MEET OUR C.O.R.E DANCE INSTRUCTORS…..
Mirica Stevens is a 27 year old native of Montgomery, Alabama. She received her B.S. in Chemistry at Tennessee State University in 2006, graduating Summa Cum Laude. She then completed her Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010 at The Ohio University College of Medicine. She has lived in Cleveland, Ohio for the past 4 years and still resides in Cleveland while completing her psychiatry residency at The Cleveland Clinic. Although Mirica is in the pursuit of a career as a community psychiatrist, she has had an undying passion for the art of dance all her life.
She studied dance throughout her adolescent years while attending middle and high schools of the performing arts. There she had a focused concentration in ballet but also received additional formal training in ballet pointe, jazz, tap, hip hop, and lyrical dance. She has performed in numerous recitals throughout the Southeast with The Montgomery Ballet, Alabama Dance Theatre, and the local Academy of Dance. She also was a member of The Tennessee State University Dance Team during her undergraduate career in 2003-2005. It was then during undergraduate years she began teaching dance to young girls at a local recreation center with her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. This is where she discovered the need of positive mentorship for today’s youth and the additional life skills that are developed
through the art of dance. Mirica has expressed her excitement that C.O.R.E. Dance Academy allows this most needed avenue for both mentorship and exposing the performing arts to today’s youth.
LaQuatre Rashaun Rhodes is a 27 year old native of Shreveport, LA. She currently resides in Cleveland, OH in pursuit of her Doctorate in osteopathic medicine. She received her B.S. in Biology from Baylor University in 2006 and her M.S. in Biological Sciences in 2009. Though research and being a physician have been her childhood career aspirations, she’s always had a passion for dancing.
Since the age of 5 years old, LaQuatre was formally trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance at the Shreveport Dance Academy, formerly known as Theater School of Dance. Her ballet training followed the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) curriculum for which she received passing with honors recognition from the RAD examination board. She served as a principle dancer and member of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet Company for over 10 years and performed several roles in the Nutcracker, Coppelia, Gaîté parisienne, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, La Fille Mal Garde Act I. She also performed in various ballet, jazz, and modern dance ensembles and recitals.
Having danced for almost her entire life, she loves to share the gift of dance with others, thus is currently a volunteer instructor and mentor for the Creating Opportunity to Reach Empowerment (C.O.R.E.) youth program. She has a passion for today’s youth and recognizes the additional life and leadership skills that are developed through participating in the performing arts. Lastly but not least, she is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.