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 also owns 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..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.
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
work with our southern Oregon dancer students once 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.
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 dance at All That Jazz and so is happy to be teaching the little ones in Creative Movement and Combo classes again this year !
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 has worked as a daycare/preschool teacher 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 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.
Katelyn grew up dancing with us at All That Jazz and performed with each of our production groups including Kids Company, Intermediate and Advanced Production as and child and teen. As a member of Advanced Production she competed and performed across Oregon, Washington and Florida (at Disneyworld) contributing to regional and national titles earned by the ensemble.
As a young adult Katelyn began teaching at All That Jazz and since then she has developed a reputation as a Tap Instructor with creative, fun choreography and a technique-focused class
atmosphere where students thrive.
Lacy is a long time resident of Grants Pass and a mother of three, but as a young girl and teen, she trained, performed and competed with All That Jazz elite performance companies. In addition to her training with us, she has also trained with award-winning choreographers and teachers throughout California and the Pacific Northwest and contributed to the studio acquisition of many Titles and Awards. She is now back on the dance floor teaching our little ones the joys of dance, as well as Directing Kids Company.