Kendra Feazel Meiki
A third generation native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Mrs. Meiki began her dance training in 1982. She assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet in 2001. Her formal training began under the direction of Marion Mills, former director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet, as well as various workshops, offered by world-renowned masters such as Jilana, David Howard, and Ekatrina Maximova. Kendra has performed with the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet since 1985 and as a principal dancer since 1994. Kendra has danced principal roles in many classical ballets, such as,The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Gaite Parisienne, Cinderella, Swan Lake, Coppélia, Rodeo, Giselle, Pas de Quatre, Les Sylphides, Stars and Stripes, Graduation Ball, and Firebird.
In 1999, Kendra focused her energies towards becoming a teacher and choreographer, when she became owner/director of Shreveport Dance Academy, where she insists on quality dance instruction for all ages. In 2005, Shreveport Dance Academy broadened its horizons by forming a group of Competition/Performance Ensembles for jazz and tap. Since their beginnings, the ensembles have swept the competitions winning gold, platinum, and critic’s choice awards. Kendra served as Rehearsal Assistant for the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet from 1999-2001. In 2001, she assumed the position of Artistic Director of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. She is a registered Teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance of London, one of only a handful within the state. She served as a faculty member (2003-2004) of the Kinesiology and Health Science Department at LSU- Shreveport. Kendra is pursing advanced training with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Since 2001, she has established herself as a prominent member of the Shreveport arts community, demonstrating her commitment to the future of dance through new work and education. Kendra has been most noted in the Shreveport community for Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet’s collaboration with the Shreveport Symphony in its new works of Snow White in 2003, The Wizard of Oz in 2006, and Aladdin in 2011. In December 2009, Mrs. Meiki choreographed for The Shreveport Opera’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
Kendra Meiki is the adored wife of Gabe Meiki, and the mother of two beautiful children, Jordan Grace and Christian Gabriel.