Meet Our Instructors

Jennifer Winkelman

Owner & Instructor


Bachelor Degree in Dance from UMKC's Dance Conservatory

Over 30 years of dance instructor experience

Dance instructor for the Music, Art, and Dance (M.A.D.) Summer Camp

Choreographed dances for several musicals by local theater groups

Organized a competitive dance team for several years

Played Violin/Viola for 36+ years

Lauren Hildreth



Studied dance at several studios across multiple states

Former choreographer and member of the Pamoja Dance Company while studying at the University of Georgia

Was member of the The Tap Company at DanceFX at Athens, Georgia

Jennifer's Bio

Jennifer Winkelman has earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the Conservatory of Dance at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She also owned and operated Dancenter and Spotlight Dance Wear from 1993-1999, founded Encore Dance Company in 1993 which has toured the local schools numerous times, and worked with​ the Moscow Ballet in 2007 in their Nutcracker Performance. She frequents many workshops including: Tremaine, St. Louis Tap Dance Festival, Dupree, I Love Dance, Spotlight Dance Competitions, Dance Makers, Dance Olympus, City Slicker Stomp, and American College Dance Festivals. She has also studied Ballroom Dance at Studio B in Columbia, Missouri. This will be MidMo Conservatory of Dance's eleventh year and its students have performed in nursing homes, Kidsfest, Worlds of Fun, and with the Wildheart Concert at Runge Nature Center, Salute to America, and in a local elementary school. She choreographed Lady Pirates of Captain Bree as well as some choreography in M*A*S*H. Both produced by the Jefferson City Home Educators. She enjoyed choreographing for the Stain Glass Theater in Jefferson City as well as barn dance calling for the fiddle camp Pluck, Box, and Strum. In the summer of 2013-2015 and 2021, she was the "D" in the Music, Art, and Dance Camp (MAD Camp) and taught Western European Folk Dance, Asian Dance, and Indian Dances. She has been teaching for over 30 years and has been dancing for 40+ years. Along with dance, Jennifer Winkelman has been playing violin/viola for 36+ years and instructing for 15+ years. Her experience includes Jefferson City Symphony, on scholarship with the Southwest Missouri University Symphony, and studies under Tiberius Klausner. When she's not dancing or making music, she is training dogs at MidMo Dog Training or selling Real Estate for RE/MAX Jefferson City.

Lauren's Bio

Lauren has studied various dance styles for more than 25 years. Growing up in an army family, she had the opportunity to study at many studios in several states. Lauren was a member and choreographer for Pamoja Dance Company while in college at the University of Georgia and she was a member of The Tap Company at DanceFX in Athens, GA. Lauren strongly believes that dance is for everyone and anyone can learn how to dance! She finds joy in sharing her love for dance, especially tap, with others and teaching them how to find their inner rhythm and style.