Amanda Thomas began her dance education at the Munson-Williams Proctor Arts Institute in her native Utica, NY. She continued her training at the Gelsey Kirkland Academy and at such summer programs as Saratoga Summer Dance Intensive and choreographic workshops with the Moscow Ballet and Keigwin + Company. She attended Binghamton University, where she received the Albert Nocciolino Award for Excellence in Theatre and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Dance and Theatre.
Amanda has taught ballet, contemporary, jazz, and modern at studios throughout New York State, in addition to workshops, private coaching, and choreography for competition, theatre productions, and high school musicals. She has performed as a guest and featured dancer in New York with companies such as Tri-Cities Opera, the Kirkland Arts Center, and Outcast Theatre Company, and is currently in her second season as a company dancer with Manassas Ballet Theater.
J. Dance Kollective is a dance program of student artists and educators. The artistic and passionate dancers focus on technique and have multiple performances, educational outreach experiences and competitive opportunities throughout the year.
Miss Kristen is a South Carolina native with a special place in her heart for dance. During high school, she attended the Fine Arts Center’s dance program in Greenville, SC, studying ballet and modern dance. When she was not in class at the Fine Arts Center, she was a member of an award-winning competition team, where she not only studied ballet and modern, but also jazz, tap, and hip hop.
Outside of dance, she was a cast member in multiple musicals performed by the Greenville Little Theater, including Man of La Mancha and Peter Pan. She also loved participating in pageants, holding numerous titles to include Miss Greater Greer SC Teen 2002 and Miss Reflections of Mauldin High School 2004.
Kristen attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. During her time at Winthrop University, she was a member of the Winthrop University Dance Team and a regular performer in senior dance pieces choreographed by dance majors. Her Winthrop University dance peers selected her for the Best Jazz Dancer award at the Caroline Awards. Kristen also performed as a back-up dancer to hip hop artist Bubba Sparxxx at the 2006 Southern Sports Awards show.
After college, she continued her love of dance by choreographing competition dances and teaching master classes around the southeast. Kristen is a traveler at heart, and has recently moved back to the east coast from three years in Hawaii. Kristen is ecstatic to be a staff member at J. Dance Kollective and cannot wait to see the love and passion her students have for dance. She currently teaches Jazz and is the Assistant KOMPANY Director.
Lesa Ruhl has been making costumes for over 25 years! She gives back to the community by donating most of her proceeds from sewing costumes to her walks for Avon - The Walk to End Breast Cancer. She also donates from her hobby, L.E.S.A., Limited Edition Sewn Apparel. L.E.S.A. makes clothes for dolls, and you can find her page on FACEBOOK. Jenn Ruhl Kubilus and Amanda Ruhl are two of her four children.
Amanda Ruhl works at Grafconect in NYC, and is thrilled to be immersed in the world of graphics full time. While studying Visual Display and Exhibition Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, she quickly discovered her passion for the visual arts. Upon graduating, she has worked in various settings ranging from retail stores and showrooms to events and photo shoots, always in the hopes to continually grow her knowledge and taste for design. She continually does graphics for JDK, including the design of their logo! Amanda also studied dance and competed, winning many High Score Awards. She assists her sister and mother in the design and creation of costumes for JDK
Miss Jenn began her dance training in the New Jersey, New York City and Philadelphia areas. She grew up dancing at a competition studio, while supplementing her training at many ballet schools, Broadway Dance Center and Steps. Jenn was also a competitive gymnast and springboard diver.
In 2007, she received her BFA in Dance from George Mason University, with a Minor in Arts Administration. She is a certified dance teacher and member through Dance Masters of America in Acro, Ballet, Jazz and Modern, as well as a member of USA Gymnastics.
While attending college she both performed and choreographed with the GMU Dance Company. As part of resident artist programs, she performed in the works of Kevin Campbell, Danny Ezralow, Susan Marshall, Kate Skarpetowska, Lar Lubovitch, and Paul Taylor. Jenn presented works at GMU’s Dance Concerts and her piece Organized Chaos represented GMU at the 2007 American College Dance Festival.
Jenn also choreographs at Avery Ballet, Cuppett Performing Arts Center, and freelance at many other studios in the DC, MD and VA areas. Her choreography has won many awards and Top Score at multiple competitions.
In Musical Theater, she has choreographed the shows A Chorus Line, The Wiz, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Romeo and Juliet, and Little Shop of Horrors.
Jenn worked professionally as dancer, choreographer, and Managing Director of Mayzsoul and a dancer with Momentum Dance Theatre and Nomadic Artist. She has presented choreography and performed in NoVA, NYC and DC. She is the rehearsal director for Beth Elliott Dance Group while dancing with the company, and other professional dance projects.
In 2014, she founded J. Dance Kollective as a collaborative pre-professional youth company to share her artistry and to help other dancers reach their full potential.
Jenn is honored to return to George Mason University as an Adjunct Faculty Instructor in the School of Dance, College of Visual & Performing Arts. She is also a licensed Zumba instructor.
With her expertise in acrobatics, partnering, contemporary and choreography, she teaches master classes, workshops, and creates choreographic works throughout the country. For more information, email email@example.com.
Lexi Grandjean has studied with her mentor, Jenn Ruhl Kubilus, since the age of 5. She has been with J. Dance Kollective since its inaugural year in 2014. She was one of the original "fantastic four" Senior Kompany members. Her passion, and those of her fellow dancers, are the drive behind what makes JDK different from other dance companies. In competitions, Lexi has received many High Score Overall Awards.
She is a great role model to the younger students. After working as a teaching assistant, she is now teaching her own classes at JDK.
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