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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


Ms 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 and maintaining part time work as a business process and software consultant. 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 and everyone at MNDA. Her daughter was colonel of her high school dance team and one of the pivotal moments in her lie was when they both traveled to New York to take classes at Alvin Ailey, Broadway Dance Center, and Steps on Broadway. This trip led to the opening of MNDA and replicating NYC energy and drive is one of the pillars of the studio's competency.  

Ms Jennifer has continued to retain and improve her technique through master classes with Master Teacher/Dance Scientist Arleen Sugano, traveling to NYC to take master classes, participating in TATD,  and then shares this knowledge with MNDA students.


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Christine Janis - Instructor

Christine's Bio Coming Soon

Bethany Meyferth - Assistant Director

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. Ms. Bethany is excited to share her love of dance with her two children. She has loved getting to teach our youngest dancers for the last several years, and is excited to step into the role of assistant director.

Ellie Williams - Instructor

Ellie Williams has been dancing since the age of 5 years old and has loved it ever since. She has trained at Houston Ballet, Texas Academy of Dance Arts, Broadway Dance Center in New York City, and various other places. She started teaching at the age of 14 to children at community theatres all over Houston. From teaching children at community theatres she found her passion for teaching and has been teaching children in the Houston area ever since. She is also a talent agent with Spark Talent Agency based here in Conroe, TX with locations in Los Angeles and New York City as well. She is so excited to be teaching here at MNDA!

Meika Powells - Instructor

Meika Powells has been dancing since she knew how to walk. While growing up in a large family Meika and her siblings would put on talent shows and mini dance competitions for anyone who would watch. As Meika grew her love and capacity of dance grew as well. She took her first official dance class in 2012 and fell in love with jazz, modern and contemporary. Hip-Hop has always been her strong suit but learning to express herself in different ways to different rhythms was exhilarating. While in college Meika taught at an amazing dance studio for 4 years. Her choreography has been presented on various different stages, including Disney World, Houston City Parades, Dance Competitions and local theaters. of professional dance experience. Meika states that the best part of dance competitions was being able to receive the  judges critiques and perfect her skills as a dancer, and choreographer. Meika is excited to be a part of MoveNation Dance Academy and be able to pour into the students’ dance journey.

Lindsey McElvany - Lead Dance Instructor (all genres)

Miss Lindsey McElvany joined MNDA in February of 2022 and has been dancing for almost 2 decades. She is trained in ballet, pointe, pas de deux, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She performed with pre-professional dance company, BalletForte, for ten years portraying various roles in The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and more. She has been teaching since 2016 but began choreographing full pieces in 2015. In 2018, her piece “Reflections” was chosen to open Regional Dance America Southwest’s Legacy festival. She was also chosen as a choreographer for National Choreography Intensive and interned for The Houston Ballet summer of 2023.

Emily Jule Bullard - Hip-hop / Jazz / Heels Instructor 

Ms Emily, as the daughter of a dancer, has been dancing since before she was born. Gaining rare opportunities to participate as a college dance honor society mascot at ages 3 & 4, observe college dance classes, having open access to dance life at all times, she has had an unusual dance education. Apart from growing up dancing in mom's living room, she also studied at Houston Academy of Dance, Rodriquez Academy of Dance, Cornerstone Academy, and participated in Dance Team as the  Lt. Colonel her Junior year and Colonel her senior year at Spring Woods High School. She won HTE Awards and has taken classes at Steps, Broadway Dance Center, and Alvin Ailey.

Emily also has experience as a vocal performer and recording artist. She is a Senior at University of Houston pursuing a psychology degree and has several health care certifications. 

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