About Us

Peg & Jayne

TJ Dance began in 1984. Jayne was instructing aerobics classes at the time with a dear friend Terry Foster. They went by the name "TJ Goodbody" Ahh haa The answer to the most ask question "Where does the "T" come from in TJ Dance?" Aerobics was fun, but Jayne REALLY missed dancing! Glen & Jeri Kuntz had a space in their "tanning salon" below "Alices" (for you ol' locals) and encouraged Jayne to give teaching dance classes a try. She started in March of 84 with 2 classes and all 14 students put on their first recital at Cherry Valley Elementary in June - just 2 months after they started. All the costumes were hand made (bulk material bought by Jayne spread out all over the dance floor for the "cut out the pattern" party!). All the music was recorded off albums onto a cassette tape. The lights consisted of a few spot lights the school found in the music storage room and Jayne filled with bulbs. Since we only had a few dances learned by then, we filled in our show with with Tae Kwon Do Demos, "impromptu" Break Dancing featuring Jayne's adorable boys Justin & Jesse, and even an Aerobic Class Demo! The chairs for the audience were set up by friends and we even offered free cake and coffee to encourage people to come watch our show!

In 1989, Peg became a wonderful addition to TJ Dance. She had been an audience member for several years watching her daughter Heather dance, but found herself squirming in her seat - itching to help and to dance! She offered her ballet expertise which was much needed at TJ Dance.

We've come a LONG way since 1984. We've made so many changes. We have two studios now and some wonderful teachers! TJ Dance became an LLC in 2003 and had over 250 dancers in our 2005 shows (6 shows!) The shows are an incredible demonstration of community teamwork and participation with hundreds of volunteers that make them actually happen! And have I mentioned? We do have the BEST shows around!

We stay active in the community, supporting the schools and many local fundraisers. We, (the teachers at TJ Dance) try to stay current and always learning by attending workshops and classes. The Seattle area has become a "hub" for dancers. We have been treated to some of the greatest teachers and performers here in the Pacific NorthWest. The Seattle area is truly "RICH" in dance knowledge and resources! A special thanks to Johnson and Peters for making much of that happen! We love to dance! We love to teach dance! We truly LOVE what we do!

Karen, Stephanie, Bailey, Chelsea, Jayne, Peggy, Bethany, Margie, Aariel & Nyree           August 2018

A huge shout out to our absolutley incredible staff (although we're missing Jenn and Tracy in this photo). We know today is as rough on you as it is on us... We're all missing our dancers and the amazing energy every unique class has. We're missing the challenges of teaching, working on choreography and the hours of fun and hard work! It's probably time to get planning for a new normal and a tricky new schedule... but we have no doubt we're all up for the task. Thank you! We love you!❤💕🥰
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Costume Pick Ups Scheduled:
Thursday June 18 3-5
Tuesday June 23 3-5.
Hi there Dancers! How are you? We miss you all sooo much!🥰 Most of our costumes are in. The only costumes not yet in are Teacher Jayne's Wed 4:30 "Everybody Wants To Be A Cat", The pompoms for Teacher Stephanie's Mon 6:30 "Missy Elliott" Dance (costumes are here!) And Teacher Bethany's Thurs 5 "High Hopes" Dance - just the boys have not arrived. The girl's costumes are here.
We hope to see you then. We will meet you outside and will be masked. Stay safe and healthy. ❤
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This evening at 5pm, we will gather in the studio parking lot and get ready to cheer on our 2020 graduates! 🎉We can grab some pompoms and our TJ Dance banner with a couple grad balloons attached. We can stand out by the road and cheer for our graduating seniors as the drive by on 203 on their way to their drive up graduation ceremony in Carnation. Bring any fun accessories you'd like! Everyone is welcome! They deserve the recognition! Congratulation Class of 2020! We love you!❤
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Costume Pick Up today at the studio 3-5. Also Wednesday June3rd 3-5 and Friday June 5th 5-7. We're still waiting though on costumes for Jayne's Wed 4:30 class, Stephanie's Monday 6:30 class and a few of Aariel's are still missing as well as an order put in later for Rachael W. We hope to see you all! We miss you! We're still tossing ideas around for some kind of performance so we'll let you know about that as soon as we decide on something. Thank you all! We MISS you!😪❤🥰 Send and post pictures please❤❤❤ PS Fosse Chat and Stretch on zoom Wed 5:30. Let us know if you'd like an invite! Everyone welcome. #_tjdance #tjdancerocks #tjdance ...

Costume pick up day Sunday May 31st 3-5pm at the studio. We will be masked and 6 feet apart. We can bring them to your car if you'd like us to. If you got an email with costume info attached, you're costume is here and waiting for you. We'd love pictures of you or your dancers when they try them on. We'd love to be able to post some in the coming days so please let us know if it's ok to post. Thank you! We MISS you! Every day that goes by is a day closer to us dancing together again! ❤ #_tjdance #tjdancerocks #tjdance ...

Two of teacher Jayne's grandkids live in Hawaii. They're at the beach today and Kaia happened to be wearing her TJ Dance shirt! Their daddy sent a picture. Couldn't pass up sharing it with all of you. Look at those beautiful kiddos! Jaxon & Kaia 💕🤙🥰Missing them and missing all of you dancers! ❤🌺🌞
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Monday, May 25, is National Tap Dance Day (Bill “Bojangles” Robinson’s birthday). The Tap Family Reunion will be streaming selections from their work titled “And Still You Must Swing” starting at 2:00PM our time. They’ll keep it available to watch for 24 hours, so you can tune in when you like. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrCdE4G7Nlg
Thank You to Carolyn for this info!❤
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Today this picture popped up on google home as a memory! Oh my! April 21, 2015. Missing the dancers, the music, the energy, the studio... Can hardly wait to get back! Stay safe and healthy! We'll dance together again soon!#_tjdance #tjdancerocks #tjdance ❤💃❤ ...

We miss you all dancers! Looking forward to the day we can dance together again!❤🥰💃 We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
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Oh, how we miss you all! 💕 Feeling very humbled, touched and loved while reading through emails from dance families this morning. Your encouraging words keep us hanging in there. We will do everything we can to get through this together so we can get back to dancing with you as soon as possible! Love you all! Stay safe and healthy!❤ and Thank You! #_tjdance ...

April 9th, 2020
Dear Dancers and Families:
We miss seeing all of you! According to the Governor's recent "stay at home" order, and the CDC's recommendations of social distancing, we have to keep the studio temporarily closed. We also realize that since the April 6th announcement of schools remaining closed, it is unlikely that we will be back dancing at the studio in May or June. We do not want our dance year to end so abruptly. You will be hearing individually from your teachers. Some will be using Zoom for a virtual class, or just to communicate with students and share some dance time. We would like to continue through June with this. There are videos of recital dances, along with warm-ups and exercises that can be done at home. We have included links under each teacher's name in our previous email and at the bottom of this email. Please check back often. We will continue to update these folders!
Please go to tjdance.com to find our most updated news.
We're here... we miss you... we will dance together again! Stay safe and healthy. ❤ #_tjdance #tjdancerocks #tjdance
Jayne
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZdX4JvgyakgHzOUY?e=q0PcHz
Bethany
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZdkBiCjIpeIsi8mA?e=vBh0qh
Stephanie
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AptLF0GkzU3Zd6GEKQ9txoVMgkg?e=ZWSRGe
Tracy
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZeJCNc7t2-K9cMtM?e=axlJrh
Peg
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZetUqygSa_Dj-mso?e=V695c9
Shruti
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZfAbIh0GOahNUANo?e=8DKeRd
Jenn
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdAYSiOdq_ZwQQCX7kXNF648gaN5BF9r3&fbclid=IwAR28t9ofqAHy-qXP12tLUSaK0owIP295nZvNBy6EuFA5X_jbWdRf-vaqDS4
Public – we hope to fill this folder for anyone wanting a little exercise and dance at home. Once it is full, please feel free to share it any time with anyone!
https://1drv.ms/u/s!AptLF0GkzU3Z1URWuORwzsvp6LM0?e=c1Hazs
Aariel, Karen and Nyree have contacted their students directly. They will be adding to "Public" folder also
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Dear Dancers,
How are you all? We miss each and everyone of you terribly! We so look forward to seeing you all soon and dancing with you again. Costumes are still arriving. And they are beautiful! Once we get back to dance, we’ll have to see if we’re able to stay with our original recital date. If not, we’ll look into when and where we can put on our shows. We will have a show though! We may just have to be a bit more flexible. Maybe this will turn itself around much sooner than we think and we can just jump back in and go on with the original plan. We just don’t know yet. ❤️ We hope these videos will help you get some practice in while we all stay at home. All of the teachers will be adding more videos as time goes on so you can all get in more dance! Just keep remembering, we’ll get back to dance just as soon as we can! We all have to do our part right now and social distance.
Here are the most recent teacher’s links. There will be more dance in the folders soon! Teachers will be adding videos as often as they can, so keep an eye on these links. Take good care of yourselves and stay healthy! We’re all in this together...❤️
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Teacher Bethany
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZdkBiCjIpeIsi8mA

Teacher Jayne
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZdX4JvgyakgHzOUY

Teacher Jenn
https://m.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLdAYSiOdq_ZwQQCX7kXNF648gaN5BF9r3

Teacher Peg
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZetUqygSa_Dj-mso

Teacher Stephanie
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3Zd6GEKQ9txoVMgkg

Teacher Shruti
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZfAbIh0GOahNUANo

Teacher Tracy
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZeJCNc7t2-K9cMtM

Teacher Aariel has contacted students directly - for questions,
aariel.hall@nullgmail.com

Teacher Karen have contacted students directly - for questions, khendrick63@nullgmail.com

Teacher Nyree have contacted students directly - for questions,
nyree@nulloutlook.com

Looking forward to dancing with you again at the studio! ❤️
Good health to all!
TJ Dance!
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TJ Dance Jazz Warm Ups/Stretches
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Hi dancers! Oh how we miss you! I'm sorry it's taken so long to get our videos uploaded. The actual upload takes days sometimes. We're getting there though! Links below 😉❤🥰 Teacher Jayne's
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZdX4JvgyakgHzOUY
Teacher Peg's
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3ZetUqygSa_Dj-mso
Teacher Stephanie's
https://1drv.ms/f/s!AptLF0GkzU3Zd6GEKQ9txoVMgkg
These teachers will contact you personally with their links or you can email them.
Teachers Aarial aariel.hall@nullgmail.com
Teacher Karen khendrick63@nullgmail.com
Teacher Nyree nyree@nulloutlook.com

Keep watching the links. I'm uploading 7 videos i recorded yesterday right now. The Wed Fosse warm ups and stretches are loading with those. Everybody can stretch to those! You can even share those with people needing to move. Today I'll get some floor work recorded. Hoping to see you all soon! #_tjdance ##tjdancerocks #tjdance
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We can accomplish some things while we're keeping to ourselves!❤ We're sorting and organizing costumes. Stay healthy everyone. We miss you. Practices dances loading slowly. They will be up soon! 🥰
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So sorry Dancers. Gov. Inslee has us temporarily shut down until March 31st. Dance videos up soon Let's keep practicing until we can get together again!❤💃🥰 #_tjdance #tjdancerocks #tjdance ...

Good Morning All! We are continuing to surface clean between each class and doing lots of hand washing! We hope to remain a safe and fun place for dancers of all ages to gather! Let's Dance! 💃😘❤ As this evolves, we'll keep you posted. Thank You for dancing with us. 💕
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Hi Dancers! ❤ There is so much uncertainty concerning COVID-19. We are all hearing the often confusing news. This has many of our dance families concerned and understandably so. We've weathered many storms as a studio. We plan to get through this also! We want to assure all of our dancers and families we're doing everything we can to keep our dancers and their families safe. All dancers must wash their hands as they enter the studio. Between every class, teachers wipe all often touched surfaces down with disinfectant. We hope to keep the studio up and running and keep all plans for our recitals moving forward. 💕 #tjdancerocks! Indeed it does!❤ Let's keep dancin'!💃 #_tjdance and let's all do our part to keep us all healthy by following all the guidelines preventing the spread of this virus. #tjdance 🥰 ...