Rosemary Rogers, Artistic Director & Theatre Instructor
Rosemary has always had a love for the arts. She is an alumni of Mooresville High School and credits the strong music and drama instructors of her early school years with encouraging her interests. She attended Indiana University studying Theatre and English Education, where she became interested in StageCraft, Design and Costuming. She was an active performer and designer for numerous productions before moving back to Mooresville to open Buffalo Gal Antiques. Rosemary participates in several community groups and has enjoyed serving as Chairperson for downtown events such as Victorian Christmas, Roots & Rhythm, and various other celebrations. After 15 years in the antique business, Rosemary is excited to once again become involved in the fine arts community and to help provide a much needed creative outlet for her hometown. With three children who all dance and enjoy performing, Rosemary is thrilled to continue the mission of Mooresville Arts Partnership with this wonderful collective of talented teachers and to develop a unique educational arts facility. In addition to her duties as Director, Ms. Rosemary is the instructor for the MAP's Young Actor's class, the homeschool art program and summer camps.
Nancy Emery, Dance Instructor
Nancy Emery is now in her third year with the Mooresville Art Partnership. She started dancing at the young age of two. As a young dancer, she performed for many theater productions and performances including Jerry Lewis Telethons and the special talent in Multiple Jr. Miss Contests. She was accepted into Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for high school majoring in dance soon after that she joined the Dayton Ballet Company II and Contemporary Ballet of Dayton. Her family moved to Richmond, Indiana, where she opened her own dance studio. While in Richmond, she also worked with her high school and became the school's choreographer for the show choir and musical productions. Nancy was accepted into Marymount Manhattan College in New York as a Dance Major and Math Minor, where she focused on choreography and modern blues. While at Marymount, she had the opportunity to perform in both Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, such as Sweet Charity, African Review, If It’s Not Broke Don’t Fix It and many more. She returned to Indiana and started teaching at various studios until she found DanceDreams/Spotlight Dance Academy where she taught intermediate and advanced students, along with adults for 17 years. In 2010 they closed their doors and she quickly joined Dance Connection in Indianapolis. She continues to teach ballet, tap, jazz, acro, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and modern but her love is choreography. In 2014 Nancy's choreography received many honors, including, best choreography for our Jr. Cheer, Dream Routine at Celebration Talent and Best of Show at the I Love Dance Indianapolis Regional.
Michael Shelton, Ballet & Tap Instructor
Michael Shelton is a founding member and the Artistic Director of Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre – known largely for it’s Shakespeare on the Canal series at White River State Park. For HART, he directed Othello, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice, In A Dark, Dark House, & the world premiere productions of Midwestern Hemisphere and Another Classic of Western Literature and was seen on stage in Much Ado About Nothing, Death & the Maiden, Happy Birthday, Wanda June and An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe. Other directorial credits include Trucker Rhapsody and La Sangre Llama at the Phoenix, the world premiere of Lies My Parents Told Me, David Mamet’s American Buffalo for the Beckmann Theatre, and a critically acclaimed independent production of Sam Shepard’s True West.
Mr. Shelton has over 30 years experience performing locally, nationally, and internationally as a musician, singer, and dancer in a wide variety of styles including classical, contemporary, folk, bluegrass, musical theatre, and rock & roll. As an actor, he has worked extensively at the Indiana Repertory Theatre where some of his favorite credits include Macbeth, Becky’s New Car, Julius Caesar, Our Town, The Taming of the Shrew, Ah Wilderness, The Miracle Worker, &A Christmas Carol (6 times) as well as at the Phoenix Theatre in over 30 productions including The Pillowman, Three Days of Rain, Bluff, The Larmie Project, and Take Me Out - which he also had the privilege of performing at the Caldwell Theatre in Boca Raton, FL. He has worked at the Viaduct Theater & Victory Gardens in Chicago, IL & played Andy Lee in the Broadway Tour of 42nd Street in Moscow, Russia.
Michael is a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA with over 30 years experience in theatre, film, TV, commercials, animation, voiceover, and print and is certified from the British American Drama Academy in association with The Julliard School and The University of California at Los Angeles having studied at Balliol College, Oxford University, in Oxford, England.
In 2014 Michael's competition team routines received many awards, including "Excellence in Choreography for TAP" and the "Dream Routine" award for his musical theatre piece. This is Michael's third year as an instructor for MAP and his second as our competition team instructor for Tap, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.
Kelly Dawn Jones, Community Team Instructor
Mz. Dawn has over 30 years dance experience, holds a Bachelor's degree from Ball State University focused on choreography, and taught different genres of movement all over New York City for seven years before returning to Indiana in 2009 to open a creative arts in-home early education program on the south side of Indianapolis. Her preschool program has grown into a training site for early childhood substitute teachers, and birthed the Flash Mob for Young Children. The Flash Mob for Young Children is Mz. Dawn's way of fusing her passion for dance with her passion for quality early education for Indiana's youngest up-n-coming citizens! The Friday 7 o'clock MAP dance class will be the "lab" site for the creation of the 2015 Flash Mob for Young Children, which with your child's movement voice, and your participation in April 2015 can make a huge impact for Indiana's young children! Visit her website at www.loveyourchildcare.com to find our more about Mz. Dawn, and the Flash Mob for Young Children!
Nate Randall , Hip Hop, Jazz Pop, & Contemporary Instructor
Jeanne McLeish, Art Instruction
Born in Clinton, Indiana in 1951, Jeanne began painting in 1970. Working in both transparent watercolor and oil, she creates images that reflect her deep love of nature as well as her fascination with color and light. Her paintings have been included in numerous exhibits including the Hoosier Salon, Watercolor Society of Indiana, Indiana Artists Club, Realism Today, The Wabash Valley Exhibition, and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America of which she is a signature member. Jeanne's work is displayed regularly at the Brown County Art Guild in Nashville, Indiana, at the Renaissance Gallery in Lafayette and at Color Works Custom Picture Framing Gallery, which she owns and operates in Mooresville, Indiana; where she currently resides. This is Jeanne's fifth year as instructor for the Adult Watercolor group.
Megan Swazuk, Voice and Piano Instructor
Megan began singing and playing piano at a very young age. She studied during middle school and high school at Butler University Jordan College of Fine Arts. She later studied at the Indiana University Jacob's School of Music where she graduated with both her BM and MM in Vocal Performance with emphasis in Piano performance, Operatic Studies, Language Studies and Vocal Pedagogy. She is currently performing with the Indianapolis Opera. Megan has gained valuable musical experience form working with world renowned coaches, pianists, performers and conductors. She has experience with teaching all age groups and is able to teach beginning students all the way up to pre-professional musicians. Megan has always had a love for music and loves to share it with others. This is Megan's fourth year as our music instructor. She currently offers private piano and voice classes, as well as, directing our musical theater group.
Aaryn Martin, Guitar Instruction
Aaryn is now in his second year at MAP as a guitar instructor. He has played guitar since he was 7 years old and performed live in adult and other teen bands since he was 11 years old. Last year, was his busiest as he played many different venues and contests from Northern Indiana all the way down to Nashville, Tennessee where he and the band performed during the week of the Fan Fair. Aaryn is versed in many different genre and as a student at Herron High School performs in the Advanced Jazz ensemble where he frequently leads the class in the absence of the director. Aside from electric and acoustic guitar, he can also give instruction on bass guitar, is a drummer and perhaps may offer instruction on trombone or other bass clef instruments.