MEET OUR STAFF

Naomi

Assistant Director /

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer /

Performer

Naomi is an established artist from Dallas, Texas who began her dance career at Shelly Dubois' Dance.  She has more than 14 years of experience in the field of dance ranging from ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, hip hop, and more.

 

Under the mentorship of Donna Murray, Naomi has had two years of experience as a teacher's assistant and has found her love in teaching.  After studying dance at Mahogany Theatre of Dance, Park Cities Dance, and Dance Industry, she has found her home at Apex Dance and Performing Arts and continues to grow in her artistic talent.

 

Over the past 3 years, Naomi has won numerous awards and scholarships for standing out in various dance competitions including Starquest National Dance Competition, Showbiz Dance Competition, Dupree Dance Competition, and many more.

 

Naomi believes that dance is more than a hobby, but an outlet and a voice. Through her dance experience and love for children, she is committed to ensuring a quality and enjoyable learning experience that will help your child reach their full potential!

Ms. Sanya

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer

Sanya Oluwafemi is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, & Performance Studies. During her 10 years studying dance, she has trained in Modern, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Urban Styles, and West-African, amongst other genres.

 

Sanya has had the pleasure of performing all over the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metropolitan area with choreographers such as Project ChArma and Alvin Mayes. Sanya is an alumnus of Phunktions Dance Company, Prima Dolls Dance Team, and theCoolKids, RhythymzWithin.

 

In moving to Dallas, Sanya had taken a hiatus from teaching and performing. She is elated to get back into moving, creating art, and cultivating a love for dance in the next generation. 

Victoria 

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer /

Performer

We are excited to have Victoria Lee join our team of instructors!

Victoria graduated from Abilene Christian University and was the second student ever to choreograph a musical for the ACU theatre! She has also choreographed for the Regional Dance America Southwest Conference at the Abilene Ballet Theatre. 

Victoria trained in ballet, jazz, and modern at Ballet Abilene. At the Broadway Dance Center, she trained in ballet, jazz, musical theatre, tap, barre sculpt, and yoga. She also had the privilege of training with Ballet Austin and the Tulsa Ballet. 

Sharing her technique and passion for dance with your children is something Victoria is eagerly looking forward to!

Also, join us in celebrating with Victoria as she has recently had the honor of being nominated for the Column Awards for Best Choreography, Best Supporting Actress, and also for the Chita Rivera Award for Female Dancer of the Year! We're so proud of you, Victoria!

Ms. Kinley

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer/

Performer

We are excited to welcome McKinley Willis to our team!

Ms. Kinley began training with the Dallas Black Dance Academy and later received additional training at Özsoy’s School of Ballet.

She is a 2011 graduate of Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts and a 2015 graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

 

In 2010, McKinley received the Texas Commission on the Arts Young Masters scholarship. She made her debut with the Bruce Wood Dance Project in 2011 as an apprentice and again as a performing member in 2015. This is her third season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Welcome Ms. Kinley!

Mackenzie Li Fertig is a graduate from the BFA Musical Theatre program at Abilene Christian University.

 

Originally from McAllen, Texas, she has been involved in the theatre and dance her whole life. She has danced in musicals such as Marry Poppins, Cats the Musical, Chicago, Ghost, and many more.

 

She is happy to pass down her knowledge of dance to the future generations to come.  

Ms. Mackenzie

Dance Instructor/

Performer

Ms. Taylor

Dance Instructor/

Choreographer/

Performer

Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, Taylor Diggs began her formal dance training at Carver Center for the Arts and Technology and Towson University's Community Dance Program; leading her to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and Choreography and Certificate in Global education from Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy. She has also completed training programs with the Ailey school, PhilaDaco!, and ArcDanz Mexico. In addition, Taylor has had the opportunity to perform works by notable artists such as Liz Lerman and Dance Exchange, MK Abadoo, and Andre Zachery. She is excited to begin her first season with DBDT: Encore!

We are thrilled to have the dynamic training of Hans Ndam now at APEX. He wields mad skills in krump, hip hop, lyrical hip hop, contemporary, African styles, jazz, swing, and tango and he has a passion to impart these skills to young aspiring dancers. He creates a fun and exciting atmosphere in class while teaching dancers to take command of the stage and deliver awe-inspiring performances. 

Hans has many dancing and acting exploits under his belt. He has acted in films including The Sculptor, 8Days, The Works, and done commercials for Pepsi, Pizza Hut, Fan Duel Nation, and has been in music videos like Just Breath, One Love and Use Your Voice. He has danced at many local events such as Celebrate Fort Worth 2015, The Plano Dance Festival, and choreographed Problem of Pain 2014 and Boundless 2015.

Hans

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer/

Performer

Mindy Neuendorff has trained in jazz, hip hop, ballet, Broadway, tap, contemporary, and Fosse.  Her special skills include flexibility and strength development, screen acting, stage acting, writing and singing.

 

Mindy is not only a teacher/choreographer but a performer as well working in such shows as Crazy For You, Anything Goes, Drowsy Chaperone, and the list goes on.

 

She will soon be headed to the Big Apple to pursue her Acting/Dancing Career. We are happy for her and will miss her dearly when she leaves.

 

We wish her the BEST!

Ms. Mindy

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer /

Performer

Keon

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer /

Performer

Keon K. Nickie, from Arouca, Trinidad and Tobago, began his dance training in his native country before immigrating to the United States to further his education and dance studies.

 

In 2007, Keon graduated with a BFA from Long Island University in Brooklyn. He has studied with The Ailey School, Balance Dance Theatre, Ballet Hispanico, Cheryl Byron and Something Positive, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater, Eclectic Dance Theatre, and Purelements. He has performed works by choreographers, Gary Abbott, Alvin Ailey, Talley Beatty, Kirven Douthit-Boyd, Asadata Dafora, Cheryl Byron, Autumn Eckman, James Gregg, Kevin Iega Jeff, Lisa Johnson-Willingham, Kevin A. Joseph, Bill T. Jones, Michael Manswell, Harrison McEldowney, Mark Morris, Troy Powell, Pearl Primus, Matthew Rushing, Christian Spuck, Nathan Trice, Twyla Tharp, Dr. Melissa Vaughan, Lakai Worrell, Obediah Wright and Edgar Zendejas.

 

Keon was blessed to be a part of the second company of Deeply Rooted Productions before joining DanceWorks Chicago in September 2011. He also became a teaching faculty member of Dance Rogue LLC in early 2012. Keon was previous member of DanceWorks Chicago. From 2014-2017, Keon become a member of The Dallas Black Dance Theatre. He has also performed with the Dallas Opera as an ensemble for the production of “Samson & Dalila”.

 

This year Keon is blessed to be a faculty member of Apex dance.

Ms. Gina

Dance Instructor /

Choreographer /

Performer

Ms. Gina has been teaching her love of dance for over twenty-five years, including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Drill Prep, Musical Theatre and Gymnastics.

 

Ms. Gina has also been a certified Teaching Artist with Dancing Classrooms North Texas for the past ten years. Upon completing extensive training, she is also certified with Dance Masters of America in Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She attends numerous dance workshops to advance her knowledge and experience including Music Works Unlimited, Dance Teacher Connection, The Pulse on Tour, and continues her studies with Dance Masters of America at the University of Buffalo in New York. Ms. Gina began training at age five at Marjorie Holzschuler Sellers Dance Arts Centre in Ohio and danced with the Ohio State Champion Drill Team, The Devilettes.

 

After moving to Dallas in 1988, she continued her love of dance and studied with the Dance Departments at both Richland College and Collin College. She was also a company member of Dance Express at Collin College.   

Dar'ren is an Entertainer/Dancer who has been dancing for over 14 years, his favorite style is hip-hop but he is open to learn and teach anything. He loves music and hearing new songs that make him want to get up and move. 

Dar'ren is a former Mahogany Theatre of Dance Dancer in the youth company, trained at Apex Dance and Performing Arts and was a principle Dancer/Actor in Jr Players FAME Production where he was scouted and signed by the Campbell Agency.  Dar'ren has Danced For Hexbugs Robotics, other Junior Player Productions and there is more to come!!! 

Dar'ren

Jr. Dance Instructor /

Performer

Rhonda works behind the scenes making dreams come true. You can find Big Mama (as the kids lovingly call her) backstage glamming up our starlets. She has been doing makeup for our performances for the last two years, 

 

She is an active member of her church who loves God, children, makeup, and fashion!

 

Rhonda also takes care of our Facebook page, Apex Dance & Performing Arts. "Like" us today! 😊

Rhonda 

Marketing /

Make-Up