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Monica Jones

Artistic Director / Founder

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Monica L. Jones is a performing arts enthusiast and has trained in most areas of the Arts such as Ballet, Liturgical, Modern, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, Piano, Theatre, and Vocal. She began training in dance at the age of 12 under the direction of the Artistic Director of Ballet Mississippi, David Keary. During this time, she was also accepted into Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC) in Jackson, MS as a Theatre major studying under Lelon Thompson, Thomas Coates, and Sharon Wheeler. She is a veteran to New Stage Theatre and has performed as a dancer in shows such as, 'Guys and Dolls, Jr.' and 'Annie Jr.' Later, she performed for institutions at William Carey University and Belhaven University, where she is a graduate of the latter.

 

She has over 17 years of teaching experience in the Arts. Her students have danced internationally in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica and for 'Bobby Jones Presents', the National Black Caucus for State Legislatures, Belhaven University Community Dance Concert, Hinds Community College, the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, March of Dimes for Premature Babies and before audiences with Bishop T.D. Jakes, Donnie McClurkin, LeAndria Johnson, Micah Stampley, Judith McAllister, William McDowell, the Mayor and the Councilman of our city.

 

She was recently a 2016 guest choreographer and instructor of Flags for 'Bobby Jones Presents' that aired on the Impact Network. She has also been a faculty member for the Mississippi Christian Performing Arts Festival teaching how to incorporate dance, flags, and tambourines in Worship. The Christian Performing Arts Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals in the state of Mississippi.

 

Monica is a member of the International Dance Commission and the National Liturgical Dance Network. She is the co-writer of the stage productions, " A Picture of Calvary", "Beyond the Manger", and "The King Is Coming" which each have had approximately 3,000 in attendance. Her favorite quote is, "Faith is like WI-FI, it's invisible, but it has the power to connect you to what you need!" Monica is married to Kevin Jones and they have one son, Peyton Andrew Jones.

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Amber Jones

Assistant Director/Director of Music

Amber Jones has been involved most of her life in the arts of Dance and Music. She has been trained in Piano, Voice, Bass Guitar, Drums, Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Liturgical, and Contemporary Dance. Amber is a graduate of Jackson State University with an emphasis in Piano Performance and also a Music: piano graduate of Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex (APAC).

 

She is a strong believer in excellence and using all of your gifts to edify and uplift The Kingdom. Amber believes that, "Though the church should not operate as the world, we have to adopt their operation of excellence. You can't submit an offering to God and expect Him to take it if it's not your best, if it's not your all. Ministry is the unveiling of a gift from your heart. " Amber has been a dance instructor and choreographer for for over 10 years. Amber has trained children rigorously in dance and music to perform in the Mississippi Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) and compete in various competitions, such as: The Bach Festival, Gladys P. Norris Festival, National Gymnastic and Cheer competitions, ACT-SO, Power APAC, Ballet Mississippi, the International Ballet and others. Amber has been a Flag and Timbrel Instructor for the Mississippi Christian Performing Arts Festival, Creative Arts Instructor for the Salvation Army Citadel Corps, Dance Instructor for JSU's Kids Kollege, Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi Divisional Piano Instructor for the Salvation Army, Adjunt Instructor at the Dancing Preachers International Conference in Montego Bay, Jamaica and has been invited to dance for the National Black Caucus for State Legislatures' Nation Builder Ceremony, The Potter's House (Bishop T.D. Jakes), MegaFest (Bishop T.D. Jakes), Gospel Heritage Workshop of America, Belhaven University Dance Concert, the Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation, Covenant School for the Arts, various dance ministries across the nation and has sang internationally in New Zealand, Australia, and Austria.

 

Amber is very active in the community in having been a musician for several New Stage Theatre productions and has worked with Operation Shoestring leading the Rhythmic Fusion Initiative to introduce young at-risk elementary students to the Arts. She has held the position of Music Therapist at the Mississippi Children's Home, working with children with Autism, Aspergers, and special needs to use music and dance as a form of creative expression and healing. She also served as a Music Therapist for the Methodist Specialty Care, providing music to paraplegic adults ages 18-79. She volunteers in nursing homes and schools around the world. She is a sought-after presenter for music and dance conferences and assists in the Youth ministry and the Praise and Worship Team at her local church.

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