Amy is a pediatric occupational therapist for over 15 years. “I’ve worked in many settings including inpatient, outpatient, traumatic brain injury, day rehab and home health. I have over 14 years of experience in ballet and over 5 years of experience with competitive ballroom dancing. This is the best of both worlds for me! I am so excited to be a part of Jasmine’s Beat.”
Grace is obsessed with all things Zumba, and may even corner complete strangers to explain why they need to embrace Zumba in their lives!Grace was licensed to teach Zumba in 2012, and is licensed in Toning, Kids, Kids Jr., Step, Aqua, Gold, and Gold Toning. Grace has coached Special Olympics gymnastics, and taught line dance, international folk dance, and dance for special needs children. She previously taught at YouFit and LA Fitness until Covid hit.Currently, Grace is teaching virtually with El Doco Loco Studio, New Orleans on Friday mornings at 11:00 am CDT.
Caroline currently works full time providing Recreational Therapy to individuals with disabilities! She does 1:1 community-based interventions to help clients become more independent and live life to the fullest! Growing up, she competitively danced for over 10 years in jazz, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and contemporary. She especially loves tap and continues to practice to this day! She loves that she gets to blend her two passions to help individuals with disabilities
Dancing has been Elizabeth’s passion from a very early age. Her training in Scottish Highland Dancing expanded her experience as she traveled around the country competing at highland games including Regional and U.S. Championships. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education with a Minor in Dance Education from the University of Northern Colorado she began her professional dance career. She had the opportunity to be a company member of different major dance companies. She also has plenty of theater experience, i.e., “42nd Street”, “Pippin”, and “Oklahoma”. As a dance instructor, she taught at Brookhaven Community College for 8 years and continues to teach dance at Gotta Dance in Plano, home of the Plano Metropolitan Ballet. One of her favorite classes to teach is the PMB “PALS” class for dancers with different abilities. Elizabeth has been teaching this wonderful, fun encouraging class for over 10 years. The PMB “PALS” perform each year at the PMB Junior Company Jubilee, bringing down the house. Her desire to bring the joy of movement, acceptance and comradery to all dancers is what makes her teaching unique. Movement and music is the heart of dance which Elizabeth believes frees the mind and the soul.
Mandy is thrilled to be starting with Jasmine’s Beat! She just graduated from the University of North Texas with her Bachelors in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology. Mandy has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She has been thoroughly involved in theatre for over 10 years. She has directing experience but loves performing. Some of her favorite shows to be a part of were 42nd Street and Big Fish. Mandy currently works at a Pilates studio in hopes to teach Adaptive Pilates classes soon. When she isn’t working, Mandy is volunteering with NTPA-Starcatchers or hanging out with her mom and her Shih-Tzu, River.
Brantley-Kate Newton (“BK”)
Brantley-Kate, or “BK” is a junior at Mississippi State and studying Special Education. She has 2 brothers and a cool fact about her is that she is a triplet. All three of them go to Mississippi State. She is in the Famous Maroon Band and plays the French Horn. She has been in band for 9 years now!! She did dance for about 4 years and loved it. She also loves Broadway and theatre. She did Beauty and the Beast in the 5th grade and played Broadway music for Tarzan during the senior year of high school. She is also an access mentor in the access program in college. She helps students with disabilities learn to have a healthy life and get exercise. Her major is Special Education because she wants to be a kindergarten special education teacher. “I want to make a difference in their lives because they have made one in mine!!”
Ashley McDermott was born in New Orleans. She was self-taught in hip hop dance. Until Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, She and her family moved to Texas. She went to school. She graduated from North Mesquite High School ’11 and Richland college ’17. During school time, she took dance classes such as hip-hop and contemporary. She began her VisionaryImpossiblePeople (V.I.P) events in March ’17. Her vision is to bring deaf/hoh, ASL students, or anyone who wants to learn to dance. V.I.P is about incorporating sign language into the dance moves and bring people together. She kept her V.I.P consistent. People started to recognize what she was trying to achieve in the dance community. She taught dance classes from Deaf Girl Scout to Deaf Imagination Celebration online. She has been performing dance shows in Dallas and others. Also, She is an assistant to Jasmine’s Beat. She has been living her life to the fullest.