Perryton Dance Academy

Dancers dream with their feet.



Jana joined the Perryton Dance teaching team in 2010 when she covered for Mrs. Melissa during her maternity leave. She loved it so much that she wound up staying and now teaches part time specializing in Tap and Jazz.

Jana comes from a strong teaching background and has her Masters in Psychology. She taught dance in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area for several years.

Jana and her husband, Joe, have two children: Erin and Bodie. Joe serves as the minister at Southside Baptist Church in Perryton.

Melissa began dancing at the age of four in Fort Worth, Texas. Growing up she studied in Longview, TX; Winnsboro, LA; and Booker, TX, before meeting Neil Hess of the Lone Star Ballet in Amarillo. Melissa studied under Mr. Hess and performed with the Lone Star Ballet from 1995-2001. Melissa graduated from Perryton High School in 1999, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from West Texas A&M University in December 2001. She was a cast member of TEXAS Musical Drama in 1999-2000, Lone Star Rising at Lake Meredith in 2001, and Texas Legacies in 2004-2005. Her stage credits include Nutcracker, Kismet, Creatures of Prometheus, God Bless Amarillo, TEXAS Originals, Dancin’ People, and Rodeo, to name a few. Melissa and the TEXAS cast performed for Governor Rick Perry in Austin for the 2001 Texas Medal of Arts Award gala.

Melissa began teaching in 2000. She has taught for Lone Star Ballet Academies in Borger, Canyon, Amarillo and Hereford, as well as substitute teaching in the Dallas area. Melissa was strongly influenced by her teacher, Neil Hess, and believes that dance is not only about learning, but about giving back to the community through performances, education and entertainment.

After graduating from WTAMU, Melissa spent 2 years as a language and cultural student in Cairo, Egypt, where she was able to take class with the Cairo Opera Ballet. Melissa has traveled to many countries including Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, India, Spain, Morocco, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. She loves learning about new cultures. Melissa and her husband, Brett, have two sons named Benjamin and Josiah.