About the School of Ballet

Since its formation in 1976 by Beth Lampton, the proper instruction of classical ballet has been the goal of the Creative Arts School of Ballet. To achieve this goal, the Creative Arts School of Ballet employs only teachers who have been trained in the fundamentals of classical ballet.  

While we don’t think of ballet as a sport, the physical demands on the body are very strenuous.  The developing torso, legs, feet and arms must be trained carefully and slowly to avoid injury.  Ballet develops physical coordination and strength.  It instills a healthy self-esteem, confidence, grace and poise which become lifelong attributes.  

The School of Ballet offers classes in Creative Movement, Beginning through Advanced Ballet, Pointe, and Modern. Classes run from September through May with a culminating performance for students enrolled in Kinderdance through Advanced Ballet. There are no extra costume fees for students -- those are added in to the regular ballet tuition. Past productions have included The NutcrackerSleeping BeautyAlice in Wonderland, and Peter and the Wolf.

School of Ballet Instructors

Janiece Lipsey

Janiece Lipsey began her formal dance training at the Flint School of Performing Arts in Flint, MI. While at FSPA, Lipsey was a member of Flint Youth Ballet and was able to perform in Flint Institute of Music’s The Nutcracker and participated in Regional Dance America/MidStates festivals.  She continued her dance training at Belhaven University as a dance major and Fort Wayne Ballet’s Conservatory Program. She has studied many dance styles and genres including ballet, pointe, modern, tap, and jazz. Lipsey has performed principal and ensemble roles in both classical ballet and contemporary dance. She has had the opportunity to work and train with various artists such as A. Bruce Bradley, Liz Lerman, John Magnus, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Cynthia Newland, Kathy Thibodeaux, and Kevin Thomas. Lipsey has choreographed classical ballet, contemporary ballet, and musical theater productions for various schools and companies. Lipsey began teaching at the CAC School of Ballet in 2009. In addition to her teaching ballet classes at the School of Ballet, Lipsey is the Director of Programming at Creative Arts. Lipsey holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Ministries from Huntington University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southeastern University.

Jeni Meeks

Jeni Meeks has instructed ballet at the CAC studio since 1999.  She was a student of the CAC School of Ballet from the age of 5 to high school and danced the lead role in the school’s production of Coppélia and had major parts in Cinderella, Nutcracker and Graduation Ball performances with honorary roles in many other performances.  She is an English, Math, and Science Middle School teacher at Southern Wells Jr/Sr High School and a graduate of IPFW with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Secondary Education.  She and her husband David have three children Cole, Grace and Sophia and live in Liberty Center.  Meeks has taught dance classes for the Operation Wellnesses AHA Camp, Norwell High School Dance Team, CAC Ballet Camp, and The Miss Wells County Queen Pageant. She has also presented a vocal music performance for the CAC board of directors in 2005. 

Emily Roop

Emily Roop was a student in the CAC School of Ballet. In addition to her performances with the School of Ballet, Roop also performed in The Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker at the Ft. Wayne Embassy. Roop also has a background in theater studying and performing theater in high school and Huntington University. She has been teaching at the CAC School of Ballet since 2015.