Stephanie Jenkins - Creative Director/Instructor/Strength Coach

Stephanie was born in Palm Springs, CA. She received her first training in Balanchine technique at three years of age. Stephanie has studied with American Ballet Theater, Ballet Austin for five summers, at City Ballet with Steven and Elizabeth Wistrich, David Howard and Gelsey Kirkland. Stephanie also studied at Ballet Pacifica with instructors such as Charles Maples. Stephanie became a principal dancer for her hometown company at the age of 16, and starred in roles such as the Nutcracker’s Sugar Plum Fairy and Odile (or the Black Swan) of Swan Lake. She has performed for the guests of Disneyland in parades and the passengers of Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Stephanie took first place title at Open Call, and she has also competed in Showbiz, Professional Dance Network, Youth America Grand Prix, and numerous other dance competitions. While Stephanie specializes in Ballet, she is also versed in the genres of Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Modern, and Contemporary Dance. Stephanie is an award winning choreographer and her students regularly take top awards. Stephanie was voted Teacher Award by many national competitions and SAJ was voted best of the desert for Dance Studios in the Coachella Valley.

Stephanie is a Certified Personal Trainer, Youth Fitness Trainer, Strength and Conditioning coach and Nutritionist.  

With close to 30 years of experience Stephanie has a passion for the growth of kids and community. She is honored to provide a place for the youth of the Coachella Valley and the surrounding areas to express themselves through the art of dance. Advocating for our youth and mentoring them into the real world, Miss Stephanie’s goals as the founder of SAJ Dance Productions is to guide students to find a successful, fulfilling and positive path well into their futures. Miss Stephanie brings a big city vision to the desert with a small town pride and passion for her students.

Amylia Cantu - Hip Hop  and Jazz Teacher
Amylia has been dancing for most of her life. She has danced with FUSION Dance, San Francisco, and ANIMAZING, Coachella Valley. She has a BS in Business Administration and is currently the Cheer Coach at Cathedral City High School.

Amylia teaches our hip hop classes, beggining jazz class and is a coach for our competative dance team.

Amylia brings a fresh connection to the students at SAJ. Connecting them to modern, age appropriate moves and music that today's youth love.

Richard B. Jenkins - Administration
Richard is our Manager. He manages our technology programs. Richard oversee prop construction, and the travel logistics and security for our dance team.

Richard has worked with children in since 1996. Over 20 of those years are in the sports industry. Richard is also a 10 year veteran of the Palm Springs Police Department and retired from the City of Palm Springs after a 23 year career.  Richard's passions in life are; faith, family and the safety and ethics infused into the adults of tomorrow.