Meet Our Instructors

Ami Yaro

Ami M Yaro

Owner/ Dance Instructor
Education: BA with honors in Dance and English from the University of Iowa

Year Joined: 2009

Classes Taught: Pro 1 Ballet, Pro 2 Ballet, Pro 3 Ballet, Pro 3 Modern, Pro 3 Pointe, Pro 4 Ballet, Pro 4 Pointe, Pro 4/5 Ballet, Pro 4/5 Modern, Pro 4/5 Pointe, Pro 4/5 Pilates, Pro 5 Ballet, Pro 5 Pointe, Pro 5 Variations, Competition Team.

Meredith Stroot

Dance Instructor
Education: M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership from Northwestern College, BS with honors in Elementary Education and a Minor in Dance from Iowa State University

Year Joined: 2009

Classes Taught: Pre-Ballet, Creative Movement, Kindercombo, Lyrical, Wee Dance

Emily Weber

Dance Instructor

Education: MS in Kinesiology from Sam Houston State University, BA in Dance from the University of Iowa

Year Joined: 2012

Classes Taught: Intermediate Ballet, Pro 2 Modern, Pro 2 Ballet, Pro 4 Ballet, Pro 4 Pointe, Progressing Ballet Technique

Danielle Anspach

Dance Instructor
Education: BS in American Dance Pedagogy from Oklahoma City University

Year Joined: 2015

Classes Taught: Beginning Tap, Intermediate/Advanced Tap

Brett Machamer

Dance Instructor
Education: Associate in Science from Mercy College of Health Sciences

Year Joined: 2019

Classes Taught: Kindercombo, Preballet, Creative Movement

Kate Wingert

Dance Instructor

Education: BS in Kinesiology and Health from Iowa State University

Year Joined: 2021

Classes Taught: Pro Level Jazz classes

Abby Cusick

Shawna Sampson

Dance Instructor

Education: BS in Kinesiology and Health from Iowa State University

Year Joined: 2022

Classes Taught: Ballet A, Jazz A

Abby Cusick

Bailey Thompson

Dance Instructor

Year Joined: 2022

Classes Taught: HipHop A, HipHop B/C, Kindercombo

Abby Cusick

BaiYu Harrah

Dance Instructor

Year Joined: 2022

Classes Taught: Acro A, Acro B/C

Sydney Markert

Guest Instructor
Education: BFA summa cum laude in Dance from the University of Arizona, Tucson

Year Joined: 2018

Classes Taught: Competition Team Intensive: Contemporary, Jazz, Improv, Musical Theater