School of Ballet Instructors

Jeni Meeks, School of Ballet Director & Instructor

Ms. Jeni 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.  Ms Jeni 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. Ms Jeni instructs Kinderdance, Pre-ballet, Beginning Ballet, and Creative Expression, a music and movement class for youngsters age 31/2 to 41/2 for the School of Ballet. She is not only a teacher, but also the current Program Director for the CAC School of Ballet.

Janiece Lipsey, Instructor

Janiece began her formal dance training at the Flint School of Performing Arts in Flint, MI. While at FSPA, Janiece 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. Janiece 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.  Janiece has choreographed classical ballet, contemporary ballet, and musical theater productions for various schools and companies. Janiece began teaching at the CAC School of Ballet in 2009. In addition to her teaching ballet classes at the School of Ballet, Janiece is the Director of Programming at Creative Arts. Janiece holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Educational Ministries from Huntington University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Southeastern University.

Pamela Stilwell Talarico, CAC School of Ballet Artistic Director & Instructor

Ms. Talarico has been teaching for the CAC School of Ballet since 1991. Previously, she owned, operated, and taught at Pam Stilwell Classical Ballet Studio in Fort Wayne for 28 years. She was also a ballet instructor for YWCA and at the Villa for eight years. Her training began with John Neff and included Leonard Boucher, Vincent Estrada, Pauline Geyer, Ann Adams, Charles Allen, Twyla Tharp, Robert Joffrey, and George Balanchine. She was trained in classical ballet, a mix of Cecchetti, French, and Russian, as well as Point, character dance, Spanish and National dances, drama, and mime, and many seminars for teachers. Ms. Talarico's dance experience includes solo roles in Cinderella, Nutcracker, Les Sylphides, Les Patineur, Swan Lake, Freebee, Ceremony of Carols, Graduation Ball, Symphonic Variations, Red Shoes, Navidad, and Pas de Quatre. Her choreography includes the musicals "Oliver", "Music Man", and "My Fair Lady" plus pom pom squad competitions. Ms. Talarico has also choreographed CAC School of Ballet's productions since 1994 including Coppelia, Les Sylphide, Tarantella, Stars and Stripes, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Graduation Ball, Les Patineur, Les Pouree, Peter and the Wolf, Gala Performance, Alice in Wonderland, and Sleeping Beauty.