Cerrin Lathrop grew up dancing in Phoenix, Arizona from the petite age of two, along side her father (dance teacher). In Arizona she continued her dance education at the collegiate level, obtaining a BFA in Dance Studies from Arizona State University (ASU). While there, she was recognized with a multitude of awards and scholarships such as Outstanding Dance Studies Student Award 2007 and Arizona's Best Choreography Award 2006. From the 2007-2008 season, she was the artistic director of Off Centre Dance Company Jr., the junior dance company (ages 10-16) of Mesa Arts Center.


From 2008-2012 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she co-founded SubRosa Dance Collective (2011), danced and choreographed for Polaris Dance Theatre (2010-2012) and taught at the Center for Movement Arts (2010-2012).


During 2012-2016, Cerrin was teaching and choreographing in Okinawa, Japan. There she taught in international schools, multiple studios, collaborated with Japanese artists and choreographers and developed a new, comprehensive dance program at FootLoose Dance Studio, where her and her students gained international recognition for their win at the 6th-9th Ryukyu International Ballet Competition. While abroad, she maintained her position as choreographer and co-artistic director via technology and video for SubRosa Dance Collective.




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Joshua Wise

Since opening Studio X in 2004 Joshua has quickly become one of the most respected and sought after instructors, and choreographers in North Dakota.  Known for producing mature dancers who are passionate, diverse, and technically grounded, Joshua is continuously attracting dancers in the region looking to take their dance training to a new level.  Joshua's students have gone on to dance both at the collegiate level and professionally in both the commercial and concert dance arenas.  


Joshua began his own dance studies in his hometown of Lewistown, MT under the direction of Wendy Pfau, Janet Luciano, and Jerri Lynn Haugen.  Throughout his studies Joshua has worked under numerous master teachers and choreographers in various styles and methods including Joe Tremaine, Frank Hatchett, Luigi, Doug Caldwell, and Rhonda Miller, to name a few.


As the Artistic Director of Studio X, Joshua has made Studio X one of the most recognized studios in the Dakota's by creating a consistent and dominate force on the competition circuit.  Year after year Joshua's students can be found at the top of the standings at both regional and national events.  Regionally, Joshua is known just as well for being the creative mind behind what many have called "New York Worthy" dance productions season after season.  


While being incredibly demanding, yet never taking himself to seriously, Joshua brings  a unique and fresh approach to both his teaching and choreography. More then anything Joshua is known best for both  his passion and his integrity to each individual student's personal voice as an artist.

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Emily Borud


Emily grew up in Minot, dancing since the age of two. She studied with many different studios that made their way through her hometown. Along the way she also studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, and was accepted into the American Ballet Theater intensive program.


Emily joined the Studio X family in 2008 as a student and competed with them throughout high school graduation, earning numerous awards throughout her competitive years. During college, she spent 2 seasons on the University of Minnesota Premier Dance Team, continuing with her love for the sport of dance.


Emily now works as a full-time Dental Hygienist here in Minot, and she is honored to join her Studio X family again, now as an instructor. She hopes to push her students to be the best dancers, but more importantly, the best people they can be.

Emily Rifenbury


Emily Rifenbury started her dance career at the age of 5 at The Dance Company of Minot. While in middle and high school, she assisted numerous classes for the 3-7 year olds.  After completing high school, she began to instruct at the Dance Company of Minot as the recreational ballet and tap teacher for ages 3-7. Shortly after, she started to help with the competitive program.


While dancing as a competitive dancer herself, Emily received many awards such as Standout Dancer and Emotion Judge's Choice Award. She was also awarded a Musical Theatre Scholarship.


Emily has since graduated from Minot State with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. For the 2017-2018 season, Emily was the Competitive Coordinator for The Dance Company. In the summer of 2018, Emily choreographed Sister Act for MSU Summer Theatre.

Madison Kossan


Madi was born and raised in Minot, North Dakota. She competed as a level 6 gymnast at Gymagic Gymnastics here in Minot. She found a love for basketball, which ended her gymnastics career, but she has reconnected with the sport through coaching. She has been coaching recreational gymnastics/acro for 4 years working with parent-tot through intermediate levels.


Her goal as a coach is to provide a fun and loving atmosphere for her athletes, along with helping them accomplish their personal goals. Madi is currently a senior at Minot State University studying Communication Disorders with a long-term goal of becoming a Speech-Language Pathologist. Working with children has always been a passion of hers and she plans to do it for the rest of her life.

Erin Borud


Erin Borud found her love of dance at age 6, and has been trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap, Contemporary and Lyrical. Born and raised in Minot, she trained in the area until graduation from Minot High School.


Erin then moved to Reno, Nevada to continue her education and dance training until 2016.  In 2006, she was accepted into and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre’s Summer Program. While in Reno, Erin taught at multiple studios where her students earned top awards at competitions along the west coast.


Erin has performed with multiple companies, in numerous productions and shows, and loves being on stage.  She recently moved back to Minot and is thrilled to start teaching again at Studio X!