Meet our team, that has the most diverse dance backgrounds, ready to give you the best that JAM Dance Academy has to offer.
Artistic Director, JAM Dance Academy
Former Ohio Dance Theatre Principle and Soloist, Jennifer Muselin, studied under the direction of Denise Gula for 15 years, thus perfecting her techniques in ballet, contemporary and jazz. Her love of dance was solidified, when as a child, she performed in BalletMet’s The Nutcracker ballet as a mouse. In her teens, Jennifer trained with and danced works choreographed by former Cleveland Ballet affiliates, Cynthia Graham, Anne Owen and Joseph Glowick, with whom she credits her love for partnering and petit allegro. Ms. Muselin attended New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where she danced under the direction of James Martin and Cherylyn Lavagnino, where she was granted a scholarship for her Sophomore year. At only 19 years old, Jennifer was awarded an apprenticeship at Chicago's famed Hubbard Street Dance Company and selected to instruct summer intensives with the National Cheerleading Association. Ms. Muselin became a founding member of Phenix Dance Theatre, which then became Ohio Dance Theatre in the early 90’s. While with ODT, Ms. Muselin's credits include Clara and Sugarplum, Dew Drop, Chinese and Arabian in The Nutcracker, as well as various principal roles that were choreographed for her exclusively. Jennifer has had the pleasure of being partnered by members of the former Ohio Ballet such as Blas Cerda and Luc Vanier and Joffrey Ballet’s Sam Meredith, as well as performed works choreographed by Mr. Vanier and Amy Miller, co-founders of GroundWorks Dance Theatre. Jennifer has also had the pleasure of dancing various roles choreographed for her in the Ohio Light Opera. Ms. Muselin is trained in the Pilates technique, which is instrumental in her teachings of both children and adults. She has choreographed shows to include Flower Drum Song, The King and I, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray, Cinderella and instructed summer youth programs at Oberlin College for at risk youths. After she retired as a professional dancer, Jennifer became an event coordinator for the Rock and Rolle Hall of Fame, planning such events as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony, “Riot Girls and Rebels”, a celebration event for Joan Jett, and Food Network’s Dinner Impossible, to name few. She then went on to Director of Event and Catering for various Cleveland organizations. In 2013 Jennifer began a new chapter in her life and opened JAM Dance Academy in her home-town of North Ridgeville, a dance studio focusing on the disciplined fundamentals of ballet technique. While with JAM, Ms. Muselin produced community-wide fundraisers as “Biking for Ballerinas” and produced productions of The Nutcracker ballet, choreographing on some of Cleveland’s most talented dancers. In 2019, Jennifer embarked on her new venture as Executive and Artistic Director of her newly formed professional contemporary ballet company, Ballet Legato and also collaborates with the DEA and YMCA, providing after-school dance programs to children while instilling a drug-free life-style through her company. Ms. Muselin is also certified as a level 1 instructor of Progressing Ballet Technique, which she implements into her teaching focusing on core strength to trigger muscle memory. Jennifer is extremely thankful to bring JAM Dance Academy training to the community of Lakewood and is excited for the future of dance. She currently resides in North Ridgeville with her husband, Ryan and their four children.
Natalie Artman began dancing at the young age of two. Growing up, she danced at local studios in Northeast Ohio before switching her focus to study dance at the Hudson Conservatory of Ballet. While at the Conservatory, she was a part of both the pre-professional day-time program and conservatory curriculum. Natalie also attended summer intensives at Ohio’s BalletMet and The Washington School of Ballet. Natalie graduated from Point Park University in 2020 with a BFA in dance with a concentration in ballet. While attending Point Park, she had the opportunity to study under the tutelage of their renowned faculty and guest artists such as Susan Stowe, DaMond Garner and Kim-Marie Jacobs, and had the chance to perform, as well as choreograph her own works. While in college, Natalie also attended other intensives such as BodyTraffic Professional Winter Intensive and the HoustonMet Professional Intensive, furthering her dance training. She is currently a company member with Ballet Legato for a second season under the direction of Jennifer Muselin. Natalie has a passion for teaching young dancers and is currently an instructor at Elevation Dance Studio in Aurora. She is excited to broaden her teaching abilities at JAM Dance Academy Lakewood and is looking forward to an amazing new year.
Cody Edwards has been dancing since the age of 11 and started to perfect his hip hop style under the tutelage of Daisun Lee Santana And Orlando X Factor Jiminez, to name a few. After finishing school at the University of Toledo and Lincoln Tech in Indianapolis, Cody began teaching hip hop to children ages 5 and up at JAM Dance Academy in North Ridgeville in 2016. Cody trained with the Cleveland Cavaliers up until becoming a part of the CAVS Scream Team in 2018. With the CAVS, Cody has had the honor of performing with legendary artists such as Coolio, Salt n Peppa, Naughty by Nature and DJ Kool, as well as, working with children at the Cleveland Clinic and the Read to Achieve programs. In 2020, Cody teamed up with professional ballet company, Ballet Legato to teach virtual hip hop dance for after-school children through the DEA Youth Dance Program and the Lorain County YMCA. Cody is excited to continue his hip hop teachings with JAM Dance Academy in their new Lakewood location.
Julie Garswood brings over 20 years of dance, teaching, and competition experience in jazz, tap, hip hop, and contemporary to JAM. She has won numerous awards for her performances including a special stage presence award during her competition years. Miss Julie has a strong background not only in dance, but cheer and theater as well. Miss Julie coached a competition hip hop crew, and several tap soloists, helping them win many top awards at local competitions She graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a B. A. in History, while also obtaining minors in Dance, Spanish, and Economics. Julie moved home to her native Cleveland in 2011 to attend law school at Cleveland Marshall where she graduated Cum Laude in 2014. Upon returning to the Cleveland area, she began teaching tap at JAM North Ridgeville during their first full season. She is grateful to be able to share her love of dance with the students at JAM Dance Academy.
Dijon Kirkland is a native of Washington D.C., and has been dancing for 19 years. She trained at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts as a dance major under the tutelage of Adrain Bolton, Charles Auggins, Sandra Fortune-Green, and Katherine Smith. Dijon also studied at The Ailey School, Princeton Ballet School, Maryland Youth Ballet, and Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet. She holds a B.A. in dance with a concentration in modern dance performance, from Point Park University. Upon graduation, she performed with several pick-up companies like Hollow Dance Project, Capitol Movement, The Brown Dance Project, and Archedream for Humankind. She joined the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2nd Company (DCDC2,) in 2013 for two seasons before becoming a member of the Cleveland Cavalier Girl NBA Dance Team in 2015. While on the dance team, she worked with choreographers like Kailynn “Kay Kay” Harris and Melissa Maniscalo “Jersey.” She is a part of the 2015-16 NBA championship team! Ms. Kirkland also had the opportunity to travel to Nanjing China and dance for the NBA China’s 5v5 tournaments. Dijon was a member of the team for four seasons and in 2018/19, her last season, she served as a co-captain. Ms. Kirkland now freelances as a dancer on various projects such as Mojuba Dance Collective, Soursop Stories, Blakk Jakk Dance Company, and of few of her own independent projects. She has been a teaching artist with Karamu House Arts Education since 2019, along with Midwest School of Ballet. In 2020, Ms. Kirkland performed with Ballet Legato as Scarlette’s/Red Riding Hood’s Mother, in their production of “Red Riding Hood & the White Witches.” Dijon is passionate about dance and teaching interested students and is very enthused to be joining JAM Dance Academy as an instructor.
A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Ron’Dale Simpson began dancing at the age of 6. He danced in youth dance groups and competed in local talent shows. Ron’Dale attended Thee Central State University where he participated in several extracurricular activities and clubs and was a member of the university marching band, where in his last year the Drum major. Mr. Simpson is a member of Mu Phi Epsilon international professional music fraternity Inc. and also the current national president of Nu Rho Sigma Fine Arts fraternity Inc. He enjoys a career as a performer and educator in hip hop, afro-fusion, modern, and other dance styles. Ron’Dale is the Founder and Artistic Director of Blakk Jakk Dance Collective and has done work with the Rainey Institute, Cleveland’s Playhouse, CMSD schools, and freelance work in the community.