Staff

Meg Jordan

Meg Jordan – Owner

Meg was born in Virginia Beach, VA and was raised in Trafalgar, IN. Meg has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Purdue School of Science and a Masters of Arts in Education from Marian University. Meg has been dancing since 1988, and has studio training in all types of dance. Meg was an NFL cheerleader for the Indianapolis Colts during the 2005, 2006, and 2007 seasons. She has an NFL Cheerleader Super Bowl Champion ring, that she received for cheering in the Colts vs Bears Superbowl XLI. Meg has taught, coached and choreographed dance and cheerleading in numerous public schools, private schools, colleges, and studios across Indianapolis. After graduating with her Masters of Arts in Education, Meg taught for several years in pre-k through 3rd grade in Indianapolis. Soon after Meg’s husband, JW Jordan, took a job with the NFL Rams. In 2013 Meg opened MJ Performing Arts Academy in Webster Groves. Meg is passionate and dedicated to building happy, healthy, fit and confident dancers in the community. The growing recreational studio that she has created, is proud to offer students of all ages the opportunity for a technical, engaging, and challenging dance education, leading to more successful and confident dancers. Meg has been married to her husband JW since 2008, and their son John was born in March 2014.


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Lorianne Hagan – Artistic & Program Director

Lorianne has studied all forms of dance, acrobatics and acrobatic gymnastics for over thirty years. As a dance major at Webster University, she performed with Webster Dance Theatre and Webster University Dance Ensemble. Lorianne attended American Dance Festival where she was selected to perform company repertoire of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and Paul Taylor Dance Company. She performed with Taylor 2 in their production of Esplanade. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Departmental Honors, Ms. Hagan ventured into the professional arena by moving to New York City. While living in New York, she continued training at Broadway Dance Center, Danspace Project, and Steps on Broadway. Lorianne was honored to work as a performer, director and choreographer with past members of Cirque du Soleil in the extravaganza Circo Magnifico. Lorianne is a former member of MOVE, a St. Louis based dance company. Continuing to share her passion for dance and acrobatics, Lorianne is teaching and choreographing throughout the St. Louis area. Lorianne is an adjunct faculty member for the Webster University Department of Dance where she chairs the Ballet Committee and teaches classes in Acrobatics, Ballet, Jazz, and Topics in Dance NYC. She has taught for US Performing Arts Camps, a pre-professional camp striving to promote and develop the growth of performing artists in America. Ms. Hagan is an accomplished choreographer winning many overall awards at local and national competitions. Lorianne’s students have gone on to successfully work at the Muny, Stages St. Louis, National tours, Broadway productions and various local and national productions. Lorianne was honored and selected as one of only eleven instructors in the country to be highlighted in the February 2010 issue of Dance Teacher Magazine. The article entitled “Doing it All” respected Lorianne’s work in the field and featured her success as “being a teacher who does it all.” Ms. Hagan was honored by receiving the 2015 Region 4 USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year award. Most recently, Lorianne was nominated for the William T. Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching at Webster University. Ms. Hagan is a member of the National Dance Education Organization, Dance Masters of America, United States Gymnastics, Missouri Dance Organization, and is also board member of St. Louis Dance Teachers Association, Chapter 21. Lorianne joined MJ Performing Arts Academy as the Artistic and Program Director in June 2016. She is looking forward to developing bonds with her students and their families while providing a strong artistic education rooted in a positive, nurturing and fun environment. Lorianne wants her students to leave each class with excitement, confidence and a developing love for dance and acrobatics.


Angela Zemel

Angela Zemel – Teacher

Angela has been studying all forms of dance for over 20 years and has been highly trained and accomplished in acrobatic gymnastics. She has earned numerous overall and high scoring titles, including the 1999-2004 Regency, Rainbow, Dance USA, Star Systems, and Applause National Talent Title Winner, as well as the “Most Entertaining Act” and “Best of Show” awards. Along with the many dance and acrobatic titles and special awards, Miss Angie has also been the receiver of many scholarships including the Florida Youth Ballet under Juan Sanchez in 2005. She is a past medalist, both locally and nationally, in acrobatic gymnastics and power tumbling. Her performing credits include Dance St. Louis-Union Station, St. Louis Cardinals Pre Game opener, St. Louis Steamers and Ambush Soccer half time shows. She has been the choreographer for the Premier Dance Company with students earning high score and overall awards. Miss Angie is the wife to Clayton and the mother of two young boys, Lex and Levi.


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Erica Lee – Teacher

Erica began studying classical ballet at Palais Dance Studio in her home country, Singapore, when she was 7. She pursued her certification there until RAD Grade 6 and Intermediate Foundation when she discovered her love for contemporary dance at age 16. Erica spent much of her teenage years exploring lyrical hiphop, contemporary, jazz, k-pop and waacking dance styles at Recognize Studios in Singapore. She took a few years off from dancing when she moved to St. Louis to attend Fontbonne University and in that space discovered yoga and aerial/circus arts. She will be an aerialist for 5 years in 2019! Following her endeavors at Fontbonne, Erica went on to receive her masters in educational psychology from Webster University, St. Louis in the spring of 2016. Erica is currently enrolled in a summer masters program in educational theatre at NYU, which will be complete by 2019, and is on track to become a drama therapist. When in New York, she continues to train at various dance and aerial studios. Erica co-creates curriculum with her partner, Nathan Maul, for one of the Leadership for Life majors at ALPs University, Special Olympics, MO using applied drama to build professionalism and self-advocacy skills and teaches improv as performance. Erica is currently the Performing Arts instructor at The Soulard School. Erica uses her movement background as inspiration for class activities that work to improve emotional regulation, spatial awareness and energy-conservation in the body. She earned her 200-hr yoga certification in spring 2016 with a focus in trauma-informed practices through Yoga Buzz St. Louis. She is also certified as an Antigravity Aerial instructor, versed in utilizing the aerial hammock in zero-compression inversions that are useful for dancers and non-dancers alike. Her happy place is in meditative yoga and inversion classes that guide her back to being in the present moment. She wishes she could take her adorable dog Diplo and her two cats, Sonya and Sora, upside down with her. (Perhaps someday there will be aerial yoga for pets!) Erica is constantly searching for fun ways to develop deeper flexibility, skill and personal truth, and she encourages her students to take on a similar outlook. She believes in instilling a sense of mindfulness and appreciation of one’s body in her students no matter where they are in their practices. She is excited to continue to grow as an instructor at MJ Performing Arts Academy!


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Jen Adamson – Teacher

Jen was born in Edwardsville, Illinois. She began dancing at the age of two and began assisting teaching classes at the age of 15. Jen is trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Pom, and Acro. She is in her tenth year of teaching dance. Jen also performed on the Southern Illinois University Cheer and Dance team while she was earning her Secondary English Education Degree. Recently, Jen has gone back to school to become a Labor and Delivery nurse. When she is not teaching, Jen enjoys reading, traveling, hiking, and playing with her three dogs.  Her favorite thing about teaching dance is helping her students grow and learn while passing on her passion to them

 

 


Lucy Fitzgerald

Lucy Fitzgerald – Ballroom Instructor

Lucy Fitzgerald, a native of Florissant, Missouri, began her dance training at age four. Shestudied at Dufrenne Dance Academy, COCA, and the Missouri State Ballet throughout her youth and has experience in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. She developed her leadership and choreography skills as captain of the Hazelwood West High School dance team and Pi Beta Phi dance team at the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 2004, Michael Fitzgerald, a childhood friend, encouraged her to make the transition to ballroom and Latin dancing. She fell in love with this style, launched her professional career, and has since become a nationally acclaimed instructor, choreographer, and competitor. Michael and Lucy were a natural match as competitive dance partners, and a romantic partnership blossomed as well. In 2008, they married and founded their dance company, Fitzgerald Dance. Lucy is the 6-time “Dancing With the St. Louis Stars” Champion. She has placed as a finalist in over 100 national professional competitions, including ranking in the top 20 couples at the 2011 US National Championships and being crowned 2012 Magnolia Dancesport Champion in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has performed at private parties, corporate functions, and charity balls throughout the region, even dancing alongside famous musicians such as the Glen Miller Orchestra. Lucy has helped hundreds of couples learn social dance skills in preparation for their weddings, other special events, and just for fun. She has been a guest instructor for the Webster University Theater Department, St. Louis Ballroom Dancers Club, and the Lake Dance Event at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri. She was co-owner and artistic director of Just Dancing West studio in St. Peters, Missouri from 2013-2017. Lucy now teaches a variety of group and private lessons at venues across the St. Louis area. She is the ballroom program director/instructor at the Missouri Athletic Club. She is particularly passionate about her innovative children’s ballroom program at the Forsyth School. Lucy dances with her gentlemen students in pro-am competitions, where they often receive Top Student awards and scholarships, and she coaches amateur couples who have won many awards at National Dance Council of America and USA Dance events. Lucy is fluent in the American Smooth, American Rhythm, International Standard, and International Latin styles, as well as social dance material, developing her curriculum from the DVIDA (Dance Vision) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance syllabi. Lucy has trained under some of the top ballroom and Latin coaches in the world. As an eternal student of the craft, she continues to enjoy coaching with them regularly. She is also a firm believer in the importance of cross-training and enjoys weightlifting and practicing Krav Maga. Lucy is thrilled to bring her unique teaching approach to MJ Performing Arts Academy. She specializes in making classes fun and adaptable, putting beginners at ease. She is proud to be a new mom to daughter Fiona.


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Marissa Beccard – Teacher

Marissa Beccard was born and raised in Fort Collins, Colorado where she began dancing at the age of 10. Since then she has rarely been seen outside a dance studio. Her studies began with Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Gymnastics at  Mountain Center and Canyon Concert Ballet. She attended and performed at the Snowy Range Summer Dance Festival at University of Wyoming multiple times. While there, she was fortunate to study with a variety of teachers and companies including Repertory Dance Theater and Trey McIntyre Project. Upon graduating High School she relocated to St. Louis, MO to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a Modern Emphasis as well as her Bachelor of Arts in History at Webster University. During her time at Webster, Marissa studied under Michael Uthoff, Alicia Graf Mack, James Robey, Beckah Reed, Monica Newsam, and Patravadi Mejudhon. She also had the opportunity to perform in works by José Limon, Michael Uthoff, James Robey, Monica Newsam, and Maggi Dueker. Marissa currently performs with the Modern American Dance Company in St. Louis as a member of their second company and an apprentice to their main company. She has been lucky enough to perform work by Lindsay Hawkins, Claire Hilleren, and Natalie Williams while with MADCO2. Marissa is excited for another year full of dance!


Megan Reed

Megan Reed – Teacher

Megan was born and raised in the St. Louis area and began dancing at a local studio at the age of three. She studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Lyrical, Contemporary and Hip Hop while performing competitively with her studio. She also performed with the nationally ranked Seckman High School dance team for four years. Megan has been teaching for five years and has choreographed for middle school dance and cheer teams. Currently, she is student at a Webster University and is projected to graduate in the Spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Modern Dance. Additionally, Megan has trained with Newsam Aerial Dance’s “Aerial Dance for Dancers” Workshop.

 

 

 


Molly Ryan

Molly Ryan – Teacher

Molly is from Saint Louis, Missouri, where she began dancing at the age of 3. Her studies began with ballet, jazz, tap, and contemporary at Lucille Rapp Dance Studio, Incorporated where she performed all over the country with the dance group. She attended Webster University where she graduated summa cum laude, earning a BFA in Dance; emphasis in Ballet, and a BA in Business Management. While attending Webster, Molly performed works by Jose Limon, Monica Newsam, Nejla Yatkin, and Michael Uthoff. She spent her summers working with Kansas City Ballet and Saint Louis Ballet. Upon graduating in May 2017, Molly joined the Big Muddy Dance Company in Saint Louis as a company dancer, where she also serves as the Head of Development. She is thrilled for another year of full of dance and and sharing it with her students.


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Mysteria Spellaza – Teacher

Mysteria, a native of St. Louis, was raised in the arts. She saw her first dance concert at age two. While watching the performance her mother whispered to her if she would like to dance like that; in a trance she rose from her seat and headed for the stage. That passion opened her exploration of various movements of grace and physicality–from training in classical dances at COCA, social dances at conferences, circus arts at Circus Harmony and Circus Flora, gymnastics at Team Central and St. Louis Gymnastics Center’s team to performing all over the St. Louis metropolitan area in dance and circus arts. Currently, as a dance major at Webster University, her passion continues to develop her physically, mentally, and spiritually in the performing arts.