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Living Arts Dance & Fitness Studios Mission

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-expression, encouraging physical fitness, self-discipline and a great enriching diversion from inner city life. At Living Arts Dance, Inc. all levels, shapes and sizes are welcomed, from those who are looking to participate in dance classes as a hobby, to those who are interested in pursuing a professional career as an artist. Click Contact Us to join our studio today!

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 B.S.degree 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

Daija Smith began her love for dance at an early age. Originally from Anne Arundel County Maryland, Daija performed in many local dance companies and studied Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Hip-hop Tap and African Dance. Daija attended several prestigious programs such as: Joffery Ballet School, Disney Youth Education Serious, Duke Ellington Youth Ensemble and C & C Dance Elite, just to name a few. Daija is currently a full-time student at Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance obtaining a BFA in Dance Education. We are so delighted to have Daija Smith as part of or Living Arts Dance team!

Daija Smith

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!

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.

Kalayah Curry

Kalayah Curry is a 21-year-old dancer and choreographer from Hartford, Connecticut. At the age of three, she found her passion for dance and later on continued her dance education, studying ballet, modern/contemporary dance, jazz, hip-hop and West African dance with Jolet Creary and Kyle McHargh. She is an original member of Hartford's successful hip-hop dance team, Team860 and has intensively trained at Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts and DCNS Summer Intensive. Curry has worked and trained with artists, Rennie Harris, Heidi Cruz, Aubrey Lynch II, Robert Moore, Robin Dunn, Kim Bears-Bailey and many others. During her collegiate career, she has also had the pleasure of working closely with Ali Willingham, Dara StevensMeredith, Laceda Nelson and Kariamu Welsh to create, perform and re-stage work all the while, building upon her own foundation. Aside from her movement studies, Curry is also an award recipient of multiple academic scholarships and graduated with her BFA in dance from Temple University. She is now sharing all of her expertise at Living Arts Dance, Inc.

Elana Tiberi

Elana is a BFA candidate in Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University. She was born and raised in central New Jersey where her dance career blossomed. Elana pounced on every performance opportunity which arose: dancing for Camp Broadway in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, performing for the A+ Performers at Downtown Disney in 2012, and various featured dancer roles for musicals put on by Old Bridge High School. She relocated to Philadelphia in August of 2014 and will graduate with a degree in dance in May 2018. Over the course of her four years in Philadelphia, Elana has performed for and studied under many prestigious choreographers including Dr. Kariamu Welsh, Megan Bridge, Kun-Yang Lin, and T. Lang. Performance highlights are comprised of Welsh’s Julie! at the “InFlux!” performance series; the Evil Queen in Bedtime Stories, an original work by Temple graduates Adam Mandala and Cody Knable; and Post Up, a residence piece choreographed by T. Lang. She has also had the opportunity to dance at the local venue Chi Movement Arts Center in the “Inhale” performance series among others. As she has developed as a dancer, Elana has begun to forge a deeper relationship with Judaism through movement, prayer, and customs. She has traveled to the Jewish homeland, Israel, as well as Poland, a land stained by the deaths of many Jews. These experiences have encouraged Elana to refine her reason for being a dancer, choreographer, and artist. Her trips inspired her to create "Barrack Number "5 along with more works in the future emboldened by the new Jewish American identity she has begun to explore. Elana would like to thank her mother Debbie, father Vince, and brother Jason for their endless support and love. She would also like to show gratitude to her extended family and friends for their constant encouragement to pursue her dreams and love for dance.

Yattah Jones

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-founded and co-led the Rhythm and Beats Step Team at George School in Newtown, PA which is still a practicing step team to this day. After receiving her BA in Sociology from American University located in Washington D.C, she continued to teach dance throughout the East Coast. In 2012, Jones began performing with Introspective Movement Project and has recently performed at the Koresh Artists Showcase (2013 & 2014), Performance Garage and the African American Art Museum. Jones’ dance credits include Kariamu and Company: Traditions (2013) and Temple University Endings: Jouvert (2014), Camden’s Festival of Dance: That Which Connects (2015). In addition to her performance credits Jones is now a licensed Zumba instructor, where she fulfills her hope to motivate people of all ages and backgrounds to develop an appetite for exercise through dance and fitness.

Living Arts Dance Foundation

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-stricken and low income families. Many of these students have graduated college and are thriving as successful adults, they have now collaborated with Ms. Jaquetta to establish the Living Arts Dance Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to continuing this work on a larger scale. The mission of Living Arts Dance Foundation is to provide disadvantaged families scholarships to participate in extracurricular activities in the performing arts, while engaging them in a process that equips them with the discipline, confidence, social consciousness and cognitive skills for success. Click Contact Us to receive information on how to apply for scholarships or financial assistance today!

Our Teachers

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