Madeline Parker Avinger

Mary Lou is the founder, artistic director emeritus of Sheffield School of the Dance. At age 5, Mary Lou began studying tap, ballet, and acrobatics and went on to perform in many local shows. In 1943, at age 13, Mary Lou began teaching dance to four neighborhood children in her family’s living room. Within a year, she was teaching 12 students. At the age of 16, she enrolled in the School of American Ballet. She spent summers in New York but would return to Mobile in the fall to go to school and continue to teach dance. The school began to grow and expand. She had 100 students while attending high school. During the summer of 1949 she was given an opportunity to tour with “The Manhattan Rockets” staring the legendary Ben Blue. In 1950, Mary Lou opened her first studio in downtown Mobile, and four years later, after marrying Herbert Noletto, she moved the studio to their home at Dauphin Street and Rickarby Place. Working at the Mobile Theatre Guild with Father Anthony Zoghby she choreographed many musicals and received the Saint Genesius Award for outstanding achievement. In 1993, she was honored by the City of Mobile with a Key to the City and “Mary Lou Sheffield-Noletto Day” honoring her 50 Years of Dance Excellence. In 2011, she was recognized with the honor of 50 years of membership with Dance Masters of America. In 2013, she celebrated 70 Years of Excellence at “Showtime 2013” sharing the stage with over 130 past and present Sheffield Dancers in a spectacular Reunion Finale. The anniversary also saw a featured spread in the International Publication, Dance Studio Life Magazine, showcasing Sheffield School of the Dance as a “Studio With Staying Power.” She continues to be an advisor to Sheffield School of the Dance and encouraging excellence.

Madeline Parker Avinger

Madeline Avinger, since 1966 a teacher and director. She was director at the Chickasaw location for fourteen years. She is a member of Professional Dance Teachers Association (PDTA). She received her early training with Mary Lou Sheffield Noletto. She has studied with many famous teachers and choreographers in New York, New Orleans, and other areas, having studied at the June Taylor Studio while in New York. Former studies also include the Teachers Training School of the Dance Masters of America. She performed numerous roles as a Soloist for the Mobile Theatre Guild Dance Wing in Mobile, Alabama. From 1990 to 2000, she was the owner and director of Madeline Avinger’s School of Dance in Foley, Alabama. As a teacher, she has helped initiate a dance therapeutic program for the pre-schoolers at the Springhill School for Special Children. She is a member of “Very Special Arts of Alabama”, a group inaugurated by the John F. Kennedy Foundation of the Arts. Ms. Madeline attended a Special Olympics training school which certifies her as a Special Olympics gymnastic coach.

Theresa Noletto-Hutchins

Is a Professional Dancer, Master Teacher, International and National Award Winning Choreographer. Professional ballet training started at eight years old with Don Farnworth in New York City and later with Balanchine’s New York City Ballet principal Melissa Hayden. Also, additional training with Bruce Marks, Ballet West Utah, Phyllis Latin’s Saratoga Ballet Company, American Ballet Theatre principals Marcia Haydee and Elizabeth Carroll, Joffrey Ballet principal Finis Jhung, Broadway Dancer Charles Kelley, Luigi, Lea Darwin, Susan Quinn, Michael Williams and Gus Giordano. She received a dance scholarship to Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago. In 1984 she became a professional dancer with First City Dance Theatre as a principal soloist for eight years. Her guest performing credits include the Jazz Dance World Congress, Mobile Ballet and Wats on Dance. As a teacher, her experiences includes Dance Masters of America, Alabama School of Fine Arts, American Dance Center, The Dance Centre, University of South Alabama and Springhill College. As a choreographer she has received over thirty Choreography Awards and Top Overall Solo/Group National Dance Championship Titles including “The Battle of the Stars Award” and the “Danny and Betty Hoctor Award for Dance Excellence.” Her most prestigious award was for “Dedication 911” which wrapped up an Overall National Title, Overall Choreography Award and Perfect Score. She has also received One World Choreography Award at The Jazz Dance World Congress and One State Choreography Award at Panoply. Her dance company has performed on the Celebrity and Carnival Cruise Lines, at the Jazz Dance World Congress, St. Augustine’s Winter Dance Festival and First Night Mobile. In 2008 she taught Master Classes for Dixie Dance Masters of America and was an adjudicator for their Petite, Junior, Teen and Senior Miss Dance Pageant. In 2009 she received her Teachers Training Certificate with the Leap N Learn Educational Program for early to primary dance students and also received advanced studies with Northwest Florida Ballet for the past four summers. She traveled to Los Angeles for master training with Doug Caldwell at Doug and Friends and for the past three summers at The Collective Contemporary Workshop with Mia Michaels and Tremaine Summer Dance Intensive. Her trained dancers are dancing professionally with the Rockettes, American Ballet Theatre, Gus Giordano Jazz Chicago and Atlanta Ballet. She has trained America’s Junior Miss and Miss America Title Winners. Many students continue to receive full dance scholarships to colleges and professional dance training schools from under her instruction. Her passion for dance continues to inspire her students today.

Celi Shinn

Is a National Award Winning Choreographer and has been teaching since the age of 15. Growing up in the Sheffield School of the Dance family, she began her training at an early age and went on to work as a Professional Dancer and Faculty Member with the American Dance Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. She has choreographed for the America’s Junior Miss program locally, and studied under Master Teachers and Dance Greats including Sonya Arova, Roni Mahler, Lea Darwin, Susan Quinn & Michael Williams, Luigi, Frank Hatchett, and the late Gus Giordano. In 1998 and 1999, Celi’s choreography appeared on ESPN with Paula Abdul receiving 1st Overall National Champion Titles. Celi was recognized by New York City Dance Alliance in 2000 for “National Outstanding Choreography” and has achieved an astounding 30 “Best Of Show” titles at Tremaine National Finals including four “National Performance of the Year” titles from So You Think You Can Dance’s, Wade Robson, Broadway Legend, Chita Rivera, Paula Abdul and Mitzi Gaynor. In 2005, Celi directed and produced Imagine… A Performance for Life, a benefit concert for Dancers Responding to AIDS. This project, which she claims to be her Most Rewarding Endeavor, was backed by the City of Mobile and drew tremendous community support by raising over $10,000 for this wonderful organization. In the summer of 2007, she received the prestigious honor of being named the “2007-08 Tremaine National Dance Teacher of the Year” for her continued love and commitment to the art of dance. Most recently, she choreographed Rock The Runway, a fashion benefit for America’s Distinguished Young Women Organization. In the summer of 2010, her choreography was nominated for “National Outstanding Choreography” and shared the stage with some of Broadway’s Finest as a National “Critic’s Choice Award” Finalist at the New York City Dance Alliance National Finale. In 2011 and 2012, she attended the Tremaine Intensive in Hollywood, CA for master training with Toni Basil and Anthony Thomas of Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation and coached 2012 Miss America Finalist, Courtney Porter. Her students are currently working globally and can be seen with the American Ballet Theatre, The Radio City Rockettes, The Houston Ballet, The New York City Ballet, the MTV Video Music Awards and many more.

Joanie Noletto

Joanie Noletto is a Sheffield trained student/teacher. In addition to her early training, she has studied at the American Dance Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. She has also studied at the Dance Center in Pensacola, Florida. She has attended national conventions of Dance Masters of America during the summer. She travels regularly for special teacher training at dance conventions in New Orleans. She is a charter member of the Sheffield Dancers. For eleven years, Joanie was a performer and choreographer for award winning dance routines in the finals of Showstopper National Talent Competition in Greensboro, North Carolina, Cleveland, Ohio, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina as well as the Danny Hoctor’s Dance Caravan, USA in New Orleans, Louisiana and Gatlingburg, Tennessee. Joanie, associated with and choreographer of the Mobile County Junior Miss Program for over ten years. In 1998, she attended the dance workshop and competition in Chicago sponsored by Gus Giordano Jazz Dance School. In 2003, she traveled to Las Vegas for the West Coast Dance Explosion teacher conference and competition and Orlando, Florida for the Joe Tremaine convention. In Mobile, Alabama she attended New York City Dance Alliance, West Coast Dance Explosion and Shock teacher workshops. The past several summers, she traveled to New York, NY for the New York City Dance Alliance National Finale, Orlando, FL for Tremaine National Finals and Las Vegas, NV for West Coast Dance Explosion Final Showdown for master training. Currently she is also employed with Family Practice Associates of Mobile as an office manager/insurance clerk.

Courtney Baugh Crowe

Courtney has been a part of the Sheffield School of the Dance Faculty since 2003. She has trained at Sheffield School of the Dance for over 25 years, many of which were spent competing with the Sheffield Dancers. In addition to her early training, she attended the summer intensive at Phyllis Latin’s American Dance Center in Saratoga Springs, New York. After high school graduation, she went on to perform with Walt Disney World Entertainment in Orlando, Florida. She has been seen in various stage productions and parades at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. She has also appeared as several popular Disney face characters throughout the Walt Disney World Theme Park in Orlando, Florida. She graduated in May of 2006 from The University of South Alabama with a BFA degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Painting. There, Courtney was also a dancer for the University of South Alabama Prowlers Dance Team. In May 2009, she made her debut at the Mobile Theatre Guild as a Kit Kat Girl dancer/singer in the musical Cabaret. In 2012 Courtney performed in the American Heart Association’s 2012 Go Red For Women® Conference. Currently, Courtney owns a freelance graphic design company, Crowe Creative Design and is employed full time as a Web Designer at Televox Software, Inc. Courtney and her husband, Bo Crowe, are enjoying their 5 year old twins, Max and Lily, and 2 year old baby boy, Brody. She continues to follow her passion for dance and loves her dance family here at Sheffield School of the Dance.

Colby Shinn

As a vibrant and versatile artist, Colby Shinn is one of the most recognized dancers in North America. He is from a 3rd generation professional dance family and has gone on to work with award winning choreographers for Beyonce, Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Bieber, So You Think You Dance, Dancing With The Stars and more! At the young age of 16, he was already a National Award Winning Choreographer, with his work being nationally awarded by Chita Rivera, Paula Abdul and Mitzi Gaynor. He just performed as a Principal Dancer in The Receipt, a National Commercial for Walmart directed by Seth Rogen & choreographed by Tricia Miranda which debuted at The Oscars 2017! His most recent projects include choreography for New York Fashion Week 2017, choreography featured on NBC’s The Today Show and performing in 29th Annual Gypsy Awards in Hollywood, honoring Paula Abdul & Dick Van Dyke. He was the choreographer of the World War II film, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage starring Nicolas Cage & Matt Lanter. Other recent projects include being featured in Holding Patterns working alongside Freddie Highmore & Haley Joel Osment, choreographing the Two Way Crossing music video, Car Trouble, choreographing & starring in The George Twins' hit music video, Diana, and he was featured in the Bruce Willis film, Vice. In recent years, he performed with LeAnn Rimes on CMA Country Christmas airing on ABC, choreography featured on Britney Spears’ official website for her #1 hit single Hold It Against Me, and performed in a tribute to Screen Legend, Ann-Margret. In 2012, his choreography garnered the attention of Gloria Estefan, for his work on the international company, DanceWorks Costa Rica. He can be seen as the Choreographer and Model in Marcea Costume / Active Wear Collection. He has choreographed and performed for the National Distinguished Young Women Organization including their Rock The Runway fashion benefit. His national award winning choreography for Major Universities, including the University of Alabama, has been featured on the UDA National Championships airing on ESPN. He has appeared in Dance Studio Life Magazine and awarded “Best Choreography” by Dance Spirit Magazine for recording artist, Lauren Hildebrandt. Stage credits include the 22nd Annual Gypsy Awards in Hollywood honoring TV / Film Icon, Mary Tyler Moore, the “Oscars of Fashion”, The Michael Awards, in New York, and the Jazz Dance World Congress. Other television credits include performing with Paula Abdul on ESPN, E! News, the America’s Junior Miss National Finals on BRAVO and Studio 10 on FOX. In his competitive days, he was a Seven-Time National Title Winner, including winning Debbie Allen’s National FAMEUS Challenge, chosen by Raven Symone and being a 3-time "National Dancer of the Year" with Tremaine Dance Conventions, from which he became a Faculty member for nearly 10 years. Colby’s newest endeavor is joining Break The Floor Productions where he is on Faculty with the largest convention tour in the world, JUMP Dance Convention and The Dance Awards! Colby’s tremendous energy and emphasis on technique and style has put him in demand as an International Master Teacher and Choreographer, where he has recently worked in Canada, Mexico, the All You Can Dance Festival in Austria, and the Jazz Dance Fest Costa Rica for the past 6 years.

Rebekah Howard Womack

Rebekah has trained at the Sheffield School of the Dance for more than 25 years where she was both a dance assistant and member of the national award winning Sheffield Dancers. She has performed with the Parapluie Dance Company and as a soloist with the Azalea City Children’s Ballet. She was a featured dancer in the Mobile Theatre Guild’s musical productions of Cabaret and Chicago. She has performed in numerous productions at the Joe Jefferson Playhouse where she choreographed two full length stage musicals, 2010’s The Full Monty and 2011’s All Shook Up. She taught at Robin Adams Performing Arts Center in Pascagoula, MS for four years and has served as a guest teacher/ choreographer for various other area dance schools and teams. Rebekah is a graduate of Spring Hill College. She is married to Shane Womack and has a son, Jack. Rebekah is delighted to join the faculty at Sheffield School of the Dance, the school that fostered her love of dance.

Marissa Horstman

Was born in Mobile, Alabama and began her dance training with Sheffield School of the Dance at the very young age of three. Her love for dance flourished as she grew and began assisting the Sheffield Faculty as a demonstrator at age twelve. Throughout her years of competitive dance, she attended and won many scholarships and titles from Tremaine Dance Conventions, West Coast Dance Explosion, New York City Dance Alliance and NUVO. While competing for the title of West Coast Dance Explosion National Elite Dancer in 2008, Marissa had the opportunity to perform with Multi-Platinum and Grammy Nominated artist, Deborah Cox at their annual gala. By the age of 15, Marissa became a member of the Tremaine National Performance Company, allowing her to travel the United States, assisting and training under Joe Tremaine, Keri LaGrand, Derrick Schrader, Laurie Johnson, Marty Dew, Colby Shinn, Tony Bellisimo, Tiffany Maher and Meghan Sanett. In 2014, she starred in The George Twins’ hit music video, “Diana” alongside professional dancer and choreographer, Colby Shinn. In 2014, Marissa was named Mobile County’s Distinguished Young Woman, and went on to the State Finals in Montgomery, Alabama where she won a Talent Award and finished 2nd Runner-Up to the State title. Marissa is also a featured dancer in the World War II film, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, starring Nicolas Cage, releasing Veteran’s Day 2016. After graduating high school, Marissa attended the University of Alabama where she was a member of the Crimson Cabaret dance team. Marissa is continuing her education in Mobile, Alabama at the University of South Alabama with a major in chemical engineering. Marissa is thrilled to join the Sheffield Eastern Shore faculty for the 2016-17 season!

Raley Zofko-Zampieri

Has been dancing for 25 years. She is proficient in ballet, jazz, gymnastics and tap. The early years of her training were spent at Green Acres School of Dance and Dare 2 Dance in Robertsdale, Alabama. During her high school years, she was fortunate enough to dance at Sheffield School of the Dance and Mobile Ballet in Mobile, Alabama. Raley has won numerous awards at regional and national dance competitions along the way. After high school, she went on to continue her education at the University of South Alabama, as a Primary and Special Education major. There, Raley joined the University of South Alabama Prowlers Dance Team for four consecutive years. She was a staff member on Universal Dance Association’s UDA 2012-2014 teams. One of Raley’s biggest accomplishments is approaching her 10th anniversary with the Radio City Rockettes and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York City. It’s truly been a dream come true to say she has been able to dance her dream job for an entire decade. Raley has performed with the touring cast of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New York Cast where she has performed on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, America’s Got Talent on NBC and many other national TV and talk shows. When Raley is not kicking with her favorite ladies on the Great Stage of Radio City Music Hall, she is enjoying the simple life on the Eastern Shore. Raley plans to continue kicking, dancing and spreading Christmas cheer until she graduates college, when she will pursue her other passion, teaching children, in order to provide for better and brighter future generations.

Lauren Fetto

Lauren Fetto was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she trained in jazz, tap, ballet and contemporary. She found her passion for teaching and choreography in high school where she trained in the Teacher’s Assistant program at her studio and served as captain of her high school dance team. She began working under the direction of Quinn Callahan at the Rock Center For Dance just a few months after it opened, starting as a college freshman choreographing a few solos and substituting classes. She became one of the creative team members of the prestigious Rock Company and taught many of the Jazz, TapJazz, and Contemporary classes at the Rock. She has received numerous choreography awards, including the Choreography Award at YAGP San Francisco. She has also worked with many dance teams to work on technique and skills, as well as choreograph their competition jazz, pom and lyrical routines. Lauren received an undergraduate degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Kinesiology allowing her to focus on the science behind dance technique. She returned to UNLV to receive her master’s degree in Elementary Education and is now an elementary teacher in conjunction with teaching dance.