1030 4th Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701  |  304.697.0602

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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 decade 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 7 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. Recently, Fox 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.  She is continually evolving, growing, changing, and moving....

Visit www.jessicalynnfox.com for more artist information. 

 

Nichole Jervis

Executive Director

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 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. Ms. Nikki is currently completing her dual B.B.A. in Management and Marketing at Marshall University while she concurrently works in the Administrative Offices for Marshall’s Physics Department, so she loves what most people do not – office work! She is happy to be able to be part of such an influential and positive space as 4th Avenue Arts!

Robin Conley

Dance Faculty/JDG Company Member

Robin Conley began dancing in North Carolina at a young age. She studied ballet, tap and jazz. Conley 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.

 

Conley’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. Conley 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.

 

Conley 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 also teaches modern and ballet at 4th Avenue Arts, and is a performing company member with Jeslyn Dance Gallery (JDG). Conley is an integral faculty member in the 4th Avenue Arts Homeschool Program where her curriculum focuses on dance as both a universal and culturally specific form of expression and communication across the world.

 

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 productions at the performing arts theatre beginning with “Grinch” in 2006 and continuing onto “Don Quixote” in 2015. For nine years, she trained under the best instructors in the tri-state in both classical ballet and modern. 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! Additional performance credits include; West Virginia State Dance Festival, Body Shots X, an annual show at Marshall University with Women Studies (two years seasons), JDG/BaryCenter Dance on Film (2018). Currently, she is a junior at Marshall University majoring in biology and the Pre-Med program. Lambiotte hopes to get accepted into the Marshall Medical School where her goal is to become a dermatologist. McKenzie has continued to take classes at 4th Avenue Arts throughout her college career, and she cannot wait to start a new chapter here as a member of the dance faculty!

Rachel Lykins

Dance/Theatre Faculty

Bio Coming Soon!

Moira Williamson

Dance/Theatre Faculty

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Amanda Smith

Dance/Twirling Faculty

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Laurie Bohren

JDG Company Dancer

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Tiffany Hussell

Dance Faculty/Belly Dance Instructor/JDG Company Member

Tiffany Hussell began dancing at the age of 6 in her hometown of Point Pleasant, WV. She is trained in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, swing, and pointe. As an adult, Hussell began training in many Middle Eastern dance styles such as classical bellydance (Egyptian, Turkish, and Lebanese) as well as folkloric styles of saidi, melaya leff, khaleegi, and mahraganat shaabi. She has studied with some of the world’s most iconic bellydancers including Alla Kushnir, Bozenka, Suraiya of Poland, Faten Munger, and Aleya of Cairo.

 

Hussell began performing and teaching under the stage name Tiffani Ahdia in 2008 and has since won some of the most notorious international dance competitions in her field. She was even chosen to be a competitor in the reality show called Project Bellydance (season 2) and placed in the top 6! She currently travels North America teaching and performing at some of the largest festivals and conventions. Tiffani Ahdia was even featured in her full length instructional DVD called Shimmy Carnival as well as appearing in the Project Bellydance Season 2 Top 6 DVD.

 

Hussell was recently accepted into the JDG dance company, resident modern dance company at 4th Avenue Arts, and loves exploring new, creative ways to move. She is grateful to be sharing her love for bellydance with the Huntington, WV community and showing others what this dance style can do for your confidence!

Brittany Hagy

JDG Company Dancer

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Megan Luke

JDG Company Dancer

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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

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