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 nurtures 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. Jasmine and Amanda
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!
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 started taking dance lessons at the age of three. 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. Amanda has been teaching dance for more than 20 years, and truly enjoys working with children.
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 worked for the City of Hamilton from 2000-2003, teaching dance 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 was to provide affordable, quality dance lessons. 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: A Gold for Best Yoga, and a Bronze for Best Dance Studio, Best Children's Birthday Parties, Best Dance Instructor Amanda Jeffery and Aysha Koslowski and Best Youth Leader Amanda Jeffery.
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.
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.
Amanda has a husband Dave, and two children; ten year old Thomas and seven year old Becca (who made her stage debut in the 2011 recital before she turned 2!).
Aysha began teaching on a casual basis for NJADS in January 2012. In September 2012 she began teaching on a permanent basis, teaching Dance with Me, Creative Movement for Tots, Pre-Dance, Ballet/Lyrical, Jazz, Acro and numerous Competition Teams, solos, duets and trios. She began dancing at the age of three. Over the years her dance training has included Ballet, Lyrical, Point, Jazz, Hip Hop, Character, Tap, and Production/Musical Theatre. Aysha was also on Westmount Secondary’s Cheerleading team for 4 years, and was captain for 2 of these years. She competed for numerous years in Lyrical, Jazz, and Ballet winning overalls and special awards for groups, duets, and solos. She is currently a signed Child and Youth Worker Apprentice at Mohawk College. Once she graduates in June 2013 she plans to obtain her B.A. in Child and Youth Care.
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!
We welcomed Shanel to our staff in September 2014. Shanel graduated with an Honours BFA in Dance from York University, Toronto in 2000. She also completed a 200 hour Register Yoga Training program focusing on yoga asana, philosophy, anatomy, Ayurveda, meditation and pranayama. Shanel is committed to helping others to find balance in their lives. Taking a wholeness approach – mind, body and soul. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and gifts with others to help them reach their goals of a happier, healthier life. Namaste.
Keltie began dancing with NJADS in 2004 when the studio opened and started out in our Pre-Dance program. Over the years she has also taken classes in Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. In 2011 she joined the NJADS Competitive Team, competing as a team, and as a solo. She trained in the NJADS Assistant Program from 2012-2015. This is also Keltie's second year on a competitive cheerleading team. We are thrilled that she has been promoted in September 2015 and teaches a Jazz class for us.
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, competing in Jazz, Lyrical and Open. In 2015 she won 1st overall in her category for her solo "Aha!" She began training in the NJADS Assistant Program in September 2012. In 2016 she began to teach for us, and is loved by her Creative Movement for Tots and Pre-Dance students.
Kelly is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with Advanced Studies in Special Needs and Autism Intervention training. She has over 10 years of child care experience and has worked in a variety of childcare, nursery school and school settings with children from infant to school age. She is a parent of two energetic girls and they have been dancing at the studio for two years. Kelly has been helping with administration at our front desk and is excited to start her new role in the Creative Kids program (ages 2.5-4 years).
Erin has been a dance mom at the studio for many years, and one of our biggest supporters! She is now officially part of our team as an Administrative Assistant. She is available in the office to assist you. Her office hours are posted on the Contact page or you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Assistant Teacher Program in 2011. In 2011 she joined the NJADS Competitive Team, and competed on our Tap, Jazz and Lyrical teams, as well as a solo in 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 takes classes in Ballet/Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, Acro and Contemporary with us. She became a member of the NJADS Competitive Dance Team in 2011. In 2015 her Lyrical solo "Try" won a Storytelling Award, and in 2014 her 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 Assistant Teacher Program in September 2014. Her passion for dance in evident every time she takes the stage.
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.
"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
We are happy to receive resumes of those wishing to join our staff. If an opening is currently not available, we will keep your resume on file should a position open up.
POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR SEPT 2016:
Interested candidates should email their resume and salary expectations to the Director Amanda Jeffery at email@example.com.