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 30 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 where he is nationally certified to test dance teachers for their certifications and is a past President of Dance Masters of Mid-America, Ch 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 is currently the Production Manager for Talent On Parade. 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.
Shelly began her dance training at an early age under the instruction of Tap legends Al Gilbert and Tony Coppola. Though Shelly's emphasis is Tap, she trained in all disciplines of dance. Her innovative hoofing style is new and exciting. Her award winning choreography has been recognized across the country and her quality instruction has lead to numerous National Championships. Shelly is in high demand as a master teacher, choreographer, and adjudicator. She travels nationally teaching master classes for Talent On Parade's Dance Directive. Shelly's choreography has been featured multiple times in Kidz Roc in Branson, Missouri, The Miss Arkansas Pageant, and The Miss America Pageant. Her personal mission is to bring back the importance of Tap dancing by creating an environment that is invigorating, encouraging, and inspiring. She is the former owner/director of Fabulous Feet The Company in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Courtney Greteman has been dancing and teaching professionally for the last 15 years. Graduating from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia with a Bachelor in Performing Arts, Courtney’s focus was in Jazz and Theatre working closely with Roni Koresh, Molly Misgalla, Donald Lunsford, and Wayne St. David. She was a performer for Right Touch Productions in Atlantic City, NJ - performing regularly at Caesar’s Palace, Trump Plaza, and Trump’s Taj Mahal and also spent time with Stiletto Entertainment and Holland America Cruise Lines as a cast member and Company Manager. She performed original shows choreographed John Charron, Patti Colombo, Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo, and Tommy Tune and was costumed by Bob Mackey Studios. Most recently, she has been involved in many special events headlined at the infamous NBC Rainbow Room in New York City. Courtney is a certified member of Dance Masters of America is the current President of Dance Masters of Mid-America, Chapter 34. Courtney works closely with our teams and guest choreographers to prepare our dancers for competitions. Courtney also spends time assisting and choreographing for the Dowling Catholic High School dance team.
Geena received her dance training from Mary Joyce Lind through the end of her high school career and was also a member of the Chow's Olympic Training Team for many years. Geena later joined Brekke Dance Center to continue her dance education, studying closely under Matthew Brekke as his assistant. She was a long time performer with the Iowa Dance Theatre, soloing in most roles in their version of The Nutcracker and is now directing her own scenes. Geena was Miss Dance of Mid-America, Chapter #34 in 2012 and 2014 and was awarded The Bill Royal Scholarship Award as the top acro soloist at Dance Masters of America Solo Titleholder Competition in 2014. Geena is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and an active member of Dance Masters of Mid-America, Chapter 34. Geena is currently running our SAS/TLT programs for all of our teams and assists in preparing our dancers for competitions.
Paula Greteman has taught at the studio for over 25 years. Prior to joining our studio, she attended the University of Iowa and taught dance in both Carroll 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. This season, Lizz will be back at the studio teaching our acrobatic classes. She also assists Paula in all aspects of the recital.
Emily began dancing with Brekke Dance Center at the age of 3. She danced competitively for ten years earning numerous local and national awards. Emily was a member of the nationally ranked Waukee Dance Team and was named a UDA All-American dancer for two years in a row. She has been able to preform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, and Branson KIDZ Roc. Emily also competed twice on the Miss Iowa Stage as a local title holder placing third runner up and winning a talent prelim. Emily currently works with both the Fundamentals program and our Team kids. She loves sharing her passion for dance with her students and is excited to be teaching her second year with Brekke Dance Center.
Taylor attended Brekke Dance Center from the time she was four years old until she graduated high school. She was a member of the competition team for ten years. After she graduated from Dowling Catholic High School in 2014, where she was a member and captain of the dance team, she went on to study Elementary Education at Iowa State University. While in college, she participated in the Disney College Program in Walt Disney World. She was an Entertainment cast member that danced in shows and parades in Magic Kingdom. This fall, she will graduate from Iowa State University and continue to teach at Brekke Dance Center.