JKaiser copyJennifer 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 twelve 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 eleven years and they have been blessed with three precious sons – Christian, Colton and Cade and a beautiful daughter, Kayde Grace!

caseyCasey McCorry – Instructor / Company Director

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.

misty-jamesMisty James

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, Sally and Oliver.

Erin JacobsErin Jacobs

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.

AVSk2vRBMJryvZ7zx10u2gxWuoPAbGRwBAHmk17lDPoStephanie Bigby

Stephanie Bigby is from Tahlequah, OK where she began her ballet/dance training in 2004 at On Your toes Inc. She performed in the Nutcracker as the Sugar Plum Fairy, Columbine Doll ect. In 2007 she was accepted into the Tulsa Ballet’s professional division and trained up to the highest level while attending summer intensives at the Tulsa Ballet and Ballet Magnificat. Then she received a job performing at Discoveryland in the Rogers and Hammerstein “Oklahoma” production as “Dream Laurey” as well as a dancer/singer for the summer season of 2011.

During her time of training she also worked with Laurette Willis on the PraiseMoves Kid Show TBN broadcast as a dancer, choreographer.

She recently had been teaching ballet at Texas Ballet Theater for all ages. Stephanie has a passion for teaching ballet and is excited to pass on her love for ballet to her Jenks Dance Academy students!

 

Bailey Head ShotBailey Thompson

Bailey Thompson grew up in Owasso, Oklahoma. She began dance training at three years old and she hasn’t stopped dancing since. Bailey danced at Rhythmic Notions in Owasso for her whole dance training. She was asked to join the studio’s competition team in fourth grade and competed with them until graduation in 2013. She won judges choice awards and placed in the top ten at every competition with group dances and her solo. Bailey is trained in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, contemporary, and lyrical. For two summers, she went to Chicago to attend an intensive where she performed with dancers from across the US. While at the Chicago Intensive, she decided to pursue a career in dance. Bailey began assisting classes in eighth grade at her studio and has continued to have teaching positions since then. She is now a sophomore at Oral Roberts University where she is pursuing a BA of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. A part from dancing, Bailey is a YoungLife leader in Tulsa and wishes to integrate her passion for mentorship into the dance classroom!

meghan-bwMeghan Wagner

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!

Heidi BaileyHeidi Bailey

Heidi Bailey began dancing at the age of 5 at Heartbeat Dance Studio in Duncan, Oklahoma. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. She performed as Clara in Ballet Okahoma’s production of The Nutcracker. She went on to become an assistant and eventually a teacher at her hometown studio. Heidi co-founded and was co-captain of the Duncan High School Pom Squad for her junior and senior years of high school. During this time, she choreographed and organized several pieces for the squad. While attending Oklahoma State University, Heidi spent her summers instructing for National Dance Alliance, teaching summer camps to high school students in several different states. She was also the choreography director for several university musicals such as Freshman Follies, Varsity Review, and Spring Sing. The summer before her senior year of college, Heidi was accepted as a summer intern at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. It was there she was given the opportunity to study with many accomplished teachers and choreographers. After she graduated college, she taught dance to students of all ages for Raising the Barre Dance Studio in Frisco, Texas. Heidi truly enjoys watching the growth of her students and is excited to share her love of dance with the students of Jenks Dance Academy.