Jerisse Bolton Grantham

Owner/Director

Ms. Jerisse began dancing at the age of 2 under her mother Jeffie Jean Bolton.  Her passion, and the love of tap, began while studying under many of the "tap greats" (Savion Glover, Debbie Dee, Al Gilbert, Henry LeTang, Brenda Buffalino, and Germaine Salsberg).  Her tap choreography has won many high point and grand champion awards at regional and national competitions.  Her tap production, "A Tribute to Savion", was a grand champion winner and recognized by Savion Glover himself.  Jerisse is a dance faculty member of both Tulane and Louisiana State University.  She is also a member of Dance Masters of America and a former President and Miss Dance of her own Dixie DMA chapter.  Jerisse volunteers her time to the Big Buddy Program, participating as one of their professional dancers.  She and her most recent celebrity partner won the 2015 Dancing for Big Buddy show.  Jerisse's passion for life is through her dancing. 

  "Why walk your way through life when you can TAP DANCE!"


 

Tara Anding Schwartz 

Tap/Jazz/Ballet/Hip Hop

Ms. Tara began dancing at the Jeffie Jean Dance Studio when she was 18 months old!  A certified elementary teacher, she has combined her love for teaching with her passion for dance. Ms. Tara has been teaching a variety of dance styles at the Jeffie Jean Dance Studio for the last 17 years.

"A Dance teacher helps their students find the song in their heart,
the beat in their feet, and a passion for life."


 

Joanna Chustz

Body Strengthening/Contemporary Dance/Tap

Ms. Joanna has been with the Jeffie Jean Dance Studio for 23 years.  She was a feature dancer in numerous productions throughout her years of training at the Jeffie Jean Dance Studio.  Ms. Joanna has taken her years of dance training and turned it into a career as an instructor.

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul."


 

Melanie and Richard Stewart

Ballroom

Melanie and Richard are a national award winning husband and wife team. They teach various ballroom styles such as: Foxtrot, Quickstep, Jive, Tango, Waltz, Swing and Cha Cha.  Technique lessons are available through privates for singles and couples.

"Ballroom dancers are exquisite."