Ms. Jenni has passionately studied a variety of dance techniques including ballet, lyrical, pointe, character and jazz since the early age of 5. Her dream to teach became a reality 29 years ago. Jenni opened her own studio 17 years ago, where dance would be taught not only with technical emphasis, but also with a focus on the heart. Her passion is to inspire others through the art of dance and allow students to experience and grow in love to value themselves and others. As her studio has grown, so has her vision, and she’s excited to team up with her daughter and ballet daughters to offer exceptional ballet training to the next generations to come.
Ms. Alexia West specializes in Ballet Technique. She began Vaganova based ballet training at the age of 9 under the teachings of Stephanie Heston and Alexander Smirnov. In 2015, she attended the Gelsey Kirkland Academy in NYC, where she studied various classes including technique, pointe/variations, character, mime, and music. After years of being submerged in the pre-professional world, she is breaking free of the perfectionism without sacrificing the expertise and precision. Ms. Alexia feels very passionate about changing the way traditional ballet is taught by collaborating with the students in creative ways.
Ms Eiryn specializes in choreography and introducing ballet to our youngest IBA dancers. She began ballet training at the age of 6 under the teaching of Jenni West. In 2017, she started assistant teaching with the following year becoming a lead teacher. Ms. Eiryn continues to bring her skills to IBA by running the social media accounts. She looks forward to incorporating her love for contemporary dance into more of her choreography.
Ms. Brianna specializes in basic ballet technique along with injury prevention. She began ballet training at the age of 5 under the teaching of Jenni West. In 2014, she started assistant teaching with two years later becoming a lead teacher. Ms. Brianna continues to bring her skills into the technical area at IBA, this includes cutting music and video editing. She looks forward to sharing the importance of working as a team and bringing humor to the classroom.
Ms. Callie joined the IBA family in 2008. At the age of 13, she began assistant teaching and helping with costume alterations. 2019 marked Callie's first year of lead teaching and becoming the head seamstress at IBA. Callie's passion for sewing and strong leadership in the costume department has allowed her to take on the title Head Seamstress in 2020.
Sara Butler has been an IBA mom since 2009. In 2019 she joined our team as our Executive Director. Sara manages the office and parent communication and support so the instructors can offer the best instruction and care for our students!
Emily Janzen has been an IBA mom since 2008 and has accepted the position as Administrative Support for Sara in the office. She also offers assistance to all the staff and students if needed at Inspire Ballet Academy. Emily offers a variety of areas of support and loves sharing her gifts and love with our IBA family!