Jennifer Kaiser – Owner, Executive Director
Jennifer Kaiser has a passion for sharing her love of dance with others. Even as a child, she knew dance would always be a part of her life! Jennifer began dancing at the age of three. She continued studying dance for seventeen years and later performed as a professional dancer for three years. And since 2000, she feels she has been truly blessed to share her love of dance with young dancers from all over the Tulsa area. Additionally, Jennifer has served as Choreographer for Discoveryland!’s award-winning productions of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! and “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” She finds working with a National Cast of extraordinary performers to be both challenging and rewarding. Several of her dancers at Discoveryland! have gone on to careers on Broadway and with national touring companies. Jenks Dance Academy had its beginnings fourteen years ago when Jennifer started teaching dance classes at Jenks Elementary Schools. She eventually opened a small one-room studio on Main Street in the City of Jenks. Then, six short years and two studios later (in the summer of 2006), Jennifer built a beautiful dance instruction facility complete with four studios, one-way observation windows, Dancer Boutique, comfortable waiting area and play room for visiting children. Naturally, Jennifer is proud of her facility. But she is even more proud of her dance instructors. She sincerely believes a dance studio is only as good as its instructors. Consequently, she is committed to not only selecting the best-trained instructors; but more importantly, to select instructors who love children and exhibit good moral character. Jennifer is grateful for the success of Jenks Dance Academy. And she thanks God for the unique opportunity to touch and make a difference in the lives of her young dancers. Jennifer has been married to Chris Kaiser for seventeen years and they have been blessed with three precious sons – Christian, Colton and Cade and a beautiful daughter, Kayde Grace!
Angelyn began dancing at the age of three at a small family owned studio where she learned the basics of tap, jazz, and ballet. She then began training under Matthew Bridwell, and other prestigious teachers at the Dance and Performing Arts Academy of Tulsa where she was trained in ballet, pointe and other various styles of dance including modern, tap, jazz, character, musical theatre, and hip-hop. During the summers growing up Angelyn attended several ballet intensives including Coppell Texas, Summer Wind at Oklahoma University, Pointe to the Future at Tulsa Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre in NYC. She has taken various Master Classes from Wendy Whelan, Jodi Youmans, and Michelle Ramos. Angelyn performed principal roles in the Children’s Nutcracker such as Dew Drop, Snow Queen and Sugar Plum. She also has been in various performances with Tulsa’s Portico Dance Theatre. Angelyn graduated from Oral Roberts University with a Dance Performance and Exercise Science degree. While at ORU Angelyn was asked to represent ORU at the American College Dance Association conference at Southeast Missouri State University where she performed a solo choreographic work that was judged before a live audience. Angelyn believes every child deserves the chance to dance. As a dance teacher she aim’s to mold a hardworking and disciplined student who is passionate about the art form of dance and strives to integrate the art form in other aspects of their lives.
Casey began studying ballet and tap at the age of three. Shortly after, she added lyrical, hip hop, and jazz to her studies. Through her training, she has studied with professionals such as: Roman Jasinski, Chris Judd, and attended classes and summer workshops at The Broadway Dance Center, and Steps in New York City. Through her career she has accomplished numerous solo honors at the state and national level. Casey was a three time NCA Dance All-American nominee and a two time NCA Dance All-American. She has earned multiple, half-time performances at prestigious College Bowl games. Casey graduated from Union High School, where she was a member of the pom squad for three years. Her senior year she was a member of the OSDTA state dance team, which consists of the top dancers from all over the state. Casey was a staff member with NCA Dance for two years in which she taught summer camps to various Oklahoma and Texas dance and pom squads. Casey has been teaching dance for fourteen years, and coached local pom and dance teams for six years. Her choreography has been featured in state and national winning routines. She has choreographed for Dance Teams in Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, and California. Likewise, she has honed her skills in the professional field as a member and choreographer for the Dallas Mavericks and Tulsa Talons. Through her years of teaching dance, Casey continues to have a love, passion, and enjoyment for dance. She strives to instill these characteristics in her students. Casey has taught at Jenks Dance Academy for nine years, and currently teaches jazz, hip hop, ballet, tap classes and superstars. Casey attended the University of Tulsa where she not only was a member and captain of Dance Team, but where she met her husband, Keithan Mccorry. The couple has been married for seven years and has two daughters Karis Benet, and Kandra Elise.
Since she was 3 years old, Erin has been a passionate dancer. She started off in Owasso OK, but because of a family relocation had opportunities to experience dance in a different area of the country. Erin has been a member of S.R.O. Dance Company out of Owasso, the Farragut Middle School Dance Team (TN), Angels Kick Line (TN), Owasso JV & Varsity Pom Squad, Crimson Beat Hip Hop Club (at OU) Sooner Dance Company (at OU). She also had the opportunity to spend a week intensive in Chicago to experience professional company styles and training. Erin has been teaching since she was 14 starting out as an assistant then gaining her own classes at 16. She has taught children age 3- 18. Erin has also choreographed competitive solos and small groups for various organizations. Her most recent dance position was as Head Coach of the Union 8th Grade Highstepper Team.
Erin graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2012 with a Bachelors in Journalism emphasis in Public Relations. Though not majoring in dance, she was an active member, choreographer and Public Relations Chair of the Sooner Dance Company. (stated above) She is currently the Director of Community Relations at The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges in Tulsa.
Erin’s passion lies in expressive styles of dance. She enjoys teaching her students how to make dance their own helping them tap into their own creativity and grow in all styles of dance. Her main goal is to pass her love of dance onto her students and be a resource for them into their future.
I fell in love with the art of dance at three years old when I began training in ballet and tap. Soon after, I began more intensive dance training under the watchful eyes of instructors Faye Prator and Jayne Jeffers as well as gymnastics training with the Oklahoma School of Gymnastics. I have been instructing ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, and acrobatics in Tulsa since 2001 and I have a passion for teaching young children as well as those dancers who have never stepped onto a dance floor. I enjoy introducing new dancers to the basic concepts and steps that are fundamental building blocks for a successful dancer to posses, all while having fun and learning to be comfortable while performing. I am compassionate, nurturing, and sensitive to the needs of children, so I encourage my dancers to confidently express themselves while incorporating their own unique style into their dances. Proper technique and body awareness are extremely important in my classes, so each class structure is tailored to the level of the dancers. I grew up in Broken Arrow where I still live with my two beautiful daughters, Kaylie and Nikki, and our two spoiled dogs, Rosy and Oliver.
Molly has only been in Oklahoma for 2 years, but has loved calling this state her home, after previously living in Pennsylvania and Texas. She began taking dance when she was 7, and quickly fell in love. After changing studios in middle school, she began to take more & more classes to broaden her training. She began teaching dance in high school, and has been teaching ever since. She has taught a variety of classes at several studios over the course of her moving around, but feels like she has finally found her “home” since finding JDA. You won’t find her just in the dance classes though, Molly also is the instructor for two different fitness classes that JDA offers. She found her passion for teaching fitness when she took a class in Texas with a friend, and realized how similar to dance group fitness really was! She teaches PiYO (a pilates yoga fusion) and CiZE (cardio dance classes).
Meghan grew up Jenks and graduated from Jenks High School in 2012,and Oral Roberts University in 2016 with a degree in Christian counseling. Meghan has a huge background in dance, gymnastics, and tumbling. She was a gymnast for 14 years, and won Individual State Champion 3 years in a row. She was also a part of many teams that won State in Oklahoma, and was an All State gymnast. She has taught gymnastics/tumbling for 9 years, and absolutely loves kids! She has taught children ages two-to-teen. She danced at JDA for 2 years taking: jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, ballet, and was part of the Senior Company team. Meghan has been with JDA since 2011, and loves JDA and it’s students! She is so excited to teach Tumbling, Acro, Jazz, Cheernastics, and Ballet/Tap/Tumbling to your children!
Tina has a heart for encouraging young dancers to reach their fullest potential through the art of dance. She has been dancing since age 4 and teaching since age 16. She is the loving wife of David Pierce and mother of 3 amazing children including one daughter that shares her love for dance. Tina has lived in the Tulsa area most of her life. She studied dance at Belhaven University in MS. She was a part of the Belhaven Dance Team, serving as captain and choreographer for three years. She also performed in a variety of “off Broadway” productions during college. She has also choreographed several children’s productions. Over the years, she has taught a variety of dance classes including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, and Lyrical. She has taught ages 2 through adult classes. She believes that dance is an art that inspires beauty inside and out. Tina believes that dance not only helps dancers gain strength and flexibility but also character, integrity, and perseverance. She strives to foster each of these qualities in each of her dancers. It is her hope that each student leaves her class with a love for dance, self, and others.