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We are delighted to officially announce that our JCDA dance family is growing! 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 once dance family.


Diane's School of Dance was founded by Miss Diane Zabel in 1955 at the age of 17. 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 journey of growth has 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. We are blessed 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. These separate but parallel journeys have led us to today's exciting announcement of Jaclyn Carol's Dance Academy at Diane's School of Dance.  


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. We were so blessed to have celebrated our Christmas Showcase “Our First Christmas Together: The Best Gift is Each Other” together, and we look forward to celebrating our end-of-year recital "From the Page to the Stage: The Next Chapter" with both dance studio families coming together again for many times to come. Please join us in welcoming our Newfane dancers to the JCDA family! 

Jaclyn Dimino


Jaclyn Carol's Dance Academy

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