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.
Marissa 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 of a dance studio! Her studies began with Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Gymnastics at Mountain Center and Canyon Concert Ballet where she performed in many shows including classical ballets like The “Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Cinderella”. 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, Ballet West, and the 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 University, Marissa studied under Michael Uthoff, Alicia Graf Mack, James Robey, Beckah Reed, Monica Newsam, and Patravadi Mejudhon (Webster Thailand). She also had the opportunity to perform in works by José Limon, Michael Uthoff, James Robey, Monica Newsam, and Maggi Dueker as well as student work. While attending Webster, Marissa took her first Aerial class and discovered the joy of flying. She had the opportunity to study on a variety of apparatus including silks, slings, trapeze, and lyra. Additionally, Marissa choreographed for a variety of theatrical productions including “Constellations” directed by Trace Turner, “Rhinoceros” directed by Max Friedman, and “Photograph 51” directed by Trace Turner. Upon graduating from Webster Marissa began performing with the Modern American Dance Company in St. Louis as a member of their second company and an apprentice to their main company. She had the opportunity to work with choreographers Lindsay Hawkins, Claire Hilleren, and Natalie Williams, Jacob Henss, Christian Denise, James Gregg, Gina Patterson, Joshua Peugh, and Stephanie Martinez while with MADCO. Outside of MADCO Marissa has performed with The Larks in their production of “The Verge” by Susan Glaspell and in “Whale of the People’s Honest Fables” and “Zealous Foibles”. In 2020 was Marissa received her 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification through Yoga Six here in St. Louis. Currently, Marissa dances for Leverage Dance Theater alongside her position at MJ’s!
Gabriella Billy born and raised in St. Louis, started her dance training early on, under the instruction of Christine Kardell. Through out high school Gabriella became a student at COCA (Center of Creative Arts) where she joined pre-professional companies Ballet Eclectica and COCAdance. She has had the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Darrell Grande Moultrie, Camille A. Brown, Kirven and Antonio Douthit-Boyd, and Alicia Graf Mack. She has also had the pleasure of learning repertoire from companies like Pilobolus and LeherDance. Gabriella is an ABT® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed the ABT® Teacher Training Intensive in Pre-Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. She has a love for teaching young aspiring dancers and is a faculty member at COCA, as well as teaching special needs music and movement classes for MJ’s Performing Arts Academy. Gabriella is currently an apprentice Gyrotonic instructor and is working on her Level 1 certification as another way to share movement with others. Gabriella has had the pleasure of dancing professionally with MADCO 2 for two seasons and is currently a member of the Modern American Dance Company’s main company for its 44th season.
Josephine is able to call the small town of Marshall, Missouri her home. At the age of three, she began dancing at Broadway Bound Dance Studio. By the age of five she began her track as a competition dancer and her vigorous training under her mentor Torey Spitzig in the multiple styles offered, including Ballet, Jazz, Modern/Contemporary, Tap, Hip Hop and Acrobatics. By age 13, she began teaching recreational students in the styles of Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Hip Hop. Upon high school graduation, Josie chose to study at Webster University seeking a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet. While continuing to expand her knowledge of dance, Josie has attended several summer intensives and performed in a handful of works done for Webster University and her hometown community. Some of the companies she’s studied under include, Joffrey Ballet, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet and Visceral Dance Chicago. She has had the wonderful opportunity to work with choreographers such as, Michael Uthoff, Gary Hubler, Maggi Dueker, and Antonio Doubit-Boyd. She has had the honor of performing in soloist and full cast rolls, all while balancing her position as a full-time student at Webster University. Josie looks forward to the memories she will be able to make at MJ Performing Arts Academy and is excited to share her knowledge and passion of dance with others.
Lucy, 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.
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 rankled Seckman High School Dance team for four years. Megan has been teaching for six years and has choreographed for middle school dance and cheer teams. In May of 2019, she graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Modern Dance. During her time at Webster, Megan studied under Maggi Dueker, Alicia Graf Mack, Monica Newsam, Beckah Reed, James Robey, Michael Uthoff, and Xi Zhao. She also had the opportunity to perform works by Jan Cosby, Maggi Dueker, Eve Mason, Monica Newsam, James Robey, Cleo Parker Robinson, Heather Sultz, and Xi Zhao. Additionally, Megan has trained with Newsam Aerial Dance’s “Aerial Dance for Dancers” Workshop and Backhausdance Company’s Summer Intensive in Orange, CA.
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 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance; emphasis in Ballet, and a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management. While attending Webster University, 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.
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 asked 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. Mysteria graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Webster University. Her passion continues to develop her physically, mentally, and spiritually. From traveling around the world to attend the Irish Aerial Dance Festival to working and performing Aerial Dance with Monica Newsam.
Originally from the Springfield Illinois area, Kendall Heuman graduated with Departmental Honors and Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance emphasized in Ballet from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri in May of 2020. Kendall began dancing at a young age at Dance Arts Studio, alongside with The Springfield Ballet Company, and performed in theatrical productions such as “West Side Story” with The Springfield Muni Opera. While earning her BFA degree at Webster, she trained with many instructors including Michael Uthoff, Alicia Graf Mack, Betsy Brandt, Maggi Dueker, and Beckah Reed. At Webster, she has worked with artists such as Gregory Dawson, Gary Hubler, Antonio Douthit-Boyd, and Cleo Parker-Robinson. Kendall has been a recipient of multiple scholarships from Webster’s Department of Dance including The Wells Hobler Family Endowed Dance Scholarship, The Olsen & Brenner Annual Dance Scholarship, and The Marianne & Peter Gleich Endowed Summer Scholarship. In the summer of 2018, she studied abroad in Geneva, Switzerland to train in Ballet and International Dance. Kendall is also a part of the Convergence Trainee Program at the Big Muddy Dance Company for their 2020-2021 season.
Jack Theiling graduated this past May from the Webster Conservatory of Theatre Arts, with a BFA in musical theatre and is excited to get started teaching with the team here at MJ’s! At 10 years old, while growing up in Davenport, Iowa, Jack saw Jonathan Horton in the 2008 Summer Olympics and dreamed of doing the incredible things he saw on the tv. His plans changed, however, due to injuries and a love for music and theatre. His passion for leaping through the air, instead, fueled his love for performance. As a musical theatre performer, he’s been able to use his tumbling skills in both the classroom and on the stage. Jack is extremely excited to be teaching tumbling and acro in the very room where he spent time learning during his time at Webster!
Miss Chrissy started dancing at the age of three. From there she was hooked. She continued to study and perform with her home studio, Ballet Arts Center in Farmington, MO, and danced in countless Nutcracker Ballets with Young Peoples Performing Arts Theater. When in high school, she knew she wanted dance to be her career. Chrissy spent her summers dancing at programs around St. Louis. She also spent a summer in New York City taking classes at Broadway Dance Center, as well as attending summer intensives at Nashville Ballet and American Ballet Theater at The University of Alabama. Her senior year of high school she trained at COCA in St. Louis, performing in their spring ballet of Sleeping Beauty. After graduating high school, she continued her dance training at Webster University’s Department of Dance. At Webster she got the opportunity to perform and learn from amazing faculty and guest artist from around the world. She recently graduated with a BFA in Dance with an Emphasis in Ballet. Chrissy is very excited to share what she has learned throughout the years with the students s at MJPAA!