Learn about our Faculty and Culture

At South Baldwin Dance Center, we have a culture of excellence that extends beyond our dedication and passion for our dance styles. We are passionate about providing a hands-on, fun learning environment that helps each dancer reach their full God-given potential and accomplish individualized success.

Jamie Parks

Jamie Parks

Director/Instructor

Jamie has spent over 18 years teaching dance in the Gulf Coast community. Her earliest studio training began in Louisiana with Tommie Church, then in Foley, Alabama with Madeline Avinger and finally, at the prestigious Sheffield School of the Dance in Mobile where she competed and performed with the national award-winning Sheffield Performing Arts Company. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of West Florida in Pensacola. In addition to owning and directing South Baldwin Dance Center, she has also collaborated on numerous community events including choreography for Annie, Jerry’s Girls, the Coastal Chorale as well as directing dance at GCAA Fine Arts Camp and GSUMC Fine Arts Camp. Her choreography has won numerous platinums, top overalls and mentions including “Best Creative Concept” and “Best Emotional Performance” awards at competitions. Jamie continues to improve on her dance and teaching abilities taking classes and workshops with some of the greatest masters of our day including Mia Michaels, Stacey Tookey, Tyce Diorio, and Ivan Koumaev to name a few. Her energetic, motivational teaching style and her ingenuity in training younger students can also be attributed to her many years working in various children’s ministries throughout Louisiana and Alabama. Jamie is a certified member of the Louisiana Association of Dance Masters and the Dance Masters of America. She is also the proud wife of Gulf Shores Firefighter Justin Parks, and mother of six-year old Landen, three-year old Caden, and eight-month old Tiffany Parks.

Heather Ford

Heather Ford

Director/Instructor

Heather Ford has been dedicated to the art of dance since the age of six. She began her training at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance in Atlanta, GA. Heather went on to study at Northside School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts and many other prestigious programs. While working as a professional dancer, Heather toured internationally with Atlanta Showbiz, the Harrison Dance Company, Alvin Ailey II and the Phoenix Dance Project.

At the age of 26, Heather was asked to become the director of The Roswell Dance Theatre, a competition dance team based out of the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance. She started the company with only ten dancers and over the next two years directed its growth to include 70 dancers and four companies! Heather has been nationally recognized for her choreography and influential teaching methods. With abundant creativity and a relentless vision for style, Heather has shared her passion for dance with hundreds of students in dozens of companies throughout the southeastern U.S. for more than a decade. Heather has received several Choreography and Entertainment Awards at regional and national dance competitions. Additionally, many of her dancers have gone on to dance with well known companies. Most recently she moved from Amherst, Ohio where she worked with Midwest Ballet instructing their competition team.

Mia Spicuzza Guzlas

Mia Spicuzza Guzlas

Instructor

Mia Spicuzza Guzlas is a diverse teacher, choreographer and dancer who is proficient in many areas of the art. Her dance training began over 25 years ago with a strong background in Ballet. She also excels in Jazz, Lyrical, Acrobatics, Tap, Musical Theatre, Swing and even Latin Tap. In Mobile, Alabama she attended and performed in the companies of: Melinda Leighs School of Dance, Dunbar Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School, Sheffield School of the Dance and Mobile Ballet, performing in the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Most recently she has been in the Robinsons School of Dance Company. In Louisiana, she trained at Javiers Dance Studio and Body Expressions Center of Performing Arts.

Some of her credits included appearances on ESPN2 featuring Paula Abdul, and MTV on the Newlyweds featuring Jessica Simpson. Mia also works with Bowl Games of America as the Event Director and also with the Choreography staff. Her work includes: 2003 Sugar Bowl half time show, 2004 Sugar Bowl pre-game, and halftime show featuring Jessica Simpson, 2004 Liberty Bowl halftime show featuring Lou Rawls, 2005 Gator Bowl half time show, 2005 Liberty Bowl halftime show featuring The Beach Boys and 2006 Liberty Bowl halftime show featuring LeAnn Rimes. Mia also performed in the 2007 Liberty Bowl President’s Gala with Taylor Hicks.

Mia has also worked as the choreographer/instructor for different studios along the Gulf Coast for the past 8 years. Her choreography work has won numerous awards. She has toured throughout the southeast professionally and holds many Platinum and Top Overall awards for solos and group dances. She has been chosen several times as a scholarship winner at Tremaine, L.A. Dance Magic, Co Dance, and Dupree Dance conventions. In 2006 Mia traveled to New York to receive her Certificate in Dance Teaching from The Broadway Dance Center. In 2007 Mia was a judge for Jamfest Dance and Cheer competition Nationals. In addition to her instruction at South Baldwin Dance Center, Mia is also a current faculty member at Mobile Ballet.

Kristi Bell

Kristi Bell

Instructor

Beginning training at the Fairhope Bay Shore Ballet Academy in 1998, Ms. Bell has attended summer intensives at the prestigious University of North Carolina School of the Arts, dancing alongside American Ballet Theater dancer, Ethan Stiefel, and Nashville Ballet. While at Nashville Ballet in 2014, she was offered a position in its professional training division. She received her Psychology BS and Dance Minor from Loyola University New Orleans in 2017, and while there, performed lead roles in La Bayadere, Paquita, and The Stone Flower, to name a few. Recognized for winning the John Tobin Award at the 2014 Jr. Philharmonic Society of New Orleans for her role as Queen Mekhmene Banu from Yuri Grigorovich’s The Legend of Love, and her original choreography Zircon Haze in 2016, Ms. Bell was awarded Loyola University’s Dancer of the Year Award both seasons. As a member of the psychology honor society, Psi Chi, she plans to continue education and earn her PhD in Geropsychology after fulfilling her dreams of an artistic career in dance, voice, and modeling.

Jessica Puckett

Jessica Puckett

Instructor

Jessica Puckett was born in Daphne, AL. She started dancing at the age of 2 at Susan‘s Academy of Dance in Daphne. Throughout the duration of dancing with Susan’s, she performed in many places such as Disney World, Royal Caribbean cruise lines, and the Macy‘s Thanksgiving Day Parade. She studied under esteemed choreographers like Eric John Campros, Jeffry Williams, Michael McBain, Jason Myhre, Nick Long, and many others. Her senior year of high school, Jess received the Hollywood Dance Experience (HDE) Walk of Fame Scholarship, which allows her to return to HDE and participate in classes free for a lifetime. As she graduated from McGill-Tollen Catholic HS at the age of 17, she moved to Hattiesburg, MS, where she attended the University of Southern Mississippi. There, she was an active member of USM’s dance department, making the Repretory Dance Company (RDC) as a freshman and continued a member until her graduation. She studied under Elizabeth Lentz-Hill, Shellie Nielsen, Meredith Robertson-Early (now Sutton), Rebecca McArthur, Julie White, and Stacy Reischman-Fletcher. She also spear-headed the reconstruction of Chi Tau Epsilon greek organization, where she was a secretary her sophomore year and president her junior year. Jess graduated the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelors in Fine Arts Dance Performance and Choreography, and landed a job with a professional dance company shortly after. She danced with the Melange Dance Company in New Orleans, LA for a year before moving to Gulfport, MS. She has since moved back home to teach and choreograph at local studios in the Gulf Coast area.

Welcome! This is our dedicated team of faculty. Get in touch if you would like to learn more about our commitment to exhibiting a high standard of excellence in dance instruction.

The Facility

SBDC is located in the north-side corner of the Magnolia Plaza in front of Staybridge Suites.  Last October, we expanded our location to hold two dance studios with sprung, marley dance flooring as well as a nice spacious lobby equipped with a TV so our parents can enjoy watching their children’s dance experience.  Below you will find the pictures from that expansion.  We’d love for you to visit!