C e n t e r f o r t h e a r t s
Dance, Theater, Music.......inspiring the innovative thinkers and performers of tomorrow.
Founder & Executive Director, Yasemin Satici has been a student and lover of the arts her entire life. Inspired by her work with children, Ms Satici aspired to create a program that offerd the best possible training in the arts. The end result of her efforts is MUSE and along with an incredible wealth of teachers from around the world Ms. Satici continues to provide outstanding Arts education to her community.
Norma Fabiola Ariza Fuisting was born in Colombia. She studied at the Departmental Institute of Fine Arts in Cali Colombia and specialized in Classical Ballet in the Choreographic School of Kiev Ukraine. Later Norma went on to join Bat Dor Dance Company as a classical dancer where she worked with choreographers from Alvin Ailey to Hans Van Manen. Upon her return to Colombia she continued her education in Social Communication and Journalism as well as completing a master’s degree in Peace Culture and International Humanitarian Law. Today Norma both teaches and privately coaches classical ballet and pointe.
Ms. Ariza currently teaches all levels of Ballet and Pointe at MUSE.
Leah Parkinson began dancing at the age of four in Manchester, England. Her training includes Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical and Greek. She has been awarded numerous trophies and medals through dance competitions all over England. She was awarded two Bursaries from the United Teachers of Dance and was placed 1st in England with her exam results.Ms. Leah began her professional dance career at the age of seven, performing each Christmas season with both British and American celebrities at the Manchester Palace Theater. She won the leading role of Annie at the age of eleven at Wigan Theatre. She went on to study dance teaching at Preston College, England, where she graduated with teaching associates in both ISTD Tap and Modern/Jazz dance.
Ms. Parkinson is currently teaching all levels of Tap at MUSE.
Mackenzie Kernohan is a native Floridian, who started her dance training at the age of three years old. She has been teaching and choreographing since the age of seventeen. MacKenzie currently choreographs for The MUSE Theater Company and has been part of the MUSE team since 2013. She seasonally choreographs and teaches for the Broward Center’s summer productions. In addition, she is part of a non-profit, which supports dance education for homeschool students. MacKenzie specializes in teaching young dancers and giving them the opportunity to improve their dance techniques while having fun in the process.
Ms. Mackie currently teaches PreBallet/ Tap as well as Hip Hop I at MUSE. She also choreographs for the Muse competition dance team and the MUSE Theater Company.
Iwalani Martin has been teaching dance and acro for over 10 years. Before she began dancing, she was a competitive gymnast. After realizing her true passion was in the dance studio, she went to high school at Denver School of the Arts. There she began learning to choreograph and define herself as a dancer under the direction of Micheal O’Banion and Alicia Karczewski. Continuing her dance education she graduated Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and a BA in Philosphy from Randolph College. While there she worked with and performed works by Takehiro Ueyama, Hiawatha Johnson Jr., Clay Talifero from the Jose Limón Company, Diane Gray, Rebecca Jung from Pilobolus, Martha Graham, Doug Hamby, Kazuko Hirabayashi, Walter Kennedy, Doug Hamby. Since then she became a USA Gymnastics certified coach and has danced for Brazarte, Hattie Mae Williams and the Tattooed Ballerinas, Agatha Wright and choreographed her own works performed in Miami. Currently she dances for the Peter London Global Dance Company. She is also writing and teaching acro curriculum to dance teachers. Dance is Miss Iwalani’s passion and she hopes to be dancing till she’s 80 and beyond!
Ms. Martin is currently teaching Creative Movement, PreBallet/ Tap, as well as all levels of Acro and Contemporary at MUSE. She also choreographs for the MUSE Dance Team.
Chris Embroz is a Dancer, Teacher and Choreogrpaher from Queens, New York. He has been teaching dance for twenty years. He teaches all ages and multiple styles of dance, however his specialty is in Hip Hop, Musical Theater and Jazz Funk. Chris has worked with the likes of Miranda Sings, The Pentatonix, the Abby Lee Dance Company and Todrick Hall who he has danced for in multiple music videos, two cross-country tours and 8-episodes of his self-titled MTV reality show. He can also be seen in the box office hit, “Rock of Ages” and “Step Up Revolution” and has appeared in music videos for artists and brands such as Pitbul, Shakira,Flo Rida, Fiat, MTV, and Nickelodeon to name a few.
Mr. Embroz is currently teaching all levels of Hip Hop at MUSE.
Lara Luzim is a native of South Florida . After graduating from Dillard School of the Arts she was accepted into N.Y.U Tisch School of the Arts where she earned her B.F.A in Dance and Education. Lara's training also includes scholarship with Alvin Ailey and Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, Jacob's Pillow , American Dance Festival and most recently Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester. Lara's choreography has been performed and showcased at the JCE Jazz Choreography Enterprises, PMT Performance Showcase, Disha Theater Company,Summerstage in Central Park, Dumbo Dance Festival , WaxWorks , DNA Showcase , Chris Palacio Performance Project and Broadway Dance Center Professional Semester Showcase. Lara has judged and taught for competitive events including NYLA , Beyond the Stars and All American Talent. She has also served as Artistic Director for Give Her A Voice a non for profit 501c3 organization . GHAV is aimed at helping raise awareness to heal trauma and abuse through art . Lara enjoys traveling and teaching students all over the east coast . It is her absolute passion and joy to help students of all ages and levels find their own unique voice and expression through dance .
Ms. Luzim is currently a guest teacher at MUSE and choreographs for the MUSE Dance Team.
Agatha Wright attained her degree in Art History from the University of California, Riverside in 2010 with an emphasis on the performing arts. Ms. Wright has danced professionally in Los Angeles with companies such as: Intersect Dance Theater, Roya Carreras and the renowned Tommy winning choreographer Tiffany Billings. She has trained under the direction of Alvin Ailey's Stephany Powell and IDT's Artistic Director, Sofia Carreras; a pupil of George Balanchine. In Miami Ms. Wright has danced for Brazarte Dance Company, The Dancers Space at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, University Center for the Performing Arts and in works by: Museum performance artist Belaxis Buil, Donna Murray, Daniel Armstrong, international artist Kyra Jean Green, and BODYTRAFFIC. Ms. Wright was the recipient of the Dramatic Allied Arts Guild award for best dancer in Los Angeles-2007.As the Artistic Director and head Choreographer of her own Dance Company, Agatha Wright Dance Co. her work is presented and curated in stages such as at The Kravis Center, The Duncan Theater, Little Haiti Cultural Center, The Guild 5 Forty Five and most recently by Miami Urban Contemporary Experience during Art Basel 2016. In conjunction to Agatha's concert dance background, she has also choreographed for commercial artists such as Norka music, Thierry Peppin NYC, and Impulsik Dance Company.
Ms. Wright currently serves as a guest teacher during camps and intensives.
Theater & Music Department
Sarah Weiner-Jamison a native of South Florida, has recently relocated back to South Florida after having been the Founder and Artistic Director of her New York City-based opera company, The coOPERAtive Opera Company. Sarah has sung opera and oratorio throughout the New York Metropolitan area. In a review of her work, Opera News Magazine called her voice beautifully creamy and elegantly spun. Ms. Weiner-Jamison continues to perform recitals and concerts in the South Florida area. She is also on the voice faculty at Broward Community College, where she was nominated as adjunct professor of the year, and New World School or the Arts. Studied with Rita Shane and Gianna d'Angelo of the Metropolitan opera. Coached with Nicola Rossi-Lemeni, Patrick Summers (Houston Grand Opera, San Francisco Opera). Ms. Weiner-Jamison holds the Bachelor of Music degree from Brenau College and the Master of Music degree from Indiana University.
Ms. Jameson is currently the Music Director on all theatrical productions and teaches private and group vocal lessons at MUSE.
Tommy Nehls is a Graduate of the University of Wisconsin B.S. degree with academic honors for music performance. He performed extensively in Reno, Vegas and Tahoe. He has played on stage with Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, George Rock from Spike Jones and Ed Easton from the Harry James big band. Mr. Nehls has composed music for Disney, PBS, The Miami Heat/Marlins, and The Weather Channel. Mr. Nehls has performed in musical groups in the South Florida area for over 25 years at the Hard Rock, Breakers, Ritz Carlton, and the Ft. Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Mr. Nehls teaches all levels of Piano, Drums & Guitar at MUSE.