JAM Dance Academy has recruited some of the area's most accomplished dance instructors, each of whom brings their own personal approach to the dance floor. See below who they are:
Founder and Artistic Director
Ms. Rumer brings more than 25 years of dance and theater experience to JAM Dance Academy. A graduate of the University of Akron with a BA in Mass Media Communication and Dance, Ms. Rumer was a member of the University of Akron Dance Company, Choreographer's Workshop, UA Touring Ensemble, and the UA hip hop group, Expressions. Ms. Rumer studied with the Ohio Ballet and Verb Ballets in addition to training with master teachers at the School of the American Ballet, Steps on Broadway, Luigi's Jazz Centre, and Broadway Dance Center in New York. Prior to attending UA, Jenni trained at the School of the Canton Ballet and was a member of the Backstage Dance Company, performing throughout the country as a concert and competitive dancer. Ms. Rumer regularly attended master classes with renowned teachers including Tabitha & Napolean D'umo, Mia Michaels, Joe Tremaine, Phi Nguyen (Jabbawockeez), and Gregg Russell (Tap Sounds Underground) and could be seen on stage in productions of Cabaret, Steppin' Out, Will Rogers Follies, Anything Goes, and Joseph. She was the recipient of numerous dance convention scholarships as well as the Urban Jamm well-rounded dancer award which earned her the opportunity to tour nationally, teaching and performing with the faculty. As a dance educator, Ms. Rumer has received awards in choreographic excellence and her students have gone on to become professional dancers & entertainers, studio owners, and dance teachers. She is focused on creating a fun and engaging classroom environment, dedicated to teaching proper technique with a focus on strength, performance, and artistry. Ms. Rumer is excited to share her passion for dance with JAM Dance Academy!
Hannie Mills began her ballet training at the age of three at the Cassandra School of Ballet in Toledo, Ohio. While in high school, Hannie trained in Ballet, Pointe, and Jazz. She performed various pieces with the Cassandra School of Ballet, including Kitri’s Grand Pas variation from Don Quixote and the Dew Drop Fairy from the Nutcracker Suite. After graduating, Hannie went on to Eastern University to study dance. While pursuing her degree, Hannie continued her Ballet and Jazz training in addition to Modern and Contemporary. Hannie was a member of Opus 1 Contemporary Dance Company for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons and an apprentice dancer with 180 Dance Company for the 2012-2013 season. During her senior year, Hannie taught Ballet for ages ranging from four to eighteen at Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy. She had the opportunity to be a guest dancer in the 2012 Nutcracker Suite for Kristina Pulcini Ballet Academy, performing in Snow, Marzipan, Chinese, and Flowers. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2013, Hannie moved to Lynchburg, VA to attend graduate school and received her Master of Arts in Management and Leadership in 2014. During this time, she pursued her love of dancing by attending classes at Central Virginia Ballet as well as teaching ballet for ages four to ten. Hannie and her husband moved to the Cleveland area in January of 2016. She was put in contact with JAM Dance Academy and was honored to be able to participate in their first Nutcracker in December of 2016. Hannie is excited to continue to share her love of dance with the amazing dancers at JAM!