Meet the MAP faculty.
DANCE & TUMBLE DEPARTMENT
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. Marina joins us on Tuesdays for ballet, technique and conditioning instructor for competitive team and Wednesdays acrobatic classes.
Allie Hamilton, Tap & Jazz Instructor Miss Allie began dancing at TC Dance in Kendallville, Indiana in 2004. She has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical, musical theatre, hip hop, and ballroom. She has been an assistant teacher for many different age groups and skill levels. During her days as a competitive dancer, she achieved many awards such as being the highest scoring female solo in 2017 nd the Dance Power award at Danza. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Indianapolis. Allie feels blessed that she has the opportunity to spread her passion for dance to the students at The MAP and is excited to help promote the love of dance in the dancers here.
Jennie Sutton, Art Instructor Jennie Sutton is an artist, crafter, geek & dreamer. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ball State in Metalsmithing & an Associates degree from The Art Institute of Indianapolis in Digital Photography. Her creative interests & skills include jewelry, photography, drawing, painting, bookmaking & needle crafts. She believes that you don't have to be an "artist" to enjoy creativity in your life, & her dream is to spread this joy to everyone around her. She is very excited to be joining the Mooresville Arts Partnership as an instructor
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 The 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.
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.