Jeffie Lou Jackson Thorn has taught Hip-hop, Lyrical and Jazz dance in many Seattle/Metro area studios. Her Past Dance Teams Allure, JAMS and Smooth Elements have performed at Sonic games, Summer Jam, etc. She studied with the Dupree Dance Company and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, went to school at the New York School of the Arts, and finished her degree in Dance and Education at Washington State University. She teaches "Dance Grooves and SYTYCD" at West Seattle Health Club where she has been for 14 years. She has taught with Stage Struck in West Seattle as a lead teacher and choreographer for 10 years. Jeffie Lou has been a certified teacher and taught in a number of different schools as a Classroom Teacher, Performing Arts Teacher and most recently with Cascade Middle School in Burien with their Physical Education Department teaching Dance. Also, as a teaching artist with Powerful Schools/YMCA for the past 6 years. This work has the process of going to various different schools during the school day and working with the classroom teachers on bringing dance and movement to their individual curriculum. She is the Director and choreographer for D&G Dance, a Non-Profit Dance studio in South Seattle. She is the Director of BEATFEET Dance Squad that performs at many Seattle festivals and events such as Bumpershoot, The Harlem Globetrotters, Seattle Storm games and Breath Deep Seattle. "Dance will always be part of my life. I am always excited to share, teach, dance and groove with ALL Dancers no matter age or ability. In this, we learn the essential importance of moving, learning and seeking the passion of DANCE."
Kerissa has been dancing since she was 10 years old. She trained in tap for five years, and then joined her High School Dance team, where her favorite dances were lyrical and novelty. She took jazz classes for four years in college, and then revived her love for dance a few years later, in 2004, when she started taking classes from Jeffie Lou. She started teaching summer camps with Jeffie Lou in 2007, and has been a part of D&G since its inception. She still dances weekly with Jeffie Lou at West Seattle Health Club. She is also Delaney's mom, who you will see around the studio, and is also a future D&G Dancer.
Jason started training through the Shorecrest Hip Hop program with Rex Kinney. After high school, he began training at the Westlake Dance Center in northern Seattle, until eventually gaining a slot there as a teacher. He's been on Breed Seattle, Kontagious Movement, Cruz Control, Westsiders, and currently works with The Folks, a local art collective he helped start. He's worked with the likes of Rex Kinney, Daniel Cruz and many Seattle based hip hop choreographers.
I have grown up in Seattle for the past 20 years. I started dance at Pacific Northwest Ballet at the age of 7 up until my Sophmore year of high school. During my years at PNB I had the opporunity to be in the Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Coppelia, and Snow White. After that journey, it was time for a new chapter in dance. I started to expand my horizons after training with Alonzo King at Lines Ballet for a summer intensive. I have had the opportunity to train with The Westsiders based out of Westlake Dance Center. Currently, I am rehearsing with a variety of choreographers from the greater Seattle, mostly based from Velocity Dance Center. As I head into a new chapter of my artistry I want to create a thriving space that holds a positive pursuit towards their path in dance.
My name is Kiana Jackson Thorn, I was born and raised in Seattle Washington. I've preformed dance and Broadway shows with Stage Strucked since I was 4. I have also been apart of Jeffie Lou s D&G dance studios since the beginning. I started choreographing four years ago and have working during school, and summer camps for five years. Also I have taken part in dance conventions like MOHH for many years as well.
My name is Jasmine Eliana Vaughn AKA "Jaz" and I am currently training and performing for Westlake Dance Center. I was born in Las Vegas and ended up in Seattle... Jeffie practically raised me (dancing wise) and I've been taught by her since day 1. I've also been trained for 8+ years and ended up in the Hip-Hop community because It seemed to fit me more. I attend many conventions such as Monsters of Hip-hop, JUMP, Nuvo & The Pulse. I take classes with NappyTabs, Luther Brown, Tony Testa, Chonique, Kevin Maher, Lissete, Nick Demoura, Willdabeast, Phi (JBWKEEZ) & Etc. I've taught many classes at Burien Dance Theatre, Teach my own class during school hours at Big Picture middle school and I am now officially a dance assistant/teacher at Stage Struck and D&G. My goal in life is to spread the passion and love for dance to people all ages.
Born and raised in Seattle, Washington. Avery has been dancing for 10 years, he started his dancing as a freestyler and later transitioned to training in Jazz, Ballet, contemporary, and Hip Hop classes. Training began at a local studio in his neighborhood, to then transitioning to train with an independent crew, and later transitioning back to an industry award winning studio held in Mukilteo. Within these 10 years, Avery has experience in dancing for tens of thousands of people on many different platforms. These platforms include being on the Seattle Storm Dance Troupe, a performer at the annual community service event, WeDay held at Key Arena, and most recently dancing for the Grammy award winner, Ciara in 2016. His choreography is a unique fusion of technical based moves, as well as soulful and groovy moves with focus on musical intricacies in the songs he choreographs to. Avery Gardner is very excited to be joining the D&G family with the mission for growth in the D&G dancers."
Fayth's passion for dance began at the age of fourteen, when she joined Shorecrest High School's award winning Hip Hop Team, under the direction of Rex Kinney. Fayth was a captain on the team, learned the importance of leadership, a strong work ethic, and the opportunity to collaborate with others through dance. After high school, Fayth continued to train at Westlake Dance Center and Freedom Dance Center, and accepted the invitation to train Hannah Wintrode's Hip Hip training program and company, The Westsiders. Fayth focused on opportunity to build her dance vocabulary, versatility within the genre of Hip Hop, as well as train in different genres of dance tuning into her own artistry.In addition to Westsiders, Fayth had many performance opportunities such STG's Global Party and Dance This, SCHH's Physical Poetry, WDC's Sign of the Times, to name a few. Although Fayth will always continue to train, she has begun to teach as a way to further her understanding and appreciation for dance through a new lens. As a teacher, her goals are to provide a safe space for her students to explore movement, step out of their comfort zones, and have fun!
A graduate from Cornish College of the arts in musical theater. Chris has been choreographing for over 10 years. From all different age ranges to all different group sizes and all different styles of dance. Hip-hop, jazz, modern, vaudeville, and ballet you name it, he has done it. He currently teaches dance to K-5th grade and dance fitness classes for adults. Chris has worked with Jeffie on several occasions for summer camps and other special events creating a successful and creative collaboration. Other than his dance Chris is committed to his music career where he performs as a dancer and singer around the country.
To know more visit his personal page at http://Facebook.com/xLeVaughn.
Originally from San Diego, CA, Stephanie grew up at Danceology Performing Arts Campus under the direction of Nicole Lucia. She was trained intensively in Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Tap, Musical Theater, Hip Hop and Contemporary. She has participated in many conventions from 2001 to 2012 included NYCDA, LADF, PULSE, ACDFA and HHI (Hip Hop International). She was a part of Unity Dance Ensemble in San Diego and Los Angeles, CA under the direction of Tessandra Chavez, who has choreographed for So You Think You Can Dance, Abby Lee's Ultimate Dance Competition and she is now an a Emmy Award Winner for her Choreography on "Dancing with the Stars." Stephanie has attended a Hip Hop style, Locking Camp taught by "Original Generation" lockers in 2012 and 2013. Her college dance education has a range from Cornish College of the Arts, Orange Coast College and a BFA in modern dance from Utah Valley University; Taking that education she has taught in studios and schools in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary and Modern techniques from 2007 to present day. Stephanie was a part of two local dance companies' in Salt Lake City, Utah, UDO (Utah - Urban Dance Organization) and United We Dance (Underground crew). She has choreographed and taught for her high school dance team to middle schools and choreographed pieces in college's for student dance concerts and outside benefit concerts. She has experienced many different areas of the west coast dance world and has learned a great deal about performing, choreographing and teaching. And now, she has started her own contemporary-modern dance company in 2014, Dore Dance Company, originally based in San Francisco, CA; which provides dance education and performance workshops for children as well as young professionals in the bay area. She now resides in Seattle, entering the dance community with new insights and an open mind.
A performing artist, instructor, and choreographer from Lima, Peru. She received her Dance and Theatre degree from the U.W., has a M.F.A. in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and worked in NY for 7 years as an actress and professional dancer, specializing in Dancesport's Theatre Arts division. Her film credits include "MadHot Ballroom" highlighting her work with Dancing Classrooms and Walt Disney's "Enchanted" where she was Locally Vanessa teaches Salsa, Ballroom and AfroPeruvian dance to adults and youth at West Seattle's Kenyon Hall on Monday nights. Her arts & entertainment business, Balorico LLC, offers First Dance Wedding lessons and choreography as well as special event choreography for Quinceaneras/Sweet 16, talent shows and pageants. Vanessa is on faculty for STG's Dance This summer camp and is in her 3rd year of working with Jeffie Lou's So You Think You Can Dance Camp.