The Dance Lab offers dance instruction to children and adults alike in ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, creative and adult fitness. While our emphasis is on correct technique and form, we also stress the importance of creativity, personal expression, dance history and arts appreciation in attempt to mould the student into a well-rounded artist regardless of their level of involvement. We understand that, though dance is a strictly disciplined art form, it is essential to enjoy our time learning it as well.
About the owner
Joan Mix Lande (Joanie) is a dancer, choreographer and performer working professionally from Rochester to the Twin Cities, and various places in between. Joanie has been an avid dance enthusiast since age 5, growing up at the Janet Lang Dance Studio in Rochester, MN, fluently studying every form of dance offered at the time including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, pointe, clogging, swing and danceline. A student at Dover-Eyota High School, Joanie organized the school's first ever Dance Team that still exists today. In 2006, Joanie graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. During that time, she performed in five University Dance Theater Productions, including National ACDFA at the Kennedy Center, Washington D.C. Immediately after that, she performed as an apprentice with Carl Flink's Black Label Movement, Joanie Smith and Daniel Shapiro's Shapiro and Smith Dance, and Paula Mann and Steve Paul's Time Track Productions. In 2009 Joanie founded Rainy Day Cabaret and since then has produced five evening-length productions with that company, all based in Minneapolis. In 2010, Joanie directed, co-created and co-wrote RISE; an original production produced and performed by the Rochester Dance Company, held at the Mayo Civic Center, in Rochester. Since then she has worked with the Rochester Dance Company as the Ballet Mistress, Stage Manager, and Assistant Director. Joanie taught dance at the Janet Lang Dance Studio for 18 years in all disciplines, including jazz, modern, lyrical, tap, ballet, pointe, competition and creative dance. She also teaches jazz, modern, ballet, pointe and competition at the Zumbrota Dance Studio, and has been there since 2006.
Born and raised in Rochester, MN, Daniel began his dance training at the age of 7 and has been dancing ever since. Daniel's movement training began with Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, and Diving before he started taking Jazz dance classes. Shortly after, he began taking Ballet, and eventually Ballroom, Hip-Hop, and Modern dance.
While attending the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, he studied under Maggie Bergeron, Ananya Chatterjea, Carl Flink, Toni Pierce-Sands, Uri Sands, Joanie Smith, and Erin Thompson, and performed works created by Gregory Dolbashian, Larry Keigwin, Scott Rink, and Uri Sands. In the spring of 2016, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance.
Throughout his time spent at the University doing movement and personal research, Daniel fell in love with not only the incredible community of dancers, but also with all of the incredible artists in the Twin Cities Metro area. His deep appreciation of all forms of art has allowed him to work collaboratively with dancers and non-dancers alike.
Lisa Button is a life-long dance enthusiast who began her dance education at the age of 2 1/2 years old and eventually went on to take classes including ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, musical theater/Broadway and hip-hop. She was previously a dance teacher/choreographer at the Dawn Dott Dance Studio in Marquette, MI. She earned a Gold at Dance Olympus for a large-group jazz dance and a Platinum-high scoring award for a tap dance at Dance Olympus a few years later. Currently, Lisa is raising two sons with her husband Kyle while balancing her career as a Quality Specialist in Transfusion Medicine with her love of CrossFit, golf, traveling, musical theater, and dance. She draws choreography inspiration from Michael and Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kenny Ortega, Brian Freidman, and Mandy Moore.