Betty Jo Schmitt
Betty Jo began teaching dance in her basement when her children were young. Since that beginning and throughout her career, she spread the love of dance throughout the area. Betty Jo's legacy is so strong that many of our current dancers have parents who grew up dancing at Betty Jo's Dance Center. This May Betty Jo celebrated her final recital after 43 years as owner and will now look on as proud grandmother and guiding influence for generations of dancers to come.
Owner/Instructor -- Ballet, Pointe
Marianne Raub is excited to carry on the tradition of Betty Jo's Dance Center. Marianne and her husband, Craig, purchased the studio 3 years ago upon Betty Jo's retirement . Marianne spent much of her performance career with Ballet Iowa rising to the position of principal. She has also danced with Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, The Lexington Ballet, Virginia Ballet Theatre and Ontario Ballet Theatre. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Butler University and is also happy to have trained with Wilhelm Burmann, Diana Cartier and Constance Walsh. Marianne is an accomplished floral designer who previously owned a flower shop in Washington DC with notable clients such as the Vice President's residence under both Cheney and Biden, the Secretary of State under Rice and Clinton as well as the Four Seasons Hotel. Marianne is the proud mother of Platinum Program dancer, Evy Noah.
Young Children's Director/Instructor -- Young Children's Division
Kelly was a member of Eastview High School's Varsity Dance Team all four years in high school, serving as the Captain her senior year. She graduated in 2006 from the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a major in Communications and a minor in Dance and Coaching. During college, Kelly was the head coach of the UMD Dance Team and the assistant coach for Duluth Central High School's Dance Team. She has been trained by the Judges' Association of Minnesota to judge all levels of competitions and categories. Kelly joined the staff of Betty Jo's Dance Center in 2006 and became Young Children's Director in 2018.
Instructor -- Young Children's Division, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, Kick Team
Shelley grew up dancing at Betty Jo's Dance Center, was a teaching assistant throughout high school and joined the instructional staff in 1998. She graduated with an interior design degree from Dakota County Technical College. Shelley studied tap at the University of Minnesota, attended dance workshops in various metro area studios and in Chicago, was the assistant coach for a local Jr. High Dance Team and was on the teaching staff at several summer Dance Camps.
Instructor -- Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Contemporary
Megan Halsey has been performing, teaching, and choreographing dance through out Minnesota and California for the past fifteen years. Her training began at Larkin Dance Studio in Maplewood, MN, and she went on to earn her BFA degree in Dance on scholarship from California State University, Long Beach in 2005. Megan was an active member of the Southern California dance community from 2001 to 2008 as a member of Bare Dance Company & Keith Johnson Dancers. After relocating to Minneapolis in 2008, Megan has been an active teacher and choreographer around the Twin Cities area, and was a member of Alternative Motion Project Dance Company from 2011-2014. She has extensive experience performing, teaching, and choreographing ballet, modern, contemporary and hiphop, and loves to share her knowledge and passion for movement with her students and the dance community. She is currently a Special Education Assistant for the Minneapolis Public School System and is thrilled to join the staff at Betty Jo's Dance Center for the 2016-2017 season.
Instructor -- Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater
Lindsay grew up in the midwest in Nebraska where she studio danced competitively for 14 years. She then moved to California to pursue her love of dance. She spent 7 years in San Diego and attended Mesa College where she taught, performed, choreographed and created dances, costumes and lights for performances. She is also trained in injury prevention and nutrition for dancers. She has prepared for and attended auditions and casting sessions as a dancer, often leading and supervising these sessions. She has taught students age 3-adult in jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern and tap classes which included warm-up, stretching and strengthening, and cool down segments. Lindsay joined the staff of Betty Jo's Dance Center in 2011.
Instructor -- Young Children's Division, Jazz, Tap
Brenna started dancing at Betty Jo’s when she was 3 years old and it's been a second home ever since. Brenna will be going into her third year of teaching at the studio and loves every minute of it! Brenna was involved in various dance productions at Rosemount High School, both dancing and choreographing. Brenna is a Senior at The University of Minnesota where she studies marketing and sales, but always finds ways to incorporate dance recreationally. For Brenna, it is beyond heart warming to teach at the amazing studio where I grew up.
Anna Jo Johnson
Instructor -- Young Children's Division
Anna Jo began dancing at Betty Jo’s when she was in 3rd grade. Later on, she joined the platinum program and continued dancing competitively until graduating from high school. Anna Jo became a teaching assistant in the young children's division in 2017. She remained in the assistant teacher program for five years. As an assistant she worked with dancers from preschool all the way up through high school. Anna Jo is currently a student at University of Minnesota Twin Cities. She is pursuing degrees in both Elementary and Special Education from the university's college of Education and Human Development.
Owner-- Front Desk, Operations
Craig and his wife, Marianne, became owners of Betty Jo's Dance Center in 2018. In the fall of 2020, Craig was excited to join the full time team managing operations, billing and the front desk. Craig has a long career in the restaurant industry managing restaurants in Des Moines, New York City, Washington DC and Minneapolis. Craig and Marianne owned a flower shop, Helen Olivia Flowers, in the Washington DC area for many years with notable clients such as the Vice President's residence, the Secretary of State and the Four Seasons Hotel.