Jana Christensen is currently the Artistic Director of Franklin School of Performing Arts, where she has been on faculty or a student for over twenty years. She first began studying dance at Franklin School of Performing Arts in 1993 under the direction of Kaylee Cahoon. She was named the FSPA student of the year in 1998 and shortly thereafter joined the faculty. Jana credits her jazz and teaching style to the influences of her many teachers, Luigi (pioneer of jazz dance), Jeffery Bullock (former Hubbard Street dancer), and Geri Houlihan (former Lar Lubovitch dancer).
She has been a guest teacher for Nashville Ballet, Nashville School of the Arts, Metro Parks, and the City Performing Arts Academy in Visalia, CA. Jana has had students go on to nationally recognized college dance programs, as well as, students dancing on Broadway. Jana is also a certified Pilates instructor for SMARTCore Method. Her vast Pilates training has been through Core Dynamics Pilates in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Pilates Center of Boulder, Colorado, and Power Pilates of NYC. Jana's personal goal as a dance teacher is to instill correct alignment and body patterns in her students through the art of dance. Jana has her Associates degree in business from Columbia State Community College.
Lori Brown was blessed to be raised in a musical family studying piano from her mother and later went on to take at the university level. She was also in band, orchestra and theater. She performed is several ensembles and her natural sense of rhythm allowed her exposure to choreography in musicals and a position in a dance squad. She secured a vocal scholarship to Bethel college, where she studied classical vocal performance. She performed lead or supporting roles in productions of 1940s Radio Hour, Paint your Wagon and Once Upon a Mattress, and also traveled in a variety of singing groups. She quickly realized the value of formal dance education and sought out learning opportunities. Lori studied general dance education at Saint Mary's, Norte Dame . She also took throughout the summer at festivals and a community center. Since moving to the Nashville area, she has revisited her passion of music and movement and began teaching at Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory in 2009. She has also taught at iNTEGRiTi MUSiC, Concordia Arts Academy as well as the Longview Recreation Center. She has experience in directing Musical Theater , teaching primary Tap, Ballet, Tumble and Jazz. Her passion remains for the youngest movers. You will find her singing and creating a highly interactive environment designed for two to five year old children. She believes in child lead classes and is thrilled to be joining the FSPA/CSPA faculty.
Lori has a belief that the arts are to be open to all abilities and creativity is a gift to be shared. Lori is also Registered Dietitian practicing in Franklin and Columbia. She is passionate about helping people rediscover joy in consuming nutrious foods without restriction or fear. When she is not working she enjoys walking, hiking or playing with her kids. She currently resides in Columbia, TN with her two sweet daughters and very fluffy dog.
Megan Ciccoline White
Megan holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Psychology, Dance, and Nutrition. She is currently on faculty at the Franklin School of Performing Arts and guest teaches at CSPA. She has most recently held the title of Adjunct Professor of Dance for Columbia State Community College in Franklin TN. Megan has been studying dance for over twenty years across the country. Sixteen of those years she has been teaching in the Middle Tennessee area where she has held title of Artistic Director of Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory and of the Spring Hill Arts Center's School of Dance. In 2018, Megan was awarded the Judith Woodruff, Professional Development Scholarship from the Tennessee Association of Dance, as well as, the Game On Grant from Aldi to implement a mindful movement program at McDowell Elementary in Columbia, TN.