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.
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.
Meet Julia, who is a dance major at Western Michigan University and is a member of Gold Competitive Dance Team at WMU. Julia is originally from the Chicago area and specializes in ballet and contemporary bringing lots of experience and skill to the dancers at MDC.
Jolin is a graduate of Brighton High School and is a BA dance major at Western Michigan University in the college of Fine Arts with a minor in event planning in the communication department. She was awarded regional outstanding dancer, 2014-2016, by New York City Dance Alliance and was a Rockette Scholarship winner. Jolin is dedicated to her passion of dance and helping other students achieve their goals in leadership and dance.
Originally from Lapeer, Mi, James Felton II is a Sophomore Dance Major at Western Michigan University, working towards his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. He initially received his dance training under former Broadway gypsy, Sandra Brewer in a competitive dance studio where he first received his love for movement and performance before attending the Flint School of Performing Art’s. While training under Sandra, James was exposed to a wide spectrum of dance genres specializing in Musical Theatre, Tap, Partnering, and Jazz. At FSPA, James studied American Ballet Theatre®, Russian, and Cecchetti methods to classical and neo-classical ballet techniques, in addition to Horton and Graham modern dance techniques under the direction of Karen Mills Jennings. James has studied under numerous professional dancers and master teachers including:* Charmaine Hunter, Andrea Long, Brandye Lee, Kevin Thomas, Michael Woodberry Means, Victoria Simon, Lisa DeRibre, Kevin Lega Jeff, Jennie Begley, and Atilla Mosolygo. *When James wasn’t studying or rehearsing in Flint after school, he was instructing and choreographing award winning competitive solos and ensemble numbers for Sandra Brewer’s Dance Connection in Davison, MI. In the past year, James has had the pleasure of performing in guest works for Karen’s School of Dance’s “*Nutcracker”,* “*Tangled”,* and *“Paquita”* in Milford. In addition, Ballet Kalamazoo’s production of *“Rapunzel”, *and Ballet Arts Ensemble’s *“Masquerade”.* James’s latest role pushed the envelope of dance and theatre in David Curwen’s “Falling Table”, featured in WMU Dance Department’s Winter Gala 2018.
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.
Sierra is attending Western Michigan University to pursue as Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. In the summer of 2016 she was the recipient of Broadways Tours upcoming scholarship in Hip Hop. Sierra has performed in the 2010 Orange Bowl live with the Goo Goo Dolls and has worked with Emmy award winning artist from Complexions Dance Company. In addition, she has won numerous regional dance competitions in contemporary dance and is a student of contemporary ballet. In 2017, Sierra became certified in Acrobatic Arts and adds the training to her own studies and creating choreographic pieces for competition dancers. Sierra is also a vocal artist that trains off Broadway and with a number of master singers. Sierra is excited to bring ideas and concepts to the Mosaic Dance Company and is looking forward to working with each student!