Mercier School of Dance: Little Dancers is a mobile dance studio that brings the magic and excitement of a dance education to your learning center, private school, or other institution. No longer will you have to rush from work to dance! Enrolling in our dance program provides your little dancer with a fun and exciting class without the hassle of having to take time out of your day to drive to a separate location for classes!
Mercier School of Dance is pleased to offer a variety of classes. Each class is tailored to meet and exceed the needs of dancers ages 9 and under. With a focus on proper form and terminology via movement, music, and creativity, we strive to lay a foundation for proper technique and a love of dance.
“Dance training enhances cognitive learning skills such as memory and communication” – Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Contact us at MercierSchool@gmail.com
CARISSA KOONTZ (Director) began her dance career at the age of four and became a serious dancer at eleven when she focused on ballet. She trained with The Raleigh School of Ballet in Raleigh NC, and Annette Hagopian at the Triangle Academy of Dance in Cary, North Carolina until the age of 16, and attended an intensive at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1997. Carissa has preformed various classical ballet pieces including: Odile (Swan Lake), Arabian, Spanish, and Marzipan (Nutcracker) Wheat Pas (Copeilia) as well as various other ballets, and modern pices. While at Meredith College Carissa preformed in “Dance Works” modern piece. Ms Carissa continues studying ballet via various adult dance classes in the NOVA area!
Carissa began competitive Scottish Highland dance at the age of twelve studying under Jo Kalat, and attained the highest level of premier when she was sixteen . She has competed across the Eastern Seaboard, including placing fourth runner up at the Carolina Open Championship at Loch Norman, 5th runner up twice at the Atlantic Seaboard Championship at Grandfather Mountain, and winning the pre-championship at Grandfather Mountain in 2004. Carissa has twice appeared in Rhythms of Scotland, a professional review highlighting Scottish musical traditions. In the 2005 performance, she shared the honor of dancing with world-renowned fiddler Alasdair Fraser, whose music is featured in The Last of the Mohicans and Titanic. Carissa and her husband, Greg, appeared in the 2011 Celtic Christmas on Georgia PBS, which won a regional Emmy! This show also is aired several times a year during the holiday season on TV. In 2013 Carissa and Greg appeared with Howard County Ballet as guest performers. Carissa and Greg also won various duet competitions in NC as well as VA in 2012, 2013 . Carissa performed with the Ben Lomond Dance Company in 2012. Carissa holds her teaching certification in Highland Dance from the British Association of Teachers of Dance, and is a member of the Federation of United States Teachers and Adjudicators and a member of the Virginia Dance Coalition. Carissa is a graduate of NC State University with degrees in political science, and anthropology.
Catherine Bacha (Instructor): Catherine started dancing at age 4. Fell in love with dance and has been teaching since age 16. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Shenandoah University in 2002. Catherine participated in the Leo’s Choreography competition in 2002 with her piece “Point of View”. She continues to teach and spread the joy and love of dance to her student of all ages.
Jasmine Coon (Instructor) : Jasmine has been dancing since the age of 2 and competing in dance competitions since the young age of 5 years old. Throughout high school she competed at competitions such as NYCDA, ADA, DMA and attended various national and regional workshops throughout New York. While competing, she also choreographed and taught for her home studio in upstate New York. Jasmine attended the University at Buffalo, where she studied Dance and took pre-medical course work. While at the UB, she studied jazz, tap, ballet, modern, hip hop, and ariel arts, as well as choreography and dance education. She also performed in various dance concerts at UB in addition to performing with their company dance ensemble. Her choreography was also featured in concerts at UB. She also taught and choreographed all styles of dance for dance studios in the Buffalo area. Jasmine graduated with her Bachelors in dance this past May and is excited to begin a new chapter in her life and dance career in Northern Virginia
Keira Turner- Bio Coming soon