diva kids staff
Diva Kids Director/Hip Hop Instructor
Samantha Byrd is the co-owner of Studio Diva, and hip hop instructor for Studio Diva Kids. She began dancing at the age of 7, and has had the opportunity to dance with hip hop companies around the Tri-State area, including Flomotion Co. In high school, Samantha danced in the Heritage Players production for 4 years. She appeared on "It's Showtime at the Apollo" with her group winning the competition 3 times. She's also appeared on the MTV show, MTV Duets with B2K. While she was pursuing a dance career, she trained with many choreographers at NYC's Broadway Dance Center such as Luam, Rhapsody, and Bev Brown, and has choreographed for many performing artist including Wanya of Boyz II Men, and local artist Lovher, Franchize, and HEAT, among others. While married now with 2 children of her own, she still thoroughly enjoys dancing, and teaching students who are eager to learn and grow in their craft.
Ballet & Jazz Instructor
LaCeda Nelson is a native of Tampa, Florida and graduate of University of the Arts where she received her B.F.A. in dance education. Before matriculating to the University of the Arts, LaCeda was a student at the first performing arts high school of Tampa, Florida Howard W. Blake. Currently she has decided to make Philadelphia her home, where she is a principal dancer of Eleone Dance Theatre and Collaboration Works. LaCeda’'s work "Urban Voodoo" was accepted as a student piece to be presented in Choreographers Corner held in Atlanta Ga. As a performer she has had the pleasure of being in the presence and working with such choreographers as, Lula Washington, Nathan Trice, Milton Meyers, Kim Bears-Bailey, Ronald K. Brown, and Christopher Huggins. Ms Cuyler appeared on the ABC after school special I used to Dance recorded in LA at Lula Washington’s Dance Studio, received a full scholarship to Jacobs Pillow Summer Intensive in Becket Ma, received a performance opportunity with Royal Caribbean and performed in Super Bowl XXV at the early age of eight. LaCeda’s teaching experience includes, Jefferson Medical University, Adams Dance Academy, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Motion in Dance Academy, Messiah Dance works, IDEA special education program, Martha Washington Middle School, Triplet Dance Academy, Rock School West, a three-week summer intensive at Marisela’s Dance Studio in Tampa Fl, and Dance Sensations of New Jersey. LaCeda is dedicated to educating today’s youth making sure to instill her motto Good, Better, Best never let them see you rest until your Good is Better and your Better is Best.
Samara Harris has been dancing since she was four years old. Starting out at Afro 1 Dance Center; there she fell in love with dance and was introduced to ballet, tap, african dance, and hip hop. After her time at Afro One, Samara joined Contagious Creative Arts Center (CCAC) where she was a part of many dance concerts and plays during the four years she was with the company. In highschool, Samara attended the Burlington County Institute of Technology Performing Arts Academy where she focused on dance while also studying music. Training in ballet, modern, jazz, musical theater dance, and tap. While in high school, she participated in the annual winter and spring dance concerts; performing pieces choreographed by her teacher, classmates and herself. In 2017, she competed in the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Nu Nu Chapter “Annual Talent Hunt” winning first place. Since 2018, Samara has been a member of 13:46 Dance Ensemble, New Jersey chapter; which is a Christian-based dance company. She helps assist her directors in creating choreography and leads stretching during rehearsals. Samara has always had a passion for dance and a strong will to teach and help cultivate the youth in the art of dance.