We take great pride in what we do. The minute you walk into our studio, you become part of our family.  As dance teachers, our role is less about running a studio and more about creating a sanctuary for our students.  Dance classes are more than an education in the arts, but memories and friendships that last a lifetime.

“Our light and passion for dance illuminates the light and passion in our students.”

  • Mari Milnar
    Mari Milnar Principal Teacher/Artistic Director

    Ms. Mari has 40 years teaching experience with children from all over the Westbank and surrounding areas. She prides herself in providing a quality dance experience for the tiniest of tots to her talented teens. Ms. Mari has attended Broadway Dance Centers accredited teacher convention in 2007 and 2010. She is also certified to teach Progressive ballet technique 2017 and is a lifetime certified instructor for Dance & Gym USA. Ms. Mari is also a member of the National Dance Education Organization.

    “Watching my students eyes light up when mastering a new step is the highlight of my week.”

  • Shannon Seput
    Shannon Seput Associate Teacher/Competition Team Choreographer/Director

    Ms. Shannon has over 22 yearts teaching experience and specializes in jazz, lyrical and contemporary styles. Her competition choreography has yielded numerous overall high scoring awards as well as regional and National choreography awards. Ms. Shannon has attended Broadway Dance teachers accredited convention in 2010 and is also certified to teach Progressive ballet technique.

    “An educational program that uses dance as a valid learning modality is exactly what our society needs today.  All children can find joy and fulfillment in dance classes.”

  • Shari Hebert
    Shari Hebert Preschool Dance Director/Associate Teacher

    Ms. Shari has 13 years teaching experience bringing innovation and engaging dance classes to our preschool students. Her background as a dancer began at the age of 2 studying ballet, tap and jazz dance. She performed on the Sally Ann Roberts “Our Generation” show and danced in the New York City’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Ms, Shari earned her Bachelor of Science from Holy Cross.

    “Sharing my love for dance with my students and unlocking their potential to be great is what brings joy to me as their teacher.”

  • Amethyst Clement
    Amethyst Clement preschool dance teacher/associate teacher.

    Ms. Amethyst has 7 years teaching experience and dance lessons have been a part of her life since childhood. Ms. Amethyst performed with legendary rockers “Z.Z. Top” in the Orange Bowls half time show and also halftime performances with the New Orleans Pelicans. She is currently attending Holy Cross College to earn her degree in Early Childhood Education.

    “We challenge our students to reach for something bigger.  Setting goals is one of our top values.”

  • Griffin Collins
    Griffin Collins Associate Teacher/ Musical Theatre/Jazz

     Griffin Collins III is a native New Orleanian. Artistic Director|Founder of SYNERGY Dance Productions, Creative Director/Choreographer for recording artist Kourtney Heart and Talented Arts Theater Teacher for Audubon Charter School. He is a President Honor graduate of NOCCA|Riverfront, Musical Theatre Division. Griffin furthered his training at such venues as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Hunter College New York City, Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and The Pulse Teachers Convention. Collins was a Back up dancer for Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks and performed at the 365 Black awards. He was assistant to the Wilson Brothers from Los Angeles for the 2017 Beach Body Summit. Graduated from Tulane University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance.

    “I teach because I love to foster creativity and passion for dance in children.”

  • Gabrielle Slack
    Gabrielle Slack Associate Teacher Hip Hop/ Jazz
    Gabrielle Slack,
    was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana where she continues to prosper in her dance career. She has danced for over 15 years training in many dance styles such as Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Jazz, as well as many others. Working as a professional dancer, Gabbe has had the opportunity to dance during the McDonald’s 365 awards, Miss USA Pageant, dancing for artists such as Master P and more. She obtained her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi and continues to touch, move, and inspire everyone she encounters through the art of dance.
  • Macie Ronquille
    Macie Ronquille Office Administrator

A look inside our studio.

“MMDA sets the bar for dance studios.It’s a loving environment for your child to learn and appreciate the art of dance. Their dance revue is truly a class act. Experience speaks volumes and that is indeed what the faculty at MMDA shares with their students. At MMDA we are family.”

S. Bordelon