Meet the founder of S.M.A Dance Academy:
Stephenni Miller-Allen is a highly motivated and student-focused dance educator with extensive experience in designing and implementing engaging dance programs. A successful history of directing and choreographing highly acclaimed recitals, ballets, and concerts. Ms. Miller-Allen is dedicated to helping students reach their full potential while perfecting performances. She is known for maintaining great relationships with students and their families based on trust, encouragement, and integrity.
Ms. Miller-Allen was born and raised in Montclair, NJ, where she trained at Premiere Dance Theater. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Dance at The American University, Washington, DC. Ms Miller-Allen had the opportunity to study under the direction of Naima Prevost, Kristin Gamb, Daniel Burkholder, Vonn Turner and Alice Howes. While in graduate school, she worked at the Higher Achievement Program as an Assistant Center Director. This position provided a foundation for directing and managing enrichment programs for children. She then began blending the arts within the curriculum to create cross-curricular studies in the areas of Math, English and Science.
After graduate school, she began her teaching career at Chamberlain Elementary in Washington, DC. She developed the dance program for pre-k through 8th grade. Her students performed in various shows, events and performances over a 7 year period. While residing in D.C, Ms. Miller-Allen continued her dance studies under the direction of: Maurice Johnson, Helanius Walker and Susan Grecko. She also joined the Liturgical Dance Ministry, Magnificat and performed in the Metropolitan area. In 2008, Ms. Miller-Allen along with local dance teachers developed the D.C Dance Standards. Shortly after that, she spent the summer teacher in Imo, State, Nigeria where she volunteered and taught dance to students at The Core Foundation AIDS Awareness Camp.
In 2010, she moved back to her hometown and has taught dance in Harlem, New York for the past 7 years .Ms. Miller-Allen has performed in New York at venues such as: Alvin Ailey American Theater, Harlem Repertory Theater, The Harlem Arts Festival, Roots, Waxworks, and Dance New Amsterdam. Currently, Ms. Miller-Allen is a dancer with SLM Dances under the direction of Sydnie L. Mosley. As a dancer, she hopes to fulfill the mission of educating audiences on women's stories through dance.
In 2014, Ms. Miller-Allen decided to create a school that would challenge students to think outside the box, to understand their body and to take ownership of their own learning. S.M.A Dance Academy is an invigorating dance school of exploring, creating, and replicating Ballet, Tap, West African, and Hip-Hop dance. Students build their technical and expressive skills; develop their artistry and unique personal voice in dance, as they experience the power of dance to communicate.Ms. Miller-Allen feels blessed to share the gift of dance with others. She strives to create a positive environment for students, parents, teachers and the community.
Stanley Muñoz discovered his passion for dance at a very young age. He first began dancing socially, dancing Latin styles with his Dominican family and Hip-Hop freestyling from the age of 5. He first started performing in high school, winning several talent shows and co-founding the Hip-Hop crew at his school in 2013. Having always dreamed of pursuing a career in dance, he finally began to train with Piel Canela Latin Dance Company in his senior year of high school. After training with the company for a year, he decided to attend Brown University instead of continuing and joining the professional company. Immediately entering the dance scene at his school and joining 3 dance companies, Stanley continued training in Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Jazz, Latin styles, and West African.
Stanley began his professional training at Broadway Dance Center in the 2016 professional semester, having the opportunity to train with David Thomas, Joanna Numata, Theresa Stone, Omari Mizrahi, and many other faculty members in a variety of styles. He is now living in New York City pursuing a career as a professional dancer and choreographer.