Jodie started dancing at the age of five at Dance Productions Unlimited studio in St. Louis, Missouri. There she studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Pointe for 12 years. She performed at the St. Louis Straussenfest, Dancing in the Streets Festival and other various local stages. She competed in both regional and national dance competitions in the area for the studio.
Jodie attended the University of Missouri – Rolla, where she obtained a BS in Electrical Engineering. At the university she was the co-captain and choreographer for the Gold Miners dance squad. While on the dance squad she helped organize a dance day-camp for local elementary school children.
Since college she has danced at several local studios taking various tap, jazz, modern and ballet classes. In August of 2004, she attended the LA Tap Fest at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles, California. In April of 2005 she performed in the premier of the Sagebrush Suite Ballet during the Ruby Mountain Symphony’s production of “Westward Ho!” In October of 2005, she attended the 7th Annual National Dance Education Organization Conference (NDEO) in Buffalo, NY. In July of 2016 she was certified in the Acrobatic Arts’ Teacher Certification Course. In August of 2018 she attended the Dance Teacher Web Conference, and was certified in the accredited Dance Teacher University Course through UNLV.
She started teaching dance classes in 2004, and has continued instructing various classes in Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Ballet, and Creative Movement ranging from beginning to advance students. In 2012 she took on the role of dance team director and choreographer for competition dance teams, and has been competing at various local and national dance competitions. She most recently took on the role as the Elko High School Dance Team Director, and will continue to support and branch out and share her talents to the local community.
Jodie is a fantastic instructor who has been with TDC since 2014. She is dedicated to her students and committed to creating an environment where dancers can learn and grow.