Jamie Straatsma is the owner/operator of Breakout Dance Studio and lead instructor. 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 created the first hip hop program in Fairbanks for children ages 5 and up to attend as there weren’t hip hop classes at any local studios for children at that time. Jamie has been teaching hip hop classes for ages 5 and up since 2010.
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.
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 since 2010, 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 2020, received her Youth Protection Advocates in Dance (YPAD) certification in 2020 and will be receiving her Junior Acro Certificatiin through ADTA in 2021! Jamie is excited to share all that she has learned with her students!
It’s time to announce our new member to our studio faculty!! Meet Cierra Eder! She has recently moved here from Indiana and I am thrilled to have her join our team at Breakout Dance Studio! She will be teaching all of our Level 1-3 Jazz and Level 1-3 Hip Hop classes this year. She is a great fit for our studio and I am so excited that our students get to learn from another instructor with such a diverse background in dance as well as teaching experience!
One of the questions we asked on our instructor application was what they were looking for in a dance studio. This was Cierra’s answer: “I am looking for a dance studio that ignites a passion and fire in young dancers. A studio that teaches compassion, resiliency, tenacity, and creative expression. Dance is a divine and treasured gift. A gift I hope other young dancers get the chance to experience!”
🥰💃🎉What a great response to a tough question!
A little background on Cierra:
At the age of seven, Cierra started attending dance classes at a small studio in Columbus, Indiana. She studied ballet, jazz, lyrical, and hip hop. Growing up, dance was not only a fun activity, but Cierra’s passion and solace. Because of her love for dance, she continued to dance in college as the team captain for her university’s dance squad. After college, Cierra stepped down from the stage and used her knowledge to teach upcoming dancers. She taught jazz and hip hop classes at a local studio in her hometown. She has recently moved to Fairbanks this summer and is looking forward to the opportunity to share her love for dance with the community!
We cannot wait for you all to meet her!