Columbia Dance Academy

*Creative Movement * Ballet * Pointe * Tap * Jazz *
     *Modern * Hip Hop * Lyrical * Tumbling *


  Our Instructors are dedicated to helping each individual attain their personal best.


Jeanne Szkolka

Jeanne is the owner/director of Columbia Dance Academy. She has studied all forms of dance arts under Mrs. Marilyn Baumann, (a certified dance instructor by the Dance Masters of America since 1951). She has a thorough background in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and tumbling. In addition to classes with Mrs. Baumann, she studied with Richard and Christian Munro and Alun Jones, Co-Directors of the Louisville Ballet Co., Gregg Mayer of Washington University in St. Louis, Pam Bedford, Charles Kelly, Luigi and Gus Giordano, Tom Ralabate, Judy Rice, and several other master teachers.

In her dance career Jeanne won a scholarship to the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, Illinois, and was also part of a group of four dancers who won first place in the Performing Arts Competition Sponsored by the St. Louis Dancing Teachers Association.

Jeanne is a certified teacher with Dance Masters of America (DMA), and is currently Vice President of Chapter 21, The Saint Louis Dancing Teachers Association.  She continues her education every summer by attending DMA's Teachers Training School in Buffalo, NY. and is currently working on her Masters in Dance Direction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Jeanne has owned and operated Columbia Dance Academy since 1995.


Julie Aremova  
Jensyn Echternach  
Kelly Gaskins  
Danniele Liles  
Alli Abidiri  


Heather Zepp Heather studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, tumbling and acrobatic gymnastics at Dance Arts in Owensville, Missouri under the direction of Marilyn Baumann and Mindi Blankenship. Heather has danced and tumbled since age three and won many awards for acrobatic gymnastics. Heather has been teaching at the Columbia Dance Academy since 2001, and is the Head Couch of the Columbia Acro & Tumbling Team (C.A.T.T). Miss Heather holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


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Columbia Dance Academy
4250 E. Broadway, Suite 1031
Columbia, Missouri 65201


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