FACULTY

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JIMMI LOU TATE

Owner/Director/Tap/Wee-School

Jimmi Lou Tate has been a leading member of the dance community for over thirty-five years. A master teacher of tap for all ages, she also is an independent choreographer for the MTSU music department and the Nashville Opera. With a BS in Elementary Education, an MS in Physical Education, and studies in sacred dance from the University of California at Berkley, Jimmi Lou is also a competitive, award winning Latin and ballroom dancer. A published writer of dance related articles and poetry; Jimmi Lou has been described as “the teacher who has taught Murfreesboro how to dance”.

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JORDAN TATE

Assistant Director/Hip Hop

Jordan Tate is the Assistant Director of The Dancer’s School and head instructor of the Hip Hop department. A true professional, Jordan toured with Interscope Recording Artist, Kaci Brown as the opening act for The Backstreet Boys’ “Never Gone Tour” in 2006. With dance performances in every major US city and Canada, Jordan brings excitement and current, competitive choreography to all of his classes as well as appropriate music with clean lyrics. An honors graduate of SAE Institute on Music Row in Nashville in sound and audio engineering, Jordan’s work also includes music editing services to clients near and far. Jordan teaches for several well-known studios in the mid-state area. His music video credits and stage performances include work with artists Kirk Franklin, Brad Paisley, and Joe Nichols, in addition to various television commercials. He describes his passion in one word…”inspiring”. Jordan and wife Bethany are parents of daughter, Jaylee and son, Bryson

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JENNA NELSON

Contemporary/Pilates

Jenna Nelson comes to us from East Nashville, bringing 2 decades worth of teaching experience with her. A graduate of Palm Beach Atlantic University, with a focus in choreography and performance, Jenna has studied under several amazing teachers including Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Demetrius Klein, ABT alum Eileen Hebron, choreographer and master teacher Nicole Wolcott, and many more, including Eric Harris at The Nashville Ballet. Before coming to middle TN Jenna danced professionally with 6th Day Dance Company, a contemporary dance company based in Seattle, received her level 1 Pilates mat certification through Power Pilates and has worked in churches and studios around the US as a choreographer and guest teacher. Jenna currently teaches middle school contemporary and the college and career contemporary class here at The Dancers School.

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LESLI CHANDLER

Ballet/Pointe/Wee-School

Lesli is the instructor for advanced ballet and pointe. As a dancer and accomplished teacher, Lesli has knowledge in Cecchetti, Vaganova, and Balanchine disciplines, as well as training in pointe shoe fitting. She also has years of experience choreographing lyrical and ballet sacred dance for various church performances, including performing for mass crusades in Peru and Nicaragua. Continuing her own ballet training and using it to further the TDS ballet program is of particular interest to Lesli. Lesli also enjoys introducing beginning students to the world of dance through Wee-School classes.

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GRACIE WALKER

Jazz/Contemporary/Hip Hop/Hippy Hop

Gracie Walker is the advanced jazz and contemporary teacher here at The Dancer’s School, as well as the college hip hop and wee-school ballet teacher. Gracie is a multi-talented dancer and teacher, having trained in the dance program at MTSU and majoring in exercise science. She has numerous choreography credits and was accepted into the Joffery Summer Ballet Intensive. Gracie’s training encompasses multiple genre including ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip hop. Her versatility is what truly shines within the TDS staff.

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OLIVIA WESTFALL

Jazz/Modern/Tap/Ballet

Olivia is a well-rounded, lifetime TDS dancer. From starting in Wee-School to becoming an official teacher in 2020, she has dedicated years to her training and growth in all genres of dance offered at The Dancer's School. Accepted into the Joffery Ballet Summer intensive twice, Olivia also trains with the MTSU dance program with a focus in Modern and ballet technique. She is currently majoring in Astrophysics with a minor in Dance Pedagogy. Given her extensive theatre background, Olivia has a knowledgeable understanding of what it takes to stand out on stage, and she desires to teach others what it truly means to dance.

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EMMA JONES

Wee-School/Jazz/Tap

The Dancer’s School welcomes Miss Emma Jones to the TDS teaching staff. A hometown girl, Emma brings 12 years of dance experience in the the day to day life of a dance studio. Emma has a heart for kids dance as well as teens. As a participant in Children’s Worship activities, she quickly moved into a teaching position and currently choreographs for World Outreach Church. A winning competitive dancer, Emma has studied with well-known teacher, Robert Roland, of Dancing with The Stars. Emma has trained with The Dancer’s School, assisting in tap, contemporary, jazz, modern, hip hop and pre-school classes. Emma’s teaching emphasis is tap and the new “Born To Dance” Preschool Classes.

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Caitlin Clements

Wee-School

Bio coming soon.