Alex danced with Showtime for 16 years. During her time at Showtime she took ballet, tap, jazz, character, hip hop, and pointe. She was on the competition team for 4 years, and assisted for 7. She was also on the high school dance team for 4 years. She then attended Northwest Missouri State and taught at a competition studio for her 4 years of college. In 2014 she returned to teach at Showtime focusing mainly in Jazz. In 2016-2017 she was a member of the Iowa Energy NBA dance team. She looks forward to meeting and continuing to share her love of dance with the students!
Miss Tara has danced with Showtime for 33 years, with 25 years as an assistant and 19 years as a teacher. Tara has attended numerous conventions, workshops, college level dance classes and has danced in the Nutcracker Ballet in Ames for 11 years. Tara is currently teaching Level III Special Education in Ankeny. She has an excellent ability and patience to work with children.
Mr. Dakota has been dancing for 19 years. Dakota has danced with showtime for 15 years as a student and this is his 4th year teaching. Dakota attends yearly national dance workshops to keep up on new choreography. He shows this in his hip hop choreography for all ages of our students.
Meet the Teachers
Miss Carlene created Showtime 33 years ago in the old Betty May Harris Studio, in the Hotel Pattee. Dancing since age seven, her education includes: College at St. Teresa in Minnesota, and a BA form Dance Educators of America, through the University of Western Kentucky at Bowling Green, Kentucky. Carlene can always be found making whatever she is doing into a dance, it is truly apart of her life. In 2018, Carlene also tested in Acrobatic Arts. Carlene is an active member in Dance Masters of Mid America, Chapter # 34. Dance Masters is a national accredited and tested association.
Miss Mandi is 30 years old, and this is her 29th year of dancing. As a student, she participated in dance competitions and attended multiple dance workshops in Iowa, Minnesota, and Florida for 6 years. As an adult she continues to attend yearly national dance conventions. Currently, Mandi is working on her certification for Dance2Fit, and is excited to offer those classes to Showtime parents and other community members in the near future! This fall she will begin her 15th year of assisting, and her 13th year of teaching and choreographing at Showtime. Miss Mandi loves being able to continue to learn and grow as a dancer. She especially loves teaching her students and challenging them to do their best. Typically, she has taught our older students but has recently started working with some of our younger age groups. Miss Mandi is looking forward to getting to know the students in her new classes and is excited to start another season of dance at Showtime!
Miss Erica has been danced 15 years at showtime has been teaching for 2 years and choreographs our hip-hop and pom dances. While she attend Iowa Central Community College she was a member of the nationally ranked dance team for 2 years. She also was a member of the dance team at Grand View University .for 2 years. Shortly after graduating, she accepted a position at Urbandale High School as the assistant cheer coach for 2 years.
Miss Cori has been dancing for 22 years. Cori participated in dance team while she was in High School for all 4 years. This is Cori’s 8th year teaching at Showtime. She brings her passion for dance to our studio by choreographing for all ages of our students. Cori attends yearly national dance workshops to keep current on her choreography.
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