Jeté Dance Company Staff
Director / Choreographer
Shannon teaches primary, beginner, and advanced intermediate dance classes at Jeté Dance Company. She is also a choreographer for the Company. Over the past nineteen years, Shannon has made it her objective to provide a place for young dancers to attend weekly dance training in a positive, personable atmosphere where they, along with their families would feel welcomed and appreciated. Because of this objective, along with her ability to seek out a professional staff of associate teachers, Jeté Dance Company has quickly become one of the largest dance training facilities in the region proving over and over again that learning dance at such an intensive level may also be fun and encouraging. Before opening the company she studied dance for over twenty years and has twenty plus years of teaching experience. Most recently, Shannon attended the Master Teacher’s Courses and Certifications School at the Broadway Dance Center. She also had the opportunity to dance under Mia Michaels, Brian Freedman, Wade Robson, Dave Scott, Desmond Richardson, and Chris Judd from the hit television show So You Think You Can Dance. She is a certified member of the National Dance Alliance, Dance Masters of America, and the Broadway Dance Center. Aside from teaching dance, Shannon has also had the opportunity to choreograph with Jay Howarth. Shannon’s choreography has been named excellence in tap choreography and won numerous awards in competitions such as 1st place overall, regional highest score, and been invited to perform in New York City. Most recently, Jeté Dance Company has been awarded the 2018 and 2019 ADCC Accredited Studio of Excellence Award. Shannon received her Bachelors Degree from Louisiana State University in 2000.
Helen Foster Brown was born and raised in Acworth, GA and just recently moved to the Baton Rouge area. She graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Valdosta State University in December 2013. While studying dance, Helen trained with Eric Nielsen, Catherine Schaeffer, Kimberly Holt, and Sarah Wildes Arnett. During college, she performed with two professional companies; SWADanceCollective in Atlanta, GA at the Modern Atlanta Dance Festival, and with Kim & Company in Tampa, FL at the New Grounds Festival hosted by Moving Current and at the Nashville Fringe Festival in Nashville, TN. Helen has a true passion for dance and is always looking for opportunities to continue her training. She is always ready for her next challenge within the dance world and cannot wait for her future to take off.
Giulia Fedeli grew up in Padova, Italy, and has been dancing since the age of 5. She graduated from the ballet Academy of the Teatro Carcano in Milan and later graduated with honors from the Certificate Program of The Ailey School. While at Ailey she also performed with the Alvin Ailey Students Performance Group.
After graduation, she worked with Francesca Harper, performing in New York City and Venice, Italy.
She danced as a soloist with Rome, Italy based “Danza Prospettiva” – ARSlab Production from 2010 to 2016, touring in the United States, France, Germany, Bulgaria and Italy. After spending one year in Shanghai, China, teaching ballet, contemporary and tap, she recently moved to Baton Rouge, where she choreographs, performs and teaches dance and Antigymnastique.
Caitlin Malone is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she studied dance for 18 years here at Jete’ Dance Company. She teaches Primary, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate classes at the studio. Throughout her high school years she was a member of the Parkview Baptist Silver Stepper Dance Team and served as captain her senior year, winning overall national champions for one year and division champions for the other three years. Her trio performance also won first overall. Caitlin was also a demonstrator at the studio for six years throughout middle school and high school. She is currently a member of the American Allstar Staff and will travel this summer to teach dance camps. She is currently attending Southeastern Louisiana University and majoring in Communication Science Disorders in hopes to become a Speech Pathologist.
Kenney is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where she studied for 15 years at Jete’ Dance Company. She focused on Ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop and was a member of the Company Team for 10 years. Throughout her high school years, she was a member of the Central Private Dixie Darling Dance Team where she served as Captain her Junior and Senior year. Kennedy now teaches Primary, Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced Intermediate, and Advanced level classes here at the studio. Along with teaching, Kennedy is also the Office Manager at Jete and helps with our Company Team.
Kaitlyn is from Gonzales, Louisiana. She graduated with honors from St. Amant High School in 2019. Kaitlyn attended Jete’ Dance Company for 14 years, where she was part of the Company Team for 10 years. While on Company, Kaitlyn competed in all styles of dance at the elite level at both Regional and National competitions. Kaitlyn now teaches ages 3 to 12 at Jete’ and leads the studio’s Performance Team. She is currently attending Louisiana State University where she is continuing to dance and perform with the LSU Dance Ensemble. She is majoring in Biological Engineering and minoring in dance with the goal of achieving her Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy. One day, Kaitlyn would like to use dance as a form of Physical Therapy in her own practice.
Time to introduce everyone to another great teacher of ours, Ms. Jessi Speziale! She started dancing in her hometown of Metarie, Louisiana! Her mom actually owns a dance studio where Jessi says she has been going since the time she could walk! Jessi started competing at a very young age, and continued all the way through high school! It has been such a big part of her life, and one of her proudest moments comes from the time when she
earned the title of Miss Dance of Louisiana 2017! Jessi loved the competition/convention environment so much that she joined the company for Streetz in 2018 and traveled to nearly every city with them for their past two seasons!
This year is Jessi’s first season with Jete, and says that she is “so glad to have found a studio that is such a close community and also challenges me to grow as a teacher and dancer.”
Ms. Jessi is also currently a junior at LSU majoring in Broadcast Journalism with minors in business and dance. On top of this, Jessi works at the on-campus news station, Tiger TV, where she is the assistant production director. Some fun things to know about Jessi is that she loves to watch Say Yes To the Dress any chance she gets, and BJ’s pizookies are her absolute favorite dessert.
Another day another amazing teacher to introduce! Everyone, meet Ms. Caitlin Page! She has been dancing since she was only 3 years old, and was actually a member of the VERY FIRST Jete’ Dance Company season #1! That would make this Caitlin’s 19th year of dancing! When asked what Jeté means to her, Caitlin kindly said: “I grew up at this studio and it’s always been a part of my life. Dance has been my favorite hobby and it’s something I always look forward too.”
Caitlin also taught dance during all four years of college in Lafayette. Her interests aside from dance include teaching, since she is also a 2nd grade teacher, and running! Some fun facts about Caitlin are that she LOVES chips and salsa and has a twin sister named Madison.
We are so happy to have had Caitlin as one of our very first dancers at the studio, and now to have her as a dedicated instructor! Thank you for being such an important part of the studio for so long, Caitlin, we LOVE you!!!