Dance Instructors

Jayne

JAYNE HANCOCK

Jayne teaches: Tap/Jazz/Ballet, Jazz/Lyrical "Fosse" Style

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. Aunt Flo opened another studio so Jayne's dance training hardly missed a beat!

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

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Ballet/Jazz/Tap

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, drill and the gymnastics team.

In the summer between her Jr. & Sr. year, Peg taught dance to Head Start Preschoolers.

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!

Aariel

AARIEL HALL

Teen/Adult Modern Fusion

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, Aariel has also been in love with drawing. 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.

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NYREE KRIKORIAN

Belly Dance, Belly Fitness

Nyree, who is originally from the Middle East, discovered her passion for Raks Al-Sharqi (Eastern Dance, aka Belly Dancing) at a very young age.

In addition to her background, she continues to study from world-renowned master dance teachers. She has been teaching Belly Dancing for over 25 years, 12 years at TJDance.

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.

Chelsea

CHELSEA LINDEMULDER

Tap, Jazz, Ballet, HipHop

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. She loves all the classes here but favors tap the most. 

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!

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STEPHANIE

HipHop, Cheer, Littles

Stephanie has the Nutcracker to Thank for her love of Dance. She knew from the first time that she wanted to be a snowflake. She started ballet and tap at the age of six at the British Dance Academy.

She continued until her Freshman year of Highschool, when she decided to try out for the Hazen Drill Team. She was one of three to make the team from her class. She was [art of the Drill team for three years where they earned many “superior” awards for their routines during competitions. Her senior year she tried out for the captain position and was chosen. She learned tons of leadership and hard teamwork does pay off, as they were in the top three teams in the state of Washington that year. Stephanie loves teaching Children, it is her passion and it bring joy to her heart with each class she teaches.

If you can’t find Stephanie or her twin boys at the studio taking classes, then you can find them at the nearest park playing baseball or playing hide and seek! Stephanie can’t wait to teach your littles the LOVE OF DANCE.

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BETHANY BRITTAIN

HipHop, Contemporay, Lyrical, Jazz, Ballet, Tap

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.

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
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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.

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KAREN HENDRICKSON

Drama, Hawaiian Dance

Karen has had a love for drama for as long as she can remember. She earned her first role at the age of 9 and has been acting ever since. Karen has performed in many theaters in both the Southern California and here in Washington. Locally she has performed with Cascade Community Theater and Sky Performing Arts in Monroe.

Karen has been working with youth in theater for the last six years and loves getting the most out of young actors and giving them the confidence to improve their skills while having a lot of fun. Having performed and directed for over thirty years, Karen has learned all aspects of the theater and is excited to share those skills with her students.

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BAILEY

Tap, Jazz, Ballet, HipHop

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 and fell in love with it all over again. Bailey loves all forms of dance and struggles to pick a favorite. She is excited to be teaching again this year!

Bailey attended Western Washington University, graduated in 2016 and is now a preschool teacher. She is currently living with her husband Chris and dog Chloe.

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JENNIFER DONOUGH

BackUpDancer, HipHop, Jazz, Tap

I did an exercise a couple years back where I wrote down a list of anything and everything I’d want to “be” as a career. Some things were a travel vlogger, an almond milk juicer, and a vacuum lines maker — on the top of the list was a background dancer for Bruno Mars. While I can’t make that happen, I can do the second best thing- pretend to be his background dancer with all of you!

I’ve studied dance here at TJ Dance (and taught while in college), at Bellevue College, University of Washington, and a number of studios in the greater Seattle area along with workshops and competitions. I have coached our local drill team and have loved helping young women explore dance and movement through the dance/drill community.

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SHRUTI SHARMA

Bollywood

I am from the fast-paced city of Mumbai I in India and growing up was exposed to all forms of Indian dancing such as folk and classical styles. I formally trained in Latin style of Salsa dancing for a year and also Indian classical dance form called Kathak when I moved to America. 

Personally, for me dancing is meditative, joyful and one of the most expressive forms of art. I am truly passionate and enthusiastic about teaching Bollywood here at the TJ dance studio. The possibilities of exploring the different dance forms is limitless and I can't wait to share that with you all!

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MARGIE TERRY

TJ Dance Office Manager and Bookkeeper

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!

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TRACY MIKULA

Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap

Tracy began dancing at the age of 3 in Illinois, where she was born and raised in a small town amidst cornfields and fireflies.  She did tap, ballet, jazz, and gymnastics, performing in dance recitals each year, and once in The Nutcracker.  Tracy continued taking dance courses in college at the University of Illinois, from modern to tap to swing dancing.  She even met her husband, Scott, who literally swept her off her feet while swing dancing!  They moved to Washington and now have three girls, one who recently began dancing at TJ Dance.  It reignited Tracy's love for dancing, making her feel like a kid all over again.  Dancing brings her so much joy, and she looks forward to sharing that joy with each child she teaches!

Tracy continued taking dance courses in college at the University of Illinois, from modern to tap to swing dancing. She even met her husband, Scott, who literally swept her off her feet, while swing dancing! They moved to Washington and now have three girls, one who recently began dancing at TJ Dance. It reignited Tracy's love for dancing, making her feel like a kid all over again. Dancing brings her so much joy, and she looks forward to sharing that joy with each child she teaches!

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
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Bethany
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Stephanie
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Tracy
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Peg
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Shruti
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Jenn
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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!
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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
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Teacher Jayne
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Teacher Jenn
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Teacher Peg
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Teacher Stephanie
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Teacher Shruti
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Teacher Tracy
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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
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Teacher Peg's
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Teacher Stephanie's
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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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