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Cultivating creativity and confidence.

An exercise in creativity and confidence.

Quality dance instruction in a positive environment.

About Us

Summer Jo Schmidt
Owner, Choreographer, Instructor

Summer Jo Schmidt was born with a passion to dance! At the age of three, she started her training at Ms. Nina's Dance Center in Hampton. As she grew, her love for dance became more evident and intense. Throughout her dancing career, Summer Jo earned many high-gold, platinum, and first-place honors at dance competitions. In addition to competing, she assisted Ms. Nina in her Hampton and Clear Lake studios until she graduated from Hampton-Dumont High School in 2004.

After college, Summer Jo returned to North Iowa and taught for several years at Ms. Nina's Hampton and Iowa Falls studios. She took a brief break when she and her husband welcomed their third child. During this break, she continued to fine tune her skills, attending attended numerous workshops and classes. She is currently training to become a Dance Master of America.

Summer Jo is excited to take dance floor once again with fresh new ideas combined with traditional technique.

Summer Jo and her husband, Ryan, live in Sheffield with their three small children.

Caleigh Sutter

Caleigh Sutter is the studios' sweet, and disciplined instructor! She started her dance career at the age of 3. Throughout her training she has proven that she is capable of taking on difficult challenges to which she not only accomplishes but excels as well! She is well-trained and knowledgable in a several diverse styles of dance!

For the last ten years she has assisted Ms. Nina and Ms. Summer Jo, and taught independently in the Hampton studio.

Ms. Caleigh will be attending NIACC this fall.

April Decklever
April Pearson-Decklever

April Pearson-Decklever is our extremely talented and highly-decorated competitor and coach! After 15+ years of classes, competitions, and hard work, she became proficient in ballet, tap, and jazz. April believes that young people who experience movement and music in a supportive environment acquire greater confidence academically, socially, and professionally; establish self-discipline and high standards for personal performance; and cultivate creativity in every facet of their lives. Additionally, April creates a fun, structured atmosphere in the studio with her spunky personality and infectious laugh! Kids of all ages love her!

April lives in Des Moines with her husband, Lincoln and kids Carter and Zoey. She still dances every day!

Miranda Connor

Miranda (Rad) Conner started her career as a gymnast at Chow's in Des Moines, training alongside Shawn Johnson and other of the world's best athletes! She is fearless and very agressive in the world of competition! Miranda's talents have afforded her the privilege of competing at at Worlds Cheerleading Competition multiple times and coached competitive cheer for several years! She can't wait to share her passion with kiddos!

Katie Fink

Katie Fink's reputation in the All Star Cheer world is beyond polished and intense! She is a highly decorated competitor both as an athlete and as a coach! The discipline and high-energy and she exhibits while working with athletes creates beautiful results! She is she is a Powerhouse gymnast and a larger than life coach!!