Ankeny Dance & Performing Arts Academy Faculty and Staff

Shelley Blok
Ankeny Dance & Performing Arts Academy

Shelley Blok 
Young Children's Program Co-Artistic Director; Dance Instructor

Shelley Blok brings her great experience, enthusiasm for dance, and a passion for helping children achieve beyond their goals in ability and character. Shelley earned a degree in Recreational Education from the University of Iowa where she studied both dance classes and pursued course work in Child Development.

Her passion for dance began at an early age, and Shelley first began taking formal dance instruction at age three. By the time she was in high school, Shelley had already become an assistant teacher in the dance studio where she grew up. She also taught dance and aerobic dance to students in her high school's physical education program. While attending college at the University of Iowa, Shelley taught aerobic dance and tumbling classes in a gymnastics studio.

After graduation, Shelley went on to become Corporate Fitness Director for Universal Gym Equipment in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. As the Corporate Fitness Director, she not only managed the employee fitness facility and administered wellness testing and counseling, she also designed and developed personal fitness programs. At the Universal Fitness Institute she also instucted internationally, teaching certification courses in fitness and weight training to health club owners and their employees.

 Shelley says her love for children and watching them smile and shine on stage makes teaching at Ankeny Dance & Performing Arts Academy a dream come true for her. We are thrilled to have such a talented and vibrant instuctor who possesses such excellent credentials on our staff, and we know your student will enjoy learning from Ms. Shelley too!