The first questions one should ask when seeking a dance studio is, who will be teaching my child? JPDC is proud to have the most professional, experienced, and qualified staff that will coach your child towards a life of confidence and happiness. At JPDC, our instructors have been thoroughly trained both academically and professionally. We have only qualified adults teaching, which we believe ensures pupils are trained physically correctly as well as maintaining a proper mentor/student relationship. Our instructors' true passion is inspiring and training others - we live for the "ah-ha" moments! JPDC faculty have been recognized locally and nationally for their excellence in instruction and choreography.
After six years of teaching high school music in South Dakota, Stacey moved to Kansas City in 1997 to earn two masters degrees in both Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance from the Conservatory of Music at UMKC. She went on to earn a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from the Conservatory, and now in her 23rd year of teaching, Stacey is thrilled to join the team at JPDC!
Stacey has appeared professionally with regional companies and in venues abroad including Vlaamse Opera in Ghent, Belgium; Opera Siam in Bangkok, Thailand; Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Lyric Opera San Diego, West Bay Opera, Wichita Grand Opera, Union Avenue Opera, Townsend Opera, Gotham Bel Canto, Opera In The Ozarks, Jarvis Zarzuela Festival, Seagle Music Colony, and the Civic Opera of Kansas City. Opera roles include Senta (The Flying Dutchman), Tosca (Tosca), Violetta (La traviata), Viktoria (Viktoria und Ihr Hussar), Mimì (La bohème), Musetta (La bohème), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Hanna Glavari (The Merry Widow), Franzi (A Waltz Dream), Erste Dame (The Magic Flute), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Helena (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Contessa (The Marriage of Figaro), Magda (La rondine), New Prioress (Dialogues of the Carmelites), and Alice Ford (Falstaff). Some favorite musical theatre roles include The Witch (Into The Woods), Marian (The Music Man), Sister Hubert (Nunsense), Anita (West Side Story), and Velma (Hairspray).
Stacey is excited to work with all the young artists at JPDC, and to help turn out some smart, strong and charismatic singers!
Artistic Director Megan Case has built StageBound to be a successful series of classes for students First Grade through High School that provide a comprehensive musical theatre experience built on the integration of voice, dance and acting through a variety of exercises that also build the student’s self-esteem. Ms. Case also serves as an advisor and coach for high school students to assist in the search for and selection of potential colleges and universities that would be appropriate for each individual through CollegeBound. Her 20 plus years of experience as a teacher and choreographer in Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City has provided for the foundation of education and training that encourages students to become successful as actors, singers and dancers. In Kansas, Megan has been recognized and nominated for multiple Kansas City Starlight Blue Star Awards and won for Best Choreography for ANYTHING GOES. Her choreography has also received high scores and multiple awards at national dance competitions. A graduate of the University of Evansville with a degree in Theatre Performance and Management and additional study at Webster University, Megan has performed throughout the country in musical theatre and dance companies. Through her experiences in Creative Dramatics Programs while growing up, Megan has infused the StageBound classes with spirit to bring joy to each performance that embraces a love for the arts. She believes that it is important to be able to give back to young people the skills and self-esteem she has seen so often as being important to others. Ms. Case serves on the Board of Directors for Sunflowers to Roses, a non-profit organization that raises funds and awareness for Cancer in the Kansas City community. She is a full-time employee at Sprint. Megan is thrilled to be able to share her love of theatre and dance with area youth.