Ms. Jamie ’s experience and passion for dance spans almost 40 years. Born in Denton, Texas but raised in Missouri, she credits her style of teaching to her mentor Ms. Lisa and to Mary Brondell who owned Dancers’ Alley in Jefferson City, MO. Her passion for teaching is in her genetics, Jamie’s father is a world renowned Jazz educator Jim Widner.
Onto of taking and teaching classes at Dancers’ Alley Jamie’s education also included attending conventions, workshops and intensives at many prestigious institutions including Broadway Dance Center (NY), The EDGE (LA) and The Jazz Dance World Congress (Chi.). For her higher education she attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO where she received her B.F.A in Dance and for her M.F.A. in Dance from Sam Houston State in Huntsville, TX.
As a performer she has worked for Celebrity Cruise Lines, Cirque Dreams, Six Flags Over Texas and The Miss Texas Pageant where she served as Dance Captain. She also performed at Superbowl XXXVIII with Aerosmith in Houston and, at the House of Blues in Dallas. Jamie has has even tapped alongside Tony Award winner, Tommy Tune and assisted many great dance and choreographic giants including Liz Imperio, Mark Meismer and Rhonda Miller.
Ms. Jamie’s passion is education. She has taught at various studios in Missouri and Texas including Contemporary Ballet Dallas and the St. Louis Ballet School. At a collegiate level she has been on faculty for Tarrant, Collin and Dallas County Colleges. She has also been a featured guest artist at the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), Western Arkansas Ballet and at Southern Methodist University (SMU).
She worked as a choreographer and mentor with Junior Players whose mission is to encourage growth in the youth of North Texas through mentoring, creative expression and participation in dramatic and arts activities.
In 2008 she founded the dance program at Tarrant County College- Southeast Campus, and served as the director of the program for eight years. The student dance ensemble, Rhapsody Movement Company, became a staple of the dance program and performed at various festivals including Dance for the Planet, American College Dance Association, where Jamie was also a featured teacher. RMC also attended conventions Nuvo and Jump where several RMC members received scholarships. Jamie was nominated for and, the recipient of the Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award for her quality of teaching. In 2014 she became the Department Chair of Fine Arts, overseeing the Art, Dance and Music departments.
On top of running her studio, Jamie is also the director and choreographer at Six Flags Over Texas shows. Her work includes “Dead Man’s Party,” “Arania’s Nightmare” and “Hellez Belles”. She also directed and choreographed the SPLASH water parade with long time collaborator and former student, Nick Hill. Jamie is also a judge and guest artist with The Dance Effect national dance competition. Ms. Jamie also choreographed the National Dance Day Dance for the Girl Scouts of America.
In 2017, Jamie began a workshop series in Arlington called “The Movement Academy” where she featured many prominent DFW dance elite as guest artists. Jamie realized that there was a need for high quality dance education and announced she was opening her own boutique studio.
Jamie is grateful for all the love and support from her friends and family around the world and is excited to build The Movement Academy into the premier dance education facility in DFW. Special thanks go out to her husband, Jason, and their son, James, for being there every step of the way and to Troy and Leslie Dorsey for giving TMA a home.
Jaiquan Laurencin is a Hartford, Connecticut native where he began dancing in breakdancing/hip hop, evolving into other styles. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Dance Education from Texas Woman’s University, where he was awarded Undergrad Excellence in Performance. He has a great passion for sharing his knowledge in dance by educating younger generations. He has worked with nonprofit organizations, theaters, pre-professional and professional companies, and multiple dance studios teaching workshops and choreographing works.
Jai has danced with Dark Circles Contemporary Dance under Joshua Peugh, Pedestrian Dance Movement under Liz Terry and a guest performer with Noble Motion Dance under Andy and Dion Noble. Artists he has worked with include Sidra Bell, Gabrielle Lamb, Gregory Dolbashian, Justin Giles, and Meredith Rainey to name a few. Film credits include dancing in Bastille music video Glory and in a wedding scene for the indie movie Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaaa filmed in New York City.
He continues to teach and choreograph around Dallas/Fort Worth area. He hopes to inspire the next generation of young artists to success.
Angela began her dance training at the age of three under the late Jimmie Ruth White at Spotlight Dance Studio. She continued to train there throughout her high school years and beyond. She is comprehensively trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and clogging. Angela was the Captain of her high school dance team. She was honored to be part of a select group of dancers to perform at the Worlds Faire in Brisbane, Australia. Angela continues her training by attending numerous master classes at various conventions every year. Her true passion is tap and clogging.
Angela taught at A Step in Time from 2004 – 2019. Her choreography has received many overall awards at both the regional and national levels. Dancers under Angela’s direction have been awarded scholarships, and top honors at numerous dance conventions and competitions.
She is committed to sharing her passion for dance with her students! She is married to Mark Lederman and has two wonderful daughters, Hannah (19) who is entering her sophomore year at Stephen F. Austin State University and Julia (15) who is a lieutenant on the MHS Gold Dusters.
Cassie has been dancing for twenty years and teaching/choreographing for eight. She has been trained in classical ballet at the Dallas Ballet Canter and has performed in numerous productions including “La Fille Mal Gardee'” “Le Corsaire” “Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker”. Cassie has also trained extensively in jazz, contemporary and musical theatre. She has a passion for choreography and story telling, with one of her pieces placing in the top 10 finalists at a national competition. Cassie has since focused her passion on the cultivation of her students and her hope is to foster confidence through dance education!