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Shekinah Mays

Artistic Director

Shekinah was born and raised in Florida. At the age of 9 years old she began dance lessons in ballet, jazz, and tap. Her interest and passion increased for dance and later joined Manatee School for Arts where her studies involved all genres of dance (ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop) including partaking in after school program the Carty Academy and other dance studios. She has participated in competitions, and many performances. At the age of 14 Shekinah joined Zoe Company and continued to dance with them for 15 years. In 2011 she was accepted into the dance program at Palm Beach Atlantic University and since then has graduated with her bachelor’s in Psychology. Shekinah has received a certification in Progressing Ballet Technique. Her passion and love for dance has grown into an opportunity to teach children in the community, including special needs children. As of March 2015 Shekinah along with her husband Adrian Mays, have dedicated their lives to teaching dance full time and have opened their own dance company called Kingdom Arts Academy. Their desire is to teach others how to use their gifts to make a difference in our world and to glorify God through the arts.

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Isaac Morales

Music Director and Assistant Choreographer

Classically trained, Isaac started to play violin at the age of twelve in middle school. It was never his  intentions to learn violin at first but it grew on him. Over many years, people like Mrs. Stone, Janet Shell, Karren Briggs and Dr. Carolyn Stuart have inspired Isaac (to name a few). Isaac has studied and performed in Palm Beach Atlantic University and the University of South Florida while pursuing his Bachelors in Music Studies. Issac has attended three missions trips to Brazil and Thailand where he had the opportunity to teach music. He also travels to many weddings and events as a soloist.  Isaac's goal is to spark passion in others for the love of music.

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Mrs. Sarah

Theatre Teacher

Sarah Clerval is a Florida native currently residing in Bradenton, Florida with her husband and two boys. She graduated from The University of South Florida with a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts. She specializes in Theatre, Choreography, and Costume Design. Sarah has traveled and performed in 9 countries and has been dancing for over 25 years. After graduation she was chosen to TA a Theatre History tour for USF students to Paris and London. She had the honor and privilege to attend theatre workshops in Stratford-upon-Avon at the Royal Shakespeare Company as well as the Theatre Royal Bath in England. She always knew she wanted to be on or behind a stage. Having worked in all areas of theatre, dance, and design she knows the value of a good team and is honored to teach for Kingdom Arts Academy this coming season!

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Mrs. THierry 

Dance Teacher

 THierry (Ms.T) Attended Manatee School for The Arts where she started dancing and after graduating continued her studies in dance at The State College of Florida. She has studied different styles of dance such as; ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop. While attending MSA, Ms.T participated in the after school dance company known as Turning Pointe which was directed by Ms.Carty. Ms. T also was apart of MSA heat dance team till she had a severe injury and could not continue dancing with them. Since then, She has started a new journey in dance and has always wanted to share her knowledge while continuing to grow in dance. Ms. T is very excited to be apart of such a loving academy where she can share her experience, gift of dance and knowledge. 

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