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Owner/Director: Nikki started her dance career at the age of 6 with the Pride of Carolina Cloggers. While at POC, she competed in America's Clogging Hall of Fame competitions and spent most of her time studying contemporary clogging. In 2007, she was inducted into The Junior All-American Clogging Hall of Fame. Nikki has directed many workshops and studied forms of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and clogging. To represent America's Clogging Hall of Fame, Nikki has performed at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach, SC and The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN. In 2014, JM Studios' Clogging Competition Team was established under the direction of Nikki, leading the young team to over 300 victories in 2014-2018 making them National Champions all 5 years! Nikki holds 2 National Titles for Grand Champion Female Soloist. Nikki performed in London, England in the New Year's Day Parade along side several of her JM Studios dancers.

Instructor: Carey Barnette was born in Raleigh, North Carolina where she pursued her passion for dance at the Center Stage School of Performing Arts under the instruction of Glenda and Wren Peele. She has performed works by Glenda Peele, Wren Peele and many other other instructors. She has won numerous regional and national solo/duo/group awards as a member of the dance team. She has also trained in summer intensives at the North Carolina Dance Institute. Carey trained at UNCSA Summer Intensive under renowned faculty and guest artists. Carey is co-founder of Two Dancers Against Cancer, an effort to use her passion for dance as a way to honor her grandfather and help the fight against cancer by organizing dance related events to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Carey is currently in the BFA Dance Program at UNCG where she has trained under distinguished faculty and guest artist.

Instructor: Lauren Kelly is from a small town known as Thomasville, Georgia, where she began her dance training at the age of 12. There she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, and contemporary under South Georgia Ballet. During her time at South Georgia Ballet, Lauren found her passion for dance and searched for ways to expand her dance training. She has attended numerous intensives, such as, Orlando Ballet Summer Intensive, Florida State University Summer Intensive and Broadway Dance Center Winter Intensive. She has traveled far to expand her dance training as well. Lauren has studied and performed in cities as close as Washington, D.C to as far as Perth, Australia. Currently, she is studying to obtain her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a K through 12 teaching licensure at the UNCG. Her dream is to travel the globe spreading her love for all genres of dance.



Instructor: Emily has been clogging for 11 years and is currently 

part of our Title Winning Competition Team. Emily has been a member of JM Studios since it's establishment in 2014. In 2015. Emily was inducted into the Junior All-American Clogging Team at America's Clogging Hall of Fame Nationals. She has won over 100 duo and solo awards. Several of those which are Grand Champion Titles. Emily is currently the National Title Holder for Grand Champion Female Soloist Ages 15 and under and holds a National Duo/Duet Title with Nikki (Owner/Director). In 2018, Emily competed in a National Solo Dance Off. Emily was a member of JM Studios who traveled to London in 2018 to perform in the London New Year's Day Parade with America's Clogging All Stars.


Instructor: Halea Baker is from Laurinburg, NC. Halea’s dance career started at the age of four where she was enrolled at the Karin Gibson School of Dance in tap, ballet, and jazz. After two years, she quickly took to a new style of dance, clogging. She then chose to join a competitive team, Rhythm Explosion. In 2017 Halea was selected to the America's Clogging Hall of Fame All American Clogging Team. One of Halea’s crowning achievements was in 2016 when she became the youngest dancer to win the Overall Grand Champion in Choreographed Solos at the World Championships. She has been the lead instructor in performance classes at a dance studio where she was a member of the competition team in Laurinburg. Halea was accepted into the dance program at Penn-Griffin School for the Arts in High Point. Halea’s passion is sharing what she knows with others. In the future Halea plans on continuing her dance career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.