LOOKING FOR DANCE LESSONS FROM A PREMIER SOUTH FLORIDA STUDIO?
Locust Dance Academy (LDA) of Miramar, Florida is a professional
Dance Conservatory that offers dance
classes for ages 3 through adult in Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary,
Musical Theatre, Creative Movement and Adult Dance with opportunities
to perform in studio showcases and an Annual Dance Concert, as well as audition
for touring companies that perform in New York City. Students benefit from
an exchange of master teachers with LDA's sister studio in the northeast, Locust
Performing Arts Center (LPAC). The methodology and vision is to provide
excellence in dance education, while socially and emotionally uplifting and
empowering students to reach their potential and inspire their community.
LDA also offers Party Packages.
Internationally-known dancer, choreographer, producer and educator
Jimmy Locust brings his New York City style to South Florida as
Locust Dance Academy's Artistic Director / Owner alongside Miami's
Monica Richardson-Delgado, a
celebrated dancer, choreographer, clothing designer and Locust Dance Academy's
Artistic Director / Manager.
Director/Owner Jimmy Locust has
worked with top entertainment industry stars such as Michael Jackson, Janet
Jackson, Paula Abdul, Quincy Jones and Debbie Allen. He has been featured
in iconic music videos and films including
Rhythm Nation and Coming to America.
He has performed at the Grammy Awards, Academy Awards and MTV Video Music
Awards. Mr. Locust was one of the head choreographers for the 1996 Olympics in
Atlanta (opening and closing ceremonies) and was nominated for an American
Choreography Award in 2001 for his work on the Warner Brothers’ network
television show Nikki. Locust has choreographed commercials for both
international and national companies, including Sanyo in Japan with Nicholas
Cage and most recently, Rapid Advance in the U.S. He worked on the Justin Bieber
Tour in 2010 and choreographed for the CW Television Network’s The Next
with hosts John Rich, Joe Jonas, Nelly and Gloria Estefan.
For the stage, Locust has choreographed
successful theater and high school productions. He has designed dance curricula
for numerous community and private education programs. Locust has also been a
studio owner, master teacher and choreographer for over twelve years. He is the
Founder and Director of Harmony Nation, an
educational anti-bullying program that performs for schools and youth
organizations. He also directs Locust Contemporary Dance Works, a youth
company which performs in New York City, as well as
Hip Hop's Finest and
FOCUS Hip Hop pre-professional groups.
Locust was appointed by the renowned Boca Ballet Theatre in Florida as a
returning faculty member for their summer residency program. Locust was also
selected to be an adjudicator (2015) and Artist-in-Residence (2016, 2017) for
the JCC Maccabi Games Artsfest in Florida and Connecticut.
Most recently, he took on the project of
choreographing West Side Story
for Musicals at Richter. Locust’s multi-faceted lifestyle is
chronicled in his reality show Locust Under 5’.
Director/Manager Monica Richardson started her dance training at the age
of three. She graduated from the New World School of the Arts in Miami with
extensive study and proficiency in modern, ballet and jazz. Monica's commercial
career has included performing as a background dancer for recording artists
Gloria Estefan, Pitbull (Univision’s Latin Pepsi Smash), rapper Nelly and
country music star John Rich (the CW Television Network's The Next) and dancing in music videos for
rap artists Ja Rule and Missy Elliott. She has choreographed and danced in
several performances for artist Jackie-O and group Take Note, with whom she did
the opening number at the Reggae Festival in Miami, featuring such big-name
artists as Sean Paul. Her work abroad includes that of lead dancer for Tokyo
Disney Sea, where she danced in the show ShowBiz Iz. On the small screen,
Monica has performed with Scarface actor Angel Salazar, dancing in his
comedy show Sheck It Out. Monica danced in a Broadway-style national
commercial for Rapid Advance and performed and co- choreographed with
choreographer Jimmy Locust for recording artist Arika Kane (New York City’s BB
King's). Currently, Monica continues her dream of performing,
choreographing and teaching master classes throughout the U.S. She is also the
founder and creative designer of an exclusive legging line, Moni Make Your
Mark, which uses unique and colorful patterns to express originality and
encourage all individuals to be bold and confident in making their mark on the
Desiree Parkmanis a former Broadway dancer and Radio City
Rockette. She trained with Sherry, Rhee and Rennie Gold at Gold Studios in Boston,
MA, the Ailey
Certificate Program in New York City and with Joel Hall in Chicago. In
addition to her work in Musical Theatre, she has had the pleasure of working
with Philadanco, Complexions and Rod Rodgers Dance Co. She has taught and choreographed at dance
schools, Gold Studios, Hathaway Brown (faculty), Tri C College, Xpress Dance,
Cleveland School of the Arts, The Coburn School and community programs such as
City Lights Youth Theatre, ENACT, Harlem YMCA and The Boys and Girls Club.
Desiree's passion is "instilling dancers of all ages and levels with confidence,
knowledge and respect for the legacy of dance!"
began her dance training in ballet, modern dance and contact improvisation under
Angela McDonough and Kristin O'Neal at Broward College. She trained in stunt
work with Cirque Dreams, created by Niel Goldberg, and also studied at New World
School of the Arts in Miami, FL and The Ailey School in New York City. Erin has
done some promotional modeling work and was featured in several music videos by
artists including Jagged Edge, Nelly, Redman and Sisqo through FM Rocks
Entertainment Los Angeles. Her television credits include MTV's
Summer in the Keys TRL episodes as
"Miss Fourth of July," The Glades TV
sitcom, and a background role in the film
Marley and Me. She was also featured dancing in a promotional video
tribute for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Erin choreographed and performed for
Broward College Dance concerts at Bailey Hall while training at the Arts Ballet
Theater of Florida in Aventura under Vladimir Issaev and Ruzana Iremashvili.
Erin performed as a dancer with the Florida Grand Opera for the 2011-2012 season
at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Downtown Miami. She taught Graham, Horton and
Limon-based modern dance at the Naples Etudes de Ballet Academy, for advanced
teens and adults. Erin also established herself in Captiva, FL as a guest dance
artist/performer. Erin's dance background includes classical ballet, modern,
contemporary, jazz, contact improvisation, and dance composition/choreography.
She also has some background in the martial arts. Erin has been teaching for
over a decade in South Florida and specializes in teaching Vaganova ballet
technique, contemporary and modern dance. She was awarded a certificate of
performance and completion in the 2016 Vaganova Ballet Teacher’s Training
Workshop at the Arts Ballet Theatre by Mr. Vladimir Issaev.
Locust Dance Academy of Miramar is rapidly expanding their dance program in
order to provide a greater variety of dance
classes for pre-professional and recreational dancers.
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Locust Dance Academy proudly serves the students of Miramar, Pembroke Pines,
Hollywood, Cooper City, Plantation, Miami Gardens, Miami, Fort Lauderdale,
Broward County and Dade County, FL.
Please email or call us today to
arrange a NO-OBLIGATION TRIAL DANCE CLASS with one of our professional