Founder and Executive Director
DICA All-Star Competition Team Head Coach
Liturgical Praise Dance Teacher
Tap & Step Instructor
Deidra Squire has been tap dancing for more than 30 years. She was trained at Ballet Met Dance Academy in Columbus, Ohio and Judy Conti Dance Academy in Youngstown Ohio. She founded Above Deck Tap Dance Ensemble at Hampton University. Above Deck Tap Dance Ensemble remains an official campus organization. Since relocating to the DMV, Deidra has taught tap dance at the Patricia M. Sitar Arts Center and the Program for Academic and Leadership Skills in Washington, DC. She has also taught at Impact Performing Arts, Momentum Dance and Fitness, The Dance Academy of Virginia, Adagio Ballet, Body Moves, JMD Studio, Legacy Performing Arts, Star Makers Academy of Dance, Dance Makers Dance Studio, and many more. She is also a visiting artist at Blackrock Center for the Arts. She recently received her Level 1 certificate in tap dance from the American Tap Dance Foundation in New York, New York. She looks forward to bringing her wealth of Tap knowledge and skills to the students at DICA!
Kayla Lanier grew up in Ocala, Florida, where she began dancing at 8 years old. She gained a spot dancing in the Marion County Center for the Arts in West Port High School, exploring the genres of jazz, lyrical, modern, African, Latin and tap. Along with dance she was also a member of the cheerleading and step teams. After moving to Stafford, Virginia, she became a member of Mountain View High Schools dance and step teams. Kayla is an 8-year United States Air Force Veteran and has spent time stationed in Arkansas, South Korea, and Maryland, and in each location, she has spent time volunteering with children in programs such as the Big Brother Big Sister Program, The Boys and Girls Club, and as a volunteer English Teacher. She enjoys giving back to the community any way she can. Kayla is also proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. Currently she is in graduate school at Park University, pursuing a master’s in business administration. She is beyond excited to return for another season as a part of this organization and to be a positive representation for the DICA students.
With a background of 10+ years in counseling, Shameca Cunningham (Meca) decided long ago she would be dedicated to helping others in their healing process whether it be physical, emotional, or spiritual. Learning as a child from life changing inspirational life changing events like "Rites of Passage", Shameca knows how important it is to practice self love as a young-woman and into woman-hood. She is passionate about helping other young women discover their self-worth, inner beauty, and sense of self. Her main goal is to pour wisdom, grace, and positivity into the DICA students so that they can lead the rest of their lives in confidence and purpose!