Providing Lessons For:
Infants through Adults Beginners through Advanced Fitness , Professional Dance Training & Martial Arts Training.
81 Fairmount Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19123
Great FREE street parking available in
front of our studios.
Northern Liberties location one block from Septa El Spring Garden Street Station and all Septa Spring Garden Street Buses.
Bring your little ones for a class or free child watch while you are taking your class, infants welcomed.
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Living Arts Dance, Inc. was established in 2006, by owner Jaquetta Colson, with the mission to provide professional performing arts programs for all. As a dance educator for over 25 years Ms. Jaquetta has a passion for exposing children and adults to the arts, giving a safe outlet of self-
Kareema joined Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios in 2006 as a student, became a student-
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-
Owner & Director
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
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-
As an alumna of Temple University, Sally Marsh pursued dance as her major. Post-
Known as a passionate educator and innovative choreographer, dance professional Dayna DeFilippis is a graduate of The University of Arizona, where she attended on scholarship, having earned her Master of Fine Arts Dance degree with an emphasis in choreography (2013). She completed both her Bachelor of Fine Arts Dance degree and Bachelor of Business Administration degree at The University of Iowa (2003). Her most recent professional endeavors include performing with Tobacco Road Dance Productions in Durhma, NC as well as teaching throughout the Triangle Area this past year. Dayna also choreographed for Crane River Theater’s productions of Wizard of Oz and Oklahoma! In Kearney, NE last summer. Other Crane River pursuits include choreographing Shrek The Musical and Footloose The Musical as well as serving on the Board of Directors. Dayna was the Dance Director at the University of Nebraska, Kearney for three years, where she taught dance appreciation, jazz, tap, ballet and modern. While there, she directed the experimental and conceptual concerts, It’s Essential, Art IN Motion, When Planets Align,(Dis) Connected and Synergy with two touring performances to Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. Dayna is also an active member of the National Dance Education Organization, where she recently presented two research projects in Washington, DC. She has also presented workshops at Region V of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and the North Central Regional Conference of the American College Dance Association. Prior to pursuing graduate studies, Dayna worked in the industry as a teacher at private studios throughout the Midwest and director of youth performance companies and public outreach programs. Dayna is excited to join the Living Arts family and share her expertise and love of movement.
Kalayah Curry is a 21-
Rashan Kenyatta Jackson, is a native of Philadelphia, PA where he began his dance training at age 13 at the Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadanco) in the training program. He would later join Philadano II, their training component to their first company, Philadanco. Rashan is a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where he served and Dance Captain and Choreographer of the schools Dance Company. He later received training from the University of the Arts and the Ailey School. He was also asked to perform with the Bermuda Dance Company in Bermuda that same year. After studying at the University of the Arts, he performed with various companies such as, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, (Los Angeles, CA), Donald Byrd/The Group, (New York, NY), Washington Reflections Contemporary Dance Company, (Washington D.C.), and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, (Dallas, TX). While dancing with these companies he had the pleasure of performing works by premiere choreographers, past and present such as: Alvin Ailey, Alonzo King, Paul Taylor, Donald McKayle, Donald Byrd, Gene Hill Saigon, Milton Myers, Hope Boykin, Jessica Lang, Nathan Trice, Troy Powell, Christopher Huggins, Ray Mercer. While touring with these companies he was able to share his gift of dance with students across the country through various outreach programs, he finds that work inspirational and rewarding. Since returning to Philadelphia Rashan has choreographed and taught at The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Delaware Contemporary Dance Theatre, DANCE4LIFE School of the Arts and Training Institute, Grace Dance Theatre 2 and most recently X-
Yattah Jones, born and raised in Brooklyn, New York has been dancing and performing for over 20 years. Her training started in Brooklyn at house parties where she developed a movement style heavily influenced by her African and Caribbean roots. In 2002, Jones co-
From 2006 until 2018 Ms. Jaquetta Colson, out her very own pockets and through many fundraisers, gave scholarships, discounted tuition, created college prep, study abroad and mentoring programs for talented students of poverty-