Artistic Director/Founder: Jennifer Hayden Pirtz My first official dance performances were in my own living room...where my father played an amazing repertoire on our baby grand...and I felt like the world had stopped to watch me dance... My initial training began in Racine, Wisconsin with Miss Carol Fournier. I advanced on to formal training and performing in Milwaukee with The William Reilley Ballet Academy and the Milwaukee Ballet School. I then attended the University of Iowa under the direction of Francois Martinet, Linda Crist, Alan Senor,and David Burke, and finished my BA on scholarship at the University of Akron...under the direction of Brenda Stygar, Inna Strabrova, Jerry Burr, Tom Smith and Priscilla Wagner. I also had the amazing opportunities to study/perform/mentor with Repertory Dance Co and Ohio Ballet in residence there. Soon after, I found my true calling and was hired to teach, choreograph and perform with Ballet Western Reserve in Youngstown Ohio...where I served as Assistant Director and Children's Coordinator for over a decade. I also had the opportunity to teach ballet class for Youngstown State University. Upon arriving in Bloomington/Normal I knew I wanted to continue my love of teaching ballet and creative movement to children, so Uptown Dance was born. It will be my honor to provide excellence in dance technique to your children in a nurturing and positive atmosphere.