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Our Staff

MarLo Dance Studio has amazing instructors who believe in our core values and truly love working with students. They each bring with them a passion to teach, the ability to help each student progress with their technique, and positive energy and influence.


maria merriam

Maria Merriam began her early training at four years of age under renowned local instructor, Alice Stadelman who is also her mother. At age 14 she commenced teaching her first classes; working and training under both her own mother and other instructors in her area. Blended into her young experience, Maria also trained extensively in voice and dabbled in theater whenever she could. While earning her Associate of Arts degree with emphasis in business and music, she taught outreach ballet classes. A move to New York City gave Miss Maria the opportunity to continue her ballet training and experience the dance world on a grander scale. While in NYC, Maria met her husband Robert E. Merriam. They are raising five children in Bandon, two of which are grown now.

Miss Maria's teaching style is warm, calm, and affirming. She uses stories and imagery along with a sing-song- way of introducing musicality into the ballet technique. Maria is pragmatic in her approach to ballet, integrating the research and philosophies of dance physiotherapist Deborah Vogel and Lisa Howell. Maria is certified to implement the Perfect Pointe System.

Ballroom has become a second passion to Maria. She teaches DVIDA syllabus in the smooth dances. She volunteer teaches for BOBDA, USA Club dances and annually at Bandon High School.

trish shropshire

Trish Shropshire has been a MarLo staff member for twelve years. Before moving to Bandon from Riverton, Wyoming, she owned and operated Trish's School of Dance for 24 years and was adjunct faculty at Central Wyoming College. As a free lance choreographer, Trish has choreographed numerous musicals for community, theater, both in Wyoming and now in Bandon. She has also worked with a number of pageant contestants, with several placing 1st and runner up.

Miss Trish earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary education from Montana State University and holds teaching certification from Dance Masters of America.

"I believe that every child is a winner. The world of dance can be complex and frustrating. Even so, there is no such thing as 'can't'. I strive to be patient, give positive encouragement, and teach with love. I expect every student to do their personal best. I treat every student with honesty, respect, and love. It is an honor and a pleasure to work with every student, no matter their age..."

jordan chandler

Jordan Chandler is a 2012 MarLo Dance Studio graduate with 12 years of classical training in addition to jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and tap. She was a four year BHS cheerleader and Dance Team member. Additionally Jordan was a member of the SOCC dance team. In 2015 Jordan was choreographer for BHS cheer team and 2017 assistant coach for BHS Dance Team.

As a MarLo alumna, Miss Jordan brings youthful energy, creativity and a disciplined structure to the classroom.

lulei napier

LuLei Napier has 11 years of classical ballet emphasis supported by upper level training in jazz, and lyrical/contemporary. She is currently a feature soloist in MDS productions. Miss LuLei joined the MarLo staff in 2014 after going through three years of student/teacher training under studio director, Maria Merriam. She is doing a marvelous job of teaching Ballet Beginning level (9-13 year olds).

LuLei finished her Associate in Arts degree at Southwestern Oregon Community College in 2016. In the fall of 2017, LuLei plans to enroll in University of Oregon's Jewelry Design & Metal Smithing school. We are very blessed to have her at MDS one more year.

"Teaching something that I have loved since before I can remember to young dancers is such an amazing feeling. Seeing the love, passion, and joy on their faces as they dance in class makes me all the happier that I can share my knowledge as a dancer and as their teacher with them. Every child is a unique person and watching them discover that through dance is incredible."

robin evans

Robin Evans took her first ballet class at age five and has continued ever since to pursue a lifetime of dance and fitness. She attended U.S.I.U. Center for the Performing Arts in San Diego, California. After moving to Portland, Oregon, she instructed ballet and jazz and owned a Jazzercise franchise for ten years.

Robin holds certifications in Yoga and Pilates from YogaFit. She's dedicated to empowering participants to make healthier decisions; toning their bodies and minds through Pilates and yoga.

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MarLo Dance Studio

205 Ohio Avenue S.E.
Bandon, OR 97411

88216 Hwy 42 South
Bandon, OR 97411

(541) 252-1394

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