Katura Dance Academy - Staff
Katura Dance Academy - School of Performing Arts
About Us
 
Meet the Owner, Ms. Kim!!
(Tap/Ballet/HipHop/Liturgical/Lyrical/Jazz Instructor)
Kimberly Nicole Jones was born in Greenville, NC and grew up in the small town of Farmville, NC.  Farmville is where Kim began her music and dance training at the tender age of 3 in schools and local dance studios.  Kim grew up in a very musical and spiritual home with her parents, Bishop Jessie W. Jones and Co-pastor Carolyn Jones and 2 sisters.  Even as a young child Kim understood her God-given gift of and had a strong vision to use it to give God glory.  At the age of 8, she started her first dance team, “SpLaSh!”   As a teenager, she gained plenty of experience working for Christlike Productions, Inc. as an actress and background vocalist.  Kim is also a graduate of John Casablancas Modeling and Acting Center.  In 2000, Kim became director of the performing arts ministry at her father’s church, Rouse’s Abundant Life Ministries. 
 
She was also a very active student at North Carolina State University where she majored in Arts Applications with a Music Concentration.  While at State, she modeled with Black Finesse Modeling Troupe and danced with DanceVisions where she studied under Stafford , the associate Artistic Director for the African Dance Ensemble.  Kim also danced with ‘Commercial Break’- State’s original Hip Hop Dance Team where she was the assistant choreographer. 
 
 Wanting to take the dance ministry to another level, Kim started Kalyani Productions in the summer of 2004.  Taking the ministry outside the 4 walls of the church, Kim started this company to teach all who desired to know, the value of the ministry of the performing arts as well as the skill and training involved.   In May of 2006, the name was changed to Katura Productions, Inc. Katura is an African term that means -take a burden off my mind-.  We believe that in this ministry, as we worship God and minister to His people through the arts, He will manifest,  lift all of our burdens., set free, and deliver. Kim and her Katura staff operate in the summer as a summer camp offered to ALL ages and as workshops during the year. Whether one is a beginner or expert, our goal is to enhance the students’ ability in the arts and completely prepare them for the ministry.  We go beyond being a normal church-based dance or drama team and help perfect the God-given craft.  We’re proud to announce that in August of 2011, Kim’s finally opened her own dance studio, The Katura Dance Academy in Greenville, NC!!!  KDA offers quality dance and classes at affordable rates.  
                    
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Ms Kim's Video from DanceArt!
 Kim, now an award-winning choreographer, just recently completed 8 years at DanceArt Studio, Inc. in Garner, NC (www.danceartinc.com) as the hip hop, tap, ballet, and praise dance instructor.  There she is coached and choreographed for over 8 teams.  Take a look at the video they made for Ms. Kim above!  Although it was hard for Ms. Kim to leave her DanceArt family, their support and love constantly encourages her to continue to go for her dreams! 

 She continues to choreograph for pageants, fashion and hair shows, etc.  Kim also assists her father with the music ministry at their church.  It has only been God's Grace and Favor that has allowed Kim the many opportunities to be a blessing to others.  
 
Meet Our Lyrical Instructor, Ms. Amy!!

Amy Marcelino began dancing at the age of 13 under the instruction of Miss Lisa Zola-DeLibero and Miss Sherri DiStefano at The Ballet Studio in Yardville, NJ.  Before long, she began competing in local and regional dance competitions with the TBS Competition Program and assisted in teaching various classes at the studio.  Amy has attended many open and Master classes at various studios, including the Princeton Ballet School. By 16, she was accepted into the elite Dance Performance program at NDHS, allowing her to attend workshops with Disney World choreographers and performers and also the opportunity to perform in Downtown Disney, Orlando, Florida.  Her background and training allowed her to perform in many different roles for musical theatre including Co-Dance Captain for the musical Annie at the Washington Crossing Open Air Theater.  Amy’s job as a full-time Office Manager relocated her from NJ to NC in 2007 and she is so excited to now be a part of the KDA family!

Meet Our Ballet and Modern Instructor, Mr. James!!
James Keene began studying ballet, tap and jazz at the age of 10 at the Dorothy Farnon School of Dance in South Lake Tahoe, California. In his 8 years with Dorothy Farnon, James performed in the main showroom of Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and in numerous musical theater productions as a member of the Lake Tahoe Theater Company.    In 1987, James went to the Boston Conservatory where he studied for 4 years earning a B.F.A in dance performance and choreography in 1991. While in Boston, James had the opportunity to dance with the Boston Ballet, Ballet Theater of Boston, modern dance great Anna Sokolow, Jennifer Scanlon, principal dancer of the Limon Dance Company for over 20 years and the internationally renown Tokunaga Dance Co.    James returned to the West Coast and began dancing with the Nevada Festival Ballet and assumed the role of Dance Master for the Dorothy Farnon Dance Company.    In 1997 James went to Los Angeles to work with the Donlavy Dance Company and Santa Monica Contemporary Ballet Company as a principal dancer.  James formed Earthwalk Dance Company in 2007 where he taught and choreographed works based on the modern dance principles of Limon and Graham.  James taught modern dance at the Dance Collaborative in Burbank, CA. until relocating to North Carolina and is excited to be part of the Katura Dance Academy.

Meet Ms. Shannon!!

Shannon Carter started dancing at the age of eight at DanceArt Studio in Garner, NC. Throughout the years, she has studied ballet, jazz, and lyrical; and was a member of the hip hop competition team directed by Ms. Kim. Shannon was also a member of the West Johnston High School award winning dance team under the direction of Mr. Richard Patten and became captain her senior year. At West, Shannon’s favorite aspect of her dance classes was choreography. She has choreographed since her freshman year in a number of different styles including jazz, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, and Bollywood. Last year, Shannon choreographed her first competition jazz routine on the West Dance Team which won first place in their jazz category at Southeast Showdown Dance Competition. She is now at East Carolina University studying Public Health Studies with a concentration in Community Health. Since the beginning, Ms. Kim has inspired Shannon to be a humble, hardworking dancer and she is excited that she is able to continue working with Ms. Kim from Garner to Greenville.

Meet Ms. Jaz!!
Jasmine grew up dancing in local studios and training under Ms. Kim in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop since she was 5 years old.  In High School, she received training and experience in teaching by assisting Ms. Kim.  She is now a student at East Carolina University!  She has performed all over the states for and on the same platform of many including Leandria Johnson, Dorinda Clark-Cole.  She just recently performed at Women's Empowerment 2013 with rising star, JoceLien!!  We are excited and privelaged to have Jasmine continue to teach and assist at KDA!

Meet Our Step Instructor, Miss Marquita!!
Marquita resides in Greenville NC since 2001. She graduated from Hobbton High School in Newton Grove NC where she first fell in love with stepping. Being a "country-girl" there wasnt much to do or many activities to do after school so she found a few students that shared her love of music and energy and formed the Alpha Glee Step Team . She began stepping in 1997 and has been competing and showcasing her talents since then. While attending East Carolina University she was able to continue her love for stepping when she joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. where she currently remains an active member. Stepping is an artistic form where you can use your body to make different beats and rhythms with no props necesarry. However, props are sometimes added just for fun. Stepping or step-dancing is a form of percussive dance in which the participant's entire body is used as an instrument to produce complex rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken word, and hand claps. Please join us on Tuesday nights from 6:45-7:30


Meet Our Office Manager, Mrs. Jones!! (a.k.a Aunt Ninnie)
Carolyn Jones is the wife of Bishop Jessie W. Jones and a proud mother of 3 daughters, including Miss Kim!  She is the Co-Pastor of Rouse's Abundant Life Ministries and a Teacher's Assistant at H.B. Suggs Elementary School.  Mrs. Jones is also a fabulous cook and will be providing the food during our Fun Themed Fridays!!  She has a huge heart for children and they love her too!!