STAFF

We take our roles as mentors and teachers in your child's life very seriously.  It is our objective to inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors.  In the process, we strive to set the right example and help your child (and you) create memories that will last a lifetime.  Our school is a leader in dance education.  We believe that our success comes as a result of providing solid training and quality service, as well as our underlying belief in the strength of our organization.

Nanette Adams Galvin

Owner/Director

Nanette Adams Galvin is a third generation dancer and teacher with the Adams family.  She has been the artistic Director of the Adams School of Dance in Belleville for over 40 years.  She has been a teacher of dance and tumbling for over 50 years.  She has trained since early childhood with her mother and staff.  Summers she has studied with noted artists across the US.  Nanette has been a member of local civic ballet companies, has judged various auditions for St. Louis Dance Teachers Association, Chapter 21, Dance Masters of America.   Nanette is also certified thru St. Louis Dance Teachers Association, Chapter 21 Dance Masters of America. 

Camie Leonard

Camie has trained since early childhood and teaches all forms of dance.  Camie is a fourth generation dancer and teacher with the Adams family.  She has won numerous awards in dance and tumbling.  She has traveled all over the United States and Canada to train with noted artists.  She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in Family Studies.  Camie also was a Mizzou cheerleader, a member of Repertory Arts Movement Dance Company and a teacher at Columbia Dance Studio.  Camie continues to impress us with her award winning choreography. Camie is also certified thru St. Louis Dance Teachers Association, Chapter 21 Dance Masters of America. 

Paula Miller

Paula has been a teacher of dance and pom for over 30 years.  She has trained since early childhood with the Adams Staff and has studied with noted artists across the U.S.  Paula choreographed for pom squads before becoming a teacher for Adams.  She has also judged various talent competitions across the U.S.  

Donna Byron

Teacher of dance for over 30 years. Donna trained with Adams School of Dance,  Gus Giordanos in Evanston, IL and various other teachers from around the country. She received a tap scholarship to Kent State University and her teachers certificate to Dance Masters of America. She is a teacher of teachers and has judged many pageants and competitions in the area.

Nicole Drayer

Nicole began her love of dance at Adams School of Dance under the tutelage of Nanette Galvin and several others.  With a degree in Dance from Webster University she danced with Webster Dance Theater, choreographed for the NBC Movie of the Week “She Stands Alone”  and taught for several St. Louis area studios in addition to Adams.  From there she relocated to Chicago to continue studies with some of the Chicago greats: Larry Long & Gus Giordano in addition to teaching at numerous Chicagoland studios including the famed Giordano Dance Center and becoming a demonstrator to the Godfather of American Jazz Dance himself, Gus Giordano. Now entering her 30th year as a Dance Educator, she’s back home at Adams School of Dance and excited to bring her passion for dance back to where it started!

Lindsay Loesche

Lindsay has trained with the Adams staff since childhood.  She has also competed with Adams Dance Team and won numerous awards on the regional and national level.  Lindsay graduated from McKendree College with a degree in education.  Lindsay is also a teacher at Edwardsville High School.

Jessica Jorns

Jessica has trained in all forms of dance and tumbling since early childhood with the Adams School of Dance.  Along with competing on the Adams Dance Team, Jessica danced with the Belleville West Dance Team for four years and Southeast Missouri State Dance Team for two.  Jessica graduated from Fontbonne University with a degree in dietetics.  Along with teaching dance, Jessica also co-owns Red Sprinkles, a cookie company!  

Brianne Harms Stinchfield 

Brianne began dancing at the age of 5 in Omaha, Nebraska. After moving to O’Fallon, Illinois, Bree trained under Adams School of Dance for 10 years and began teaching ballet, tap, jazz and pom in 1996. She was a member of the Golden Girls dance team at O’Fallon Township High School and served as captain her senior year.  While earning her B.S. degree in Mass Communications from SIUE, Bree completed several early childhood development courses and worked as an infant room and pre-school teacher at Kindercare and Together Wee Grow. Her marketing career led her to Dallas, Texas in 2007. After moving back to the area in 2010, she resumed taking adult ballet classes. She is proud of being a part of the Adams family for more than 20 years and is thrilled to return to teaching. Bree is also a graphic designer and she and her husband Jim reside in Collinsville, Illinois.

Misty White

Misty has trained in numerous forms of dance since she was six years old, but has always had a special connection with hip-hop and tumbling.  As a military child, she has moved around from different dance schools around the country and even trained in Japan. Misty is no stranger to Adams School of Dance and has been attending since she was 10 years old.  Misty also teaches at Little Sunshine Playhouse and Preschool.  

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