Meet Our Academy Instructors

Our Instructors come with years of experience in their craft as well as educators. We are confident that you will be able to learn and grow artistically and technically under the care of our incredible academy instructors. 

Tiffany Demory

Culinary Arts Instructor

I am Tiffony Demory. I am a Safe Serve Certified Chef and I'm 28 years young.

My business Is Tiffony's Delectable Delights. I have 4 beautiful daughters who I plan to leave a legacy behind to. 

My goal is to provide a fusion cuisine that everyone can learn to love. Fusion cuisine as a cuisine that combines elements of different culinary traditions and gives you a chance to be able to branch out and combined them all to make a beautiful dish. In MIFALAA's virtual culinary arts classes and workshops, I will show you how to prepare different meals and desserts that they can create for themselves or even their families.

Anthony Thompson-shaw

Band,Photography, Music Theory, brass and woodwinds Instructor

Anthony Thompson-Shaw is a Baltimore resident originally hailing from Washington D.C.

Anthony began his love for music and performing young. In middle he began to study various

instrument the first being Baritone horn. Anthony continued to expand his love for music and

performing in high school and college. In high school he would be a part of his high school band

and in college continue to perform and advance his studies in music. There he learned to play

over 10 different instruments while also developing passions and talents in graphic design,

photography, stage production, videography, and visual effect work. Anthony graduated Coppin

State University with BS in Urban Arts with a minor in music and his first position was Band

Director for Sallie B Howard School for the Arts and Education. After a year there Anthony

wished to be closer to family and his home area. Anthony teaches music and theater in Baltimore

city schools District for student grades Pre-k to 8 th grade.

Florian Rouiller

Advance Ballet, Modern and Pointe Instructor

Florian Rouiller is a dance teacher, choreographer, and performer who received a BFA from the John Cranko School in Stuttgart, and performed with the Stuttgart Ballet in Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle. Upon immigrating to the U.S., he danced with Merce Cunningham Dance Company as an apprentice, and Ohio Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Milwaukee Ballet, Ballet Chicago, Ballet International Eldar Aliev, Ballet Metropolitano de Caracas and Ballet Contemporanea de Caracas in Venezuela, as well as with Goteborg Ballet where he performed principal and soloist roles. Rouiller has an MFA in Dance from the University of Maryland, and has choreographed and performed in the original productions Profondeur Inconnue and Wave. Rouiller is also the recipient of choreographic prizes at YAGP and Korean National Competition. He is featured in Lois Greenfield’s book “Moving Still” NY. He was a guest teacher at the Kirov Academy in DC Summer Programs in 2005, 2008 and 2015, and served as a visiting artist at UMBC in the Fall of 2013; he also taught at TWSB in 2006 and 2017.  Rouiller teaches and choreographs in the DC metropolitan area at UMBC, Baltimore School for the Arts and City Dance Conservatory in DC.

Nia Pretto

Beginner and Adv. Beginner Ballet, Jazz, Tap and Modern Instructor

Nia Pretto has been dancing for 16 years in various styles such as ballet, jazz, tap, and modern. She trained at the American Repertory Ballet as well as Body and Music School of Performing Arts where she later became an instructor when she was just 14 years old. While in high school, Nia always performed in her school’s musicals such as The Little Mermaid (Jetsam) and Oklahoma (Dream Laury). Nia also performed in American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker (Polly, Chinese, Candy Cane) and Swan Lake (Flower girl). Nia continues to be a part of the performing arts through Choir Psi Phi’s Catonsville Chapter where she recently performed My Shot Hamilton Concert (Eliza). Nia now double majors in Dance Performance and Choreography and Exercise Science at Towson University under the direction of Linda Denise Fisher-Harrell, Vincent Thomas, and Runqiao Du. Nia dreams of continuing her dance career on Broadway and then going to medical school in order to bring medicine to those who need it most. Nia is very excited to teach jazz, modern, tap, and beginner ballet for MIFAL Arts Academy.

Mr. Anthony Avery

Performing Arts: Musical Theater and strings instructor

Anthony Avery is an award nominated singer/songwriter from Baltimore,MD. Born in Camp Springs,MD and raised in Albuquerque,NM. Specializing in Musical Theatre, Voice, Dance and Acting, Anthony or Mr. Tony as he likes to be called grew up in diverse communities and  was exposed to a variety of musical styles and performance outlets; Tony began to study music at the age of 9 and participated in numerous choirs,ensemblesOrchestras(Viola), All State Festivals and vocal adjudications. Originally in a background in Concert & Show Choir Music with award winning choirs in New Mexico. Tony later found himself studying Gospel Music under the mentorship of Dr. Wesley Boyd, an original Richard Smallwood Singer as well as a Gospel Recording Artists including Byron Cage,Keith Williams,Ernest Pugh and Brent Jones. Anthony later studied Vocal Music Performance at Morgan State University where he performed all over the country including two appearances with MSU Choir at Carnegie Hall with Bobby Mcferrin and a Grammy nominated stint with Marin Alsop & BSO. Following this he served as the Music Director of the Morgan State University Chapel for seven years. In 2015 he began his music career as a solo gospel artist where he saw much success with three award nominated albums along with successful songs like Champion,Fairy Tale,The Mountain and IMpossible which garnered him crossover appeal and critical acclaim. Recently, Tony has become a Pop/Soul Artist with a new album and critically successful single released in 2020. He has also performed, directed, and choreographed a variety of concert & musical theater performances for over 10 years including lead roles in local productions of The Wiz, Hamilton, Rent along with numerous musical revues and concerts. Tony currently works as a Computer Science & Music Teacher and continues to encourage and promote the arts wherever he can especially for the benefit of youth and adults who may have never had the opportunity to learn and grow. 

Joseph Sothern

Performing Arts:Piano and Musicianship Instructor

Joseph Sothern​ has had a love of music his entire life and has been performing and teaching for more than two decades. He loves sharing his knowledge, experience, and tips with anyone who is willing. Joseph started his journey on piano at the age of 10 by just playing what he heard happening around him. Fast forward and to today and he has attended the Levine School of Music, and Morgan State University. He has performed all over the country including the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall, and even various countries. He believes that all of his accomplishments and experiences mean nothing if he does not take the opportunity to pass them along to others. To him, music is an expression of life. It can break the barriers of nationality, race, gender, culture, language, and even time. It is universal. Becoming one with your music is the same as becoming one with life itself.

HOURS

 

M-W 3:00 PM-8:00 PM

Saturday 11:00 AM-4:00 PM

Other times available by appointment only.

 

MIFAL Arts Academy

Phone/Fax: 833-MIFALMD (643-2563)

Ms. De'Trece Lavender, Dean of MIFALAA

Email: dean@mifalaa.org

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