Joette, the artistic director of Mosaic Hall and Dance Center, LLC and the West Michigan School of Middle Eastern Dance, LLC has studied dance extensively since a very young age. Her dance studies began as a young child in tap, baton, ballet, gymnastics, and jazz, leading to competitive dance as a teenager, where she gained valuable stage experience. In addition to college courses in ballet & jazz, she also begin her ethnic dance background with famous Egyptian and Turkish dancers and choreographers since the early 1990s, focusing her dance study and performance on Middle Eastern folkloric dance from all regions and also including Flamenco, African, Hula, Latin, and Bhangra. Joette has traveled the world performing, studying, and teaching dance. In addition to her dance background, she also holds a Master of Arts in communication that compliments her passion for contemporary dance. In addition to being a dancer, choreographer, teacher and writer with numerous published articles in dance publications, she was also a professor in the gender and women’s studies department at Western Michigan University for many years before opening Mosaic Dance Center.
Within all her educational knowledge are born new ideas for proliferation of performance art she obviously loves and to which she has devoted her life. While advocating for authentic vocabulary & rigorous performance technique — the true conventions for dance preservation and excellence — her visionary methods for dance education and performance are refreshing. Joette understands what it takes to progress a dancer to meet all their goals and dreams while maintaining technique, passion and creativity. She truly loves each student and can’t wait to see them each week in class!
For more information, please contact Joette. Call 269-321-4400 or e-mail her at Joette@mosaicdancehall.com.
Hilary offers dance and fitness for every level – competition, shedding a few pounds, or just sheer fun! With Hilary, every class feels like a party! You don’t even have to know how to dance – just move your body and follow Hilary’s lead. It’s easy, and fun!
Hilary has placed in fitness competitions and knows the most effective ways to shape your body. She not only teaches it, she’s lived it!
Traci attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She then worked for several years at the Judevine Center for Autism before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. She has been teaching dance for 20 years in the St. Louis market at various dance academies and the last 3 years in private studios and schools in Kalamazoo, MI. She is also a teaching artist with Education for the Arts and has the pleasure of teaching dance residencies and workshops for over 400 K-12 and special needs students in schools throughout Kalamazoo County.
In 2015 she received an Education for the Arts professional development grant to attend the Rhythm Works Integrative Dance Certification in Boston, MA. This seminar explores teaching techniques and classroom skills to better connect to students that are diverse learners. She is a member of the New Movement Project that provides movement workshops to dancers that are deaf or hard of hearing and is learning to sign. Traci has choreographed for local St. Louis dance company Beyond Motion, theater companies, musicals and various industrials. She is a member of the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and the National Dance Education Organization.
Andrea has been involved in the performance world for over 20 years and attended Western Michigan University as a dance major for 4 years before co-directing the Kalamazoo School of Music and Dance until 2010. She has performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Young Michigan Dances, the Western Dance Project and the Kalamazoo Civic Theater. She has choreographed for numerous local schools and studios along with being the director of the Miss and Mr. I Am a STAR Pageant, an event in its 3rd year for special needs contestants who want a chance to be a star. Andrea has won numerous pageant titles and is Miss Michigan US Beauties 2010, Mrs. Michigan Tourism 2011 and World’s Mrs. Tourism 2012. Her pageant students have won state and national awards in most major pageant systems including Sunburst, Miss American Coed, Fabulous Faces, Circle City and Miss Sparkle Success. She is a 5-time national champion baton twirler in the World Twirling Association and has coached students to state and national titles. In addition to her dance teaching, Andrea is currently a competitive baton coach. Andrea loves working with students and seeing them achieve their greatest potential.
Kayla is a graduate of Western Michigan’s dance department with a BA in dance. She is a company member of Ebony Vision Dance Ensemble, has performed in “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody” at the Epic Center in 2014, in “Jinsha” at the Williams Theater in 2012, for the Detroit Lions halftime shows and many other performances through the WMU dance department. She is originally from Detroit where she studied recreational and competitive dance from a very young age. She is currently a member of the Kalamazoo Wings Flight Crew as a dance member and professional entertainer. Kayla enjoys teaching all genres but has a love for the rhythm of the feet with tap and jazz, which she competed in successfully as a teenager. She is thrilled to be teaching at Mosaic and looks forward to inspiring the students.
She completed her BA in Dance Performance at Eastern Michigan University in April 2012. While at EMU, she studied Jazz, Modern, Ballet and Hip Hop.
Joy Morris is a dancer and choreographer and instructor based out of Kalamazoo, MI. She previously performed as a company member of the modern dance company, People Dancing, of Ann Arbor, MI from 2010 to 2012. She was also an intern for the Brighton Dance Festival, through Michigan Dance Project in 2011. She completed her BA in Dance Performance at Eastern Michigan University in April 2012. While at EMU, she studied Jazz, Modern, Ballet and Hip Hop. She performed in numerous faculty and guest artist pieces, as well as student and self-choreographed works. Joy has also performed at ACDF in Arkron, Ohio in 2011, and Grand Rapids, MI in 2012 and Complexions at Wayne State. In 2014 Joy was the sole choreographer for “Angie’s Magical Christmas” a ballet written by Bee Bee White. Joy is a certified Yoga Instructor and is currently teaching Dance, Yoga, and Pilates in the Kalamazoo area as well as performing in freelance dance projects throughout Michigan and surrounding.
Performances: Youtube.com/user/joylovedance4ever and Youtube.com/watch?v=MXT7TBfT0zs
Grace Hilarides is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance at Western Michigan University. Before collegiate study Grace was a winning competition dancer as a student herself. Through her studies and experiences at the collegiate level, Grace has been able to broaden her choreographic horizons. In her two years at Western Michigan University, Grace has stepped into directorship of Hip Hop ConnXion-Michigan, toured with Western Dance Project, and has had her choreography selected for the dance departments student concert. Grace has been traveling with her sister Sarah Hilarides, a director for KAR Dance, for many years teaching at studios around the country. She can’t wait to continue to inspire and be inspired by every student she shares her passion of dance too.
Debbie Heilman is a legend in the Galesburg-Scotts community when it comes to motivating students and creating dancers. Debbie started with just a handful of students and grew a school program into over 125 students at all levels including company members that still dance with her today as young adults. She has a minor in dance and specializes in ballet, jazz and musical theater. She is thrilled to start teaching at Mosaic Dance Center and inspire so many dancers young and old.