About the Instructors;
Ms. Betsy-
Betsy Ravenhorst is BDC’s Acro Class Instructor. Betsy was in gymnastics for 16 years,
starting at age 2. She attended Faribault Gymnastics Club, and started competing in
2nd grade. Betsy qualified for state competition in 4th grade. During this time, Betsy
also attended elite training programs, including gymnastics camps in Hudson,
Wisconsin, and Lake Owen Gymnastics Camp. At these camps, Betsy trained with some
of the best gymnasts in the country. In 7th grade, Betsy tried out and made the
Faribault Senior High Gymnastics Varsity team. She was named the 3rd top All-Around
gymnast for the Faribault team, which means Betsy competed all four events, including
Floor Exercise, Vault, Uneven bars, and Balance Beam. Betsy remained on the varsity
team throughout her high school career. In 10th grade, Betsy was voted Captain of the
varsity gymnastics team by her teammates. In college, Betsy coached gymnastics at the
Faribault Gymnastics Club, focusing on the younger children, ages 2-10 years of age.
Betsy’s passion for gymnastics has continued into her adult life, and loves teaching
students the fundamentals of the acrobatic sport.
Ms. Barbara-
Barbara Dudley has over a decade of experience teaching dance and has studied dance for
21 years.  Some of the disiplines she has studied and learned are; tap, jazz, ballet, pointe,
modern, yoga, pilates, musical theater, hip-hop, lyrical, & zumba.  She competed on the
junior & senior company while dancing at B.D.C. earning top awards and honors. Barbara
also competed jazz, contemporary, & musical theater solo's & duets in the past. She
danced such lead roles as Dew Drop in the Nutcracker.  Barbara is energetic, patient, &
kind and just a wonderful teacher and mentor to all the students.  Barbara makes dance
fun and enjoyable for all the children.  She has also taught dance at DD's Dance Studio in
the cities!
Owner; Ms. Bridget Halvorson-  
Bridget started her dance training at the age of four at Joyce Matthies Dance Centre located in Albert Lea MN.
There she was a member of the dance ensemble for 5 years and a principal dancer for 3 years. She first started
teaching and choreographing for Joyce's competitive junior jazz ensemble, solo's, duets, & hip-hop routines,
which won several awards; such as, first place at a nationals.   Bridget went on to study dance at the prestigious
Point  Park University in Pittsburgh PA. Focusing on ballet, jazz, & modern.  Point Park University is one of the
best dance schools in the nation training with top instructors such as; Douglas Bentz, Judith Leifer, Ron Tassone,
Susan Stowe, Marion Petrov, and several others.  Then she began teaching at “Mirror Image Dance Academy” in
West Bend Wisconsin, which is one of the largest dance studio‘s in the Midwest. Their she taught classes to
children preschool through advanced.  She then auditioned for the Minnesota Ballet Company of Duluth and was
offered a contract in the spring of 2001.  Bridget started her own dance school “Bridget’s Dance Conservatory” in
the fall of 2001.  

She choreographs around 80 dance routines per year, attends three competitions, produced a full-length
Nutcracker, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Alice In Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, & Swan Lake. Bridget attends workshops
annually, constantly striving to improve and learn more. Some of the workshops she has attended in the past
include; Radio City Music Hall Rockette Experience, Dance Olympus, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater master classes,
Gus Giordano‘s Jazz Dance World Congress, The Pulse, with; Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks, Dave Scott, Brian
Friedman, & Chris Judd.  She has also studied one on one with ex-Larkin dancer Trump Card.  Her combined
experience dancing, choreographing, & teaching total over 33 years.  Her platinum winning choreography is very
cutting edge, creative, fun. Her students & choreography has won numerous high score awards, cash prizes, and
several special awards such as; fabulous feet (tap,) best showmanship, best technique, most entertaining, most
classy, best intensity, emotional execution, best precision, most age appropriate, dare to be different, best
creative character, & most creative choreography several times.  She  has choreographed for Riverland
Community College Theater and Summerset Theater in Austin for plays such as; Rent, Sound of Music, & White
Christmas.
 Many of her previous students have gone on to study dance; Megan Fleiner is a dance major at MN.
State Un., Madison Klein is a captain & member of the MN. State Un. Maverick dance team and persuing a dance
minor, & Chase Peterson is continuing his dance training at Larkin Dance Studio! She's performing the role of
Mona in this years Summerset production of "Chicago."