Studio Faculty
Jani Currie-Ruggieri instructor/owner:  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 style.
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.  
Jenny graduated from UNI with a teaching degree.  She 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.  In high school Alisonwas 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 new baby 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
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 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 studio.  
Danika Ruggieri instructor:  Danika is the daughter of Jani Currie Ruggieri and grew
up as a dancer.  She has performed a
cross 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.  
She is currently in her Senior year of college. 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!