Meet Our New Hip-Hop Instructor 

Erica Hoskins 

Hello, my name is Erica Hoskins. I am recently married and live in Urbandale, Iowa. I graduated from Grand View University in December of 2015 majoring in Kinesiology and Health Promotion - Fitness Management along with a psychology minor and a coaching endorsement. I am currently a full-time Diet Clerk at Broadlawns Medical Center and I also waitress at The Chicken Coop in Urbandale and sell Pampered Chef part-time.

I graduated from Dallas Center - Grimes High School in 2011. I was a member of the football, wrestling, and competition cheer squad all 4 years and also participated in choir, show choir, Grease - The Musical, and studio dance (ballet, lyrical, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop). After graduating, I moved to Fort Dodge, Iowa to attend Iowa Central Community College for 2 years to achieve my Associates Degree. When I was there, I was a member of the nationally ranked dance team and participated in a musical my sophomore year. We competed at the Iowa State Dance Team Championships held at Wells Fargo Arena, danced at football and basketball games, did lots of volunteer work, and flew to Daytona, Florida for the NDA Nationals where we were ranked 6th in the community college division. After receiving my degree, I moved back to Des Moines to achieve my bachelor’s at Grand View University. There I was a member of the dance team for 2 years. We also participated in state, nationals, football and basketball games, and did lots of volunteer work as well. Shortly after graduating, I accepted a position at Urbandale High School as the assistant cheer coach where I coached for 2 years.

Dance has always been a big part of my growing up. I started dancing when I was 2 years old with Ms. Carlene in Grimes. Dance is my life and I want to share my passion with others. I have a true passion for helping others achieve their goals and I have a very determined, compassionate, and motivated personality. I am looking forward to working with the students and the teachers here at Showtime!

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.

Meet the Teachers

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. 

Meet the Owner

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. 

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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.