Jeri Pinnell began dancing at a very young age and fell in love with dance. As a teen, she became a member of Capital City Ballet Company, under the direction of Jorg Fasting. She attended the Ohio State University. In 1976, she founded Pinnell Dance Centre with her husband Don and has trained hundreds of dancers over the years. The love of children and watching them blossom are her passions. Jeri studied dance extensively in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Some of her teachers included Joe Tremaine, Luigi (Faccuito,) Frank Hatchett, Doug Caldwell and, her mentor, the amazing Gus Giordano, who was named “the father of American jazz.” For many years, Jeri was a board member of the Columbus Theatre Ballet Association, and she was an original board member of the prestigious Jazz Dance World Congress. She was tested to teach dance and is certified by both Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Her students have danced on “So You Think You Can Dance”, in Broadway shows and tours, at Disney Orlando and Disney Tokyo, in music videos, on cruise ships and in The Rockettes. Many students have gone on to teach dance and open studios across the United States, including Florida, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles, and several have opened dance schools in Ohio. Jeri taught on the dance staff at Otterbein University in Columbus for may years. She has taken two different groups of Pinnell Dancers on the European tours of “The Tanzsommer Stars of Tomorrow” concert series. The performances included dance concerts throughout Austria and in Paris, France. Jeri is honored and happy to see second generation dancers at Pinnell Dance Center and has enjoyed seeing her students teach and preform throughout the world.