What makes us different? We are more than a dance studio…we are a family. Our students make friendships that will last a lifetime. We also focus on teaching the whole student; giving them life skills such as dedication, determination & perseverance that will help them to succeed both now and for the rest of their lives.
Our friendly, professional staff nurture students to flourish & become passionate and confident dancers:
We try to make all of our students feel special, while providing them with a love of dance. We provide a positive, safe and encouraging environment for students to grow. We do this in part by ensuring that our music, movement and costume choices are always age appropriate and modest.
Our Competitive Dance Teams allow students to take their learning to the next level. We select local competitions that provide a positive environment for our students, where they will be able to enhance their skills, and get feedback for improvement.
We offer two ways to register; either for the full dance season (September through June), or by session (Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer). Since you are not forced to register for an entire year, your child can register for the sessions that are convenient to them. This enables them to also try other activities, such as soccer or swimming. Dance is a great way to stay active, increase flexibility, and develop healthy fitness habits.
You will love watching your child twirling around the room, beaming with joy and blossoming with confidence. Who knows…your child may inspire you to take a dance class of your own!
Miss Amanda started taking dance lessons at the age of three because she was shy, and her mother thought it would be a good way to encourage her to come out of her shell. Over the years, her training has included Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Modern, Theatre, Yoga and Pilates. Amanda has also taken workshops in Indian, Tango, Afro/Caribbean, Hip Hop and Gymnastics. She knew from an early age that she wanted to one day own a dance studio, and was often known to be doodling logos or studio layouts. Amanda has been teaching dance for more than 20 years, and truly enjoys working with children.
Amanda graduated from York University in Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2000. Her studies there included technique classes in Limon and Graham based modern classes, and RAD based Ballet classes. She also studied Anatomy Training for Dance Injury Prevention and Care, Pedagogical training, and training in the history of classical, modern and ethnic dance.
Amanda was a member of Pegasus Players Dance Theatre Group, which toured England in 1992, performing and conducting workshops for children. They also performed at Prudhommes Wet and Wild, the Grape and Wine Festival, the Grimsby Santa Claus Parade and many other local festivals. In 1995 Amanda won Grimsby Secondary School's OAC Theatre Arts Award and scholarship.
She co-choreographed "Dragonflies" with Aimee Ward for York Dances in 1998. She also choreographed "Resurrecting Limbo" for Dance Innovations in 2000, which was a collaboration between 13 choreographers. In 2000, Amanda also performed in "Ever Falling Home" at the Betty Oliphant Theatre, in Toronto.
Amanda has taught workshops for both the Toronto and Hamilton Boards of Education. She also taught at the Ancaster Rotary Centre and the Sir Allan MacNab Recreation Centre. She is certified in First Aid/CPR with the St. John Ambulance.
In January 2004, Amanda founded Not Just Another Dance Studio where she offers Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Street Dance, Musical Theatre, Drama, Creative Movement, Pre-Dance and Yoga in a positive environment that encourages creativity, and personal growth. Her goal is to provide affordable, quality dance lessons in an environment that is welcoming to all and empowers the students to have confidence.
NJADS's first dance recital was held at Ryerson United Church in Ancaster on June 26, 2004.
HAMILTON SPECTATOR READER'S CHOICE AWARDS - Not Just Another Dance Studio was nominated for Favourite Dance Instructor, Favourite Dance Studio, Favourite Yoga and Favourite Summer Camp, numerous times since 2004. In 2016 we received Best Dance Studio for Children - Diamond, and Best Dance Studio - Gold.
HAMILTON COMMUNITY NEWS READER'S CHOICE AWARDS - NJADS has also been nominated for the Hamilton Community News Readers Choice Awards when they started in 2007. Over the years she has been nominated for Best Dance Studio, Best Dance Instructor, Best Children's Birthday Parties and Best Yoga. We thank all of the parents and students for their continued support and dedication! In 2016 we received awards in 5 categories! A Platinun for Best Children's Birthday Parties and Yoga, a Gold for Best Dance Studio, and Best Dance Instructor for Amanda Jeffery, and a Bronze Award for Best Dance Instructor for Aysha Koslowski. In 2017 we received awards in the following 5 categories: Gold for Best Yoga, and Bronze for Best Dance Studio, Best Children's Birthday Parties, Best Dance Instructor Amanda Jeffery, Best Dance Instructor Aysha Koslowski and Best Youth Leader Amanda Jeffery. In 2018 we received awards in six categories: Platinum for Best Dance Studio, Diamond for Best Children's Birthday Parties and Best Yoga, and Silver for Best Dance Instructor Amanda Jeffery, Best Dance Instructor Aysha Koslowski and Best Children's Camps!
Students have performed locally at the Willowgrove Retirement Home in Ancaster, during halftime of the McMaster Marauders football game, The Salvation Army in Hamilton, A Day in the Park in Mount Hope and at Idlewyld Manor Nursing Home in Hamilton. Students were on hand to help out with the opening of the Juravinski wing at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario on July 25, 2006. They performed at the half time show of The Harlem Globetrotters at The FirstOntario Centre in April 2018, and at the Walk to End Cystic Fibrosis in May 2018.
The NJADS Dance Team was created in 2011. We select competitions that are being held locally, and that provide a positive environment for our students. This enables students to enhance their skills, and get feedback for continued improvement. Competition Team is by invite only, and we take feedback from all instructors regarding students they feel will be a good addition to the team. We are looking for students that are respectful, work hard, apply corrections and have a passion for dance! If your child is interesting in joining our team, please contact the studio.
On June 15, 2013 Not Just Another Dance Studio had their 10th Anniversary performance, our version of Cinderella. Staff and students performed in the finale number to "Keep on Dancing" from Barbie in the Pink Shoes. Our 15th Anniversary was celebrated on June 8th and 9th, 2018 with a "Blast from the Past" performance showcasing music throughout the ages.
Amanda has a wonderful husband Dave, and two children; twelve year old Thomas and nine year old Becca (who made her stage debut in the 2011 recital before she turned 2!).
Miss Aysha began teaching for NJADS in 2012. She teaches Dance with Me, Creative Movement for Tots, Pre-Dance, Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Acro and numerous Competition Teams, solos, duets and trios. In 2017 Aysha was promoted to Competitve Director, where her attention to detail is greatly utilized! Students love her energetic and up-beat classes. She loves to push her students to be THEIR best, and she loves to make them sweat in dance class. Students come out of her classes sparkling and excited at the progress that they are making in dance class! Aysha embodies the NJADS philosophy by being a positive role model for our students. She also takes a personal interest in our students, making sure that they are physically and mentally healthy beyond the classroom.
Aysha began dancing at the age of three; over the years her dance training has included Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Character, Tap, and Production/Musical Theatre. She competed for numerous years in Lyrical, Jazz, and Ballet winning overalls and special awards for groups, duets, and solos. She has received the "Best Dance Instructor" award in the Hamilton Community News Readers Choice Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Aysha was also on Westmount Secondary’s Cheerleading team for 4 years, and was captain for two of those years. In 2012 she was a signed Child and Youth Worker Apprentice at Mohawk College.
Miss Nikki began teaching for NJADS in September 2012, teaching the Hip Hop/Street Dance and Contemporary classes. Nikki has been dancing for about 18 years; training in Hip Hop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Theatre Production and Ballroom. She has competed for many years all over Southern Ontario and Northern New York. She graduated from the Performing Arts Prep program at Sheridan College in 2009. Nikki has performed in school and community musical productions such as Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Hairspray. Nikki is very excited to be part of the NJADS team and looks forward to teaching in the new season!
Miss Alyssa began teaching for Not Just Another Dance Studio in January 2018. Daring to follow her artistic dreams, Alyssa has been working as a dance instructor, choreographer, and movement director for eight years. Always willing to try something new, Alyssa has developed a versatile portfolio with experience in competitions, classrooms, theatres and on movie sets. She can be seen on stages and screens across Canada, as well as sitting on the other side creating, curating and developing new work. Recently creating, choreographing and casting projects such as Communal Solace – which was featured in the 2017 Frostbites Festival and Dusk Dances 2017, and the Geoff Hudson Band's latest music video Big Old Angry Sea, Alyssa is constantly working in her field of dance and theatre. Her passion for musical theatre, allowed her the opportunity to choreograph over fifteen musicals so far during the career, including the Canadian Premier of Sideshow the Musical. Alyssa was chosen to represent contemporary dance in the I Am An Artist campaign, an initiative created by the Hamilton Arts Council, in which 30 banners were installed in the city to celebrate the diversity of Hamilton's Artistic Community. Alyssa is a certified Rhythm Works instructor, and a proud member of the Professional Adjudicators Alliance. Alyssa's creativity is ever reaching, crafting competitive and performance pieces for soloists and groups as well as investing in her community. Alyssa believes in helping youth grow confidence through dance.
What do you love about dance? Why did you choose a career in dance? Dancing for me is a complete connection between body, mind and spirit. I feel completely in the moment when I dance. For me, dance often is my best form of communication. I remember when I was 16 years old and my beloved childhood instructor told me we would be creating our own choreography to teach and share with the rest of the class. It was only something small, like two counts of eight, but I can still recall the feeling of pride I had in my heart when I left that day. I love sharing dance with people in my life, and I am so thankful for each opportunity I get to do so.
Tammy taught Yoga classes for us from 2012-2013. We are thrilled that she is returning in 2018 to provide coaching and classes at our studio! Tammy believes that we're only scratching the surface of how great we can feel, what we can accomplish and how deep we can love. She's spent decades exploring, researching and practicing eastern medicine; the body's ability to bring itself back into balance and the restorative powers of food. She knows first hand it's not only what we eat, put on our skin and what's in our environment, but what's eating away at us that throws our bodies off balance.
Tammy is a lifelong student of the body/brain/soul and is currently enrolled in Digestive Mastery at the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology. As a certified yoga instructor and thai yoga masseuse, she incorporates her knowledge of how to restore range and balance to the body in her classes, programs and retreats. Combined with her decades of business and coaching experience, she creates programs that go beyond traditional life and business coaching. You create, live and move through your own seven level life.
Kathryn began taking classes at NJADS in 2010. Her training has included Jazz/Hip Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, Tap and Drama/Musical Theatre. In 2011 she joined the NJADS Competitive Team, and has competed on teams, duets and solos in Jazz, Lyrical and Open. In 2015 she won 1st overall in her category for her solo "Aha!" She participated in the NJADS Assistant Teacher Training Program from 2012-2018 with over 600 hours of practicum experience. In 2016 she began to teach for us as a Junior Instructor and is loved by her students for her energetic and enthusiastic teaching style. During the summer of 2018 she will train in module one with Acrobatic Arts learning proper placement and technique for the foundations of Acro Dance for levels Primary through level 6.
Meghan began dancing with NJADS in 2004 when the studio opened, and has taken classes in Jazz/Hip Hop, Ballet/Lyrical, Tap and Drama/Musical Theatre. She started training in the NJADS Teacher Training Program in 2011. In 2011 she also joined the NJADS Competitive Team, and competed on our Tap, Jazz and Lyrical teams, as well as solos in Tap and Musical Theatre. In 2015 she won an award for "Committing to her Character." Meghan does a theatre summer camp where she dances, acts and sings. She feels she was born to perform!
Emmalee has trained in Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Acro, Contemporary, Musical Theatre and Pointe. She became a member of the NJADS Competitive Dance Team in 2011. In June 2013 she played the role of Cinderella in our production of Cinderella. In 2015 her Lyrical solo "Try" won a Storytelling Award, and in 2014 her Lyrical Duet "Gift of a Friend" won the Best Friends award. In 2017 her Contemporary Solo "How to be a Person" won 1st Overall in the 11 and Over Pre-Competitive category at Star Beat Competition in Niagara Falls! At the Champions Dance Competition she placed 2nd Overall, and also won a "Personality Plus" award. She started training in the NJADS Teacher Training Program in 2014. Her passion for dance is evident every time she takes the stage. Emmalee is patient and kind to our students, and a positive role model to all of our dancers. She is dedicated and hard working, and she embodies what Not Just Another Dance Studio is all about.
Miss Keltie began dancing with NJADS in 2004 when the studio opened and started out in our Pre-Dance program. Over the years she has blossomed into the dancer she is today by taking classes in Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. In 2011 she joined the NJADS Competitive Team, competing as a team, a duet and a solo. She trained in the NJADS Assistant Program from 2012-2015 with over 300 practicum hours. She has taught Pre-Dance and Jazz classes for us. Keltie was a member of the Cathedral Cheerleading Team for four years and was captain her senior year. In 2018 Keltie graduated with honours from Cathedral Secondary School.
Erin has been a dance mom at the studio for many years, and one of our biggest supporters! She officially became a part of our team as the Administrative Assistant in 2014 and is now integral to the running of the studio (she also helps many of the Dance Moms with hair and makeup at competitions and recitals!) She helps out in many areas, but enjoys the creative aspects of her position such as embellishing costumes, making hairpieces and designing promotional materials. She runs the NJADS Social Committee, which provides fundraising opportunities and social events at the studio. She is available in the office to assist you or you can email her if you have questions.
Catherine has been a part of our dance family for over 15 years and considers the studio her second home. Over the years we have experienced her two daughters growing up and maturing as they are both dancers at our studio, assistant teachers and on our competitive teams. She is dedicated to the studio and believes in our philosophy. She pays attention to detail and the little things that make it exciting for your child to attend class. She builds relationships with our students which grow over time. She’s always felt that the bonds between the dancers and staff was an important value that kept their family coming back!
In 2011 we established the NJADS Teacher Training Program to mentor and train our senior students to become dance instructors. Students participating in this program benefit from practical experience while assisting with recreational dance classes for our younger students ages 2-6 years old. This program prepares our students with hand on-experience, as well as an academic perspective of dance. Dancers in our Assistant Teacher Training Program continue personal dance classes with the studio, and are role models for the NJADS Family.
Kailee began dancing with Not Just Another Dance Studio in 2006. Over the years she has trained in Ballet/Lyrical, Jazz and Tap. She joined our competitive jazz team in 2011. In 2015 she started training in the NJADS Assistant Teacher Program.
Amy first started dancing with us when she was 9 years old. She has trained in Ballet/Lyrical and Jazz and in 2016 became a member of our Senior Lyrical Competition Team. In September 2016 she started training in the NJADS Teacher Training Program. In June 2017 she played the role of Glinda in our production of The Wizard of Oz.
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In 2018 we created our Junior Assistant Teacher Training Program. More info coming soon!
Lilyanna has been dancing with Not Just Another Dance Studio since 2012. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Acro and Hip Hop. Lilyanna became a member of the NJADS Competitive Dance team in 2013 and has competed in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Contemporary on teams, duets and solos. Lilyanna won 1st Overall for Junior Solos at the Showburst Dance Competition in April 2018 for her lyrical solo “Sunshine.” She has also won several special awards such as “Ray of Sunshine,” "Amazing Authenticity," "Captivating Emotion," “Connection” and “Lots of Power.” Lilyanna became a Junior Dance Assistant in September 2018.
Ava has been dancing with Not Just Another Dance Studio since 2010. She has trained in Acro, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Ava became a member of the NJADS Competitive Dance team in 2012 and has competed in Jazz, Ballet, Acro, Lyrical and Contemporary on teams, duets and solos. In 2017 Ava won 1st Overall at Champions Competition and 1st overall for 10 & under at StarBeat Dance Competition Niagara Falls for her acro solo “Oh So Quiet.” In 2018 Ava won 1st Overall for 10 & Under solos at the Starbeat Dance Competition in Niagara Falls for her acro solo “Ready or Not.” She has also won several special awards such as “Big Things in Small Packages,” “Connection” and “Lots of Power.” Ava became a Junior Dance Assistant in September 2018.
"In the past, I have recommended NJADS to family and friends looking for all the aspects of the higher priced studios (i.e. quality, teaching, fancy recital costumes, dance photos) at a family-friendly price. My 3 daughters look forward to their dance classes. They have made friends and have also been given leadership opportunities. I was also impressed early on, when my young daughter came home using dance terms. It is clear Miss Amanda cares about her students and is dedicated to running a quality studio." Jessica M, 2011
"Both of my daughters have been dancing with NJADS for many years, my oldest since Amanda opened her doors! We love the relaxed atmosphere of the studio. Amanda, along with the other instructors, Alyssa and Stephanie are fantastic! The kids learn the art of dance without the pressures of some competitive studios. They enjoy themselves, work hard and are proud of what they accomplish. The annual recital, along with the Christmas Showcase gives them a chance to perform for their families and friends which helps to build their confidence. Amanda has recently added a Junior and Senior Competitive Team which my daughter was a part of and absolutely loved. Thanks for all the years of dedication and hard work Amanda!" Christy S, 2012
"After having a tried a few other options, dancing with Amanda and her team has been our most successful experience to date! Love the relaxed, fun, friendly and encouraging atmosphere that is second to none." Nancy N, 2012
"I just wanted to reach out and thank you personally for a great year. I have seen Carmen gain so much confidence and have so much fun and I must confess, I was very trepidatious about getting her involved in the "dance" subculture. This has been a tremendous experience and we're looking forward to coming back in July to try ballet on for size." Janice C, 2013
"I can't say enough great things about this studio. Amanda is an excellent teacher, and my daughter loved being in her class. The studio is clean and bright, and very easy to get to which makes it easy to get your child to lessons. I HIGHLY recommend Not Just Another Dance Studio!" Christina M, 2013
"Affordable, fun and creative dance classes. My daughter has been with NJADS for seven years and loves it more every year. The classes have good structure and have given my daughter a solid foundation in three types of dance. But at the same... time, they allow her to be creative, wear what she likes and have fun. The recreational competitive teams also give her a chance to be part of a team, perform in front of judges and have a big sense of accomplishment without being too serious or competitive. I highly recommend Not Just Another Dance Studio." Joanna F, 2013
"My daughter has been dancing with NJADS since around 2009. Amanda and her staff, along with their student assistants, have created a very positive, friendly, family oriented environment where students and parents alike are made to feel welcome. The fees are very affordable and Amanda provides payment options that would suit any families needs. We love this studio and would recommend it to everyone! Great for experienced dancers as well as beginners.... little ones love the girls and thrive in their classes. We would not dance anywhere else!!!" Erin K, 2014
"Personalized for each child to build on their strengths and help them grow! My daughter has developed such poise, confidence, fitness, and has so much fun at the same time! She has found her 'thing' - in an environment that is completely supportive and encouraging." Carolyn, 2014
"My daughter has been dancing with this studio since she was 18 months old, starting with the Dance with Me classes. She's excited to start her third season now in ballet and tap and I'm excited to start the DWM with my son! All the instructors are excellent and they provide a structured but fun and laid back atmosphere where the kids can learn the dance techniques while having a blast and making some amazing friends. I'm so happy to have become part of the Not Just Another Dance Studio family!" Jodi, 2015
"My daughter has been dancing at NJADS for over a year now and we have loved every minute! The teachers are fantastic and they really nurture the children's interests and talents. The studio has a relaxed, laid back atmosphere which is very conducive to the children's growth, both personally and physically! Both my daughters now dance at Not Just Another Dance Studio and I am also enrolled in a class for September...we are so proud to be a part of the NJADS family! We wouldn't think of going anywhere else!" Kelly, 2015
"Personalized for each child to build on their strengths and help them grow! My daughter has developed such poise, confidence, fitness, and has so much fun at the same time! She has found her 'thing' - in an environment that is completely supportive and encouraging." Shari, 2016
"Olivia absolutely loves dancing. We had tried a couple dance studios before her going to NJADS, and the passion wasn't there. She always felt out of place and wasn't happy. I knew she loved dancing and she could have really good technique with the right teachers, but I could never get her into her comfort zone. Since she's been at NJADS, I can't believe the difference in her. She is excited for all of her dance classes and absolutely loves both you and Miss Aysha. She aspires to dance for a very long time and to perfect everything she does. When she's not at the studio, she's dancing at home, with her friends, in the car, when we're shopping, literally everywhere. And when she's not dancing, she's talking about dance or watching videos and creating her own choreography. This studio has inspired her more than you'll ever know and I'm so happy for this because she is so happy. Thanks for all you've done for her." Shannon, 2017
"NJADS has given my children more than just dance skills. My kids love going and have grown so much with the help of the teachers. They are more social, adventurous and confident." Parent of current student, 2018 Feedback survey.
"We love your studio so much. It's not who has the latest and greatest and the best of the best. When my daughter first started last summer we got a great feeling about your studio from just walking in. It's not full of negative cliques of people..everyone is there for their children not to bad talk others. Great job keeping a positive atmosphere and a great place for everyone!" Trish M, 2018
We're always on the lookout for passionate, energetic and experienced teachers to join our studio family! If you are interested in teaching for us, please email your resumé detailing your experience. We'd also love to hear from you in at least 250 words why you'd like to join our inspiring team of teachers. We look forward to hearing from you!
POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR SEPTEMBER 2018:
View our Job Posting for a Senior Dance Instructor. Interested candidates should email their resume and salary expectations to the Director Amanda Jeffery at firstname.lastname@example.org, and advise the sytles of dance that they teach.