Showtime Studio

Carlene Mehls Coleman

Miss Carlene created Showtime 31 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. Carlene is an active member in Dance Masters of Mid America, Chapter # 34. Dance Masters is a national accredited and tested association. 

Tara Myers 

Miss Tara has danced with Showtime for 31 years, with 24 years as an assistant and 17 years as a teacher. Tara has attended numerous conventions, workshops, college level dance classes and has danced in the Nutcracker Ballet in Ames for 10 years. Tara is currently teaching Level III Special Education in Ankeny. She has an excellent ability and patience to work with children. 



Dakota Johnson

Mr. Dakota has been dancing for 18 years. Dakota danced with showtime for 15 years, has been assisting for 3 years, and this is his 2nd 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.

Cori Stites 

Miss Cori has been dancing for 21 years. Cori participated in dance team while she was in High School for all 4 years. This is Cori’s 7th 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. 

Mandi Ballentine Dakin

Miss Mandi has been dancing for 24 years, 6 years of competition, 5 years of assisting and 10 years as a teacher. Mandi attends yearly nation wide dance workshops to keep up on new choreography, because of this she showcases this in her artistic choreography for our older students.