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 including 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. 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


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...

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2017-18 Dance Year

JDA 2017-18 Brochure JDA is excited about our upcoming 2017-18 Dance year. *Updated on 8/28 The fall brochure for JDA is available in pdfHERE. Or view it below by clicking on the page you would like to see. Join the fun at JDA! Follow us on...

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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.