Dance Creations Dance Studio (DCDS) was founded in 1991 by Janet Cripe, to offer a wide variety of dance instruction to dancers age two through adult. A family orientated dancing environment DCDS offers Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Gymnastics. Our staff strives to make each and every student feel important by instilling a sense of accomplishment and self-worth allowing them to reach their personal best. We provide our students with a quality dance education so that all of them, whether they study with us for one year or ten, will leave the studio with a love and appreciation for the art of dance.
An annual spring performance is held so that our dancers have the opportunity to perform for family and friends. All students are eligible and encouraged to participate in the performance.
Janet Cripe - is the Owner/Artistic Director of Dance Creations Dance Studio. She is the driving force that makes the students at DCDS excel and strives to offer the best in dance education.
At a young age, Janet began dancing at the Vitina Sansone School of Dance were she later assisted Vitina Sansone in all aspects of dance studio management. Having trained for more than 40 years in Ballet/Lyrical, tap, jazz, hip hop, she has studied with some of the best instructors in the industry including Gus Giordano, Bob Rizzo, Scott Benson, Paula Abdul and the late Al Gilbert to name a few. She is an Early Childhood Specialist of the Duluth School of Ballet and finds true inspiration in her student’s daily.
Janet has 30 years of teaching experience, and is well known for her high standards in quality dance training. A member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association she continues training at seminars and workshops to revitalize practical teaching methods.
In 1996, the Dance Creations Dance Studio competition team was established, and has grown to over 65 members. Janet has received many awards from regional and national dance competitions including Best Choreography, Best Concept, Most Entertaining and Top Studio. Six members of the original DCDS competition team were among the cast of the 1996 FedEx Orange Bowl performance cast.
In 2008 a performance company was established to allow our dancers to the opportunity to give back to the community with meaningful performances that serve a purpose to help those in need in our community. To date, DCDS In Motion has donated hundreds of hours and thousdands of dollars to The Local Red Cross and The United Breast Cancer Foundation.
Janet has seen many DCDS students receive countless dance scholarships from nationally known dance conventions and Statewide Universities.
Fall Session (September - June) Summer Session (July)
Classes Offered in 8 weeks Sessions.
4 large studios, impact absorbing dance floors, practice stage, convenient family lounge
Janet Cripe Owner/Artistic Director
Phone: 217-529-TUTU (8888)