargo. She danced with them until 2008. In 2008, Peyton began dancing at Inspire, where she studied jazz and tap. She danced at Inspire until she began dance team in 7th grade. She was a member of the Ben Franklin Sparkettes dance team for two years; she was a captain of the team her second year as a member.

In high school, Peyton danced for her school’s team, the Fargo North Spartacas after making the varsity team her freshman year. She danced in the styles of jazz, pom, hip hop, and high kick. Dance team taught Peyton discipline, leadership skills, and made her the dancer she is today. She continued dancing for the Spartacas until her junior year of high school when she attended Red River Dance Studio in Fargo, ND to study ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and acro. Peyton returned to the Spartacas for her senior year. She was given the title of Head Kick Choreographer and was a leader of the team. Peyton has danced at her high school’s sporting events. In addition to performing at games, Peyton has competed throughout the state of North Dakota, has danced at NDSU football games, and has competed at the Mall of America.

Peyton has attended and hosted many dance camps. The Spartacas dance team hosts a dance camp every year, where the Spartacas choreograph and teach routines to younger dancers. She has attended dance camps hosted by Universal Dance Association at Creighton University in Omaha, NE, a convention camp in Minneapolis, MN, and a camp at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, MN. She earned the title of UDA All-American Dancer her senior year. She also won a discipline contest her senior year of camp. Peyton’s favorite styles of dance are high kick and acro.

Peyton attends NDSU and is studying psychology. In her spare time, Peyton enjoys volunteering at Cats Cradle Shelter, obsessing over all things Disney, and spending time with her family and friends.

This is Peyton’s second year teaching at Inspire Dance and Wellness Studios and she is excited to share her love of dance with everyone!

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