Mi Casa Su Casa

A truly “home grown” business, Lil Dumplins began in our living room in historic West Village, Detroit! We are now holding classes at the N'Namdi Movement Center in Midtown, Detroit and hosting pop-up classes all over the city!


Inspired Children

Lil Dumplins' mission is to inspire children to follow their passion and encourage others to do the same through exposure to the arts. As a social space for parents and an educational experience for children, we bring together families who value the importance of early art education in a synergistic environment.



Shirel Jones


I discovered ballet at age 8, and dance became a source of self-expression and solace unlike any other. My passion for dance grew exponentially and it led me to attend the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and the Performing arts as a dancer. I also trained at The Alvin Ailey School, the American Ballet Theater, and Central Pennsylvania youth ballet intensives. I continued my pursuit of dance on the collegiate level at the California Institute of the Arts and earned a bachelor’s degree in performance and choreography.

I eventually discovered a special talent and affection for teaching dance to children, stemming from a deep appreciation of the impact dance had early on my life. Over the past several years, I expanded my teaching interests to music and visual arts, in addition to dance. My classes have evolved to reflect a holistic approach to art education. The arts have opened doors to amazing experiences and have been an intricate part of my well-being and human experience. I want art to benefit each of my students in the same way.


The N'Namdi Movement Center
66 E. Forest Ave
Detroit, MI 48201



(313) 649-5213

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