Certified by Dance Masters of America to teach Ballet, Tap and Jazz
Beth is owner and artistic director of Main Street Dance in Hammond, Louisiana . Main Street Dance was named one of the Top 50 Dance Studios on the Move of 2006 by Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher Magazines and is currently ranked in the Top 50 Dance Studios by the Federation of Dance Competitions. Beth has over 17 years of experience as a dance educator, choreographer and adjudicator. She received a Bachelor’s Degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and is certified to teach Ballet, Tap and Jazz by the Louisiana Association of Dance Masters. Her unique style and award winning choreography have earned national recognition. As a teacher, her students have won countless awards and scholarships to esteemed institutions such as Joffrey Ballet, The Edge Performing Arts Center in Hollywood, California, Steps on Broadway and Young Americans. Her students have won many National Awards and Titles. Beth’s company, that was formed in 2002, Southeast Dance Alliance, has been invited to perform in Florida’s Gator Bowl and the Summer Dance Festival in Australia. Their award winning and entertaining style has become the hallmark of her company. In addition, Beth has been involved providing choreography for the Miss Mississippi Pageant as well as cheer and dance groups. She has also performed at the Super Bowl half time extravaganza. Beth’s passion for teaching is evident in the way she inspires her students. Her love of dance is contagious!
Beth is a certified elementary school teacher. She has worked in both the public and private school systems. She tries to meet all learning styles by offering activities and exercises that are unique, but most of all, fun and exciting!
Beth is a native of Hammond where she graduated from Holy Ghost Catholic School, Hammond High School and Southeastern Louisiana University.
Hip Hop Instructor
Tori Jourdan is a young, energetic, and driven dancer, who has traveled the country training in various styles of dance. She started dancing at age 2 and by the age of 13 she began choreographing competitively, earning regional and national recognition. Most recently, she was seen on a few episodes of Season 12 of SYTYCD. She has performed live with Becky G and Midnight Red, as well as being a featured dancer in the movie “Sticky Notes.” She can also be seen in Beyonce’s “Blow” music video, AWOL Nation’s “I Am” music video, the “Dancematic” promo video, and a national “Blue Cross Blue Shield” commercial. She toured as an Elite Protege for The Pulse on Tour, and has assisted well-known choreographers such as Dave Scott, Tyce Diorio, Brian Friedman, Ade Obayomi, Tessandra Chavez, Desmond Richardson, David Moore and Dee Caspary. She has worked in several movies and televisions shows including MTV’s “Scream” Series and scenes with Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” She has also been featured in numerous NFL halftime shows. Currently, she is pursuing a degree in Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences at Southeastern Louisiana University.
Company Ballet Instructor
Mary Monteleone is a native of New Orleans where she received her training at
Giacobbe Academy of Dance. She has also studied on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and the Harkness Ballet school in New York.
She was a trainee for the Harkness Ballet Company, studying under David Howard, Maria Vegh, Elizabeth Carroll and Ronn Forella. She then returned to New Orleans to perform with Delta Festival Ballet, dancing lead roles in many works including “Les Sylphides”, “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Snow White”, and “Cake Walk”.
Mary has also performed with Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre in their productions of “Gigi”, “Oklahoma”, “Student Prince” and “Oliver!”. New Orleans Opera performance credits include “Carmen” and “Aida”.
A longtime member of the faculty of Giacobbe Academy of Dance, she thoroughly enjoys the challenges and rewards of teaching.
Company Ballet Technique
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LUCIA KUIMOVA, prior to coming to New Orleans, was as a full-time faculty member for the Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle, one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the United States. Lucia received her Vaganova Ballet training in Russia. After graduating Perm State University of Fine Arts with a Masters Degree in Choreography and Ballet Pedagogy, she was immediately invited to join the University faculty. She toured internationally as a Principal Dancer with The Russian Ballet in many countries including France, Japan, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Romania, and the United States. Lucia has been a guest teacher at SAB, the official school of New York City Ballet. Since 1998, she has been on the Faculty for the Summer School of the American Academy of Ballet in New York. Her credits as Guest Teacher and Choreographer include the Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle Pacific University, University of Washington, Olympic Ballet Theater, Tacoma Contemporary Ballet, and Florida Dance Masters Convention. Lucia serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra. Together with the Pembo Cieutat Academy in Mandeville, Lucia will again coach the ballet students from the Greater New Orleans and Northshore area for the annual Moscow State Great Russian Nutcracker International Tour in the Sanger Theatre.
Krystal Hennager began dancing at the age of 3. At 10 she left her small town school in TN and began studying with the Van Metre School of Dance; training personally with Royal Academy of Dance graduate Cheryl Van Metre. At age 12, Krystal auditioned for senior company status with the Appalachian Ballet Company; becoming only the 2nd ever 12 yr old to achieve this accomplishment. By the age of 13, Mrs. Hennager was accepted to Boston Ballet’s Advanced Summer Intensive, a program reserved for age 15+.
Shortly after Krystal received lead soloist status with Appalachian and by 15 she was honored as a gala performer with the South East Regional Ballet Association. Thereafter, she stepped into her role as principle dancer, as one of only two performers in the award winning short ballet “Flight”.
Mrs. Hennager’s young career made it possible for her to focus on teaching by the age of 22. While still performing part time, she became Artistic Director and Business Director of Arts In Motion II in TN. She also accepted the position of Tap Dept. Director with the Cumberland County Playhouse. For nearly 10 yrs she committed herself to the development of young to professional dancers, in both the disciplined world of Ballet and the triple threat world of Musical Theater. It is during this time, she won the coveted “Tennessee Governors School, Outstanding Teacher Award”.
Krystal believes it is teachers, not talent that blessed her with this career and hopes to be that difference in her students. Other notable masters Krystal has trained in length with include: Lilia Valieva of the Vaganova Ballet Academy/ Kirov Ballet, David Howard of Broadway Dance Center NYC and William Pizzuto of Boston Ballet. Also she was a repeated student of Savion Glover known for “Happy Feet” the movie and “Bring in DaFunk” and Randy Skinner, most famous for his direction of Broadways “42nd Street”.
As a professional dancer, Mrs. Hennager enjoyed roles such as, ‘The Nutcracker” Sugar Plum Fairy and Snow Queen, “Beauty and the Beast” Fifi, “Swan Lake” Baby Swan; as a slave assistant in the Robert Goulet opera tour “Aida” and lead rhythm dancer in the living art exhibit “Duke Ellington’s, Sophisticated Ladies”, a Knoxville Museum of Art’sCabaret.
In 2012, in support of her husband Steven and his career, Krystal and their son Brycelyn moved to Louisiana. The family now lives in Ponchatoula. Mrs. Hennager is excited abouther work with the students and staff of Main Street Dance. With her past, primarily in touring ballet and musical theater companies, she hopes to educate her students not only intechnique but life lived experience.