4th Avenue Arts: Faculty

Jessica Lynn Fox

Founder/Artistic Director

Movement artist, choreographer, teacher, Pilates and yoga instructor, wife and mother; these are just several of the titles for Jessica Lynn Fox. For the past fifteen years, she has worked alongside her husband and staff to revitalize a 1923, 15,000 sq. ft. vaudeville theatre. With a vision to create an educational learning environment to support performing arts in Huntington, West Virginia. Currently housing a 500-seat main stage theatre, 4 movement studios, a Pilates apparatus studio, boutique, administrative spaces, and a costume shop, the space continues to grow. Balancing the intense energy it takes to run a performing arts space, she continues to perform and train as Fox has committed herself to lifelong growth in body, mind and soul.  

Fox has had the privilege and pleasure to work/study/and perform with many choreographers and collaborators including Troika Ranch, Mark Zanter, Steve Hall, Brigid Burke, Danahbella DanceWorks, Gina Gibney, Tere O'Connor, KDNY Dance, City Dance Ensemble, Travis Gatling, Maura Keefe, John Bohuslawsky, Lisa Ford Moulton & Marina Gobins Walchli and more. In 2008, Fox appeared as a soloist in the independent film "Distortion", with Executive Producer Danilo Lola Ilic. In 2016, Fox and film artist Josh McComas produced "Before I was a Baby", which was featured in the RadFest Film Festival as well as the Appalachian Film Fest.

 

Fox has presented/performed work: RadFest (Kalamazoo, MI), Jack Guidone Theatre (Washington, DC), Greenberg Theatre (Washington, DC), Alvin Ailey Studio Theatre (NYC), Eleanor D. Wilson Museum (Roanoke, VA), Gooseroute Dance Festival (Shepherdstown, WV), Imagination Stage (Bethesda, MD), Joan C. Edwards Theatre (Huntington, WV), Huntington Museum Of Art (Huntington, WV), Memorial Auditorium (Athens, OH), various other performance spaces. 

Fox holds a MFA in Dance from Hollins University in collaboration with the Forsythe Company, and the University of Frankfurt (2017). She received a grant to study at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in 2002, was awarded a field study grant to research contact improvisation in 2003, and obtained a BFA in dance from Ohio University in 2004. Honored with an endowment from the state of Maryland as an individual artist in 2005, she also went on an extensive course of study to became a certified Pilates Apparatus Instructor. Fox taught on faculty at The Washington Ballet from 2005 – 2006 and began a 501C-3 dance company in Washington, D.C. while also becoming a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance, and years of study and training in Reiki. Moving on to complete her teaching certification with American Ballet Theatre from 2012 - 2014, Fox is honored to have received numerous arts grants to date from the states of Ohio and West Virginia. Fox is continuing her research on touch, memory, and intuition which began through a mentorship with K.J. Holmes (NYC). Fox has taught as Ballet Faculty for the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts, as well as the choreographer for the Musical Theatre Performing Arts Camp at the Clay Center in Charleston, WV, and the HART production of "The Little Mermaid".  She is continually evolving, growing, changing, and moving....

Nichole Jervis

Executive Director/Costume Designer/Pilates Instructor

Nichole Jervis, or Ms. Nikki as she’s better known within the 4th Avenue Arts family, has been a long-time participant and supporter of Arts in the Tri-State since the young age of five. Her children began their own journey in the arts and dance when 4th Avenue Arts first opened their doors as Jeslyn Performing Arts Center and her entire family has taken various classes here throughout the years. While her children were in shows, Ms. Nikki spent time working backstage, in prop making/scenic design and on stage appearing as cast in shows such as "The Grinch" & "Sleeping Beauty". She also assisted with costuming throughout the years. She loves working backstage crew and has been a long-time supporter and advocate for the opportunities and culture 4th Avenue Arts provides to the Tri-State area. In addition, Ms. Nikki has been creating costumes and cosplays for her family and friends over the last 10 years. Ms. Nikki recently took a leap of faith and left the public sector to join us as our full time Executive Director & Costume Designer finally pursuing her true passion working in the arts! She is happy to be able to be part of such an influential and positive space as 4th Avenue Arts!

Robin Riner

Dance Faculty/JDG Company Member

Robin Riner began dancing in North Carolina at a young age. She studied ballet, tap and jazz. Riner grew to love jazz, which she then pursued under the tutelage of Danny Buraczeski, Lynn Simonson, Billy Siegenfeld, and others at Jacob’s Pillow and JazzArts at WKU. She went to college at NYU, where she studied anthropology and linguistics and continued her dance training in NYC, studying and performing modern, jazz, and hip hop. She also studied African and modern dance for multiple summers at the American Dance Festival.

 

Riner’s interest in anthropology took her to UCLA, where she earned her doctorate. Her advisor was Alessandro Duranti, who has done innovative work on jazz music as a communicative practice. Her research focuses on language and law, and her upcoming book with Oxford University Press, Confronting the Death Penalty: How Language Influences Jurors in Capital Cases, investigates how jurors accomplish the daunting task of sentencing someone to death. In Los Angeles, she continued to dance, studying African at UCLA and modern and contemporary under Seda Aybay and Reggie Brown. Riner was a principal dancer with Ms. Aybay’s company, Kybele Dance Theater (KDT), which performed a fusion of modern and postmodern technique and traditional Turkish dance forms. KDT performed at venues across the country, including the Staples Center and the Merce Cunningham Studio Theater in NYC.

 

Riner relocated to Huntington, WV to teach anthropology at Marshall University. She is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology & Anthropology Department and is currently conducting research on employment and education in Central Appalachia and combat veterans’ experiences of taking life. At Marshall she has co-produced, choreographed for, and performed in the last two annual Body Shots performances with the Women’s Studies Board. She is a long time 4th Ave. Arts Faculty and a dancer/performer/collaborator with JDG: The Migration Project. 

 

Cyndi Mac Fuller

Dance Faculty

Cyndi Mac Fuller was born and raised in Huntington, WV. She has been a performer for over two decades and a dance instructor for eight years. Cyndi Mac holds a Master's in Communications from Marshall University. She began her dance training at The Art Center School of Dance, studying under Ella Hay, as well as Gene and Constance Anthony. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre. During her dance career she has received regional and national titles, but is most proud of her accomplishments with Dance Masters of America's Teacher Training School, where she received high scores in her ballet, tap, jazz, and modern teaching assessments. Additionally, she is a certified Progressing Ballet Technique teacher and trained in various early childhood dance programs. Cyndi Mac has been gifted with numerous opportunities in the past, choreographing for different K-12 school performances and performing in the International Music and Entertainment Awards. In 2012, she was presented with the opportunity to teach dance in Taiwan for an English emersion program. Cyndi Mac is heavily involved in theatre, working closely with various community organizations both on and off stage! This is her first season with 4th Avenue Arts and she is looking forward to becoming a part of "Art in the Heart of Huntington"!!! 

Leah Turley

Theatre Faculty/Homeschool Instructor

Leah Turley is Creative Artistic Director for the Appalachian Artists Collective, Artistic Director for MU Theatre ETC!, Adjunct Faculty and Guest Director for Marshall University Theatre,  Guest Director at The Alban Arts Center, Education & Outreach Coordinator for Marshall Artists Series, and Advanced & Collegiate Acting Instructor for The Alban Arts Academy. Turley received her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance at UNC Greensboro in 2012 and became a member of the professional stage actors‘ union, Actors Equity Association, in 2014. Turley is dedicated to the success of her students and improving theatre education and performance throughout Appalachia. She is thrilled to be joining 4th Avenue Arts in the upcoming season as the lead theatre instructor in the Homeschool program! 

MaShawn Morton

Dance Faculty

MaShawn Morton is originally from Huntington, WV. From there, he went on to study dance at Point Park University, with a concentration in Jazz. Morton has worked on/in shows such as Spider Man: Turn off The Dark (Broadway Workshop), West Side Story (Broadway/50th Anniversary World Tour), Cinderella, starring Lea Salina (Broadway Asia, Original Cast Recording), and Legendary Don Arden's "JUBILEE" at Bally's in Las Vegas. Morton is also an inaugural cast member for both Princess Cruise Line and Holland American Line. His commercial dance credits include working with artist(s): Ariana Grande, Mary J. Blige, Taylor Dayne, Heather Smalls of the M People, and Brittany Spears. Additionally, he has commercial and industry credits in NYC, LA, and Las Vegas. Morton looks forward to joining 4th Avenue Arts as Dance Faculty during the 2020/2021 season!

McKenzie Lambiotte

Dance Faculty

Lambiotte started her journey in dance at the young age of two, but it wasn’t until she was nine years old, and first came to 4th Avenue Arts, that she found her "home away from home". She has been in numerous productions at the performing arts center, beginning with “Grinch” in 2006 and continuing onto “Don Quixote” in 2015. For nine years, she trained under Artistic Director, Jessica Lynn Fox, along with the best instructors in the tri-state in both classical ballet and modern dance. Outside of 4th Avenue Arts, Lambiotte has performed in productions of “Foot Loose” and “Into the Woods”. Her duties as a main character for “Into the Woods” were rewarding, but her role as lead choreographer was an amazing experience which led her to stepping into a leadership role within the performing arts field!

 

Additional performance credits include; West Virginia State Dance Festival, Body Shots X, an annual performative showcase at Marshall University within the Women Studies Department (two seasons), JDG: The Migration Project/BaryCenter Dance on Film (2018/Feature Dancer), as well as community outreach projects with JDG: The Migration Project. Lambiotte not only has an appreciation of everything on stage, but she also has a knack for behind the scenes work! She has expanded her skill set by serving as the Backstage Manager during the 2019/2020 season, and loves the technical elements of theatre. She recently graduated with honors from Marshall University, and has the ultimate goal of becoming a dermatologist. During her time at MU, she was grateful to study under various dance artists in the Theatre Department. She will soon begin an exciting new path as a Medical Assistant in Barboursville, WV! She is ecstatic to be embarking on her third season as a 4th Avenue Arts Dance Faculty Member!

Jenna Meador

Dance Faculty/JDG: The Migration Project, Apprentice

Jenna Meador, born and raised in a small town in southern WV, grew up dancing at Beckley Dance Theatre. From age 5 to 18, it was here that she studied ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop. She performed in countless productions during this time, including BDT's annual Halloween show and even various Woodrow Wilson High School Theatre Productions such as, "Shrek the Musical". 

In 2016, Jenna began to study at Marshall University, majoring in Computer and Information Technology. While Meador hadn't expected to continue dancing during her undergraduate work, a friend asked her to audition for MU's theatre production of "Guys & Dolls", and she could not resist! After being cast in the production, she decided to minor in Dance, and over the next few years she would become a founding member of "Marshall University Dance Theatre" under the direction of Leah Copley Summers. During this time she was able to perform in numerous productions and she found herself taking class at 4th Avenue Arts to continue her technical training. 

During the 2019-2020 season, Meador began to step into an Apprentice role with JDG: The Migration Project, a professional modern dance company in Huntington, WV and was thrilled to be a feature performer in the 2019 "Arts Integrated" Tour at the Huntington Museum of Art. Continuing her partnership within the 4th Avenue family, Meador came on board as Dance Faculty in Spring 2020, instructing in the Ballet program! Since graduating from Marshall University in 2020, she cannot wait to continue dancing and creating in the Huntington, WV community!  

Emily Webb

Guest Artist

Emily (Gotschall) Webb has devoted over three decades of her life to the art of dance. Recently having retired from a nearby 20 year career performing as a soloist and principal dancer with Dayton Ballet and Balletmet she now teaches in the Ohio area, and around the US and in the UK as a guest instructor and stager. Emily was fortunate to work with many of the great choreographers of our time and performed leading roles in Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Swan Lake, Cinderella, Dangerous Liasons, Peter Pan and numerous neoclassical and contemporary works. She finds great fulfillment now sharing her knowledge with students and helping them on their training journey with positive and encouraging energy in the studio and beyond. Recent projects include co artistic directing the Bozeman Dance Project, an outreach program serving the community of Bozeman, MT in 2019 and staging Edwaard Liang’s full length Romeo and Juliet on Ballet San Antonio. 

Sara Halstead Fuller

Pilates Instructor

Bio Coming Soon!

Amory Mitchell

Pilates Instructor

Amory grew up with a love of the arts and spent many years training in various forms of dance such as tap, jazz, ballet, baton, and gymnastics.  A tri-state area native, she graduated from Fairland High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Marshall University in Business as well as a Master’s Degree from Grand Canyon University in Secondary Education in Mathematics.  A part of the faculty since June 2008, Amory has assisted in various facets of the studio. She first began her career in fitness when she received her certification for Zumba during the Spring of 2008. Amory continues to expand her knowledge of dance and fitness through classes and training.  She currently teaches Pilates Apparatus which is her love as well as works as a full-time high school math instructor.

Debbie Rowe

Pilates Instructor/House Dietitian

Debbie is passionate about living and teaching healthy lifestyles to all ages. She believes that it takes the mind, body and soul for each individual to succeed in their lifestyle change. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Morehead State University in 1991, followed by her Dietetic Internship. She is registered with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and licensed in the state of West Virginia. She has recently completed her Level 1 Pilates Instructor training as well. 

 

Rowe has been a practicing dietitian for over 25 years and loves working with her clients! She has worked with a wide range of individuals delivering nutrition and wellness information to children and adults. She has a passion for clean heal thy eating and healing the body from the inside out. She has experience with many different medical issues such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, IBS, thyroid imbalance, obesity, digestive issues/imbalances, malabsorption, food allergies/intolerance, metabolic issues, auto-immune disorders, only to name a few.

 

Rowe's love for Pilates also began about 25 years ago. She quickly discovered the importance of core strength and overall muscle strength. She began practicing Pilates Apparatus over 5 years ago with Jessica Lynn Fox. Her passion for nutrition and wellness has brought her to 4th Avenue Arts to share her expertise with the community.  She is confident that you will be an amazing client and can reach your wellness goals with her expertise in nutrition and Pilates.   

Carol Scott

Pilates Instructor

Scott is a powerhouse of knowledge in the Pilates studio, and was one of Fox's first clients upon opening the Huntington Pilates Studio! She is now a certified trainer through Balanced Body Pilates. She also holds certifications in Silver Sneakers, and has also completed a variety of anatomy and kinesiology trainings. Additionally, she has a Bachelor of Science from Radford and a Masters of Arts in Education from Morehead State University.

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Huntington, WV 25701  |  304.697.0602

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