JDM TEAM

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Meet The JDM School of Dance Team

Julie Dickens

Studio Director

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.

Julie was a student teacher and a competitive dancer for six years at Sandra Lynn’s School of Dance. 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 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.

Gabrielle Fulbright

Dance Instructor

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.

Jessica Bradford

Dance Instructor

Jessica Bradford began dancing at the age of 6 in her hometown, Santa Fe, NM. Throughout her young life, Jessica trained in Traditional Spanish Dance, Traditional Hula, and Swing. She was also actively involved in cheerleading and gymnastics.

Jessica studied Ballet and Ballroom Dance while pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. After graduating in April 2016, Jessica relocated to McKinney, TX. Jessica is dedicated to providing a fun, inviting classroom that encourages growth, and is very excited for the opportunity to share her love of dance with the family at JDM Dance.

Jalyn Stough

Dance Instructor & Office Manager

Jalyn is originally from Princeton, Indiana where she grew up traveling and competing in all styles of dance. She assisted companies at conventions all over the U.S. After high school she moved to New York City where she attended Marymount Manhattan College as a double major in dance and business. While in New York she held a full time job as an events operation director while cheering as a member of the New York Jets Flight Crew. In her spare time she flies home to Indiana to choreograph competition routines for all ages of dancers at studios around her hometown region. She is excited about her new journey in Dallas!

Mackenzie

Dance Instructor

Mackenzie is originally from Austin, Texas where she grew up dancing competitively in all genres of dance. She danced through high school both as part of the school competitive team and through her award winning dance studio. She attended the University of Oklahoma where she continued to dance through her sorority. She graduated with a bachelor’s in education. She just finished her fourth year of teaching elementary school. She is so excited to get back to sharing her passion of dance with her students!

Alanna Tarango

Dance Instructor & Office Assistant

Alanna Tarango has over 18 years of experience as a dancer. She trained and competed in jazz, contemporary, lyrical, ballet, pointe, hip hop and tap. While in high school, Alanna was a member of the La Serna High School Song Team and Quest Hip Hop Dance Crew while also working as a featured dancer at Knotts Berry Farm. For the past seven years, Alanna taught various styles of dance. Most notably, her past positions include Competition Team Director for Lyrical and Contemporary at Quest Dance Studio and Artistic Director of Adagio Dance Studio, both studios located in Southern California. As a freshman at CSUF, Alanna was a member of the nationally ranked Titans Dance team. That year her team received the 2014 UDA/UCA national title in Jazz. She graduated from California State University, Fullerton in May 2017 with a BA in Communications with an emphasis in Entertainment. During her sophomore through junior years of college, Alanna performed as a Los Angeles Laker Girl. She is now continuing to share her passion for dance with others as a member of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.