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.

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.

Jamie Parks

Jamie Parks

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.

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.

Nick Bailey

Nick Bailey

Instructor

Nick Bailey is our amazing Hip Hop teacher. He taught himself how to dance at the age of 8 and got involved with a studio soon after. He became an assistant teacher at the young age of 10. He now performs with Dyversitile Crew. Nick has won overall awards for his choreography at many competitions. He is a currently a working professional in the Hip Hop industry and has been on set as a choreographer for music videos and on set as a dancer for a music video. Nick says “I use dance to lead others and be a good example for everyone around me.”

Heidi Lemon

Heidi Lemon

Instructor

Heidi Lemon has been dancing since the age of two and competing since the age of six. She grew up dancing at various dance studios along the Gulf Coast. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theater, and contemporary. She has won many overall awards and scholarships at different dance competitions and conventions. She attended Bayside Academy where she was the captain and the choreographer of their dance team from 2008-2010. In 2010 she was selected to be a UDA instructor from the UDA staff.

She attended the University of Alabama where she received a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications and Film with a concentration in production management in May of 2014. Throughout college she was a featured background extra on popular television series in Atlanta, Georgia. She produced a short film titled “Insanity” with dance majors from the Alabama dance department in 2013.

She has been dancing and teaching along the Gulf Coast for 6 years. She has choreographed several solos and group routines that have won top overall awards and best choreography awards at different regional dance competitions. She has also choreographed high school dance team routines, talent routines in Distinguished Young Women, and routines in local theater groups. She has stage managed and produced dance recitals and shows in both Fairhope and Daphne AL.
She continues to show her love and passion for dance everyday by continuing to dance, perform, and by teaching all levels of dancers in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop.

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!