• Acrodance Certified • Teaching Artist, all styles & levels
A Sturgis native, Janie began her training in Rapid City and continued her dance studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance. During that time she was selected by the University of Hawaii-Manoa dance faculty to study at the London Contemporary Dance School where she had the opportunity to learn from resident companies, Trisha Brown and Merce Cunningham. Janie continued her dance education in New York City where she studied at Project Dance, Peridance, Steps on Broadway, American Ballet Theatre, and Paul Taylor Studio. She also participated in The Pulse dance workshop, learning choreography from icons such as Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Dave Scott, Brian Friedman, and Shane Sparks. She was the Artistic Director for the Sturgis School of Performing Arts for five years, before inviting the Academy to assume and nurture the Sturgis studio. Her most recent training includes her module I certificate through Acrobatic Arts, a worldwide standard in AcroDance. Janie offers classes in AcroDance, Early Childhood, tap, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and ballet at both Rapid City and Sturgis locations! She has a teacher’s heart along with technical ability, passion, creativity, and love for dance ready to share with the Academy of Dance Arts family.