Jessica Stillman (Program Coordinator and Dance Mentor) has been teaching and coaching for the past 5 years. Growing up in the heart of Franklin, Jessica studied dance at various studios in the area including Dance With Tracy, DC Dance Factory, and Dance Authority. Her passion for dance began at an early age, but really blossomed in high school when she competed on the Ravenwood Dance Team. During her years on the team, she won three state titles and placed 2nd at UDA Nationals in Orlando. In 2010, she became a member of the Music City All Stars and helped the team win their first national championship in jazz in 2011. Jessica spent a year in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee, where she was a member of the nationally ranked University of Tennessee Dance Team. After her freshman year, Jessica transferred closer to home to develop her passion of teaching. While she was a full time student, she was a coach for the Music City All Stars and a captain of the MTSU Dance Team. Jessica also coached and choreographed for several middle and high school dance teams across Williamson and Rutherford Counties. These schools included Ravenwood High, Centennial High, Franklin High, Brentwood Middle, Siegel Middle, Woodland Middle and more. Jessica interned for ROOTS Academy in the music department and recently graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in Organizational Communication. In April of 2015, she became the Studio Manager at ROOTS Thompson’s Station. Now, Jessica is excited to combine her experience in dance and teaching with her passion and love for ROOTS Academy.
What’s your favorite day of the week and why?
Mexican food. Jalepeno ranch from Chuy’s, anyone?
Anything with caramel in it!
Place you wish you spent most of your time:
My ideal setting would be mid to late Fall, outside at a picnic with family and close friends!
What type of music do you listen to?
Anything I can dance to! I always gravitate towards fluid songs with a good build.