Body Positivity and Diversity For Dancers – With Angela & Jodi


Finding The Joy In Studio Ownership

Welcome to our brand new Podcast Series, Elevate Your Dance Studio: Finding The Joy In Dance Studio Ownership with Angela and Jodi.

Over the next 8 weeks we will be exploring studio ownership with two dance studio owners – just like you – who have experienced the highs, lows, and in-betweens throughout their journey in business.

In This Week’s Episode

Your dancer’s bodies are so much more than their instrument, and in this episode we share strategies and philosophies to help you empower your dancers to love and care for their bodies during their most vulnerable times. Jodi and Angela open up about

  • Their personal experiences with body image and diversity, and the impact it has had on their lives and studio philosophies
  • Picking up on the signs on body image issues in students
  • Practical ways you can help and empower your dancers in the studio when they are showing signs of low-confidence or poor body image
  • Costuming, choreography and show considerations that support your dancers’ body diversity

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About Your ‘Elevate Your Studio’ Hosts

Jodi Shilling is a Dance Performance graduate from Oklahoma City University and recipient of a 2008 Distinguished Alumni Award and the owner of Releve Studios in Tarzana, California.

Her dance credits include: Natalie Cole Live tour, Resident Choreographer for Timber Lake Playhouse, choreographer and instructor for numerous dance studios, promotional events and theatre companies in the New York and Los Angeles areas.

On television, Jodi has been seen as: Tiffany on The Disney Channel’s That’s So Raven (2005-2006), Robin on Disney’s Hannah Montana (2008), Jessica on Comedy Central’s Laughs4Life with Steve Carell (2003) and Stephen Colbert (2004), Kessler on TV Land’s I Did Not Know That with Harry Shearer, as well as several indie movies including the faith-based film, Can I Get a Witness Protection.

Her performance credits also include numerous commercials, radio spots, animated voices, industrials, and over 50 stage-productions in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Jodi served as Artistic Director and Co-Founder of a non-profit Off-Broadway theatre company, Little Artistic Value (2000-2002), with Kristen Chenoweth serving on the board of directors during her tenure.

Now days, Jodi is happily married and a mother of two young daughters. She is excited to serve and nurture young performers through Relevé Studios. Her mission is to lift children up through the arts!

Angela Mannella-Hoffman, owner of Moore Than Dance has been acting and dancing professionally since she was a child.

Theater credits include: The Guthrie Theater, MN Shakespeare Project, Hennepin Stages, The Children’s Theatre Company, Shakespeare and Company MN, The Old Log Theater and many other regional theaters.
Angela has done over 300 commercials and voice overs, including being the spokesperson for several companies including American Furniture and Appliances.
Dance and Choreography Credits include: Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy, Super Bowl Halftime Show, Stages Theater, Hennepin Stages, Totino-Grace, Fridley and many other local schools.
Angela is happily married to Tim Hoffman and has an 11 year-old son, Vinny.
At Moore Than Dance, her mission is to provide wholesome and professional Performing Arts training in a family-friendly environment. MTD students learn how to dance, sing and act and appreciate their God-given talents.

About Us

The Dance Studio Owners Association is for studio owners who are ready to commit to building their dream studio through taking consistent action while accepting guidance and advice. It’s for new studio owners and experienced studio owners alike. No matter what stage you’re at in your business, you’ll gain valuable information to take your studio to new levels while becoming a go to studio in your area.

DSOA members also have exclusive access to some of the greatest minds in business through our expert masterclasses, one-on-one mentoring through our member makeover experience and a monthly Q&A session that directly answers all your pressing questions about being a Studio Owner.  

Our association is a community. It’s a community of dance studio owners who have seen what Clint has not only produced with his own studio but his Studio Owner clients and program members over 6 years. They’ve seen the results and they want to be a part of the action!

For more on the Dance Studio Owners Association check out our website at or visit our Facebook page




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