Taijah Lamar began her serious dance training at the age of fourteen at Southaven Dance Company. While at Southaven Dance Company, she studied styles such as: Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics. She was on the competitive team for three years and won numerous awards throughout her competitive career. She studied dance here for four years before starting her collegiate dance career at Belhaven University. Lamar is studying to receive her BA in Dance with a minor in Global Studies from Belhaven University.
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 4th year with LCDC.
Maria Kapustina is from Russia but has lived in the United States for fifteen years. She was a student teacher and choreographer, and she attended numerous advanced study workshops with artists such as Igal Perry (Peridance Center), Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson (Complexions Contemporary Ballet), and Mark Morris. Maria’s background includes extensive training in classical and contemporary ballet, modern, and somatic/improvisation from prestigious dance educators such as Tatiana Vladimirovna, Meredith Sutton, Kelly Ferris Lester, Becca McArthur, Ballet Magnificat Marcie Robertson. She has also earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi. Maria was named “Outstanding Dance Major” by the National Dance Association and graduated with honors. Kapustina’s goal as a dance educator is to share her knowledge and passion for dance and expand her students’ understanding of their body in motion. Her approach is to create a stimulating, challenging, and inclusive program that focus on gradual progression of movement and analytical approach to explaining technique for the overall wellbeing of her students.
STUDIO OWNER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
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 6th year working for us at the LCDC.
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 3rd year working for us at the LCDC.
Emily Henriques is fromCornelia, 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 Senior at Belhaven University, where she is pursuing a BFA in Dance. She has a minor is psychology. in her free time, she loves watercoloring, handlettering, cooking, and reading a good book. This is her 2nd year at lcdc!
Sarah Lunceford, originally from Elon, NC, is a sophomore at Belhaven University where she is currently pursuing a BFA in dance. Since beginning her dance training at the age of eight-years-old, Sarah has been privileged to attend intensives with both Ballet Magnificat! and American Ballet Theatre’s Collegiate program. In high school, Sarah was a member of her studio’s dance ministry, Rejoice Dance Ministry, with whom she was able to tour and perform in churches and events all across her local area. During her final year of high school, Sarah was able to begin teaching, and has since developed a deep love for seeing the joy and excitement with which young students are able to express themselves in the classroom as they move, create, and become delightful artists, adding their own individuality to this art world.
Natalie is from Terry, Ms. She has been a cheerleader for 15 years and cheered competitively for 10 years. She has 6 All-American titles as well as a Top All-American title. She served as captain for her junior high and high school cheer team at Central Hinds Academy. She recently just finished cheering 2 years at Hinds Community College on a full scholarship. There, she served as captain her freshman and sophomore year. she was a top 10 finalist at UCA college nationals, received an invitation to be on UCA staff, and had a bowl game appearance in Iowa. She is currently a student at Mississippi College and majoring in Elementary Education with a specialization in Dyslexia. She can’t wait to teach cheerleading and tumble, it is what she loves to do and wants to share her passion with all of her students!
Kadie is a dancer and cheerleader from Raymond, MS. She has been dancing and tumbling since the age of 3 and entered into the competition world of dance at the age of 10. During her years of competition dance, Kadie won several top finishes as well as scholarships and awards as a member of Lindsey Claire Dance Company. She also attended several prestigious dance intensives, including summer intensives with New Orleans Ballet Theater and New Orleans Ballet Association, both in New Orleans, LA. She also attended summer dance intensives with the Rebelette Dance Team at the University of MS. Kadie received a number of scholarships from JUMP Dance Convention as well as Dance Teacher’s United. She has traveled to New York City where she took classes at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and also performed at the Lincoln Center. Kadie graduated in May of 2019 and was a cheerleader at Hinds Community Collage her freshman year. She is currently attending Hinds Community College, where she is a member of the Hi-Steppers Dance Team.
April is a dancer from Raymond, MS. She has been dancing since the age of 3 and entered into the competition world of dance at the age of 10. During her years of competition dance, April won several top finishes as well as scholarships and awards as a member of Lindsey Claire Dance Company. She also attended several prestigious dance intensives, including summer intensives with New Orleans Ballet Theater and New Orleans Ballet Association, both in New Orleans, LA. She also attended summer dance intensives with the Rebelette Dance Team at the University of MS. April received a number of scholarships from JUMP Dance Convention as well as Dance Teacher’s United. She was a leading role in the production Dance of the Princess and the Frog, where she played Tiana, the Frog Princess. She has traveled to New York City where she took classes at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and also performed at the Lincoln Center. April graduated in May of 2019 and is currently attending Hinds Community College, where she is a member of the Hi-Steppers Dance Team.
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 4th year working for us at the 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.