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Our Staff

MarLo Dance Studio has amazing instructors who believe in our core values and truly love working with students. They each bring with them a passion to teach, the ability to help each student progress with their technique, and positive energy and influence.

Employment Opportunities- We are interested in both guest and permanent instructors.  Contact the studio director, Maria Merriam.

 

MARIA MERRIAM
STUDIO OWNER & DIRECTOR | CREATIVE MOVEMENT, BALLET, BALLROOM
maria merriam

Maria Merriam began her early training at four years of age under renowned local instructor, Alice Stadelman who is also her mother. At age 14 she commenced teaching her first classes; working and training under both her own mother and other instructors in her area. Blended into her young experience, Maria also trained extensively in voice and dabbled in theater whenever she could. While earning her Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in business and music, she taught outreach ballet classes. A move to New York City gave Miss Maria the opportunity to continue her ballet training and experience the dance world on a grander scale. While in NYC, Maria met her husband Robert E. Merriam. They raised five children in Bandon, all of whom danced.

Miss Maria's teaching style is warm, calm, and affirming. She uses stories and imagery along with a sing-song- way of introducing musicality into the ballet technique. Maria is pragmatic in her approach to ballet, integrating the research and philosophies of dance physiotherapist Deborah Vogel and Lisa Howell. Maria is certified to implement the Perfect Pointe System.

Ballroom has become a second passion to Maria. She teaches DVIDA syllabus in the smooth dances. 

  
TRISH SHROPSHIRE
INSTRUCTOR | JAZZ, TAP, LYRICAL, BALLET
trish shropshire

Trish Shropshire has been a MarLo staff member since 2004. Before moving to Bandon from Riverton, Wyoming, she owned and operated Trish's School of Dance for 24 years and was adjunct faculty at Central Wyoming College. As a free lance choreographer, Trish has choreographed numerous musicals for community, theater, both in Wyoming and now in Bandon. She has also worked with a number of pageant contestants, with several placing 1st and runner up.

Miss Trish earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary education from Montana State University and holds teaching certification from Dance Masters of America.

"I believe that every child is a winner. The world of dance can be complex and frustrating. Even so, there is no such thing as 'can't'. I strive to be patient, give positive encouragement, and teach with love. I expect every student to do their personal best. I treat every student with honesty, respect, and love. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with every student, no matter their age..."

  
JORDAN CHANDLER
INSTRUCTOR | HIP HOP
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Jordan Chandler is a 2012 MarLo Dance Studio graduate with 12 years of classical training in addition to jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and tap. She was a four year BHS cheerleader and Dance Team member. Additionally Jordan was a member of the SOCC dance team. In 2015 Jordan was choreographer for BHS cheer team and 2017 assistant coach for BHS Dance Team.

As a MarLo alumna, Miss Jordan brings youthful energy, creativity and a disciplined structure to the classroom.

 

 

 

  
ROBIN EVANS
INSTRUCTOR | PILATES & YOGAFLOW
robin evans

Robin Evans took her first ballet class at age five and has continued ever since to pursue a lifetime of dance and fitness. She attended U.S.I.U. Center for the Performing Arts in San Diego, California. After moving to Portland, Oregon, she instructed ballet and jazz and owned a Jazzercise franchise for ten years.

Robin holds certifications in Yoga and Pilates from YogaFit. She's dedicated to empowering participants to make healthier decisions; toning their bodies and minds through Pilates and yoga.

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MarLo Dance Studio

STREET ADDRESS
205 Ohio Avenue S.E.
Bandon, OR 97411

MAILING ADDRESS
88216 Hwy 42 South
Bandon, OR 97411

CONTACT US
(541) 252-1394
marlo@marlodance.com

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