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.” Most recently, Ms. Hagan was honored by receiving the 2015 Region 4 USA Gymnastics Coach of the Year award. 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.


Katie West

Katie West – Office Manager

Katie grew up in Fishers, Indiana. She has a Bachelors of Science and Public Health from Indiana University where she also minored in Dance and Management. Katie has been dancing since 1990, and teaching since 1999. She began her training at the Academy of Dance Arts in Fishers, Indiana, where she spent twelve years training in ballet, pointe, jazz, and modern. She went on to perform with the Gregory Hancock Dance Theater of Indianapolis from 1996-2003. She continued her dance training while at IU. Here at the studio Katie shares her expertise teaching preschool creative, ballet, and pointe. Katie uses a strong technical base for the foundation of all of her classes. She ensures that her students learn the correct way to safely execute every step through fun and engaging classroom activities and lessons. As a teacher, Katie aims to instill the joy of dance in her students. She and her husband Chris’ first son, Bradford, was born in June 2013, and their second son, William, was born in July 2015. Katie also loves baking and is always in charge of bringing dessert to family get-togethers!


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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 couple years off from dancing when she moved to St. Louis for college and in that space discovered Buti yoga, classical yoga and aerial silks at Bumbershoot Aerial Arts. Erica graduated from Fontbonne University with a degree in psychology and a minor in performance studies. She was in Nunsense! The Musical in 2014 where she played Sister Mary Leo, the singing nun who wanted to be a ballerina! 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 three-summer masters program in educational theatre at NYU, which will be complete by 2018. While in New York, she spends her free time at Broadway Dance Centre soaking up the amazing dancer vibes. She specializes in incorporating drama and other forms of art into the classroom. Erica teaches a social skills class to middle school students in special education at Saint Louis College Prep Academy and uses her movement background as inspiration for class activities that work to improve emotional regulation, spatial awareness and energy-conservation in the body. She creates curriculum for one of the Leadership for Life majors at ALPs University, Special Olympics, MO using applied drama and improv. Besides that, Erica teaches acting at Show Me Arts Academy and is a producer at Sketchpad Comedy, a local sketch show. She also leads classical chair yoga and chair ballet sessions for elderly folks at Vitality Ballet, LLC. Erica earned her 200-hr yoga instructor certification in spring 2016 with a focus in trauma-informed practices through Yoga Buzz St. Louis. She is currently certified as an Antigravity Aerial Fitness 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 keep developing 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 reminded daily that “growth keeps on growing” and is excited to continue to grow at MJ Performing Arts Academy.


Jen Iken

Jen Iken – Teacher

Jen was born in Edwardsville, Illinois where she studied studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, pom, lyrical, tap, and acro. After competing in her high school and studio team for several years, she attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville where she competed and performed on Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s competitive dance team. Her degree is in secondary English education, with minors in speech and social studies. She has been teaching dance for the past 8 years in styles including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, pom, and acro. She has also coached two high school dance teams where she has choreographed their competition routines. She has recently gone back to school at McKendree University to earn her Master’s in special education. Along with her dance career, she also works as a long-term sub for Granite City School district for the past two years. In her free time, she enjoys spoiling her three young dogs. She is most passionate about working with children, sharing her passion of dance, and helping instill the the self-confidence that comes with dancing. _


Marissa Camden

Marissa Camden – Teacher

Marissa has been dancing since age three, and loves sharing her passion for dance with her students. She grew up dancing at Charmette Academy of dance where she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and contemporary. Marissa also competed on Charmette’s competition team, the Stars of Tomorrow for over ten years. During that time she performed and competed in cities all over the US and got the opportunity to work with choreographers such as Dennis Caspary and Nikki Snelson. During high school and college, Marissa worked as a performer at Six Flags St. Louis for 6 seasons. She danced in a variety of shows both in the summer and Fright Fest seasons, and received the award for best show performer for Fright Fest in 2013. Marissa graduated from Webster University where she earned her BA in Psychology and took many dance classes there as well. After college, Marissa moved to Orlando, Florida where she completed a four month long internship with Disney in their recreation department. Prior to MJ, Marissa taught at Central Missouri Dance Alliance in Cedar Hill, MO where she taught and choreographed for their competition team for 3 years. Marissa is very happy to be a part of the MJ team, and is committed to making her classes a fun and welcoming environment for everyone.


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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 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 BFA in Dance with a Modern Emphasis as well as her BA in History at Webster University. During her time at Webster, Marissa has studied under Michael Uthoff, Alicia Graf Mack, James Robey, Beckah Reed, Monica Newsam, and Patravadi Mejudhon. She has also had the opportunity to perform in works by José Limon, Michael Uthoff, James Robey, and Maggi Dueker. After graduating in May 2017, Marissa joined MADCO 2 in St. Louis. She is excited for a year full of dance!


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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.

 


Olivia Perez

Olivia Perez – Teacher

Olivia is a versatile dancer, educator, and choreographer who enjoys performing and training in concert and commercial styles of dance. Born and raised in the St. Louis area, she has studied dance for over 18 years and is a graduate of Webster University with a BA in Media Communications, where she was the first-ever recipient of the school’s prestigious Donald M. Suggs academic scholarship. She’s won dance scholarships to Broadway Dance Center, and the D(n)A Arts Collective Workshop, and the Pulse on Tour dance convention. She is also a National Dance Alliance and Universal Dance Association All-American Dancer. Most recently, she trained under Dana Foglia in New York at her exclusive heels intensive.  Olivia has danced professionally with Ashleyliane Dance Company and currently performs with Consuming Kinetics Dance Company. She has performed in pieces by Kameron N. Saunders, Arica Brown, Ashley Tate, Lynn M. Bobzin, Andrea Muhlbauer, and more. She was a featured dancer in Imagination, a music video by local recording artist Bloom and was featured in an online promotion for Komblu Kombucha. Ms. Perez has also danced backup for Runaground at Pridefest STL and Paige Alyssa at An Undercover Weekend music festival, where she choreographed a Janet Jackson tribute set. Olivia has taught at numerous studios and creative organizations in the St. Louis area. Her choreography has been performed at CKDC’s professional concerts, NCAA Division 1 basketball at St. Louis University, Fox 2 News, Earth Day St. Louis, and the St. Louis Dance Festival.


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Sara Mayfield – Teacher

Sara Mayfield is from Edwardsville, Illinois and has been dancing and tumbling since the age of six. She was part of a competition team that competed in multiple states and also attended national competitions across the country. Since then, she has studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical, modern, and gymnastics. Sara is a recent graduate of Lindenwood University where she studied and majored in dance. While attending Lindenwood, Miss Mayfield attended classes with traveling Broadway shows and professional choreographers, performed and choreographed in many concerts, as well as the St.Louis Dancing in the Streets Festival. Sara has worked in studio, competition, and team settings. She has been the assistant JV coach for Edwardsville High School dance team, coached gymnastics, taught and managed her own dance classes and choreographs for competition teams. Sara loves teaching all genres and ages and looks forward to teaching her classes at MJ Performing Arts Academy!