About Us

The DanceLife Center, formerly the Jacqueline Bennett Dance Center, was established in 2010 to continue and enhance the legacy of quality dance instruction in East Central Illinois.
Our mission is to create a supportive and nurturing environment for every student to learn dance, whether for fun and exercise, or whether to enter the arts on a professional level.

Building on Legacy

The legacy of the Jacqueline Bennett Dance Center is bolstered by the long list of distinguished alumni, several who have continued their involvement in the arts, either in performing and/or teaching. We are honored that some of these alumni have joined our faculty ranks.

The Dance Center curriculum is comprehensive and is designed to give each child or adult the best possible dance education. Technique and discipline are stressed 
throughout each and every class. Building confidence in each Dancer's abilities and instilling a sense of commitment to themselves and their peers is an important aspect of the Dance Center training.

At DanceLife, we believe Dance is a performing art, and a way of life. The DanceLife Center provides many performing opportunities, which are vital to the Dancer's overall development. Performing teaches responsibility, provides an environment that requires group unity and effort for a common objective, instills confidence and rewards the performer with a sense of accomplishment.

While the DanceLife Center subscribes to a vigorous and professional approach in the training of your Dancer, the DanceLife Center continually employs various teaching methods designed to provide a "fun atmosphere" throughout his or her training. The DanceLife Center's philosophy is that dancing should be fun, and we feel this environment maximizes each Dancer's capacity to learn.

Our Locations


307 6th Street, Charleston, IL 61920

Phone: (217) 345 - 7182

Email: charleston@dancelifecenter.com

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DanceLife @ Jansen's Gymn
2308 Hoffman Dr, Effingham, IL 62401

Phone: (217) 345 - 7182

Email: effingham@dancelifecenter.com

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DanceLife @ Flourishes Gallery and Studios
140 1/2 E. MainShelbyville, IL 62565

Email: shelbyville@dancelifecenter.com

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