Iowa Dance Instructors
Meet Our Instructors
Lisa Luiken Woxell
Lisa began dancing at the age of three under the instruction of Connie Jo Wilson. She continued her training with Janet Morse, Robert Thomas, the Des Moines Ballet School, and Central Iowa Dance.
Lisa has been teaching since 1987 and is a Dance Master Certified Instructor... Read More →
Ellen (Crawford) Mullen started teaching Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Combination classes at the Robert Thomas Dancenter while in college. She has taught all ages of dancers at every level. In addition to being a lead teacher at the Dancenter, Ellen has been involved in the Stephens Auditorium production of The Nutcracker Ballet, beginning with the very first Nutcracker production.
Ellen's dance studies and experience span many years... Read More →
Teaches: Belly Dance, Ballroom
Innah (Inna Kuznetsova) is a professional Egyptian dancer and an Oriental (Egyptian, Arabic) Dance teacher from Saint Petersburg, Russia.
She started dancing ballet when she was five years old and since then, dancing has been a part of her life. Innah has studied the art of Oriental dancing with master teachers from Russia, Egypt and Germany.
Oriental dance originates in the Middle East. Innah dances Egyptian Raks Sharqi style of oriental dance which was established in Egypt in the beginning of the 20th century as a mixture of ballet with classical Oriental moves.
Innah goes to Egypt every summer to participate in Ahlan Wa Sahlan Festival, a major event for Oriental dancers from all over the World. Innah has participated in many festivals in Russia, Germany, the USA, and Egypt. She won third prize in Berlin Oriental Dance Festival in 2006 and got an award for the Egyptian category in the Oriental Dance Festival in LA in 2007.
Innah also provides private ballroom dance lessons for couples in styles such as Waltz, Foxtrot, Salsa, Zouk and Bachata.
Eva has been dancing at the Robert Thomas Dancenter since she was three years old and has participated in many of the Dancenter's programs including Irish Performance Team, Iowa Youth Ballet, and Dancenter Dancers Competition Company. Through Dancenter Dancers she has been allowed many opportunities and has taken classes from renowned instructors such as Martha Nichols, Dana Fogalia, and Chloe Arnold.
The technical training that Eva has received... Read More →