Summer Dance Moves JESS Students to Center Stage

By Eliza Magro

SJSA dance teacher Jalane Hubby leads JESS students in hip-hop and gymnastics instruction. Photo by Eliza Magro


The newest teacher at the St. John School of the Arts is livening up the summer for 50 Julius E. Sprauve School students, with a 6-week movement and dance program consisting of hip-hop and gymnastics instruction. 

Jalane Hubby, 32, originally from Boone, Iowa, has been dancing since she was two years old. Growing up, she danced everyday after school at a studio in her hometown.

Hubby spent numerous summers during her young adult life in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas at dance conventions and taking classes.  

Hubby’s extensive experience includes roles as a lead dancer on Carnival Cruise Lines, a Rockette in Las Vegas at the Flamingo Hilton and a part with Cirque du Soleil at the Luxor Theater in Las Vegas. She also taught dance to 700 people— from the age of three to adults — at two different studios in Wisconsin and Iowa.  

“Dance has always been my career,” said Hubby.  “It’s what I’ve always done.  Dance keeps me fit and healthy.”
“It’s my outlet in life, plus I get to listen to cool music,” she added.

Dance is important for teaching children self-confidence and flexibility, according to Hubby. She finds meaning in watching the children she teaches grow and dance, and getting them on stage which helps build their self-confidence.  

“Having self-confidence will help these children their whole lives,” said the dance instructor.

Trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and gymnastics, Hubby is excited to teach the children of St. John.  She will continue instruction with a 40-week program in the fall and is also available for private lessons. For more information or to schedule a private lesson contact Hubby through the St. John School of the Arts at 779-4322.