Marlita Hill teaches artists how their faith and art thrive together in church ministry and career life. She produces a weekly podcast called The Kingdom Art Life, and is the creator of The Kingdom Artist Initiative, a discipleship program for artists working in “secular” culture. She has been a dancer, teacher, and choreographer for over 20 years. Her art life started in ministry in 1993 with The Hush Company, a Los Angeles based dance ministry directed by Stacy Meadows and LaQuin Snowden. After 8 years there, she went on to earn her BFA in Dance Performance and Education (Towson University, MD), co-found a dance program at a performing arts high school in downtown Los Angeles (where she taught for seven years), and started her own dance company, Speak Hill Dance Project.
STUDIO OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Emily Henriques is from Jefferson, GA. Emily is teaching ballet and pointe at the studio, but she also loves modern and contemporary dance styles, as well as contact improvisation. She grew up dancing with Briarwood Ballet in Alabama, where she taught ballet and creative movement. In 2016 she had the privilege to tour Cuba with Briarwood’s performing company, performing in three major cities. Emily is a Junior at Belhaven University, where she is pursuing a BFA in Dance, and in her free time, she loves watercoloring, handlettering, cooking, and reading a good book.
Patricia Colon is originally from Puerto Rico. She started her jazz and contemporary dance training at the age of nine under the guidance of Sophy Sanfiorenzo and Joey Chevres. In 2012, she decided to formally train in ballet and enrolls at the school of “Balleteatro Nacional de Puerto Rico.” Two years later, she was promoted to the company. Colon choreographed “The Arena” for the company’s repertoire in 2015. This piece also featured as part of a Fundraising Gala in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2016, Colon was accepted to American Ballet Theater’s Summer Intensive, where she trained with the Prima Ballerina Julie Kent. Colon has also developed as a teacher throughout the years in multiple dance schools. From 2015 to 2017, she taught at the Center Specialized in Therapies (CET) as part of their program “Balleterapia,” which applied and modify ballet for kids with special needs. In 2018, she moved to Jackson, Mississippi to continue her studies at Belhaven University where she is pursuing her BA in Dance with a completed minor in Business Administration.
Kurt Koenig is from Terry, MS. He teaches our Tumble classes. Kurt started coaching at the age of 16 and has been coaching over 20 years. He won 2 National Titles while cheering at Mississippi College. He has worked for the National Cheerleaders Association and has coached at several local gyms. Kurt was the former owner of Mississippi Elite in Ridgeland, MS. Kurt is in his 5th year working for us at the LCDC.
Emily Roberson is from Raymond, MS. Emily is the Operations Manager at LCDC and handles all of our social media platforms. She enjoys assisting both new and current members of the LCDC family and providing them with any information needed so that their experience is the best that it can be. Emily currently lives in Clinton with her husband and two daughters. She is beginning her 3rd year with LCDC.
Coralie (Corrie) Keplinger began her ballet training at three years old in her hometown of Harrisonburg, Virginia. She furthered her training under Pamela McCray at the Staunton Academy of Ballet. There she was able to study R.A.D., perform leading roles in the Nutcracker as well as other story ballets, and began assisting instructors there as well as teaching older dancers at InMotion school of dance. Over the years she attended several summer intensives with Ballet Magnificat!. After high school, Corrie moved to Portland Oregon to join Instruments Ballet as a company apprentice and teacher in their school, where she enjoyed teaching many “baby” ballerinas. Corrie has relocated to Jackson this year to participate in Ballet Magnificat!’s trainee program. Her heart is to wholesomely pass on the joy, creativity, and expressiveness of ballet to young artists in order to help them pursue excellence and delight in any path they choose.
Molley is from Columbus, MS. She is curently a student at Mississippi College in Clinton, MS. Molley works the front desk at the LCDC. Molley is currently in her first year working for us at the LCDC.
Allyson Roberston currently attends Mississippi College. She has been dancing in her hometown of Zachary, Louisiana for 6 years where she competed with her studio’s competition team for 5 years. She has a true passion for teaching young dancers and watching them grow into their personalities as young adults. Allyson is in her 3rd year working for us at the LCDC.
Originally from Jackson, MS, Jasmine Friday started her dance career at Anderson Church in Ridgeland, MS. What started out as a hobby turned into a love for dance. Jasmine studied dance on a versatile level, from Jazz Funk, Modern, and Hip-Hop, to West African Dance. While performing locally, she continued her studies at Hinds Community College after earning her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of North Texas in Dance. Jasmine’s training consists of dancing and performing for 16 years pre-professionally and professionally, with an emphasis in Hip-Hop, Modern, and Jazz Funk. With 3 years of teaching experience, Jasmine directed and choreographed Hip-Hop pieces for ages 5-18 receiving Judges’ Choice Award of The Groove Dance Competition and Highest Overall in the Hip-Hop category. Her recent performing opportunities consist of performing with the Joffrey Jazz and Contemporary Intensive in August 2014, 2 seasons with the Hip-Hop group “The Neighborhood” winning 3rd place at World of Dance Houston August of 2015, and “Illumination Sensation” of the Dallas Texas State Fair October 2016. Jasmine is in her 2nd year working for us at the LCDC.
Lauren Bowers is from Byram, MS. This is her 2nd year with the LCDC. She is the Tumble instructor for recreational and competitive teams. She also teaches Twinkle Stars and Mommy & Me classes. She is a 2x All-Star Cheerleader with the Universal Cheerleaders Association. She loves teaching children and watching them achieve their personal best. Lauren lives in Terry, MS and has been married for 11 years. She has two daughters, Audrey and Emily, who are going into their 5th year of attending the LCDC.