We are pleased to offer a professional, accredited staff. All teachers have a vast knowledge and love for dance and are committed to educating students and maintaining a positive environment. Profiles on our teachers are listed below.
Jennifer Gravina, Artistic Director - Miss Jennifer brings 23 years of teaching experience and a love for dance to each of her students. She holds her BATD membership in stage (tap and jazz), an associate CDTA membership in ballet, tap and jazz, a DMA membership in ballet and tap, and has studied in the Teacher's Training Program at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Many of Miss Jennifer's former students have gone on to pursue their own careers in the field of dance with such companies as the National Ballet of Canada, Quinte Ballet School of Canada, Lècole National de Cirque, Cirque de Soleil, aboard cruise ships, as cheerleaders for the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Argonauts, with productions including The Lion King, and in several music videos.
As artistic director, Miss Jennifer strives to bring the best in quality dance education to her students. She is an accomplished dancer, teacher, adjudicator, and choreographer who has received numerous accolades, choreography and high score awards including Grand Champion 2006 at the Dance Championships in Western New York. Many of our students have also been accepted to the Canadian National Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Modern teams. These teams have represented Canada in Germany and Poland. In 2013 Miss Jennifer choreographed the childrens ballet duet which brought home one of Canada's many gold medals.
Miss Jennifer welcomes all new and returning students to JAM and wishes each the best for the upcoming season.
Sara Della Motta - Miss Sara discovered her love of dance at the age of 3, when she attended her first tap class. Before long, she had added acrobatics, jazz, ballet, pointe and lyrical to her weekly class schedule. Miss Sara studied ballet and modern at York University and is a member of the BATD in the stage (tap and jazz) and acrobatic divisions.
As a competitive student, Miss Sara was very successful winning various awards and titles including Junior All-Around Dancer at the BATD festival and at the CDTA Dance Convention. Now as a choreographer, she has achieved many high score, choreography and adjudicator's choice awards including Grand Champion 2007 and 2008 at the Dance Championships in Western New York.
Miss Sara instructed at the high school level at Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School in the Performing Arts program and has been teaching at JAM since 1999. Former students have gone on to Lècole National de Cirque, Cirque de Soleil, the National Ballet of Canada, and Quinte Ballet School of Canada to name a few.
Miss Sara is looking forward to the upcoming dance season!
Sarah Welling - Miss Sarah is an accomplished teacher and performer in all areas of dance! A former member of the JAM competitive team, she has won many overall awards and trophies, and now, as a choreographer, the awards keep coming! She has won several choreography awards for her work, and her students are continuously successful at competitions.
Miss Sarah is a member of the BATD stage (tap and jazz) division. She traveled to Reisa, Germany as a member of the Canadian National Tap Team in 1999 and 2002, bringing home the silver medal and bronze medal respectively. She is excited for the year ahead!
Orielle Marcus - Orielle began her dance career at the age of three. Originally from Winnipeg, she trained for many years at the Shelley Shearer School of Dance, eventually continuing her training at the Ken Peters Dance Express. Orielle has extensive training in Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Hip Hop. She began competing at the age of seven in all dance styles. She appeared in two dance films; "Without a Word" and "Make it Happen". Orielle has also been featured in several musicals as a ensemble actor and dance soloist. She was featured for the Rainbow Stage production of "Grease" as well as for the Grey Cup Parade. Orielle's dancing led to her move to Toronto to pursue higher education. As a George Brown Commercial dance graduate, she has experience training and working alongside some of Toronto's top dance masters.
Natalie Atwood - Natalie began her dance career at the age of 5 with ballet. At the age of 6, Natalie began to attend Jennifer’s Arts in Motion starting with a jazz class. Natalie went on to be trained in all subjects and has competed on the JAM competitive team for 10 years. She has competed in many dance competitions across Ontario, winning many awards.
Natalie is an associate member of the B.A.T.D. for Acrobatics/Gymnastics and she has been an instructor at JAM for 6 years now.
As well as being a dance instructor, Natalie attends UOIT for Kinesiology. She is very interested in learning about movement of the human body and especially how it relates to dance. She wants to make sure her students learn to the best of their abilities without injuring themselves. She wants to eventually be able to rehabilitate sports injuries.
Shelby Grant - Miss Shelby has been a student at Jennifer's Arts in Motion since she was 3 years old. She has studied acrobatics, ballet, jazz, lyrical and pointe. She was a part of the JAM competitive team up until 2012. Miss Shelby is an associate member for B.A.T.D in acrobatics. She has also taught classes through the town of Whitby. Though having started university, Miss Shelby continues to teach as a JAM member.
Miss Shelby loves to come back to see the JAMily and can't wait for another season to begin!
Victoria Janes - Miss Victoria is thrilled to be a part of the Jennifer’s Arts in Motion teaching staff for a 6th year! She has been a member with JAM for 14 years. She signed up with JAM for her first Jazz class at age 9, and from then on she was hooked on dancing! Victoria is trained in a variety of dance styles including jazz, tap, acro, lyrical, and ballet; with her favourite being tap. She trained recreationally and competitively for JAM, competing across Ontario and the United States earning many awards along the way. Now a college student, Victoria remains a part of the JAM team by teaching dance classes.
Victoria loves instructing dance classes and helping students reach their full potential. She incorporates structure and fun into her classes and promotes a love of dance and desire for improvement. It is a very rewarding experience to see a student’s dance technique and skills improve over the dance season. Watching her dancers succeed on stage makes all the hard work completely worth it!
Heather Stewart - Heather began dancing soon after she learned that the best use for her soccer cleats was making noises with her feet on the pavement. At the age of 7, she began classes at Jennifer’s Arts in Motion. In the years to come, she jumped from take one class a week to studying all of the subjects that JAM had to offer. Heather was a member of the competitive program for eight years. In that time she found her love of the stage, and received various awards and scholarships, both independently and with her teammates.
Heather is a B.A.T.D. Associate in tap, ballet, and stage (tap and jazz). In 2010, Heather travelled to Germany to compete for the Canadian Junior Tap Team. She began assisting dance classes at JAM the same year. Heather realized that she loved working with children, and watching their growth as they improved over the years. In high school, Heather was the captain of her school’s dance company.
Heather believes that dance is able to physically embody the beauty of visual art, and mimic the texture of music. She strives to emphasize creativity, in an environment that interactive, focused, and of course, fun!
Sydney Major - My name is Sydney Major and I am 20 years old. I graduated from Donald A. Wilson S.S. in 2014, and went on to study social work for two years at the University of Windsor. Throughout that time I continued with my passion for dance, which began way back when I was 3 years old, here at JAM. By the end of my time as a dedicated student at JAM I had competed for 11 years, taken part on the Canadian National Tap Team, and received my associates certification in stage, ballet, and tap through the British Association of Teachers of Dancing. Dance is such an important and valuable part of my life. It has always been my safe and reliable outlet throughout all different stages of my life.
Olivia Lazzaro - At the age of 3, Olivia began her dance career at Jennifer’s Arts in Motion. Training in all subjects, her passion for dance soon took off as she joined the competitive dance team in 2009. As a competitive team member for eight years, Olivia achieved various awards including overalls and scholarships, with her teammates and independently.
Olivia is a B.A.T.D. associate member in both acrobatics/gymnastics and tap exam levels, alongside being selectively nominated by the examiner to attend the B.A.T.D. tap scholarship workshops. In 2016, Olivia traveled to Graz, Austria as a member of the Senior Canadian National Hip Hop Team , representing Canada in the IDO Hip Hop World Championships.
Olivia soon discovered her love of working with children at a young age by volunteering in elementary schools, helping students gain success in and outside of the classroom. Now, as a university student studying Health Science and Psychology, Olivia is thrilled to continue being a part of Jennifer's Arts In Motion community. She looks forward to applying what she learns in school to help her students move their bodies strongly and safely, and to build confident, creative dancers within a fun-filled and positive environment.