Meet the MAP faculty.

Rosemary Rogers, Owner & Director Creating a home for the arts has been a lifelong dream for our director. An alumni of Mooresville High School, Rosemary credits the strong music and drama instructors of her early school years for encouraging her interests. She attended Indiana University studying Theatre and English Education, where she also became interested in StageCraft, Design and Costuming. She was an active performer and designer before moving back to Mooresville. As a downtown merchant for nearly 20 years, Rosemary participated in several community groups and has enjoyed serving as Chairperson for events such as Victorian Christmas, Roots & Rhythm, and various other celebrations, including MAP's own Arts in the Park Festival.  In 2010, Rosemary created MAP and was excited to be involved in the fine arts community 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 also the instructor for the MAP's Young Actor's classes and summer camps.  Her theatre students have enjoyed developing productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Annie, Into the Woods & The Apple.

Marina Sheffer, Ballet & Conditioning Instructor

Marina trained at Ballet School of the Moscow Dance Association "Rond" (Moscow, Russia)Ballet Dancer (Class of Marianna Bogolyubskaya and Alexander Zeilinger). Studied Classic Ballet with emphasis on Ethnic, Character, Historic, Jazz and Variety Dance. Marina has more than 25 years of experience working with Dancers, Rhythmic and Artistic Gymnasts and World Class Figure She was the on-ice choreographer and ballet coach of World and Olympic Champion Tara Lipinski, Olympic Champion Shizuka Arakawa and several other US and International Champions. Her class instruction includes emphasis on: Grace and artistic presentation, Coordination and alignment; Technique of spirals (arabesques) and spins (pirouettes and fouettes);Proper leg extensions and arm movements; Consolidation of athletes’ training with formal ballet education; & Development of a good full-body stretch techniques for athlete’s flexibility and injury prevention. Having a great knowledge and experience in coaching the Russian Vaganova System, Marina has developed her own approach of working with performers, taking into consideration their individual abilities and problems. Marina is currently an Ice Choreographer and Artistic Presentation Coach. She joins the Mooresville Arts Partnership as a ballet and conditioning instructor.

Michael Shelton,  Ballet & Tap Instructor  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 Laramie 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 a long list of experiences 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. Michael Shelton is a founding member and previous Artistic Director of Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre – known largely for it’s Shakespeare on the Canal series at White River State Park.  

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. In 2015, his group tap received an outstanding performance award from the Industry Dance Awards. His soloists last year, received several dancer of the year awards at competition and his choreography was again recognized for storytelling and innovation. This is Michael's fifth year as an instructor for MAP and his fourth as our competition team instructor for Tap, Musical Theatre, and Jazz.

Minnie Rogers, Junior Dance Instructor Ms.Minnie has been dancing with the Mooresville Arts Partnership for eight years, competing nationally.  Her previous dance study includes thirteen years of ballet and nine years of concentration in Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Acro.  She is a eight year member of the MAP competitive dance team.  She was a member of the 4 time MAP National Championship team in 2013.  She has competed in two “Dance Moms” episodes, participating in filming. She received the honor of “Sweetheart Dancer” at I Love Dance Competition in 2014 for her solo which also placed with the highest scoring routine and “Best of Show.”  In 2015, she was chosen to participate in the Celebration Talent Nationals opening number routine.   Ms. Minnie received recognition as Dancer of the Year finalist at Rainbow Dance 2016 & 2017 and the title of Ms. Platinum Dance in 2017& Ms. Senior Dance at Kids Artistic Revue in 2018. This is her fourth year as junior instructor and her fifth year assisting.  Minnie loves to dance and her enthusiasm shines through in her attentiveness to the children that she teaches. Minnie also plays Viola, enjoys drama club, and plans to attend Indiana University to continue her dance education.  Minnie attended the Indiana University Contemporary Dance Program, summer sessions in 2016 & 2017 and enjoyed studying dance theory, history, and technique each day with university instructors and special guest artists, David Hochoy & Gregory Hancock. In the Summer of 2018, Minnie participated in the Dance Kaleidoscope Pre-Professional Intensive at Butler University. 
Cassidy Alverson, Dance Instructor Miss Cassidy started training in dance at the age of 2.5. She has taken tap, jazz, ballet, poms, musical theater, tumbling and hip-hop during her dance endeavors, attending various different studios in central Indiana. She also has an extensive amount of experience competing in several different genres throughout her dancing career. Miss Cassidy just completed her junior year at Indiana University and is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in sociology with minors in youth development and criminal justice. Miss Cassidy has always been passionate about dance and loves working with children of all ages. She has always dreamed of having the opportunity to share her love, knowledge, and dedication to dance with others. Miss Cassidy is committed to teaching with positive reinforcement and kindness, as her feeling that giving positive feedback reinforces positive attitudes, motivation, and commitment to the beautiful art of dance. Her main goal as a dance instructor is to be a positive role model and teach students to use dance as a tool of healthy self-expression. 

Laura Staten,  Faculty Member  Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, cum laude, from the University of Indianapolis and a Master of Arts Degree from the same institution. She taught for 30 years at Decatur Township Schools. At MAP Laura offers tutoring services in the following English skills: Reading for all ages, strategies in reading, basic skills, grammar, test taking strategies, vocabulary / spelling building, writing compositions,  and poetry.  She also teaches comprehension in other subjects and teaches art classes. An artist all her life, Laura has studied art technique and painting, selling many pieces over the years. She currently enjoys working with oils and watercolors, primarily.  Laura and her husband, Gib have helped create Mooresville Arts and helped establish our permanent location in 2015.  Her workshops are for students of any skill level and work in all mediums. Her Teen Art and Youth Art students  study shape, composition, light and shade, line, and other aspects of creating their own work of art while learning various techniques and approaches. 

Kalleen Chilcote, Youth Art, Life Drawing, & Paint Instructor

Kalleen joins us for some fresh and terrific art classes. She is an artist and educator who relocated from Austin, TX to Indianapolis, a little over a year ago. She received her BFA in studio art from Tulane University and an MFA in studio art, with a concentration in printmaking, from the University of Texas at Austin. In Austin, she played roller derby with the illustrious Putas del Fuego under the pseudonym, Death Vallery. Today, she splits her time between raising a toddler, drawing and making fantastical papier mache sculptures.  Kalleen's classes this year include Youth Art, Paper Mache Sculpture, Introduction to Painting for Teens & Adults.  She also leads our Life Drawing Co-op on Wednesday nights as instructor and organizer.During the Summer, Kalleen leads are 

Heather Beers, Violin, Cello, Electric Bass & Double Bass Instructor Heather Beers is currently a DME candidate at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music finishing her doctorate in Music Education with emphasis on string pedagogy. She was formerly the director of the violin program at Attica Elementary and taught violin at the Fairview Strings Project. She also taught applied double bass as a faculty member at Capital University. Ms. Beers has extensive professional experience as an orchestral double bassist in Central Ohio and Texas. She teaches beginning violin, cello, and electric bass lessons, as well as all levels of double bass lessons.
Renee Froedge, Voice Instructor    Renee Froedge comes to us originally from California where she studied vocal performance and choral conducting at Modesto Junior College and California State University, Stanislaus. Ms. Froedge has been a voice teacher, musical director and mezzo soprano soloist for over 15 years.  She's worked as a music director for YES Company, Artistic Director for Turlock Youth performing arts and many other community Theaters. She's taught students of all ages. She's assisted in college level music education, performed as an oratorio soloist and has had many leading roles in musicals. Renee currently considers Mooresville her home town and is excited to share her gift with her community. Renee loves Jesus and is an active member of Town Center Church where she serves on the worship team. Renee is grateful for where music has brought her in life and she can't wait to share that with you!

Beth Ann Thomas, Piano Flute, Oboe and Marimba Instructor  Beth Ann is a highly experienced teacher and International performer. A graduate of Butler University, with a degree in music performance and education from Butler University.  Her musical training and performance background is extensive, training in private lessons since 2nd grade, performing in McDonald’s All American Band, Butler University, Indiana University, Cedar Point Amusement Land, performances coast to coast on cruise lines, Internationally, Birch Creek Music Academy, ISSMA State Adjudications, Radio, Television, Warner Bros. Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra, Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and Community Band. Having taught many years at Greenwood Community Schools and Decatur Township Schools, Ms. Thomas enjoys students of all ages and abilities and loves sharing many styles of music to enrich their lives through the Arts. She is available for private lessons for Oboe, Flute, Piano & Marimba. She resides in Greenwood.

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