Jillian Richard - Owner
Jillian grew up in Concordia, KS. She started taking dance at age 3 and gymnastics at age 5. She was a competitve gymnast through level 9 and went on to coach younger classes while in high school. She opened Jillian's Dynamic Dance in 1995 which she operated for the next 5 years until moving to Kansas CIty to complete nursing school. While in undergradute school, Jillian was also fortunate enough to participate on both the Junior Varsity and Varsity K-State Cheer Squads. She currently works part time as a nurse practitioner at Saint Luke's South.
Jessie McElwain - Director & Instructor
Jessie grew up taking dance her whole life. She started dance at Nebraska Dance and later moved to Le Dance Studio. In high school, she danced with her school dance team and was very active with the choreography. She also worked as a stage manager for a few dance competitions that travel to Kansas City. Jessie graduated from KU with Bachelors of Business Administration. She loves being a part of JJD and helping children grow in their knowledge of dance.
Jordan West - Instructor
Jordan began dancing at the age of 4. She later danced competitively for the LE Dance Company and continued dancing on her high school’s dance team. She performed for her high school’s musical, “Crazy For You”, where she danced as a Follies Showgirl. She took various dance classes while obtaining her Bachelor’s at Iowa State University and participated in Greek Week Lip Sync performances. Dance has been a big part of Jordan’s life and she hopes to encourage others’ growth through dance.
Luke McElwain - Instructor
Luke is passionate about mentorship, establishing student understanding, and assisting in various ways to help improve the student's skill sets. Luke graduated in 2017 from the University of Kansas with a Master of Construction Management and a Master of Architecture. He is currently a designer at Yaeger Architecture, manages a private construction company and is the current Director of Operations at Spaces of Hope.
Ariana Ferber-Carter- Instructor
Ariana resolved to become a circus
performer when she was six years old. She
studied gymnastics, aerial arts, partner
acrobatics, handstands, trampoline, and
contortion during her six summers on tour with
Circus Smirkus. She developed a love for
balancing and bending and has specialized in
contortion for her adult life. Her professional
credits include Circus Bella, Cirque Imagination,
and Celebrity Cruises Production Cast - Specialty
Act. She is a recent recruit to the Kansas City
circus community where she works for Kansas
City Aerial Arts and founded Pareidolia
Contortion with her circus partner, Liv Morrow.
Bridget McBratney - Instructor
Bridget started dancing at age 3 at the Blue Valley Rec Center and moved to Liz Kelley Dance Studio 1 at the age of 6. She danced there until she graduated high school in 2013, while she was also a 3 year varsity member of the Blue Valley North Stars Dance Team. After graduating from Kansas State University in 2017, she took the job as dance team coach at Spring Hill High School. She is going into her 3rd season coaching and loves watching the girls grow and bond with one another over their mutual love of dance!
Emily Bernard- Teacher Assistant
Emily is a senior at Blue Valley High School. She competed in gymnastics for 7 years and is currently cheering at Blue Valley High school. Emily can’t wait to get to know the kids and help them!
Olivia Stigge - Teacher Assistant
Olivia is a senior at Blue Valley High school. She is on the BV Soccer team and used to participate in JJD's competitive dance team. Olivia loves coming to teach classes.
Karen Lentz - MATS Instructor
Karen is a full-time mom to three beautiful children. On the side, she is a real estate agent. Karen helps coach our competitive tumbling class (MATS) and also helps behind the scenes.