Ballet Teacher

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Ashton Gordon

Ashton Gordon grew up in Orlando, Florida dancing with Showtime dance studios from ages 3-8; Central Florida Ballet where she studied under Vasile Petruchio and Vladimir Bykov until her senior year of high school. 


At 17, Miss. Gordon moved to Toronto to further her ballet training at the National Ballet School of Canada. During her years in Toronto, Miss. Gordon had the privilege of training with Mrs. DeFazio’s teachers, and colleagues: Deborah Hess, Peggy Baker, Raymond Smith, Shaun Amyot and Vera Timashova with guest teachers from the National Ballet of Canada, the Royal Ballet School, the Royal Danish Ballet, and the Ballett am Rhein Dusseldorf of Germany. Her repertoire consists of Serenade, Yondering, Nutcracker, La Bayadere, Le Corsaire, Sleeping Beauty, and Paquita among others. 


Ms. Godon moved to Jackson after Ballet Magnificat! Summer Dance Intensive in 2017, and began the Trainee Program, touring Ballet Magnificat!’s production of Deliver Us nationally and internationally to Mexico and Honduras. In August of 2018, she joined the Alpha Company as an Apprentice.  

Guest Faculty

Anthony LoCascio

Anthony LoCascio

Anthony LoCascio

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Guest Teacher

TAP

A native New Yorker, Anthony LoC

ascio has performed, taught, and toured internationally since 1994. He has opened for people such as, Natalie Cole, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Stevie Wonder; Appeared on, Regis & Kathy, Good Day New York, MTV and more.  Anthony has been seen internationally as far as Monte Carlo and South Africa. As a NYC cast member, and the FIRST American to earn a standing role in Tap Dogs, he performed with the Dogs for close to 17 years, often playing The Enforcer. He finished a six-week tour in South Africa with the International Cast in 2013.  Anthony frequently teaches at conventions and tap festivals, and adjudicates at competitions throughout the world. Currently, his projects include his Role of Spiritual Gangster for Singer/Songwriter Frank Persico, as well as choreographing, performing, and enjoying his Taplife Company.  You can take class with Anthony at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and when he visits us in New Albany!


Staci LoCascio

Anthony LoCascio

Anthony LoCascio

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Guest Teacher

MUSICAL THEATER-ACROBATICS-TAP

Staci LoCascio is a Master Teacher of Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Acrobatics and Musical Theater.  She grew up in Kansas City, started dancing at the age of 2; educated in Teachers' Training Programs: NY, LA and Chicago and studied with Gus Giordano, Pattie Obey, Roni Mahler, Susan Quinn-Williams, Chrystal Chapman.  She is a regular student of Finis Jhung.  Staci, who now resides in NYC and is the Manager of TAPLIFE#, was a regular on  Sesame Street LIVE!  and she shares her expertise with us!

Toby L. Word

Kelsey Hammons

Kelsey Hammons

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Guest Teacher / CCoD Advisor

MODERN

Toby L. Word, native New Yorker, from Chesapeake, VA; Master Dance Instructor, Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a concentration in Dance, from the State University of New York, Purchase College, NYC, licensed and certified massage therapist.  Training-Bernice Johnson School of Dance in Queens, NY; Lynbrook Dance Center in Long Island, NY; New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts (movie “Fame”); scholarship student at Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance.  Professional Dancer/leading roles: Chinese & Modern dance company, Tsai Fung in NYC; Apollo Theater in Harlem, NY, and studied with Jubilation! Dance Company, founded by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater alumni. 

Modern Dance Teacher at the prestigious Rudra Bejart School, Lausanne, Switzerland.  Professional Dancer with Contemporary Dance Zurich and Ljada Modern Dance Company, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indianapolis, USA, Young Audiences of Indiana, USA. 

Toby has served as Praise Dance Ministry Team Leader for 10 years at Second Calvary Baptist Church in Norfolk. “Toby is an inspiring blessing for us at CCoD; not only with her outstanding world class knowledge in dance but her unwavering faith and love for her Savior, Jesus Christ!”   

Kelsey Hammons

Kelsey Hammons

Kelsey Hammons

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Kelsey began her training in Clinton, MS and was in Ballet Magnificat! Professional Trainee Program  dancing in "The Scarlet Cord" and "The Prodigal Son" Kelsey is an Intern with us here at CCoD!

Guest Teachers

Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon

Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon

Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon

Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon


Masters of Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology;  Pilates Certification, Body Arts and Science International (BASI); Associate of The Royal Academy of Dance (ARAD); Royal Ballet School Teachers’ Course for Professional Dancers (TCPD); The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing Diploma (C.S.T.D.)

     

    Malaysian-born Ravenna Tucker, began dance training in Hong Kong then at the Royal Ballet Upper School in London. In 1978 she won the Adeline Genée Gold Medal Competition, and in 1979, the French Foundation Prize at the Prix de Lausanne. She joined The Royal Ballet in 1979, and was named “Dancer of the Year” by Dance and Dancers magazine in 1984. On promotion to Principal Dancer in 1985 she danced the title Prima Ballerina roles in the Royal Ballet versions of the classics. In 1990, she joined the Birmingham Royal Ballet until 1996. Tucker has also performed with Singapore Dance Theatre, International Dance Day 2001 in Manila, Rose Borromeo Dance Company (Flamenco), Ecnad Project Ltd., Project Dance London (2011), and the inaugural Mississippi Dance Festival (2012).  She taught as a full-time dance lecturer at LASALLE-SIA College of the Arts in Singapore, and guest taught for Singapore Dance Theatre, Debra Colker Dance Company, the Mississippi Dance Festival, the Alabama Dance Festival, American College Dance Association 2013 and 2016, and competitor classes of the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson in 2010 and 2014.  She has served as Secretary for the Dance Association (Singapore) / World Dance Alliance Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2001 conference, Artistic Committee of Singapore Dance Theatre, and as Artistic Director of Singapore Dance Legacy: The Unsung Heroes – Tony Llacer in 2004. She has examined for the Royal Academy of Dance Solo Seal and judged various Ballet competitions in Britain, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. 


    Mrs. Tucker was a member of the selection committee in 2010 and an Evaluator in 2014 for the USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi.  Certified teacher for the Royal Academy of Dance, the Commonwealth Society of Teachers’ of Dancing (Australia), Body Arts and Science International (BASI) Pilates, and holds a Masters of Creative Industries-from Queensland University of Technology in Australia. She is currently a Professor of Dance at Belhaven University and is married to Jackson, MS Architect, Stan Wagnon.


Sol Masionet

Sol Maisonet

Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon

Ravenna Tucker-Wagnon

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Started ballet, age 12. She received many scholarships by the Puerto Rico Institute of Culture to continue training in New York City (USA) and Cuba. Teachers: Madame Maggie Black, Ramón Segarra, David Howard, Melissa Hayden, Juan Anduze, José Pares. She performed professionally as Soloist / Principal for more than 25 years with companies: Ballet Puertorriqueño, Ballet Theatre of San Juan, Ballet Concierto, Ballets of San Juan. 1983: Invited by the government of Colombia under Artistic Director, Ramon Segarra, to dance as a Principal Dancer with the “Ballet Nacional of Colombia” with headquarters in Bogota. As a Principal Ballerina, several original ballets especially choreographed for her, "Val’s of Ravel", Stravinsky’s "Firebird", "Symphony in Three Movements" and “Ciclos”; Principal roles in many classical ballets including "The Nutcracker", "Les Sylphides", "Swan Lake", "Rites of Spring", "Tango Expectro", "The Merry Widow", George Balanchine’s "Rubies", "Serenade", "Who Cares.”

1990: represented Puerto Rico in Barcelona, Spain, at the 5th Iberoamerican Festival, Oscar Lopez; became one of the finalists with Cuban choreographer Petra Bravo’s piece “Que Signo Lleva el Amor”. 1992: joined recognized choreographer Gabry Christa, Holland and Gloria Llompart , Puerto Rico to found the dance company, “Danzadentro”.1994: epresented Puerto Rico in Barcelona, with her own choreography "Una Vez al Mes”. Ms. Maisonet represented Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands in Caracas, Venezuela, in the "Latin-American Dance Congress" with Bravo's choreography "Un Solo Dueto" and Gabry Christa's "Matutina" for the Virgin Islands and NYC.

Ms. Sol Maisonet has been teaching since 1977; her accomplishments include:developing / enhancing the Dance Department Ballet Curriculum for the School of the Arts in Carolina Puerto Rico; Choreographing for children musicals such as “Lilipun” “Aladdin” and several other theater plays; she has also trained many professional dancers during her career.

Guest Master Teacher for Summer Intensives: San Augustine Conservatory of Dance in FL, Rejoice Dance Academy in MS, Ballet Aviv in Louisiana; Ballet 5:8 IL, Ballet Magnificat former Trainee Program Director; Ballet Magnificat II Artistic Director, as School of Arts Principal, she developed the Upper School Ballet syllabus from 2001-2011.

Adjunct Dance Faculty for Belhaven University, Dance Ministry Ensemble Artistic Director; currently serves as Rehearsal Director for guest choreographers for the fall/spring BU concerts. Ms. Maisonet now works as Ballet Mistress for Ballet Magnificat! And Trainee companies as Rehearsal/Master Teacher.

2020 News & Current Events

Adult Ballet!  No prior experience required!

Adult Ballet

Adult Barre Fitness - FIT-for-JESUS

A combination of dance, pilates, and yoga-based fitness exercises combined to give a cardio-based workout! We use worship music and have fun in this fast-paced class. Sure to have your sweating!


Adult Ballet

Always wanted to try ballet?  No is your chance!  beginner Ballet technique for the adult student.  No prior experience required!  Build the grace, flexibility and strength of a dancer!    

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2019 Spring Performance


The Armor of God

(Ephesians 6:10-18)

MAY 25 

4PM 

Blue Mountain College

Garrett Hall Auditorium


ADULT $10

STUDENT $7

CHILD (4&under) $4 





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Amazing Grace Holy Yoga ~ Adult Barre Fitness!

Amazing Grace HOLY YOGA

Explore how breath and movement can deepen your relationship with Jesus! Stretch and release tension while reflecting on Scripture passages. All ages and levels are welcome! All children must be registered with CCoD and take a minimum of 1 Ballet class a week.  


Adult Barre Fitness - FIT-for-JESUS

A combination of dance, pilates, and yoga-based fitness exercises combined to give a cardio-based workout! We use worship music and have fun in this fast-paced class. Sure to have your sweating!


  

GOD's ANGELS

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“And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” ~ Hebrews 1:6 ~

“GOD’S ANGELS”s a Dance Program children and adults with Special Needs.


GOD’S ANGELS is a Dance Program that: 

Leads to, supports, and reinforces an understanding of Dance by encouraging movement, creative activity, and sensory awareness.


Offers creative movement classes where rhythmic activities are introduced to stimulate fine and gross motor skills and speech and language development, as well as visual, sensory and auditory processing skills!


PERFORMANCES IN CCoD's DANCE MINISTRY ~ 'MISSION in MOTION'  + 'GOD SQUAD' + CCoD's 'DANCE OFFERING' (Year-End Recital) 



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Class Sizes Are Limited

OUR DANCE PROGRAM WILL HELP:

  • Stimulate fine and gross motor development.
  • Stimulate speech and language development.
  • Stimulate sensory, visual, and auditory processing skills.
  • Establish routines.
  • Foster a love of God and love for one another.

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Individualized Attention

OUR DANCE PROGRAM WILL HELP:

  • Encourage attention and cooperation.
  • Encourage exploration and self-expression through dance in a safe,
    structured, encouraging, loving, Christ-centered and family environment.

Past Events

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Tallahatchie Riverfest Arts Market 2017

Tallahatchie Riverfest Arts Market 2017

Tallahatchie Riverfest Arts Market 2017

We had an awesome time greeting and serving folks in the community! 

Psalm 148 

Face painting and raising awareness of our Scholarship Fund: providing dance to ALL!  Dance ministry in Senior Homes, Hospices, Hospitals.  

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Tallahatchie Riverfest Arts Market 2017

Tallahatchie Riverfest Arts Market 2017

Adult Fitness

Christmas Offering 2017

Come Dance With Me!

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Come Dance With Me!

Christmas Offering 2017

Come Dance With Me!

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 2017/2018 Summer Intensive:

 "Come Dance With Me!"

This Unique Summer Intensive will consist of personal mentoring and coaching in the Art of Classical Ballet.  I will focus on refining technique, pointe-work, authentic Classical Ballet repertoire and pas de deux(enrollment dependent).  There will also be a contemporary element including technique, improvisation and choreography.  Aimed at male and female dancers - aged 13/14-21 - who have had Classical Ballet training, this is an ideal program for those who are seeking expertise, a career in Dance and the highest standard of Dance training in North Mississippi. 

Register Early!   ~ $25 Registration Fee ~

Limited Class Size!

Christmas Offering 2017

Christmas Offering 2017

Christmas Offering 2017

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INVEST in the VISION!

The Christian Conservatory of Dance 

MISSION in MOTION 



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COVID-19

Update

Dear Friends and Supporters of CCoD;


In the midst of uncertainty we trust God. He is Sovereign over all human history and over our lives and circumstances. And so, without a spirit of fear, we desire to be aware, vigilant and wise in stewarding the responsibilities we have been given. 


We will now offer Dance training, education and Bible Study online until further notice. We have sent a separate email / text with information and attached schedules to all CCoD Families. If you have not received that information, please let us know. 

If you are not registered in the Christian Conservatory of Dance, and you would like to be, please contact us!


Please join us in praying fervently for all those in our State and worldwide who have been touched by this virus; that they may be restored to health.


Passover Season is approaching and we are called to remember the Blessed Assurance that was given to each family and dwelling that had the Blood of the Lamb on its doorpost!


Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His Might (Eph 6:10), keep alert in all circumstances (v18), and may the grace, peace, and love with faith from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (v23) be with you now and always.