Mercedes has experience with Zumba, African, Lyrical Praise and Worship, and Latin Cultural Dance. She is originally from Cleveland, OH where she was born. She found her passion for dance at the age of 2 and that passion has continued to grow and expand through traveling the world. She started her training at the Rainey Institute and attended The Cleveland School of the Arts, majoring in Dance and Musical Theater under the direction of Terence Greene, Talise Campbell and Scott Miller. During her early years of training she performed roles in shows including, but not limited to, “Once on This Island,” “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” and “Parade the Circle.”
Mercedes was also a part of the Salvation Army praise dance and mime team for over 6 years, performing competitively with the northeastern division Salvation Army Corp. She then attended Central State University, where she received her BS in Geography and was a choreographer for the Miss Voluptuous pageants. She also is a member of Delta Iota Mu Dance Fraternity, Inc., where dancers unite all styles of dance together. Her team is called Blessed. In 2014, she became the praise dance leader at Church of Judah Family Worship Center. She held that place in ministry for 4 years. During her down time, she volunteered at the Dayton, OH school district teaching African for Black History month. She is now serving an internship with Latisha Hardy Salsa Studio in Colorado Springs and teaches Zumba at Golds Gym.
Northridge Dance Center, 2360 Montebello Square Dr. Ste D, Colorado Springs, CO 80918; Tel: 719-632-7665