Staff

MoveNation Dance Academy was founded out of a passion and need for sharing the owner's expertise and passion for dance to the youth and adults in Houston Texas. 


​Houston is now the third largest city in the United States and we are excited to contribute to the development and growth of the performing arts in our city!

Jennifer San Miguel - Owner/Director

 

Mrs Jennifer San Miguel received a minor in Dance a major in Entrepreneurship & Strategic Management from the University of North Texas for the express purpose of owning a dance studio. While at UNT, she studied under Ballet Master Arleen Sugano where she honed her technique and performed in the contemporary ballet "X=10". She also gained great appreciation for improvisation and modern dance. Prior to that she was a Senior Company Dancer at Joy's School of Dance in Waco, Tx where she had the opportunity to dance with the Austin City Ballet in the Nutcracker, attend TATD and LA Dance Force Conventions, open for the Texas Special Olympics, and much more. Jennifer also danced as a Dance Management major at Oklahoma City University under the direction of Jo Rowan, Lyn Crammer, Liz Retter, and other inspiring master teachers. 

Her teaching career has been a balancing act with raising and supporting a family. She has taught private lessons in Denton and Houston, taught a jazz dance school program in Waco, was a ballet, tap and jazz teacher at Rodriguez Academy of Dance in Houston, and held various substitute positions in Oklahoma City and Houston throughout the years.

Dance will always be her passion and she has shared that passion with her three children. Her daughter was colonel of her high school dance team and they both recently traveled to New York to take classes at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. She enjoys sharing her technique and passion for dance with others. 

Ms Jennifer has continued to retain and improve her ballet technique through master classes with Master Teacher/Dance Scientist Arleen Sugano and then share this knowledge with MNDA students.
 

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Bethany Meyferth - Pre-School Ballet and Tap Instructor

Ms. Bethany started dancing at age 3 when it was the only way her mom could get her to overcome her shyness! She has since done many styles of dance including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, liturgical, musical theatre, and ballroom. While Ms. Bethany studied elementary education in college, she also took several dance classes in Movement Fundamentals and Contact Improvisation. She also participated on the competitive ballroom dance team with her now-husband as her partner. After college, she taught first grade and kindergarten in the Spring Branch school district. She is very excited to bring together her love of teaching and her love of dancing with the MoveNation Dance Academy family!

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Christian Leal - Hip-hop Instructor

A Houston native and graduate of Westside High School, Christian has returned to Houston after graduating from the University of Texas Austin with a BFA in Dance. His experiences include performing with the Inertia Dance Company and UT Repertory Theater. He has wrangled our Boy's Club Hip-hop class since January 2021.

Seanna Steel - Pre-School Ballet and Tap Instructor

Hi my name is Seanna! I’ve been dancing since I could walk, I love it with a passion but what I love more is bringing smiles to others faces!! Dancing and teaching are my two favorite hobbies, what better job could I ask for?! ️ I look forward to watching these kids grow and learn as much as they will teach me and allow me to grow as well.

Vandhana Sridhar - Zumba Instructor

Vandy started doing Zumba in 2014 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and absolutely fell in love with it. When she had the opportunity to substitute for her Zumba instructor, it filled her with happiness to help others reach their fitness goals. She believe a fitness regime should not feel like work, but it should fill you with joy and that’s what she aspires to do when she prepares for her classes. As we smile and cheer through each song we don’t even realize an hour has passed. What better way to stay fit! Apart from teaching at MoveNation Dance Academy, she works full time as a Data Analyst. Vandy has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics and a Masters degree in Applied Statistics. "Zumba helps me disconnect from the stress of my hectic work schedule. I truly feel it makes me a better person."

Dominique Donato - Instructor

Miss Dominique's passion and love for the performing arts started when she was 6 yrs old.  She developed her dancing skills with the late Margo Marshall School of Ballet (City Ballet of Houston) for 14 years and the High School of Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA) Dance program.  She studied classical ballet, contemporary ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, flamenco, hip-hop, tap, pas de deux, improvisation, dance composition and dance history. She has attended Joffery Ballet workshops and various other dance workshops and competitions throughout Texas, Louisiana and New York.  Some performances that she has appeared in are: The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Giselle, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Witching Hour, Dance Adjudications and Dance Jubilee Workshops. Miss Dominique has several years of experience developing young dancers through private lessons that have led to dancers success in their dancing careers as well as customized a dance program for dancers in need of audition preparation for competitions, stage performances, solos, and even performing arts school auditions resulting in first and second placing in those avenues and the dance school acceptance letters. 

Dancing has and always will be her life long passion and love. She takes great pride in every student she teaches and treats them as the individuals they are even in large class settings. As a dancer your body is your instrument of expression and voice and dancers want to tell their stories and be heard in their own way. The development and growth of every student no matter the age is rewarding on both ends. She hopes to spread much knowledge and learning, joy and happiness to her students and help them develop dancers to become the best they can be and to pursue their goals and dreams as dancers and performers.

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Denzel Taylor - Instructor

A Houston native and graduate of Aldine ISD who has recently returned to Houston. For the past several years Denzel has studied, trained, and professionally  preformed in NYC. He trained at the Alvin Ailey School and has choreographed for Broadway Dance Lab, Central Connecticut State University and other companies and schools. He has traveled and was a guest with several full time companies in techniques from Horton based modern to Contemporary Ballet aesthetics. He is very excited about MNDA's growing studio and eager to work with our current and future students. 

Avry Francis - Hip-hop Instructor

A gymnast and sign language worship dancer at the age of 7 . Miss Avry joined her church dance team in the 5th grade . "After that, I couldn't get enough of the energetic body movements and all of the warm smiles and cheers from the crowd!" She participated in her high school dance team and discovered a love for creating choreography. She is also experienced in Salsa, Bachata, Ballroom,  Arial, Comtempory, Kick, Hip-Hop, Lyrical, and more. Her most recent joyful experience in dance was training with former NBA Rockets Power Dancers leader, Nicole Bui for several months.

 

"Through my experiences, I have come to understand that no matter what type of dance you're doing and no matter what level you're at, the most important aspect is connection with yourself, others, and overall boosting you're self confidence— THAT'S  my focus when I teach. Life is short, so why focus on what we can't do? Let's lift up ourselves and those around us and ROCK WHAT WE GOT!" - Ms. Avry

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Johnnique Nunez - Hip-hop Instructor & Preschool Assistant

"I was a dancer before I was born. I was destined for it. I was dancing in my mother's womb. I grew up watching my mother practice routines in our living room and I was mesmerized by how beautiful movement could be. How could an extension of an arm tell a thousand things?" Johnnique made her debut into dance class via a Mommy and me (afrocuban) class in Manhattan at the age of 3. At the age of 8, she was selected to perform at an all adult production because of how amazed her instructor was with her talents. Johnnique was slated for a future of touring and getting special training when she moved to Texas. She was then introduced to her hiphop instructor. "What a beautiful soul. A tall muscular man taught me to strut and become confident within myself and inspired me to want to make a difference in someone's confidence one day." Johnnique danced throughout high school and was H.O.L.A (latin dance club) choreographer her senior year. Johnnique is a patient and energetic instructor with a passion for dance that is a great fit with MoveNation Dance Academy. 

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