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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.

Employment Opportunities- We are interested in both guest and permanent instructors.  Contact the studio director, Maria Merriam.


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 raised five children in Bandon, all of whom danced.

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. 


trish shropshire

Trish Shropshire has been a MarLo staff member since 2004. 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. Since 2015 Jordan has been working as coach and choreographer for BHS cheer team. 

As a MarLo alumna, Miss Jordan has been bringing youthful energy, creativity and a disciplined structure to MDS Hip Hop clesses since 2015. 



Faith Slater
robin evans

Faith Slater began her dance training at the age of 3 at MarLo Dance Studio, where she was trained in classical ballet for 14 years, with additional training in lyrical, jazz, and tap for many years. At the age of 17, Faith moved to Eugene, to pursue further dance training in the Ballet Fantastique Academy in the study of classical ballet using the vaganova training method as well as in contemporary, jazz, and modern styles. Faith became an apprentice with their professional company in 2017 performing in several company productions including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, An American Christmas Carol, Zorro, and Alice in Wonderland.

In 2018 Faith joined State Street Ballet’s Professional Track Trainee Program in Santa Barbara, CA. Her training at State Street Ballet consisted of ballet, contemporary, modern, jazz, and improv with an emphasis on individual artistry. Faith completed State Street Ballet’s Professional Track Trainee Program in 2019.

MDS welcomes Faith to the teaching staff at MarLo.  She brings focus and detail orientation to the classroom with an encouraging teaching style. She focuses on creating strong technique in her students while also nurturing the individual style that each student possesses.



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.




Gracie has 13 years of classical ballet emphasis supported by upper level training in jazz, lyrical and tap. She is currently a feature upper level dancer in MDS productions. Miss Gracie has joined the MarLo staff winter 2019 after going through three years of student/teacher training under studio director, Maria Merriam.  She began with Adult Ballet 1 to rave reviews by the new students. During Summer 2019, Gracie took lead with Ballet 1 for youths 9-14 year and will continue through the 2019-20 season.  Gracie is also a student at Southwestern Oregon Community College and additionally works for the Myrtle Point Herald.



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