Dance! And All That Jazz! gears up for classes

Registration is underway for dance classes at Dance! And All That Jazz! Virtual classes will begin Oct. 5. Learn more at or by calling 541-265-6168.

Dance classes for the 2020-21 year will be starting on Oct. 5 by virtual Zoom. Dance! And All That Jazz! will be  holding classes in jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, creative dance for 4 and 5 year olds and hip hop.  

“We have beginning through advanced classes in all disciplines, and our adult classes in tap, jazz and hip hop are great fun. We look forward to seeing our returning students, even if it’s on a monitor. New students are welcome to join us, too,” said director Teri Jernigan.

The studio has a large, experienced group of instructors who will be working with the dance students.

Jernigan has been teaching dance for nearly 50 years. Featured in “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers,” she has developed one of the largest dance studios on the Oregon coast, with students pursuing and achieving careers in dance education, dance companies and the dance industry of video, stage, screen and commercials. Jernigan will be teaching the beginning and advanced tap classes for adults. 

Willow Kasner will teach the tap, jazz and hip hop classes for children and adults. She began studying ballet with Jernigan at age 5 and has since added jazz, tap, hip hop, African, belly dance, modern, yoga, flamenco, samba, salsa and circus arts to her curriculum. She has more than 40 years dance experience and was an original member of TJ Hoofers, Inc.

Helyn Layton will teach 4 and 5 year old creative, and jazz for ages 6 and up. She will also join Kasner to co-instruct the adult jazz class. She has 30 years dance experience and was an original member of TJ Hoofers, Inc., performing in the first year of the opening at the Newport Performing Arts Center.  She has had more than 25 years experience with kids of all ages. 

Renee Taunton teaches Cecchetti Ballet technique to her students. She has more than 30 years experience teaching ballet. At age 12, during the summer, she taught creative and basic ballet for the city of Newport, offered free to those who could not afford class. She was also a member of T.J. Hoofers, Inc., performing with Kasner and Layton in the first year of the PAC opening.

Pam Simpson was first introduced to dance during a physical education unit in high school. She began her teaching career in Eddyville the fall of 1976. She teaches the creative dance class for 4 and 5 year olds and is on the TJ Hoofers, Inc. Board of Directors and executive committee.

Ciara Hoffman has studied and performed with Dance! And All That Jazz! for 14 years and assisted with tap classes for three of those years. She will be teaching her beginning tap class again this year and looks forward to seeing all of her little dancers. Hoffman was also a member of the T.J. Hoofers, Inc. jazz line in high school.

Noah Reed began studying hip hop at the age of 17 and became a member of his high school’s dance team. The following year, he moved to Newport and was given a hip hop class to teach. He also added numerous classes in jazz, tap and contemporary each week to study and improve his technique.  

Samantha Matheson has studied dance for the past 11 years, having taken all five disciplines offered at the studio: jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary and hip hop. This is her fourth year of teaching hip hop for ages ranging from 7 to 11 years. She is a senior at Newport High School and has been a member of T.J. Hoofers, Inc. for the past four years.

Sharon Buckley-Wheeler will be back, teaching the beginning tap for 5 to 7 year olds. While a student at Dance! And All That Jazz, she has studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary classes, and has been a member of T.J. Hoofers, Inc. for three years.  

Kacey Cutter began studying dance in 2007. She currently studies jazz, ballet and pointe and is also a member of T.J Hoofers, Inc. She took over teaching basic ballet last year and is looking forward to teaching this year’s incoming class.

Danika Simon joins the teaching staff this year to instruct contemporary dance. She has studied dance since the age of 2, having danced and performed at all three Newport dance studios. She has been a member of the T.J. Hoofers, Inc. Jazz line for two years.

“I am incredibly proud of my talented, creative staff. They take their jobs very seriously and are wonderful with the students. My studio wouldn’t be the special place it is without them,” Jernigan said. 

For a schedule of classes and information on registration, go online at and click on the registration page. To contact the dance studio, call 541-265-6168.