Zoe Sealy a major influence in the development of jazz dance in the Upper Midwest moved to the Twin Cities 40+ years ago. In 1972 she founded the Zoe Sealy Dance Center, which for many years was a primary training ground for jazz and tap artists. In addition Zoe founded and was Artistic Director of the Minnesota Jazz Dance Company and toured with the company in the 70’s and 80’s throughout the U.S. and Canada . Zoe has taught extensively and her work has been commissioned across the nation and internationally in Australia , Canada , the Caribbean, China , Japan , Korea , and Taiwan . She has been on the faculties of the International Music Camp, Jacob’s Pillow, Northwest Ballet, and Ballet Arts Minnesota. Zoe was on the faculty in the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance at the U of MN for 25 years. Now retired, she continues to freelance as a teacher and choreographer and is active in the dance community sitting on various arts panels, and boards. Her most gratifying work now is advising and mentoring younger jazz artists, helping them to develop their skills and encouraging them as they grow in their chosen fields.