Jaclyn Carol's Dance Academy opened in 2008 in Niagara Falls, NY. We shared a small storefront with a community theater group in the Summit Park Mall. We had only 9 students. Our dance family has continually grown with us through 4 expansions. We are so blessed!
We offer classes in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theater, HipHop, Pointe, Acro, Break Dancing, Contemporary, All-Boys Hip-Hop, Competition, and Modern Dance for all age levels and technique levels, including many ADULT CLASSES, between September and June!
We are delighted to officially announce that our JCDA dance family is growing again! Diane's School of Dance in Newfane is now a part of our JCDA family! Our staffs have joined forces to continue over six decades of quality dance education! We are so excited to have two amazing dance communities comes together across two locations, under one dance family.
Diane's School of Dance was founded by Miss Diane Zabel in 1955 at the age of 18. In 2001 her daughter Miss Melissa Zabel Murphy took over her mom's studio. They have been a cornerstone of the Newfane community for nearly 65 years! Now, in 2018 - Jaclyn Carol's Dance Academy is humbled and honored to be picking up the reins to continue Miss Diane's family legacy by continuing fun, student-centered, quality dance education on Main Street in Newfane.
At nearly the same age some fifty years later, Miss Jackie at the age of 19 founded Jaclyn Carol's Dance Academy in 2008. What started with 9 students in a shared space at the Summit Park Mall has since outgrown two other locations to 300 students at our present home on Niagara Falls Blvd. in North Tonawanda. Our separate but parallel journeys of growth have been a winding road of many blessings - and we are very excited for the opportunity that welcomes us now to serve the community of Newfane.
God is so good, and so it is certainly no coincidence that Miss Melissa and Miss Jackie had their paths cross several times throughout the summer. A kinship was formed at a time both studios needed each other - without at first even knowing it!
All of us at JCDA have felt our passion for dance calling us to inspire students beyond our current community - making dance fun for all, regardless of age of ability. Miss Melissa is moving to be with her family and had been searching for someone she could truly trust to carry on her family's legacy and ensure the music and memories from Diane's School of Dance play on for many years to come. We cannot say enough how grateful we are to Miss Melissa and Miss Diane, to our personal families, to our amazing teachers, and to our dance community for your support and trust.
Jaclyn Carol's Dance Academy offers lessons weekly during the year, working toward our annual end-of-the-year recital. After their performance, the students enjoy a picnic where we can all celebrate their achievements!
We achieve excellence by teaching thorough technique in a fun and enjoyable atmosphere. Students at our Academy are motivated to achieve their best because our teachers encourage them in positive, confidence-building ways! All of our staff members have trained with numerous nationally and internationally known performers. Our entire staff is also CPR and First-Aid certified.
Some of our students work on a Christmas craft at our 2015 Christmas Party
Staff at Halloween
Our teachers get in the Halloween spirit for our annual Halloween party.
Miss Kelsey poses with a few of her students after their recital.
Our Competition Team performing their lyrical number during recital dress rehearsal.
Every year we celebrate our studio pride with a week of dress-up!
Santa took time out of his busy schedule to drop in the studio at our annual Christmas party.
Feel the Love
Miss Jenna poses with some of her students on Valentines Day.
Staff with Santa
Santa always asks us for reports on our students to know whose working hard and whose been naughty!
Our 2012 staff after recital.
Public performances are a cornerstone of our competition team. We regularly perform at the Lewiston Peach Festival.
A quick prayer of thanks and encouragement before a performance.
Our Competition Team in 2012.
One of our recreation HipHop classes poses together in their costumes.
Miss Jenna poses with some of her students after recital.
Our competition team performed at a Canisius College men's basketball halftime in 2011
We often bring in professional artists to work with out students to expand their education. Here, Ivan Koumaev, of So You Think You Can Dance and Justin Timberlake's choreographer, poses with some of our JCDA students after a workshop.
Electric Lights Parade
Our 2010 Competition Team before the Town of Niagara Electric Lights Parade.
2010 Comp Team
Our dance family really grew in 2010. Here are our competition dancers
We have some of the best educators in WNY on our staff!
Our teen HipHop dancers on stage at recital.