Anthony Patrick teaches Baby Ballet, Beginning Ballet & Modern Improvisation here at MBAA. Patrick is a graduate of San Diego University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance. He has experience teaching various forms of dance:  Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, liturgical, and African. In addition, Patrick has trained rigorously in Contemporary Ballet Technique, Contemporary Modern Technique, Improvisation Technique (contact), Jazz Technique, and West African Technique, and Somatic/Body Mind Center Technique.

Kelsee Woods teaches Jazz Technique and Urban Funk here at the MBAA.  Woods trained at Studio 413 for more than 5 years. She is the NUVO Memphis’s Breakthrough Dancer 2014 and protĂ©gĂ© at the Pulse on Tour.  Woods is the jazz instructor at SubRoy Studios and is a former member of the University of Memphis Pom Team.  Currently, Woods is a Grizz Girl for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kellye M. Crawford was born with the natural talent of dance. As a child she performed and traveled for numerous organizations. She began technical training at the age of 16 and decided to further her training on through college. She graduated in 2009 with a BFA in Performing Arts with emphasis on dance. She came back to Memphis and immediately began working with Shelby County Schools teaching and coordinating performing arts programs. She now serves as the Program Coordinator for the Memphis Black Arts Alliance and is choreographer/Director for several other non profit organizations in Memphis TN.

Lar’Juanette Williams is the Executive Director of the MBAA and she also teaches Beginners Acting & Audition Technique with The Academy. Williams is an award winning singer, dancer, actress, writer and arts administrator. Williams is the recipient of the 2014 Georgie Award for Outstanding Performance by an Actress, and the 2012 Broadway World’s Best Actress in a Musical, among others. Her numerous professional stage, television, and film credits include ER, Seinfeld, Ghost of Mississippi, Ain’t Misbehavin, Hairspray, and touring the USA in the starring role of Effie White in DREAMGIRLS.

Naomi Moody teaches musical theatre, voice, and piano here at the MBAA. Singer, actress, and professionally trained authority and popular workshop leader on, Vocal Health, KinderMusik, and Negro Spirituals, Moody has performed on Broadway in the production of “Porgy and Bess”, with Gregory Hines and Judith Jamison in Duke Ellington’s “Sophisticated Ladies” and at major opera houses, clubs, and stages throughout the USA and the world. Moody is a lead vocalist and musical director.

Kent Suggs teaches all beginning instruments, private only, here at the MBAA. Suggs, a world traveled musician-singer, plays and instructs students in Blues, Jazz, and Christian instrumental and vocal music.  Beginning as a 15yr old on Beale St performing with Memphis musicians such as Joyce Cobb, Herman Green Calvin, and Phineas Newborn, Nokie Taylor, Isaac Hayes, Rufus & Carla Thomas. He recently returned home from a 10yr career in Las Vegas and world travel with music legends such as Gladys Knight, the Drifters, Ink Spots, Lou Rawls, and Little Anthony.

George Nettles teaches Beginners & Intermediate Tap here at the MBAA. Nettles aka “Dancing George” began dancing on Beale St and worked his way to Broadway NYC. He has danced with many other great dancers like the late Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Jimmy Slyde and tap master Henry LeTang.  He has appeared in such productions as “Black & Blue”.  Since returning to Memphis, Nettles has appeared on local and national television.