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Her early training included dance, voice and piano lessons, community talent shows and community theater. She became a member of Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth and Tex’s Tip Top Tappers at the young age of 15. She spent summers studying with Ballet West at their yearly intensive in Aspen Colorado where she was a scholarship recipient and at TCU’s summer ballet program. She was awarded a scholarship to study at the University of North Texas in Denton as a freshman and taught dance at Liz Gallego School of Ballet.
Ms. Jane is proud to co-own the studio with her mother who was also a dancer and dance teacher. She is amazed to have been open since September of 2008 and is excited and proud to be continuing this wonderful endeavor with the help of her family and friends. She is extremely grateful for the love and support of her husband, children, and parents.
Maegan Stewart - Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop
has two Bachelor degrees from Texas Wesleyan University one in Psychology and one in English. When she was younger, she received dance scholarships for several well respected conventions including Dupree, Co. Dance,Tremaine, VIP, and West Coast Dance Explosion. Continuing her training, she was accepted to the Kirov Ballet Academy's summer program at age 11, danced at Dorrell Martin's Leon Dance Summer Program, and spent three summers studying with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City, as well as training in Los Angeles. She has been teaching at JADE now for eight years and has taught at many other studios across the metroplex including: Dance Connections in Fort Worth as well as Kids Who Care Inc. She has been studying dance for the past 20 years and danced professionally now for eight years. She is a former member of the professional ballet company, Ballet Concerto of Fort Worth, and has danced the role of Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty and The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland. She was also a member of other professional dance companies such as Dallas Dance Company, which she was a part of for many years as well as 8&1 Dance Company. She choreographs professionally in the DFW area as well for such places as Legacy High School for their drill team, Lamar High School for their show choir, and has taught master classes at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. She is a popular choreographer at different theaters in the area such as Artes De La Rosa, Grand Prairie Arts Council, and Runway Theatre. She has danced professionally at different events including AT&T and for the American Heart Association. She has studied all genres of dance and has a deep passion and love for teaching. She has been choreographing for herself and other dancers since she was 12, and her innovative pieces have had great success and won choreography and technique awards at numerous competitions.
Courtney Stewart - Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Tap
Courtney has been dancing since three years old at several studios, not only in Texas but in New York as well. She is a scholarship recipient of New York's Joffery Ballet, was accepted into their trainee program and spent summers at their dance intensives. She has been invited into many ballet intensives such as Joffrey, Boston Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Orlando Ballet. Courtney has received formal training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Pointe, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Modern and Flamenco. She is a graduate of Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts in Fort Worth and a guest teacher/choreographer for their Academy Dance Company and Company II. She has performed the lead rolls in Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Sarofina in Paquita.
This is Ms. Courtney's sixth year teaching for JADE however she has been a teaching assistant since the studio opened in 2008. Each year her dances have had great success at competition, winning Platinum overall and 1st overalls along with several technique and choreography awards. She is the yearly director of our ballet production and has choreographed some amazing and memorable shows including The Snow Queen Ballet and Mary Poppins.
Taryn Wilson Golightly - Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz & Tap
Taryn is excited to be returning to Jane's Academy of Dance Excellence as a full time teacher during the 2016-17 Season. Taryn is a recent graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Masters in Dance. She brings years of experience as a studio dancer, competition dancer and university graduate and we are so happy to have her joining us on a permanent basis.
Marina Goshko - Ballet, Pointe
Russian native, Marina Goshko, was born in Ulan-Ude in the republic of Buryatiya. She graduated from the Buryat State Choreographic School in 1992. She won an award in the International Competition of Artists of Balet in the city of Novosibirsk, and was awarded a diploma at the International Independent Competition in Moscow. Upon graduation, she was invited to join the Buryat Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet. In 1993, she became a soloist with the Moscow Classical Ballet. Marina has toured extensively throughout the world. Her repertoire includes leading solo and pas de demux roles. In 2001, she joined Metropolitan Classical Ballet as a principal dancer. She is currently Principal Dancer with Mejia International Ballet and also Ballet Frontier of Texas.
This is Marina's 4th year teaching for Jane's Academy of Dance Excellence. We are also very lucky to have Marina teach at our Ballet Intensive each summer.
Luke Longacre - Musical Theater (Guest Teacher, Choreographer)
Luke Longacre loves teaching and spreading his passion for the arts to students and seeing them enjoy it as well. Having recently moved back to the Dallas/Ft Worth area, Luke has performed locally here at theatres such as Casa Manana in High School Musical, Dallas Theatre Center in The Who's Tommy, and at the Watertower Theatre in Violet. In New York, Luke performed on Broadway in Susan Stromans' The Frogs along side Nathan Lane, worked with Uma Thurman in The Producers Movie, as well as with Twyla Tharp in the Broadway musical, Times They are A'Changin. Touring the country and world has also been exciting in shows such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the Radio City Christmas Show, performing with the world famous Rockettes, and in Tokyo at Tokyo Disney Sea. Other favorite credits include: The Dave Chappelle Show, West Side Story, A Chorus Line, Cabaret and Singin' in the Rain. Luke received his BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma, has enjoyed teaching master classes both there as well as the Dallas Theatre Center and Casa Manana.
Luke has recently returned to school at SMU to pursue his masters in theater.
Courtney Sebastian - Ballet (Guest Teacher)
I am a native of Fort Worth, and currently on faculty with Margo Dean School of Ballet, Leap of Faith, and JADE. I began my training at Fort Worth School of Ballet (currently Texas Ballet Theatre), continuing in Boston, under Fernando Schaffenberg, at TCU, and STEPS on Broadway. I have enjoyed freelance dancing and teaching for various places around the Metroplex. I love job opportunities such as stage manager, choreographer, and I also founded a little ballet program at Trinity Episcopal School. My favorite thing to do is dance, dance, dance and I have discovered I have quite the ballet obsession. The only thing that matters more are my three beautiful children, Jacob, Gibson and Gwendolyn.
Carla Henslee (Yoga and Barre Fitness)
Carla has been passionate about dance her entire life. She is formally trained in tap, jazz, and modern dance. While studying Industrial Engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, she was a member of the U of A Dance Company. In 1996, Carla moved to Fort Worth and continued her studies of engineering and dance at The University of Texas in Arlington. While in school, she was also cultivating a career in retail. After holding numerous positions within a large retail company for 17 years, the last being a District Training Leader, she “retired” in 2011. This is when she was introduced to the world of yoga. The first thing Carla noticed when she began practicing yoga is that she finally realized how to breath. After 16 months of practicing yoga, she entered a 200 RYT Training Program to deepen her personal journey and understanding of yoga and all the many benefits it has to offer. During this time, Carla also found a way to combine her passion for dance and love of yoga by creating a unique Barre class. She is so excited to be able to share this transformational practice with her students. As her students often refer to this class as “Bodies by Carla”.
Carla's goal is to help students create a balanced lifestyle by incorporating a sustainable yoga practice. She loves teaching both beginner and experienced yogis. Helping people is her bliss! Whether you need a peaceful meditation session or a sweat it out vinyasa class, Carla tailors the class for what your body needs today. This is your journey and she is here to help you be the best you that you can be!
Carla teaches yoga in a very safe and comfortable manner. Students are welcome to ask questions as you move through the practice. Carla is living her passion by teaching yoga! She wants to share the peace, joy, strength and transformation she has learned through yoga with you.
Carla is a registered E-RYT 200 with Yoga Alliance.
Owner / Director
Ms. Jane has been a favorite dance teacher in this area for the past 18 years. She has spent this time teaching classes of all subjects and levels at a recreational studio and now at her own studio. She’s also been the director of two competition companies associated with her former studio and acts as the director of the award winning TEAM JADE JEWELS. Her competition pieces have had great success each year often bringing home some of the highest scores and most extra awards at the studio.
In 2013 she was awarded Teacher of the Year by DanceMakers Inc. for her influence in dance and dedication to teaching proper technique and developing outstanding dancers. Her studio continues to have great success at local competitions, often winning the studio spirit award, overall awards and scholarships for her talented students.