Left to Right: Ms. Jessica, Ms. Lauren, Ms. Amy and Ms. Erin.
Creative Director & Owner
North Royalton Dance Academy (NRDA) is proudly spearheaded by one of the nation’s elite dance instructors. Amy Stauffer has a dance resume second to none in Northeast Ohio. A dancer from the age of five, Amy has studied and performed on some of the most elite stages the world has to offer. Amy specializes in the genres of jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, tap, cheer and ballet.
Amy has been instructing since her high school days, where she studied dance and choreography at the esteemed Harrison Arts Center campus at Lakeland High School in Florida. Her dedication and rigorous work earned Amy a full scholarship to the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree. Amy’s college dance team competed at UDA and her senior year finished 5th in the nation. Amy was also a dancer and coach of the team her last 2 years of school. Upon graduation, Amy jumped into in the professional dance world.
Amy’s world renowned performances have included stops in New York City, Las Vegas, Paris, and Canada. Amy was recruited to perform for World Tours of artists such as Britney Spears and Jessica Simpson. She has also had the honor to perform at Disney’s Magic Kingdom for 2 seasons. Amy then took her talents into professional sports where she headlined multiple dance teams such as the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic, and the Arena Football League’s Orlando Predators.
Prior to launching NRDA, Amy co-owned a dance studio in New Jersey with her sister. She has taught and choreographed since 2004, earning many top awards at local and regional competitions. The studio has a highly admired reputation for being a fun and structured environment for all levels of dancers. Amy has also toured all over the states teaching master classes.
The Stauffer family resides in North Royalton. Amy, and her husband Jeremy, have 3 young children, Corlyn, JJ, and Luke.
Erin Jester has been studying dance for 28 years. For four years, she performed at Cedar Point in the summer live entertainment shows as a singer/dancer. Erin was nominated as Best Female Performer for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. She has taught at dance studios and choreographed for several musical theater shows in the Cleveland area.
She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy and Dance Performance. In college, she studied jazz, modern, ballet, pointe ballet and tap. During high school, she studied for 15 years and focused her studies on jazz, ballet, pointe ballet, tap, tumbling and lyrical during those years.
Erin is also a music therapist and the co-director of Beyond Words: Music and Dance Center for Autism and partners with NRDA to provide music and dance classes for students with autism. Erin has years of experience from The Music Settlement teaching dance classes for typically developed children and teens, as well as choreographing for a variety camps and musical theater groups. She has trained in ABA and VB techniques when she was a behavior therapist at STEPS Center for Autism. Check out Beyond Words online at www.beyondwordscenter.org.
Erin is a step-mom to Hailie, 16 and Avery, 13 and lives with her husband, Rob in Strongsville. She is excited to share her passion of dance with the students at North Royalton Dance Academy.
Ms. Jessica has been dancing for 16 years. Her favorite style of dance is Lyrical. Jessica teaches Jazz, Jazz Funk, Lyrical, Tap, and Ballet classes. Jessica was on the Bruinettes Dance Team at Padua Franciscan High School. She had the opportunity to perform and choreograph performances at Walt Disney World. She has participated in dance workshops at New York City’s Broadway Dance Center as well as The Rockette’s Summer Intensive Camp. Jessica is studying to become an Art Therapist. She currently attends Cuyahoga Community College and will continue her studies at Baldwin Wallace.
Lauren began dancing at the age of 3 as a tap dancer and loved it so much she had to take more classes in ballet and jazz. Lauren was apart of Tour De Force entertainment company at Gotta Dance Studios in Medina, OH for about 8 years until she graduated and went off to college. During her time with the company, they competed and did multiple shows a year, attended personal workshops like the Rockettes, Broadway shows (movin’ out, hairspray, and wicked). Took classes at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and at the Millennium Dance Complex and the Edge in Los Angeles, California. Lauren attended Bowling Green State University and recently graduated with a degree in event planning/tourism and a minor in dance. While at college she was on the university’s dance team which performed at football games and all mens and women’s basketball games. Lauren also currently works for Universal Dance Association as a dance instructor in the midwest teaching jazz, hip hop, pom, and kick.
Ms. Morgan started dancing when she was 7 and loved being on stage! She grew up taking jazz, tap, and hip hop, but also studied contemporary and ballet. Her strongest area of dance would be hip hop and she loves it!! Ms. Morgan also cheered for our North Royalton bears in high school and was a former flyer for the Baldwin Wallace cheerleading squad.
Ms. Melissa loves cheerleading and gymnastics and is looking forward to teaching Acro this year! She is currently studying Education, Child Development and Spanish at The University of Akron. She has cheered at North Coast All Stars most of her life as well as North Royalton High School, The University of Akron, and Baldwin Wallace College. She also participated in gymnastics and dance throughout her youth. Ms. Melissa has instructed many recreational camps, encouraged confidence through movement and gymnastics at The Little Gym, and has experience coaching all levels of tumbling as well as All Star Cheerleading. She absolutely loves working with children and helping them to achieve their goals, inside and out of the studio.