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A new dance studio located in Urbandale, Iowa gearing its focus on emotional wellness, injury prevention, and body positivity in a nurturing and supportive environment.
Anna Katherine Moon founded The Change Dance in 2022. Inspired by the strong and supportive women in her life, and her own daughter, Anna realized that there can never be enough safe places for young artists to express themselves.
The Change Dance offers a wide variety of styles for dancers ages 2- adult including: Creative Movement, Classical Ballet, Contemporary Ballet, Progressing Ballet Technique, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro, Hip Hop, Tap, and our Competition Collective. Our dance classes are broken down into different programs based on age and ability, but can also be signed up for individually.
At The Change Dance Studio, also known as The Change, we give young artists the tools to make their emotional and physical wellness the priority; which in turn creates passionate, confident, healthy dancers. Our educators try to create a body positive, supportive space where dancers feel safe expressing themselves through art but also communicating their basic needs. The educated staff at The Change is here to help your dancer safely learn their own limitations while listening to their own needs. The Change will also implement multiple injury prevention methods:
You‘ll notice there is a less demanding schedule at The Change than at most pre-professional studios. This is for healing time both physically and mentally. It also allows more time for kids to be kids and other activities that go with it. The Change wants to keep our dancer’s passion for art alive.
Fuel Breaks are a chance for your dancer to eat something and fill their body with nutrients. These are built into the schedule for both dancers and staff to utilize. No one can focus on an empty stomach. We want your dancer to have the best chance for success.
The attendance list will contain any current aches, injuries, or illnesses pertaining to class. This list reminds the teacher prior to each class not to give any corrections that could be detrimental to the dancer’s healing process.
Personalized prevention programs for each child will be implemented during class. This will include monthly check in’s involving: massage ball, strengthening and Theraband exercises. There will also be opportunities for workshops about injury prevention, body positivity, and emotional wellness. In the event that an injury occurs, a list of sport medicine qualified referrals will be supplied.
Anna Moon began her dance education in Ankeny, and Des Moines, Iowa under the instruction of Nancy Moore Overturf. Following high school, Anna studied professionally on scholarship with Giordano Dance Chicago. After being accepted to Point Park University, and the University of Arizona as dance majors, she decided to jump directly into the professional dance scene of Chicago. Anna has extensive experience as a professional performer, dance educator, choreographer, contortionist, and aerialist. Professionally, she has studied with such companies and names as Richard Smith of Inaside Chicago Dance, Ronn Stewart of CoCoDaCo Dance Project, Nick Pupillo of Visceral Dance Chicago, Chloe Jensen of Aerial Dance Chicago as well as Homer Bryant, Laura Wade, Francisco Avina, and many other talented artists. She also performed professionally as a circus performer for a decade with the Actor’s Gymnasium, which brings a unique style to her choreography. Anna has many years of experience in teaching a wide variety of dance genres. As the director of a ballet program in Chicago; She produced and directed a full-length annual Nutcracker in addition to developing and implementing a ballet curriculum for all levels with an emphasis on strength in technical abilities and the safety of growing bone structures within youth. Her students have been accepted into many prestigous programs including: Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Chicago, Joffrey New York, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, Ballet MET, and Wichita State University. Anna‘s certifications and continuing education include: Progressing Ballet Technique, and Acrobatic Arts. Anna has always prided herself on building great relationships based on respect, trust, and communication with her students. After becoming a parent herself, she was inspired to create a safe place for all children to express themselves artistically.
Noah teaches classical ballet for The Change Dance. His ballet training began at the age of twelve in Memphis, Tennessee at Ballet Memphis. He is a four-year graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy Dance Program (2013-2017) and is a recipient of the Young Artist Award. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma (2017-2021), where he finished his degree in Ballet Performance. Noah Klarck was a member of the Interlochen Summer Dance faculty (2017-2019). He is currently certified in Pilates and teaches at multiple YMCA locations. He has been a company member with Ballet Des Moines since 2021. Noah has performed a variety of roles, including Ali from Le Corsaire, Alejandro Cerrudo’s Lickety Split, Bugle Boy from Paul Taylor’s Company B, and many more.
Tyler “TRobs” Robinson brings over a decade of diversified artistic experience, having honed skills in drawing and professional acting before discovering a deep passion for dance. Over the past five years, Tyler has transformed from a novice with "two left feet" to a proficient and dedicated educator in the foundational elements of hip hop. With formal training in Hip hop and supplementary exposure to ballet, jazz funk, contemporary, salsa, Bachata, and Bangra, Tyler embraces the opportunity to impart knowledge while continuously evolving as a dancer. Balancing this role with a position as a preschool educator, Tyler finds immense fulfillment in nurturing the growth of future generations while fostering personal development within the realm of dance. This venture marks a significant and cherished addition to Tyler's artistic journey, providing a home for his passion for movement and instruction.
Maddy Ladehoff discovered her passion for dance at three years old and hasn't stopped since. She competed for ten years, including four at the Iowa State Dance Team Associations' state competition. After high school, Miss Maddy started at Iowa State University, where she is a senior this year. At ISU, she studies Entrepreneurship, Dance Coaching, and Spanish. After having two hip surgeries during her senior year due to preventable dance injuries, she became an advocate for dancer safety. This inspired her to be the first dance coaching major at Iowa State University after advocating for and creating the program. She takes dance classes under the direction of Janice Baker and Cynthia Adams and Kinesiology and Theatre classes taught by ISU faculty. Additionally, she received her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique. In 2021, Maddy started her own choreography and coaching company. Since starting, she has been a part of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Innovation and Entrepreneurship Academy and CyStarters Cohort 8. Her dancers have excelled at competitions earning titles and judges' choice awards. Maddy believes that any body can be a dance body and loves to share her passion and creativity for dance to cultivate joy and confidence in the dance studio.
The Change Dance founder and Artistic director teaches many of our classes. Email, or the communication form are the best ways to reach her. The Parent Portal is another great way to find out information and communicate with teachers.
2729 86th Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50322
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