Jr. Jam Dance

Pendleton, Oregon

Former Dancers

Where are they now?
Many former Jr. Jam dancers have found success after their studio life!
See where their hard work, dedication, and passion has taken them on their life journey.

Elizabeth Baldwin

Disney Cruise Line

Elizabeth Baldwin began dancing when she was just 3 years old. She used to walk by the Main Street ballet studio with her parents and watch all the girls dance through the windows for as long as she could. That's what she wanted to be a part of, and her mother signed her up. She took classes and competed with Jr. Jam for several years before auditioning for Rhythmic Mode as a Freshman. Elizabeth was part of the high school dance team from 2003-2006 and was co-captain as a Senior. During Spring Break of that Senior year, she took a trip to Disneyland with some girlfriends. After watching the parades, shows, and other entertainment offerings, a seed was planted: "I bet I could do something like that." Elizabeth continued her education at Eastern Oregon University, obtaining a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and Digital Media Arts in 2009. She dabbled in "real jobs" for a few years but always sought out some sort of dance training or performance opportunities. Something was missing. She realized that perhaps the corporate life was not the right path for her at this point and decided to see if a "dream job" could become a reality. The nearest Disney auditions are held primarily in Los Angeles and whenever she could save enough money for the flight, she would fly down for the day and attend as many auditions as she could. There were many times when she was sent home right away, feeling discouraged, disappointed, and covered in tears, but whenever there was another opportunity, Elizabeth was going to be there. In November, 2012, she booked a role as a Face Character Performer with Disney Cruise Line on the Disney Dream, sailing around the Bahamas and performing in parts of their mainstage shows and character entertainment. Since then, she's completed several 9-month contracts as a performer with Disney Cruise Line and traveled to various ports of call around the world. Elizabeth is currently working aboard the Disney Fantasy through September 2017 and has plans to accept any future contracts offered with the company. When she's not sailing around the ocean, Elizabeth lives in Portland.

"Who knows where a dream might lead? One wish may be all you need." - From The Golden Mickeys, performed on the Disney Dream and Disney Wonder.

Kendyl  Thorne

Boise State University 
The Dance Academy 
Focus Dance Ensemble

Kendyl danced in Pendleton as a member of Jr. Jam Dance Studio and then Pendleton Rhythmic Mode for 14 years and graduated in 2015.  Her senior year Kendyl was chosen for the 2015 All-State Team and awarded the OSAA Academic and Dance Scholarship.  After graduating, Kendyl attended Boise State University where she minored in dance.  Through the dance minor Kendyl was able to take ballet, jazz, modern, theatre and repertory classes.  She was also able to audition and perform in the student repertory show each semester and choreograph for the show in the fall of 2016.  Along with minoring in dance, Kendyl started instructing middle school to high school aged dancers at The Dance Academy in Star, ID.  Here Kendyl was able to gain more experience choreographing and teaching kids.  Kendyl also choreographed and danced for the Boise State Dance Association which was an on campus club.  In the Fall of 2016 Kendyl was chosen to be a part of Focus Dance Ensemble, a pre-professional contemporary company, and perform in their winter show.  Focus Dance Ensemble gave Kendyl to work with some amazing choreographers and challenge herself in a new and interesting way.  Kendyl could not be more happy with her decision to venture to Boise and explore what it has to offer for the art of dance.

Charla Simons

Oregon State University 

Charla Simons began dancing at the age of five at Jr. Jam dance studio and continued her time in Pendleton dancing until she graduated with an Honors Diploma in 2016. She was a member of Rhythmic Mode all four years of her high school career and was voted captain both her junior and senior years on the team. Along with that, she also worked at Jr. Jam Studio from 2014-2016 helping coach the younger traveling teams. Charla was a member of the 2013 5A/6A Dance and Drill Large State Champion team who performed the routine “Psycho Circus” and in 2014 was a member of the Esprit Seniors “Locked out of Heaven” who won a World Bid at nationals in Anaheim, CA. Outside of these titles won with her teams, Charla also had many individual accomplishments. Her senior year at state she was honored to be chosen as a recipient for all three awards possible for a senior to win. These three include a member of the 2016 All-State Team, the DDCA Dance Scholarship and the DDCA Academic Scholarship. After high school, Charla chose continued her dance career at Oregon State University where she was selected to be part of the OSU Cheer and Dance team. Still at OSU now, she is working on her degree in pre-nursing and is a newly inducted member into the sorority Alpha Chi Omega (AXO) where she hopes to hold leadership roles in the years to come. After graduating from OSU she plans to attend nursing school in either the Portland area or La Grande.

Becca Wagner

Gonzaga University

 Becca Wagner danced at Jr.Jam for several years including both traveling and Esprit teams. She danced for Rhythmic Mode for four years before graduating at Penleton High School in 2014. Becca is nursing students at  Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washing and will graduate in 2018. She is currently on clinical rotations in mental health, labor and delivery, and medical surgery. As of right now, she wanst to practice oncology nursing after graduating. She also works in the Lincoln LGBTQ+ Resource Center on campus. Along with nursing and working, she is a member of  the Gonzaga Dance Team. They perform during the media timeouts at our men's and women's basketball games. Becca and her team will also be traveling with the men's team to Vegas in March for the NCAA basketball tournament. Her team is also big on volunteering. They perform at numerous Gonzaga events and sometimes are able to perform at local events in Spokane.
 "I could not imagine my life at Gonzaga without the dance team. It has been a fabulous experience and I hope that anyone who wants to dance after high school pursues that dream."- Becca

Jessica Franks

Eastern Oregon University

Jessica Franks has been involved in dance my entire life. Her mom coached the PHS dance team so from the time she was born Jessica went to early bird practices, games and competitions. Her very first STATE competition was when she was six months old. Jessica started dancing with Jr. Jam at age three and other than a short break from dance for one year and has been dancing ever since. Jessica was on the Pendleton High School  dance team for four years and graduated in 2016. Currently Jessica is on the Eastern Oregon University dance and cheer team. She has performed at every football and basketball game this year. Jessica is  a freshman and is  majoring in English in hopes of becoming a secondary teacher.

Parker Blakely 

Chapman University 
Disneyland Parks

Parker Blakely is a native of Pendleton, Oregon and has been dancing since the age of 10. He started dancing with Jr. Jam and continued with Esprit and four of those years being part of Pendleton High School’s Rhythmic Mode. On Rhythmic Mode, he held the co-captain and captain position during his junior and senior year of high school and was awarded the “All-State Team” as well as the dance scholarship. At Thunderbird Dance Camp in 2011-2012, he was awarded the all-star team. In 2012 he received Mr. Thunderbird.  In May of 2017, he will be graduating from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and a minor in Integrated Educational Studies. He is currently represented by McDonald Selznick Associates, a Los Angeles-based agency, and is planning on pursuing a professional dance career following graduation. Parker is currently employed by Disney as a parade performer at Disneyland, while being quite active on the Chapman University campus as a four-year member of the Chapman University Dance Team.

Bailey Lankford 

Jr. Jam Dance Studio
Bailey Lankford Photography 

Bailey Lankford grew up in the Jr.jam dance studio, starting dancing at the age of 3. She has danced for Jr.Jam, Esprit, and Pendleton Rhythmic Mode dance team. Bailey was a member on the Esprit Senior group that won a WORLDS bid. She also served as a captain of Rhythmic Mode, where she danced for four years. Over the years Bailey became fluent in ballet and jazz technique. Bailey is not only a dancer but a college student and a professional photographer. Bailey runs her own photography business, Bailey Lankford Photography, where she specializes in portrait photography including families, babies, senior photos, and weddings. Check out her amazing photography  HERE.  This year she will be instructing beginning ballet, mini traveling team technique, and technique and review. We are so excited to welcome Bailey to the Jr. Jam teaching staff!