K.S. J.A.M.M Dance Troupe Staff


Nowella Yerby, General & Company Manager
Nowella, a Brooklyn native, utilizes choreography as a tool to express her true essence as an artist. Nowella got her start at Bernice Johnson’s Dancing School where she performed at Avery Fisher Hall. She continued her dance training with the New Experience Dance Ensemble (NEDE) and Broadway Dance Center with Darrin Henson. She recieved her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Dance from New York State University of New York at Potsdam in 1999.

Nowella has been featured in music various music videos and performances with nationally recognized hip hop artists. Her unique and renowned choreography skills have earned her platinum and other medals in various dance competitions throughout the years across the Tri-State area.

She also helped found the NowellaNoelle Dance Company, Inc. (NNDC) and "Project 7", an artistic production company.


Dr. Andrea Cleveland, Special Programs Manager
Andrea Cleveland is a Special Programs Manager, Author and Personal Life Coach and is a native of Brooklyn, New York.

Andrea began studying dance at the age of 7, under the direction of Cynthia Harley at Miss Harley's Dance School in Brooklyn, New York. After studying with Ms. Harley, Andrea majored in Dance at Philippa Schyler Middle School for the Gifted and Talented where she got her first taste of the stage.

Since then, Andrea has studied Modern, Jazz and African dance. She trained extensively in the Horton Technique of Modern dance at Peridance International Dance Center. Andrea has also studied Afro-Jazz and the Horton Technique at The Ailey School and Cuban Folklore Dance at Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre.

Andrea soon took her dance career with her to Cornell University where she earned a Bachelors of Science Degree in Human Development and a minor in Africana Studies and Dance. She also earned doctoral degree as a Doctor of Metaphysical Science.

Andrea is also the Co-Founder/Choreographer for Visions of Virtue Praise Dance Ministry as well as an after-school dance program, “Dancing On the Ceiling” (D.O.C).



Monica Stokley, Studio Manager
Monica Stokley is a native of Brooklyn, New York. Monica utilizes her passion for dance and excellent customer service skills to assist parents with payment transactions.

Monica began her dance training, in September 1990, at the age of 11 years old with K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe. Monica has studied Modern, Jazz, African and Tap Dance. For the past 12 years, Monica has served the Accounts Manager for K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe. Monica is also a Records Manager for Manhattan Law Firm.

Monica earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from the College of New Rochelle, May 2006.



Marisha Horn, Teacher
Marisha Horn is a Choreographer, Spoken Word Artist, Model, Actress, Jewelry Designer and Health Advocate.

Native to Brooklyn, Marisha began dancing with K.S. J.A.M.M Dance Troupe at the age of 15 and soon thereafter became a teacher's assistant. Marisha is the sole teacher for the Angel Tots Group for children age 3 to 6 years old K.S.J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe. Marisha enjoys working with younger children and teaching them how to be an educated dancer.

From 2010 - 2013, Marisha was the Dance Specialist for the Police Athletic League Harlem Center. The participants in the after school program have performed under her direction for numerous events throughout New York City.

In 2006, Marisha earned her Associates of Arts degree in Theater and Communications from LaGuardia Community College.








Malcolm Harrison, Teacher
Malcolm Harrison, is a Choreographer and a native of Brooklyn, New York.

As a child, Malcolm had no interest in sports even though he participated on baseball and basketball teams. However, he soon realized that whenever he heard the sound of music it felt like heaven on earth to him.

Malcolm began his dance training at the age of 5 years old and was immediately drawn to Hip Hop dance. Malcolm began teaching Hip Hop dance at the age of 14 years old and in the past 8 years, he has coordinated, managed and directed dance programs for several after school and outreach programs.

Malcolm is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts at Long Island University.


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Tiarra Thompson, Teacher
Tiarra Thompson, Choreographer, is a native of Brooklyn, New York.

Tiarra has always loved dance as long as she can remember. Tiarra has embraced the spotlight anytime there was music and a crowd, no matter the time or place. Although she's been dancing since the age of three, she began taking dance seriously when her high school dance teacher challenged her with new ways to improve her skills and build her self confidence.

Tiarra joined K.S. J.A.M.M. Dance Troupe as a student in 2010 and became a Teacher's Assistant in Modern, Tap, African and Hip Hop dance in 2012. Tiarra quickly earned a teaching position in 2013 in Hip Hop dance.


Shannel Tunney, Teacher
Shannel Tunney is a Choreographer and native of Brooklyn, New York. Shannel earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology from the College of New in May 2006.

Shannel began her dance training at the early age of three at the New Experience Dance Ensemble studying Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz & African dance. Her training continued at Djoniba Dance and Drum Centre and Broadway Dance Center. Presently, Shannel is a Teacher’s Aide with the New York City Department of Education and is working toward becoming a teacher.

Shannel is completing her Masters in Public Administration with Ashford University in May 2015.