Instructors

Ms. Danielle | Owner/Director

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Ms. Georgia | Assistant Director

“When I was six years old, I told my mother I was going to be a school teacher and a ballerina. Many years later, I know I have been richly blessed to experience both of my childhood dreams. After graduating from Huntingdon College, I trained with some remarkable ballet instructors and was fortunate to perform with the Montgomery Civic Ballet, Ballet UAB, Black Hills Dance Theatre, and Ballet Colorado. I completed a Master’s degree in English Literature and have a “highly qualified” certification in both English and Dance. Thirty five years ago, I founded North Jefferson Academy of Dance and began teaching at Gardendale High School. I recently retired from teaching school, and I also turned NJAD over to my beloved goddaughter. I am now passionate about teaching classical ballet to children of all ages here at North Jefferson Academy of Dance. From the tiniest three year olds just beginning, to the power packed energetic first grade dancers, to the pre-pointe girls working tirelessly to achieve their first pointe shoes, to our accomplished high school dancers – I love it all and cannot imagine doing anything else!”


Ms. Annie

“I danced with NJAD for 15 years, and I am currently a student at Birmingham-Southern College, majoring in Mathematics. In high school, I was captain of the Gardendale High School Rockettes.”

Ms. Ashley

I danced with NJAD for 16 years. Dance has always been a major part of my life, and I could not imagine life without it. I absolutely love having the opportunity to take my love of dance and help younger dancers cultivate their love for it, as well. I am currently a student at Samford University studying Political Science and Dance.

Ms. Denise

“I began dancing at the age of 15 and started my education at North Jefferson Academy of Dance. I was inspired, and I worked to receive a Dance and English degree at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Now, I have been a ballet, tap, and jazz instructor at North Jefferson Academy of Dance for 22 years. Dance is life. I am also an English teacher at Fultondale High School with a Master’s degree and gifted and talented certification, starting my 18th year in education. I have two gorgeous and gifted children, Martin and Lydia, whom I love and adore the most. They amaze me daily and are my favorite dance partners. My passion is teaching and sharing what I know with people in my community, with hopes of inspiring others to learn and love.”

Ms. Kaitlyn

“Dance has been a part of my life since I was 3 years old. I grew up taking dance and was co-captain of my high school dance team. I took a break during college to receive a degree in Elementary Education, and I am currently teaching first grade at Gardendale Elementary. I didn’t know how much I still needed dance in my life until I took that break. Now, I am currently a sponsor of the Gardendale High School Rockettes. I am beyond excited & blessed beyond measure! I enjoy dancing because it is a way to express myself when I can’t find the words to use. When I dance, nothing else seems to matter. It has been my passion for many years. Aside from dance, I enjoy spending time with my friends, family, and fiancĂ© Tyler (and our puppy, Lyla). I love going to the beach and lake, as well as watching Alabama football and lots of baseball! I get by with tacos, ranch dressing, and sweet tea.”

Ms. Lauren

“I was born and raised in Fultondale and graduated from Samford University with an education degree. I currently teach at Snow Rogers Elementary School.  I have danced since I was 3 years old and started taking at NJAD in the 5th grade.  Throughout the years, I took classes in ballet, tap, jazz, clogging, and liturgical.  This is my fourth year to teach at NJAD, and I cannot think of a better place to be! Even though teaching is my passion, my summers are filled with the excitement of camps at Cornerstone Ranch. In my spare time, I enjoy running, reading, painting, and outdoor adventures.”

Ms. Liz

“I started dancing (officially) at the age of 2 years old. Growing up, I trained and performed with various studios, teams, and companies (including NJAD) in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap, dance team, and contemporary. I am former member of the UAB Golden Girls dance team and a former co-captain of the Gardendale High School Rockettes. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to take classes from many notable teachers and choreographers, including Karl Mundt, Denise Wall, Tony Dovolani, and Jennifer Britton. Currently, I coach and choreograph for various dance teams, including the Gardendale High School Rockettes. I received both a BA and MA from UAB and currently work in marketing and communications for my alma mater. In my free time, I enjoy designing invitations (Paper by LC) and spending time with my husband & our two cats. I truly cannot fathom the person I would be without dance. My instructors and coaches throughout the years have taught me invaluable life lessons, and I continue to enjoy working hard toward my growth as an instructor, coach, and choreographer. This will be by 14th season teaching at NJAD.”

Ms. Marissa

“I began dancing at age 11 at North Jefferson Academy of Dance, and this will be my eleventh year as an instructor at NJAD. I teach pre-ballet and elementary classes. NJAD is one of my favorite places. When I walk in, it feels like home. I am married to my wonderful husband, Nathan, and we have one son, Collin. I have my Bachelors degree in both Elementary and Special Education K-6 and my Masters degree in Special Education K-6. I am an Elementary Special Education teacher at Burkett Center in Jefferson County. I am excited about this dance season – I absolutely love teaching my precious ballerinas!”

Ms. Sarah

“I danced at NJAD for 13 years and am entering my 3rd year as a UAB Golden Golden Girl. I was a member of the Gardendale High School Rockettes all four years of high school and was captain my senior year. This is my 3rd year as a teacher at NJAD.”

Ms. Stacy

Stacy Arnold is the current UAB Auxiliaries Coordinator. A proud UAB alumnus, she has been with the UAB Marching Blazers staff for over 15 years. Stacy has 20+ years of teaching experience. For many years, she has taught dance teams and majorette lines throughout the state of Alabama and the Southeast, on both high school and college levels, including the UAB Blazerettes, UAB Majorettes, and choreography for the University of Georgia Dance Dawgs. Stacy was a member of the award-winning Birmingham Showsteelers (dance team for the Birmingham Steeldogs Arena Football League) from 2003-2005. In 2006, she served as the Co-Dance Team Instructor/Coordinator for the team. During her time as a Showsteeler, she had the opportunity to attend ProDance Camps in Las Vegas, Miami, and Palm Springs, where she trained with some of the top choreographers in the industry, including Napoleon & Tabitha D’umo and John Peters. Stacy happily resides in Gardendale with her husband, Jay, and their daughter, Riley Hope.