Bridget Armstrong is a first-grade teacher at Auburn Elementary and co-owner of Jan’s Dance Studio. She is certified through Southern National Association of Dance Masters.
Denise Bennett recently completed a contract dancing onboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines “Enchantment of the Seas.” She is a graduate of Point Park University with a BFA in Dance Performance and studied on scholarship at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York City. Recently she performed New Dances in Chicago with Thodos Dance Chicago.
Gretchen Burghart, JDS alumni, is currently on the dance staff at Millikin University. Previously she appeared in the First National Broadway Tour of “Legally Blonde.” as well as the National tours of “Fame” and “Cabaret”. She also performed in the off-broadway production of “On the Town” and currently is a judge for Showstoppers, Applause, and Talent on Parade National Talent competitions.
Tiffany Carter, JDS alumni, graduated from Hope College with a degree in Elementary Education and a Dance minor. She is now an elementary school teacher!
Christina Duarte-Noe, JDS alumni, recently completed a dance contract at Disney World and is now dancing for Carnival Cruise Lines. She is currently dancing on the MS. Conquest!
Deanna Helton, 2006 JDS alumni, is a graduate of SIUE with a Bachelor of Science in Theater and Dance with a Dance Concentration. She is currently employed at Walt Disney World in Florida as a dancer/entertainer!
Elisabeth Kluge, 2004 JDS and Rochester High School alumni, graduated with a Dance Minor from Millikin University. She currently teaches middle school Language Arts at Sangamon Valley Middle School and teaches for JDS.
Adam Miller, graduated from Millikin University with a degree in vocal performance. At Millikin, Adam was involved in the dance program. Congratulations Adam!
Shannon Boggs Owens, graduated from ISU with a minor in Dance. She opened up her own dance studio called Centre Stage Studios in Southern Illinois, which has been very successful. We are so proud of you!
Rachael Miller, a 2010 JDS alum and Glenwood High School graduate, taught for JDS while she studied at LLCC. She went on to graduate with her Bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in 2014. She currently resides in Kansas City, MO.
Hannah Phillips, a 2010 Glenwood High School and JDS graduate. Hannah was on the nationally ranked Millikin Sapphires Dance Team at Millikin University where she was also involved with Physical Graffiti hip-hop dance group and the elite Dance Ensemble. She currently is in her second year teaching and choreographing at JDS.
Ali Waters, a 2011 graduate of Rochester High School and JDS, went on to join the Illinois State University Red Line Dance Team. She recently graduated from the St. John’s College of Nursing with her BSN and is currently a Registered Nurse at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in the NICU.