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. 

Alyssa Plisco

Mrs. Alyssa Jo Plisco is no stranger to the Creative Arts Council. For eight years, Alyssa studied ballet and pointe under Pamela Talorico.  Additionally, she participated in local community theater including: the Pulse Opera House, Wabash Area Community Theater and the Wagon Wheel Theater.

Plisco, a graduate of Huntington University, earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and a Theater Arts minor. During her collegiate years, Plisco held principal operatic roles in Hansel and Gretel (Hansel) and the Marriage of Figaro (Cherubino.)  Her favorite college musical theater roles included Martha in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Cinderella in Into the Woods and a featured tap dancer in Singing in the Rain.  

Alyssa strives to share her love of music and theater through teaching, directing and choreography. She directed her first children’s musical when she was just 16 years old.  Just a few years later, she was hired to choreograph musical works for Alice in Wonderland Jr. and Aladdin Jr. for Huntington University Theater Company's summer camps.  

Plisco enjoys making literature come alive in her job as a children’s librarian at the Wells County Public Library.  At the Creative Arts Council, she currently teaches classes in toddler music, ballet, creative movement and theater.  Alyssa is a freelance vocal artist for Heartland Sings in Fort Wayne; she also offers private voice and piano lessons through Plisco Music Studios.

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.