Jenefer stickradt

Jenefer Ardell Miller (Stickradt)

Jenefer Stickradt Miller is a native of Michigan and an alum of Deborah’s Stage Door. She was once in the DSD Repertory Company and a national champion. Jenefer has studied dance and acting all across the country. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in the Performing Arts from Oakland University and a MAEd from the University of Phoenix. While at OU, her choreography was faculty selected to be presented at Cornell University for the American College Dance Festival. She has appeared on stage with Tap 24.7, Scuff’d Up, Especially Tap Chicago, the Detroit Tap Festival, and Oakland Dance Theatre. She has studied with and performed in shows alongside legends such as Savion Glover, Ben Vereen, Chloe Arnold, Sarah Reich, Jason Samuels Smith, Dianne Walker, Barbara Duffy, Robert Reed, Debbie Allen, and Heather Cornell. Jenefer was honored to perform solo at the Detroit Tap Festival honoring the legendary Nicholas Brothers and faculty credits include the Motor City Tap Fest, The St. Louis Tap Festival, Circle City Tap Fest, Nexus Dance Conventions, and Gregg Russell's Tap Into the Network. Jenefer is also an avid fan of musical theatre and has studied and played in theatre nationally. She studied dance, voice, acting and technical theatre at Oakland University and delved into Improv at the Improv Olympic , or IO, in Chicago. In addition, she has choreographed and directed hundreds of shows including Hairspray, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Seussical the Musical, and many more. She founded and served as the director for the Kyrene Community Theatre for nine years and currently is the director of Thunder Theatre Company. She also teaches dance across the country and is on staff locally at Studio 111 in Ahwatukee and Tempe Dance Academy. JMill, as she is fondly referred to as, has helped several students obtain scholarships from organizations such as The Chicago Human Rhythm Project, the University of Michigan, and the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts. She has won many awards for her teaching and was a finalist for the Ahwatukee Chamber’s Educational Mentor of the Year, nominated for Phoenix Best Teachers in 2011, and has won numerous inspirational awards including one from former Governor John Engler of Michigan. Recently, Jenefer has enjoyed watching many former dance students including Ryan and Evan Kasprzak, Nick Young, and many more on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance! During the day, she is a full time high school English teacher at Desert Vista High School. You can also see her perform regularly with Tap 24.7 and the band Junk at special Junk on Tap performances and is a cast member of Scuff’d Up and Just Breathe and Tap On.