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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.
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.
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.
DCDS 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.
When I was growing up, I was a gymnast. So when my one and only daughter told me she was not interested in tumbling and wanted to dance, it about broke my heart. However, my disappointment was short lived. Dance Creations has opened a whole new world of opportunity for Mackenzie. She is poised, graceful, and her self esteem is apparent whenever she is on the stage. Dance has given her a sense of identity, and Dance Creations has become a second family to us both.
Janet Cripe is a true artisan. I am continually amazed at her creativity year after year. The dances are fresh and fun, and any one who watches her dancers perform know the talent is due to the dance mistress. Janet mixes the right blend of structure with teaching. Any child or adult who has taken a class at her studio is a better person for it.
Thanks, Dance Creations Dance Studio, for touching so many lives. Thank you for allowing us into yours.
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