Matt Gasper is choreographer and artistic director of the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet. His contributions to the dance community and the art form throughout his almost thirty-year career include roles as principle dancer, master instructor, choreographer, artistic director. Matt performed with Cleveland San Jose Ballet Company in principal roles for productions of Nutcracker, Rodeo, Coppelia, Swan Lake, and Blue Suede Shoes.
Matt then moved to New York City where he studied dance and pursued musical theatre, adding productions like Appleamondo’s Dreams, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof to his vita, along with television and film productions Center Stage, The Drew Carey Show, Picture This, and Blue Suede Shoes.
Lindsey Setzekorn received her primary dance training from Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Barbara Crockett, Allyson Deane, Sally Streets and attended various summer programs throughout the US and Canada. She has performed with Pennsylvania Ballet, Sacramento Ballet, Central West Ballet, Donn Arden's Jubilee and various dance companies in Europe. She received her Pilates teacher training at the Stott Pilates Training Center in Toronto and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique. She is a member of the International Association for Dance Medicine & Science and holds a BA in Dance and an MA in Secondary Education. She is the recipient of the 2018 National Choreographic Recognition Award from Regional Dance America MidStates. This is her third year with FMBallet after serving as Ballet Mistress for Juline Regional Youth Ballet in California.
Managing Director | Box Office Manager
Ariel grew up in Fargo-Moorhead and has been a fan of the arts and music scene her entire life. She began playing piano at the age of six and started violin during 5th grade. She has been a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Youth Symphony, the Braiden Quartet, and MSUM and NDSU's collaborative University Orchestra. She attended MSUM and graduated with a degree in Music Industry emphasis in Business.
Additionally Ariel is certified as a K - 12 substitute teacher, serving the Fargo Public Schools area. She enjoys popping into the Fargo area schools and instructing students of all ages.
Ariel also began volunteering as a docent for the Plains Art Museum. She throughly enjoys learning about the exhibits on display and presenting tours for various art patrons.
Suzanne Spiese started dancing as a young child in Lisbon, ND. She later moved to Fargo to attend NDSU and began studying ballet, tap and jazz dance with Kathy and Eddie Gasper, then the FM Center of Dance. In Fargo she danced as a soloist with The Red River Dance and Performing Company under the direction of Kathy and Eddie Gasper as well as The Orchesis Dance Company at NDSU. During this time she also taught ballet and jazz dance classes at Minnesota State University Moorhead.
After earning degrees in Family and Consumer Science Education, as well as Clothing and Textiles, she moved to New York City for 3 years. There, she had the opportunity to take ballet, tap and jazz dance classes throughout the city. After moving back to the Minneapolis/St. Paul she completed her certification in Early Childhood Education and taught Early Childhood Education and lead Parent discussions with the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program in St. Paul.
Later she moved to Oakes, ND where she and her husband (Mike) owned Oakes Drug and she opened the Oakes School of Dance. She just celebrated her 22nd year owning and teaching at Oakes School of Dance.
Sue has 4 children: Abigail, Carley, Julia and Michael and a recent “empty nester”. She has choreographed 15 summers at The Lamoure County Summer Theater and most recently, two summers with The Oakes Theater Group.
In recent years she attended the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet teacher workshop, under the direction of Marcia Dale Weary as well at the Dance Life Teachers conference under the direction of Rhee Gold.
For the past 7 years she also has enjoyed costuming and making professional tutus for the FMBallet.
Director of Design
Designing has always been a passion for Lacey. Whether she was 5 years old and creating fashion pieces out of her mom’s scrap fabric, or when she was 8 years old designing stationary out of ink and rubber stamps, or when Lacey was 16 and designing title pages in her photo albums.
Lacey holds a BA in Theater and Apparel & Design from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). For the 10 years she worked as an office manager at a commercial roofing company, which has helped her develop not only business skills, but problem solving and managing skills. In the Fall of 2016, Lacey became a full time employee of Gasper's School of Dance as the Director of Marketing and Assistant Studio Director.
Also in 2016, Lacey graduated with a BFA2 in Graphic Design from Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA) . She emphasized in Identity and Branding. Don’t let this fool you though, her education at AAU has taught her more skills than just branding.Lacey loves finding a way to capture an audience attention from the first design piece to the last. She wants them to have an experience and not just look at a pretty and functional design.
Lacey has been dancing or has had dance in her life for over 20 years. She is trained in jazz, lyrical, hip hop and ballet. Studying at Gasper's School of Dance, MSUM, and Dancin' on Broadway (Brooklyn Center, MN).