Carol is the founder of James Dance and Performing Arts Center. She started the school in the basement of her home over 50 years ago. When her daughter Linda wanted to join the business, they expanded to a small facility in a local plaza. As business grew, they decided to do something unique in the Warren area: Build a state of the art facility where students can be trained in the Art of Dance. Together, Carol and Linda have trained thousands of students.
Carol is a graduate of Dance Teachers Training school from DMA Kent State. She is a long time member of Dance Masters of America and Dance Masters of PA. Carol is a past board member of DMP, and a member of the prestigious American Academy of Ballet. Carol has been recognized by the governor of the state of Ohio, George Voinovich and Ohio House of Representative, Tom Letson for her contributions teaching dance.
She was nominated for Who's Who in America, received "The American Dance Achievement Award" (Showstoppers), "Ultimate Dance Challenge Best of the Best," and was chosen as "Top Dance Studio in North America" in 2010.
Carol's goal as a teacher of dance is to pass on the love and passion for the Art of Dance to all my students.
"To Dance is to set your Soul Free"
Linda is a member of Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, Acrobatic Arts, American Academy of Ballet, a graduate of DMA Teacher Training School. She was a dance major at Ohio State and graduated with a BFA from Youngstown State University. She teaches and choreographs throughout the country and judges for national dance competitions. Linda has many students working in the entertainment industry performing, directing, producing, managing, and teaching. Her dancers have gone on to star on Broadway in"Hamilton", "Matilda", "In the Heights", "Sweet Charity", in the TV series "Hit the Floor", as well as cruise ships, Disney, national commercials and broadway tours. Her students have received full college scholarships for Dance, to Fordham/Ailey, Mercyhurst, Point Park, Marymount, AMDA. As well as scholarships to Joffery Ballet, American Academy of Ballet, Steps on Broadway, Broadway Dance Center, The Edge, Millennium and numerous conventions. Others have pursued careers as dance therapists, agents, educators, news anchors, and Miss Ohio to name a few.
The JDPAC Performance Team has won many national titles throughout the years and Linda is consistently recognized for her outstanding choreography. Her dancers have represented the United States as Goodwill Ambassadors in Australia, Italy, Mexico, Caymen Islands, and Hawaii. Linda was awarded the American Dance Achievement Award and recognized by the governor of Ohio for her contributions to the arts.
Asst. Artistic Director
Tori grew up in Warren, OH where she started dancing at the young age of 2 at James Dance & PAC. She continued her dance education at The Ailey School in New York City where she was in the professional certificate program. After attending school in New York, she was hired as an equity performer at Walt Disney World. At Disney she was a featured dancer in “Beauty and the Beast” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and “Dream Along with Mickey” at the Magic Kingdom on the Castle Stage. She has also performed on Norwegian Cruise Line’s “Pride of America” as a dancer/singer, in the movie “Step Up Revolution”, alongside the YouTube Sensation Todrick Hall, can be seen as judge on Lifetime’s hit TV show “Dance Moms” and was a featured soloist in ME Dance Company in Orlando, FL.
She has worked with choreographers such as Rachelle Rak, Chris Gattelli, Missy Lay Zimmer, Andrew Hubbard, Robert Dean Hertenstein, Rhonda Miller and Thomas Lake. She recently graduated with honors from Full Sail University with a bachelor's degree in Entertainment Business. She is a member of Dance Educators of America. She teaches and choreographs in her hometown and throughout the country. Her students have won numerous national titles and she has been recognized multiple times for her award-winning choreography.
Anne Marie Setting
Voice & Theatre Director
Miss Annie has been a dancer/singer and now teacher at James Dance and Performing Arts Center since she was 4 years old (so that makes 30 years!). During her time performing at JDPAC, she won 2 national championships with the competition team, and 4 national top vocalist awards with the amazing Girard Stewart as her teacher. After graduation from Warren JFK in 2001, Miss Annie attended Youngstown State University, pursuing degrees in Vocal Performance AND Marketing Management. During her time at YSU, Annie performed in leading musical roles such as Daisy in Side Show, and Nicki in Sweet Charity. She also had the opportunity to perform with the renowned Dana Chorale and University Chorus as well as leading as President of the YSU Dance Ensemble.
Miss Annie returned to JDPAC in 2008 to continue the Voice and Musical Theatre program. It has been her absolute joy to see her students succeed not only in the competition realm, but also academically and professionally in the music world. Her students have won multiple regional AND national titles. Her “day job” as a Director of Strategic Accounts for a Medical Robotics company allows her plenty of time in NYC, to sharpen her skills as a singer, and study Broadway’s current trends.
As the Midwest’s top Hip Hop choreographer, Jay-J is known for his innovative style. Currently he has opened for such popular music artists as Usher, Brittany Spears, N’Sync and Backstreet Boys. Jay-J’s talent and dedication has earned him a scholarship award to “Monsters of Hip Hop” in Chicago as well as being a three year running scholarship winner to Urban Jamm in LA. Jay-J is currently teaching at many highly established studios throughout the Midwest. He has done master and scholarship classes for such organizations as Dance Masters of Ohio and the Ohio Committee of Cecchetti. He has judged for organizations and events throughout our area. Jay-J started his dance training under the direction of Dance Master’s instructors taking jazz, modern, tap and ballet. He continued his education through such dance artists as Bob Rizzo, Frank Hatchett, Brian Friedman, Wade Robinson, Shane Sparks, Napolean and Tabitha D'umo, Robert Schultz, Savion Glover and Dave Scott. All of who are currently working in the dance industry at this time.
One of Jay- J’s highest attributes is his ability to work with children and adults of all ages from the beginner through the most advanced. His classes are known for its high energy, but still maintain a technical base and a structured curriculum. His styles can vary from street tap, funk jazz and hip hop – all popular and current in today’s dance culture, media, music video and television.
Erin is a senior at Kent State University currently studying Business Management and Dance. Her dream is to be a dance teacher/choreographer and she is excited to begin her teaching journey at James Dance & Performing Arts Center. Originally from Houston, TX--Erin began studying Dance at age 3 and performing in community theater productions by the age of 4. After years of training, Erin found a love for creating dances and began choreographing routines for her dance studio’s competition team. Erin has studied the dance styles of: Ballet/Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern, Lyrical, Pom/Drill, and Musical Theatre. She has performed on the main stage of Carnival Cruise Lines (2009, 2011, 2013, 2015) with top performing group “Reaction” based out of Houston, TX. She has also performed as a dancer/singer in the Art Park Players productions of: Footloose, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific, A Christmas Carol, The King And I, Legally Blonde, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, and The Addams Family. Erin holds fitness instruction certifications in WERQ Dance Fitness--which is a cardio dance fitness class using the most current Hip Hop and Pop songs, as well as POUND--which is a full-body cardio drumstick workout that incorporates Pilates and Zumba.