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Faculty: Dance

Mia Shea Athey, Dancer and Soprano

Ms. Athey began her instruction as a dancer in 1996-2007 at the Suto Dance Studio learning ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop, and in the last year studied Pointe classes. She was a the co-captain of the Elizabeth Seton Dance team where she has\d been a member since 2006, and now served as the captain till she graduated in 2009. She has received honors from the Elizabeth Seton Drama Club, Colours Performing Arts Programs, the Suto Dance Studio, and for her choreography at Elizabeth Seton Dance Team performances.  She received the Elizabth Seton Music Department "Excellence in Music" Award in 2008, and graduated with voice performance and pedagogy majors from The Catholic University of America in 2014.  Besides Ottley Music School, she taught at Paul Public Charter School in DC for the past year.  She performed for the past two years with the Maryland Lyric Opera, this year in a production of Romeo and Juliet.   She has also performed with the

  • Colours Performing Arts in "The Wiz", "Grease" and was a
  • chorus member of the Prince George's Sumer Teen Theater in both 
    • "Bye, bye birdie" and 
    • "Beauty and the Beast." 
  • She was a choreographer for the Ottley Music School's summer music camps since the summer of 2008: 
    • with Michael Jackson's "Beat It", "Smooth Criminal" (25 dancers), "Thriller" (14 dancers), "Billy Jean" (17 dancers)
    • "Closer" by Ne-Yo,
    • "Singing in the Rain" by Stanley Donen.
    • "Bear Dance" in Treemonisha, Scott Joplin's opera, Act 2 in 2013
    • Taught the choreography of dance historian, Eva Anderson in "We're Goin' Around" and "A Real Slow Drag" from  Scott Joplin's Treemonisha opera in 3 acts (19 dancers), ages 6 to adults  in 2013.
    • She also lead in the choroegraphy of two scenes from "High School Musical 2", Work it Out, and Everyday.
    • She worked with Beverley Ann Ottley McLean in several scenes of "The Wiz" such as "He's the Wizard", "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News", and "Brand New Day"
    • She choreographed and danced in "You Can't Win" and "Ease On Down the Road" from The Wiz,
    • She has created and choreographed several other dance routines for the summer camps.

She also brings with her training in vocal arts, having studied as a soprano private student with Nancy Almquist and with Lisa Eden at the Eden Studio.  She was a member of Elizabeth Setons most select ensemble, Seton Concert Choir, and has received certifications of recognition every year from 2004 to 2008 from every organization with which she is afilliated.  She received the Elizabeth Seton Music Department Excellence in Music Award and was accepted into the Maryland All State Women's Chorus, both in 2008 and 2009.

Mia Shea Athey

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