Our KJSD Family
The Award Winning KJSD Staff
Keely Jardell (Owner/Choreographer/Teacher) Mrs. Jardell is currently the owner of Keely Jardell’s School of Dance, which she has owned and operated for twenty-five years. She has taught dancing for 28 years. Keely received her BS Degree in Dance and Special Education from Lamar University. Her choreography has received many Regional and National titles throughout the years. Keely’s dancers have been invited to perform all over the United States and in Spain. In 1996, her dance team performed at the Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Both the 1996 and 1998 dance teams were named Grand Champions at the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleading Dance Competition. In 2000, her dancers were named Junior National Champions. Also in 2000, forty-two dancers traveled to Washington D.C. and New Your City, where they performed and took dance classes in New York City. The 2004 competition team traveled to New York City to compete with students from all over the United States, winning Most Entertaining and 2004 National Champions. The 2006 competition team won National Grand Champions in San Antonio. In the summer of 2007 the competition team was invited to compete and perform at Disney World. The 2008, 2009, and 2010, and 2011 Competition Team won National Grand Champions. In 2012, the team traveled and competed for Celebrity Dance aboard a cruise ship and took home another National Championship. KJSD was recently ranked #3 dance studio in the state of Texas by Dance Magazine. Many former students now are studio owners, choreographers, and have been dancing professionally around the United States. Keely is married to Bill Jardell and they have two beautiful children, Will, who is a graduate of Texas A&M University; and, Mackenzie, a former Rangerette, who is now attending North Texas University. She would like to thank her family, staff, and friends for always supporting her love of Dance and for remembering “we are family”.
Kim Hawkins (Choreographer/Teacher) Mrs. Hawkins has been a teacher at Keely Jardell’s School of Dance (KJSD) for 16 years. She received a BS Degree in Education from Lamar University. Kim has choreographed many tap and clogging routines. Her choreography has been awarded many top Regional and National awards. Kim recently choreographed a clogging routine for KJSD Competition Team, which won 2006 National Champion in San Antonio. She brings her expertise to the stage in Whimsical. She performed with the team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. She is married to Reagan Hawkins and they have a beautiful daughter, Isabelle, and a precious son, Joseph. Kim is a kindergarten teacher at Langham Elementary in Nederland.
Jessica Moore (Choreographer/Assistant Director) is a graduate of Lamar University with Bachelor’s degrees in both Marketing and Family Consumer Science. She is currently a Special Education teacher at Nederland Independent School District and a Dance Teacher/Choreographer at Keely Jardell’s School of Dance. Jessica has danced with Keely Jardell’s School of Dance for 22 years, in which 11 of those years she has taught dance to children ranging in ages from two to eighteen. Her subjects include Contemporary, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, and Hip Hop. She danced competitively for ten years, and since graduating from high school has choreographed for the KJSD Competition Team for 9 years. Her pieces have won both regional and national titles with several dance competition companies including Starbound, Starpower, Celebrity, and Hall of Fame to name a few. She has also won several top choreography titles. She was named the Create Choreographer for Celebrity’s National Competition in 2012. She entered her piece, “First Breath After a Coma,” into this choreography competition and won based on her concept and interpretation. Jessica also choreographs for drill teams, organizations, and individuals throughout Texas, including the Nederland Westernaire’s, Nederland Theatre Department, Bridge City Strutter’s and Cedar Park Celebrities. Her pieces have won National titles at drill team competitions, varying in entire team productions, ensembles, soloists, and duets She is a choreographer/instructor for A&M University’s Dance Aggieland Convention. In 2008, Jessica was a co-choreographer for the Legacy Christian Cheerleaders in Beaumont, Texas. Jessica has traveled throughout the United States to places such as New York City, Disneyland, Biloxi, and New Orleans to perform, compete, and further her dance education. Jessica has been an assistant director for Mid-County Performing Arts Company for eight years. She began her involvement with this company as a student where she held the role as the original Cat in the Hat for four years.
Alaina Cole (Choreographer/Teacher) Ms. Cole is a graduate of Nederland High School where she was the Captain of the Westernaires 2011-2012. She currently attends Lamar University. This is her second year teaching at KJSD and was a student for 14 years. She was a member of MPAC for 9 years. Alaina played the roles of Queen Angel, Snow Queen and Gertrude. As a student, she received many awards from KJSD including Outstanding Student in 2003, Dance Achievement in 2008, Senior Scholarship in 2010, and MPAC Patsy Castille Smith Scholarship in 2012. She was a member of the KJSD Competition Team for 5 years during which she won many National and Regional titles for solo and team dances. She was also a part of the 2007 team that was invited to perform at Disney World. While in Westernaires, she earned even more National Champion and Regional title for solos, ensembles, officer and team dances. Alaina was selected to be a member of the All-State Dance/Drill Team in 2012 and now brings those choreography skills to enhance the Whimsical Show.
Shelby Rinehart (Choreographer/Teacher) Ms. Rinehart is a graduate of Nederland High School where she was Student Body President and a Varsity Co-head Cheerleader. She is currently attending Lamar University to pursue a degree in Communications. This is her second year teaching at KJSD. She was a student at KJSD for 15 years and a member of MPAC for 11 years. Shelby has played the roles of Smucky Lucky, JoJo, Snow Queen, Sour Kangaroo and Mayzie. As a student, she received the Outstanding Student Award in 2003, Dance Achievement Award in 2008 and the Senior Scholarship in 2011. Shelby was a member of the KJSD Competition Team for 5 years in which they won several National and Regional titles. Shelby has danced with the Competition Team in Disney World and on a cruise ship to Mexico. In her most recent competitive season, she and two fellow dancers took home the National Champion Title for their trio. She also received a scholarship to take dance classes in New York City.
Bethany Cherry (Choreographer/Teacher) Ms. Cherry is a graduate of Nederland High School where she was Varsity Head Cheerleader and Miss Nederland. She is currently attending Lamar University to pursue a degree in Biology. Bethany is a member of the Lamar Dance Team. This is her first year to teach at KJSD. She was formerly a KJSD student for 13 years and a member of MPAC for 12 years. During her years as a member, she played the roles of Mayor’s Daughter, Cyndi Lou Who, Queen Angle, Snow Queen, and Cat in the Hat. As a student, she received the Outstanding Student Award and Dance Acheivement Award. Bethany was also a member of the KJSD Competition Team and has won numerous National and Regional titles.
Kristen Simoneaux (Choreographer/Teacher) Ms. Simoneaux is a graduate of Nederland High School where she was a lieutenant of the Nederland Westernaires during the 2011-2012 school year and first lieutenant during her senior year. She currently attends Lamar Univeristy to pursue a degree in Nursing. At Lamar, she is a member of the Dance Team. This is her first year teaching at Keely Jardell’s School of Dance. Prior, Kristen was a student for 14 years. Kristen was also a member of the Mid-County Performing Arts Company for 11 years and has played the roles of Mayor’s Son, Mayor’s Daughter, Queen Angle, Court Reporter, and Snow Queen. As as student, Kristen received the Outstanding Student Award, Dance Acheivement Award, and the MPAC Patsy Smith Scholarship. Kristen was a member of the KJSD Competition Team for six years in which she won solo and team awards. While a member, she traveled to Disneyland to perform and compete with the team. During her years as a Westernaire, she won numerous team, ensemble, officer, and solo awards. She was a solo semi-finalist at Nationals in San Antonio her senior year.