Jr. Jam Dance

Pendleton, Oregon

Instructor Biographies

Debbie Kishpaugh

Debbie Kishpaugh is the studio owner and head instructor of Jr. Jam dance. Jr. Jam started 1985 at the Round- Up Athletic Club and quickly grew to where it needed it's own space. Debbie's journey of coaching and teaching began at an early age.  Her first “victims” to “visions” where her three sisters; Sherry, Shelly and Kristie.  Debbie's first official piece of choreography was to “Winnie the Pooh”  at the age of 9.  She continued to  choreograph  while on the dance team at Parrish Jr. High School and a member of the South Salem Saxonettes! Debbie attended U of O and WOSC where she majored in PE and minored in dance. While at the University of Oregon she coached Marist dance team. Debbie is also the head coach of 7 time state champions Pendleton High School Rhythmic Mode dance team- where she has been coaching for over 30 years. Debbie has been awarded with Coach of the Year twice, Volunteer of Year, and the Lifetime Achievement award through the Dance and Drill Coaches Association. Debbie has also won a Crystal Apple from the Umatilla-Morrow County ESD  for coaching. Debbie continually pursues her dance knowledge by attending dance teacher conventions and trainings every year. Debbie currently holds certifications in Zumba, Willpower & Grace, POUND, and John Maxwell's Leadership. Debbie's greatest joy has been teaching and coaching both of her daughters (who both instruct at Jr.Jam). For Debbie, dance is a family affair. Her husband builds props and both of her sons were even costume models!

Morgan Hernandez 

Morgan Hernandez graduated from Western Oregon University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance, with a focus in ballet. While at WOU, Morgan presented at Academic Excellence Day for three years in a row as an academic, performer, and choreographer. Morgan’s senior year she served as the President of Western’s dance company. She also represented WOU at the American College Dance Festival Association in Utah. After college, Morgan trained in Walla Walla at The Dance Center of Walla Walla under the direction of Idalee Hutson-Fish. Morgan was a member of The Dance Center’s Preforming Company where she toured Europe performing multiple dance numbers. Morgan choreographed a musical theatre piece “Roll Jordan Roll” for the company, taking first at the Dance Grand Prix of Europe. Morgan also has Master's of Arts in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University with a dual endorsement in Physical Education and in Health. 

Piper Kishpaugh

Piper Kishpaugh has been dancing since she was 3 years old and started teaching and coaching dance at the age of 21. Piper was one of the first Jr.Jam students and was on the Rhythmic Mode dance team for four years.  Piper has coached the  Hermiston Star Dust dance team for 1 year and the Pendleton Rhythmic Mode dance team for 8 years. Piper also coached the Pendleton Cheer Team for 7 years. She has taught at the Jr.Jam studio for 10 years and recently has started teaching tap classes. Piper has her Zumba Gold, Zumba Tone, Aqua Zumba, and POUND certifications. Piper currently teaches Zumba Gold and POUND at the Round Up Athletic Club, Aqua Zumba at the Pendleton Aquatic Center and teaches fitness classes at MCKay Creek Estates. Piper is a very experienced choreographer, along choreographing for Jr.Jam and Rhythmic Mode, she has choreographed two local musicals at Blue Mountain Community College and has choreographed for beauty pageants in Oregon. 

Kristen LeGore

Kristen LeGore joined the staff of Jr. Jam Dance Studio in 2011.

With a background in Cheer and Dance, Kristen is also a certified Yoga Instructor, WillPower & Grace Instructor and Mindfulness Coach.

She serves as the Studio Manager, Mini Esprit Coach and designs the Jr. Jam & Esprit apparel.

Some of Kristen’s favorite studio activities are Esprit’s annual trip to Tremaine Dance Conventions, teaching YogaFit Kids, Year End Recital and watching the dancers see their costumes for the first time each year at registration.

Bailey Lankford

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!