About Our Staff

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Christie Neilson

Owner/Director

Christie has been the owner for over 25 years. She taught dance for 20 years and now oversees the business. She has over 35 years in dance, physical fitness and teaching experience. She has a BS degree in Dance, Physical Education and Recreational Therapy. She is also a certified teacher for public schools. She has taught Middle School Drill team, High School Dance classes, and Dance Therapy as a therapist. She enjoys the outdoors and has participated in many outdoor activities. She has traveled all over the US teaching in many states dance and Physical Education."My mission is to have every student feel the positive effects of dance and Physical Ed in their lives." She enjoys spending her spare time with her husband and children.

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Jamie Cooper

Assistant Director

Jamie has been teaching with Jazzerettes and Gymtyme since 2013.  After five years of teaching she transitioned into a new role as Assistant Director. She is excited to still be working with the company and to be able to continue seeing all your children excel at the showcases each year. Jamie has been performing all her life however she didn’t get serous about it until she graduated High School. Upon High School graduation, she started the dance program at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. In 2003 she moved to Roseville, California where she began working with her sister's company and found her passion for Latin and Ballroom dancing. With her dance partner she began traveling the world competing and performing. She did her first international competition in 2004 in Berlin, Germany, and she has won numerous titles since.  Some of her titles include 1st place in both International Latin and Latin American Showdance, and 2nd place in American Smooth and Classic American Showdance at the United States Championships. Currently she holds the title as Female World Champion in American Rhythm and 9-dance. Although she loves to compete and perform, her true love is teaching.  She enjoys sharing her knowledge with others to help them succeed in their own personal goals.  She continues to grow her knowledge in all dance styles and she is always excited when she can share it with others.

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Laura Bird

Assistant Director (Idaho)/Instructor

Laura was born and raised in Sandy, Utah. She began dancing when she was 9 years old. She danced on her middle and high school dance teams. She was also a high school varsity cheerleader. She attended Utah Valley University and majored in Business and Finance. She enjoyed taking a few dance classes in college. Her family moved to Boise in 2016 and love living in Idaho! Laura is a member of Explore Dance Company and loves being able to dance and perform again. She has also taught group fitness for about 8 years and is currently an instructor at Pure Barre in Eagle. She is excited to share her love for dancing with your children. She is the Assistant Director in the Treasure Valley. 

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Janell Thompson

Instructor

Miss Janell is excited to join Jazzerettes and Gymtyme teaching hip hop at her old elementary school. Janell hails from Elk Grove and lives here now with her husband, Ben, and their new son, Noah. Janell has been dancing and performing for 30+ years and has always had a love for the arts. Her training in dance includes a wide range of genres such as ballet, jazz, tap, modern, clogging, Irish, and hip hop. Janell also has a love for musical theater and has performed professionally for 10+ years.

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Tawny Garcia

Instructor

Tawny was born and raised in Southern California and has been dancing since she could walk. She comes from an eclectic and competitive dance background training in everything from Ballet to Ballroom. She moved to Texas to attend UT Austin and earn a dual degree as a BFA Dance major and BA Education. While in Texas she danced with Dance Repertory Theatre and multiple other local dance companies. She also invested her time in creating dance choreography that premiered all over Texas. She's spent the last ten years teaching competitive dance at the High School and Middle School levels and coaching Cheer at the middle school level. She just relocated to Boise with her husband and two daughters and is loving the opportunity to teach dance, cheer, and tumbling.

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Ashlee Johnson

Instructor

My name is Ashlee! I originally grew up in Los Angeles as a competitive dancer and gymnast. I began my journey in dance at the age of 4 where I continued throughout college. I began teaching as a teenager, and continued to teach as I pursued my degree in Early Childhood Education. During college I coached a gymnastics team which made it to the National Level and placed 3rd overall. I recently relocated to the Bay Area and I am so happy to be back doing what I love . Some of my favorite styles to teach are Hip Hop, Acro and Jazz. When I am not teaching, I love going on hikes or to the beach with my dog. I am so excited to meet you all.

 

As a Dance Teacher, I feel that it is important for my students to feel comfortable, motivated, confident, and inspired at all times. I want to see my students succeed, be proud of themselves and enjoy all of the hard work and dedication they put into dance! 

 
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Palak Shah

Instructor

Hi there, my name is Palak!  I grew up in New Jersey, went to college in Boston, and later
relocated to the Bay Area where I lived in San Francisco for many years. My family and I now
reside in the Sacramento area.  
Dance, in all its forms, has always been a huge passion of mine. I began my journey in the world
of dance at the age of 7 with Ballet and Tap.  I was also encouraged around this time to learn
more about my Indian heritage and took up various styles of Indian dancing, starting at age 8 and
continuing on through high school.  I was an active performer in many different dance groups
over the years. I participated in numerous dance competitions that took place throughout the
country spanning from my home state of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and many
other locations.
While attending college in Boston I was enrolled in dance classes and learned Swing, the Waltz,
Foxtrot and Tango which were some of my favorite classes!
I also work as a Preschool Teacher part-time.  I take great pride in being a facilitator of your
child's learning process by creating a nurturing, fun and supportive environment within the realm
of dancing and beyond!

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Lexi Eisenbarth

Instructor

 I have experience in multiple types of dance including jazz, ballet, modern, and more. I am currently taking Marla Hansen's advanced ballet class and her repertory class. So I am currently working on making my own choreography for the end of the semester showcase. I currently have another job as a respite provider for children with emotional disturbance and have been doing this for over two years. I have experience with all ages. I have taught some after school dance programs in the past.