Throughout her many years of dancing, Jayne was lucky enough to dance with Al Gilbert, Luigi and other local teachers that became legends (in Hollywood). Debbie Reynolds would often stop by and observe classes looking for local talent for her "Debbie Reynolds Show". In the mid 60s, Jayne often attended the summer workshops known as "Dance Caravan" with teachers Betty & Danny Hoctor, Mallory Graham and Kit Andree. Luigi often taught at the "Caravans" also. "It was so fun to spend the day in a huge ballroom full of dancers, changing teachers and dance styles every hour. During our lunch breaks, we would walk the Santa Monica Pier and love being on our own at the beach!" Jayne remembers. After high school, Jayne attended two colleges and soon after became a wife and mother. By the time Jayne's second son was born, Jayne REALLY started to miss dancing! In 1984 she got out her old "Al Gilbert Tap Exercise" LPs and her Luigi Warm Up album and started practicing on the porch! A dance studio was in the making!
Jayne has been so lucky to continue learning with so many "GREATS"... The classic hoofers! Brenda Buffalino, Arthur Duncan (from Lawrence Welk) Jerry Aimes, Sam Webber, Cholly Atlins (a Motown Choreographer) Lynn Daley, Diane Walker (from the movie "TAP") Savion Glover (remember when he was on Sesame Street?) and even Gregory Hines, who Jayne still quotes to all the boys and men interested in dance, but hesitant to give it a try - Gregory always said "It's the place to meet all the girls! You will be surrounded by them!" Jayne credits "Johnson and Peters", a Dancing Duo that have their own studio in Seattle (originally with Shirley Jenkins on Capitol Hill) for regenerating and energizing TAP in the Northwest!
Jayne is truly thankful that she has had such wonderful family support over the years, as well as friends and the community. TJ Dance has always had one main goal. "To instill a love of dance in every dancer". When former students return or bring their kids back to our studio to dance, Jayne feels we've done our job. At TJ Dance - It matters less how "well" you dance and more how much you "love" to dance! We work endlessly on technique, but each dancer has their own style and each dancer has their own level of "natural ability". Jayne also believes in keeping dancers strong and flexible because she truly believes that strength is grace! "Dance" expresses what we are from the inside - out. Our energy, our body's rhythms, our emotions - It's all a part of us and of "dance"!
Peg moved to Seattle in 1969 and while attending the University of Washington, took ballet classes with Hannah Wiley (classes were at 7:30AM!) She then took a few years off from dance training to raise a family.
Music and Dance were always, and continue to be, a big presence in her home.
Peg joined Jayne at TJ Dance in 1989 to teach a few ballet classes and to learn tap dancing from Jayne. The rest is history! Jayne and Peg are "TJ Dance"! Peg continues to study dance by taking class in ballet at Pacific Northwest Ballet School Eastside, jazz classes and tap workshops locally.
Peg believes in teaching the love of dance and learning an appreciation for classical music, along with the fundamentals. Dancing should be a joy!
Peg teaches: 5-6 yr old, Ballet/Tap, 7 - 8 yr old Ballet/Tap, MS Ballet/Lyrical, HS Ballet/Lyrical, HS Int. Pointe, 4-5 yr old, Ballet, 9-11 yr old, Ballet/Tap
She graduated from DigiPen Institute of Technology in 2012 and has been working as a 3D Animator ever since. Pursuing passion for creativity is something Aariel feels strongly about because oftentimes, both dancing and animation are labeled as hobbies for our younger years. Aariel truly enjoys teaching the middle school/high school age classes and hopes to inspire others who may be transitioning into their teen and adult years to continue with their interests regardless of peer pressure or stereotypes.
Aariel teaches: Strength & Flexibility, Teen/Adult Modern Fusion, Teen/Adult Modern Fusion B
Nyree stresses fun and feeling the music in her classes. Her greatest reward is seeing her students have a breakthrough in their self-expression, allowing the music to move their bodies. She is committed to providing a safe, non-judgmental environment for students to discover their passion for dance and learn to belly dance.
Nyree teaches: Teen/Adult Belly Dance
Chelsea is currently a Kidney Dialysis Technician at Puget Sound Kidney Center and is married to her husband Bill. She has a passion for people as well as dance and loves helping in any way she can. She is excited about teaching again this year!
Chelsea teaches: Elementary School Age "Dance Around The World"
You probably ALL know Margie keeps us running smoothly as our wonderful office manager and bookkeeper. She does so many things there are too many to mention on the fly... You can find her in the office on Tuesday evening. She is an amazing friend and we all LOVE her!
TJ Dance Office Manager and Bookkeeper
In addition to TJ Dance, Bethany also took dance classes at Kirkland Dance Center, performed on the Eastside Moving Company while attending Bellevue College, and continued to expand in learning different styles of dance.
Bethany began teaching dance her senior year of high school at TJ Dance and soon later became a youth and adult dance teacher at Kirkland Dance Center. She loves teaching both children and adult classes as both bring great fun and diversity. She was raised by TJ Dance’s motto that any one can dance, and stands by that statement! She believes dancing brings joy and loves to pass that on to all ages through her teaching. Bethany taught dance for 6 years and then took a 2 year break to become a student of dance again. She is spinning and leaping in excitement to be joining the TJ Dance Studio for the 2017-2018 dance year and for many, many years
While Bethany is not dancing she spends her time being a new mom of her baby boy, taking her energetic dogs on adventures, and relaxing with her friends and family.
Bethany teaches: 8-12 yr old, HipHop w/ Bethany, Adult Country Line Dance, w/ Bethany, Adult Jazz/Hiphop , Adult Int Tap w/ Bethany, 5-8 HipHop w/ Bethany, MS HipHop/Contemporary/Lyrical , HS HipHop/Contemporary/Lyrical , Teen/Adult Lyrical/Ballet
Karen teaches: 8-15 yr old Drama