Our mission is to provide a positive, nurturing and quality training in the art of classical ballet and other dance forms. Our vision is to create a platform for youth and young adults who possess raw talent. The goal is to bring self-esteem through dance and to teach dancers responsibility, discipline and time management. MCFA strives to expose dancers to different dance styles, teachers, choreography and choreographers while creating many performance opportunities. Each dancer will be taught with love and respect.
Bio - Regine Metayer (Artistic Director)
Regine Metayer began her dance training in Port-au-Prince (PAP), Haiti at the Haitian-American Academy of Ballet & Arts. She was a performing member of the Haitian-American Contemporary Dance Theater, under the direction of Eileen Herzog-Bazin, her Port-Au-Prince dance experience included working with other HAMABA faculty members: Myriam Lopes DaSilva, Michelle Stennett, Petra Browne Sarthou, and Jean Monnestume Saint-Cyr former member of the Troupe Folklorique Nationale. Regine was a featured performer dancing in choreographies created by Sharon Newton and Juan Fidel Mieses Gautraux. She began teaching and was a faculty member at HAMABA from 1993 through 1997. She is currently a Licentiate Member of the Cecchetti Council of America, holding three Teacher Examination Certificates.
She attended Florida State University and obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). While in Tallahassee, she studied various dance disciplines and performed with such noted Florida companies including the Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Boracha Dance Ministry, Florida State University’s MFA Concerts, and the Tallahassee Ballet Company. Her dance education includes Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Afro-Contemporary, and African-based dance studies. She has performed in such noted works as Balanchine’s AGON, Midsummer Night Dreams, Cinderella, La Bayadere, Paquita and the Nutcracker. She has worked with such renowned national and international professionals as Garth Fagan (Bucket Dance Theater), Doug Varone, Buglisis / Foreman, Jawolee Zollar (Urban Bush Women), Tyrone Brooks (Dance Theater of Harlem), Abdel Salaam (forces of nature), Suzanne Farrell (New York City Ballet), Lisa Lockwood, Sheila Humphrey(Royal Ballet), Anjali Austin(Dance theatre of Harlem), Richard Sias, Lynda Davis, Anthony Morgan and Myra Woodruff (graham company), all of whom are well known to the international dance community.
After graduating from FSU, she relocated to New York City and studied at Ballet Hispanico. In December 2003, she danced with the Dance Continuum as a contemporary ballet soloist and performed with the Albano Ballet at the Mohegan Sun. She also performed with Ballet NY in its 2004 season. In August 2005, she joined the Brooklyn Ballet Company for three seasons and also performed with ASEID in its 2007 season at the Dicapo Theatre. She also performed the role of Tinker Bell from the ballet Peter Pan in June 2006 in Haiti. In the year 2008 she choreographed in Haiti the musical CATS and where she also performed the role of the White Cat.
In 2008 She joined the Ballethnic Dance Company in East Point, Georgia where she was a member for 7 seasons. In 2010 she started performing with World ballet as a principal dancer under the direction of Henry Hernandez and Dr. Elizabeth Delancy in Tallahassee, Florida. She joined City Gate Dance Theater as a soloist in 2012 and Southern Arc Dance Theatre in 2016 under the direction of Paulo Manso de Sousa in Newnan GA.
Regine is the Artistic Director and founder of Metayer Conservatory for the Arts and the Ballet Mistress of Fusion Dance Company, City Gate Dance Theater, City Springs Theatre, and Sugarloaf Performing Arts in conjunction with the non profit Sugarloaf Youth Ballet Company and professional company Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. She was one of five national Visiting Fellows in 2017 at the School of American Ballet in NYC; assisting with diversity initiatives. She is a 2017 School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow. Apart from her performance career, she is a certified Pilates/fitness instructor and personal trainer. She also teaches and choreographs in and out of the country for different studios and dance companies.