Amanda Gustafson

Co-Owner / Artistic Director

Amanda currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in dance and an Entrepreneurial Management Certificate from the University of Iowa. In addition, she is a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor through ACE and the Yoga Alliance. Amanda is a certified dance instructor through Dance Masters of America. 


Amanda’s dance career began at the age of 5 and she has been dancing ever since. Growing up, Amanda was especially involved in competitive dance and traveled to New York City multiple times to further her training with companies such as the Rockettes. After graduating high school, she decided to continue her education at the University of Iowa where she studied under faculty such as George de la Peña and Jessica Anthony. Amanda has choreographed for competitive studios throughout the state and worked in classes with numerous dancers of all ages. 


Amanda is passionate about continuing to further her education and sharing her knowledge and love for dance with the youth of the Des Moines area.

Aunica Harvey

Co-Owner / Artistic Director

Aunica trained under Adonica Struhar at the Spotlight School of Dance in Corning, IA for 14 years. After graduating from High School, Aunica attended the University of Iowa to earn her Bachelor of Arts in dance and Bachelor of Business Administration. Aunica performed at the University of Iowa in concert pieces by choreographers such as Chafin Seymour. In addition she took class from renowned professors like Eloy Barragán and Armando Duarte.


Aunica has years of teaching and choreographing for both the recreational and competitive stages. Aunica has attended the Dance Masters of America National convention and other teacher training programs around the country. She is always eager to learn from other dancers, choreographers, and dance educators. Aunica is currently a certified Dance Masters of America Member, certified yoga instructor, and certified personal trainer through the ACE fitness certification program. Aunica enjoys using her love for dance to help dancers discover their full potential and achieve their goals.

826 Northeast Alice's Road, Waukee, IA 50263, USA

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