Dance Creations Dance Studio
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1401 E. Cottonwood St.Springfield, IL. 62703 |

About Us

Dance Creations Dance Studio offers the most unique and diverse program in the area. With decades of highly qualified and enthusiastic teachers together we nurture the minds and spirits of all dancers. Building a strong foundation in a structured classroom environment is our philosophy. In this we believe that every dancer, recreational in intensive, will develop a passion for the art of dance.


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.

The Director

Janet Cripe is the Owner/Artistic Director of Dance Creations Dance Studio and founder of the youth performance Company, DCDS In Motion. DCDS In Motion is a children performance company established in 2008 for the dancers at Dance Creations Dance Studio. Its mission is to create an environment for its dancers to expand their talents, enjoy performance type activities, and learn priceless lessons by participating in various projects to help others in our community. To date, DCDS In Motion dancers has raised over $15,000.00.00 for the Illinois Capital Area Chapter of The Red Cross, The Share programs at both St. Johns Hospital and Memorial Hospital, The United Breast Cancer Foundation and The Make A Wish Foundation.

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 greatest instructors in the industry. She is an Early Childhood Specialist of the Duluth School of Ballet. As a member of the Professional Dance Teachers Association she continues training at seminars and workshops to revitalize practical teaching methods.
Janet Cripe - Artistic Director - Dance Creations Dance Studio
Well known for her high standards in quality dance training, her passion is to teach and create. With 30 years of teaching experience, she treasures watching her students grow within, and beyond, the art of dance. Janet is thrilled when her students take what she has taught them, apply it to their dreams, create new possibilities for themselves, develop those possibilities and succeed with their endeavors. Currently a lifelong dance student continues to dance while working with genetic research in New York and a former student operates her own local hip-hop studio.

Janet has received many awards from regional and national dance competitions including Top Studio, Best Choreography, Best Concept, Most Entertaining, and Most Age Appropriate Studio. In 1996, six members of the DCDS competition team were among the cast of the FedEx Orange Bowl performance cast. Most recently ten dancers were featured at a Martina McBride concert.

She is the driving force that inspires the students and faculty at DCDS to excel.