Jamie Straatsma is the owner/operator of Breakout Dance Studio and teaches jazz, tap, hip hop, the ballet/tap combo class for our minis and all the DiscoverDance classes. Jamie was born in St. Louis, MO and started dancing at the age of 5 years old. She attended jazz, tap and ballet classes at a local family owned and operated studio with her two older sisters from the age of 5-14 years old until she moved to Alaska where she continued her dance education into her 20’s. While dancing in St. Louis, she competed in several dance competitions and watched her two older sisters compete not only in dance but the NCAA. Dance and cheer were very big influences in her family’s life as well as sports. Jamie is a very high energy individual to say the least.
A move to Fairbanks, Alaska at the age of 14 introduced her to the Summer Arts Festival where she had the opportunity to dance under instructors from all over the globe. She has had the pleasure of working with Broadway instructors as well as former Rockettes.
In 2010 Jamie wanted to offer hip hop classes for her children to attend. As there weren’t hip hop classes at any local studios for children at that time, Jamie ventured out on her own, rented space locally and has been teaching hip hop classes for ages 6-12 years for the last 8 years. She traveled to Las Vegas in 2010 to get her Zumba certification and Zumba Kids certification so she could offer a dance aerobics class for children as well. Classes were a big hit and Jamie is thrilled to have her own studio now and expand the genre of classes that she offers! While she’s been teaching hip hop for the last 8 years, jazz and tap are her passion as well and she’s thrilled to now be offering jazz, tap, ballet and hip hop classes as an official CLI Studios partner studio! Jamie received her certification through CLI Studios in 2019 and is excited to share all that she has learned with her students!
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Nicola teaches all of our ballet classes for ages 7 and up.
A little background on Nicola:
-Started ballet classes at the age of 7 in North Wales, PA -Attended the Rock School for Dance education in Philadelphia for two years.
-Performed as Clara in the Pennsylvania Ballets Nutcracker
-Trained at The Performing Arts Academy in Narberth PA with John and Margarita DeSaa as well as Dance Elite in Hatboro, PA with Nadia Pavlenko.
-Attended School of American Ballet, NY summer program in 2005 as well as Kirov Academy of Ballet, Washington D.C. and was awarded a scholarship to attend their year round program.
She has traveled extensively around the world dancing and performing, is Vaganova trained and very excited to show others that dancing can be fun, accepting, healing and an area of great expression.