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.


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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.


Hannah Price

Hannah Price – Teacher

Hannah uses her time specializing in serving non- traditional students in non-traditional settings, fusing self-regulation techniques and movement practice to create a curricula dedicated to bringing dance to special populations. Receiving a degree in Dance, Theatre and Special Education from Webster University, Hannah implements core values of the curriculum throughout the St. Louis area.

 

 

 

 


Jen Iken

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

 

 


Josephine Starr

Josephine Starr – Teacher

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 Fitzgerald

Lucy Fitzgerald – Ballroom Instructor

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.


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Marissa Beccard – Teacher

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”. Marisssa carries a lifelong passion for movement and learning and is excited for what the future will bring!


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Megan Carroll – Yoga Instructor

Megan is a Saint Louis native who first discovered the powerful benefits of yoga as a teenager, taking classes at the local YMCA with her mom. While Megan played a variety of team sports growing up, she found that nothing else provided her with the same kind of tools to manage her stress and anxiety as yoga, and upon entering college, yoga became a go-to to maintain both her physical and mental health. After earning her Master of Public Health in Health Education and Promotion from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, Megan joined the team at Yoga Ed., a company dedicated to spreading the physical, mental, social and emotional benefits of yoga to students and teachers worldwide. Through Yoga Ed., Megan completed training in both children’s and teen’s yoga and served as faculty for Yoga Ed.’s Trainer Institute, teaching child and adolescent anatomy and physiology. During this time, she also led Yoga Ed. professional development workshops in chair yoga to school teachers and administrators across the country. Upon returning to her hometown, Megan completed her 200-hour teacher training through Yoga Buzz, and began sharing her practice in after-school and community settings for youth and adults. She has a special interest in how yoga and mindfulness can support holistic health and wellbeing of children and teens both on and off the mat, and is passionate about helping kids, and in particular young girls, foster self-confidence, strength, resilience, and an unshakeable sense of worth. She strives to create a class environment that makes yoga relevant, engaging and fun at any age, and accessible and supportive for everyone and every body. When not on her mat, Megan works as the Community Benefit Coordinator at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield and as an adjunct professor at Fontbonne University. Her and her husband Matt can often be found around Webster, with their sweet golden retriever Zooey leading the way.


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 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 Ryan

Molly Rapp – 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 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.

 


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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 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.