Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Founder/Studio & Creative Director
TashaMaya Gibson (Founder/Studio & Creative Director) is one of Chicago’s Finest. She fell in love with dance at the tender age of four and hasn’t looked back since. Her passion for the arts has continuously motivated her to create and implement dance/theatre programs for youth and adults. She has been instructing & choreographing throughout the United States and Caribbean for over 30 years. TashaMaya is known for being the “center of attention” during performances and this characteristic has driven her “performance” style of teaching. A native of Chicago, IL she began her formal dance training at Mayfair Academy of Fine Arts. There she developed a strong love for Tap and Jazz dance. One of her most influential instructors was Vanessa Truvillion of Joel Hall Dancers. During her pre-teen and teenage years, she attended Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre. Sammy Dyer is where she developed her “performance” style of performing under the late Shirley Hall-Bass. Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre was known for its showstopping productions that were orchestrated by a live orchestra. TashaMaya has also been trained by such greats as Savion Glover, Amaniyea Payne, Peggy Sutton and Ted Levy. She is a company member of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago. She has shared the stage with historical legends such as Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Buster Brown, The Nicholas Brothers & Norma Miller. Over the years she has traveled throughout the United States and Caribbean performing for various concerts, events, and live broadcast. In 2017, Emma Mae’s SunRays Studios was incorporated. We exist to provide outlets for performance and competitive opportunities for all.
Performance Manager/Creative Director/Instructor
Mz. Lulu, Performance Manager and Creative Director. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, she feels blessed to have had more passion for the Art’s than the streets. She first started dancing, outside of her bedroom, at the age of 7 years old with a plan to become a “FlyGirl”, of the late TV series In Living Color, and take over the dance world. That didn’t quite happen, but along her quest she performed with many different dance programs and dance teams during the ages 7-17yrs old. Owing the stage and dominating most in her hip hop street dance style she was allowed many opportunities during her adolescent years. She has danced for R&B legend R. Kelly, performed for hip hop artists Crucial Conflict and Twista, and has been in multiple underground artist’s videos. Upon entering college, pursuing a minor in dance, Mz. Lulu took many dance workshops and college dance courses along with acting and visual arts to keep her fresh in the performing arts world. Mz. Lulu had her first opportunity to work with children in 2001 as a cheerleading coach. This is where she first realized she loved choreographing and instructing just as much as she loves dance itself. After coaching for a few years and booking a few more gigs, Mz. Lulu took a break from the performing arts world and focused on her visual artistic skills as a body tattooist and piercer. Through visual art she created a new name for herself, Lulutatt, and became a very popular tattoo artist. It wasn’t until 2012, that she reintroduced herself back into the dance world as a dance fitness instructor. It was then that she reignited that deep love to choreograph and teach dance. After a few years of being a fitness instructor she began to instruct children at a local dance school located on the south side of Chicago and helped create an award winning competition team and helped develop an amazing group of dancers. This has led her to Emma Mae’s Sunrays Studios where she continues to plan on taking over the performing arts industry and exposing our little artists to greatness. Mz. Lulu is fully in tune with the mission and wants nothing but the best for all children. Mz. Lulu is the proud mother of three children, two of which are a part of SunRays Studios. She is more than thrilled to be a part of such an upcoming and thriving performing arts company.
Lead Student Teacher
Davion Bellinger is an Elite, Professional and Competitive Male Dancer. At a young age, Davion found the love for football which he played for many years strongly believing it would be his permanent career path. However, he had an even stronger love for the Performing Arts, and more specifically, Dance. Davion began to further embark on the idea of Dancing as it over time left him feeling more estranged towards football. From watching YouTube videos to mimicking his sister who is also a dancer, he grew closer to this specific art. At age 10, Davion found his passion for Dance and has never looked back. He grew from dancing in his living room to joining Emma Mae's SunRays Studios where he'd found a family with the same passion he had, continuously motivating him to move! Davion joined dance as a novice in 2016 when he began his training at the Kroc School of Dance. He noticed how good everyone else was and knew he had catching up to do, so he did. Davion studied dance at The Chicago Multicultural Dance Center, aside from his home training with his mother, who's a professional dancer, dance teacher and choreographer. Davion developed a closer connection to dance and has occupied his life with it ever since. Davion is a 17 year old professional dancer who attends The Chicago High School for the Arts as a senior Dance major and is preparing for his life in the industry after highschool.
Maraya L. Isaacs
Public Relations & Media Manager
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