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  (and not pictured - Tracy, Jenn & Shruti)         August 2020

TJ Dance is looking for a High School IT (Cedarcrest) person looking for a part time position as an IT Consultant. We are working our way through the many bugs and hiccips as we learn how to stream classes successfully. We're getting there, but need the extra know how. If you're interested, please contact us at tjdance.com or message us. We would love to talk with you! We need a "go to" person. 😉

Yesterday, Jayne's granddaughter was able to take class from Teacher Stephanie all the way from Hawaii! It was so special. ❤ Once we get better at this technology, we hope to teach many that have moved away or are still unable to get here💕

Thank You for your patience dancers and parents. We are working hard to streamline this whole process of checking people in, streaming and teaching in studio and having it all work together. We appreciate you all!

A HUGE Thank You to our teachers too! You are the BEST! ❤❤❤

Let's dance💃🕺❤

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And meanwhile... at TJ Dance ❤ Nyree always inspires... even during another computer crisis😉❤
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We started dancing Tuesday Sept 8. We are so happy to be dancing again. We were too busy to even take pictures. Thanks for your patience as we work through the bugs and hiccups with our new normal "for now". We're still working on the better internet... WELCOME BACK! 🕺❤💃
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We're here until 3 painting the floor if anyone wants to stop by and grab their costume. Classes begin September 8th!
See current schedule at tjdance.com
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TJ Dance Costume Pick Up days:
Mon, Aug 17 10-12
Wed. Aug 19 1-4
Thurs, Aug 20 4-6
Registration for 2020/21 is now open at tjdance.com Classes begin Sept. 8th.
Class size will be limited because of CDC guidelines.
See you all SOON! LET'S DANCE!❤🥰💃🕺❤
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Costume Pick Ups Today Aug 5, 2020 from 5-7 at studio. This will be the last pick up day before classes begin again so please come by this evening and pick your costumes up. We'd love to see you!❤
The 20/21 schedule will be posted on the website this week at tjdance.com. We are so excited to get dancing again! So far, there are only 4 in studio spots available for each studio for each class. We can take more students but plan to rotate them in studio with streaming students so everyone will be able to experience dancing in studio on a rotating basis. If you'd rather. You can also just register for streaming until things get better and we move to phase 3. We can not make recital plans until we get to phase 4, so for now, we'll just get back to the fun and learning and just DANCE! 🥰 All students (under 3 and/or students unable to wear a mask for medical reasons) and teachers will be required to wear a mask and we have added time between classes for disinfecting the studio. We will also take dancer's temperatures (no contact thermometer) and ask a few questions each week to keep a record as required. Parents will need to remain outside until we are able to open the studio up more in Phase 4. We will meet parents outside to bring dancer's in and repeat that procedure with exciting students.
Classes begin Tuesday September 8th! We can hardly wait!!!💕❤🥰
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Costume pick up days Thursday July 30th, 3-5 and Wednesday August 5th, 5-7. Please contact the studio if you have questions about your balance. See you there!❤ NEW SCHEDULE COMING SOON!
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Hi dancers! ❤ Costume pick up day Thursday July 9, 2020 5-7pm. The costumes are all here! Even "Everbody Wants to Be a Cat" Jayne's Wed 4:30 class! We hope to see you then! We also have a teacher meeting Thursday so we will be working hard, all of us, on our 20/21 dance schedule. We miss you all and can't wait to get back to dancing!!! 💃🙌❤
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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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