Dance Instructors

Jayne Hancock

Founder & Co-Owner

Teaches: Tap/Lyrical (Littles), Beginning Dance (MS/HS), Tap/Lyrical (Youth), Int Tap (Teen/Adult), Tap/Jazz (Pre-Teen/Teen), Beg Tap (Teen/Adult), Advanced Tap (Teen/Adult), and Fosse Jazz (Teen/Adult)

Jayne began taking dance classes in Youngstown, Ohio in 1959 at almost 3. Her Aunt Flo opened a small studio and had been training in the “Al Gilbert” method of teaching Tap Dance (Al is still the “voice” of tap at TJ Dance) Then came the early 60s and most of Jayne’s family moved to the San Fernando Valley in California.


Peg Burnside


Teaches: Ballet/Lyrical (HS), Ballet Lyrical (Youth), Ballet/Tap (Youth), Ballet/Lyrical (Pre-Teen), Ballet Fitness+ (Teen/Adult), Fosse Jazz (Teen/Adult), and Ballet/Tap (Littles)

Thanks to her Mom, Lorraine, Peg began dancing at age 3 with Rosemary’s Academy of Ballet in Richland, WA. She studied ballet, character and later pointe until the age of 15. She also attended summer classes at The Novikov Ballet School and Lois Rathvons Dance Studio. In high school, Peg used her dance training in cheer,


Aariel Hall

Teaches: Hoops (HS), Hoops (Pre-Teen/MS), Tap Funk (HS), Tap/HipHop (Youth), Belly Dance (Teen/Adult), Heels (Adult), Modern Fusion+ (Teen/Adult), and Beginning Hip Hop (Adult)

Born and raised here in Duvall! Aariel has been dancing since the age of three, all of which have been right here at TJ Dance. She performed in her first TJ Dance recital alongside her mother and her sister, and has been dancing ever since! Dancing is only the beginning of her creativity. For as long as she can remember,


Bethany Brittain

Teaches: Beginning Country Line (Teen/Adult), and Advanced Country Line (Adult)

Bethany started learning how to dance at the age of six at TJ Dance Studio! She began with ballet, jazz, and tap to then continued onto hip hop and lyrical.

TJ Dance created the foundation of her love for dance, as she didn’t miss a single year all the way to performing a senior dance routine at 18 years old at the annual show.


Rachel Sandoval

Teaches: Contemporary (Adult), and Jazz (Adult)

Dance has always been a part of Rachel’s life. From as early as she can remember she loved creative movement- starting in pre-school gymnastics, then moving into clogging once school aged, and honing her ballet skills as an adolescent and beyond.

Rachel trained in Las Vegas, Nevada in various schools and academies, most notably the Academy of Nevada Ballet Theatre and Las Vegas Academy of the Arts.


Grace Bigby

Teaches: Yoga+ (All Ages with Adult)

Grace started dancing at TJ Dance Studio at the age of six. She fell in love with yoga during high school, where she discovered that it helped her to relax and refocus her energies towards achieving her life goals. Grace received her Yoga Instructor Certification at Bellevue College and is recognized by the National Yoga Alliance where she has completed over 200 hours of training.

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Ileah Merryman

Teaches: Hip Hop (HS), Hip Hop (Pre-Teen), Beginning Country Line (Teen/Adult), Hip Hop (Teen), and Advanced Country Line (Adult)

Ileah began taking dance lessons at age 2 with TJ Dance. She continued dancing through high school, taking classes in jazz, tap, hiphop, ballet, pointe, and belly dance. She lived in Los Angeles for a while, attending make-up school and taking dance classes at Millenium Dance.

Ileah moved back to Washington and completed cosmetology school.


Chelsea Wisham

Teaches: ABC Dance with Me (Littles)

Chelsea is Jayne’s daughter and has grown up dancing her entire life. She was born into the love of dance in 1992 just ten days after recital! She has taken almost every class at TJ Dance as well as attended many workshops with dancers from all over. Chelsea worked at Puget Sound Kidney Center for many years as a Dialysis Technician until 2018 when she began working as a preschool/baby room until 2021.


Bailey Torres

Teaches: ABC Dance with Me (Littles)

Bailey started dancing when she was about 4 years old. When she was 11, she took a break from dancing to pursue figure skating. In 2013 Bailey met Chelsea and picked up dancing at TJ Dance. She fell in love with dancing all over again. Bailey loves all forms of dance but if she had to choose some favorites she loves,


Karen Hendrickson

Teaches: Hawaiian (Adult), and Tahitian Fusion (Teen / Adult)

Karen began dancing Hawaiian and Tahitian at the age of 8. She has performed at countless fairs, events and even Disneyland. Growing up in San Diego, she found a love of dancing outside and feeling the sand between her toes.
She is blessed to be a part of TJ Dance. Her two daughters have been dancing with TJ since they were 5 years old.


Jamie Niehl

Teaches: Tumble Hip Hop (Littles), and Tumble Hip Hop (Youth)

Jamie has been dancing, cheering and doing gymnastics for many years. She loves learning new skills and techniques. She attends Cedarcrest High School and is on their varsity cheer team. She also teaches gymnastics in the valley and thought it could be fun to incorporate tumbling into a hip hop dance class, especially with her supervision to achieve correct form with loads of fun sprinkled in.