OUR FACULTY

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

     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. Collins has studied many dance forms over the years. A Professional Choreographer, Dancer and Artistic Director 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. He was hired as company member with the Mariana Bekerman Dance Company in New York City, Delta Festival Ballet, and Crescent City Choreographers in New Orleans and has performed in Off Broadway musical productions. Collins Back up dancer for Jonas Brothers, Jordin Sparks and performed at the 365 Black awards on BET (Black Entertainment Television). Assistant to the late Matthew Dickens who wrote Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé world Tour. More recently Assistant to the Wilson Brothers from Los Angels for the 2017 Beach Body Summit at the Mercedes Benz Superdome. Tulane University, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. He has taught and inspired many students across the region, teaching for several competitive studios, universities and national dance conventions.  Awards earned: a 2010 Big Easy Classical Arts Award Nomination for Best Modern Dance Presentation for Stories of Untold Passion a dance concert that he choreographed, directed and produced. Nominated 2012 Big Easy Classical Arts Award for best Contemporary Concert New Work, nominated and WON for Best Choreography at the 2011 Ambie Awards. Cultural and Creative Arts Award. 2016 Africa American Outstanding Artist, Louisiana State Senate 2017 National Conference of Artist.

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

  • Gabrielle Slack
    Gabrielle Slack Assistant Teacher
    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
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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