PDCA INSTRUCTORS

Precise and Accurate Technique from the beginning 

Jessica Tarr

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Director/Owner

Jessica Tarr began her dance career when she was just 3 years old in​ Orlando Florida.  ​While dancing for 19 years she is finally ta​king on her dream and owning a dance studio! She has danced professionally with Holy Land Experience and Disney World in Orlando Florida. ​Cherographing the JCHS Dance Team Jazz dance for 2 years now, and watching them win overall with both dances has encouraged her to keep on and appreciate! ​Competing in several competitions across the United States, and winning award titles for self choreography, she has trained in all styles of dance, including; Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Swing, Ballroom and Bollywood.  Her passion for owning a dance studio began when she was a young girl and found the joy in helping others become stronger dancers.​ Her​ training under Professional names, Mia Michaels,​ Dana Michaels, and Joe Tremaine helped her become a stronger dancer.​ Jessica just graduated college with a Business Management Degree and plans to help the established studio grow. S​he has attended the Summer Intensive Program with Joffrey Ballet Company ​in New York City and is certified with Acrobatic Arts as an Acro Instructor. She is ready to begin this journey and next step of her life with all of you!

Veronica Whitton

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Veronica has been dancing from the time she could walk, over 30 years dance training in various styles. her dance career started at High Steppers dance Studio in Southern California. Veronica was a member of her middles school dance team and had the privilege of dancing at various competitions and venues throughout Southern California. Veronica moved from California to tennessee when she was a freshman in high school and became a active member of the drama department and a member of the JCHS dance team. Upon Graduation veronica attended Walter State Community College on a Cheerleader scholarship. Veronica continued her education graduating From Tusculum College with a Bachelors in Business Administration and the University of Phoenix with her Masters in Education. Veronica is going on her 8th year coaching the JCHS dance team,coaching them to several National Championship titles. Veronica is also the coach of the ETDA All Star team, the Super 7 who have earned several national championship and had the honor of competing at the Varsity Dance Summit in Orlando Florida. Veronica has been teaching dance for over 15 years and enjoys every min of it.

Jerlissa Hampton

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Jerlissa Hampton has been dancing for 14 years. She started dancing when she was 4 years old at East Tennessee Dance Academy with Liza Rutherford. She danced ballet, drama, pointe, tap, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and liturgical. Jerlissa also auditioned for a competitive dance team, dancing with them for 3 years. she attended Maury Middle School where she danced for 3 years on the dance team while being captain for 2 of those years. while dancing she was involved with track, volleyball and basketball. later she auditioned with the Jefferson County High School Dance Team, Co-Captain for 2 of the 4 years. the high school team danced at the liberty Bowl halftime show in 2013, many parades, and won two time national championship awards. Jerlissa graduated in May 2016 and is attending Walters State Community College to become a Special Needs Teacher. In her spare time she is a Young Life Leader for Jefferson County High School.

Brandy O'Mary

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Mrs. Brandy started her dance career by making the Maury Middle School Dance Team, which was coached by Liza Rutherford at the time. Learning that Liza owned a dance studio, Brandy started taking dance classes at ETDA. She continued on to make the Jefferson County High School Dance Team and had the honor to compete in local competitions and participate in the WIVK Christmas Parade. After graduating high school, she started teaching a few of her own classes at the dance studio and attended Walters State Community College. Mrs. Brandy now has her Associates Degree in business and is the Office Manager at her dad's company in Knoxville, while teaching dance classes in the evening. She is happily married, a mommy to two babies, and is excited to see all of her students!

Jessica Purkey

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Tumbling/Clogging Coach

Jessica Purkey is currently studying with Carson-Newman University. Her major is with Elementary Education. Jessica has always participated in sports since age 5. She has cheered and trained with Jags cheer leading. Cheer leading was not enough for her, she began her studies of clogging and has competed with Maggie Valley winning several awards. Instructing and mentoring kids is her passion, she wishes to become an elementary teacher and help young kids grow to their full potential. Miss Purkey is certified with Acrobatic Arts as an Acro Dance Instructor.

Natalie Blackburn

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