Morgan grew up dancing and competing in various parts of the United States. She has been teaching since the age of 16. She has trained with many choreographers over the years through conventions and master classes, to include those who have flown from LA to choreograph her solos when she was competing. She has received over $5000 in scholarships for intensives, and master classes including an intensive held in Hollywood at the Debbie Reynolds Theater. She has been featured in many performances across the United States, including the pregame and halftime performances at the Orange Bowl and the Outback Bowl. Morgan has been a choreographer of a variety of dances for individual solos, duo/trios and groups. Her specialties include jazz, contemporary, musical theater, acro and hip hop. Morgan has received many choreography awards and judges’ awards at competitions during her career. She was a founding member of a professional performance company, Company 360, in Fredericksburg. She has been the owner/director of the Morgan Crisp Dance Company since June 2019. Under her leadership, her competition teams have won a variety of awards, to include choreography awards, studio of excellence awards, highest scoring studio, and many solo, duo/trio and group awards.
Jeanette began taking ballet classes at the age of four and received ten years of training from the Washington School of Ballet. She has danced at The Kennedy Center and has attended the summer program for the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago. Jeanette has performed original works by Septime Webre including: Alice (in Wonderland) and Sleepy Hollow, with classical repertoire including Don Quixote, Peter Pan, and The Nutcracker. Jeanette has earned her bachelor’s degree in Theatre and is pursuing her master’s in Elementary Education from the University of Mary Washington. She was the former president and current member of UMW’s Performing Arts Company where she has been able to explore choreographing and continue dancing. Jeanette has experience teaching ages two to adult and loves sharing her passion for dance. She is excited to teach and inspire a new generation of dancers!
Erin grew up dancing for 14 years at Virginia Dance Center in Northern Virginia where she trained mainly in jazz and tap, her favorite style! In 2016 she began attending the University of Mary Washington where she not only continued taking various dance classes at the university, but she also became a member of UMW’s Performing Arts Company (PAC). As a member of PAC she had a multitude of performance opportunities and began choreographing with the company in 2018. She began teaching at MCDC in early 2020 and currently teaches at multiple studios in the area!
Lauren grew up doing competitive gymnastics at Hurricane and Excalibur Gymnastics and later became a coach at both of these locations. She has always been interested in performing and worked as an actor at a local haunted attraction in high school and later attended the University of Mary Washington to double major in Theatre and Spanish with a minor in musical theatre. While at UMW, she joined the UMW Performing Arts Company where she found her love for dancing and choreographing. After graduating, she worked as a performer at Walt Disney World and danced with a studio local to Orlando. Lauren currently dances with local dance company, Company 360, and teaches gymnastics at Paragon gymnastics in addition to teaching Acro at Morgan Crisp Dance Company.
Fredericksburg based artist, Shanita Mitchell, has been honing her skills as choreographer and dancer for well over a decade. She was originally introduced to her passion for dance and movement in church where she learned liturgical and praise dance at a young age. Her passion for dance continued to grow and blossom when she entered college and began to choreograph for the Performing Arts Company and began working as a hip-hop dance instructor within the local Fredericksburg community. For the past decade, Shanita has made it her goal to continue to encourage and promote dance in the UMW community. In addition to her full time administrative position at UMW and editor position at The AutoEthnographer, Shanita also currently serves as the advisor and head of UMW Praise Dance, advisor and choreographer for UMW’s Performing Arts Company, advisor for the UMW Dance Team, and works as a dance instructor.