Charlene Bowen


Certified by Dance Masters of America  

Charlene has been sharing her love of dance with others 
for 40 years.

She enjoys teaching students in the studio. Watching them grow from preschoolers to young adults. And becoming a part of their lives. 

In fact, many of Charlene's past students are now bringing their children to the studio for classes.

Charlene grew-up on Des Moines' East Side and still lives and works there today - helping to support the community and living her dream of teaching the art of dance.

In addition to Dance Masters of America certification, Charlene travels to various workshops and conventions to continue her education - studying with nationally known instructors to bring new material to her students.

2650 Easton Blvd., Des Moines, IA 50317
515-263-0441 or 515-265-6626

​​​​​​Charlene's Dance Studio

Meet The Teachers

Marie J. Bowen

Dance & Acrobatics Instructor  
Marie began taking dance classes at the age of 3 from her mom, Charlene.  Growing up as the daughter of a dance teacher, she developed a passion for dancing at an early age and enjoys sharing this with others through both teaching and performing. 

Marie has over 30 years of experience in dance and acrobatic/tumbling and has been teaching for more than 10 years.  Marie continues to study with nationally-known instructors and is trained in a variety of styles including tap, jazz, musical theater, ballet, lyrical, hip-hop/funk, hula, tahitian, salsa, floor tumbling, acrobatics, acrobalance, and yoga.  

A graduate of Grand View University, she holds a B.A. in Business Administration-Management and was awarded a scholarship to be member of the collegiate Competitive Dance Team during all 4 years of her enrollment at GVU.

Marie loves being a part of Charlene’s Dance Studio, helping to keep her mom’s establishment alive by maintaining a family-run, positive atmosphere for children of all ages.  In addition to teaching at the studio, Marie is very involved in the community and loves sharing her talents in entertainment form every change she gets. She has performed with many local organizations including The Des Moines Playhouse, Iowa Dance Theatre, Salsa Des Moines, and Flying Eagles Acrobalance Troupe.