Get to know our esteemed Staff members!
Our Instructors grace the Brekke Dance Center dance studios with their skills and expertise. Each one holds a passion for the art of dance, and aims to share that passion with you, the dancer. Take a moment to find out who your Instructors at Brekke Dance Center are, and their history as a person and dancer. All of our instructors are highly trained, most of which have a college education.
Paula Brekke has owned and operated Paula Brekke School of Dance for over 25 years. Now a family business, Brekke Dance Center has two studio locations, Greater Des Moines and Grimes. Paula has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. She continues to teach a wide variety of genres: ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, acrobatics, and musical theatre. Paula is a past President of Dance Masters of Mid-America, a dance organization which certifies teachers. Dance competitions have recognized Paula with many top awards and "Most Entertaining" awards for her choreography. Paula continues to nurture young dancers, preparing them for professional careers. Her students are dancing and choreographing throughout the United States -- performing in New York, Las Vegas, at Disney, and in Industrials.
Matthew Brekke is well trained in every dance genre from ballet to acrobatics and brings the most contemporary expertise in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Arizona. Matthew is a Certified Dance Masters of America Instructor and is nationally certified to test dance teachers for their certifications. He is currently the President of Dance Masters of Mid-America, Chapter 34. Matthew teaches master classes around the country and is a popular choreographer for many dance studios in the Midwest. One of Matthew's pieces of choreography was featured in a professional production in Branson, Missouri. He also judges and is a stage manager for a national talent competition. Matthew is co-owner of Brekke Dance Center and in charge of all competition teams. His choreography has been recognized and given top awards on regional and national levels. His dancers continue to be awarded top honors in all levels of competition.
Courtney is a certified member and Vice President of Dance Masters of Mid-America, Chapter 34. Graduating with a Bachelor in Dance, Courtney was able to focus in Jazz and Theatre at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Courtney performed regularly with Right Touch Productions - performing in many private high roller and public events at Caesar’s Palace, Trump Plaza, and Trump’s Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, NJ. Upon graduation, Courtney joined Stiletto Entertainment and performed onboard Holland America Cruise Lines. For her second contract, Courtney was in the inaugural cast for Ballroom Blitz - a show choreographed by John Charron and dressed by Bob Mackey Designs. Most recently, she has been performing in private events at the NBC Rainbow Room in New York City while continuing to expand her own education.
Geena recieved her dance training from Mary Joyce Lind through the end of her high school career. She was also a member of the Chow's Olympic Training Team for many years. She is working with our competition teams as well as teaching all styles of dance. Geena later joined Brekke Dance Center to continue her dance education, studying closely under Matthew Brekke as his assistant. She is heavily involved in many of Iowa Dance Theatre's productions such as The Nutcracker. Geena has had many lead roles such as Clara, Dew Drop Fairy, Rat Queen, and Ginger Soloist. She is now directing her own scenes and assisting others. Geena was Miss Dance of Mid-America 2012 and 2014. She was awarded the top acro soloist at Dance Masters National competition in 2014.
Paula Greteman has taught at the studio for over 20 years. Prior to joining our studio, she attended the University of Iowa and taught dance in both Caroll and Norwalk, Iowa. Paula has taught all levels of dance for us, from preschool through high school. She is known for making dance SO much fun, especially tap! In addition to what Paula G. brings to our instructional staff, she is vital to the success of our annual recital performances, as she coordinates and directs our backstage staff.
Lizz Brekke grew up in the studio learning all styles of dance and tumbling. She continued her study of dance at Arizona State in Tempe. Lizz was Miss Dance of Mid-America 2008, interned with Celebrity Dance Competition, and continues to teach, choreograph, and edit music for us.
Ashli Keeling has studied dance with Paula since second grade and has been on staff for over ten years. Ashli is an all-around dance teacher. She is vitally important to our competitive dancers, teaching technique and cleaning dances. Ashli also teaches combo classes, Hip Hop, Tumbling, and our younger dancers. She attended Lincoln High School, performing as a cheerleader and Railette and holding the position of captain for both teams. Ashli works closely with Paula and Matthew, providing choreography support as well as educational leadership. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science.