Welcome to Janelle's School of Irish Dance!

In IRISH DANCE, our goal & commitment is:

  • to provide instruction to students committed to the development of the disciplines and enjoyment of Irish dance
  • to help young people discover and develop skills and abilities, to build individual confidence and give students support and encouragement in their personal growth
  • to uphold/teach a standard of modesty and wholesomeness throughout - in manner, conduct, atmosphere, instruction, and in the dance itself

Dance School Owner - Miss Janelle

  • Janelle's School of Irish Dance was established in 2006.
  • Hundreds of students have been taught over the course of the last 13 years, and at present, 12 different levels of Irish dance are being taught modern, as well as traditional Irish Ceili and step dance in hard shoe and soft shoe.
  • The school is committed to professionalism, and quality education in the teaching of the skills, technique, and art of Irish dance.



    Hello! My name is Lilah Barneson. I am 14 years old and have been dancing with Janelle’s School of Irish Dance for over 10 years, and assisting Miss Janelle in classes for 5 years. This year I am taking on a much larger role in teaching and choreography and am so excited about this. I love Irish dance and it is my dream to own/run a dance school someday. Aside from dancing being one of my favorite hobbies, I love to play my violin, do arts and crafts, act in plays, spending hours outdoors, and hangout with my 2 younger sisters. I am really looking forward to this dance season, and to pass on the love and enjoyment of Irish dance to all the students I will be working with!! Looking forward to seeing kids again that I have worked with in the past, and to meeting new ones who are joining up this year!


    Hi! My name is Elianna Aberle. I am 19 years old and the oldest of 10 kids. I am a homeschool graduate and am currently working in my 4th year at Culvers as a Team Trainer and Coordinator (promoted to management in February). I love almost every kind of dancing, with a fiery passion! I have taken Irish dance for several years, ballet for a year, and have learned many different types of ballroom dancing, but Irish dance is one of my all-time favorite styles of dancing. I am so excited to be getting more involved with the dance school in learning and teaching this year, and it is my joy and honor to be able to work with your children!


    Hello! I’m Abby Downie, or Miss Abby. I have been Irish dancing since I was 5 years old, and am going into my eleventh year of dance. The past three years I have been an assistant teacher with Miss Janelle, and I’m so excited to officially take on a bigger role in teaching classes. Dance has always been a big part of my life and I absolutely adore it! It has taught me so much more than steps, but to be creative, take good care of my body, and to have self-confidence. I am so excited to meet and work with each student. My goal is to teach students to perfect steps, technique, and skill, as well as encourage them in who they are as a person. Apart from dance, I have worked the last 2 summers at a Christian adventure camp in Baraboo, WI. There I worked with students, from 4th grade-high school, in a high ropes course, rock climbing, and canoeing. Some of my hobbies are adventuring, doing art, snuggling with my dog, getting coffee with friends, spontaneous dance parties, and writing poetry. Once again, I’m so excited for this dance year and getting to know your kids. If you are a parent I would also love to meet you, so please don’t be afraid to ask questions and say hi!


    Hi! My name is Sophia Munson, or Miss Sophie. I am 17 years old and a senior in high school. This year will be my 9th year involved with Janelle’s School of Irish Dance, and I have loved every second of it! One of my favorite things about dance is the way you're able tell a story through expression without words. I have been an assistant teacher and worked with kids giving private dance lessons for a few years and am excited to be teaching and getting more involved. Outside of dance, some of my interests include cross country running, downhill skiing and attempting to teach myself the guitar. I am really looking forward to this dance year, getting to know students, and to teach them how to have the time of their life while dancing, and at the same time looking great while doing it! Can’t wait to hit the dance floor with your kids


    • The Pablo Center at the Confluence - Room 322 (128 Graham Ave)

    • "Dance troupes available upon request for special performances such as weddings, birthdays, graduations, etc.!"