Our Regular Staff

 

Karen Daggett Austin

Karen earned her Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Long Beach with a specialization in Dance Education. She has held state teaching credentials in both California and Oregon and has taught for more than 20 years in public education, private schools and dance studios. A Screen Actor's Guild cardholder, Karen has a background in theater/voice/dance, appearing on stage in "Oklahoma","Carousel", "Born Yesterday" and others, in Long Beach State University's Dance Collaborative... as a featured actress in television commercials for Oscar Mayer, Mick's Alehouse, Beach's and more... and in the ABC Movie of the Week, "Inherit the Wind" starring Kirk Douglas.

Karen has choreographed and/or directed dance sequences for Rogue Music Theater (The Wizard of Oz), tv's Star Search (junior dance trio: Wes Veldink, Mary Harry and Tara Massey), The Miss Rogue Valley Pagaent, Tanzsommer Dance Festival Stars Of Tomorrow (Austria, Europe), various regional high schools, and adjudicated for the Oregon State Thespian Finals as well as Spotlight National Dance Events.

Off the stage, Karen is a published writer of regional articles in California and Oregon, the Health & Nutrition writer for DAKIKI online Dance Magazine,  has been a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for foster children in Josephine County, and is an Internationally Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who was the Founder and previous owner of  True Juice organic juice bar and Cafe' .


As the co-founder/owner of All That Jazz and the director of its Advanced Production ensemble since 1991, Karen has had the privilege of leading the group to numerous national dance titles, to perform on tour throughout Austria, Europe by invitation for 4 seasons, and to appear in interviews, a national ad & rankings in both Dance Teacher and Dance Spirit magazines.

Karen is known for her positive and encouraging teaching style, love for musical/dance theater, emphasis on the importance of good early technique work, and fostering an atmosphere of  ' fun ... with focus'  in the classroom.

 

Kristen DeBellis

Kristen..has a background in dance, voice and theater. She has been seen on stage in various venues with credits including Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, You're A Good Man Charlie Brown, and others. After training at All That Jazz from the age of 12, Kristen became an Advanced Production member, choreographing her first nationally award winning piece for the group, "Sleep Now", when she was only 18 years old.

 That same year, she was named top senior dancer and earned an EDGE scholarship from Urban Jamm National Dance Conventions. Her piece, "Marrakesh" captured the highest national award for excellence in choreographic achievement, and the Performers of the Year title for All That Jazz at the LADF finals in 2002.

 Her choreography has also been seen at the Craterian Theater in numerous "It's About Dance" concerts, and on other stages across Oregon, Washington, California, Florida and Europe. Kristen is known for her creative, "out-of-the-box" choreography, and cutting edge style which has the predictable quality of drawing her audiences into the stories she tells through movement.

 

Aimee Dietrick

Having trained  as a teen -and later taught- at All That Jazz, Aimee relocated to the Bay Area  after graduation and performed with local dance crews and on stage in San Francisco, and Las Vegas.  Additionally she trained in New York and Los Angeles before marrying and settling in the Santa Rosa area.  There she taught and choreographed for several years at two dance studios, one of which earned Best Choreography at Nationals for Aimee's work in 2018.

Now a mother of three, Aimee and her family have moved back to the Rogue Valley and she is excited to continue her work with  SODC dance  students again.

Jocelyn Vodovoz Schmidt

 Jocelyn has performed in many local productions including Barnstormer's "Chicago", as Annie in "Annie Get Your Gun" (New Venture Theater), in "Cabaret" (Barnstormers), "Anything Goes", "Oliver", and "Crazy For You" (Rogue Music Theater). She has also enjoyed co-directing local performances of The Nutcracker for five years.

Her professional experience in London and on Broadway has  included, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Witches of Eastwick, Les Miserables, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and Cats.

Jocelyn's dance training is extensive around the country and on an international level. In her youth she trained with Birmingham Civic Ballet, Virginia Ballet, Louisville Ballet, San Diego Ballet, California Ballet, and Ballet Pacifica. As an adult she trained in London at various professional level schools.

There have been many years of professional dance experience prior to a musical theater career. Touring with Wayne Sleep of the Royal Ballet, making a film in Germany, music videos, and commercials are just a few examples.  She is known for her command of technique instruction and as a positive teacher with an energetic and motivating teaching style.

 

Penny King

Originally from Santa Monica, California, Penny began her dance training in a Cecchetti studio with a very rigid and fundamental format.   Upon moving to a studio that offered more diversity, she was introduced to a different world of ballet, tap and singing.  Soon, she was performing on many stages throughout Southern California in various reviews, Midnight TV talent Shows, Operas and Light Operas, and eventually winning a role in the Santa Monica Civic Ballet’s Nutcracker.  She then moved to the studio of Andrei Tremaine and began studying in the Ballet Russe Tradition performing with his company for about six years.  

After moving to Oregon to raise her son, and on a trip to Seattle, she stopped to take a class at the school of the Eugene Ballet and was asked if she would like to perform with the company at the opening of the Hult Center in Eugene .  She spent five years dancing with the company and others in the area and studied tap with the great Sam Weber. Returning to Santa Monica, Linda Gold  invited her to tour Europe with the Linda Gold Dance Ensemble. She also danced as an apprentice with Rudy Perez and took classes with Stanley Holden.

In 1991, she opened Stillpoint Dance Studio and that same year presented her first Nutcracker Ballet.  She has choreographed and performed over 20 Rogue Music Theatre Musicals as well as Barnstormers, Grants Pass High School Drama Dept., and the late Stardust Theatre.

 

Joanna Pitzak

Joanna started dancing when she was four with classical ballet. In high school she focused more on musical theatre, jazz and lyrical. She majored in Dance at Brigham Young University where she performed and choreographed for the student choreography company, Dancensemble.

She has taught jazz, tap, ballet, and lyrical to students ranging from 3 years to 50 years of age, both privately and in studios in Iowa, Ohio, and Oregon. She has three daughters who have trained at  All That Jazz and she so is happy to be teaching the Kids Combo, Jazz and Theatrical classes and Directing SODC's Intermediate Production performance and competition company  again this year !

 

Jessica Daggett

With a background in Ballet, Musical Theater, Tap, Voice and acting, Jessi received early training at Heartland School of Dance,  with Kate Skustad in theater and Julie Lehnhadrt in voice for several years in the Rogue Valley.  She has performed on stage in major roles for such theater favorites as "Oklahoma", "The Pajama Game", "The Boyfriend",  "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", as Millie in "Thouroughly Modern Millie" (Rogue Music Theater 2015),  and co-choreographed sequences for the Grants Pass High School Cabaret and Sounds Unlimited.

In addition, Jessi is a Certified Doula and attended Southern Oregon State University on a Vocal Music Scholarship.

As a mom herself, Jessi has an inherent love for children and a unique ability to inspire and transfer her joy for the performing arts to students of all ages.

 

Rosemary Adams

Rosemary studied dance at Long Beach State University in California, as well as in professional master classes with Bill Evans, The Eugene Ballet Company and others since 1983. She has worked as both a dancer and choreographer for Rogue Music Theater, the NVHS Drama Group, Barnstormers, and Rogue Community College.
    Her credits as a dancer/choreographer include: "Paint Your Wagon", "Carousel", "Guys and Dolls", "West Side Story", "Kismet", "Alice in Wonderland" and "Snow Queen". As a dance instructor first at Rogue Community College, and then at All That Jazz since1993, Rosemary has taught jazz, ballet and pointe and is known for her strong emphasis on proper technique and execution in all genres.

 

Jayden Mandeville

Jayden has been dancing since she was a toddler, growing up and through the All That Jazz curriculum for nearly 15 years.  She was a member of all three performance and competition groups at the studio, and was a director's assistant her senior year.  Additionally she has trained with noted professionals including Wes Veldink (NYC), Sheri Lewis (Seattle), Jaci Royal (LA) , Alexis Jackson (PDX), Gregg Russell (LA) and  more ... at the studio through the years and at regional and national dance conventions. Having mastered many genres, Jayden continues her training and teaching in Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop and Ballet.  

Molly Meyers

Molly took her first dance class at All That Jazz when she was 3 years old.  As a member of Kids Company, Intermediate and Advanced Production she has performed in Disney World and Disneyland, on stage, in media work, and studied with various guest choreographers and convention teachers from around the nation.  As a Director's Assistant her last three years of high school, Molly choreographed her first competition group piece 2018, followed by solos in 2019 and 2020, with many collaborative works in between.  Named 2020 Dancer of the Year, we are excited to bring Molly on board with our regular teaching staff as a young, fresh Hip Hop choreographer to watch!  

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