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Ms. Annie teaches our Thursday ballet and pointe classes. Annie been dancing for more than twenty years. She holds Vocal Performance degrees from Simpson College and Stephen F. Austin State University, and also studied at the University of Oregon. She has performed in several ballets in the Des Moines area and studied under guest artists with Iowa Dance Theater, Iowa State University, the Kansas City Ballet School, and performed as a guest artist with Flex Performance Group in Oregon.

Ms. Ashley is a graduate of Simpson College and has been teaching at Superstars for eight years. She teaches our Tuesday dance classes with Ms. Kelsey, as well as all of our hip hop classes, and is the coach of our Competition Hip Hop Teams. When she’s not teaching dance, Ms. Ashley works in the operating room, putting her Biology degree to good use.

Ms. Alecia is originally from Eagle Grove, Iowa. She began dancing at the age of 3 at Melinda’s School of Dance and danced there for 15 years. She was also a part of the Eagle Grove Golden Stars Dance team during high school. Alecia attended the University of Northern Iowa where she was a member of the UNI Orchesis Dance Company. Alecia has choreographed several routines at Melinda's School of Dance, the Golden Stars, and UNI Orchesis. She now lives in Des Moines and is studying to become a Pharmacist at Drake University. Alecia’s favorite style of dance is tap, and she is very excited to be working with Superstars!

Ms. Claire grew up dancing with the Superstars, and was long-time member of the Competition Hip Hop Team. In addition to taking dance and cheer classes at Superstars, Ms. Claire also cheered for her high school team as well as Simpson College. Ms. Claire has an equal love for both cheer and dance! She just recently graduated from Simpson College with a degree in Elementary Education.

Dana grew up twirling on the Norwalk Superstar's competition Baton team and is excited to now be one of the coaches. She competed and received awards at the local and national level competitions for solo, 2 baton, 3 Baton, show Twirl, duet (with Tatum) and team. Dana twirled with the Norwalk High School marching band and went on to twirl with the University of Minnesota marching band including bowl games and NFL Vikings games. Dana works as a chemist, applying her bachelor's of science degree in chemistry and her master's degree in energy systems engineering.

Ms. Ashlynn is a student at Drake University studying PR and advertising. She is a member of the Drakes dance team and has been dancing for over 10 years. She has competed with Reverie Dance Academy at the pre-professional level for the past several years. Growing up, Ms. Ashlynn assisted in many early childhood dance classes and went on to teach high school students at the recreational level. She is so excited to spread her love of dance and join the Superstars family!

Ms. Tatum has been twirling since the age of 6. She has competed as a team member of the Superstars Baton Team and individually with solos, 2-baton, 3-baton, flag baton, pageants and duets (with Ms. Dana). Tatum twirled for the Norwalk High School Marching Band and reintroduced baton twirling to the Drake University Marching Band. Tatum is a practicing pharmacist and natural medicine provider.

Ms. Emily started dancing at Norwalk Superstars when she was 3 years old and was a member of the Competition Dance Team. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Social Work, and was a member of the UNI Cheer Squad. Ms. Emily currently works at the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. She is excited to combine her love for dance and kids this year by joining the Superstars family!

Ms. Jinessa was a competitive dancer for 13 years focusing in the areas of tap, jazz, pre-pointe ballet, and hip hop. She has won numerous national titles and was a finalist in the 2021 Bill Riley Talent Show. She currently studies Advertising and Magazine/Brand Media at Drake University. Ms. Jinessa teaches dance classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

Ms. Kelsey grew up taking baton and dance lessons at the Superstars, and was a member of both Competition Teams. Ms. Kelsey attended the University of Northern Iowa, where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches in the Martensdale-St. Marys School District. Ms. Kelsey teaches our Thursday dance classes, and team teaches on Tuesday with Ms. Ashley.

Ms. Bethany grew up taking baton and dance lessons at the Superstars, and was a member of both Competition Teams. Bethany graduated from Simpson College with a degree in Elementary Education. She is a kindergarten teacher for Des Moines Public Schools. She teaches our Monday night baton classes and is so excited to be joining the Superstars family!
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