Meet the TAP Faculty
Troy is a multifaceted artist with a background in performing, arts administration, business, and education. As a performer, he studied with Frank Hatchett and danced in the New York and New Jersey theatre scene before joining the company of JAZZMET in Columbus, Ohio. Troy later worked as a tap instructor and, eventually, the tap director for BALLETMET, where he developed all new tap dance curriculum. During his time in Ohio, he also served as a tap and jazz dance instructor at YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY.
Upon moving to Tampa, FL, Troy and his wife Kristen founded the JANSEN DANCE PROJECT (formally CHILDREN'S DANCE WORKSHOP) which, for the last 16 years, has been a leading studio in the Tampa Bay area. While continuing to serve as the director, middle school division tap and jazz teacher, and a co-owner of the studio, Troy also teaches tap dance in the musical theatre department at FLORIDA SOUTHERN COLLEGE. He is passionate about providing young dancers with a holistic arts education, creating opportunities for his students to train as singers, actors, and even design technicians. Troy is a proponent of community outreach, having founded the non-profit arts organization COLLECTIVE SOLES ARTS GROUP to enrich the Tampa community with accessible arts performances, lectures and workshops.
Kristen was born into the dance industry and raised within the walls of a dance studio in Warren, OH. She attended The Ohio State University where she danced alongside industry professionals like Tony Calucci, and Stella Kane. While completing her degree in pharmacy, Kristen danced professionally at BalletMet and JazzMet in Columbus, OH where she met Troy Jansen... and the rest is history!
Today, Kristen in the pharmacy manager at Tampa General Hospital and simultaneously teaches ballet at JDP. She has 3 children who she has shaped into beautiful artists over the years.
Jacqueline Jansen is the director of the Musical Theatre program here at JDP. She is currently studying at the University of South Florida and has directed the musicals Chicago, Cats and Honk Jr. this past year.
Prior to joining the JDP faculty, Jacqueline has performed alongside the UF School of Theatre and Dance and Broadway Theatre Project. Jacqueline has trained with musical theatre professionals including Andrew Cao, Donna McKechnie, and Ryan McKinney.
She is so happy to be on faculty and cannot wait for this upcoming season!
Jasmine Jones is excited to be returning to Jansen Dance Project! With her Bachelors in Psychology and extensive dance training, she looks forward to sharing her positivity and enthusiasm with everyone. Jasmine has had the privilege to study dance at the University of Florida and the University of South Florida performing in various pieces and works choreographed by faculty, students, and guests. She has also had the opportunity to study with great artists such as Troy and Kristen Jansen, Margaret Morrisson, Baakari Wilder, and Chloe Arnold. She has been teaching throughout the Central Florida area and can't wait to dance with you!
Jennie Simier joined Jansen Dance in 2019 after a career dancing in New York City and Columbus, Ohio. She received her Master of Fine Arts from New York University and is happy to pass along her knowledge with her students. Her approach is to teach the discipline while also allowing space for creativity and love for pure movement. Outside of teaching she enjoys spending time with her son and working as a sales manager with a great team of people.
Kendra Andrews, Tatianna Eriksen, Samantha Lange, Tiffany Mellard, Audrey Richter, Juan Rodriguez, Dr. Christianne Roll, Jeremy Silverman