Our 2018-2019 Teachers
Grace Coles - Bio coming soon!
Abigail Geerholt - Abigail is seventeen and has been dancing since she was two. This is her first year teaching, but she has been student teaching for five years. Her favorite type of dance is ballet, but she also takes jazz, tap, lyrical, and pointe. She loves performing and is always excited for recital!
Michelle Heinen - Michelle has been dancing for over 30 years. She has been teaching dance for 19 years after having student taught for 3 years. Over the years, she has trained under numerous dance professionals in regular classes, conventions, and workshops. She is a member and certified instructor through Southern Association of Dance Masters.
Celia Hosse - Ms. Celia has had over 25 years of dance altogether, beginning with Miss Betsy Boyers. She has been teaching for about 20 of those years. She started teaching an aerobics class, and then was asked to teach a combination class. She started teaching a Mother/Daughter class when her girls were small to be able to dance with them. Ms. Celia loves dance, but feels her gift is teaching the little ones and giving them a good foundation in dance. She also loves seeing others enjoy dance!
Allison Johnson - Allison has been taking dance for over 20 years (ballet, pointe, jazz, tap & hip hop). Allison is well-rounded in all areas of dance and loves teaching the little ones. She has helped with church performances, summer workshops, performing arts camps and has taught at Jump for Joy since the doors opened in the Fall of 2005.
Christina Lee - Christina has been dancing for 6 years. Her daughter actually got her involved in dance. Her first dance class was the mother/daughter combo class offered here at Jump For Joy. After that class, she was hooked! Since that first year, she has continued taking mother/daughter, but also dances in the adult tap, ballet, and jazz classes. This is her first year teaching, but she has student taught for the last 2 years. She is very excited to join the teaching staff this year!
Kendahl Oakley - Bio coming soon!
Amanda Olin - Bio coming soon!
Holly Parker - Bio coming soon!
Susan Penfield - Susan started her dance career at the age of 3 and has now been dancing for over 45 years. She started her teaching career in Birmingham, Alabama; then taught for Fort Worth, Texas Park & Recreation and also owned her own dance studio in Frederick, Oklahoma. Throughout the years, she has choreographed several community theater shows and many church productions for children, youth and adults; and won some talent awards. She has taught in Gallatin for over 15 years now. Dancing is her passion and she loves passing that on to her students.
Ligon Troutt - At the age of 5, Ligon's love for dancing began at Dance Plus Studio is Gallatin. Over the next 13 years, she enjoyed learning the art of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Pointe as well as teaching dance to students ages 3 to 12. She participated in multiple local dance competitions and earned a talent for dancing. Also during this time, Ligon participated on the Wavettes Dance Team at Gallatin High School for four years. Performing at Fall and Spring athletic events as well as competing nationally in Jazz and Pom, Ligon's love for dance only grew. Upon graduating from high school, Ligon traveled east to attend The University of Tennessee Knoxville, receiving both her undergraduate and master's degree in Elementary Education. During her undergraduate time, Ligon attended university level dance classes each semester and performed with the UT Dance Company her junior and senior years. Ligon returned to Gallatin after college to marry her high school sweetheart , Wilson, and immediately began teaching First grade at Station Camp Elementary. She continued her dance experience at Jump for Joy and had the pleasure of receiving a 20 Year Dance Recital Recognition at her recital in 2013. Wilson and Ligon welcomed their first child, Ansley Allen in February 2014. After taking a break from dance for two years, Ligon is excited to be back in the dance world.
Jamie Westerhoff - Jamie has been dancing for 30+ years and is in her 12th year of teaching children. She studied choreography and dance at Middle Tennessee State University where she majored in music. She previously taught ballet, tap, jazz and theatre dance at St. Edward's School in Nashville and is so excited to be teaching at Jump for Joy!
Nadalie Wilkes - Nadalie has danced for over 30 years. She has taught dance for over 20 years. She studied Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Tumbling, Modern, and Hip Hop. She has trained all over with various professionals such as Paul Vasterling, Kelvin Amburgey, Kaylee Cahoon, Michelle Starbuck, Jennifer Hannah, Walter White, Lees Hummel, and Glenn Frederick just to name a few. Her theater credits include "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "The King and I," "Random Balance," and "Tsunami Echoes; Katrina Cries." She has performed with Nashville Ballet in the Nutcracker, The Vanderbilt Dance Group, The Glenn Frederick Repertory Theater, Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, and has performed in many Industrial Shows with Diane Kimbrough, Corporate Magic, Kaye Productions, and the Nashville Symphony Association. Her television credits include: CBS Thanksgiving Day Opryland Aqua Parade 3 years in a row, The Nashville News Country Music Awards, Talk of the Town, and was featured in Commercials for Sam's Town Casino and Gambling Hall, Sumner Breast Imaging, and Nashville College of Medical Careers. Nadalie cannot wait to share her love of dance with the students at Jump For Joy and strives to instruct each student with her knowledge and love for dance in a positive and fun environment.