About Jeannette’s School of Dance

Studio History

Miss Jeannette began her teaching career in 1983 at Houston Playground. For 5 years she built the program from 45 to 150 students and feeling a little cramped (the playground only had one room) and desiring a more professional environment for her students, Miss Jeannette decided to open her own studio.

In September of 1988, Jeannette’s School of Dance officially opened its door at 6179 Ridge Ave. with one room and one teacher. Over the next fifteen years, the studio grew and flourished forcing the studio to change locations 2 times. The studio is now located at 536 Green Lane in Philadelphia. The curriculum now covers a full spectrum from Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Hip Hop & Lyrical accommodating children age 2 through adult.

JSD is a Philadelphia Dance School serving both the Philadelphia and Montgomery County area since 1988 and has produced many talented, award winning dancers and teachers. It is our goal to provide our students with an environment where they can enjoy dance while learning proper technique, developing poise, confidence, coordination and rhythm. We work hard to provide a quality dance education for all ages.

All teachers at JSD have had the Pennsylvania State issued Child Abuse and criminal record checks completed. Copies of the records are available upon request.

Thank you for your interest in our studio. We look forward to extending our family of dancers to include you.

Our Staff

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Jeannette Rawling-Julia:  began her dance training at St. Lucy’s School at the age of 5 years. Mrs. R (Jeannette’s mom) realizing that her daughter loved dance, decided to enroll her in a local dance school – Dancing with Joy. For 7 years she trained under Joy Young studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe, as well as attending Jean Williams School of Ballet in Germantown.

In 1980, Miss Jeannette was one of 25 students to be accepted into the High School for Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia as a dance major. During the next four years she studied with many guest artists at school such as, Al Gilbert and attended Civic Ballet and University of the Arts.

Miss Jeannette began her teaching career in her junior year of high school at Houston Playground in Andorra, where she was both Director and teacher for 5 years. After graduating from CAPA in 1984, Miss Jeannette choose to further her teaching career by freelancing at local dance studios as well as teaching for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia School Music/Dance Program. She also developed a Day Care Dance Program aimed at introducing young children to dance. This program, still in use today, made dance affordable and convenient for parents.

Miss Jeannette was one of 125 people chosen to perform with Maurice & Gregory Hines in “Two Bit at The Hot Cha”. During this time Miss Jeannette studied at Jazz Dance Center and with Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Mercedes Ellington & Sandman Sims.

Miss Jeannette has choreographed shows for McDonald’s, to benefit the children’s Seashore House, the Episcopal Academy Players, Creative and Performing Arts & various Mummer’s Brigades and String Bands. She also had the pleasure of working with ASH, a local theater group.  Miss Jeannette has been a judge for Performance Plus Dance Competition and is Certified through Dance Educators of America and Zumba.

Presently Miss Jeannette resides in Roxborough with her husband and daughter. She teaches daily at her school, as well as several local Day Cares/Schools. Miss Jeannette also teaches a three-week course at the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Bryn Mawr College and loves to donate her time at various local organizations teaching classes. She is pleased to announce that this year will mark our 30th year and incredibly honored to have won the Philly Happening List 2016 Best Dance Studio Award.

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Brandi Breen: began her training at the age of 2 at Houston Playground, then Jeannette’s School of Dance, under the direction of Jeannette Rawling-Julia. Her dance education included lessons in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Modern, Hip Hop and Lyrical.

In 1991, Miss Brandi broadened her dance training by attending Pennsylvania Ballet. She performed in both the annual performance of the Nutcracker for 4 years as well as, Coppelia in the Spring of 1992 at the Academy of Music. Miss Brandi is a 2000 graduate of the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts with a diploma in dance. She performed in several high school Christmas and Spring concerts under the direction of LaDeva Davis and in the annual Jeannette’s School of Dance recital. Miss Brandi has also participated in the Boscov’s Thanksgiving Day parade for 4 years. She has performed with several Mummer’s Brigades and was assistant choreographer for both Golden Crown and Downtowners Fancy Brigades. She has competed in many local, state & National competitions winning first or second place in all entered. For 3 years she held the First Place National title for Performance Plus Dance Competition and Second Place regional title for Showbiz Talent Competition in Pointe, Jazz and Tap. Miss Brandi has also taught at Episcopal Academy Summer Camps.

Presently, Miss Brandi resides in Roxborough with her husband and two children. She is on staff at JSD and also teaches for our Day Care Dance Program.

Student Teacher/Aide Program: Our Student Teacher/Aide program was developed to provide an apprentice program to those who are interested in furthering their careers in dance education. Acceptance in this program is based on dedication to dance, age, and one’s natural ability to nurture children of all ages. Student teachers/aides are compensated for all classes taught by receiving discounted tuition. They are commended for their hard work and dedication, and are an inspiration to our younger students. Thank you for making our job a little easier!