Faculty

Janice Baker, Owner + Director

Janice is the director of the dance program at Iowa State University. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in ballet from the University of Utah and attained her Master's degree from Kansas State. Ms. Baker has taught for the Des Moines Ballet School, Kansas State University, Iowa Arts Council, Metro Arts, Iowans for the Arts and VSA of Iowa.
 
As a choreographer, Janice is the project director for Iowa Dance Theater's production of Dracula: A Comedy Noir. Ms Baker has also created and performed for the Des Moines Ballet, Adventureland, other Iowa Dance Theater projects, The Metro Operas, The Ingersoll Dinner Theater, and numerous other local productions.
 
Blending classical concepts with modern theories and world traditions, she is here to share the joy of dance with you and your children!

Shannon Rose, Studio Manager
 
Shannon is the studio manager for The Dance Place and has been here for 10 years. She teaches our tumbling 1,2 & 3 classes and also substitutes for other teachers when needed. She has been involved with the New Vision Dance program as well as "Hip to be Fit" sponsored by by the Des Moines Park and Recreation, Children’s Center at Mercy, Mid Iowa Health Foundation and Des Moines Public Schools.
 
Shannon started working here because of her strong belief in the power of dance and is a firm believer in the benefits of The Dance Place's positive, nurturing atmospthere.
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