Artistically Expressing Faith Since 2006
Artistically Expressing Faith Since 2006
You won’t find another studio like JubalArts anywhere in the Greater Lansing area. The difference is simple. We pursue excellence in dance and music technique in order to better communicate love to our Heavenly Father and life to other people through our artistic expressions. Whether we are in the classroom or onstage, all we do is for the glory of Jesus Christ.
JubalArts has been open since 2006, offering a variety of dance classes for each age group throughout the school year and during part of the summer.
Come experience the joy and creativity at JubalArts for yourself.
Our mission is to glorify Jesus Christ in the classroom and on stage. We begin each class with a weekly scriptural devotion and prayer. Students make connections between dance and their Creator and have opportunities to use dance to express their faith during the school year in the classroom and in the community.
Each year, students have at least one opportunity to take the love of Christ into our city through a community dance performance at a local retirement community. We are always so blessed by the joy that we have in meeting people in our city and sharing what we’ve been learning in the classroom!
While growing up, Natalie Simpson studied a wide range of dance styles including ballet and pointe, contemporary, jazz, lyrical, musical theater, and flamenco. After high school she attended Arts Triumphant Dance Conservatory in Jacksonville, FL, training with Yvonne Salcedo-Williams, former ballerina with the Pittsburg Ballet, studying ballet and pointe, modern, jazz, lyrical, Latin, character, and choreography and improvisation.
While earning her B.A. in music at Hillsdale College she studied ballet and modern with Melissa Beck-Matjias (University of Michigan Dance Faculty) and Jovita Weibel (Peter Sparling Dance Company). During the summer of 2010, she attended the Horton Pedagogy Workshop with Ana Marie Forsythe at the Alvin Ailey School in NYC. Most recently, she has studied hip hop with... read full bio.
Sarah Byington is currently pursuing a B.A. in Dance and a B.S. in Exercise Science at Grand Valley State University. She is studying techniques of Ballet, Pointe, Partnering, Modern, Jazz, and Contemporary with Samantha Shelton, Lara Fauche, Carrie Morris, and Hannah Seidel. Sarah extensively studied Tap, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater at Dance Grosse Ile with Gina Urso Dudash as well as The Joffrey Ballet School in Manhattan. She danced lead roles in full-length ballets with the South Eastern Michigan Classical Ballet including, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Her teaching experience includes dance classes in a variety of styles. She has a passion to incorporate the biomechanics and health of the human body into the classes she teaches.
Sarah has a heart for the Lord and spreading His glory. She is so thankful for the opportunities she has to dance and share His love with her students.
Melody began dancing in 1999 at Turning Pointe School of Dance. Since then, she danced at Patsy Watson’s School of Dance, Synergy Dance Academy, Happendance School of Dance, Danceworks of Michigan, Class Act Studio of Dance, and Elite Dance Company. While training as a competitive gymnast and dancer as well as in the dance program at Grand Valley State University, Melody has attended numerous dance intensives such as Dance Directives, Thodos Dance Chicago, and Danceworks Chicago. During her time at Grand Valley, she has performed pieces choreographed by Kathryn Alter, Ann Sofie Clemmensen, Bryn Cohn, Mina Estrada, Marlayna Locklear, Joshua Manculich, Takehiro Ueyama, and Jesse Zaritt. During the summer of 2016, Melody worked and trained at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In the Spring of 2017, she will graduate with a B.B.A. in business management, entrepreneurship, and dance.
Madison has been dancing at JubalArts since 2011. During that time she studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary, excelling in technique and artistry with her attention to detail, personal drive, and enjoyment of dance! She has also been an assistant and substitute teacher in a variety of classes including Dance Fundamentals 1 & 2, Beginning & Intermediate Jazz/Hip Hop, and Beginning Ballet. Madison is gifted at presenting new material in a way that clicks for each student's learning type. Her dancing and teaching style helps students put their own personalities and expression into their dancing!
Madison sees dance as an opportunity to bring glory to God, and a way for people to experience the heart of our Heavenly Father. She was a member of Trésor Dance team in 2014-15, bringing the good news of Jesus to a variety of audiences in the greater-Lansing area. In the future, Madison plans to start a ministry dedicated to helping children experience God's heart towards them and realize their full potential in Him.
Jace Rodammer started dancing at thirteen years old. Inspired by some local hip hop dancers, he and his brother decided to start practicing in secret. After competing in a small talent show a few weeks later, he fell in love with dance. Jace threw himself head first into every style of hip hop he could find. He spent hours learning street styles such as popping, waving, animating, breaking, tutting, ticking, and krumping.
Jace trained under Maurilio Rios from Heartbreakerz Crew, which was one of the original crews to bring breaking to Holland, Michigan. Under his mentorship, Jace formed a crew with some friends to compete in local competitions. In addition to studying several hip hop styles, Jace also studied jazz, contemporary, and ballet in order to become a more versatile dancer.
As his interest grew in choreography, Jace took local classes from teachers such as Bryce Curry, Markus Shields, Mitch Joseph, and Yessy Gomez. Jace later joined a dance crew in Grand Rapids called Momentum, performing with rappers such as Beacon Light, Steven Malcolm, and in Haiti for an audience of 10,000 people. Jace currently teaches at Turning Pointe School of Dance and is the leader and head choreographer for a dance team called Artistry in Motion (A.I.M.). His goal is to show the love of Christ to others through dance. Jace enjoys using hip hop to glorify God with excellence.