Honored Members

Congratulations to MDO's own Alice Bloch


Our own Alice Bloch has been honored by Dance St Louis by being awarded the Annelise Mertz Visionary Artist award for 2020. The award will be presented at their Ballet Stars concert at the Edison Theater on November 14. Lori Belilove, one of Alice’s main Duncan Dance teachers and one of the premier Duncan Dancers in the world will present the award.

Send your congratulations to Alice


to MDO Board Member

vanessa Woods

on press coverage in the

St. Louis Post-Dispatch!

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congratulations to

mdo board member carmen dence

a 2019 st. louis visionary awards honoree!

from the st. louis visionary awards website


CARMEN DENCE, Outstanding Teaching Artist

Carmen Dence is the founder and artistic director of the colorful Grupo Atlantico, an instrumental and dance group that promotes the folklore and rich heritage of her native Colombia. She has been recognized as a “Master Artist” by the Missouri Folk Arts Program and has held classes and performances in literally hundreds of schools, libraries, and other venues since 1995. Simultaneously, she pursued a successful career in science at Washington University School of Medicine, where her passion has been mentoring minorities and attracting young women to science. She serves as a board member of the Hispanic Educational Cultural and Scholarship Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Alliance, and Better Family Life.

Art Educator of the Year Dr. Nikki Spott

congratulations to

Dr. Nikki Spotts

named arts educator of the year

by the st. louis arts & education council

from the st. louis arts & education council website


dr. nikki spotts, arts educator of the year

Dr. Nikki Spotts is a product of the St. Louis Public Schools (Shaw Visual & Performing Arts Elementary School, Marquette Visual & Performing Arts Middle School and Central Visual & Performing Arts High School). Spotts currently teaches at Shaw VPA Elementary School as the dance director and arts department chairperson. She has taught dance at a variety of community centers and dance studios, as well as afterschool programs, master classes and colleges and universities, including Fontbonne University, Lindenwood University, Florissant Valley Community College and Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville. She also teaches in her own dance company, The Nikki Bradford Dance Ensemble. Spotts has danced with Joseph Holmes Dance Company; Kariamu & Company Traditions, Philadelphia, Pa.; Nommo African American Dance, New York, N.Y.; and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Denver, Colo. Additionally, she has choreographed on stages around the world, including performances at The Fox Theatre, Stellar Gospel Music Awards presented by BET in Los Angeles and Club Med Resorts. She is an alumnus of the Community Arts Training Institute at the Regional Arts Commission and a former grant panelist. She holds a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in dance education from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and a Master’s in Education (MAT) from Lindenwood University as well as a Master’s in Administration, Educational Specialist in Superintendent, and Doctorate of Education in Advanced Superintendent from Lindenwood University.