Our staff is made up of professionally trained dance instructors who are passionate about sharing their talent. We can’t wait to meet you and your aspiring dancer!
OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
I’ve been dancing ALL of my life. I put on my first pair of dance shoes at age two and started competing at age seven. During that time, I won ten Grand National championships, was named Miss Kids Artistic Review, Miss Stars of Tomorrow, Miss Showbiz, and received many other top-ten soloist awards. In October of 2002, I was featured in the issue of Dance Spirit Magazine as one of the 50 national future stars.
I’m a Quad Cities native. I graduated from Pleasant Valley High School in 2002, and in 2005, I received my Sports Management degree from St. Ambrose University. To further my dancing career, I attended Dance Masters of America Teacher Training School and received my graduate diploma of dance education in tap, jazz and ballet.
I was a founding coach of the multi-state winning Pleasant Valley Platinum dance team, which I coached for 11 years. My choreography has won numerous awards throughout the country. I also enjoy judging at various national dance competitions all over the country each year. I’m a proud founding member of GIFT of the Arts Foundation, which provides the arts to those less fortunate. I also founded the national award-winning all star dance team Powerhouse Elite at ATB.
My life’s mission has been to create an environment where young people can learn who they are, and begin a path that leads them to changing the world. I have always taken pride in teaching my dancers not only the best technique possible, but also how to be the best version of themselves. My students, the parents and my amazing staff continue to make me a better version of myself than I ever dreamed possible - to be able to give even a fraction of that back is the biggest pleasure of my life.
When I’m not teaching, I live in Bettendorf with my husband Rob, and our unbelievable children, Sam and Maicey. The three of them continue to make my world go round.
Our Choreographers / Instructors
I find passion in sharing everything I’ve learned through my dance experience as a student and a professional. More than that though, I love supporting these kids from the time they enter the studio to the time they graduate. I can’t imagine a better place to do all of this than Above The Barre Dance Academy.
My greatest job in working with children is watching them grow and inspiring them to do great things. There is nothing more humbling than when a student graduates and becomes a teacher or a coach because I inspired them. What they don’t realize is their hard-work and determination inspire me.
As an instructor, attention to detail ranks on the top of my list. The slightest change in a head position, arm, or breathe can make the movement that much more powerful. The greatest feeling comes when all the pieces work together: passion, strength, weakness, determination, confidence, discipline, demand, physicality, mentally, and heart. That is what I take pride in....that, is ballet.
Here at ATB I hope my students learn the most important thing is to be kind and respectful to each other and love oneself. They will also learn the harder you work, the farther you will go. Combine that with technique and dedication and it’s combination made for success!
For me, teaching is a combination of mentoring and being a great role model. The biggest thing I’ve learned throughout my dance experience is that you need to dance for yourself, not a for a score, a medal or someone else. That’s the heart I want to instill in my students.