Traditions

Coach Jennelle Johnson Jennelle Johnson has over 20 years of professional dance experience ranging from back-up dancing for recording artists Brian McKnight and Ludacris to her experience with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Erie Freeze.

She graduated from Penn State University with a double major in International Business and Operations Management and served as the Captain of the Penn State Dance Team, leading the girls to two national titles and several regional titles. After graduation Jennelle took her leadership to the next level, serving as Captain to the Erie Freeze AIFL dance team The Chillers. Jennelle continued to climb the professional ranks when in 2006 she joined the Cleveland Cavaliers Dance Team and began traveling with the NBA USO TOUR, entertaining troops in Iraq and throughout the Middle East.

In 2007, Jennelle returned to Pittsburgh and to teaching, serving as the head instructor at the North Pittsburgh Dance Academy until earning the position as head coach for the Duquesne University dance team. She then took her coaching skills to the professional level completing a very successful second year as Dance Director for the Pittsburgh Power Arena Football Dance Team, "The Sparks".

Jennelle has a myriad of experience in dance ranging from Jazz, Ballet & Tap to Street Funk, Lyrical, Latin, Hip Hop and Krump. She choreographed countless routines & recitals for all ages in her past positions as team captains, dance instructor and head coach. "I am very much looking forward to my fourth season as Head Dance Coach for the Duquesne University Dance Team! I am going to raise the bar even higher this year and I am going to keep giving the fans what they want and have come to expect!"

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