Zenas Tobi Okanlawon (Bowie, MD) is a young woman of virtue who strives towards excellence in the art of dance. Though of Nigerian nationality, she was born and raised in Maryland.
She has received her BFA from Towson University's Department of Dance. She's been dancing with Spirit Wings since the age of 9 and has grown not only as a dancer but a gifted leader.
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, knitting, arts and crafts, music, and other creative arts. She lives by the Word in that if you “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, [and] God-provisions, [you don’t have to] worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met!” - Matthew 6:33 (Message).
Zenas’s love for dance stems from it being apart of her God ordained purpose. Dance is how she serves, impacts, and hopes to assist in turning the world for God’s purpose!
Ballet, Modern, Tap &
West African Dance Instructor
Ballet & Modern Instructor
Ballet, Modern & Hip Hop Instructor
Randi Inniss started dancing at the age of 12 at Pure Expressions of Evangel Cathedral. With an extensive appetite for dance, Randi spent her first years of dance studying ballet, pointe, and modern at the Joyce Laverne School of Dance and the Ballet Theater of Maryland. She studied ballet, modern, and pointe at Goucher College, where she started the Hip Hop Dance Club and danced with the Goucher College Dance Team. Being awarded an Internship at PHILADANCO in Philadelphia, PA during her undergraduate studies, she had the opportunity to study ballet, theater, and various forms of modern dance, as well as study Dance Administration practices.
In the course of her dance career, she has danced with and taught at numerous companies and churches. Such organizations include, but are not limited to, Chariots of Praise Dance Company, Dance N' Praise Dance Company, River of Life Church, Divine Dance Institute, and Spirit Wings Dance Company. She is currently the Artistic Director of River of Life Church's DEW Dance Ministry.
When not dancing, she is a Process Analyst on a Medicare Learning Network project and the Chief Executive Officer of Cognoscenti Management.
Ballet, Pointe, Modern & Tap Instructor
Jennifer Ama Randolph (Laurel, MD) was born in Winneba Oceanside Village in Ghana West Africa. She has formallly studied African dance with Kankouran West African Dance Company under Mr. Assane Konte. She has been dancing with him since the age of 9 years old.
Her passion to worship God with her gift of dance led her to seek improvement to the God fearing and anointd mentorship of Dr Sandy A. Mitchell. In 2009, Jennifer formally started studies of Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz with Spirit Wings.
It was just a matter of time that Jennifer's leadership gifts we recognized and utilitzed to support the vision of Spirit Wings. She not only teaches classes but manages with passion and love for each student, the weekly operation of the studio.
Jennifer is a graduate from Laurel High School and is pursuing a degree in culinary artistry,
Ballet, Pointe & Modern Instructor
Glenda Ward began dance training at the age of 5 in Worcester, Massachusetts. She studied Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Pointe through 11th grade in high school in intense programs with a competitive focus. In college, Glenda learned the art of dancing for fun again and took college level dance classes and danced in a variety of student run programs and shows. The highlight of these dancing years was participating in a special, select dance ensemble that danced for and met, Ms Katherine Dunham.
After college, Glenda hung up her dancing shoes for about 6 years and really never expected to dance again. But by the sovereignty of God, she was re-introduced into the love of dance partnered with a saving relationship with Jesus Christ at Hope Christian Church (HCC). Through the HCC Dance Ministry, Glenda came under the tutelage of Dr. Sandy Mitchell and began a discipleship and training process that has been life transforming. For the next approximately 9 years, Glenda served in leadership roles with HCC Dance ministry. Through this process, Glenda joined Spirit Wings Dance Company and Studio in 2003. She has toured with the Company as well as taught dance classes. She started a generational trend; all of her daughters have danced with Spirit Wings. Two of her daughters, Naomi and Kadijah also have been a part of the Company.
She still substitute teaches at the studio and ministers with the ministry when available.
Ballet, Modern & Tap Instructor
All instructors and staff members have been selected because of their commitment to the Lord, heart of excellence displayed through their special abilities, and their dedication to the vision of Spirit Wings.
Nakia Talley (Forestville, MD) has been blessed to work and train with many wonderful artists in the US and abroad. She began her dance training with Cindy King Salvagny, where she
studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and later added West African dance.
For many years she danced with Washington DC based Spirit Wings Dance Company under the direction of Dr. Sandy Mitchell. She has had the opportunity to dance pieces by amazing artists such as Steve Rooks (formerly of the Martha Graham Company), Freddie Moore, Hope Boykin, and Matthew Rushing (Alvin Ailey). She moved to Houston TX to dance with Ad Deum Dance Company under the direction of Randall Flinn from 2007-2010 With Ad Deum she travelled nationally and internationally. Ms. Talley has also performed as a group member and soloist in the international festival Project Dance New York and Project Dance DC.
Nakia is a teacher in the DC public school system and both teaches and choreographs for local groups and schools.
Amber Davis is the loving daughter of Sean and Lisa Davis. Amber has been a member of the Spirit Wings family for almost a decade where she has obtained the majority of her training. She has also trained
with CityDance and is currently a Junior at Towson University as a dance major with a theatre minor.
Amber has performed internationally as well as other major venues across the states. She has been a volunteer teacher assistant for almost 4 years and the past 2 summers has become an instructor with CityDance.