802 West Main Street Collinsville, IL 62234 618-344-6200 [email protected]

Our Team

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” -H.E. Luccock
Meet our orchestra!

We hope you’ll find our JAM staff to be warm, welcoming, and encouraging. Each staff member is chosen because they have that special something within them to help lift others up daily while working hard and enjoying the journey. We love students of all ages and abilities and hope to learn and grow with you soon!

Ms. abby

Founder/ Artistic Director

Abby is a longtime Collinsville resident and has been an entrepreneur since the young age of 19. She began her dance career in third grade after spending an obnoxious amount of time dancing around her house for years prior. What started as a young love blossomed into a career! She began teaching dance classes at 15 years old which led her to eventually take over her childhood studio, Sherry’s School of Dance in 2007. Over the years she has taken the studio from Sherry’s to Gracefully Yours Dance Academy into what it is known as today–Joyful Arts Movement. She loves listening to podcasts and attending events, zoom meetings, webinars, and anything else she can to grow & learn more about being an excellent leader.

  • Birthday (Month/Day is fine): 
    • August 30
  • What brings you joy? 
    • Lazy mornings with my daughter Jubilee, getting together with friends for brunch or games, play dates with my best friend and our daughters, laughing with my husband
  • Favorite song you’ve ever danced to: 
    • Sing, Sing, Sing! We had such a fun huge group tap dance that spanned many ages and it was SO fun.
  • What song could you listen to over and over again and never get tired of?
    • Almost any song by Taylor Swift! The Blessing by Kari Jobe
  • What’s your favorite ice cream combo? 
    • It totally depends on the place! I love a “Give ‘Em Smores” from Annie’s with chocolate custard, extra graham crackers, and hot fudge instead of chocolate syrup. I think by re-reading that to myself I can tell that I am DEFINITELY a little “extra” myself, haha!
  • What’s one thing that can instantly make a bad day better? 
    • When my daughter reaches for me and calls me Mama.
  • What phone app do you use the most? 
    • Definitely Facebook. 
  • Which JAM Core Value is your favorite & why? 
    • Let’s be honest, I love them ALL! I fight extra hard for “age appropriate” though–I make sure when hiring teachers that they understand that thoroughly. Let our kids be kids!
  • Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately? 
    • SNOOZE.
  • Describe yourself only using song titles: 
    • “Confident” by Demi Levato
    • “Get Your Sparkle On” by Barbie
    • “Joyful, Joyful” by the Pentatonix

Ms. andrea

Dance Instructor

Andrea started dancing when she was 2 years old at Kathy Blake Dance Studios in New Hampshire. She trained in all styles but always had a great love of jazz and hip hop. In 2012, Andrea attended The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in California. With the Young Americans, she had the opportunity to teach dance and performance to over 40,000 students in places such as Japan, Australia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Singapore, Canada, and all over the US. Andrea relocated to St. Louis in August 2020 and is so grateful to be a part of the Joyful Arts Movement family.

  • Birthday (Month/Day is fine): 
    • August 11th
  • What brings you joy? 
    • Being surrounded by people I love, baking, enjoying the sunshine, and traveling to new places
  • Favorite song you’ve ever danced to: 
    • Bom Bom – Sam and the Womp. It was a groovy jazz funk vibe which is right in my wheelhouse. So much fun! 
  • What song could you listen to over and over again and never get tired of? 
    • Good Morning, Baltimore from Hairspray
  • What’s your favorite ice cream combo? 
    • I love Half Baked Ben and Jerry’s! 
  • What’s one thing that can instantly make a bad day better? 
    • Calling a friend! I always feel so much better after catching up with someone I love and hearing about what’s going on in their life. 
  • What phone app do you use the most? 
    • I love spotify! I’m always listening to music or catching up on a podcast
  • Which JAM Core Value is your favorite & why? 
    • YOU MATTER! Your energy is always adding to or subtracting from a room. I think we go a long way at JAM to remind each student that they are special, and our time together is precious. It wouldn’t be the same without YOU. 
  • Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately? 
    • SNOOZE! I will always sneak in those extra minutes of shut eye. 
  • Describe yourself only using song titles: 
    • Run the World (Girls) – Beyonce 
    • Let’s Get Loud – Jennifer Lopez 
    • sweetner – Ariana Grande

Ms. leah

Dance Instructor

Leah’s love for dance began at the age of three during the inaugural year of Joyful Arts Movement (formerly Sherry’s School of Dance and Gracefully Yours Dance Academy). Her favorite styles of dance are jazz and tap. Leah’s passion for dance continued throughout college as she performed with the McKendree Dance Ensemble for 4 years. In addition to teaching dance,Leah also enjoys coaching high school color guard and has directed Edwardsville HS for the past 5 years, along with various other programs. Outside of the dance world, Leah loves helping individuals with disabilities (specifically autism and developmental delays). She graduated in 2018 with her Bachelor’s in Biopsychology and became a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant in October 2020.  Leah currently works as a Pediatric Occupational Therapy Assistant at Blue Stars Therapy in St. Louis. Leah loves to share her joy for dance here at JAM and cherishes each of her students!

  • Birthday (Month/Day is fine): 
    • August 24
  • What brings you joy? 
    • My two cats, the beach, spending time with friends
  • Favorite song you’ve ever danced to: 
    • He Lives in You from The Lion King!
  • What song could you listen to over and over again and never get tired of? 
    • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • What’s your favorite ice cream combo?  
    • Mint Chocolate Chip or Cherry Bordeaux
  • What’s one thing that can instantly make a bad day better? 
    • Starbucks
  • What phone app do you use the most? 
    • Probably Facebook
  • Which JAM Core Value is your favorite & why? 
    • Age Appropriate, our students learn dance and other life skills by having lots of FUN and learning age appropriate skills.
  • Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately? 
    • Snooze!
  • Describe yourself only using song titles:
    • Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
    • Just Dance – Lady Gaga
    • Know Your Worth – Khalid & Disclosure

Ms. nicole

Dance Instructor

Nicole Kaemmerer grew up in Belleville IL where she studied many different styles of dance, including two of her favorites ballet and acro, from the age of 3. Throughout her dancing years she traveled around the United States attending dance competitions and workshops with her dance studios competition team. Nicole attended Saint Louis University and studied Environmental Science, Urban Affairs, and Dance as well as participating in the SLU dance team Phases of Motion. She is currently a Marketing Coordinator with Weissman Theatrical Supplies and works with the dance community daily.  This is Nicole’s 8th year teaching for Miss Abby and she is so excited for her new journey with Joyful Arts Movement!

  • Birthday (Month/Day is fine): August 7th 
  • What brings you joy? Puppies, dogs, dancing, music, musicals, broadway, and singing and dancing in the kitchen 
  • Favorite song you’ve ever danced to: September (Earth, Wind, and Fire)
  • What song could you listen to over and over again and never get tired of? Anything from the Hamilton musical cast recording
  • What’s your favorite ice cream combo? Double chocolate
  • What’s one thing that can instantly make a bad day better? Puppy snuggles
  • What phone app do you use the most? Email
  • Which JAM Core Value is your favorite & why? Family Friendly. This is what I love about JAM the most! JAM has such a family feeling and I love that we offer an experience for almost anyone, and when you attend JAM we are here to make you feel like family!
  • Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately? Wake up immediately
  • Describe yourself only using song titles: 
  • Walking On Sunshine- Katrina and the Waves
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody- Whitney Houston
  • Kill Em With Kindness- Selena Gomez

Ms. Emily

Dance Instructor

Emmi is currently a trainee with The Big Muddy Dance Company of St. Louis, MO, under the direction of Brian Enos. She grew up training at Newport Academy of Ballet in Rhode Island. In 2019, she received her BFA in Dance and BS in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, ballroom, hip hop, and West African. At UMass, she was the recipient of an annual talent scholarship and additionally was selected to premiere her thesis choreography at the American College Dance Association convention in the spring of 2019. Emmi is certified in STOTT Pilates and has been teaching Pilates and dance classes since the summer of 2018. When teaching with Newport Academy of Ballet, she taught math through movement lessons in Newport Public Schools and a weekly ballet class for disadvantaged children. Her dance education has been supplemented by Salt Contemporary Dance, Kaatsbaan Extreme Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, Urbanity Dance, Rioult Dance, Royal Academy of Dance, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and Goucher College Summer Arts Institute.

  • Birthday (Month/Day is fine): 
    • June 3rd
  • What brings you joy? 
    • Sunsets, dessert, cats, the ocean
  • Favorite song you’ve ever danced to: 
    • A Little Party Never Killed Nobody- Fergie, Q-Tip, Goonrock
  • What song could you listen to over and over again and never get tired of?
    • Sunday Morning- Maroon 5
  • What’s your favorite ice cream combo? 
    • Oreos and vanilla ice cream
  • What’s one thing that can instantly make a bad day better? 
    • A good meal
  • What phone app do you use the most?
    •  Instagram
  • Which JAM Core Value is your favorite & why? 
    • Confidence! Confidence is a skill that has to be exercised, just like muscles! Being in a dance class and being on stage are both ways to exercise your confidence muscle. It’s so important to start when you’re a kid!
  • Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately? 
    • I hit snooze but only once!
  • Describe yourself only using song titles: 
    • Independent Woman-Destiny’s Child
    • Hard Work Pays Off-Future, Juice WRLD
    • Dance All Night- Dirty Heads, Matisyaho

Ms. Rosie

Customer Care Coordinator

Rosie is a lifetime Collinsville resident who moved away to Quincy Illinois to go to College at Culver-Stockton College. Rosie danced at the dance studio formerly known as Sherry’s School of Dance and the known as Gracefully Yours Dance Academy for a total of 14 years. She was also on the Collinsville Middle School Dance team as well as the Kahoks Dance team her freshman year of High School. Rosie has worked as a dance teacher and numerous front desk positions, lastly being at a law firm in Edwardsville. Rosie has maintained a job since she was 15 years old. Currently along with working at Joyful Arts Movement, Rosie is a teacher’s aide in the special education department at Triad Middle School. Rosie is currently in school completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Healthcare Management through Culver-Stockton College’s online program. She plans on getting her Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration after the graduates through Culver Stockton as well. Rosie’s career goal is to be a CEO of a hospital such as Children’s or Barnes.

  • Birthday (Month/Day is fine):
    • September 18th
  • What brings you joy? 
    • Coffee, traveling, and cooking
  • Favorite song you’ve ever danced to: 
    • Skinny Love (the cover by birdy)
  • What song could you listen to over and over again and never get tired of?
    • Cardigan- Taylor Swift
  • What’s your favorite ice cream combo? 
    • Mint moose tracks!
  • What’s one thing that can instantly make a bad day better? 
    • Faith and A BIG cup of coffee, a good book with my favorite blanket on the couch with my dog 
  • What phone app do you use the most? 
    • AMAZON!!! 
  • Which JAM Core Value is your favorite & why? 
    • Giving Back! At JAM We focus on our intercommunity and our outside the studio community and in both places we make sure to give back and make a difference which is for kids to learn and be able to be involved!
  • Do you hit the snooze button or wake up immediately? 
    • Wake up immediately and press start on the keurig!
  • Describe yourself only using song titles: 
    • Stronger than you know
    • Fearless- Taylor Swift
    • Fly- Nicki Minaj & Rhinanna

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