testimonials

You have an unfailing patience with all the children and adults, thank you.

Parent

Thank you for helping me for my tap exam, you are the best tap teacher in the world.

Pupil age 10

I have been learning your routines for 9 years and every single one of them has been great. You have inspired hundreds of children including me to take up jazz and tap, so whatever you do keep dancing.

Pupil age 14

Thank you for the encouragement and support you have given to my girls, with your passion and commitment you have been a credit to them.

Parent

If it weren’t for you I wouldn’t have achieved half of the things that I have done.

Pupil age 13

about us

The primary aim of Dance JAM Academy is to make dance accessible to all, whether this be working towards dance examinations, performances and auditions or simply taking weekly classes for enjoyment and health benefits.

Inclusiveness is an important aim of the school as it inspires confidence in students which enables them to reach their full potential in and out of class. Another main aim of Dance JAM Academy is to inspire students to delve into the dance world further than just their weekly classes. Theatre trips, performance opportunities, own choreography opportunities, master classes and an annual dance school party will happen throughout the year, which will further enhance their enjoyment and understanding of dance.

The study of dance is proven to provide numerous physical and psychological benefits. These include strength, posture, poise, confidence, enhanced concentration skills and social skills- skills that can be transferred to everyday life as well as in the studio. The school offers a number of dance classes in Tap, Freestyle and Theatre Craft within the IDTA syllabus framework as well as non-syllabus dance classes including Stage Dance, Choreography & Improvisation, Performing Arts and Ballet JAM Mini’s for our younger members. The school also offers classes for adult learners in Tap and Jazz.

Julie is a fully qualified member of the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association), and holds an Associate status teaching qualification with Distinction and an Anatomy Diploma. Now an experienced dance teacher and choreographer, her early training started at the age of 4 with the Barrett Smith School of Dance where she attended classes in Tap, Ballet and Modern.

Performing for the school in numerous local shows and dance festivals across the country, she was also successful in competing at the All England Dance Festival Competitions on many occasions and has performed with Wayne Sleep in CATS at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre, Islington.

Julie has taught for a number of years as a freelance teacher of Tap, Jazz, Freestyle and Musical Theatre at local dance and performing arts schools in Hertfordshire, training pupils to take their vocational examinations. She also choreographs for regular competition work and bi-annual dance shows. Julie also teaches dance at private schools.

Julie is a qualified DDMIX (Diverse Dance Mix) Instructor - Created by Darcey Bussell and Nathan Clarke this is a fun, full body workout with a flavour of 20 styles from all over the world, including Arabic, Line Dancing, Irish, Hand Jive, Disco, Bollywood, Flamenco and Charleston to name but a few.

Julie is delighted to be the owner and Principal of Dance JAM Academy where she strives to impart her skill, knowledge and enjoyment of dance and performing to her pupils and help them achieve their full potential within dance.