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.
My names Derrick Simons and I started dancing in 2010 after being invited to join the breakdance club, my sophomore year of highschool, and kept with it ever since. With a stong base in Breakin', my style also incorporates elements of other styles like popping, afro, grooves, eletric boogaloo, and predominantly house. To add on to that, I tend to practice to mostly Japanese rock music, which definitely forces my style to stand out more than i expected to. Ive recently starting adding more choreography to my personal dance agenda that includes, but not limited to kpop, which only adds to the fun.
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.
GUEST CHOREOGRAPHERS - VANESSA VILLALOBOS
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.
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.
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."
Growing up in Seattle, Ava has been dancing since she was 3 years old. Starting in ballet and tap, she transitioned to 10 years in jazz and contemporary. She then joined D&G when she was 12 to start her training in hip-hop. From there she trained at multiple studios around Seattle including Westlake and KreativMndz, and joined Affi to expand her knowledge on foundation styles. She soon after became a choreographer and teacher for her school’s competitive team. From performing halftime at sporting events, to showcases in Disneyland, Ava has grown her skill and is excited to share and grow at D&G once more as a teacher.
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.
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.