Our educational programming began in 1976, just two years after the Creative Arts Council’s incorporation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Beth Lampton, a former Broadway performer, began offering classical ballet classes in her home, classes that would soon become Creative Arts Council’s School of Ballet.
Since then, our ballet programs have grown significantly (serving over 2,000 students), while continually emphasizing Ms. Lampton’s original goal: to provide proper classical ballet instruction by trained teachers for community students.
As our classes have increasingly grown through the years, we have added dance classes in modern, contemporary, jazz, and tap, as well as adult ballet classes and summer dance camps. In addition to these growing classes, we have expanded our programming to provide acting and visual arts education.
Creative Arts has a long history of providing theatrical learning opportunities for students, especially through Wells Community Theater and summer camps. Recently, we have expanded our theatrical education opportunities to include consistent camps, workshops and classes each year.
Our visual arts programs have recently focused on elementary age students, but we also periodically offer workshops and classes for a variety of other ages. These programs often take place in our Balentine Gallery, an inspiring space featuring rotating exhibits by local artists.
Creative Arts is proud to provide such a diversity of quality arts education opportunities for students and families in Wells County and surrounding areas! Won’t you join us?
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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 Executive Director 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 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 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.
Amie Hunt is our jazz instructor here at the Creative Arts Council. While growing up, Amie received dance instruction for more than 13 years in all genres, and competed in regional and national dance competitions. After graduating high school, Amie became a dance instructor teaching liturgical dance at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Haven and dance conditioning classes for Northeast School of Dance in Fort Wayne. She taught these classes throughout her college career and even started receiving instruction in different ballroom genres. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Amie and her husband moved to Bluffton and started their teaching careers. She is now a Kindergarten Teacher at Southern Wells Elementary and absolutely loves it. "The best part about teaching jazz classes is that I get to put my two passions of teaching and dance together. From technique to choreography to performing, I love every moment of it."