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Marie Arts

 

Born with the last name “arts” and passionate about dance for as long as she can remember, Marie Arts brings with her an extensive background in choreography and dance education. Marie has taught ballet, variations, modern, jazz, musical theater, acting, choreography composition and improvisation, extensively throughout the United States, for professionals and students.

Her past achievements include Artistic Director with Ballet Nouveau Colorado; a professional contemporary ballet company with a full season and large ballet academy, Ballet Nouveau listed by Dance Magazine as the Top 10 Dance Companies to Watch under Marie's leadership; owner and Artistic Director of Arts Academy of Dance in Illinois; visiting Artistic Director with Dance Theater of Iowa; visiting assisting Professor of Dance with Northern Illinois University.Marie has danced with Louisville Ballet including “Scheherazade”, “Don Quixote”, “Romeo and Juliet"," Cinderella"; Delta Festival Ballet in New Orleans including "Dracula", Afterimages Modern Dance Company, and as a guest artist at the Saitama International Choreography Conference in Japan.

Previously to owning Del Mar Ballet, Marie has been teaching and choreographing throughout the Colorado area including Boulder Ballet, Classic Dance Academy, Kim Robards Dance Company and Actors Academy of the Performing Arts where she was the full-time choreographer and co-director for several musical theater productions. Marie Arts is the proud owner and director of Del Mar Ballet which won 1st place, Best Dance Studio north coast 2016 San Diego, CA. 

Recently, Del Mar Ballet merged with Royal Academy of Performing Arts, to create a large dance enterprise in the San Diego area with gorgeous, innovative dance studios, becoming the top, premiere dance studio in the entire area, Pacific Arts Dance Center. 

Marie is also thrilled to be coming back home and opening Arts Dance Center in Pierremont Mall! Arts Dance Center will be offering professional dance training for children, teen and adults, with performing opportunities. 

 
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Amanda Daly

Amanda Daly began her dance training at age four with the California Ballet School, studying ballet, jazz, and character dancing. She also trained in modern dance with Jean Isaacs' San Diego Dance Theater, as well as summer programs with LINES Ballet of San Francisco. After winning the California Ballet School's prestigious Student of the Year award in 2007, Ms. Daly went on to become a member of the California Ballet Company, performing various corps de ballet and soloist roles, including the Arabian variation in The Nutcracker, the Fairy of Eloquence and the Gold Fairy in Sleeping Beauty, and a Swan Leader in Swan Lake. In addition to her ballet career, Ms. Daly has also danced in the San Diego Trolley Dances for five years, working with such choreographers and Jean Isaacs and Monica Bill Barnes. She has choreographed several works for the California Ballet Company, and was selected as a guest choreographer by Peter Kalivas of the PGK Project, who showcased her work at his San Diego Dances in 2011. Amanda is currently a member of the California Ballet Company

Ms. Daly is the Program Director for Arts Dance Center, as well as for Pacific Arts Dance Center in San Diego, and loves teaching dancers of all ages and levels. 

 
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Brandi Jelks

Teacher, Jazz Collective Director

Brandi Jelks is a native of Monroe, Louisiana where she began her dance training at Linda Lavender School of Dance at the age of 7. By the time she was 11 she started to compete in competitions such as NYCDA and JUMP where she was awarded a scholarship and was also training in the summers at Joffrey Ballet in New York. In the Spring of 2007 she auditioned and was accepted to Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and then graduated in 2011. From there she moved to New York and studied at the Alvin Ailey school on full scholarship. Brandi traveled back to Los Angels, CA to do freelance and commercial work. In the year of 2013-2014 she was a member of Dallas Black Dance Theater 2 under the direction of Nycole Ray. Brandi has trained in many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Horton, Graham, Contemporary and many others. She has some of the best teachers and mentors including Don Martin who was an original member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Madame Alla Khaniashvilli former principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, and Golden Globe winner Debbie Allen just to name a few. This is her first year as a teacher with Arts Dance Center and 3rd year teaching full time. 

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Roshanda Spears

Tap teacher

Multi-talented, award-winning dance artist Roshanda Spears, has been moving to her own beat since the age of five when her structured dance career began in African, Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Modern Dance under the direction of her second eldest sister, dancer/actress and grass roots leader, Felicia B. Spears. A native of Los Angeles, California, Ms. Spears, the daughter of the late John L. Spears, Sr. and Fannie Joyce Spears was reared in a family extremely gifted in the arts, business and civil rights. 

Tapping into her pursuit of higher education, Ms. Spears received a Bachelor and two Masters Degrees from Grambling State University. During this time, her dance career continued to blossom under the direction of Dianne Maroney- Grigsby with the Orchesis Dance Company. She later became the Assistant Director of the Orchesis. Ms. Spears has performed in various venues, including commercials, plays, musicals and movies. Since moving to Shreveport, LA in 2001, Roshanda’s career has stayed on pointe working in a host of community venues (Shreveport Regional Arts Council- SRAC), schools, dance studios, and universities teaching dance. She is the owner of Shufflin’ Along, LLC where she instructs private dance lessons, choreography and fitness for churches, weddings, plays, dance lines, dance studios, special events, commercials and movies. 

A Northwest Louisiana Roster Artist, Roshanda has received awards on the state and regional level including a Professional Artist Mini Grant, SRAC Artist 

Fellowship in dance for 2007-2008/2014-2015, Outstanding Choreography and Excellence in Choreography for the 2011 Louisiana and Regional American Association of Community Theatres (AACT) Festival. In April 2012, she performed alongside Make A Difference Dance Company (MADD) of Christian Dance Center for the sophomore cd release of Musical Revival by National Recording Artist Forever Jones

Currently, Ms. Spears is the dance instructor at Arts Dance Center, technique trainer for the Shreveport Golden Sparkles, the Dance Ministry Coordinator for the Greenwood Acres Dance Ministry of Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church, past Professor of Dance at Southern University At Shreveport for 9 years, former dance instructor/choreographer at Christian Dance Center for ten years. She also provides fitness/exercise/dance with Shreveport Parks and Recreation (SPAR) and is the resident choreographer for Mahogany Ensemble Theatre, tap dance instructor/choreographer for Stage Center Theatre. She also sits on a number of arts affiliated boards and organizations in Shreveport. 

Spears is the founding executive director of the Shufflin’ Along Foundation and Performing Arts Scholarship Fund (SAF&PASF, a national scholarship, founded in 2012), an outreach effort of Shufflin’ Along, LLC, where a $3,000 award is given away to a deserving student in any area of the performing arts; acting, singing, dance, music or musical theater. SAF&PASF awarded their fifth scholarship recipient (in the area of dance), the Orchesis Dance Company of Grambling State University, under the direction of Dianne Maroney Grigsby, April 29, 2017. Another outreach effort and dance scholarship given by the Shufflin’ Along Foundation is the “Dance Into Your Destiny (DIYD)” scholarship. This scholarship provides a $500 award to any talented dancer that studies dance at any local studio in Northeast/Northwest, LA as well as the East Texas area. The third DIYD scholarship was awarded on April 29, 2017 to Kylah Morris of Christian Dance Center; she received $1,000. The DIYD scholarship is in loving memory of 

Se’Destini Fields who was an extremely talented and gifted dancer and former student of Roshanda. 

Future projects include, national choreography projects as well as working toward her doctoral degree. Her motto, “If you can walk, you can dance!” She is also a member of Greenwood Acres Full Gospel Baptist Church, where Bishop Fred A. Caldwell, Sr. is pastor/teacher.