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Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios Mission

Our mission is to provide affordable professional performing arts programs for all. Exposing children to the arts is so beneficial. Not only does it create cultured well-rounded individuals, but studies have shown a link between young children who learn music and later go on to excel in math and science. Most importantly we want to give our youth an outlet of self-expression and a great enriching diversion from the streets/city life. Through dance, music, theater, and art we can began to teach young children self-awareness, decision-making, managing feelings, handling stress, communication, group dynamics, and conflict resolution.

During the past 20 years, obesity among adults & children has risen significantly in the United States. The latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics show that 30 percent of U.S. Adults 20 years of age and older (over 60 million people) are obese. The percentage of young people who are overweight has more than tripled since 1980. Among children and teens age 6–19, 16 percent (over 9 million young people) are considered overweight. These increasing rates raise concern because of their implications for Americans’ health.

At Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios you can dance and burn the calories away! Keep your children physically fit as well as culturally aware by exposing them to the performing arts. Dance is the most natural and fun work out on the planet. So we ask you, "What better way is there to get in shape while having fun than Dance?"

Kareema joined Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios in 2006 as a student, became a student- intern in 2007 and to 17. May 16, 2011 Kareema received her in Criminology at Immaculata University with a minor in French language. While attending Immaculate Kareema was president of the Immaculata dance team and a member of the Double S Hip-Hop dance team. Kareema is currently continuing her studies to receive a master’s degree in Forensic Science. Kareema is a vital asset and blessing to the Living Arts Dance Family she teaches many classes, manages the studio, and substitutes any classes when needed.

Kareema Nelson

Jazz, Hip-Hop Instructor

Jaquetta Colson began her studies as a dancer at the Duke Ellington School for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. While attending Duke Ellington, Jaquetta traveled to X’ian, China and Holland representing the United States as a Youth Ambassador in the 1994 and 1995 International Arts Competitions. Jaquetta won several community service awards for her volunteer outreach work in the performing arts while in high school, she was also a member of local performance groups in the Washington, DC area. Jaquetta studied at the prestigious Alvin Ailey Dance Theater School and attended three summer intensive programs in New York City. In 1996, Jaquetta received the Presidential Merit and Achievement Full Scholarship to attend the University of the Arts, in Philadelpha, PA, where she earned a B.F.A. in Dance Education. During her college career she entered the Miss America Scholarship Pageant and won Miss Eastern PA 1997. After graduation Jaquetta became a personal trainer, fitness model and began teaching performing arts, dance, physical fitness, and yoga throughout the Philadelphia area and surrounding suburbs. Jaquetta also used her degree to teach early childhood education and Kindergarten classes. In 2006 Jaquetta opened the Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios, as owner and director, she is determined to provide affordable professional performing arts and fitness programs to all. From 2009 through 2013 Jaquetta was Dance Professor at Girard College, Guest Lecturer at Immaculata University and Program Director at St. Mary’s Hospital Wellness Center. Jaquetta is currently a dance teaching artist and choreographer for the Education Department at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Jaquetta proclaims that out of all her achievements, that her biggest accomplishment is being a full-time mother of two wonderful children.

Jaquetta Colson

Owner & Director

Daniella Brown was born in London, England to Jamaican parents in September of 1993. Daniella started dancing at the age of 4 at Kim’s Danceland in Springfield, Massachusetts specializing in Jazz, African Dance, Liturgical, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip-hop. Daniella has been teaching dance to students of all ages and is known for her high-energy, island vibes and passion for dance mentorship. Daniella won many competitions, taught workshops in various states and became a dance mentor to many children in both Massachusetts and Philadelphia. In 2011, Daniella attended Temple University in Philadelphia, PA and became a member of By Any Means Necessary Dance Team, Nsoromma West African Dance Ensemble and the founder of Uzuri Dance Company (Temple University’s contemporary dance company with a focus on women of color.) Daniella traveled to Dhrangadhra, India to study dance culture as a spiritual influence and teach dance. Daniella Brown continues to dance, teach, create and inspire by learning through her travel experiences and transforming her ideas into creative pieces. Living Arts Dance is honored to have her with us!

Daniella Brown

Living Arts is a training program for dance and fitness educators, students from University of the Arts, Temple University and various dance studios come to Living Arts to learn the fundamentals of dance education using the Living Arts curriculum, outlines and lessons. We are excited about the opportunity to create new artist, instructors and continue growth in the performing arts

Student Teachers & Interns

Dakota Demato

Dakota Demato has been singing, dancing, and acting since age 3. Born in Tarrytown, NY, and raised in Coral Springs, FL, she moved to Philadelphia in 2012 for college. She recently graduated in December 2015 from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She has received extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern, and Musical Theatre styles of dance. She also has studied various styles of Voice and Acting since age 9. Dakota has vast experience as a dance teacher and choreographer for all ages. She has choreographed numerous fully staged musicals. As a teacher, she hopes to provide an atmosphere where her students are encouraged to set goals, take risks and view mistakes as an avenue for learning.

Stephanie Stevens

Originally from California, Stephanie moved to Philadelphia to receive her dance degree from The University of The Arts, BFA 2012. Since then she has worked with renowned choreographers such as Ronen Koresh and Seven time Blackpool Latin Champion Charles Danza. A recent performance highlight includesCherchez La Femme- An all female art collective in the Philadelphia area. It was through her love of dance, she discovered the benefits of Yoga. Certified in Vinyasa Flow from Dhyana Yoga, her classes aim to inspire mindfulness and good health for ALL levels! Come breathe and relieve the stress from corporate life, or enjoy dance lessons in Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Ballet and Ballroom /Latin dance!

Sally Marsh

As an alumna of Temple University, Sally Marsh pursued dance as her major. Post-modern was the emphasized style of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, but she learned other styles such as Jazz, West-African, Ballet, and Improvisation among others. She has also acquired knowledge in Zumba and the art of pole dance and fitness. In her earlier years, Sally studied with Philadanco for a year where the company emphasized Horton and Graham technique. She performed with Messiah Dance Works, a Christian based Modern dance company initiated out of South Philadelphia. One of the pieces she help choreograph was "Saviors" performed at an Odunde festival. Before the "Jesterz" project with Underground Dance Works, she went on to start teaching. Through Darlington Arts Center she started teaching Hip-Hop, Creative Movement, Modern, West African, and Jazz styles in their Chester outreach program. She simultaneously pursued a personal training career through Bally and La Fitness. Receiving training on the anatomy, yoga, and flexibility, she additionally taught strengthening and STRIDE courses (combination of dance and fitness). Sally has since worked with Philadelphia Arts Education Partnership (PAEP) constructing her own lesson plans and integrating dance with a middle school Math and Science and curriculum. One of her latest projects Sally choreographed was in working with the Wissahickon Charter School's After School Program where a single stream video was recorded of the kids performing "Get up Offa that Thang" by James Brown. Wanting to pursue more performing art outreach she has been working with Living Arts Dance and Fitness Studios for the passed couple of years bringing more dance to the youth and Philadelphia communities.

Zaria Leonard-White

Zaria Leonard-White has been singing since the age of 8, she attended Grover Washington Jr. Middle School where she took voice lessons, sang soprano in choir, played violin in orchestra, piano in band, and solidified her choice in singing. She attended the Creative and Performing Arts High School where she participated in "All City Choir" for 4 years in the “Verizon Hall”, performed in every CAPA musical, and was apart of the"Showstoppers" program in the “Perelman Theater” at the Kimmel Center, while interning her 3rd year in the program. Joining Living Arts family she was given the opportunity of both administrator, musical theater, and conducting voice lessons. She graduated class of 2014 at CAPA as a vocal major and now attends University of the arts (Uarts) where she Performs in recitals, shows, and at gigs. She is in her sophomore year pursuing her Masters in Music Education and a Bachelors in Voice Performance.

William Rhem

William was born in Frankfurt, Germany and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina. He graduated from Bethune Cookman University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology in 2012. William attended college on a music scholarship where he played the trumpet in the marching and concert bands. William began his dance training in Atlanta, Ga with the Atlanta Dance Connection under the direction of Allyne Gartrell in 2013. William has studied at programs such as Dallas Black Dance Theatre Summer Intensive, Jennifer Archibald ARCHCORE40 NYC, Breaking Barriers, and Philadanco Summer Training Program. William has studied with artists and choreographers such as Dudley Williams, Milton Myers, Dianne Maroney Grigsby, and Baba Chuck Davis. He has performed in productions such as Dance Africa, Bravo's: Married to Medicine, Candice Glover: Music Speaks Tour, and the 2013 & 2014 IABD Conferences.

Briana Hayman

Briana is currently a full-time dancer on the 76er's Dance Team and a Senior at the University of the Arts acquiring her BFA in Dance Education. Briana began studying the art of dance at the New Castle Dance Academy in Delaware, studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Contemporary. From 2005 through 2012 Briana continued to increase her knowledge of dance by attending the Cab Calloway School of the Arts, the Delaware Arts Conservatory, Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive and Eleone Dance Theater. We are delighted that despite her busy schedule, she still finds time to share her wealth of knowledge at Living Arts Dance Studios.