• Acrobatic Arts Certified • Teaching Artist, all styles & levels
A native of Sturgis, 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. Upon returning to the Black Hills, she was the Artistic Director at Sturgis School of Performing Arts for five years, before inviting the Academy to assume and nurture the Sturgis studio. Her most recent certification includes her Module I certificate through Acrobatic Arts, a worldwide standard in acro dance. One can see her perform locally with her two daughters in Flutter Productions summer performances. She is the Artistic Director of Rendition Dance Collective, a non profit modern dance company that focuses on telling stories and sharing experiences through dance. Janie offers classes in acro dance, tap, hip-hop, jazz, contemporary, and ballet at both Rapid City and Sturgis locations! In meeting students where they are at, her passion for encouraging, caring, and helping students progress into beautiful dancers and people is a priceless addition to the Academy of Dance Arts family.