About our Team

Each staff member at Move Dance and Fitness is passionate about empowering people of all ages, shapes, and sizes to dance, move, and express themselves. Our dance instructors are educated, professional, and always looking to keep up with the current trends and styles of dance and fitness. We take great pride in selecting instructors that match the MDF Culture and Values.

The Team


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


Leslie Brannon

Performance Director

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

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


Sandra Nwigwe

Hip Hop Teacher

Teaches: Beg-Int-Adv. Hip Hop

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


Cellise Brown

Saturday Children Classes

Teaches: Saturday Children Ballet, Jazz, and Tap

Bio coming


Christy Shepherd

Ballet Teacher

Teaches: Ballet IV, III, Adult Class

Bio coming