• My daughter has been attending Move Dance and Fitness for a year now. She has learned a lot from her teachers and they keep pushing her forward to do her best.
    We really love it! Highly recommend it!!MAMIKO INOUE
  • My boys attended two hip hop dance camps here this summer. They are only 3 years old but the staff was great and able to keep them happy and busy the two hours a day. All the staff seemed to really love being there and had fun giving instruction and I think all the kids feed off that enthusiasm. I thought the dances were very age appropriate.Tricia Farler
  • My daughter has been enrolled at this dance studio for a month now and we couldn’t be happier. It is family owned and operated. The staff is very friendly, kind and patient. They work so well with my 2 yo daughter. There is a playroom with toys and movies for the siblings to enjoy while they wait, which is just wonderful. We will definitely be sticking with the Move Dance and Fitness studio.Heather Baldwin
  • My daughter Laila has now been going to Move Dance and Fitness for two years. It is a very family friendly studio and Laila loves it there. Our family lives in Bay City which is about an hour away, but it is well worth the drive.
    Crystal Woods
  • Move is more than a dance studio – it’s like having a huge family. This is our second year at Move and my granddaughter has grown and learned so much about herself as a dancer and a person. It is a wonderful place with a staff willing to work with every level of dancer – well worth the time to visit and take some classes!Judy SchaferTorres
  • I took my very first Barre class here last week and I already fell in love with it. Julien is an excellent instructor. He gives clear instruction, which is quite critical to a new student and a non-native English speaker like me. His workout is challenging, but not intimidating. I also like the welcoming atmosphere of the studio. Can’t wait to come to class again this afternoon!Jessica Xi
  • Incredible dance studio! Build character, along with dance skills. Owners are highly visible and hands-on with all aspects of dance at all ages and levels of ability. I’m thoroughly impressed with this caliber of dance right here in our backyard in Richmond, TX. Tanya Island
  • Love this studio! It is a wonderful laid, back environment and the instructors are great. I started regularly attending classes at Move and Dance Studio just after the New Year and I just took all my summer shorts to be altered because they are too big now!Tracy Short
  • My 9 year old daughter just started dance for the first time this summer. Move Dance & Fitness is the perfect place for her! The teachers are so encouraging and helpful, they push her to get it right, but in a fun and encouraging way. She is learning so much and having a wonderful time doing it. Also, we did a trial class last spring on a day where the students received their costumes for their spring recital. I was so happy to see that they were adorable and *age appropriate.* Amy Schemidt
  • I loved the studio! It is very homey and not intimidating. I really enjoyed my workout! Julien is an awesome instructor and the workout was challenging but I am so proud of myself for making it through! I will definitely be back!!Sharmiesha Timlin
  • I LoVe the fitness classes!! The work-outs are varied, and keep me on my toes. The instructors are wonderful, and I like that they always make sure that everyone is doing the exercises properly.
    The facility is very nice too!E Rapacki
  • I have been dancing with the MDF company going on 2 years now, I have grown tremendously mentally and physically by the support of the teachers. I highly recommend this studio!!Jade Barzilla
  • I’ve been looking for a place for my 2 year old for dance and I found Move and I’m so extremely happy with found it i love it!!!!!!Krizzia Adarmes

Rock Star Faculty


Mallorie Marion

Owner – Company Director

Teaches: Int-Adv Contemporary, Stretch, Ballet V, Adv Jazz

Mallorie Marion grew up dancing at the Atascocita Dance Center, and Call to Glory Dance Studio that was owned and directed by her father, Jeff Lewis.

She was a dance major at Belhaven University where she studied under Laura Morton (a former instructor for the Houston Ballet) and Ravenna Tucker (former principle for The Royal Ballet).

At age 23, Mallorie joined The Ad Deum Dance Company (a professional contemporary dance company in Houston, Texas), which is under the direction of Randall Flinn. Mallorie also co-found and co-directed the Xtended Urban Dance Company (a hip hop dance company that still exists under the direction of Founder Karen Celeste).

Mallorie has been teaching and choreographing all styles of dance for the past 15 years. Most recently, she has been raising a family and directing a studio in the Houston area, where high competition achievements were awarded.

Her dance has taken her around the world. With training from numerous talented and influential dancers, Mallorie brings a current and advanced style to the Cinco Ranch and Fort Bend County community that will surely inspire unforgettable performances. She believes strongly that dance can be an outlet of expression for any human being


Julien Marion

Owner – Fitness Director

Teaches: Boys Only Hip Hop, Hip Hop Movers, Fitness Classes

Julien is The Fitness Junky! He has tried everything physical from CrossFit to ballet class. He has a MBA from Belhaven University, he has played basketball at a college and international level; he is competitive and knows how to push himself and others to achieve amazing results.

He believe that in life we either put limitations on ourselves or allow others to limit us. His famous tag line is: Accept compliments from everyone limitations from no one.

He is an entrepreneur, author, business coach, life coach, college business professor, and  fitness coach; he is passionate about networking and helping others reach their goals both physical and professional. Julien teaches Hip Hop and leads Boys Only Hip Hop.


Abbie Lewis

Company Assistant Director

Teaches: Children ballet-Jazz-Tap, Beg-Int-Adv-Teen Jazz, Beg. Contemporary, Turns, Leaps, and Musical Theater

Bio coming


Shannon Benton

Ballet Teacher

Teaches: Ballet II, IV, V, and Pointe II

Shannon Benton grew up in central Virginia where she studied at Dance Theatre of Lynchburg, Virginia School of the Arts, and Central Virginia Ballet. She started teaching and choreographing during her sophomore year of college when she founded Divine Call Dance team, a contemporary ballet team comprised largely of fellow students. After graduating from Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations and minors in Theatre Arts and Business, Shannon continued her dance training at The Ailey School in New York, NY and danced with Dayton Contemporary Dance Company 2 in Dayton, OH. She has been teaching in Houston since she moved to the city to dance with Ad Deum Dance Company. She is currently in her third season with Ad Deum and is excited to be joining the staff at Move Dance & Fitness


Christie Shepherd

Ballet Teacher

Teaches: Ballet IV, III, Adult Class

Bio coming


Leslie Brannon

Performance Director

Teaches: Beg-Int-Adv Tap, Children Ballet-Tap-Jazz, Ballet I, II, III, and Pre-Pointe

Bio coming


Kelli Kelly

Pre-Dance & Coordinator

Teaches: Pre Dance A & B

She has been dancing on and off since she was five years old. Kelli’s background is in praise dance, contemporary, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. She has taught dance classes with the Lakewood Praise Dance Team, where they participated in several invitationals in the Houston area. She also taught an after school hip hop class at the Nehemiah Center in Houston. Both of Kelli’s undergraduate and master’s degrees are in education from the University of Houston. Kelli is also the director of the cooking school, School of Lil’ Chefs, and writes about food for two online newspapers.

Dance is music made visible. George Balanchine

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance. Oprah Winfrey


Sandra Nwigwe

Hip Hop Teacher

Teaches: Beg-Int-Adv. Hip Hop

Bio coming

Move Dance and Fitness ignites a passion for dance.

For either the beginner or the experienced dancer, Move Dance and Fitness Center provides a lively and welcoming environment for the dance enthusiasts of Richmond; offering qualified dance instruction in a variety of styles such as Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Tap, and more for all levels of expertise. From the classic to the modern, our instructors offer a flexible and varied class schedule.

Dance for fun, fitness or to follow your dreams

With many classes and a variety of dance styles to choose from, Move Dance and Fitness Center has something for everyone. Couples, singles, golden agers, or tots and teens are welcome to learn something new, develop a talent for socializing, special occasions, or upcoming performances and competition.

Find your own rhythm at Move Dance and Fitness

Consistently tuned into the pulse of our Richmond students, Move Dance and Fitness Center aspires to help them discover and develop a passion for dance with original programs that challenge the expert, build self-confidence in a novice, and inspires any participant to develop their talents to the fullest.

But MDF is More Than Just Great Dancing ™! Our dancers go beyond technique to develop important life skills, learning to be respectful, confident and conscientious young people who share their gifts and talents with the community.

Short term courses are available for those seeking instruction to build skills and confidence on the dance floor at weddings or other special occasions.

Annual recitals – Private instruction – All dance levels – Studio rentals available.

Join us in our studio in Richmond by calling (832) 222-2233.