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Jade Whitmire

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Jade Whitmire has been dancing since the age of 2, living and training in both Houston and New York City and spending summers in Los Angeles. She trained extensively with the Houston Ballet, The Houston Met, Broadway Dance Center, Edge PAC, Millennium, Steps NYC, and Alvin Ailey in all styles of dance. Jade was one of the first members of the NYC TapKids touring company, and had the fortunate opportunity to train for several years with tap legend Savion Glover as a young girl.

While living in NYC, she was assistant to the director of the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Program, and guest taught jazz and hip-hop classes at Joffrey Ballet School. She was featured in several episodes of Gossip Girl, Law and Order, and commercials including Sony Bravia and Adidas Bounce, and was a background performer for several films. After leaving New York in 2008, Jade began teaching and choreographing tap, hip-hop, musical theater, jazz, and contemporary in Houston, around the US, and internationally. While she loves teaching multiple styles of dance, her specialty is tap. Jade has a way of reaching students of all levels and finding a way for each kid to connect to tap dancing in her classes, even if it is not their forte. She has been on faculty for Mike Minery’s “Slide” tap intensive/Dancerpalooza, has traveled to guest judge for dance conventions such as 24/7 and Jump, and has traveled with Revive Dance Convention as their guest tap instructor.

Jade most recently performed in LA with Nick Young’s Rhythmatic Tap Co in Jaci Royal’s show at the El Portal Theater, and had a student guest tap on the Ellen Degernes show. Jade is the creator and director of Artistic Soul Dance Company, housed in Houston, and is the founder of JAM Dance Workshops, which provides amazing master classes and intensives to all of Houston in diverse styles of dance. Jade is always smiling and loves leading and educating the next generation.

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