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Another wonderful year has passed and JAM would like
to acknowledge a few of the Highlights of 2016.



JAM 2016 Competitive Team

JAM 2016 Competitive Team


Another great year for our 86 member competitive team - through all their hard work the team once again brought home many individual and overall awards and scholarships. Your hard work has paid off - well done everyone!

Pino Gravina Memorial Award and Sequins Plus Awards

2016 Pino Gravina Award

Pictured above are Blake Russell, Blair Irish, Elise Taruffi and Miss Jennifer

Every year Sequins Plus generously donates two awards to be presented to dancers that the staff feel are deserving - This year's recipients are Isabel Mahoney and Tia Wright.

The Pino Gravina award was created in memory of Miss Jennifer's late husband. It is awarded to 2 - 3 students who have worked hard, showed consistently good work ethic and determination - qualities that exemplified who Pino was as a person. The 2016 recipients of this aware are - Blair Irish, Blake Russell and Elise Taruffi

The teachers are also asked to provide names of students that they felt were deserving of recognition for "Most Improved Dancer" or "Outstanding Potential". This year's winners are:

Most Improved Dancer - Julia Crawshaw, Maya D'Orazio, Sabrina D'Orazio, Victoria Gravina, Hannah Jaramillo, Tristyn Kerr, Olivia Lazzaro, Shae MacNeil, Natalie Malyjasiak, Jessica Maracle, Kate Mitchell, London Smith, Logan Walcer, Maya Wright

Outstanding Potential - Kiran Anand, Amy Batho, Emma Budd, Celia Calderone, Sophia Makris, Charlotte Rynbeek, Nily Samaro, Sophia Santomero, Emma Summers, Samantha Uiga, Brooklyn Vasey, Abby Watson, Raina Whyte, Renee Xie

BATD Scholarship Nominations

Each year students who have reached the appropriate level can take dance examinations with the BATD. An examiner may choose to select candidates from these exams to attend scholarship classes at the National Conference in Toronto in the fall. This year the following students were recognized by the examiners and will be attending the scholarship classes. They are as follows:

Ballet Division - Catey Fifield, Victoria Gravina, Hannah Jaramillo, Eve Schmeichel, Kelsey Wakely, Tia Wright, Renee Xie and Anita Zheng

Tap Division - McKenzie Carter

Team Canada

Congratulations to Julia Gravina, Lauren Jenkins and Olivia Lazzaro. The girls auditioned and were selected to represent Canada in Germany and Austria as a part of Team Canada. The girls were part of the Children's Tap Formation, Junior Tap Formation and the Adult Hip Hop formation. Well done girls!! We are proud of you!

Durham Regional Police Food & Toy Drive
and Stocking Stuffers for Seniors

Every year the generosity of the JAM families continues to amaze us. This year as well as collecting food and toys for younger families in need, they also collected donations for the seniors in a local nursing home who have no one. The JAM families rose to the challenge and we had numerous boxes filled to donate to the Police drive along with boxes of items for stockings for seniors. Couldn't be prouder of how thoughtful and generous our JAM families have been.

Light The Night Walk for Leukemia and Lymphoma

For the 9th consecutive year "Stallion Survivors" have participated in the Light the Night Walk for Leukemia & Lymphoma. We walk every year in memory of Miss Jennifer's late husband - Pino Gravina, and in support of all those currently battling this disease. Last year we lead the Toronto walk and the previous year Miss Jennifer was asked to be a spokesperson for their National Ad campaign. Our team has raised over $132,000 to date...we know Pino would be so proud of this accomplishment. Thank you to everyone for their continued support in helping fight to find a cure for this disease...together we will make a difference.

Highlights 2015