A little about us

Shirley Van started her studio more than 60 years ago, and has been providing quality and affordable dance instruction ever since. Here at Shirley Van’s our students’ progress is our first priority.

Our goal is to provide each student with the best possible dance training in a fun and nurturing environment. We help them develop self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline, and a true love for the performing arts.

We emphasize proper technique – our students do not just learn choreography for a dance, they become dancers!

Affordable lessons and costuming for your dancers
Footing the bill for your child’s extra-curricular activities can get expensive. At Shirley Van's Dance Studio we offer fundraising opportunities where the revenue your child earns is applied to their own personal account which offsets the costs of costumes, dancewear and lessons.

Choreography that is designed to make your child shine
Your child will love having the chance to perform at recitals and other events. In addition, there are competition opportunities that are offered "studio wide".


Shirley Van performing. Shirley Van with Carrie Wielgus, Instructor.

Studio Staff

Shirley Van

Shirley Van

Founder

Shirley Van has been instrumental raising the visibility of the art of dance to the Greater Green Bay area. In addition to her own dance studio, Shirley founded The Young People’s Ballet Company, known today as The Dance Company, and was co-founder of the Green Bay Chapter of Adventures in Movement. For nine years, Shirley acted as the choreographer and director of the Green Bay Packers cheerleaders and spent six years at St. Norbert College as an instructor in Movement and Dance in the Theatre Department. She was recognized with the Fort Howard Paper Company John P. Cofrin Award for her contributions to the artistic life in our community. Shirley studied classical ballet at Stone and Camryn Ballet School. She also studied under the direction of Gus Giordiano, Luigi, Joe Tremaine, Matt Mattox and Fran Scanlon.

Carrie Weilgus

Carrie Weilgus

Instructor

Carrie has more than 40 years of dance experience, including more than 25 as a dance/gymnastics instructor. She is a 35-year member of The Dance Company, serving 19 years as Dance Captain. She also competed in rhythmic gymnastics and was an All-American gymnast in vault at UW-La Crosse. She choreographed Bay Port High School musicals for five years.

Jami Goodman

Jami Goodman

Instructor

Jami performed in her first Dance Company show as a guest dancer at age 4. At 9, she became a member of The Dance Company and over the years has performed in many productions. Jami’s 20+ years of dance experience also include being a member of the West De Pere Dance Team from 2001-2006, competing in the State competition all four years and capturing two state titles. In 2009, she returned to the WDP Dance Team where she has helped the team qualify for the state dance competition every year, winning one state title.

Brianna Gauger

Brianna Gauger

Instructor

Bryanna began dancing at the age of 5 in Illinois and was welcomed into the family at Shirley Van's in 2008. Prior to joining Shirley Van's, Bryanna also performed in over a dozen musicals. She joined The Dance Company in 2009 and has been performing with the group ever since, including productions of The Nutcracker (Clara/Sugar Plum Fairy), The Wizard of Oz(Tin Man), The Lion King (Rafiki), and Frozen (Olaf). At Shirley Van's, Bryanna teaches ballet, jazz, and tap. (Her favorite!) In addition to sharing her love of dance with all of her students at Shirley Van's, Bryanna is also a 4th grade teacher at King Elementary in Green Bay.

Elaine Mannion

Elaine Mannion

Instructor

Elaine started her dance career at Shirley Van’s Dance Studio. Her main focus growing up was ballet and jazz. During a unique opportunity to study dance in Aspen, Colorado for the summer she was introduced to Modern dance and Contemporary ballet. From there, Elaine went on to study dance at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and made a pit stop back in Green Bay to perform with The Dance Company before heading out to New York to study with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Elaine shares her love of Contemporary ballet, Classic ballet, and Jazz with her students.

Nicole Koss

Nicole Koss

Instructor

Nicole has been dancing since age 10 and has trained in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, pom & hip hop under Lisa Bero with the YMCA and then Rhythm In Motion Dance Studio. Nicole co-founded the Luxemburg-Casco Middle School Dance Team in 2005 and coached it for three years. Nicole taught both recreational and competitive dance in the Luxemburg, WI area for seven years. Nicole was also a member of the Green Bay Freeze Dance Team which was the dance team for the Green Bay Blizzards Indoor Football League. Nicole is very excited to be a part of the Shirley Van’s Dance Studio and to share her passion for dance with her students.

Jenny Tice

Jenny Tice

Instructor

Beginning at age 7 in Michigan, Jenny studied tap, jazz, and ballet, and became a student of Shirley’s at age 13 when her family relocated to Green Bay. Jenny has competed at the local, regional and national levels, and performed in her high school's musicals, where she was made dance captain and had solo and featured performances in Anything Goes, Annie Get Your Gun, and 42nd Street. Now, her love of dance is focused on tap, as she teaches the adult beginning/intermediate tap and adult advanced tap classes at Shirley Van’s.

Ana Turba

Ana Turba

Instructor

Ana Turba teaches gymnastics at Shirley Van's. She began doing gymnastics when she was 8 years old for a performing team in New Mexico that combined dance and gymnastics. She later moved to Wisconsin and joined The American Turners Association. Since then, she has also practiced with teams in Cuenca, Ecuador and San Rafael, Argentina. She started coaching when she was 16.

Emily Vetter

Emily Vetter

Instructor

Emily has 20 years of dance experience, starting at the age of three. She began dancing in her hometown of West Bend, WI where she danced with Mirror Image Dance Academy and later All the Above Dance Company studying ballet and pointe with some jazz and tap. Emily danced on her middle and high school dance team and spent four years on the St. Norbert College Dance Team. Emily currently coaches the St. Norbert College Dance Team and teaches 2nd grade at King Elementary in addition to teaching pom at Shirley Van's. Emily loves being able to keep her love of dance alive by being involved with the studio