Dance with us.

Johnston Dance Academy

Founded by Jeanne Chelsen, Johnston Dance Academy (JDA) has been producing dancers in the Greater Des Moines area for over 25 years.

JDA offers a wide range of dance classes for all ages. From recreational to advanced and competitive levels, JDA offers an extensive range of techniques. This includes ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, musical theater and hip hop. We invite you to come dance with us. Contact the studio today for a tour and information on our classes.

“We believe dance makes a difference in children’s lives. At JDA, we create a friendly, personal atmosphere allowing dancers to express themselves building coordination, flexibility, strength and stamina. With continued development, self-confidence grows as well as positive attitudes, and superior social and leadership skills.”

Jeanne Chelsen


Winter Extravaganza 2017

The Winter Extravaganza event is held at Merle Hay Mall (in the food-court wing of the mall) and will be on Friday, December 15th. We will have more information about the performance as it gets closer. Please see your classroom instructor if you need...

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JDA Tumbling Teacher

JDA Tumbling Teacher Alec will be at JDA for the month of September. He is here to teach Strength/Conditioning/Improv & Int/Adv Tumbling.  JDA staff page   Alec Lloyd is a Singer, Dancer, Actor and Gymnast who grew up in Ankeny, Iowa. He attended Ankeny...

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Registration is Now Open for Fall 2017-18 at JDA

Johnston Dance Academy offers classes to fit any age or level.