Jennifer Papke - owner/instructor
Jenny always knew she wanted to be a dance teacher. She grew up in a small town in Wisconsin where there were no dance studios so she was unable to dance as a small child. She moved to Minnesota as a 5th grader & was so excited to finally be able to begin her dance career. She began her studies with Charlene Knorr in Glencoe, MN & later transfered to Nan & Dad's Dance Studio in Hutchinson, MN. She studied under John Hallahan for many years. Her background includes ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, character/folk, lyrical & musical theatre. One of her favorite memories of performing includes her role as Sugar Plum Fairy in their annual performance of the Nutcracker. As a dancer, she also has won numerous awards competing both at the regional & national levels. Her senior pointe routine scored a perfect score at Minnesota Talent Search.
She continued her dance education after high school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA where she studied as a dance major. She has attended many classes & workshops through the years including DEA, LA DanceMagic, Dance Olympus & most recently The DanceLife Teacher Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. She has had the opportunity to take classes from many of the great teachers in the industry & brings the knowledge she learns from them back home to her students. She loves to continue learning more about her art & passing her knowledge on to her students.
Prior to owning Encore, Jenny taught for 2 years with Nan & Dad's Dance Studio, 7 years with Kelly's Dance Academy & was the director/instructor for the Dassel/Cokato Community Education dance program for 4 years.
Jenny loves the relationships she builds with her dancers. She tries to teach them the importance of being a good friend, a hard-working student & responsible teammate while also sparking a long-lasting passion for the art of dance.