Kelsey King: Owner and Artistic Director
Kristy Cooke: General Manager
In 2013, Kristy graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with a degree in Dance Education. She then completed two years of teacher training through Dance Masters of America at Buffalo University and is certified to teach Zumba to children and adults. Additionally, she was a member of Anne Arundel Community College’s Dance Company and spent many years performing with MPAC’s professional dance company, Essenza.
Kristy was promoted to general manager in 2015. As a result, she has grown close to many of our dance families. She loves interacting with our students and parents daily, and to her, our studio is a home away from home.
Anton T. Wilson: Director of Ballet Curriculum
Florian Rouiller: Master Teacher
Florian has a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Maryland and has choreographed and performed in the original productions of Profondeur Inconnue and Wave. He was the recipient of choreographic prizes at YAGP and the Korean National Competition. Lois Greenfield’s book “Moving Still” also featured him. Florian was a guest teacher at the Kirov Academy in Washington DC for their Summer Programs in 2005, 2008, and 2015. Apart from this, he served as a visiting artist at UMBC in the Fall of 2013 and taught at TWSB in 2006 and 2017.
Florian teaches and choreographs in the DC metropolitan area at the Peabody Dance Institute, Washington Ballet School, and CityDance Conservatory. He is very excited to start teaching this year at MPAC and training our gifted students.
Patrick Harrington: All Levels, All Genres
Ben Prescott: Acrobatics Instructor and Fitness Coach
Additionally, Ben is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He has more than a decade of experience in teaching gymnastics and acrobatics. During his time at MPAC, he has trained our students, maintained their safety, and prevented injury, making him fully qualified to be our acrobatics instructor.
Angie Prescott: Aerobics Instructor and Physical Therapist
Michael Gellert: Vocal Department Director
Michael performed in the Baltimore Opera Company as a chorus member and secured several supporting roles, including Wagner in Faust, Gregorio in Romeo and Juliet, and the Marquis in La Traviata. He performed in over 40 operas, culminating in 120 performances at the Opera Company. Since he began his private study in Baltimore and Gettysburg with Forrest Barrett in 1973 and in Washington with Todd Duncan, Michael has had a steady stream of voice students of all ages.