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About Us


Diva Arts Dance Studio’s mission is to provide a wide range of classes and quality training for children interested in commercial, concert, competition or recreational dance. We strive to provide a fun, safe environment for the clients we serve.


Diva Arts is a multi-faceted program that implements year-round initiatives that expose, enrich and educate children in the performing arts. Diva has produced many professional dancers and continues to provide quality programs and training to children so they are successful overall. In addition to our regular programs, Diva offers special program opportunities for our youth.


Scholarships are available. The Dance Empowers Program Youth Program utilizes foundational dance training to educate, empower, and enrich under-served youth. The integration of dance classes, education enrichment, personal development and performance is used as the main tool to reach our program goal.


Open to ages 5-13. The Arts & Academics for Excellence Youth Summer Camp is a 7-week camp that provides a full day of interactive activities in the arts. Classes are taught in dance, fashion design, choreography and personal development. Classes are structured so that campers receive: 1.) training in dance; 2.) performance experience; and 3.) the opportunity for to build self-esteem, positive peer relations and self-awareness. The camp also offers swim safety classes, weekly field trips and free breakfast and lunch.

D. ARTS DANCE CLUB (August-June)

Open to elementary and middle school students. D. Arts Dance Club is a fun-filled recreational after school dance program for boys and girls interested in learning the fundamentals of dance. Classes are taught in creative movement, hip-hop and jazz dance. Children will learn the latest moves, fun choreography and perform for their family and friends at our dance club finale showcase.



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Shannon Haynes
CEO & Artistic Director

Ms. Haynes has always been a visionary and knew that her passion for dance would go beyond teaching in the Public School System. In 1997, she began her journey as an entrepreneur. As an artist committed to her passion and her dreams to serve her community, she founded Diva Arts Dance Company. Since 1997, Diva Arts Dance has served more than 5000 children and our program participants have performed before more than 150,000 community spectators in the Miami Dade and Broward areas. Over the years, Diva Arts has awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships and mentored more than 1000 youth. In 2007, Ms. Haynes decided to expand the scope of Diva Arts by founding The Arts & Academics for Excellence Youth Summer Camp. This program was established to provide a safe space for children to explore creatively; an atmosphere created for young artist to have fun amid integrating education and the performing arts. In 2015, the Dance Empowers Youth Program was founded as an extension of our regular evening dance cohort and encourages children to use dance as an exit. Ms. Haynes had a vision 25 years ago to inspire and impact the youth in ways that were imaginable and to this day the legacy of Diva Arts continues to thrive.

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Adrienne Daniels
Assistant Artistic Director

Adrienne Daniels is a native of Miami, who has made a significant impact on the hair and beauty industry for 25 years. For the past 10 years she has taken on the role Assistant Artistic Director for Diva Arts & Entertainment, Inc. Her passion and commitment to educating children is a valuable contribution to Diva Arts and its long-standing legacy. Ms. Adrienne brings a wealth of creativity to our unique program structure, and she specializes in creating initiatives that foster education and that are enriching and fun.

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Ashawnte Smathers
Office Manager

Ashawnte Smathers has been a part of the Diva Arts family for the past 17 years, first as a parent and now as the parent liaison and administrative assistant. Ms. Smathers received her Bachelors of Science in English and Florida International University; she received her Masters in Secondary English Education from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Smathers is an educator for the past 20 years. She’s currently a teacher at Booker T. Washington Sr. High and an adjunct professor at Miami Dade College. Ashawnte’s duties with Diva Arts Entertainment includes: corresponding with Parents and all stakeholders involved, planning and facilitating trips, which include competition and performances, coordinating fundraisers and managing the front desk.

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Anita Hope
Ballet Instructor

Anita Hope is a Miami native with Barbadian roots, and began studying classical ballet at the age of 4. With years of extensive training, ballet afforded her the opportunity to perform professionally, appear in commercials, and exposure to diversity and international cultures while living abroad. Once Anita returned to the United States and resided in Northern California, she felt compelled to share the gift of dance with others. For 10 years, Anita independently owned and operated 2 dance studios, a retail boutique, and was the founder of a non-profit pre-professional dance company. With great success, her students were accepted to prestige summer intensive programs, fine universities majoring in dance, and professional dance companies across the United States. In 2009, Anita returned to her beloved hometown and again, began sharing her knowledge and training with others. She was the Managing Director for the Little Haiti Cultural Center and 4 years later the Dance Director for the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. Moreover, she has continued to teach at privately owned studios in Miami-Dade County and is a AFAA certified group fitness trainer teaching classes in Barre Fitness. Her mission is to inspire, motivate and empower every student to achieve their goals while making life connections and leading a healthy and well-balanced life.

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Nia McClain
Jazz Instructor (ages 5-11)

Nia McClain began her classical training under the direction of Shannon Haynes at Diva Arts Dance Studio. She is a former graduate of New World School of the Arts, Dance Division. Nia is a graduate of Florida International University and has a Bachelor of Science in Communications. Nia enjoys working with children and is extremely passionate about the arts. Nia is currently working on a solo music career and plans to take the world by storm. She has also been featured as a lead model in music videos such as Heartbreaker by Fat Joe, Remy Ma and The Dream and Marilyn Monroe by Brianna Perry.


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Clarence Jones
Office Manager

Clarence Jones was born and raised in the beautiful city of Aventura Florida (Miami) where he attended Miami Carol Sr High and furthered his education as a undergrad student at Bethune Cookman University in 2010. During his educational journey he acquired a love and became extremely passionate about the arts. Clarence Jones has more than 17yrs of experience in Fine Arts as a trained dancer, choreographer and technical theater lighting design specialist. Clarence A. Jones is known across the entire east coast as a young artistic visionary who brings a wealth of diverse creativity to the arts. He creative drive has taken the east coast by storm! His innovative style and technical barrier push the envelope of creating an outstanding dancer. Clarence A. Jones has had several years of dance experience and training in Jazz, Modern & Ballet under the direction of Shannon Haynes at Diva Arts Dance Studio; Christopher McKenzie formally of Dallas Black Dance Company and Tyrell Rolle formally of The Alvin Ailey II Dance Company.

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Anthony Valezquez
Resident Choreographer

Anthony Velasquez, a Native of Miami, Florida, is a graduate of Marygrove college in Detroit, Michigan, where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in dance in 2013. He has had the privilege to work with choreographers such as Micheal Rooney, Galen Hooks, Chris Rudd, Shane Sparks, Tyce Diorio, Nika Kljun and most recently Lady GaGa's creative director Sophia Noephitou and Hamish Hamilton. He also has appeared in music videos of music superstars like Jennifer Lopez, Martha Wash, Luis Fonzi and Ricky Martin and many more. Recently Anthony participated several commercials, his most recent being a nationally Heineken commercial and television shows like X-Factor and has further pursued his dance career in China doing the Victoria Secret Fashion Show 2017.

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Jamie Hampton

Bio coming soon

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Diva Arts Dance Studio | 4980 NW 165th Street | Suite A-12 | Miami, FL 33014
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