About the Academy

Marsha Woody founded the Academy of Dance in 1956. Her daughter, Monique Z. Steinhagen is now the Owner/Director of the school. The studio is a leading dance institution in Southeast Texas providing students a full range of classes including Pre-School Ballet, Classical Ballet & Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Improv, Hip Hop, and Acrobatics. Our specially designed curriculum, spacious facility and well trained staff provides each student with a strong foundation as well as the capacity to adapt to other interests such as Drill Teams, Cheerleading, Community Theatre, etc.

The quality of training and the disciplined atmosphere no doubt produces excellent dancers, but besides that, the Marsha Woody Academy prepares students to reach for higher goals and the ability to work through a difficult task to completion….a skill any parent, teacher or employer would consider to be a great asset.

The success of the Academy is well documented. With many students and graduates filling the ranks in professional dance companies nationwide including, New York City Broadway productions, touring companies, teachers, college dance majors as well as Beaumont Civic Ballet members. As dance educators, we are the custodians of a tradition that has evolved over 64 years.

The success of the Academy is well documented. With many students and graduates filling the ranks in professional dance companies nationwide including, New York City Broadway productions, touring companies, teachers, college dance majors as well as Beaumont Civic Ballet members. As dance educators, we are the custodians of a tradition that has evolved over 64 years.

Meet the Faculty

MARSHA WOODY ACADEMY OF DANCE

Monique Zummo Steinhagen
OWNER/DIRECTOR

Ms. Monique began her training from her mother, Marsha Woody Zummo, at the age of 4 and became a student assistant at sixteen. She has studied under renowned teachers such as Robert Joffrey, David Howard, and the late Alexandra Danilova, Stanley Williams, and John Magness to mention a few; she studied two summers in New York City including the prestigious School of American Ballet, home of the New York City Ballet. Monique became a Junior Company member of Beaumont Civic Ballet at the age of ten, performing in BCB’s firstNutcracker as a boy in Prologue, and later danced principal roles such as Snow Queen, Mirletons & Sugar Plum Fairy as a Senior Company member.

Interesting highlights include: modeling in Dallas at the Kim Dawson Agency while attending college; runner-up twice at the Miss Texas Pageant and won the “Best Talent Award” & “Swimsuit Award” each year; began teaching full time at the Academy in 1982; and won a scholarship award for outstanding choreography at SW Regional Ballet for continuing study at Sarah Lawrence University in New York. She was an active member of the Junior League of Beaumont for several years. She is now the Owner and Director of the MWAD, teaching all levels of dance, and also is Co-Director with her mother, Marsha Woody, of Beaumont Civic Ballet Co. She is married to Harvey Steinhagen III and has two adult sons, Landon and Dane.

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Megan Anderson
STAFF

Ms. Megan at the age of 10, began her dance training at Marsha Woody Academy, was a Junior Company member with Beaumont Civic Ballet, became Ms. Monique’s assistant at 15, and never left! At the age of 16, she choreographed her first piece for Beaumont Civic Ballet, which was performed at the National Regional Dance America Festival. In 1996 through 1998, Megan received the Monticello Award for Excellence in Choreography and the Regional Dance America Award for Excellence in Choreography. Megan choreographed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Alice in Wonderland, Cats & Twistin’ The Night Away, which have been extremely successful for BCB. She continues to teach all levels for the MWAD, besides teaching and choreographing as the Ballet Mistress of Beaumont Civic Ballet Co. She is married to Elvis Anderson and has three boys, Samuel (12), Christopher (6) and Garrett (1).

Tammy Anderud
STAFF

Ms. Tammy started her training at the Marsha Woody Academy at the age of 9 in all subjects and was a member of Beaumont Civic Ballet at 10. She has continued to be an active part of Beaumont Civic Ballet, performing in The Nutcracker, has choreographed for Beaumont Civic Ballet and the Regional Dance America, SW Festival. After Tammy got her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Baylor University she came to Beaumont and started her busy career. Ms. Tammy’s love for dance brought her part time to MWAD right away upon her arrival in town. She has served as President of the Junior League of Beaumont, was a surgical nurse and general manager of St. Elizabeth Hospital OR, chief nurse of SETX Bariatric Center over 13 years, and now is an Administrative Pastor at Praise Church. She continues to choreograph and teach in the Academy and for Beaumont Civic Ballet on occasion. She is married to Tosh Anderud and has two children, Kyria (7) and Tristan (6).

Gwen Cormier
STAFF

Miss Gwen has had her training from the Marsha Woody Academy since the age of 4 in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz and was a member of the Beaumont Civic Ballet Company performing principal roles. She is presently teaching the Hip Hop classes at the Academy and is our substitute teacher & assistant for all levels of dance at the studio. Miss Gwen graduated from Lamar University in May 2019 majoring in General Studies. She was a three year performing Houston Rockets Launch Crew member and currently Miss Gwen is a kindergarten teacher at St. Anne’s Catholic School in Beaumont, TX.

MacKenzie Cumpian
STAFF

Miss Mac started at Marsha Woody Academy at the age of 3. She took Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz & Lyrical classes through her senior year graduating in 2015. She was a member of BCB’s Jr. Co. and later Sr. Co. dancing solo and principal roles. At West Brook she was on the Stars Drill Team as a lieutenant for 3 years. When she graduated, she continued her drill team career as a Kilgore College Rangerette for 2 years. At present she is a Studio Art major at Lamar University, and is a member of the Lamar Dance Team. Miss Mac will be teaching the Lyrical classes and is a substitute teacher and assistant in all levels of dance.

Ouida Broussard
SECRETARY & ADMINISTRATOR

Ms. Ouida was trained as a dancer under Miriam Widman. She has been associated with Marsha Woody Academy since 1985 as secretary; she also substitutes teaches in the academy the Jr. & Sr. tap classes. She serves as costume coordinator and is the Administrative Assistant for Beaumont Civic Ballet. Ms. Ouida has a Bachelor of Business and Education degree from Lamar University. She is married to Wesley Broussard and has 2 adult children, Wes and Trisha.

Wendy Castille
SECRETARY & ADMINISTRATOR

Ms. Wendy was trained as a dancer under June Badon of Port Neches. Wendy has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Texas A&M University. She is a secretary at MWAD and is an administrative assistant on the Beaumont Civic Ballet Board. She is married to Jerret Castille and has two children, Morgan (20) and Ally (16).

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