The Next Jennaration was founded in December of 2006 under the direction of Jenna Rae Stickel in Lansing, New York. Our goal at TNJ is to provide top quality instruction to all of our dancers in a positive and friendly atmosphere. Students will receive training in the fields of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Partnering, Hip Hop, and Tumbling.
Both serious and recreational students have much to gain through the study of dance. At The Next Jennaration, an emphasis is placed on learning and developing a strong technical foundation, as well as developing a sense of creativity and stage presence. Students will gain self-confidence, flexibility, musicality, and a sense of discipline while having fun at the same time. Dance is a great form of physical fitness as well as artistic expression.
Jenna Stickel is a national professional dance artist, director, choreographer, and educator who is committed to educating, developing, and cultivating the next generation of dance youths! Jenna is a 2007 graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA where she majored in dance. During Jenna’s stay in Pittsburgh she performed with the Playhouse Dance Company under directors Ron Tassone and Ron Hudson. She also performed with the American National Tap Orchestra under the direction of tap sensation Brenda Buffalino and with the Attack Theatre.
Jenna has worked with several professional dancers and choreographers from around the United States, touring as a VIP with Dance Olympus in 1999 and performing in their Dancer of the Year Showcase in 2001, 2002, and 2003. She was also named the American Dance Awards Dancer of the Year in 2001. The first time Jenna stepped on a stage, at the age of 5, her dream of owning her own studio and passing her love of dance on to others was set in motion.
Since opening her own studio, Jenna has led her dancers to 5 National Titles for the routines 1912, Mary Poppins, Gatsby, For Only A Season, and Seasons and 3 World Championship Titles including 1st Place in 2011, 2nd Place in 2019, and 3rd Place in 2019. Her dancers were also awarded the National Entertainment of the Year Award in 2019 for the routine, We’re All In This Together. Jenna herself has been awarded the National Choreographer of the Year Award 5 times (2011, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2019). Along with regional, national, and world titles, Jenna and her dancers have also had commercial experience. In 2016, Jenna was the Choreographer for AJR’s music video, Let The Games Begin, in which her dancers were featured. The Next Jennaration has also been scouted by agents from America’s Got Talent in both 2017 and 2020. Groups for the routines Beyonce and Hunger Games can be found in the 2020 Season of AGT.