Studio Faculty
Jani Currie-Ruggieri instructor:  Jani grew up in the dance world under the direction
of her mother, Jody Currie.  She graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in
Physical Education and a coaching endorsement.  She has taught numerous camps
and classes in the Midwest region as well as the east coast.   Paramount Pictures hired
Jani to choreograph and produce a movie promotion in the midwest.  She has studied
under very famous dance educators around the United States. Jani is trained in tap,
ballet, lyrical, pointe, tumbling/acrobatics, and jazz/hip hop, Jani is married and has a
son and a daughter. She believes that all children are unique in their own special way
and her love and compassion for dance and children definitely shows in her teaching
Jenny Meade  instructor - Jenny grew up taking dance at the Currie Dance
Studio with a strong interest in Tap, Ballet & Jazz.  She was a member of the
Dance America national finalist tap group. Jenny is married and has 3 girls.  She
graduated from UNI with a teaching degree.  Jenny taught school full time as a
math teacher at the Urbandale Middle School. Then transferred schools to teach
part time at the Bergman Academy.  She has taught many years at the Currie
Dance studio, her happy, caring and loving personality resonates with the
dancers especially the younger students.   
Mindy Webb-Todd instructor - Mindy grew up at the Currie Dance Studio and
studied all areas of dance.  Mindy went off to college and then became an
accountant .  She came back to dance when her 2 daughters wanted to start
dancing.  She has continued to share her passion and love for dance ever
since.  Mindy loves working with children and seeing their hearts fill with the
same love of dance that she had as a student at our studio.
Alison Currie instructor - Alison grew up at the Currie Dance Studio studying all
areas of dance and tumbling with Jody & Jani Currie. During her high school years
she was a student teacher at our dance studio.  In high school Alison was a member
of  the Johnston High School dance team. She continued to dance at the University
of Iowa where she received her degree.  Alison was a Disney character at Walt
Disney World for one year. She has studied in New York and at many conventions
throughout her dance career.  She is married and has a daughter and a step son.  
Alison is so full of life and happiness that she can make the room come to life.  Her
true passion is dance!   
Barb Graham - front desk and seamstress:  Barb has been with the Currie
Dance Studio for over 30 years.  She keeps the office running smoothly and
loves to be around the dancers.  When it comes to costuming needs Barb is our
goto seamstress.  Barb has a knack with a sewing machine that is simply
unbelievable.  Her creativity is very much appreciated around here.  She enjoys
watching the students as they grow up through the years.  
We offer classes in
Tap, Jazz, Ballet,
Pointe, Tumbling,  
Funk Tap and
Hip Hop Jazz
Ages 3-18
3840 - 70th
Urbandale, IA 50322

Phone 515-276-7475
Ashley Mc Carty instructor - Ashley grew up at the Currie Dance Studio
studying all types of dance and tumbling.  She was a student dance teacher
through out her high school years.  Ashley attended Grand View University to
become a nurse, and was a member of their dance team.  Ashley is married and
has a son.  She has continued to teach with us and enjoys being a part of the
Danika Ruggieri instructor:  Danika is the daughter of Jani Currie Ruggieri and grew
up as a dancer.  She has performed across the United States. As a young dancer,
Danika was a demonstrator at the DMI dance convention in Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina.  Danika was a member of the Outback Bowl performance team in 2014.
Danika graduated from Grand View University in 2017.  She danced on her college
dance team for 2 seasons.  Danika has furthered her dance education in New York
at the Broadway Dance Center and at various dance conventions throughout her
dancing career.  She is trained in all areas of dance with jazz/Hip Hop being her
favorite!  Danika says the dance studio is her home away from home and loves to be
around all the students!