Instructors and Staff

Dwyn Y. Turner has over 50 years of dance experience. Her dance education began at the age of 2. She attended Foster, Melba DeSalle, Leila Haller, and New Orleans Dance Academy. She is a graduate of the prestigious Durden School of Dance. She was a principal dancer at Southern University and a member of the Tulane Green Wave dance team. She was recipient of the Durden School of Dance scholarship to New York and a dance instructor at Xavier University’s Upward Bound Program and Community Kids Dance Troupe. Madame Dwyn is a graduate of Southern University of Baton Rouge and is a licensed guidance counselor.

 

Wendy Turner Steib began dancing at the age of 9 months and has been performing on stage over 48 years. She is a graduate of the world renowned New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) and Community Kids Dance Troupe. Madame Wendy is a former member of the LSU Folk Ensemble, LSU Modern Dance Team, and a principal dancer for the Southern University Jazz Ensemble. She was granted a summer dance fellowship to Tulane University and served as a dance instructor at Xavier University’s Upward Bound Program. Her dance travels have taken her from New York to Orlando, Florida. She holds a degree in Manual Communication and is an Interpreter for the Deaf.

 

Staff

Jerome A. Steib                                                                                 Finance/Business Manager

 

Gwendolyn “MeMe” Turner and Renee Kelly                             Dance/Recital Consultant

 

Dwyn Turner and Roshonda Peters                                              Office Assistant

 

Kynisha Christmas & Chelsi Martin                                              Assistants

 

Raymond Gordon III                                                                        Dance Apprentices                

 

Alexis Novel, Dwyn Steib and Destiny White                              Assistant Choreographers

 

Roshonda Peters, Jayde Platenburg and Myrran Riley             Graduate Assistants 

 

Jourdan Rogers, Dwana Smothers and Jai Wilson                   Graduate Assistants 

 

Courtney Britton, Lauren Coleman & Jardyn Daniels              Graduate Candidates 

 

Chanel Hendricks, Aalaila Jenkins & Ally Novel                        Graduate Candidates

 

Ashly Novel, Laine Roberts & Taylor Smith                                Graduate Candidates 

 

Coren Wilson & Jaia Yates                                                              Graduate Candidates

 

Carsyn Caldwell, Lauren Coleman and Alana Crusto               MDSD Jr. Staff                      

 

Chanel Hendricks, Ariyah Howard and Asia Jones                   MDSD Jr. Staff

 

Patricia Petty, Kayla Roy and Coren Wilson                               MDSD Jr. Staff 

 

Jaia Yates                                                                                            Attendance Clerk 

 

Kynisha Christmas and Tracie Ellsworth                                     Stage Directors

 

 Melvin Benoit and Aloyce Novel                                                   Crossing Guards 

MDSD ALUMNI 

 

Class of 2010

Renee Kelly

 

Class of 2011

Taylor Parker

Dwyn Steib

Class of 2015

Kodi Dunn

Chelsi Martin

Parris Nelson

Gabrielle Scioneaux

Dwana Smothers

Class of 2012

Jordan Alexander

Eunique Temple

Dana Winfield

Class of 2016

Kyla Johnson

Ria Morgan

Alexis Novel

Destiny White

Jai Williams

Class of 2013

Bijon Belisle

Kalin Chinn

Jayde Platenburg

 

Class of 2014

I’Keya Bell

Kynisha Christmas

Taylah Gilbert

Myrissa Mitchell

Jordyn Platenburg

Myrran Riley

Jourdan Rogers

 

Class of 2017

Raquel Bell

Roshonda Peters

Cydney Skidmore

Paige Wilson

 

 

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