YOUR SERENITY TEAM
Photos Compliments of Trixie Jeanne Plaisance, Firebird Photography, XOXO Photography, Amy K. & Co., and Crystal Williamson Photography.
Owner & Co-Founder
Daren started dancing when she was 2 years old. She was a cheerleader all through Middle & High School and that is where she developed her interest in Hip Hop. Her high school coach was Coach Steve, who is still actively teaching in Baton Rouge & worked with Brittany Spears earlier in her career. She graduated from Redemptorist High School in 1991. She was Southeastern Louisiana University Lionette. She was also a finalist for the Saintsaitions Dance Team but decided to get married instead. She started teaching at BREC Parks in 1996 and began teaching locally in 1999. She volunteered at the 2016 Louisiana Miss Amazing Pageant designed for young ladies who need additional assistance in their activities. She been married for over 26 years to Dan. They have two sons, Zach & Brayden. They are members of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Daren's mission is to expand the performing arts awareness in her community. It's very important that anyone needing extra assistance in class know that there is a home for them at Serenity. When she's not at Serenity you will find her at her salon, Avenue Allure, located in the Denham Springs Antique Village. She opened the salon in 2018. Being in the center of town, has opened even more opportunities for Serenity.
Owner & Vocal Director
Mr. Danny began singing at a very young age. Being the youngest of 4 brothers & lead singer of their band, LesBousCru. His first appearance on stage was in Junior High and he is still singing today. His range varies from baritone to high falsetto. The strengths he brings to our vocal lessons are breathing techniques, head positioning, and overcoming the fear of live performance. He was also a voluntary head football coach for local kids and the current entertainment chairman for the annual ICC Church Fair.
Studio Assistant Director, Theater Director, Competition Team Director, Choreographer
CRYSTAL is a versatile artist who is proud to call Louisiana home and is ecstatic to begin her journey with the Serenity family! She is whole-heartedly passionate about creating, educating, entertaining, and inspiring through dance. With over 25 years of experience, most of which as a competitive dancer and educator, she has earned numerous high scoring and overall awards, scholarships for dance and theater, and titles, including Pro Miss NYLA, and now specializes in musical theater, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and improvisation. She earned her performing arts degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and has continued to work with the dance and theater programs as an alumna the last several years. As a performer and choreographer, she has been featured and involved in an array of productions, special events, charity events, festivals, Mardi Gras balls, pageants, and more! Schayot has worked with studios and groups across the U.S. and abroad, notable choreographers such as Ray Leeper, and even danced her way into the Guinness Book of World Records in Riverdance: The Longest Line Dublin, Ireland. During her time abroad, she even had the opportunity to train at the Globe Theater and Pineapple Dance Studios in London. She is a core member and principal dancer for The Breakthrough Outreach & Performance Company with which she has traveled to New York and Guatemala to train, teach, and perform, and share the love of dance! She currently tours and works with NYLA Dance Conventions & Competitions as a competitive judge, master class instructor, photographer, and now emcee! This summer, she plans to return as a guest artist to the Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy for their annual production of Dance Under the Midnight Sun.
She has appeared in various forms of print, music videos, movies and tv shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, NCIS: New Orleans, Claws, and Your Honor. Look for her in the upcoming films Bill & Ted 3, All My Life, and C’mon, C’mon. She was crowned Miss New Orleans National Model USA and works with Teen & Miss Louisiana contestants as a coach and choreographer. Schayot is the proud artistic director and creator of The Wicked Little Voodoo Dolls Dance & Variety Entertainment & Performance Company, along with the PRISM Dance Productions YouTube channel. As an avid visual artist and certified instructor, she created a name for herself as Works of the Muse, as a photographer through Crystal Clear Photographie, and as a costume designer through Crystal Fleur de Couture. She is incredibly grateful to be living out her dreams and continuing her growth, progress, and inspiration as a performer, choreographer, educator, and all around artist.
Carmen started dancing at a very young age and has trained with multiple choreographers at many studios. She has been teaching for 5 years in all styles of dance. She was a Golden Wildcat for 2 years in high school, where her and her team placed 1st at the American All-Star Dance Team state competition. She is a Walker High School graduate and is continuing her education in pre-med at Louisiana State University. When she is not dancing she is furthering her education in the medical field. She has completed many career exploration programs and is a Certified Clinical Medical Assistant. She has competed in local, state, and national pageants such as, Miss Louisiana’s Outstanding Teen, where she received the Congeniality Award. She believes giving back to the community is vital and has volunteered at places such as the, Walker Animal Shelter, Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Louisiana Miss Amazing Pageant, Young Artists’ Academy of Denham Springs, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, and Leaps and Bounds Summer Camp. Carmen is very passionate about dance and is very excited to be reunited with her Serenity family.
Ballet & Pointe Instructor, Choreographer
With over a decade of training in the Classical Russian Vaganova method of Ballet, Emily Randon has studied under many of the world’s most renowned ballet instructors. Over the years, Emily has gained acceptance into prestigious ballet programs across the nation including the Atlanta Ballet in Georgia and the Joffrey Ballet in New York City. Emily has also had the privilege of taking her ballet training abroad to study at The Centre de Danse du Marais in Paris, France. Upon her return to the states, Emily began working as a mentor for The American Ballet Theatre. In 2012, Emily stepped into the film industry and has since appeared in movies and commercials including her recent role as “ballerina” in a national television ad for Baby Bottle Pop Candy. For the past eight years, Emily has enjoyed working as an energetic and passionate ballet instructor and currently teaches hundreds students on a weekly basis. Emily is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and uses her degree in Kinesiology Exercise Science to incorporate elements of dance science into her lesson plans. Many of Emily’s students have advanced into prominent dance programs across the United States including School of American Ballet and Julliard. In her free time, Emily enjoys guest performing and choreographing for several community outreach programs. Emily has aspirations of obtaining a doctorate in Kinesiology with a concentration in Dance Science.
Miss Shene' A.
Competition Team Co-Director, Artistic Director of Liturgical Dance Projects at Serenity, Adult musical theater/theater jazz instructor and choreographer
Shene’ began her dance journey at 4 years old under the instruction of Irene & Dee’s. Her love of all things dance continued throughout her childhood and teenage years where she danced under 2 M’s School of Dance. She began her teaching and choreography career at just 19 years old and currently has 24 years of experience as a dance educator and choreographer, with 10 of those years being in the competition world. Shene’ has privately trained many dancers that have went on to be LSU Golden Girls, LSU Tiger Girls and even a Radio City Rockette. Musical Theater is where her heart is, however she is trained in Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz and Liturgical. She has won numerous choreography awards as well as high scoring routines. She has worked with Tulane Dance Departments Pre Professional program prior to the pandemic. She has coached and choreographed for several local middle school, junior high and high school dance teams.
Shene’ is a nurse at Baton Rouge Orthopaedic Clinic and also runs her own small business, The Whimsy Fairy. She loves being a mom to her 3 amazing children; Analise (16), Amelia Kate(12) and Mason (6), as well as her fur baby, a golden retriever named Brees. She also enjoys spending time with the love of her life, Robbie.
Shene’ is very excited to join the Serenity family as Artistic Director of Liturgical Dance Projects as well as instructor for Adult Musical Theater classes.
Miss Analise A.
Analise began dancing at the very early age of 18 months old. The majority of her dance career was under the instruction of Phyllis Guy Dance Center. It was there that she began her competitive dancing. She was on PGDC’s company for 7 years. She competed for Petite, Junior and Teen Miss Dance of Louisiana. She has taken master classes under Alex Wong, Angel Armas, Victor Smalley, Alexa Anderson, Derek Piquette, Twitch and Allison Holker, Kent Boyd and Mollee Gray. After leaving PGDC, she danced under Mason Bettis with Evolve 26.
Analise was on Live Oak Junior High’s nationally ranked Pizazz dance team where she served as Co-Captain. She has danced on Live Oak High School’s Eaglette Dance Team and most recently Central High School’s Kitten dance team.
Analise brings a lot of experience at just 16 years old. She is well versed in all dance genre’s with Hip Hop and contemporary being her favorite.
In her spare time Analise enjoys being on Central High Schools Soccer team, watching Grey’s Anatomy and hanging out with her 4 best friends.
Analise is very excited to be joining the Serenity family as the Hip Hop instructor and choreographer for Liturgical Dance Projects at Serenity. She would like to thank Mrs. Daren and Mrs. Crystal for this amazing opportunity.
Miss Sadie D.
Tumbling Director, Assistant Director for Serenity Project, Level 2 Combo, Level 2 Ballet, Serenity Steppers Choreographer
Sadie has been dancing for over 14 years. She grew up taking classes at Jean Leigh and was a company dancer for 8 years. She's furthered her dance training with ABT Intensive & has trained with multiple guest choreographers from across the nation. She's is a former DSHS Jackette and runs our tumbling program.
In 2020, she stepped away from SAPA & enjoys taking care of her beautiful family and pursuing educational opportunities that will enhance her theater experience. The students of Serenity wishes her love until she graces the stage again.
Denise, Studio Assistant Manager, Guest Services Manager
Brayden, Guest Services
Lilly, Theater Assistant
Miss Lyndsie, Guest Services
Mallory, Guest Choreographer
Guest Services (photo coming soon)