Friday, March 07, 2008

Jam Dance on the Move to New Location, Facility 

Posted by James at 6:54 AM ET

Academy Boasts Nine Instructors, More than 400 Students

By Larry Ingram
Jam Dance Academy is on the move - to a new location at 456 E. Vandalia St. in Edwardsville.

With 23 years of experience as a dance instructor, owner Tracy Meyer says she and her dance instructors are excited about the new studio facility and location.

"It's a much better location for us," Meyer said. "We have better visibility now."The academy is popular in the area, with more than 400 students attending dance classes, including the Edwardsville High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Dance squads.

All of the academy instructors have either extensive training or degrees in dance, she said.

Dance instruction starts with a low student-to-teacher ratio of three teachers per class, she said.

Tracy Meyer

"I teach age three through professional and adult dance," she said.

The pre-school classes make learning fun for children.

"It's a fun, family friendly atmosphere," she said.

With a bachelor of fine arts degree in dance from the University of Nebraska, Meyer teaches a number of popular dance styles, including ballet, hip hop, jazz, and lyrical dance, pointe, tap, leaps and turns, pom preparatory.

"The pom preparatory class prepares students to audition for the junior high and high school dance teams," she said.

Meyer also manages a competitive dance company through the academy, with a current troupe of 28 girls.

"The company is cast by audition only in May," she said.

The academy also hosts an annual dance recital May 17, 18, with four hour-long shows.

"It's a very big production," she said.

Adult classes include all levels of jazz dance, from beginning through advanced.

Meyer would like to offer a social ballroom dance class for adults in the future.

Moving the academy from Cottonwood Mall involved extensive renovation of the building, adding new floors and walls to the former warehouse.

The new facility now includes two spacious dance studios and a lobby.

The studio should be moved in to the new space by the end of March, Meyer said.

Meyer was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos, and has many professional dance performances to her credit.

She performed on a cruise ship, with Worlds of Fun Park in Kansas City, and has performed professionally for corporate clients, including Sprite and Legoons Sportswear.

She was selected as a member of the Heritage Registry of Who's Who for 2008.

The Who's Who edition recognizes and honors business leaders in their respective field.

On the web at JamDanceAcademy.com.

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