Jenna recently moved to Columbia from Madison Wisconsin where she was the proprietor, Lead Performing Arts Educator, and Director of Arts Education at Express Yourself! a performing arts studio. Jenna has a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theater from Pace University in New York City. She believes that, "Students should have the opportunity to learn in a safe environment where they are challenged appropriately, and praised for their progress. It is essential for students to feel valued and for an educator to use a variety of methods to make sure that each student achieves growth." Jenna is excited to share her expertise, talent and love of theatre with people of all ages and backgrounds in Columbia. She will bring an exciting new dimension to Jabberwocky's arts offerings.
Jeanette Bailey has been studying vintage vernacular jazz dance since 2006. Her style is true to the swing era of the 20s, 30s, and 40s but incorporates modern elements to add structure and depth to choreographies. She specializes in solo and partnered swing dances including the Charleston, Lindy Hop, and Balboa. Her debut choreography featured original movement paired with imaginative rhythms and won first place at the Collegiate Jitterbug Championships. Jeanette has 7 years of teaching experience and enjoys sharing her knowledge of swing dance and its culture with students. Jeanette’s classes incorporate technical concepts while maintaining a light, casual, fun atmosphere and are designed to build students’ confidence on the dance floor.
Originally from St. Louis, Cassie has expressed her passion for the arts through both theater and dance. Formerly a ballet student, she discovered her obsession with Lindy Hop after she was asked to attend a Swing Night in St. Louis with friends. Since moving to Columbia, Cassie has become an active member of Jabberwocky Studios and Mizzou Swing Society. She continues to attended workshops across the Midwest to be trained by professional instructors from around the country in solo and partnered swing dance styles such as Lindy Hop, Charleston, and Collegiate Shag. High school English teacher by day, Cassie employs her teaching expertise when teaching beginner dance lessons. She is eager to embark on this new Jabberwocky journey.
Marjorie McDonald is a Columbia native and mother of two who began dancing at the age of 5. She is a long time student and current staff member at Dancearts of Columbia and she is the Administrative Assistant to Columbia’s Majorette Dance Team - The Pink Elites. Her specialties include Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical and Musical Theater and has performed in local theater productions such as 42nd Street and Brigadoon, and she was a part of the National Award winning Rock Bridge High School Pom Squad from 2001 – 2004. Because of dance, Marjorie has built a strong network of friends and family, a great appreciation for self – discipline and understands the need for a positive environment to grown and learn in. She strives through teaching and connecting with students that dance will provide them with skills and values that can be utilized in all aspects of life as well.
Joe has been B-Boying for about 14 years and has taught at several studios around Columbia. His students have ranged from five year olds to adults. Breakdance is a hobby and a passion of his that he plans to continue as long as he is capable of dancing. Joe has been drawing since second grade and considers it his first love. He began painting murals after graduating from Rock Bridge High School and his work is displayed in homes and business around Columbia including Mill Creek School. He is currently illustrating a 200 page graphic novel and planning for a mural at Jabberwocky. Joe loves to share his passion and talent with his students and is a master at establishing a positive excitement in his classes.
Alex began dancing in 2014 as one of Jabberwocky's original students. As part of Jabberwocky's "Learn to Work" internship program, Alex learned to teach under the mentorship of instructor Joe Schlottach.He is a founding member of Jabberwocky's performance dance squad and served as our outreach teacher to the Youth Empowerment Zone in summer of 2018. Alex is a senior at Rock Bridge High School and is beginning his fourth year as a member of Rock Bridge Show Choirs. He loves to teach and to share his enjoyment of freestyling.
Hope has studied hip hop and break dancing for four years at Jabberwocky Studios. She loves Chicago and house footwork, tutting, bone breaking and free styling. Hope was a member of the Rock Bridge High School dance team, Unique, in her freshman year. She is a current member of the Jabberwocky Squad. She was mentored, as a teacher, by Rebecca Wallace as part of Jabberwocky's "Learn to Work" program. Hope has taught hip hop at Jabberwocky, and for Jabberwocky at Adventure Club and Camp Hickory Hill. Hope wants to share the joy she gets from dancing and music with others!
Rebecca trained in hip hop in Saint Louis under Nick Gates. She excels in team and freestyle dancing and is a valued member and choreographer on Jabberwocky's hip hop squad. Currently part of the guidance team at Battle High School, Rebecca is a talented teacher and mentor.