We are pleased to offer a professional, accredited staff. All teachers have a vast knowledge and love for dance and are committed to educating students and maintaining a positive environment. Profiles on our teachers are listed below.
Jennifer Gravina, Artistic Director - Miss Jennifer brings 19 years of teaching experience and a love for dance to each of her students. She holds her BATD membership in stage (tap and jazz), an associate CDTA membership in ballet, tap and jazz, a DMA membership in ballet and tap, and has studied in the Teacher's Training Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Many of Miss Jennifer's former students have gone on to pursue their own careers in the field of dance with such companies as the National Ballet of Canada, Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Lècole National de Cirque, aboard cruise ships, as cheerleaders for the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Argonauts, with productions including The Lion King, and in several music videos.
As artistic director, Miss Jennifer strives to bring the best in quality dance education to her students. She is an accomplished dancer, teacher, adjudicator, and choreographer who has received numerous accolades, choreography and high score awards including Grand Champion 2006 at the Dance Championships in Western New York.
Miss Jennifer welcomes all new and returning students to JAM and wishes each the best for the upcoming season.
Sara Della Motta - Miss Sara discovered her love of dance at the age of 3, when she attended her first tap class. Before long, she had added acrobatics, jazz, ballet, pointe and lyrical to her weekly class schedule. Miss Sara studied ballet and modern at York University and is a member of the BATD in the stage (tap and jazz) and acrobatic divisions.
As a competitive student, Miss Sara was very successful winning various awards and titles including Junior All-Around Dancer at the BATD festival and at the CDTA Dance Convention. Now as a choreographer, she has achieved many high score and choreography awards including Grand Champion 2007 and 2008 at the Dance Championships in Western New York.
Miss Sara instructed at the high school level at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in the Performing Arts program and has been teaching at JAM since 1999. Former students have gone on to Lècole National de Cirque, the National Ballet of Canada, and Quinte Ballet School of Canada to name a few.
Miss Sara is looking forward to the upcoming dance season!
Sarah Lack - Miss Sarah is an accomplished teacher and performer in all areas of dance! A former member of the JAM competitive team, she has won many overall awards and trophies, and now, as a choreographer, the awards keep coming! She has won several choreography awards for her work, and her students are continuously successful at competitions.
Miss Sarah is a member of the BATD stage (tap and jazz) division. She traveled to Reisa, Germany as a member of the Canadian National Tap Team in 1999 and 2002, bringing home the silver medal and bronze medal respectively. She is excited for the year ahead!
Amy Watts - Miss Amy has been an accomplished teacher and choreographer for over ten years. She is a certified member of the B.A.T.D. (Tap, Jazz and Acro), associate member of C.D.T.A. (Acro) and is also a certified gymnastic instructor in level one, two and three. She is trained in hip hop, tap, jazz and lyrical and has studied with such notables as Danny Davalas, Luther Brown, Faye Rauw & Kojo “Touch”, Kareem Byfield, Natasha Powell, Heather Grey & “Hawk”. Dancing since age three, she is an accomplished competitor winning many overall awards, as well as “Dancer of the Year” at several competitions across the United States.
Miss Amy is very passionate about dance and teaching her students confidence while providing a creative outlet to help each student succeed. Miss Amy is extremely excited to join the Jennifer’s Arts In Motion team and is looking forward to the upcoming season!
Jordanna Henderson - A.B.A.T.D. - Jordanna has been involved with dance since the age of four and is an accomplished performer, choreographer and instructor. She is trained in all forms of dance and has participated in many dance competitions across North America winning numerous awards and scholarships for her outstanding performances. She has been a B.A.T.D. Associate in Ballet, Modern, Stage, and Tap for over fifteen years and has also trained in residence at the Quinte School of Ballet. She has traveled and competed extensively in Canada and the United States including Las Vegas, Orlando and Detroit winning special Awards, medals, scholarships and other recognition.
Some of her performing credits are; Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, SEARS in Sesame Street Live (Linda Gooch Productions), backup with Sam Roberts for DLM, and industrial performances for CDM Productions. She also performed in Sean Desmond’s first music video; “Get Ready.”
Shortly after turning nineteen, Jordanna began performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a dancer for John Ancona Productions and with Jean Ann Ryan productions in; “On the Radio, Night on the Town, A Tribute to Fosse, Sea Legs at Sea, Rock this Town, and An American in Paris.” While dancing on three different NCL ships, she had the opportunity to travel to Miami, New York, Boston, New Orleans, Philadelphia, South Carolina, Halifax and Quebec City as well as many islands of the Caribbean, Mexico and Bermuda.
After cruising, Jordanna had the opportunity to perform with the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak from 2005-2007, performing routines by Shane Sparks, Brian Friedman and “Nappy Tabs.”
Jordanna has taught for the dance studios all over the Durham Region, Peel District, and the GTA as well as the Durham District School Board, and is very excited to begin teaching with Jennifer’s Arts in Motion!
Orielle Marcus - Orielle began her dance career at the age of three. Originally from Winnipeg, she trained for many years at the Shelley Shearer School of Dance, eventually continuing her training at the Ken Peters Dance Express. Orielle has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. She began competing at the age of seven in all dance styles. She appeared in two dance films; "Without a Word" and "Make it Happen". Orielle has also been featured in several musicals as a ensemble actor and dance soloist. She was featured for the Rainbow Stage production of "Grease" as well as for the Grey Cup Parade. Orielle's dancing led to her move to Toronto to pursue higher education. As a George Brown Commercial dance graduate, she has experience training and working alongside some of Toronto's top dance masters.