D & G Dance Company

"Passionate, Creative, Undeniable!"

    

Hip Hop

Hip Hop class provides a structured method of learning various Hip Hop dance movements in a fun-filled and vibrant class environment, and offers a new set of combinations and routines every time. Learn the latest dance moves from today and from various styles from the 80's and 90's most popular dances. No previous dance experience is required.

Bboy Power/Dynamics

This class has 4 main categories:

Tops The upper part of breaking
Get downs: The transition from tops to ground work
Ground work: Patterns and combination being displayed on the floor
Power moves: A motion being done with the whole body using momentum and muscle to spin, either on the floor or in the air such as: windmills, headspins, flares, flips, etc

Jazz

Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance. Jazz also has its own movement vocabulary ranging from the isolation of certain body parts to the movement of the entire body with the accents of musical rhythms. Jazz dance can take on many different characteristics and styles, including Street Jazz, Percussive, Broadway, Contemporary and Lyrical. Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style.

Hip Hop/Lyrical Combo

Hip Hop and Lyrical dance is a dance style that blends ballet and Hip Hop dance. Lyrical is generally smoother and a bit faster than ballet, but not quite as fast as jazz. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions. Dancers will learn a routine from each style.

Ballet Technique

Traditional and not-so-traditional ballet exercises combine for a thoughtful, anatomically-aware workout while increasing grace, coordination, posture, and strength.This class uses the structure of Ballet to explore balance, coordination, strength and flexibility.

Lyrical/ Contemporary

This style is a beautiful blend of ballet, jazz, and modern. Dancers learn the techniques of ballet and Jazz while expressing themselves with emotions and rhythms of Modern styles. They will allow students to identify with popular music, and encourage them to tell stories through interpretation and self-expression.

Breakdancing and Animation

This is a a style of street dance that student will learn Animation and Bopping which include but not limited to Botting, Ticking, Waving, Gliding, Tutting, Strobing, Vibrating, Dime -stoping,Slow-mo & Warping, Bounce Hitting. Along with Krump which includes Stomps, chest pops, Jabs, arm swings, buck hops, Concepts/Connects, Tricks, Kill offs, Body Control, Grooves, hype ups, get offs, Shouts. These are hard hitting, sharp and full body movements.

Jazz/Musical Theater

Will explore telling a story through dance, while still focusing on learning proper dance technique. Class technique layered with Broadway style jazz movement and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations.class concept that infuses the funky style of hip hop with the technical side of jazz. This class will encourage students to dance outside of the box and bring their own personality to each movement.

Instructors

Jeffie Lou

Jeffie Lou

Director

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."

Kerrissa

Kerrissa

Dance Instructor

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

Jason

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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.

Jazrelle

Jazrelle

DANCE INNSTRUCTOR

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.

Kiana

Kiana

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.

Jaz

Jaz

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.

Avery

Avery

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."

Erika

Erika

Erika's dance training began on the Kentwood High School Dance Team, where she developed her foundation for Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Ballet. She continued her dance journey through college, joining the UW Hip Hop Student Association. Since then she has been fully immersed in the Seattle Dance Community, training consistently since 2015 at Westlake Dance Center. Erika has trained with teams such as Boogiezone Breed Seattle, Westsiders (Hannah Wintrode), and currently with Varisty (Isaac Tualaulelei). She has performed at many shows including the World Choreography Awards, Choreographer's Carnival, Sign of the Times, FNHH SoulOut Showcase, KreativMndz Unrated, and STG's Global Dance Party. She is an active student, absorbing many styles and philosophies from the artists that surround her. Erika is excited and ready to pour all of her knowledge into eager and open movers. As a new teacher to D&G Dance Company, she hopes to help her students become better learners by allowing them to explore the artists within them.

Guest Choreographer - Chris LeVaughn

Guest Choreographer - Chris LeVaughn

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.

Guest Choreographer - Vanessa Villalobos

Guest Choreographer - Vanessa Villalobos

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

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.

Class Fees

1st session Fall/Winter Session: September 17th - January 19th

1 class/week $ 240.00 per session. Second class or second dancer = $220



2nd session Winter/Spring Session: February 5th - June 2nd

1 class/week $ 240.00 per session. Second class or second dancer = $220

**Payments are due prior to or on the first day of class. Payments are accepted by Google pay, cash app, check or cash.


Payment Address:
6107 S Fountain St
Seattle, Wa. 98178

Testimonials

My daughter had been dancing for years before we discovers D&G. She had a solid foundation from two different studios, but something was missing, something I could not quite put my finger on. I will get to what that was later in this story;) It was the summer of 2014, and we discovered D&G's summer camp, "Monsters"! The summer show that was presented after just two weeks of camp blew my mind!! How could Jeffie Lou get that many young dancers to pull off a show of that caliber with such little time??? We were sold!! I could not wait to see how she nurtured the dancers that were actually in her yearly company. Needless to say that first year with the studio blew my mind!! My daughter was challenged, and inspired. She was home!! I finally discovered what was missing. Each dancer is encouraged to bring their own unique style into each movement, which intern is a clear reflection of how confident these dancers are on stage and off!! This is why the dancers are beyond excited to come to class ready to work. D&G has heart, family, love, and teachers who mentor each child as if they were their own. Jeffie Lou, is that head "coach" that teaches them the foundations for a successful life including the importance of strong work ethic, respect for the craft and most of all respect for each other. At D&G they lift each other up, encourage each other to be brave, and take risks. This is one dance family we are truly proud to be a part of.......

SONJA

Our daughter has been dancing at D&G Studio for several years. The Studio has become a part of the fabric of our lives! Jeffie Lou, the instructors, the dance students and the parents come together as a unified community at D&G Dance. Our daughter has become a strong dancer, gained confidence, and made true friendships at D&G that we will cherish forever! We highly recommend D&G to your dancer and your family!.....

MARK

During his four years at D&G Studio, our son has thrived. Jeffie Lou brings so much to her students: her creativity as a choreographer, exciting performance opportunities, new classes and styles to keep our energetic young people interested and challenged.... No doubt about it; we're lucky to have D&G in our community!.....

MARK B

The other day Sophia said she was happier then she has ever been. Finding and now being part of this supportive and creative community that D&G provides definitely stokes her joy....

Keni, Ester and Sophia

My 8 yr old son absolutely loves his Hip Hop class. He is inspired by the teachers and other dancers and by what he is able to learn. He says he wants to live there, in the studio! He also is very impressed with the older kids, even in the brief exchanges at practice, he looks up to them and wants to dance like them. He sees himself growing up here....

MAUREEN

Class Schedule

Youth classes at D & G Dance Company

Auditions for 2018-2019 UnClassified Dance Squad Senior team (teen co-ed), Junior team (girls) Lil' Breakers (boys) 8/12 AND 9/2 (dancers only need to be at one date) from 11-1pm at the studio.

Monday: Hip Hop, Jazz - 4:30-5:30 P.M. ages 8 & up
Monday: Ballet Technique 1 - 5:30-6:30 P.M. ages 8 & up
Tuesday: Hip Hop, Jazz/Musical Theater - 4:30-5:30 P.M. ages 5 & up
Wednesday: Hip Hop - 4:30-5:30 P.M. ages 5 & up
Wednesday: Advanced - Co-Ed Hip Hop - 6:30-7:30 P.M. 12 & up
Thursday: Hip Hop, Jazz - 4:30-5:30 P.M. ages 8 & up
Thursday: Advanced - Co-Ed Hip Hop - 6:30-7:30 P.M. 12 & up



**Any exceptions will be at the descretion of the teacher in regards to age and level

Audition ONLY Classes

Auditons are held in August. Dancers must choreograph a piece under 2 minutes. Audition classes are for dancers 10 years or older.

Tuesday: Junior Team rehearsal 5:30-6:30
Wednesday: Int./Advanced Hip Hop Choreography - Adv Boys Company Competition 5:30-6:30 P.M.
Saturday: Int./Advanced CoEd Technique - 11:00 A.M.- Noon
Sunday: Int./Advanced CoEd Technique - 5:30-6:30 P.M.

unClassified Dance Team

D&G Studio Dance Team is a Hip Hop dance squad that performs at many of Seattle's community events, festivals and National causes. Including, Seattle Storm Games, Bumpershoot, Heritage Parade, Breath Deep Seattle and BeatWalk. We are an inclusive, urban, exciting team that supports each other and have FUN in all we do together! We have also performed at Internationally known, Monsters of Hip Hop. We have taken classes with current industry leading dancers and choreographers at Monsters of Hip-hop, JUMP, Nuvo & The Pulse with NappyTabs, Luther Brown, Tony Testa, Chonique, Kevin Maher, Lissete, Nick Demoura, Willdabeast, Phi (JBWKEEZ)BEATFEET! We have the BEAT on our FEET! Dancers selected from this audition will be on teams that perform through August of the following year. Dancers need to be 10 years or older and need to choreograph their own dance under 2 mins for auditions.

Mission Statement/Affiliation

D&G Dance Company is sponsored by the Allied Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization.

Our Mission Statement:

D&G Dance Company is South Seattle Dance Company that is proud to have a committed diverse studio of dancers that are passionate about the art of dance. We work hard to introduce and instill just the right amount of self-expression, discipline, and passion in each of our students. Whether a student is dancing to gain technique, learn a new style, have fun in movement or planning to expand their possibilities in dance for their education, we are here to guide them along the way. Our goal is to allow each dancer to experience the elements of dance; confidence, coordination, creativity, grace, musicality, rhythm, self-esteem, technique, an appreciation for music and dance, and above all fun! In today's world, it is a little slice of heaven for our students to experience all of these positive uplifting feelings. Our studio is their second home and the teachers and fellow students are their family. D&G Dance is designed to prepare our students for every facet of the dance community. It is our responsibility as educators to have all of our students, from the youngest to oldest, to be well-rounded dancers and to prepare them for all avenues of the dance world. We are proud to have committed teachers that provide the highest level of dance education because they are in the industry as current working artist. We also strongly encourage discipline, collaboration, and work ethic. Our studio is a place of learning the art of dance, however learning the art of dance is also learning about oneself. Students are encouraged to express themselves in dance while also paying respect to themselves, fellow classmates, instructors, and the studio. These building blocks will not only help our students in the dance studio, but also in everyday life. D&G Dance Company provides all of our students with a balanced combination of technique, performance, artistry and life skills

Party Packages

Dance grooves parties are a fun and easy way to make your child's birthday unforgetable!!

House Parties:

Includes 1 hour of Hip Hop dance taught in your home. plus 1/2 hour of show time! We supply music. Kids will learn a dance routine and and then put on a show for friends and family! Parents are encouraged to videotape the performance. Also included, a music cd for the birthday girl/boy with all the latest songs from their favorite singers. (parents please email me the list of up to 10 songs/artists 3 days prior to the party.)

Cost: $150.00 (up to 10 kids, $5.00 per kid over 10 kids)

Dance Coach:

Dance instruction for dance teams, cheerleading and drill team. Are you running out of fun routines for your sports games or competitions? Come learn the latest dance moves from music videos and the club. A fusion of high-energy dance styles equates to this dance style that is hip-hop, which is featured in many music videos. You will learn a new, exciting routine to "show off" at your next event.

Cost: $150.00 an hour (up to 10 dancers, $5.00 per dancer over 10)

Individual Instruction:

Do you want to have fun and know how to dance when you go out? Check this out! Many people feel uncoordinated, stiff, and lack rhythm. After lessons you will have improved rhythm and coordination, learned how to approach and dance with whomever they want. Often times, people are shy/embarrassed to dance. I coach my students on how to have fun, be sexy and confident on the dance floor! People often repeat the same movements over and over again, therefore they look uninteresting. Students will learn moves moves to add to their "dance vocabulary" and how to vary them so they are not dancing the same movements repeatedly. I will teach you today's hottest dance moves you can use the next time you're out dancing in a club, bar or party. And instead of teaching you cheesy choreographed "routines" ... we decided to instead teach you a bunch of individual dance moves. So when you're out dancing it will look and feel totally natural... instead of memorized and rehearsed.

Cost: $100.00 an hour ( in your home or studio.)

JL's Corner

D&G Dance YouTube Link

Here is the Youtube link for home practice.  I will add a new video each week of NEW choreography for each class!  PRACTICE, PRACTICE PRACTICE!! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZtFa1khQzis1nrZlenYbEQ?view_as=subscriber https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZtFa1khQzis1nrZlenYbEQ?view_as=subscriber

Welcome Erika to our Dance Family!

Erika is an active student, absorbing many styles and philosophies from the artists that surround her. She is excited and ready to pour all of her knowledge into eager and open movers. As a new teacher to D&G Dance Company, she hopes to help her students become better learners by allowing them to explore the artists […]

UnClassified Teams 2018-2019!!

Welcome the D&G Dance Company 2018-2019 teams!  Watch for these talented young dancers to light up the stage in competitions and other performance venues.  Lets GO!   Senior Team: Sam, Jaeden, Reese, Laylah, Kendall, Zoe, Abby, Corina and Sophia! Junior Team:  Catie, Camille, Layne, Amirah, Jada, Sofie, Ava and Natalie! Lil’ Breakers: CJ, Noah and […]

Studio Policy

  • Classes will start on time.
  • We accept cash, check or GooglePay via email www.dancegrooveswithjeffielou@gmail.com. Payments are nonrefundable.
  • Dance studio holidays and breaks follow public schools.
  • If an emergency results in a class cancel, the class will be made up.
  • Please be prompt in picking up your children. Tell your child to remain in the lobby and not outside. We are not responsible for students once they leave the building.

Location

D & G Dance Studio | 3150 Airport Way S | Seattle, WA 98134

Phone: 206-407-4298

A special thanks to Capoeira Malês Seattle for allowing D&G to grow

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