Studio 139 is a Dance Studio under the direction of Joie Meador. Our vision is to provide dance instruction to those wanting to learn to honor Christ through the art of dance. Our name, Studio 139, comes from Psalm 139 in which we are reminded that God has come near to us and knows us intimately. Our God has created. He has created each student that we encounter and therefore we seek to teach in such a way that our dancers will want to know their great Creator more fully. Moreover, the Creator God has made us in his image, so we too must create. We hope that each student will learn to create and dance for His Glory.
About the Instructors
Joie Meador (Dance)
I started dancing at Briarwood Ballet, a ministry of Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama when I was 4 years old. It was while at Briarwood that I received some of the best ballet technique training in the state. Beyond a love for dance, I was given a unique understanding of integrating my faith into every aspect of life, this included of course, dance.
After some time away from dance, I realized that this was a lifelong love and call on my life. I went back to school and received a B.A. in Dance from UNL focusing primarily on Modern and Ballet training. Over the years, the Lord has clarified his purposes for me in teaching and I am passionate about not just teaching the art of dance but through my relationship with each dancer, from 4 year olds to 14 year olds, discipling them to understand more deeply the God who created us to know Him and to bear His image.
Gena Winkels (Dance)
I started taking dance classes when I was 3 years old at Jane Taylor Academy of Dance in Minnesota and trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and pointe. I was a dance assistant, then dance teacher and competitive dancer before starting college. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in elementary education and minor in dance teaching; I also came to know the Lord at this time.
We moved to Europe where I was able to choreograph for the theatre department in the American International School of Rotterdam and also teach an outreach hip-hop class for our church. After moving back to the states I taught ballet, tap and jazz at Musical Avenues in Bloomington, MN and choreographed a few liturgical lyrical dances for our church. In 2010 we moved to Lincoln and I have focused my time on homeschooling our five children and serving in our church, Zion Presbyterian.
Romans 6:13 says “Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.” Our bodies are the Lord’s, he bought them with a price, and he has called us to use them for His glory. I know that God has designed me to dance for His glory, and it is my hope that I can help train others in the skill of dance so that they may also find the deep, satisfying joy in worshiping the one true God with the “instrument” that he has gifted them with.
Clara Kramer (Dance)
I started dancing in California when I was 3 years old and kept at it for about 15 years through a move to Nebraska. After I graduated high school I had to take a short sabbatical from dance to start my college career, but my love for dance (mainly ballet) was always there.
I have studied child education with practicums in schools and have also studied movement, ballet and choreography my entire adult career. I’m currently a junior at UNL working towards my bachelors degree in Business Administration. My hope is to one day help small businesses and dance studios with their business side as well as to continue to help teach and further my knowledge in dance and movement.
When I’m not studying, I also play keys for Mosaic Church every Sunday and continually thank God for the abilities he has given me through music and dance.
Katie Laborde (Visual Arts)
I grew up on the island of Bohol, Philippines, where my parents were missionaries for fourteen years. It was there that my love for Jesus, art and internationals began and continued to grow as we moved back to the States.
After living from one state to the next we eventually landed in Lynchburg Virginia, where I attended Liberty University, a Christian college, and received my B.S. in Visual Communications: Visual Arts with an Art Educator Certification in grades Pre-K to 12.
For my final semester of my undergraduate, I moved to Lincoln where I student taught in the art department at Lincoln Christian School. Following this, my husband, John, and I moved back and forth between Lincoln and Kathmandu, Nepal for John’s research studies as a graduate student in agronomy at UNL. Over the course of our time in Nepal, I connected with an international Christian school (Kathmandu International Study Center – KISC) where I taught pre-K and Kindergarten. I also worked as the coordinator for elementary school events, which included a VBS week and a Christmas play. Additionally, I taught art classes to all ages of students ranging from 6 years old to 40 years old at a local business called The Art Room. I’m excited to be apart of Studio139 for these summer camps and to see the two visual arts coming together. I’m looking forward to getting to know the students and to share my love for Jesus as we create art together!