"Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light."
Jill Norman is a seasoned educator in both the Springfield Public School system and the dance community. She has 21 years of classroom teaching experience, and 26 years of experience as a dance instructor and choreographer.
Jill has earned more than 35 choreography awards and numerous regional and national overall awards during her time coaching studio competitive teams. She has served as a Regional Manager and head instructor for
Universal Dance Association, a Memphis, Tennessee based company who runs dance camps and competitions all over the United States and Internationally. Jill was also a member of the nationally ranked Missouri State University Sugar Bears dance team from 1994-1997.
Her choreography has been featured numerous times in professional shows including Kidz Roc, a yearly event
at the Clay Cooper Theater in Branson, Missouri and Sing, Sing Sing, a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network. Her students have gone on to perform in a variety of professional venues in multiple cities including Branson, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City and cruise ships around the world.
In 2020, Jill completed her certification in Progressing Ballet Technique, innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program created by Marie Walton-Mahon designed to enhance students' technique by focusing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance.
Jill also lends her talents to high school and college dance teams, as well as competitive dance studios around the area, through freelance choreography, classes, and judging competitions.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Science in Education (Missouri State University, 1999) and a Master of Science in Education (William Woods University, 2009). She recently obtained her Library Media Specialist certification and currently serves as an Elementary Librarian in the Springfield Public School District