Broadway Comes to Ankeny Dance
and Performing Arts Academy!
It’s not every day a dance student in Iowa gets the opportunity to meet a performer who sings
and dances on Broadway. But students at Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy not only met a cast member of the Broadway
touring production of West Side Story, they also had the chance to learn from him in a master’s class at the Ankeny
Thayne Jasperson, who
dances in the touring production of the musical West Side Story, gave students an inside look at Broadway choreography as
a guest instructor at Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy.
In addition to appearing in West Side Story, which just wrapped up a performance run at
the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, Jasperson just landed a role in Disney’s Broadway production of the musical,
Newsies. He has also appeared in movies and on television. Jasperson’s film credits include roles in the Disney
movies High School Musical and High School Musical 2, the movie Handcart, on NBC television’s
hit show Smash, and on MTV’s American Mall. He also starred throughout the fourth season of So
You Think You Can Dance, before heading on the road with the touring production of the show. The students at Ankeny Dance
were thrilled to learn some of the actual choreography from West Side Story, and also get the chance to ask questions and
talk with Thayne about what it takes to succeed on Broadway and in movies and television.
“This is such an incredible opportunity for our students!”
said Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy Owner and Director Sarah Ferree. “They can learn from someone who is actually
living the dream of performing on Broadway and in the movies. I’m so glad that Thayne was able to come and share his
knowledge of dance and what it takes to succeed in performance with our young people!”
Jasperson said he was impressed with the students and with the interest
and dedication to dance here in Ankeny, and that he’d enjoy coming back again to teach another class or seminar. The
two-hour-long master’s class was followed up with a question and answer session where the students were able to get
insights from Thayne about what it takes to excel in on stage and on film.
Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy will also host an upcoming master’s class on March
4th featuring a cast member from the touring Broadway production of Bring It On, which will perform at the Des Moines
Civic Center February 28th through March 4th. The class will cover the fusion of contemporary jazz and hip hop
featured in the show, and will also have the cast member teaching some of the choreography from the musical. For more information
on the master’s class or if you’re interested in attending, you can register now by calling Ankeny Dance and Performing
Arts Academy at 515-964-5048 or going to the studio website at www.ankenydance.com and selecting the “contact us” page. Ankeny Dance and Performing Arts Academy
is a member of the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce and is located at 515 N. Ankeny Blvd in Northside Plaza.
For more information on this story, please contact Mark Ferree at firstname.lastname@example.org .