Centre Market, Wheeling
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Miss Megan Marie Campbell started taking dance lessons at the age of two from the Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre. Megan studied jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip-hop and acrobatics for over 17 years. She attended St. Clairsville High School where she was a member of the cheering team for all 4 years. During her high school cheering career her team became 3-time OVAC champions. Megan also lettered in cheering all four years of high school.
After graduating from St. Clairsville in 2008, Megan attended Ohio University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She began working as a substitute teacher for Ohio County Schools and most recently taught preschool for CAC of Belmont County. Megan also remained a part of St. Clairsville High School for seven years as the Cheerleading Coach where she led her team to many championships. Megan is now currently the cheerleading coach for Wheeling Middle School who under her direction placed second in the Jr OVAC competition and second in the PAC 8 competition for the very first time in school history. Megan has also and will continue to help judge numerous cheering tryouts, cheering competitions, baton competitions and queen of queen pageants throughout the Ohio Valley.
Megan has a huge passion for children and helping each and every child reach their maximum potential all the while having fun and learning the necessary skill sets to lead a happy and successful life. She truly loves to share her passion for dance by teaching all of her students how to be the best dancer possible. She teaches all genres and types of dances to students of all ages and loves every minute of it! Megan still attends various dance seminars all across the country to keep her knowledge of her passion sharp but to also stay current with the different dance styles and techniques from all across the country. Megan also participated in the dancing with the Ohio Valley stars competition as well and still continues to help new participants out with routines and costuming advice.
From the absolute bottom of my heart, I wish to thank the two people who helped grow my love of dance; Toni & Soozie Zeakes. Toni & Soozie you have truly made all of dreams come true. Dance is a very big part of me, a part of who I am and I have you two to thank for that. I will love and cherish the studio just like you have taught me to. You two have been an inspiration to many children all throughout the Ohio Valley and I will continue to work hard every day to give my students an amazing role model to look up to just like I did with you two.
From being a student of dance, to then becoming a teacher of dance and part of such a wonderful staff has been great. All of my dreams became reality when I purchased the studio and became the very proud owner of Studio MC Performing Arts Centre. The thing I love absolutely most about the dance studio is all of the people whom I get to share it with. You cannot get any luckier when your passion and career fall together. As a dance teacher/studio director, I love seeing all of the same things within my students I felt when I started my very first dance lesson many years ago. Being able to work with students who possess such wonderful talents and passion and have a great deal of potential is truly an honor. Dance is something I love and something I cannot live without. I am beyond thankful I have been given the opportunity to share my love of dance with so many wonderful dancers, parents and friends.
Alexandra Mitchell started dancing at the age of 2. She danced at Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, and acro for 16 years. While at Toni Zeakes, the studio performed at the Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico and on a Caribbean Cruise line through the Bahamas. She also attended several dance conventions in New York City, New York with the studio, and in the summer of 2006 she trained with the Radio City Rockettes in the Rockette Summer Intense Program. During her high school career, Alex attended St. Clairsville Schools, where she cheered for 6 years and became the first cheerleader to 4-year letter. Her high school cheer team became 2-time OVAC Champions. Alex also was a 4 year member of an All-Star cheer team, the “Basics Superstars”, who competed and won 4 National Championships along with being awarded Grand Champs. After graduating high school in 2006, Alex decided to further her dance education at The University of Akron where she Minored in Performing Arts: Dance studying jazz, tap, ballet, pointe, and modern. She also received her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science: Coaching and Conditioning. While attending the University, Alex was a member of the dance team for 2 years and a cheerleader for 3 years. The University of Akron Cheerleaders competed in Daytona, FL in the NCA Collegiate Championships where they placed 5th overall in 2008 and 2009, and 4th overall in 2010. Also during her college career, she was a 3 year member of an AFL dance team, the “Goddesses”, for the Cleveland Gladiators, and a 2 year cheer instructor for a cheer company called Cheerleaders of America (COA) in which she traveled across the country teaching cheerleaders of all ages. After graduating college in 2011, Alex became the new Head Spirit Coach for her Alumni, The University of Akron, where she coached the dance team and cheerleaders for 3 years. While coaching at the University, both the cheerleaders and dance team competed in the NCA/NDA Collegiate Championships. Both teams had placed and scored their highest in school history. In 2014, Alex returned home to the Ohio Valley where she currently resides. In 2014-2015, she assisted in coaching the St. Clairsville Junior High Cheerleaders who placed 2nd in the Jr OVAC Competition. In 2015-2016, she assisted in coaching the Wheeling Middle School Cheerleaders who placed 2nd in the Jr OVAC Competition and 2nd in the PAC 8 Competition. She also choreographed a competition routine for the Bridgeport High School Cheerleaders, who placed 3rd in the OVAC Competition for the first time in school history. In 2014, Alex returned to Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre where she has been teaching dance for the past 2 years. She is now a dance instructor for Studio MC Performing Arts Centre.
Megan Higgins has been dancing for 24 years. She began her dance training at Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre as a young child and continued until she graduated from Wheeling Park High School. She later returned to Toni Zeakes PAC after attending college where she taught for three years. After graduating high school, Megan attended West Virginia University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations and minored in English and dance. Throughout her WVU career, she danced in the annual Dance Now dance concert. Megan returned to school after graduation and completed her secondary English teaching certification at Wheeling Jesuit University while teaching at Toni Zeakes. She is now an employee of Ohio County Schools. This is Megan's second year as a full-time middle school English/Language Arts teacher, her second year as Wheeling Park High School's dance coach, and her fourth year as a dance teacher. Megan loves having the opportunity to keep her passion of dance alive by teaching and coaching young dancers.
Rachel O’Brien began dancing at the age of 9. She trained at the Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre and began teaching in 2001 at the age of 17. She has taught all levels and ages in tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, and acrobatics. Rachel is very excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the students at Studio MC and hopes they will grow to love and enjoy a life filled with dance! She is thrilled for her son Cooper to begin diaper gym in the fall.
Tashina began dancing at the age of 2 at Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre and continued dancing there throughout high school. She became an assistant during high school and became a part of the staff after graduation. Tashina graduated from Wheeling Park High School in 2000 and received a nursing degree from West Virginia Northern. She recently rejoined the teaching staff last year and couldn't be happier. Her son has taken classes at Toni Zeakes and her daughter is currently dancing at Studio MC Performing Arts Centre. Tashina currently works at Wheeling Hospital in Labor and Delivery. She is very happy to share her love of dance with these children and enjoys being a part of their lives.
Ms. Denise has been a dance instructor and choreographer under the regime of the Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre for 26 years. She always had a full time career with Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corporation, therefore, only allowing her to be a part time teacher through the years. Being a graduate of Wheeling Jesuit University and being the Youth Group Director for 20 years in the Diocese of Steubenville, Ms. Denise is the teacher that insists on hard work and perfection at all times. She is known as our “Clean Up” teacher. Her resume consists of being the Head Majorette at Buckeye South during her high school years, and the Dance Coach at Bellaire St. John for several years. Ms. Denise takes pride in her accomplishments and actually teaches and choreographs dance as her gift to others. She takes her time and talent to other venues such as the Adena Lions Minstrel each year. Her motto has always been “I would not make you do anything that I myself didn’t or will do.”
Faith Campbell - assistant
Lauren Taylor - assistant
Sabrina Thorn - assistant
Ashley Greenwood - assistant
Mallory Marconi - assistant
Abbie Vernon - assistant
Alivia DaRe - assistant
Lydia Boyd - assistant
Anissa Roth - assistant
Cassidy Sansone has been dancing for 14 years. She has experience in various types of dancing. Cassidy started dancing at Dance Dimensions when she was 4 years old. Within those 14 years of dancing she competed for 10 years and most recently dances at Studio MC Performing Arts Centre. She received many overall awards while competing. Cassidy is a graduate from Wheeling Central Catholic High School and is currently attending West Liberty University. She is very excited to be a part of the Studio MC family and can't wait to see what the future holds!
Kaylin began dancing at the age of 5 at Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre and continued dancing there throughout high school. While there, Kaylin studied tap, jazz, gym, ballet, flex and pointe. She also did a ballet private and a semi-private with her brother for many years. Kaylin graduated from George Mason University and is a legal assistant in Wheeling. Kaylin is excited to share her knowledge and passion for dance with the students at Studio MC.
Mallory has had a full life of dance, cheering and gymnastics. She began taking dance at the Toni Zeakes Performing Arts Centre when she was 2 years old. She studied jazz, ballet, acro and tap. She continued her dance career until she was 23 years old. During her school years, Mallory also cheered from the age of 11 until she graduated high school from St. Clairsville. While in high school, Mallory cheered for the Red Devils where she also was apart of the competition squad for 4 years. During those 4 years the Red Devils brought home three 1st place OVAC championships. During her senior year, Mallory was named All American Cheerleader at COA cheer clinic. After graduation, she then coached the varsity squad for St Johns for 2 years. Both of these years, the Irish were runner up in the OVAC cheering competition. After leaving St Johns, she took on head cheering coach at Bridgeport High School. During her 2 years there, Mallory brought home 2, 3rd place titles for the Bulldogs. She is now an alumni to Ohio University where she received her Bachelors degree in education and applied management. Mallory is now a full time case manager for Franklin County in Columbus, Ohio. This will be Mallory's second year as a part of the Studio MC staff. Mallory is thrilled to be back with the staff and is excited to see the students again.