Meet Our Dance Instructors
After high school, Nicole furthered her dance education studying at Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, as well as many other renowned schools and on convention circuits. She opened Nicole’s School of Dance in 2001 to share her passion for dance with students of all ages. In 2002, the first Nicole’s School of Dance competition team was assembled and has continued to grow ever since, competing at the regional and national level. Nicole continues to develop her dance knowledge by attending conventions with her students and judging competitions and high school dance team auditions. Over the years she has won many choreography awards but her biggest reward is watching students grow throughout the year and performing at their annual recital.
Nicole has four beautiful children that spend a lot of time with their dance family. Outside of the studio Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
“Compare yourself to the dancer you were yesterday” is Nicole’s favorite quote and she truly believes each dancer brings something to the floor. For Nicole, teaching dance is a dream come true. She strives to instill in each of her students the confidence and poise that will serve them in every step of life.
Kayla is a very familiar face at Nicole’s School of Dance and joined the staff as a full time teacher in the fall of 2016. Kayla trained at NSOD for 11 years before attending the University of Iowa where she majored in dance while also participating as a member of the University of Iowa Dance Team.
Kayla won many awards at the regional and national level performing with Nicole’s School of Dance competition team. She began student teaching in high school, sharing her passion for dance with younger students and her peers. Throughout college, Kayla taught summer classes and workshops for NSOD as well as doing choreography for our competition team. We are thrilled to have her back on staff after graduating with a degree in dance. Her passion is evident and she is great at sharing it with her students.
In addition to teaching at the studio, Miss Kayla is the dance team coach at Ankeny High School. In her free time you will find her cheering on the Hawkeyes or spending time with friends and family!
Lisa has been teaching for Nicole’s School of Dance since 2006. She grew up dancing at a local studio and her love of dance followed her to college. She has been teaching at a studio since graduating from the University of Iowa in 1994.
Lisa teaches all genres at NSOD and does choreography for our competitive team. She is an integral part of the studio in and out of class and works great with students of all ages. She is committed to sharing her love of dance, along with instilling work ethic and confidence in her students.
Lisa has 3 beautiful daughters that are all involved in the studio. Outside of dance class Lisa teaches first grade. She spends her free time enjoying her family and friends.
Leah joined Nicole’s School of Dance in 2015 and added a great energy to the NSOD staff. Leah brings a unique style of Hip Hop to her classes and her enthusiasm for dance is contagious.
Before joining NSOD, Leah taught at local studios and choreographed for dance teams across the state, which she continues to do. As co-creator of the Midwest Vision Dance Crew she taught at workshops across Iowa and the Midwest. Leah has trained with multiple teachers in the industry, including: Debbie Reynolds Studio Los Angeles, California, Movement Lifestyle Tour, Industry classes at Monsters of Hip Hop in Chicago and Nuvo teacher classes.
In addition to teaching dance, Miss Leah is going to school to become a Science teacher.
“Dance is my passion, my life, my whole being: and I want to spread the magic that dance can create within the hearts, minds, and souls of all people!”
Faith joined NSOD staff in 2016. She trained at NSOD for 5 years, during which time she was a member of our competitive team. She is currently attending Iowa State University and is a member of the ISU Dance Team.
Faith has experience in ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip hop. She is a great addition to a high energy staff as she is full of life and is very personable. She enjoys seeing the progression of dancers and the excitement of young dancers as they build their foundation.
Faith is studying elementary education at ISU. In addition to dance, she enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, watching movies and attending Iowa State athletic events.
Courtney began dancing at 2 years old. She has spent her life in the studio and on the stage. She was a 4 year member of the varsity dance team. Courtney graduated from Ankeny High School in 2017. She plans to continue her dance career taking classes at NSOD and on the convention circuit.
Courtney has won many awards at the regional and national level performing with Nicole’s School of Dance competition team. She has taught classes and private lessons throughout high school. She has trained in ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, tap, hip hop and tumbling
In addition to teaching at the studio, Miss Courtney will continue to be a part of the NSOD competition team. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with all her students.