Meet The Team

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SARAH ZYLSTRA

OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Sarah has been teaching dance for over 20 years. After years of teaching for other studios, Sarah opened JSDS in 2006.

Sarah has trained with many national artists as well as taken master classes from nationally accredited teachers and choreographers. She has also choreographed for local theatre and stage shows. Sarah's students have won numerous awards in  dance across the nation.

Sarah currently splits her time between Richmond, VA and Naples, FL. She is excited to share her passion for dance with her students in both states. 

EMMA PALYA

Lyrical, Jazz, Musical Theatre & Competition Team Coach

Emma began dancing at the age of nine at Jump Start Dance Studio and has continued to pursue her love of dance into her college years. She graduated from George Mason University in May 2018, receiving a Bachelors Degree in Tourism, Events, and Hospitality Management with a Minor in Dance. As a teacher at JSDS, Emma has been an assistant, working closely with the competition team and stepping in to teach classes whenever she is needed. Emma is now a full time teacher at JSDS, while working in the hospitality industry. She loves to share her love of dance with all her students at Jump Start Dance Studio!

SIGRID LAMPE

Ballet, Pointe & Preschool Instructor

Sigrid is originally from Atlanta Georgia and started dancing when she was three years old.  She attended Kirov Ballet Academy in Washington D.C and South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities. Further dance training occurred at Atlanta Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. After graduating from high school, she went on to dance with the Richmond Ballet performing Serenade, Piquita, Nutcracker, Magnificat, Swan Lake, Character Dances and many more. She is now thrilled to be teaching at Jump Start Dance!