Our Teachers and staff
Mrs. Casey Marquar earned a BA in Dance from Belhaven College in Jackson MS. Her love of dance began at the age of 3 with the Arabesque School of Dance under the direction of Mrs. Karen Compretta. Her desire to excel in classical ballet led her to additional training with Mrs. Sharon Loiacano of the Coast Youth Ballet Academy where she became a Senior Company Member. While studying at CYBA she performed in “Giselle” with Ballet Hysell of New Orleans. She became a Senior Company Member of The Mobile Ballet performing numerous roles in “The Nutcracker” and featured roles in “The Sleeping Beauty”. Under scholarship, Casey received further training at Joffrey Ballet in New York. She had opportunities to study at Northwestern University of Chicago and Huntington College of Montgomery. While attending college Mrs. Marquar performed and toured with Ballet Magnificat! as a Company Member. After graduation Casey moved to Orlando FL where she accepted a role at Universal Studios. Upon resigning, she joined the cast of the award-winning production of “The Festival of The Lion King” at the Walt Disney World Resort for 3 years. She also performed in the televised “Mickey’s Christmas Spectacular Parade” and “Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Parade”. While dancing at WDW Casey was part of the opening cast of “The Trolley Show” in the Magic Kingdom. She was selected to entertain at many conventions and conferences; and had opportunities with Orlando Magic and Norwegian Cruise Line. In 2013, she was awarded the “Marjorie Perry” award from Dance Makers Inc. for making a positive impact on the dance community through outstanding leadership and kindness. Casey returned home to Waveland MS fulfilling her dream to teach and inspire her love of dance to a new generation.
Mrs. Casey Bernard Marquar
Owner / Artistic Director
Mrs. Betsy Harvill
Ballet and Pointe
Betsy Ray Harvill, born and raised in Thibodaux, LA began her dance training in 1982 at age 4. Her training began under the instruction of Andrea Necaise of the Washington Ballet and Acadia Classical Ballet Co. In 1985 she began studying at Margo Battaglia Studio of Danse where she became a Senior Company member of Ballet Unlimited and was blessed to play several lead roles in the yearly production of “A Spiritual Christmas.” Under dance scholarship, Betsy attended Belhaven College in Jackson, MS where she earned a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in dance. While pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern MS, Betsy continued to take additional ballet classes from Boris Subotich of the Kirov Ballet. After completing a MSW, Betsy moved to Virginia where she worked as a Licensed Clinical Therapist and taught classical ballet as a ministry of her church for two years. Betsy is BLESSED to be married with three precious children and resides in Kiln, MS.
Mrs. Abbie Schmitt
Ballet and Pointe
Abbie Schmitt, a native of Bay St. Louis, began her dance training in 1982. She studied classical ballet from 1990 to 1999. Abbie attended summer dance workshops in Pensacola, Florida and took classes with Mobile Ballet Company. She was accepted to the summer dance program, American Ballet Theatre in New York and the Moscow Ballet of Russia. She was awarded a scholarship to the Rock School in Pennsylvania. She danced the roll of Clara for two years in the Nutcracker Production, and was a guest artist for Ballet Theatre South’s Nutcracker production and performed the role Arabian Princess. Abbie has studied dance education at the University of Southern Mississippi and was a member of the Dixie Darlings dance team. She has taught ballet under Kelly Pisarich at the Diamondhead Dance Academy for five years. Abbie works with Memorial Hospital at Gulfport as a registered Cardiac and Vascular Sonographer.
Mrs. Casie Fontenot
Contemporary/Lyrical and Hip Hop
We are excited to welcome Casie Fontenot back to our staff. “Ms C” originally from Carriere Mississippi has been dancing since the age of three. She has won numerous scholarships and titles as a competitive dancer, from dance team to studio, throughout junior high and high school; such as performing in the Hawaiian Pro Bowl in 2007. From 2011-2014, she focused her college education towards Dance Performance and Choreography at the University of Southern Mississippi, and extended her training by taking class at Pineapple Dance Studios in London, England in 2014. While in college Ms C was also a member of USM's dance team, Southern Misses. Since then she choreographed and performed in many shows from New Orleans to Biloxi. Some of these shows consist of Performing in the "Behind the Chair" hair show jazz performance in 2014, Choreographed and performed in "The Covey Awards" show in 2015 for Singer Rochelle Harper, choreographed and performed for the Red Cross event "Moonlight and Magnolias Dancing with the Stars", along with the 10th anniversary Katrina performance in 2015, Choreographed the 2017 and 2018 "The Nutcracker" at The Beau Rivage Casino, while also playing the role of the Harlequin doll. During her time performing, she also teaches Contemporary, Jazz, Jazz Funk, Ballet and Hip Hop. Ms C has won numerous choreography awards for her work, overall awards, top scoring awards, and have had several of her students win scholarships along the way! Ms C is extremely passionate about her work and hopes to leave dancers feeling inspired by movement the same way she does!
Mrs. Katelyne Martinez
Katelyne has been cheering and dancing since the age of 8. At age 15, she was a member of the senior elite competition team for both cheerleading and dancing. During high school, Mrs. Katelyne was awarded UCA cheerleader, and was invited to perform during the halftime show at the Sugar Bowl. She has assisted multiple cheer camps for local schools across the Gulf Coast. She is a former dancer of Classique Vibe, and currently resides in Abita Springs, Louisiana where she and her husband take care of their three beautiful children.