Palace Dance Center Owner/Director
Jennifer Hawkins is an Award Winning Dancer/ 21 year award winning Choreographer, who began dancing at the age of two, and choreographing at 13. Throughout time, Jennifer has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Country, Latin, Musical Theatre, and severed four years on her High School Drill Team.
After completing her Bachelor’s Degree at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa, Jennifer began performing all around the USA dancing/learning from choreographers such as Wade Robson, Dave Scott, Nika Kljun and Karon Butler.
Jennifer has had the pleasure of being a selected dancer to dance alongside the Royal Caribbean dancers for Royal Caribbean’s themed night events, and several Air Force Bases on the west coast.
Jennifer has been featured on several news reports representing Six Flags Over Texas as Dance Captain and Show Host under the direction of Gary Goddard Entertainment including an appearance on So You Think You Can Dance/ On Tour for Hosting National Dance Day 2010 in Dallas/Fort Worth. Jennifer also served as Dance Captain for 2009-2010 Krunchettes for the Indoor Football League the North Texas Crunch.
Jennifer successfully completed her title as Miss Mansfield Texas 2011 supporting “Building Teen Confidence”.
Jennifer spends hours each day perfecting her craft in dance and also teaching all ages in several studio’s, churches, and schools in dance subjects such as: Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Clogging, Drill Team, Hip Hop, Latin, Country, Lyrical, and Modern.
Jennifer currently became a state certified dance instructor and continues to reach higher heights by successfully creating Award Winning Sorority Competition pieces, Award Winning Cheerleader Dances, Award Winning Dances in all Dance Subjects, and Crowd Rising Wedding Dances ALL OVER THE USA.
Jennifer created Palace Dance Center in December 2012 for not only dancers, but for anyone whom is inspired to move or celebrate. Palace Dance Center is a place of dance/entertainment, but most importantly a place to enjoy dancing, to gain inspiration, and see the beauty in yourself no matter who you are. Palace Dance Center allows dancers of any age and gender to remember what dance is all about “Art”. When you are creating pieces of art, there is no right or wrong way to create, although there are many ways to perfect the presentation of the piece.
Palace Dance Center allows your dancer to create art through bodily movements.
As Instructors, using our learned skills we are able to inform each dancer about a proven factor on how they will be able to execute dance steps in a confident way by using specific muscles and breaths to insure smooth transitions.
Palace Dance Center: “Where every Dancer gains confidence, and is treated like Royalty”.
Our Staff; not interviewed: they are the Chosen Ones.
Lauren has been dancing for 12 years and performing a musical theater for seven years Lauren has been featured in 50 has been featured in over 50 musicals and have been cast as the lead in a musical over six times You may recognize Lauren from her iconic role and look as Ariel in the little mermaid the musical Lauren’s favorite subject in school is history.
MISS LAURENMARIE “LMV
LaurenMarie Valadez recently graduated with a BA in Dance Studies from Texas Woman’s University (TWU) May of 2019. LaurenMarie’s passion for dance started in high school when she joined the Mansfield Summit High School drill team, the Summit Sapphires. During her four years on the team she was trained in jazz, ballet, kick, pom, prop, and military. Every year, the team would compete in multiple competitions around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. During her senior year on the team, LaurenMarie led the team (as a lieutenant) in teaching new competition and field routines and clarifying movements to create sharp and precise choreography. All the experience and time dedicated to the Summit Sapphires molded her passion for dance and teaching that made her the artist she is today.
During her time at TWU, LaurenMarie has focused her training in post-modern dance, and ballet. On top of these two styles, she also got to take contact improvisation, West African, Southeast Asian, and Korean traditional dance classes. LaurenMarie was featured in all of TWU’s concert series (Dance UpClose and DanceMakers) where she performed works choreographed by guest artists, graduate, and undergraduate works. Apart of her time at TWU LaurenMarie generated a work called, Atramentous (Fall 2018). Bringing to life panic-stricken movement that was inspired by a recent event that spiraled her life into an unexpected direction. She just finished choreographing a new work Eupnea, which explores the conception and sounds of breath. This work premiered at TWU’s Dance UpClose concert series (Spring 2019).
Outside of her life in dance, LaurenMarie grew up in the classroom always watching her mother educate and inspire her students to grow in pre-k, kindergarten, and ESL. This gave LaurenMarie the opportunity to help her mother as a paraprofessional for the BEK-1 summer school program. In this program, she helped create lesson plans, math/reading/science stations, read with the children and help teach lessons.
After receiving her Texas Educator Certification Examination in Dance Content for grades 6-12. LaurenMarie has started working towards an MA in Teaching with a concentration in Dance 6-12 at TWU. LaurenMarie believes that education is the gateway to help students learn whom they want to become (whether it’s a doctor, teacher, nurse, or governor), and work towards achieving their individual goals. LaurenMarie will bring out the best in all her students by creating an effective cross-curricular learning curriculum. Cross-curricular learning is the process of taking the outcomes from each subject and implementing the goals throughout the day. This provides a holistic education experience that challenges and encourages the students to think outside the box.
LaurenMarie joined Palace Dance Center during the 2014-2015 season. During her first season, she served as a Pre-Queen staff, member of pom Royal Dancers, and a member of the Royal Competitors. After this first season, LaurenMarie went off to college but made sure to always come back and help any chance she could during her four years at school. Palace Dance Center has always been her home and she is excited to come back this 2019-2020 season.
MISS JOCELYN “JOJO”
Jocelyn is our Studio Captain and helps in the office and assists new dancers with choreo!
MISS JA’NYIA “JW”
Ja’nyia is Competition Captain for the Pearl Team and helps in the office.
MR. LEJIN “LEJINDOESIT”
Lejin has been part of the PDC fam since day one…