“Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they are great because of their passion.” – Martha Graham
Since the age of three, Julie Dickens, Artistic Director, has loved dance. Her first exposure to dance was at Kester’s School of Dance in Weirton, WV.
As a student, Julie studied under:
- Sharri Harris, SLP Dance Studio
- Kathy Schutter, Kathy Schutter School of Dance
- Sandra Clark, Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance, and
- Valerie Gooding, New Castle Dance and Music Academy.
At Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance, Julie was a student teacher and a competitive dancer for six years. She has trained in a variety of dance styles including: jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, modern and pointe. Julie has also traveled to many dance workshops to attend master classes with Savion Glover, Gregory Hines, Gus Giordano, Pamela Bowling, Karen Hebert, Nan Giordano and Charles Kelly.
Julie graduated from Radford University in 1998 with a Biology/Chemistry Degree and Dance Minor. While obtaining her Dance Minor, she studied under:
While attending Radford University, Julie danced for the RU Rockers Dance team, performing for the Men’s and Women’s Highlander Basketball games.
In 1998, Julie began teaching dance at New Castle Dane and Music Academy, while working in the chemistry field. Julie, then, obtained her Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Delaware. In 2003, Julie and her husband, Bill, moved to Dallas, TX. She began her career in Neonatal Nursing. Julie and Bill had their daughter, Marley, in 2007.
Throughout her life, dance has always been in the center of Julie’s heart. When Marley began dance lessons, Julie knew she wanted to pursue her dream of opening her own studio. In doing so, Julie is able to share her passion with her daughter, as well as children and adults in the community.
Julie’s goal is to establish a positive, exciting environment for her students to learn the disciplines of dance. She wants to share both technique and passion with her students.
Crysta Caulkins-Clouse has performed, taught and choreographed nationally and internationally in Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, Nevada, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and New Zealand working with artists such as Jordan Fuchs, D. Chase Angier, Rebecca Bryant, Mary A. Chase, Sarah Gamblin, Mark Dendy, and The Dance Exchange. She began studying dance and musical theater in Austin, TX at 8 years old, and has a BA in dance from Texas State University. She has literally danced all over the world and we are so excited that she is going to join the JDM dance family! She is also a certified Fit4Mom Stroller Strides and Stroller Barre instructor in Prosper, TX. She loves introducing students of all ages to the arts and healthy living, especially when parents and kids get to enjoy them together.
Mary Kimble-Hellen has been dancing since she was a young child. The majority of her training was at the Andahazy School of Classical Ballet, under the direction of Lorand and Anna Andahazy in Minnesota.
In addition, she has taken classes at Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center and the Joffrey Ballet School all in New York City as well at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles.
Mary taught dance in McKinney from 1998-2006 at Studio 511 and Taylor Dance Center and had her own dance studio, Joyful Dance from 2007-2014.
She is dedicated to providing a nurturing environment where learning to dance is delightful! She fosters a love of dance through age appropriate instruction with focus on technique and the joy and art of moving through space.
Mrs. Neila fell in love with dance at the age of 3 when she took her first Ballet class. It has been a love and passion ever since. She started her dance career in Puerto Rico, where she was born and raised, and was taught by two of the most respected and accomplished classical Ballet teachers in Puerto Rico, Yolanda Munoz and Maria Julia Landa. After more than a decade dedicated to learning Ballet, Neila explored different dance styles and genres like Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern Dance, Tap and Tango. As an adult, Neila continued dancing through her college years while at the same time competing with the university’s Dance Team for three years, where she won two consecutive first place medals. She graduated magna cum laude, earning a BBA and majoring in Marketing. Soon after she married the love of her life, together they have two beautiful children, a 5 year old boy and 18 month old girl. Mrs. Neila is very excited to return to Dancing. Teaching children her passion for dance is a dream coming true.
Gabrielle Fulbright currently resides in McKinney with her husband and two children. She grew up in Dallas, Texas and started her dance studio training at the age of 4. Throughout her childhood she trained in styles such as jazz, ballet, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. During junior high and high school, she auditioned for and was chosen as part of her studio’s dance company in which she competed with the team and as a soloist, winning numerous awards. She also was a member of her high school drill team and was selected as an officer her senior year. Gabrielle obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance and Psychology from Texas Tech University with certifications to teach English and Dance. During her college years, she danced in and choreographed many productions on the Texas Tech stage. She was a member of Chi Omega as well as Chi Tau Epsilon (a National Dance Honor Society) and was also a Kings Court Dancer for a professional hockey team. During her dance training at Texas Tech, she took master classes from members of the Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham dance companies. After graduating college, Gabrielle spent eight years as a teacher and head drill team director for several area high schools. She also choreographed dances and judged tryouts for drill teams in the DFW metroplex and was a staff member of Starmakers Dance and Performance Camps. Before joining the JDM team, she was an instructor at Amotion Dance Studio. Gabrielle is excited to share her passion for dance with her students at JDM.
Chandler Wicke is currently 24 years old working in IT Sales as an Account Manager and teaching dance at JDM School of Dance! She grew up in the area where she started dancing at the age of three. She instantly fell in love with all genres of dance including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip-hop. She trained at Studio 511, Taylor Dance Center and Dallas Power House of Dance all throughout her childhood. She joined McKinney Boyd High School’s drill team freshman year where she served as 1st Lieutenant her junior year and Captain her senior year. During high school she also worked as an assistant dance teacher at Joyful Dance Studio alongside Mrs. Mary Hellen.
After graduating high school she attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ where she received her BA in Communications and Media Studies with a Minor in Sociology. While attending the University of Arizona she took many dance classes at the University of Arizona-School of Dance and BreakOut Studios in Tucson, AZ. During college she also worked as a Staff member for MA Dance Nation teaching summer dance camps, judging dance competitions and officer/dance team tryouts around the Dallas/Fort Worth area and out of state.
She loves being able to teach dancers and inspire them to reach their full potential not just in the dance studio but in everything they do!
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and I could say…”I used everything you gave me.” ~Erma Bombeck
Kylene’s love and respect for dance started when she was four years old and still continues today. She trained under the direction of Rita Tottenham at Rita Tottenham Studios in Seymour, Connecticut. During her 14 year career there, she was an instructional assistant as well as a member of the performance and competition team. Kylene studied ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, and pointe and was able to refine her skills at large scale dance conventions along with her studio (Tremaine, etc.). Kylene and her studio had the honor of being selected to perform at the Magic Kingdom in DisneyWorld as part of a dance initiative sponsored by Disney. The studio also performed at Six Flags Great Adventure in New Jersey, the Special Olympics, and countless local festivals and event.
While attending college in Worcester, Massachusetts at the College of the Holy Cross, Kylene broadened her dance knowledge by studying modern dance under the tutelage of Jessica Sayre, a former member of the Nikolais Dance Theatre. She refined her craft and learned choreography from the notable Alvin Ailey and Donald McKayle. During her sophomore year she was chosen to perform in a dance symposium, sponsored by Holy Cross, dancing an excerpt from Donald McKayle’s Rainbow ‘Round My Shoulder.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & Sociology, Kylene earned her Master’s in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration on Severe/Intensive Special Needs from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. It was after that time that Kylene moved to Texas and began working as a special education teacher in Frisco ISD. Kylene had the esteemed honor of piloting the first Functional Academics class in Frisco ISD, a program that has much success to this day. While in Frisco, she served as an in-home/parent trainer (focusing her work with the autistic community), summer school teacher & director, and special education team leader.
Kylene left education in 2008 to start a family. She currently resides in Carrollton, Texas with her husband David and their three children: Andrew (8), Aidan (6), and Alex (4). She is a very active member of her children’s school community, Prince of Peace in Plano. She is proud that her love of dance has transferred to her daughter who currently studies dance. Kylene is excited to transform her dance career from performer to dance mom and now dance teacher.