About Us... The Conservatory Staff
Monica L Armstrong (Ballet IV Instructor & Trinity Dance Company Artistic Director) the Founder and CEO of Trinity Conservatory of Performing arts, brings over 35 years of dance and performance experience to the arts. Monica received ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and African dance training from June Neal Dance Studios and Hill Top Dance Studios in Kansas City. Her performance credits include Nutcracker Ballet, The Wizard of Oz, Mike Turner Music CD Release, Bits and Pieces of a Past, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey concert, Mid-America Dance Theatre Company member, and more. Monica received a BA in Sociology and minor in Dance from Wichita State University and a Masters of Education from Regis University. She has been educating students ages 2-18 for over 16 years in academics and dance. Monica’s passion is ministering to the world through liturgical dance and teaching youth to worship the Lord in spirit and truth.
Kendall Bedford-Jackson (Ballet II/Liturgical Instructor) began dancing at the age of 14 under the direction of Alan Jackson at McCluer North High School and Matiff Dance Agency. Kendall's credits include dance study at Alvin Ailey in New York, tour with Missy Elliot and Ciara, and perform in the Showtime at the Apollo, just to name a few. He received a Bachelor's in Health Sciences with a minor in Pre-Med and Human Performance from Texas Southern University where he also studied ballet, jazz, modern dance, and hip-hop. Upon graduation, Kendall served as the Artistic Director/Choreographer for Texas Southern University. Kendall has lead 30 cheer and dance competition teams to over 10 national titles in studios of St Louis, West Texas, Texas Southern University, and Washington Gym of St. Charles. "My overall focus will be to help develop dancers into professionals by developing a curriculum and progressive class work for all levels." He is estactic to continue his working with youth at Trinity Conservatory of Performing Arts.
Kennita Jackson (Play-Write and Theatre Director) is a loving and devoted wife and mother of four. She has been a Praise Dancer for 18 years, and has also been an African Dancer and instructor of 15 years. Kennita studied fine arts and theatre during high school and while attending University of Nevada Las Vegas. She starred in Highway to Heaven and participated in other Christian musical theatre productions. Kennita has utilizing her God given talent to write three original musicals for Trinity Conservatory of Performing Arts; Journey, The Stand, Unashamed, and this years The Chosen. Kennita has a love for God and loves that she is able to share not only her faith, but her knowledge of Theatre and acting with our Trinity students.
Kimberly Fedele (Ballet I & Outreach Instructor) is agraduate of Pensacola Christian Academy through Pensacola, Florida. Kim came to Trinity Conservatory in the fall of 2012 where she began her classical ballet and dance training. She has excelled in ballet, modern and jazz dance. Kim additonally shares her gift and knowledge of dance at International Church of Las Vegas; choregoraphy and performing. Kim has been in several production such as The Stand, The Chosen, Unashamed, and several theatrical stage productions as an ensemble dancer. Kim will continue her studied of dance at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
"DJ” Douglas Matthews (Urban Praise & FLAVOR Instructor) teaches Hip Hop dance to kids from ages 4 to 18 while still following Trinity's protocol to engage the kids in a fun environment to worship God with high levels of energy. DJ has been dancing as long as he can remember, but serious for 5 years; dabbling in ballet, jazz, moden, African, and Liturgical dance. His main style and gift from God is Hip Hop. DJ began teaching and choreographing in 2011 where God and Ms. Monica saw in him a potential of being a teacher of his craft. His purpose at Trinity is to make to students spiritually & physically aware of their gifts by giving back to God.
Stacey Simmons (Ballet II, III, Modern/Jazz, Trinity Dance Company Assistant Director) Stacey has worked as a dancer on television and the concert stage throughout the United States, Japan and Australia, performing with the likes of Gladys Knight, Bobby Brown and various other artist. Her studies include but are not limited to, classical ballet, modern and contemporary dance with dancers from renowned dance companies such as the Dance Theater of Harlem, Martha Graham and Catherine Dunham Dance Companies. In 2013 Stacey was invited to be the choreographer for the Second Baptist Praise Dance Ministry and also continues to teach dance classes and choreograph on a freelance basis. Stacey currently owns an event planning and design company where she is able to draw from and incorporate her background in the arts and entertainment industry.
Justin Smith (Marketing & Media Director) In the summer of 1997 is when Justin Smith first began to notice a slight talent and passion for videography. As a way to support himself while attending college, he would film and edit weddings, family reunions, birthday parties, and make sport highlight tapes for many people in the community. In the later part of 2011, Justin embraced the concept of Christian film making. His filming credits inlude Kill Yourself, Money & Power, and Peaceful Sleep. He then began doing weddings for Willington Place, commercials for various churches in Las Vegas, and music videos for local Christian artist. He begin working with Trinity Conservatory of Performing Arts in 2012, filming stage productions and musical plays, commercials, and photography. Mr. Smith is now a contracted worker for PBS and owner operator of Diligent Hands Media, doing many events, concerts, conferences, graduations, also documentaries on athletes and family.
Aaron Sullivan (Urban Praise & FLAVOR Instructor) teaches Hip Hop dance to kids from ages 4 to 18. Aaron's passion is ministering to the world thorugh Hip-Hop dance. He has performed all over the Las Vegas area with Unashamed to Put in Work. He works with special needs students in the Clark County School District. Aaron brings a great knowledge of improvisation hip-hop movement to the students at Trinity.