School Staff & Faculty
Jessica Brock, originally from Bay Village, Ohio, received her early training from Classical Academy of Dance in the R.A.D. Syllabus, and in high school studied at the Cleveland Ballet. In the fall of 1994, Jessica entered the dance program with Ballet Magnificat! at Belhaven University where she was trained in the Vaganova/Cecchetti methods. In the summer of 1996, Jessica toured with Hosanna Sacred Arts, a company based in Birmingham, AL. She became a Trainee with Ballet Magnificat! in the fall of 1996, and in February 1997, Jessica was promoted to a company member, touring nationally and internationally until the fall of 2001.
During her time as a company dancer, Jessica set several pieces of choreography on the company and Ballet Magnificat II. She has also set choreography for Turning Pointe School of Dance in Holland, MI, and Briarwood Ballet in Birmingham, AL.
Jessica began teaching ballet, tap, & jazz during high school for Classical Academy of Dance. During her time as a Ballet Magnificat! company member, she taught ballet & jazz at their annual Summer Dance Intensives and later taught in the Trainee Program. She has also taught at Summer Intensives for Turning Pointe School of Dance in Holland, MI, and master classes for Briarwood Ballet in Birmingham, AL. Jessica was Director/Instructor for The Dance Program at First Presbyterian Church in Kosciusko, MS, became Co-Director/Instructor of Center Pointe Dance Academy in Clinton, MS, from 2006-2012. Jessica joined the teaching staff of Ballet Magnificat! School of the Arts in the fall of 2012, teaching in both the upper and lower schools. In 2014, she became the School of the Arts Director.
Jessica and husband Jason are the parents of Ana, Kailyn, Aubrey, Kaleb, and Samantha.
Elizabeth Quinlan is originally from Hudson, New Hampshire and moved to Jackson to be a part of Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Program. She began her ballet training at the age of eleven under the direction of Sarah- Beth Smith of Gate City Ballet. Before coming to Ballet Magnificat in 2015, she moved to Pennsylvania to train with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet As a trainee, Elizabeth performed with the Events Company in the U.S., Guam, Asia, Mexico, and Honduras. She, then, graduated from the trainee program in 2018 and became the School of the Arts Administrator.
Marcie was born in Vicksburg, MS. She began training at age five with Debra Franco in Vicksburg and later with Lisa Howell at Ballet Mississippi in Jackson. She was a student teacher, choreographer, and she attended numerous advanced study workshops with artists such as Anna Fowler (Berlin Ballet Company), Eugene "Luigi" Louis, Joe Tremaine, Gus Giordana and Jo Rowan.
Marcie received a four-year ballet scholarship to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Cum Laude) in Dance and French, and a Master of Arts in Education (GPA 4.0) in Exercise Physiology/Cardiac Rehabilitation. She attended the University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, France where she completed a UAB International Studies Program. Marcie was named "Outstanding Undergraduate Student in UAB's Department of Theatre and Dance" for two years and "Outstanding Dance Major" by the National Dance Association.
At UAB, Marcie trained extensively with Stevan Grebel, Melanie Grebel, and Marcus Alford. She performed with UAB Ballet for seven years and BAD & Company (Ballet Against Drugs) for two years. Marcie danced many principal roles in her repertoire of more than twenty productions, including "Miss Sarah Lennox" in George III, A Mad King, "Esmeralda" in Esmeralda, "Cerrito" in Steps For Four, Plus One, and "Lost Child" in Ancient Voices Of Children.
Marcie was Principal Instructor for the UAB Youth Ballet and an instructor in the UAB Department of Theatre and Dance, Birmingham Dance Theatre, and Birmingham Ballet Academy. She choreographed and directed two original productions at UAB, designed costumes, and has choreographed numerous ballet, jazz, tap, and acrobatic pieces.
In 1997, Marcie returned to Mississippi. Her love for the Lord and desire to share her talent with young dancers led her to join the ministry of Ballet Magnificat!, where she has the privilege of nurturing the hearts and talents of even the youngest of our precious students.
Pam Hindall started her training in ballet, tap, and jazz under Mary Blake at Blake’s Studio of Dancing in Marine City, MI. Pam has performed in La Sylphide on Canadian Television and danced with Shekinah (a group of professional Christian dancers from around the world) in Toronto, Canada. In 1970, she was mentored by Bernice Harper RAAD (Dual Examiner for the Royal Academy of Dancing in London). Pam became a registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, London, England, and owned, operated, and taught in three dance studios in Algonac, MI (1970-73), Pontiac, MI (1978-85), and The Classical Academy of Dance in Bay Village, OH (1986-2005) where she produced an annual Nutcracker ballet, held top-rated student recitals, directed two competition teams and prepared her students for the yearly RAD Examinations. During her time as a studio owner, Pam brought many students to Ballet Magnificat!’s Summer Dance Intensive, including her 3 daughters, 2 of which became part of the ministry of Ballet Magnificat!: Jessica Hindall Brock, Alpha Company Member and Angela Hindall Ewing, Trainee Program.
Pam sold her studio of 435 students in 2004 and moved to Brandon, MS, with her husband Gary to be with their 3 daughters and families. Pam and Gary are blessed with those 3 daughters and their husbands, a son and daughter-in-law in Ohio, 5 granddaughters, and 5 grandsons.
Jennifer, from Rochester, New York, trained and performed with the School of Classical Ballet of Rochester and the Flower City Ballet, and also earned a degree as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Jennifer moved to Jackson to participate in the Ballet Magnificat! Trainee Program and performed with Ballet Magnificat! II. She also toured with Ballet Magnificat!'s professional company throughout the United States and internationally. Jennifer has been teaching since 1997 and currently teaches ballet in our School of the Arts, as well as ballet and conditioning classes in the Trainee Program, bringing her combined experience in art and science to the classroom. Jennifer is married to William, and is the mother of three boys, Dante, Kaden and Rylan, and a daughter, Layla.
Bethany Haynes is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She received her dance training under the direction of Amanda Neeley, Susan Beebe, and Tara Thibodeaux Drew at Praise Him With Dance in Atlanta. Bethany taught (ballet and tap) and choreographed for Praise Him With Dance for 2 years. At age 15, she choreographed and danced in a piece that received the Ultimate Skill Award at the Dance Revolution Competition in Indianapolis. She also choreographed a piece for, and danced in, the John Tesh "ALIVE" Concert in Denver. Bethany received her professional training from summer dance intensives at Ballet Rotaru and Ballet Magnificat! She joined the Professional Trainee Program at Ballet Magnificat! in 2005 and trained under Sol Nazario, Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, and Cassandra Voborsky. She taught (jazz) and choreographed for Ballet Magnificat!'s School of the Arts in 2007. In Fall 2008, Bethany was promoted to an Alpha Apprentice with Ballet Magnificat!, and to Company Artist in Fall 2009. Bethany married Frank in January 2015, and in July of that year Bethany retired from the touring company to join the teaching staff of the Trainee Program and School of the Arts.
Born and raised in upstate NY, Leah began her classical ballet Training at the age of 5 in a small town called Apalachin, NY. From ages 8-16, she trained under Tina Christina Price (formerly of the Russian Ballet) at Ballet Arts Theatre in Endicott NY. Her junior and senior year she joined the pre professional company, the Ithaca Ballet, in Ithaca, NY and preformed as a soloist and in the corps de ballet. After attending Ballet Magnificat’s Summer Intensive in 1999 she auditioned and was accepted into their Trainee Program. After a little more than a year as part of the Trainee Program she was asked to be Tour Director for the Company. She toured with them all over the US and made two international Tours during the next two years. She also met her husband during that time and was married in 2003 at which she came off the road and settled down in Ridgeland, MS. At this point she began to teach at Ballet Magnificat’s School of the Arts and also work as a designer at a local shop in Jackson, The Pine Cone. After doing both for a year she decided to take a break from dancing and explore the field of interior design exclusively. She achieved great success as a designer and even had her holiday work featured in an issue of Mississippi Magazine. Thirteen years and two children later, Leah decided it was time to return to her first love of dancing, and continue to pass on her knowledge to a new generation of Ballerinas. She recently accepted her position as instructor at Ballet Magnificat’s School of the Arts and resides in Brandon with her husband and two children.