Jill Kragie was raised in West Des Moines and trained with Janice Baker at The Dance Place and The Robert Thomas Dancecenter in Ames. During her training, Jill performed with Iowa Dance Theatre.
Jill recently moved back to Iowa from Wisconsin where she was the head of the ballet and lyrical department for the Stoughton Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA) for 10 years and served as director of the dance company, which competed at multiple conventions and competitions with numerous first place awards and high-point trophies.
She also studied in Madison, Wisconsin at The Pointe Academy and Madison Professional Dance under Susan Marsden. She has had students go on to further studies with Joffrey Ballet, Milwaukee Ballet, Kansas City Ballet, River North, Oklahoma City University, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Utah Valley University, & Western Michigan.
She recently choreographed and directed Peter Pan Ballet with Iowa Dance Theatre, as well as some sections of The Nutcracker.