Tanglefoot Cottage Dance Studio

Tanglefoot Cottage Dance Studio provides a nurturing environment for learning and loving dance for students ages 3 through adult.

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Paul Whitman Husby Service Livestream

Here is the livestream link for Paul's funeral:


Westover Chapel


Paul Husby Obituary, Des Moines, Iowa

There will be a live stream of Paul's memorial service at the funeral home tomorrow morning. This link, from his obituary on the Iles Funeral Homes website, will go live at 10:45 a.m. The service will start at 11:00.


ilesfuneralhomes.com Read Paul Husby's obituary/death notice, funeral and memorial service information. View images and share memories/condolences for Paul Husby from Des Moines, Iowa.

Paul W. Husby, 89, died in his sleep of complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on the morning of August 19, 2020. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Iles, Westover Chapel on Thursday, September 3, 2020, followed by a 12:30 p.m. burial at Iowa Veterans Cemetery.

He was born on October 23, 1930 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota to C. Ester and Roy O. Husby. Like so many children born into the Great Depression, Paul grew up learning to be a modern renaissance man. Hunting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and automotive maintenance were all skills he learned in addition to an impressive focus on academics. In fact, Paul and his siblings were the first generation of Husbys in the United States to attend college.

Paul majored in mathematics at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He had to get special permission from the dean of students to take as many credits per semester as he wanted, while also tutoring other students. In 1951, Paul left South Dakota and moved to Des Moines where he married, Jeanne Frahm, and together they raised three children. He also started work in the drafting department of Pittsburgh-Des Moines Steel Company.

At PDM, Paul developed the math test that all applicants to the drafting department were required to pass before being hired. He often said, “If you already know how to do the math, we can to teach you how to draw it.” That philosophy served him well, and he rose to manager of the drafting department, eventually retiring from PDM in 1999, after 47½ years. Paul’s coworkers said one of the things they missed most after he retired were the puns and jokes they referred to as “Husbyisms”.

In addition to a successful civilian career, Paul also had a distinguished military career. He and his older brother Milton both loved the USA and her Navy. When Milton was drafted during World War II, Paul was too young to serve, but he enlisted in the US Navy Reserve in 1949. He served stateside as an electronics technician, rewiring ships in port, installing radio arrays, and teaching other technicians. Though he retired from service in 1990, Chief Petty Officer Husby remained an active member of the Navy Fleet Reserve Association until recently.

For many years, Paul combined his Navy and PDM skill sets in local community theater, designing and building sets as well as programming and running lights for dozens of shows at the Des Moines Community Playhouse, Drama Workshop, and Theater Fabulous.

A member of Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines since February 17, 1956, and deacon for many years Paul was always helping out when and where he could. Repairing doors, assembling the set and operating the spotlight for the children’s Christmas pageant were just some of the ways he volunteered his time and skills. In fact, after Paul and Jeanne divorced, it was through a combination of Central and the Playhouse that Paul met Janet Stewart, who he married in 1973.

Even in the Midwest, you can’t keep a sailor on dry land. In the 70’s Paul turned the driveway into a shipyard and built the first of two boats he kept at Lake Rathbun in southern Iowa. He also joined the Rathbun Yacht Club, where he did the drafting and volunteered as a foreman for the construction of the Yacht Club’s Clubhouse.

He is survived by his wife (Janet), children (Paula, Laura, and Philip), five grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, brothers Milton (Mary) and Ralph (Sheryl) and a brother-in-law Allan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Lila.

The name Paul comes from a Latin word that translates into English as “modest” or “humble.” In spite of his many achievements in life, those words described him perfectly. Though he lived a life of service to others, he was never a fan of awards or accolades. If he helped you remodel your bathroom, or built a table for you, Paul would let you reimburse him for materials, but not for his time. As he always said, “That’s what neighbors are for.”

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Central Presbyterian Church.


[08/16/18]   Classes start August 23. Stop by or call to register now.

[02/05/18]   Tanglefoot classes are cancelled tonight. We've been informed that it'll be several hours after the snow stops before plows can get to anything other than designated snow routes. Stay safe, stay warm!

[01/11/18]   The roads are definitely not fun today. DM Public Schools made a good call cancelling their classes, and Tanglefoot is doing the same. Stay safe, everyone!

[12/22/17]   Last classes of 2017 tonight. We are officially on break until January 3rd!

[08/24/16]   The first day of Des Moines Public Schools classes is also the first day of Tanglefoot dance classes. We open at 4pm. Classes start at 5:15.

[02/02/16]   Des Moines Public Schools cancelled classes because of today's winter storm, so Tanglefoot classes are cancelled today too. Stay home and stay safe!

[01/12/16]   Due to a family emergency, there will be no Tanglefoot classes this work week. We expect regular classes to resume on Saturday, January 16th.

Santa Paws and the rest of the Tanglefoot staff wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Classes resume Monday, January 4.

[11/25/15]   Hope everyone is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. We're doing the same. Classes will resume on Monday, November 30th.

[11/21/15]   Due to weather and road conditions, there will be no classes at Tanglefoot on Saturday, November 21st. Stay safe!

[08/26/15]   It's time to kick off the fall semester! Stop by after 4pm if you still need to register. First class starts tonight at 5:15.

[08/19/15]   Brr... We weren't expecting October weather for the Iowa State Fair. At least it'll be warmer for our show tomorrow. 9am, MidAmerican Energy Stage. See you there!

[08/17/15]   This year, we're thinking of adding Irish dancing to our lineup. Let us know if you're interested. Registration continues this week.

[08/14/15]   This week's almost over, but we'll have more registration days next week... and our performance at the Iowa State Fair! 9am Thursday on the new MidAmerican Energy stage. Come see us!

[08/03/15]   Registration for fall classes starts today! Come in to register from 5pm to 7pm.

[01/07/15]   Des Moines Public Schools have cancelled classes on Wednesday because of the cold, so Tanglefoot classes are cancelled as well. Stay home and stay warm!

[01/05/15]   Des Moines Public Schools have cancelled evening activities because of the weather, so we are cancelling classes at Tanglefoot tonight. Stay safe!

[08/19/14]   Hard to believe school starts tomorrow. Of course, that means classes at Tanglefoot start tomorrow too! If you haven't signed up for dance classes, it's not too late. Stop by to fill out a registration form and get started.

[08/12/14]   Great to see Tanglefoot dancers having fun today performing at the Iowa State Fair!

[05/12/14]   Studio Dress Rehearsal week is here! Come to your regular class time and practice routines in your recital costumes. At the end of class, we'll hand out instructions for next week's Theater Dress Rehearsal and Recital.

[02/20/14]   No classes at Tanglefoot tonight. Des Moines Public Schools are closing early and canceling after-school activities because of the weather, and we're following their lead.

[01/23/14]   We will have regular classes tonight at Tanglefoot, for anyone who wants to brave the weather. It's still not as warm as we'd like, but the wind chill advisory that led to DM Public Schools cancelling today has ended. (That said, if you want to stay home and stay warm, we won't be mad at you.) :)

[01/23/14]   Our policy has always been to cancel classes whenever Des Moines Public Schools declare a weather-related closing. This time, however, there appears to be some controversy because several other area schools didn't close. We want to know what our Tanglefoot families and friends think. Should we break policy and have classes at Tanglefoot tonight?

[01/06/14]   Since Des Moines Public Schools are closed due to today's cold temps, Tanglefoot is closed today too. Stay in and stay warm. We'll see you tomorrow.

[01/02/14]   Hope everyone had a great vacation! Spring semester starts today. Let's burn off the holiday calories and learn as much as we can for this May's recital.

Magic's advice for today: Stay inside, find a comfy sweater, and grab a spot in the sun.

[09/23/13]   Starting next week, we will have a 10-week session of adult tap classes at 2:30pm on Tuesdays. Call or email us if you want more details.

Magic seems happy the rain has missed us so far today.

We had a great time performing at this year's Iowa State Fair!

We had a great time performing on the Fairview Stage, (formerly the AE Stage) at the Iowa State Fair

[06/25/13]   Here's the rehearsal schedule for our upcoming Iowa State Fair performance, (also available on our website www.TanglefootCottage.com)

July 22
5:30 P.M. --- Tumbling

July 26
4:00 P.M. --- Kindergarten

July 29
4:00 P.M. --- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade
5:30 P.M. --- Tumbling
7:00 P.M. --- Jazz

July 31
5:00 P.M. --- Preschool Class

August 1
5:30 P.M. --- Junior Class
7:00 P.M. --- Senior Class

August 2
4:00 P.M. --- Kindergarten

August 5
4:00 P.M. --- 1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade
5:30 P.M. --- Tumbling
7:00 P.M. --- Jazz

August 7
5:00 P.M. --- Preschool Class

August 8
5:30 P.M. --- Junior Class
7:00 P.M. --- Senior Class
August 9 --- Iowa State Fair Performance 9:00 A.M., Fairview Stage

Please arrive early to ensure time to park and walk to the stage.

[06/03/13]   Summer classes start today! The schedule is posted below, as well as on our website. Stop by this afternoon to sign up, or even start your first class. :)

[05/29/13]   Almost forgot: pictures are in! If you ordered a set of photos on picture day, stop by the studio any weekday afternoon between 4 and 6 to pick them up. If you'd rather pick them up at a different time, let us know.

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607 37th St
Des Moines, IA

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Monday 16:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 16:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 16:00 - 21:00
Thursday 16:00 - 21:00
Friday 16:00 - 21:00
Saturday 10:00 - 14:00
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