Jemma Sommer

Customer Care Champion


Fun Facts About Me

I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and have got to go to the filming studio in London and Kings Cross station.

My Favorite Quote

“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again” – William Edward Hickson

My Story

I have always loved to dance, but I didn’t officially start taking classes until I was eight years old. I joined Dance Xplosion by Michelle and took my first ballet and tap classes. I instantly fell in love with the art of ballet, so the next few years I focused on mainly ballet with a jazz or hip hop camp every now and then. 

My love for Irish Dance began at the Chester Christmas Parade when I had finished dancing and was watching the other floats and performers dance down the snowy road. I saw a rusty truck with dancers pounding on the back of it. It was only after some research that I discovered that the dancers were doing Irish Dance. 

It was by sheer luck that at the time Crossroads happened to be hosting a trial night with the offer for a 6-week program. I signed up for classes and loved every minute of it. 

I continued taking regular classes for another year, and then I was invited to join the Crossroads Junior Troupe. I chose to quit ballet and focus entirely on Irish. I got to perform in parades, festivals, and at nursing homes while on the Junior Troupe, but sadly this was short-lived as I got seriously injured in my second year and had to take an eight-month break.

While out of dance, I found my love for theatre and was able to perform in shows such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and Stepsisters (parody of Cinderella). My love for theatre helped me when I returned to dance as I was given the opportunity to play Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins here at Crossroads.

When I returned to dance I joined the Troupe and returned to performing. I also found my love for competing when I returned. Since Covid, I have been able to compete virtually in Hong Kong, Germany, Australia, and more as well as life around the state and in Pennsylvania. 

In 2019, I was invited to join Crossroads’ Assistant Teacher Program and began helping teach Jump n’ Jig. I love teaching and helping the kids find their love for dance as I found mine years ago. Today I still help teach Jump n’ Jig, and I also assist Club B and Performance B. 

Now I focus mainly on advancing my dance career here at Crossroads and have restarted ballet at Spotlight Studio of Dance. I focus heavily on school as well, where I am attending the Physical and Occupational Therapy Program at the Chesterfield Career and Tech Center. I hope to keep working hard in school so I can get my Doctorate in Physical Therapy so I can work and train dancers.