Description: This hour and a half long class is for students 6-7 years old. This class will work through the standard structure of a ballet class with barre and some center work. This class also emphasizes musicality through tap dance so that dancers can explore rhythm and sound. Finally this includes a Jazz component to expand the movement vocabulary of the students with class Jazz technique.
1) Mon – 6:45pm – 8:15pm – Valley West – Meredith
1) Tue – 4:30pm – 6:00pm – Valley West – Kelsey
2) Thu – 6:30pm – 8:00pm – Valley West – Brett
Registration fee: $15 (New Students)
Summer Tuition: $72 + tax
Meredith Stroot (Summer 2021)
Education: BS with honors in Elementary Education and a Minor in Dance from Iowa State University
Biography: Meredith Stroot graduated with honors from Iowa State University with a BS in Elementary Education and a minor in Dance. She was very involved in the ISU Dance Department and received the department’s Evelyn Jensen Outstanding Achievement in Outreach Award her senior year. Meredith performed with Orchesis I Modern Dance Company, performing in pieces choreographed by Taryn Packheiser, Janice Baker, Amy Martin, and Vernon Windsor. She also served as a board member for the company. She attended and performed at the American College Dance Festival.
Meredith trained extensively under Ami Yaro and Shanon Farsakh and performed as a charter member in what is now Yaro Dance Company. She won several awards dancing competitively as a student. Her students now carry on the tradition. Her choreography has won the high point and top honors at regional and national dance competitions.
Meredith’s passion is teaching and spreading her joy in the art of movement. She has been teaching and choreographing lyrical, ballet, musical theatre, modern, and jazz for several years. She has taught classes at Creative Movement Dance Company, Ames Parks and Recreation, and Iowa State University.
After teaching Kindergarten for many years, Meredith is now a literacy leader working with Pre-Kindergarten through 1st Grade teachers in the Boone Community School district.
Meredith believes in a positive, upbeat teaching atmosphere, instilling a love of dance in all students!
Kelsey Warfield (Fall 2021 – Tuesday)
Education: BA in Event Management and a Minor in Dance from Iowa State University
Biography: Kelsey Warfield began dancing at age eight at The Dance Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa. For 11 years, her training there included tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, pom, hip hop, and pointe. After joining the competition team in 8th grade, Kelsey became a very involved Student Teacher, and took every opportunity to learn; including conventions, master classes, and trips to The EDGE in Los Angeles, and Steps on Broadway in New York City.
After graduating from Norwalk High School in 2014, Kelsey attended Iowa State University for Event Management, and added a Dance Minor. She performed with Orchesis II, and TAP ISU, also holding cabinet positions and choreographing. Her course work expanded upon the foundations of dance to include modern dance, dance history, dance composition, and fundamentals of teaching under the instruction and mentorship of Janice Baker. Kelsey remained involved with dance in Des Moines as well, serving as president for Jr. Dance Masters of Mid-America Ch. 34, teaching for The Dance Avenue, and even having the opportunity to choreograph for Iowa Dance Theatre. Upon graduating, ISU Dance faculty awarded Kelsey the Betty Toman Outstanding Contributions to Dance & the Affiliated Arts Award.
As an instructor, Kelsey’s passion is making dance accessible to all students, and instilling the life lessons dance has to offer beyond just the steps.
Brett Machamer (Fall 2021 – Thursday)
Biography: Brett has been dancing since the age of four, studying at Westside Dance Academy and Iowa Ballet Academy. Her main focus is in ballet and pointe, but she also studied jazz, tap, hip hop, and modern dance extensively. She also traveled to receive training at Milwaukee School of Ballet. Over the years, she performed with Iowa Dance Theatre and Yaro Dance Company, often performing lead roles. Through working with Iowa Dance Theatre, she has been able to be a student to many teachers in the Des Moines area. She was selected to perform a piece by Jessica Lang while her company visited Iowa in 2016. Most recently, she performed with Hurley and Dancers as a guest artist and co-choreographed a hip hop piece for Iowa Dance Theatre’s 2018 spring show.
She is currently a Senior member of Dance Masters of Mid-America and is certified in Progressing Ballet Techniques.
Brett works as a Physical Therapist Assistant part-time and continues to take classes and perform when she can.
Girls: Pink tights worn under any type and style of leotard (you may choose solid color or patterns on leotards)
Boys:Tight white or black t-shirt or tank-top with black shorts, black pants or black leggings and white socks
|Ballet: Bloch Synchrony split sole ballet shoes S0625 pink ballet shoes||Ballet: Bloch Synchrony split sole ballet shoes S0625 black ballet shoes|
|Tap: Capezio Flexmaster or Block Tap Flex, black tap shoes|
|Jazz: Bloch Phantom tan canvas jazz shoes||Jazz: Bloch Phantom black canvas jazz shoes|
All Sections: Valley West Mall, 1551 Valley West Dr #109, West Des Moines, IA 50265