For over 25 years, Renee Johnson's Dance Studio has had the privilege of training thousands of dancers — not only on dance technique, but also in mastering life skills such as self-discipline, time management, poise, perseverance, and teamwork.
RJDF has produced individuals who have danced and cheered for Division I & II universities, including: University of Missouri, University of Kansas, University of Iowa, University of Arkansas, Truman State, Lindenwood University, among others.
Our alumni cover every industry and job market available and you can find them in every corner of the United States and even abroad!
We are so proud of ALL of our RJDF Graduates and Alumni. We often say: It doesn’t matter if you have danced at our studio for one year or fifteen, if you stay the duration of your dance career or are only here a brief time… Once you dance at Renee's, you are part of the RJDF family forever!
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CONGRATS 2018 RJDF GRADS!
2017 RJDF Alumni Gala
June 3rd, 2017 was an amazing night as we celebrated the 25th anniversary of Renee Johnson's Dance Studio and the 10th anniversary of Renee's Dance Floor. We were so excited to see some amazing RJDF alumni and to hear from even more that couldn't attend! We look forward to many more years of celebrating dance and many more get togethers with some of our favorite people celebrating our dance memories!
Kaitlyn Flora (2016)
Kaitlyn will attend Lindenwood University and be a member of the 2016-2017 Golden Line.
Madison Sieli (2016)
Madison will attend University of Missouri- Columbia and be a member of the 2016-2017 Golden Girls.
Devin Weindel (2015)
Devin attends University of Missouri- Columbia and is a 2nd year member of the Golden Girls Dance Team.
Delaney Glazer (2014)
Delaney moved to Los Angeles in 2014 and signed with Clear Talent Group and currently dancing with Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour. Other credits include: Helene Fischer’s European Tour, Nigel Lithgoe’s “Every Single Step,” East Los High Series, Latin American Music Awards, 2016 Grammy Awards. She also teaches master dance classes around the St. Louis area when she is home. SHE IS C
Miranda Lee (2013)
Miranda attends University of Missouri-Columbia and was selected by the Stickell Student Internship Program as one of the top 20 American Advertising Federation students in the United States in 2016.
Kendall Mays (2013)
Kendall attends Lindenwood University and is a member of the 2016-2017 Golden Line.
Emily Crouch (2013)
Emily moved to Los Angeles after high school. She has performed with SoulEscape and joined the cast of Pearl, which performed at the Lincoln Center in New York. Other commercial credits include: Disney's "Just Dance," video games, Disney Tokyo's "Under The Sea," Helene Fischer World Tour, Nike, Taylor Swift, Snoop Dogg, Tyra Banks, Rayban, UFC, and Pepsi commercials. She is currently a member of Entity Contemporary Dance and you can see her dancing summer 2016 in Maks & Val: Our Way Dance Tour.
Jordan Ward (2013)
Jordan is currently on Justin Bieber’s Purpose World Tour. Other credits include: Prince, Prince Royce, X Factor, Dancing with the Stars, Ellen, TeenNick, Austin & Ally, Arsenio Hall, the BET Awards, the Teen Choice Awards, So You Think You Can Dance, Move Live on Tour with Derek and Julianne Hough, principal dancer for pop artist Becky G, and a recurring character on FOX's hit show Glee.
Andrea Dobbins (2012)
Andrea is a 2016 Graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in Dance.
Madison Johnson (2011)
Madison is a 2015 Graduate of Elon University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. While at Elon her performing credits included: Velma in Chicago, Evelyn Nesbitt in Ragtime, and Carla in In the Heights. Credits outside of Elon include: Brooke in Legally Blonde at Peach State Summer Theatre in Georgia, Cinderella at Artpark in New York and Deelee in Smokey Joe's Cafe at Mill Mountain Theatre. She has also been cast in the Muny in St Louis and credits include: Fairy Tale Creature in Shrek, The Dead Nun in the Addams family, Frenchy in Grease, Silly Girl in Beauty and the Beast and Ethel in 42nd street.
Angela Porcelli (2011) -
Angela attended Missouri State University and studied Entertainment Management. She has been a part of the Miss America Organization and won Miss St. Joseph in 2015 and in 2016 she became Miss Mid-Missouri.
Stephani Luhrsen (2011)
Stephani attended Florida State University and was a member of the Golden Girls Dance Team.
Courtney Hudspeth (2010)
Courtney attended Ole Miss University and was a member of the Rebelettes Dance Team. She currently is assistant coach of RJ Team Elite Pom Team.
Kristin Kerley (2010)
Kristin attended University of Tennessee and was a member of the University Dance Team.
Christopher Carvalho (2010)
Christopher is a 2014 graduate of Chapman University with a BFA in dance performance and a minor in economics. He is currently performing with The DIAVOLO Institute and other Los Angeles-based dance companies.
Jacqueline Madey (2009)
Jacqueline attended Stephen’s College where she majored in Fashion Design and Product Development with a Minor in Business Marketing. After returning to St. Louis, she began creating and producing her own clothing line, Jacqueline Nicole, and at Madison’s Dancewear and Renee Johnson’s as a seamstress. In October 2015 she opened La Ville, an upscale women’s boutique in Ellisville. In 2016 she was honored as St. Louis Magazine A-List Best Women’s Boutique Winner.
Chelsea Alfaro (2009)
Attended Marymount Manhattan College with a BFA in Dance. Upon graduation, she joined the 24 Seven Dance faculty 2013 tour. Chelsea has been a member of the LA Dance Magic and Ashleyliane Dance companies. Chelsea is currently teaching Pure Barre and assisting with the RJ's award winning competition team.
Hope Harl (2008)
Hope attended Webster University with a BFA in Dance. Was a part of Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company and has taught dance at The Dancing Wheels Company, Creative Movement Center (both in Ohio) and Leaping Lizards Performing Arts Studio in St. Louis.
Laura Young (2008)
Laura attended University of Missouri-Columbia and was a member of the Golden Girls Dance Team.
Courtney Paquette (2007)
Courtney attended University of Missouri- Columbia and was a member of the Mizzou Golden Girls.
Megan Wolf (2007)
Megan attended University of Missouri- Columbia and was a member of the Mizzou Golden Girls.
Brittany Luhrsen (2007)
Brittany attended University of Missouri- Columbia and was a member of the Mizzou Golden Girls.
Elise Schleiter (2007)
Elise attended University of Missouri- Columbia and was a member of the Mizzou Golden Girls.
Kate Hagenhoff Koenen (2006)
Kate attended Truman State University and was a member of the Truman Showgirls Dance Team. She is currently a Nurse Clinical Coordinator at SSM Health St. Louis Fetal Care Institute
Stephanie Ray (2002)
Stephanie attended Lindenwood University and currently dances for Walt Disney World Corporation in Orlando, FL.
Erin Maxwell (2002)
Erin attended Kansas University and was a member/captain of the Crimson Girls Dance Team. She is currently is Director of Brand Experience at American Express in New York.
Kristen Maxwell (2002)
Kristen attended Kansas University and was a member/captain of the Crimson Girls Dance Team. She is currently is executive editor at The Knot.
Ashley Elzinga (2002)
Ashley attended Webster University and studied Media Communications & Film Theory. Today she is employed by Emmis Communications and is the on-air radio personality, Lux Point, on 105.7 The Point.
Shannon Nordman (2002)
Currently is an elite coach for Stars R Us competition team in Mascoutah, IL
Sara Dayley (2000)
Sara attended University of Tampa and received a BA in Communication Journalism. She worked as the pit reporter for Monster Jam, Nitro Jam, IHRA Drag Racing and Supercross and hosted two seasons of Lucas Oil on the Edge and The ADRL Series. She joined KSDK in March of 2010 as a morning reporter/anchor and social media contributor. In 2015 she won a Mid-America Emmy for “On Camera Talent,” served as the “In Game” host for the St. Louis Rams, and sideline reporter on ESPN3 for Missouri Valley Football. In 2015 she joined the West County EMS & Fire team as the Community Liaison Officer and in 2016 joined KTVI Channel 2 as a weekend reporter.
Joe Hamrick (1998)
Joe attended Lindenwood University and Oklahoma City University and obtained a BA in Performing Arts. He was a member of MADCO (Mid America Dance Company) and other credits include: Jahzmyne, Alexandra Bachelier, Dance 2XS NYC and The Movement, Scrubs, Thirty Days Until I’m Famous and various appearances on Disney, VH1 and NBC. He can also be seen in Herbie: Fully Loaded, Downtown the movie, Elizabethtown, The Perfect Lie and Zombie Prom featuring RuPaul. Joe is currently the co-owner of DanceWorks Conservatory and DanceWear Express in Kansas City.
Nancy Moresi (1997)
Nancy attended University of Missouri - Columbia and currently is an instructor at Pure Barre in Louisville, KY.
Megan Lawhorn (1996)
Megan attended Lindenwood University was a St. Louis Rams Cheerleader.