OUR VISION

STAFF

Natashia Medeiros

Owner/Instructor

Beginning at the age of 3, Natashia danced with Tresa Mott's School of Dance in Knoxville. During her 15 years as a student with the studio, she participated in any class she could enroll in, including jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, hip hop, performance troupe, and technique. She also participated on the Knoxville High School Dance Team. She attended many dance camps, studying under various instructors. She became a student assistant at the age of 11 until she graduated high school in 2007.

After graduation, Natashia was offered a full time teaching position at the studio. In her 13+ years of teaching, she has continued her dance education attending teacher seminars, training sessions, and participated in many trips with the students to summer dance camps. As the studio owner, she is also passionate about her instructors, providing the tools they need to succeed. Each year they take trips together to the DanceLife Teacher Conference where they dance, learn and perfect their craft from sun up, to sun down with some of the top names in the industry!

Natashia is extremely passionate about dance, and about making each of our students feel welcomed, loved and accepted in their own skin. She is also a firm believer in age-appropriate dance routines and costuming. Being a Knoxville native and graduate, she has dedicated her life to her studio and students, and enjoys every second if it!

Classes:

Competition Team

Adult Classes

Devin Dunkin

Instructor

Devin lives in Knoxville with her husband Matt, and their little girl Lillian.  She is a graduate of Aplington-Parkersburg high school and went on to Wartburg college to earn her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.  After college, Devin began her teaching career as a 7th-grade math teacher at Meredith Middle School in Des Moines. She enjoys spending time outdoors, especially with family and friends.

 

After a night of dancing at a cousin’s wedding when she was 4, Devin's mom told her she needed to start taking dance lessons. Her mother signed her up at the local dance studio, Jolynne’s School of Dance, where Devin continued taking classes until high school.

 

She was on her high school dance team all 4 years and was a member of the All Iowa Honor Dance team for 2 years. Devin was also on her college dance team at Wartburg, dancing at football and basketball games.  Devin says that going to state is one of her favorite memories, and she was lucky enough to dance at state for 8 years. 

 

Devin loves working with the young classes and showing them how fun dance can be while teaching them technique at the same time. She is also the head coach of Knoxville High School's dance team.

Classes:

Jazz/Tap/Ballet ages 2-7

Pom

Competition Minis

Jessica Pottridge

Instructor

Jessica is a graduate of Grand View University with a major in Nursing and lives in Altoona. Jessica has 16 years of studio training in ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop. 

 

Jessica actively competed for 10+ years with a primary focus on lyrical and jazz routines, but technique has always been one of her passions. She was an instructor at her dance studio during her junior and senior years of high school, with a focus on tap and jazz choreography.

 

In high school, Jessica was a 4-year varsity member of Pella High’s Forte Dance team, being a 4-year state solo place winner and 3-year All-Iowa Honor Drill Team member. She was also a member of the Grand View University’s Competition Dance Team. 

 

Jessica says, "I love to dance, as it is a good release to express myself and my emotions.  I especially enjoy sharing my knowledge of dance technique with others that love to dance as much as I do."

 

 Her future plans are to continue her nursing studies with the hope of working with babies, and she also looks forward to the opportunity to continue to share her dance background and knowledge with our students!

Classes:

Technique

Pointe

Competition

Jenny Jensen

Hip Hop Instructor

Jenny began dancing at the age of 3 through SEI Dance Academy in southeast Iowa.  In addition to ballet, tap, and jazz classes she began twirling baton at the age of 5.  When the studio closed, she transferred to Cheryl’s School of Dance where she enjoyed being a member of the competition dance troupes and a member of a competitive tap trio.  Jenny was also a competitive baton twirler throughout elementary and high school competing across the Midwest.  In high school, she was a member of the Wapello Pom Squad competing at the ISDTA competition each year.

 

Jenny attended Central College following high school where she was on the competition dance teams all 4 years.  She taught hip hop classes at The Dance Studio of Iowa in Pella for three years during college.  She also worked as a choreographer for local dance teams.  She majored in Elementary Education with Middle School Endorsements.

 

Currently teaching at Knoxville Middle School, Jenny enjoys teaching hip hop classes at the studio. During the summer, she also enjoys teaching the Adult Hip Hop class!  Hip Hop quickly became a passion for Jenny in college and she loves sharing her passion with others!

Classes:

Hip Hop

Baton

Mackenzie Niday

Instructor

Mackenzie grew up in the studio under Natashia Medeiros and Tresa Mott at Tresa Mott's School of Dance, and became a student assistant at a very early age. Mackenzie was a four-year member of the Knoxville Dance Team and went on to dance with the Central College Dance Team.

 

Mackenzie is a graduate of Iowa State University, studying Accounting. During her time at Iowa State, she participated in the Orchesis 2 dance club and choreographed routines for the program. She is also a current choreographer for the musicals produced each fall by K-ACT.

 

Mackenzie spent a lot of time at the studio when she was a student, and is excited to return as a staff member. She says, “The studio has always felt like home to me. It is where I feel most comfortable, and I am so excited to be able to create that kind of environment for the next generation of dancers. When you step into that studio, you’re in another world, full of positivity and family!”

 

Dance has always been an important aspect of Mackenzie’s life. She is thankful to be able to continue this passion and share it with her students.

Classes:

Jazz/Tap/Ballet, Students ages 12-18

Diamonds (Advanced Classes)

Competition

Kelsey Gillespie

Instructor

Kelsey lives in Monroe with her husband Glenn and son Jensen, and is expecting a baby girl in September 2020! She works full time for Ziegler CAT in Altoona.

Kelsey started dance at the age of three  at Steppin Out Dance Studio in Monroe, then transferred to Dance Express in Knoxville her sophomore year of high school until she graduated high school. She danced competitively from grades 2-12. She participated in Jazz, Lyrical, Tap, Clogging, Production, and Technique classes during her studio time. 

Kelsey was also a member of the PCM dance team all four years of high school, and competed at ISDTA Competitions. She was on the All Iowa Honor Squad for 3 years. After graduating high school, she was on the Iowa Central dance team in Fort Dodge where she continued to compete at ISDTA Competitions and competed in the NDA Nationals in Daytona Beach. 

 

Kelsey loves sharing her passion for dance with students of all ages and watching her students grow & achieve their goals!

Classes:

Tumbling

Gems

Jazz/Tap/Ballet, ages 8-11

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Owned and operated by Natashia Medeiros, Studio Royale is your go-to spot for dance! Our mission is to provide not only the best dance education, but also a safe and comfortable place to be yourself! When you sign up with us, you get the satisfaction of knowing your dancer's time at the studio is well spent. We work hard and push your dancer to be the best they can be!

 

Looking for something different, new, and unique? We've got you covered! Our staff provides traditional training, as well as the up-to-date trends your dancer is searching for. Our teachers are skilled and are dedicated to continued teacher training and education.

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