Princess Ballet, Superhero Creative Movement, Mom & Me
Early Learning Program Director
Song & Dance
Moriah has been dancing since age 8. She has trained in various styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Musical Theater and everything in between. Moriah has perfomed all over Texas, Utah, California and Hawaii. Moriah has taught at dance studios in Texas and in Utah. While growing up, her dance studio took first in numerous competitions. Moriah shares a love of theater. While in high school, she took part in over 30 productions, from assistant director, to choreographer, to lead actress, to chorus, to tech crew. She performed in such plays as "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown", "The Wizard of Oz", "How to Succed in Business Without Really Trying", "A 1940's Radio Hour", "Annie", "Leader of the Pack", "Scrooge", "Music Man", "Kismet", "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." While in college Moriah had a prominent dancing role in "Copacobana," which aided her in meeting the love of her life. Together Mike and Moriah were able to perfom and work together for a few years before being blessed with children. They are now parents to four wonderful boys and one little princess.
Performance Company, Musical Theater
Moriah Davis - Director
Emalie, or Ema, has always loved the Arts. She was drawing & painting from a young age and started taking dance at age 7 in Mesa, Arizona. As the oldest of 6 children, Emalie also loves interacting with children and organizing She took recreational Ballet/Lyrical for 6 years before moving out of country with her family to Shanghai, China. This interrupted her education in dance, but began a more interested practice in drawing & painting. After living in Shanghai for 13 months, Emalie returned to the States and volunteered as a Kindergarten Teacher aid in a small town in Nevada. Her family then made the move to Spring, Texas in August, 2014 where she met Moriah at her local church organization.
Emalie first began as a volunteer aid for Moriah in her Garage Studio, eventually helping with online & office work as MDSA made the move to our current location. Now she assists Moriah with running the Studio, as well as anything else she needs. She also taught the Preschool aged Yoga before leaving on an 18 month LDS Mission, July 2017-January 2019. She is currently attending Utah State University in a Pre-Art program. Although she continues to work for the Studio from Utah, she plans to return to Texas & the Studio following graduation.
Social Media, Office Administrator
Samantha has worked with children from the past 20 years though, work, school and volunteer positions in the community. She graduated from Utah State University in Family and Consumer Sciences with a minor in English. Samantha grew up doing dance and performing in the Junior Musical Playhouse. Miss Samantha has worked with MDSA at the front office as well as teaching yoga and substituting for Early Learning Classes. She enjoys spending time with her husband and six kids as well as reading and crafting.
Michael has grown up with performing. Starting from his initial starring role as Santa Claus in the 1st Grade Christmas program, Michael has since performed all over the United States, Mexico and the Carribean. Michael received training from local professionals, and grew up entertaining in summer musicals, performing groups, as well as competing in voice, dance and theater competitions. Each summer Michael would participate in groups touring all over the U.S. After high school, Michael was accepted as a Music Dance Theater major at Brigham Young University, performing in over fifteen different productions his freshman year. Michael additionally worked as the director and/or choreographer for several performing groups that would tour in Florida, Texas, California, and other locations. Michael worked for two years as a performer on Disney Cruise Lines, performing several times daily in shows or interacting with guests. Michael continued to participate in college muscials and performing groups until he met his lovely wife and transitioned into the semi-comparable vocation of being an attorney. Michael loves his family, music, and the power of good entertainment.
Moriah's Husband, Eternal Substitute
Holly has been dancing since the age of 4 years old. Starting with jazz, tap, ballet. In the 7th grade she decided to start taking ballroom dance classes and has been dancing ballroom ever since. She attended Klein Collins High School and was on the Tiger Belle dance team for three years. She studied jazz, modern, lyrical, military, kick, hip hop and clog. Holly excelled in jazz and loves it still. After high school She went to Brigham Young University- Idaho where she was on the Collegiate Ballroom Dance Team. This where she meet the love of her life. After her first semester she interned with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She continued to work there during her off semesters and loved it. Holly's last semester at BYUI she taught a beginning ballroom dance class on campus. She love teaching and enjoys helping students grow to their full potential while having a blast!
Competition, Jazz, Ballroom
Alessandra Reynolds has been dancing ballet from the time she was three years old into her adult years. Her training includes years with Rowland Ballard under Cheryl Rowland, Studio of Dance under Gilbert Rome, Victoria Vittum, and Amy Beatty, and American Academy of Dance under Angela Jackson, Barbara LeGault, and Kerry Godkins. She also performed in Houston Dance Theatre at Regional Dance America Southwest Festivals in numerous Gala ranking ballets. She attended many ballet summer intensives including Joffrey Midwest under the late John Magnus, Walnut Hill School for the Arts on scholarship, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School. After high school, Alessandra was accepted and attended Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Grad Program where she danced corps de ballet roles with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and was cast in new ballets for the program. Over the years she danced in numerous roles and ballets including Sugarplum Fairy and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Princess Florine with the Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, peasant girl in Romeo and Juliet, modern solo in Still by Robert Mills, Blackbird by Katy Winn Ellison, and many more. Later, she attended University of Houston and earned her Bachelors of Science in Science Education with magna cum laud honors. She now teaches 6th grade science in The Heights, and is very excited to share her ballet knowledge and technique with her MDSA family!
Brad Bezoni has been studying and teaching martial arts for over 25 years. He holds a Fifth Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, as well as having studied other arts such as kickboxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kuk Sool Won, Hapkido, Pressure Point Control Tactics, and knife defense. Through his career, Mr. Bezoni has always strived for excellence, having been ranked in the World Top 10 twice for Forms competition and once for Sparring, also earning a Texas State Champion title for Forms competition. In 2018, Mr. Bezoni was inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Tae Kwon Do Master of the Year. He enjoys working with all students to help them accomplish their goals in both the martial arts and in everyday life.
Jennifer has worked with children in several capacities over the last two decades through employment, volunteering, and raising her own five children. She believes that young children learn best through play. They need to feel free to explore, experiment, and interact with the world around them in order to learn from it. She taught for two years in California as lead teacher in the 3’s class before opening up a childcare in her home. Her family ended up moving around a lot between 2008 and 2015 and have lived all across our Country! The Watson family eventually landed in Texas where Ms. Jen has been teaching the early learning programs at the Moriah Davis School of the Arts. In her free time she loves to camp, be at the beach, travel, and eat all-you-can eat sushi until she is sick.
Early Learning Program Director
Bekki fell in love with ballet at age 7, when she took her very first class. She teaches princess ballet and tiny tap, because she wants to help lay the foundation for a life long love of dancing. She specializes in preschool aged children, having taught elementary school for 9 years before staying home with her babies and finding MDSA. She graduated from Baylor University with a degree in elementary education. Bekki loves being able to use her teaching skills to help little ones develop their dance techniques as well as a love for dance.
Katie Taylor has been dancing from a young age, and at the age of 10 she took her first clogging class and fell in love! She was hooked for life and has been clogging ever since. She was on performance and competition teams throughout her school years, and at the age of 13 started teaching young children. She is a National All-Around Solo 1st place winner, and has received multiple National Grand Champion team awards. She attended BYU-I, where she received her Bachelor's degree in Communication with a Minor in Dance/Business. Throughout college, she was a teaching assistant, and then an instructor, for clogging classes on campus. She was a member of the BYU-Idaho Collegiate World Dance Team for 8 semesters, 2 of which she was the student director. She has been fortunate enough to continue teaching in studio settings and give private lessons while having adventures with her husband and two energetic, adorable little boys. She is happy to be a part of MDSA, teaching and doing what she loves.
Kelsey Hammons grew up in Clinton, Mississippi where she began her dance training at age four. In 2012, she joined Ballet Magnificat School of the Arts where she continued to dance until she graduated high school. Later, Kelsey was accepted into Ballet Magnificat’s Pre-Professional Program where she graduated in 2019. Kelsey received dance training from Jiri Voborsky and Kathy Thibodeaux. She worked at Kids4Christ Performing Arts teaching classes and running competition teams for two years. At the Bravo Dance Competition, Kelsey was awarded the Bravo Choreography Award. Kelsey is proud to have over twenty award winning students. Her love for dance brought her to The Woodlands, Texas to join Ballet Excelsior as a professional dancer.
Princess Ballet, Superhero Creative Movement, Mom & Me
Ms. Beatty received her training from Interlochen National Music Camp, the National Academy of Dance, Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, the Royal Academy of Dance, Pennsylvania Ballet, and Indiana University School of Music. She has been coached in principal and solo roles by Lupe Serrano of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onnasis School at American Ballet Theater, and Dame Alicia Markova of the Royal Ballet. Ms. Beatty attended Indiana University with a focus on pedagogy under Marina Svetlova and Jurgen Pagels.
After moving to Houston, Ms. Beatty has taught for numerous schools, including the Studio of Dance, and Ballet Center Houston. She has taught Master classes for the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, St. Johns School, and Twin City Ballet. She has set classical repertoire including Les Sylphides, Coppelia, and the Don Quixote Pas De Deux. Her original choreography includes the music of Correlli, Mendelssohn, and Shostakovich.
Amy Beatty has coached her students to be accepted to diverse dance programs, including the Nutmeg Conservatory, the Walnut Hill School of the Arts, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School at American Ballet Theater, Joffrey New York, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Jacobs Pillow, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Alvin Ailey School of Dance, and the Houston Ballet.
Ms. Beatty has attended the Regional Dance Association Southwest Conference in 2002, 2004, and 2006. In 2006 she was proud to present the Interlochen Music Camp Scholarship to a local Houston dance student. Her most recent accomplishments include coaching a dancer at Youth America Grand Prix at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts, and at the national level, at the LaGuardia High School of Visual and Performing Arts in NYC. She was invited to, and attended, the Juilliard School of the Arts Summer Teacher Intensive for two consecutive years, 2005 and 2006, where she had the distinct privilege of working with Laurence Rhodes, Stephen Pier, and Miss Irene Dowd.
Ms. Amy Beatty is the proud parent of two sons, Evan and Alex.
Kristina learned tumbling as a youth while growing up in Colorado. She studied education at Sam Houston State and taught high school as a social studies teacher before she became a stay at home mom with her four kids. Her oldest daughter’s love for dance and ballet (rather than tumbling) brought her to MDSA where she met Moriah. Kristina has been studying techniques and helping her older kids with improving flexibility and building not just tumbling but Acro skills at home and successful enough that Moriah has asked she help younger kids in the studio improve theirs. Being a mother of four active kids, her focus and experience is on muscle development and safety at all times while building techniques with her students. When she is not at the studio, Kristina teaches piano and violin lessons in her home, substitutes school classes of all ages and types and is very involved with her kids at school and home.
Kristina De La Torre
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Ballet, Hip Hop, Adult Fitness
Kristen is a mother of 4 and has always had a love for music. She grew up in the Spring area and when she completed her degree at Brigham Young University, she and her husband moved back to raise their children. She has been performing in choirs since she was 9 and continues to perform in choirs around the community. Kristen has directed choirs and has worked with all ages of children in developing their love for music. She also enjoys playing basketball and volleyball on a weekly basis. Kristen is excited to share her love and passion for music and dance with your kids!
Song & Dance
Valerie Simmons is an accomplished dancer, teacher and choreographer and has been teaching and choreographing for 27 years. She has trained in many styles of dance in the USA and the UK and was mentored in tap by the legendary, late Al Gilbert. Valerie has choreographed and performed in numerous musicals across Texas and was a scholarship recipient to the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. She has received many choreography awards and her students have received many awards at the Regional and National levels.
Leilani has been teaching art at MDSA since the studio opened its doors. This year she has also become the resident yoga instructor. Leilani was born on the Island of Oahu, where the rich heritage, museums and beautiful nature still inspires her art. She graduated with a BFA in art specializing in printmaking and drawing from California State University at Long Beach.
Her special talent is life drawing in which she won two scholarships and some awards as well. She even considered becoming a medical text book illustrator for a while! Memorizing the placement, names, and shapes of all of our body’s muscles and bones, and the way they work together is fascinating to her.
Leilani is happily married and has been a foster parent to many children. She has tried to instill in them skills to live life as well as building their self-esteem and love. These are lessons she brings to her classes and students as well. She hopes to inspire them to see the world in a new light and encourages them to “color outside the lines”.