Abigail has been a student at Maciolek School of Dance for fifteen years. She has studied with Dance Theatre Southwest, USA Ballet, Ballet Lubbock, and Joffrey Ballet School in New York City on scholarship to study ballet in 2016. She was crowned Miss Lea County 2018 and competed for the title of Miss New Mexico with the Miss America Organization. She uses her title as Miss Lea County to empower and inspire young men and women to follow their dreams. Abigail will graduate from New Mexico Junior College in My of 2019 with her Associates of Science. She will then pursue a Bachelors of Science in Education from University of the Southwest.
Janey Roan trained with Karen Salb at Maciolek School of Dance throughout her childhood and later went on to graduate from Texas Tech University with a BA in Advertising and a BA in Dance with a ballet focus. After graduation, she taught ballet in Lafayette, Louisiana as the assistant director of The Ballet Studio and Manager of LEAP ‘N LEARN, a program that provides dance teachers with numerous products, syllabi, and training for early childhood dance programs. With LEAP ‘N LEARN, she helped to develop teacher training programs, an early childhood dance syllabus, DANCEcamps and other dance teacher training tools. She also studied ballet at the University of the Arts, American Academy of Ballet, The International Ballet Competition Teacher’s Workshop, Finis Jhung Teacher’s Workshops, DanceLife Teacher Conferences, the Leading Edge Dance Workshop and at numerous master classes. Janey’s performance credits include Ballet Acadiana, the Willis Ballet, King’s Court Dancer with the Lubbock Cotton Kings, as well as multiple Texas Tech Productions such as Coppelia, Giselle, and Khoreographer’s Kick. Janey is currently in charge of the intermediate, advanced intermediate. and the advanced level ballet classes.
Mika Newey is in charge of the tap and Irish tap team programs. She is a Hobbs native who grew up in the Maciolek School of Dance program. She studied dance with Miss Karen from age four through high school graduation. Mika has taught dance for fourteen years and has thirty-nine years of dance training, choreography and experience. She attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where she earned a degree in Music Education. She has taught band and music for twenty-one years. Mika is currently principal clarinetist with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra. She is the instructor of the Hobbs High School Colorguard and teaches private band instrument lessons. Mika also teaches dance workshops at various elementary schools, including Booker T. Washington and Stone Elementary. She has received the Joe and Joyce Walker award for music and dance, given through the Lea County Commission for the Arts. Mika is active in community events and coordinates music for her church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is married to Paul and has four children.
Alexis Morales has been a part of Maciolek School of Dance since 2002, studying jazz, ballet Irish tap, hip-hop, and musical theatre. She has been at Mciolek since 2015 assisting, as well as teaching jazz and hip-hop. This year Alexis will be head of the hip-hop program. Graduated Hobbs High in 2015, she received a scholarship from the studio through audition. Now a graduate from the New Mexico Junior College with her Associates of Arts degree, Alexis is currently working towards her Bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University Portales. A substitute teacher with the Hobbs Municipal schools, Alexis directs at the St. Helena youth choir, a member of the Broken Wing Praise Band and the 8.18 CORE group.
I am a senior at Hobbs High School and am in my second year as a junior instructor at the Maciolek School of Dance. As an advanced dancer at the Maciolek School of Dance I am in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, Irish tap and the Elite Irish Tap Team. In March of 2016 I was featured Irish dancer for the Notre Dame Glee Club Performance here in Hobbs.
Some of my community performances have been with Saint Helena’s Family Fair, United Way Chili Cook off, and New Mexico Junior College basketball half times. At school I am a member of the Color Guard for the second year and have been a section leader for those years. This past summer I worked as an attendant at the CORE.
Zakaya Benge is currently a dancer at Maciolek studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Hip-Hop. She has been dancing there for 15 years. In 2016 and 2017, she attended the Joffrey School of Dance Summer of Hip-Hop Intensive in NYC where she performed at Central Park and at Time Square. She is involved with community organizations like Rotary Club and National Honor Society in addition to doing individual work through Camp Enchantment and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation by volunteering as a “shavee” to raise funds for Childhood Cancer Research. She recently initiated Hobbs’ first Little Free Library at Del Norte Park. Zakaya is a Hobbs High School senior enrolled in the Early College Program at NMJC. She is active in her studies and recently became a Maddox semi-finalist scholar. In college, she plans to study Sustainability to learn about environmental and human rights development in foreign countries focusing on labour movements.
Erin Hines is a senior at Hobbs High School. This is her 12th year training at Maciolek School of Dance and her first year as a junior instructor. Erin is currently enrolled in ballet, tap, and jazz. Alongside her dancing, Erin is ranked #1 in the senior class of 599 students, is a member of National Honor Society, is the Vice President of the Hobbs High Rotary Interact Club, is enrolled in multiple Advanced Placement classes, and is a Dual Credit student at HHS through New Mexico Junior College. Erin also participates in many types of community service, such as dancing at the Chili Cookoff and St. Helenas Family Fair, and volunteering at places such as Palmer Drug Abuse Program and Habitat for Humanity. Erin was also selected as a 2018 Jack Maddox Scholar.
Faith Martin is in her second year as a junior instructor at the Maciolek School of Dance. She has been dancing with Maciolek since first grade. She is a senior and is an advanced dancer in ballet, tap, jazz, and Irish tap. Faith is also on the Elite Irish Tap Team, and performs for community service such as St. Helena’s Family Fair, United Way Chili Cook Off, Western Heritage Museum, and danced for the Notre Dame Glee Club. After graduating this coming May, Faith would like to pursue a career in personal training and continue teaching dance.