cmd-staff-2011All of our instructors are professionals. They have performed professionally, are graduates of professional schools, and/or have degrees in dance.



shea barfield Shea began her dance training with tap and ballet at age three while living on Sanibel Island, Florida. She performed in The Nutcracker at age 5 before her family moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. There, she practiced and performed in recitals at the Cape Cod Conservatory until age 10, when another move led her to become more involved in sports for the next few years. Shea was a skilled athlete in basketball and volleyball for both the school and county recreation teams during her middle school years. Around the same time, she discovered an interest in Theatre and began auditioning for roles in local theatre productions. In addition to a love for musical theatre, Shea's passion for improvisational theatre and dance techniques began to grow at this time, so it was no surprise that when she moved back to Georgia at 14, she was soon invited to perform as a member of the Chestatee Jesters, the improv troupe at her new high school. Throughout high school, Haley Shea was involved in several theatrical performances, but always found improv and musical theatre to be her favorite varieties. During her senior year, she worked as an actress, stage manager, and choreographer for "The Course Acting Show," winning much applause as she and her partner performed an original routine as the opener for "Last Call for Breakfast." Since the age of 15, Shea has studied Eastern dance with particular focus on Turkish and Egyptian dance forms, though she has also taken classes in Latin and Hip Hop styles. A student of Celestial Studios, she sometimes performs alongside Alchemy Drumming & Dance at their charity fundraiser shows and holiday parade ensembles. Shea has danced professionally at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, where she also worked as a Children's Theatre Instructor and Interactive Storyteller. Most recently, Haley Shea has been engaged with an older age group as the founder and president of Wing It! Improv Club at the University of North Georgia. She completed an Associate's Degree in Media Studies in May of 2016 and is presently pursuing a dual Bachelor's degree in Psychology and English with a concentration in Writing and Publishing. Shea is excited to be on board with CMD!

kaitlyn batchelor Ms. Kaitlyn Batchelor has been dancing for 19 years and performing in shows for 16 years. She recently received a BFA in Musical Theatre from Brenau University. Kaitlyn performed in many shows with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, including The Producers, Guys & Dolls, Chicago, Oklahoma, The Great Gatsby, and Mary Poppins. She was most recently the assistant choreographer for Once On This Island at the Gainesville Theatre Alliance, and an assistant teaching artist at the Orlando Rep. Kaitlyn has had the opportunity to work alongside several Broadway alums and a former rockette, allowing her to gain valuable knowledge to share with her students. She's excited to be working with the students at Creative Movement and Dance and watching them grow as dancers!

sara battaglia Sara Battaglia has been dancing for as long as she can remember! She has studied many dance forms including ballet, acro, jazz, tap, pas de deux, ballroom, lyrical, modern, and character. She began her ballet training with the Royal Academy of Ballet. Soon after, Sara privately took classes with Olga Mekhonoshina, where she learned the base of Vaganova training. Following the Royal Academy of Ballet, she began training at Sarasota Ballet School where she performed with the school and the company. While training at Sarasota Ballet, Sara also performed with North Port High School’s dance program. Following that, Sara decided to continue her Vaganova training at the School of Russian Ballet. She has worked with Darya Fedatov and Sergiy Mykhaylov, learning choreography from world-renowned choreographer Vadim Fedatov. Notable roles include “Swanilda” in “Coppelia,” “Waltz Queen” in the “Nutcracker,” and “Lumiere” in “The Enchanted Castle.” Sara currently is attending the University of South Florida to obtain her Bachelors degree in dance with a ballet focus. S he has taught at studios in Port Charlotte, Sarasota, Tampa, and now Plant City. She loves to share her love of dance with kids and loves to see them grow in that love!

quiana-belloQuiana Bello, a native of Georgia, began her dance training at the age of 10 with Dance Contempra. She has recently studied abroad at National Taiwan University of the Arts, and attended summer intensives at Dance Theatre of Harlem and GloAtl. Quiana recently completed her B.A. in Dance with a concentration in modern from Kennesaw State University. In addition to her background in ballet, modern, jazz, and tap, she has also studied Bharata Natyam and various West African styles, such as Sabar and Manjani. Quiana taught at Dance Contempra, Sandi Friedman Dance, Marcus Jewish Community Center, and Sky Dance Academy. She has performed the works of Robert Garland, Waverly Lucas and Lauri Stallings, and was a Soloist in Dance Contempras', "Babes in Toyland." Quiana was also a Production Assistant to David J. Tatu at Kennesaw State University's Department of Dance.

kimberly berryKimberly started dancing at the early age of three, at Fleetwood Dance Center in Alpharetta, GA. At age four, she was the youngest member of their company and performed in The Nutcracker. Kimberly then danced at North Georgia Academy of Dance, where she became a member of their gElite Performing Compay. Later she joined The Studio School of the Arts in Dacula, and was a member of their performing company. Kimberly then joined Melissa Berry Dance Arts and was a part of their performing company as well. She trained in a variety of genres - classical ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, modern, and hip-hop. Kimberly now aspires to pass on her knowledge and love for the arts to the next generation.

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"Miss Bernie" - A child prodigy at the age of four, Berneta was sent to study under the direction of Tensia Fonseca with the Maryland Youth Ballet. She performed with the Atlanta and Bristol Ballets throughout her youth and graduated with a double major in Performance and Education of Ballet from Virginia Intermont College. With over 25 years of excellence in teaching, Berneta is very well known throughout Gwinnett county. been with with CMD over 15 years, and is among our finest!!

tiffany-boltonTiffany Bolton starter her dance career at Price Performing Arts Center when she was 3 years old, and began assisting with classes as early as her freshman year of high school. An experienced dancer on stage, she's studied under the tutelage of both east and west coast instructors. Tiffany loves studying all types of dance, but primarily is focused on ballet, tap, jazz, and contemporary. She has an affinity for cultural and world dance which she enjoys incorporating into her curriculum. Since 18, she has moved from assisting to leading dance programs, and enjoys working with students of all ages while, staying focused on expanding her professional dance career.

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Jamie Bubb began her dance training at the Northeast Atlanta Ballet, under the direction of Jennifer Byokawski- Gordon. Here, she was given extensive performance opportunities around Georgia. Jamie danced principal rolls with the pre-professional division of the company including; The Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Peter in Peter Pan, Cinderella in Cinderella, and Ariel's sister in The Little Mermaid. She danced in an outreach performance for the Atlanta Food Bank at the Rialto Theater, with Atlanta Ballet and Full Radius Dance Group. She attended summer intensives with the Boston Ballet, Joffrey Ballet of New York City, and Dance Theater Of Tennessee. Jamie has trained with notable teachers and choreographers such as Shamil Yagudin of the Bolshoi Ballet, Franceska Corkle, Tattianna Ledukoski, Mira Popovitch of the Serbian National Theater Company, Roger Van Fleteran of the Alabama Ballet, and Poliana Ribero of the Boston Ballet. In 2011, she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in Dance from Birmingham Southern College on scholarship. She then moved to Nashville, Tennessee to dance professionally with the Dance Theater of Tennessee. While with the company, she danced in The Nutcracker on tour throughout Tennessee. She teaches ballet technique, pointe, women's variations, contemporary, modern dance, jazz dance, children's tap dance and the occasional hip hop class. She has taught for Rythmic Moves Dance Studio, Nashville School of Dance and Music, Lilburn School of Ballet, and the Grayson School of Ballet. Jamie has been teaching for Creative Movement and Dance since 2012, and has a deep love and appreciation for what the company offers its students as well as its instructors!

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Born in Barbados, Kim started dancing at the age of 5 with the Barbados School of Dance.  She earned the lead role in many school and island produced plays, in dance, drama and music.  Kim successfully completed with honors and distinction, examinations held by the Royal Academy of Dance, London, children as well as professional level examinations.

She took this passion to England, where she studied and graduated in 1986, from the London College of Dance with a Diploma in Dance Education and Drama- Classical Ballet, Modern Dance, National Dance-€“ European, Ballroom and Tap.  She is an Associate member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (London).

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Jessica began her training at The Ballet School of Fellowship Christian Academy under the instruction of Eleanor Rogers (NC Dance Theater, Atlanta Ballet, La Compagnie de Danse Entre-Six) at five years old. She continued her education under Lisa Marsh (Eastside School of Ballet & Tap), Rhonda Oltjenbruns (Praise In Motion), Barbara Hancock ("Finian's Rainbow" as Susan the Silent), and Capezio Diamond Award recipient Sharon Druzbanski. Jessica began assistant teaching at the age of fourteen, and by seventeen was leading Master Classes in Modern, Hip Hop and Jazz throughout the metro Atlanta area.  In 2005, she was selected to be a senior performing member of the Generation: Dance! Performing Arts Co. , and from 2007-2010 owned and operated Authentic Dance Studio in Marietta, Ga. Since 2010, Jessica has been teaching ballet, tap and hip hop for Creative Movement and Dance, as well as ballet, tap, jazz and modern for The Performer's Warehouse.

 

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Sydney Cash is a native Atlantan with a life-long love of dancing. Starting at the age of three, Sydney began studying Ballet, Tap & Jazz at Simply Dancing Dance Studio in Lilburn, GA, under the direction of Dottie Warren. After becoming a Company member with Simply Dancing, Sydney finished out her thirteen years of training under the additional direction of Delayne Meaders and Robyn Owens Donaldson.

Though Sydney has always been a natural dancer, she has also always had a passion and talent for music. She pursued this passion through college where she majored in Vocal Performance at Georgia College & State University. After countless performances and fours years of honing her skills at the University level, Sydney graduated with honors and a BA in Music Performance in 2008. A few weeks after graduating, Sydney began a three show run, singing, dancing and acting professionally with Stone Mountain Park Entertainment, which she then followed with a two year run fronting and performing with now retired Atlanta band Cashbox.

keisha-clarkegrayKeisha Laren Clarke Gray is of Jamaican descent from Brooklyn, N. Y. She graduated from CalArts with a BFA in Dance, and is a Performing Artist, Choreographer and Instructor. She was Dance Captain/ Swing with The Lion King on Broadway and The National Tour. She toured worldwide w/ Garth Fagan Dance and Lula Washington Dance Theatre. Keisha's other training includes London Contemporary Dance School, Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and Gotta Dance Inc. She is the Director of Shine Your Light dance ministry. She thanks God, her Husband, her Mom and Dad, & family for all that she is. Proverbs 3:5-6 & Isaiah 60:1.

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Jennifer imagined being a ballerina from the first time she saw Swan Lake at the age of three.  By the age of 9, she got her chance as the nearby elementary school in St. Petersburg, Florida became a school for the performing arts. She has attended performing arts schools through high, school and danced at The Academy of Ballet Arts for most of those years. Jennifer graduated with a BA in Dance Studies, with an emphasis in Education at the University of South Florida in 2006.  While in school, she continued her dance and teaching education at the American College Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival and the Florida Dance Education Organization.

karrin-crozierKarrin began dancing at the age of ten with A&A Dance Company in Blakely, GA. During her eight years with the company, she was a member of the competition team as well as a teaching assistant. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Valdosta State University in 2011, receiving the Dance Department Academic Excellence Award. Karrin began her professional teaching career after graduation at Steps Dance Studio in Headland, AL. She taught Ballet, Jazz, and Modern to ages 6 through 13. She then moved back to Valdosta to accept a position at Dance Arts, Inc. She taught Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, and Modern to ages 3 through 15. Karrin also worked at Christ Episcopal Preschool during her three years in Valdosta. She was the Parents Morning Out director as well as the teaching assistant for the 4 year old class. After moving to the Atlanta area with her husband, Karrin wanted to continue working with children and teaching dance. When she was introduced to Creative Movement and Dance, she knew that it was the perfect opportunity. Karrin is passionate about the art of dance and she is exited to continue teaching and inspiring a new generation of dancers.

zakiya davidson Zakiya Davidson is a veteran in the dance community, having over 20 years of experience in the art of dance. Since the age of 12, she has studied and performed Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap, African, and Pointe. Zakiya was accepted into the wildly popular Dekalb School of the Arts, and has refined her craft with notable instructors such as Waverly Lucas and Nena Gilreath at Ballethnic and Roscoe Sales at The Atlanta Ballet. She has overcome many obstacles to pursue her passion, and her efforts have been greatly rewarded by having the opportunity to travel and perform as a pre-professional with Ballethnic Dance Company, perform with Ryan Kilgore, and open for R & B singer Bobby Brown. Zakiya believes that the lessons learned in dance extend far beyond the edges of the dance floor and takes pride in watching the children under her direction excel both inside and outside the dance studio.

rebecca-delfornRebecca began her dancing career at the age of 6. She later attended Brenau University, majoring in Dance Performance. Her scholastic aspirations then prompted a transfer to Georgia State University (GSU) in Atlanta, GA. Rebecca continued to teach throughout college. She eventually took on the role of choreographer and co-director for The Dance Company Ensemble in 2009, and played an instrumental role in helping the girls achieve many high awards for their performances. Rebecca became the Director of Senior Ensemble, and they continue to receive Platinum ratings and placing in overall scores. Currently, she now teaches at multiple locations and enjoys the new challenges they bring.
Rebecca graduated from GSU in May 2011 with a BBA in Managerial Sciences along with a minor and certificate in Hospitality, focusing on Events and Tradeshows to help with dance competitions and conventions. In Atlanta, she attends classes from multiple teachers and studios including Gotta Dance Atlanta, Dance 101, Atlanta Ballet, and Atlanta Dance Central. When she is able, Rebecca travels around the USA continuing her dance education at studios such as Broadway Dance Center (NYC) and Johansen Olympia Dance Center (WA). She loves teaching dance technique in fun ways where students sometimes forget they are learning.

sarah-fetnerSarah Fetner is a Dance Graduate from Winthrop University. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia studying, performing, and teaching with the Callanwolde Dance Ensemble at the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. At Callanwolde, she studied under the Royal Academy of Dance for nine years, earning honors and distinctions for children and professional level examinations. While in Georgia, she was given the opportunity to study and perform musical theatre with the Special Events Ministry at First Baptist Church Atlanta for sixteen years. She decided to continue her love of dance at Winthrop University in South Carolina. While performing, choreographing, and stage managing in several Winthrop Theater and Dance showcases, she had the opportunity to serve as an advocate for the arts. As an advocate for the arts she helped with preview days, Chairs Advisory Council, and served as the President of Terpsichore, the department dance organization. Sarah is extremely excited to be serving as Dance Teacher and spreading her love of movement throughout the Georgia area.

ciara-freemanCiara was born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. She was raised in a military home, and has moved around the country for the majority of her life. Ciara began dancing at the age of 4, at Oceanside Dance Academy in California. She danced for many years with Southern Elite in Montgomery, Alabama. While in high school, she continued to dance, and also was a cheerleader all four years. Upon graduation, she attended Colorado State University, where she majored in Dance and Performing Arts. While in college, Ciara also was assistant coach at Vista Ridge High School in Colorado Springs. Dancing is her passion, and she loves being able to instill the love and passion for dance with little ballerinas.

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Patrice Freeman has danced since the 4th grade. Since her first dance class at Southern Elite in Montgomery, Alabama dance has remained a major part of her life. Patrice trains in ballet, tap, and jazz. She won first place in her high school talent show two years in a row, and also led her church's dance team "Pure Praise" 2006-2009. Patrice is currently a member of Release Dance Company, traveling to South Carolina & North Carolina to perform. Patrice also teaches hip hop dance classes at Suwanee Academy of the Arts.

jillian fuller Ms. Jillian Fuller has lived and danced all of her life in East Texas, where she owned and operated Jillian's Dance Center for over 20 years. Jillian has danced since she was 3 yrs old under the direction of Debbie Cromeans with The Houston Academy of Ballet and The Royal Academy. After graduating, she continued her education at Tyler Junior College, Austin Community College, Central Texas College and San Jacinto College. She has also continued her dance education with master classes under the direction of Dena Rizzo, Mia Michaels, Mike Minery, Julian Thorn, the production line of 42nd Street, Bela Karoyli (former US Olympics couch), Cindy Antly (former Texas A&M Twirler) and Rhonda Musgrove (former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader). Jillian also co-directed "The Nutcracker" alongside Gen Horiuchi of The Saint Louis Ballet Company. Jillian has choreographed over 800 dances, competed with over 100 of them, and brought home over 300 First place trophies. Her competitive teams have competed all over the United States with I Love Dance, Showstoppers, WCDE, Tremaine, Hall of Fame, Jump, SWTA, Applause and Dance Showcase USA to name a few. Ms. Jill has had the opportunity to watch her students from ages 2 to 82 grow into strong and talented performing dancers. Many of her students have had the opportunity to dance and perform in off Broadway productions in New York for several years with Break the Floor Productions. Jared Doster, principal dancer with Pilobalus Dance Theatre currently touring in Europe, began his dancing career at Jillian's Dance Center under Ms. Jill's instruction. Jillian says, "Being able to start our future dancers and gymnast out on the pointed right foot is something I take pride in!" Ms. Jill has now settled down in Buford, GA and is looking forward to working with Creative Movement and Dance

rachel.graubart Rachel Kathleen Graubart was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, where she began training as a jazz dancer at The Atlanta Jazz Theatre at 7. She continued her training seriously in high school at the North Springs High School Performing Arts program and Metropolitan Ballet Theater. Upon graduating high school, Rachel began school at The Boston Conservatory where she graduated from with a BFA in dance 2015. Since then, she has returned to Atlanta to further pursue her love of both teaching and performing.
Rachel has been trained to teach many disciplines of dance including ballet, modern, tap, hip hop, and jazz. She began teaching at the young age of 14, giving her an early start. Since then she has taken her studies of pedagogy to the next level by taking courses in the craft, and interning with some of the most prominent teachers in dance pedagogy.

arianna-grayArianna Gray has lives in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She began dancing with Lawrenceville School of Ballet when she was just three years old, where she discovered her love of ballet. Arianna joined the North East Atlanta Ballet Company when she was 12 years old, and continued to dance with the company through high school. After high school, Arianna attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN, where she graduated in July 2013 with a Business Management degree. Arianna has taught ballet since she was 15 years old - she has taught at Lilburn School of Ballet since 2005, and Grayson School of Ballet for since 2008. While in college, Arianna taught ballet for Cleveland City Ballet School. She was also heavily involved in many different volunteer organizations, as well as a middle school ministry program. Her passion for ballet has increased year by year, since the age of three. Arianna is passionate about her students, and their dreams of becoming a ballerina. She is excited about becoming a part of Creative Movement and Dance, and is looking forward to being able to share her love of dance with her students.

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Amy started dancing at the early age of 3, in her hometown of Battle Creek, MI at Shari Rarick's School of Dance.  She has studied various dance styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, acrobatics, pointe, lyrical, pom-pon, and hip-hop.  She began dancing competitively at 10, and has won many superior awards regionally and nationally over her decade of competitive dancing.  At only 12 years old, she began assisting classes, and took charge of her own at 16.  Amy has taught all ages, with her enthusiastic approach and kindhearted attitude.  She has traveled nationwide working with high school dance teams as a Dance Camp Instructor for NCA DANZ, and judged national NCA DANZ competitions.

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Leah began dancing at age 12 with Devotion in Motion, under Artistic Director Stacey Herrington.  She trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and modern, as a senior member of the Dance Ministry Team. Leah attended Kennesaw State University, where she danced with the KSU Dance Company, was chapter president of the National Dance Honor Society Nu Delta Alpha, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Dance.  Ms. Harriss taught for Creative Movement and Dance for three years before moving to southern Louisiana, where she and her husband have lived for the past two years.  She is thrilled be back home in Georgia, and to be a part of the CMD family again.

 

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Andrea Hill Johnson graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1996 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Performance & Choreography, and a minor in Comparative Literature. She graduated with Academic Honors, as well as High Honors in Dance. Andrea performed and choreographed for 18 years in the Milwaukee area and is a founding member (1997-2001) of Danceworks Performance Company. She has worked in non-profit dance administration for over 15 years, and has also directed a pre-professional dance company. Andrea has been instructing students of all ages and levels in modern, ballet, tap, jazz and dance fitness since 1996. She spent 6 years as a Dance Lecturer for Marquette University's Dance Minor program. Andrea is proud to be a part of CMD!

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Autumn Hill is a native of California where she began her dance training with tap, jazz, and musical theatre. Upon acceptance to the School of San Jose Cleveland Ballet, she was named the Bess Cartwright Scholar recipient. There she trained in the Bournonville technique under the direction of Lise La Cour, former director of the Royal Danish Ballet School. During her time as a student at Ballet San Jose (formerly San Jose Cleveland Ballet) she joined the company as a trainee, performed with the second company in New York, and was invited to join as an apprentice in 2004 by Artistic Director Dennis Nahat.

diamond jack Diamond Jack is originally from Chicago, IL. Her passion in dance began at the age of 4. Diamond also began cheering at the age of 6. Her love and passion for this form of art expanded in high school and college. She graduated from Hampton University "The Real HU" in 2012 with a BS in Biology. Diamond danced for Hampton University HU Cheerleading team and danced for Ebony Fire "The Force Marching Band." Her senior year she took on the leadership position, and became co-captain for Ebony Fire Dance Team. Diamond is also a former Chicago "Luvabull" dancer, and a current Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader. She has danced as a background dancer in movies, featured movie roles, and featured in magazine issues of Jet, as Beauty "Model of the Week" in Ebony Magazine, Vibe Magazine, and more

jasmine-jacksonJasmine Jackson, an Atlanta native, discovered her love for the arts and their power of expression at an early age, and has had numerous experiences in dance,theatre, and choir performance. While pursuing an undergraduate dance degree at Belhaven University, Jackson had the opportunity to perform in a number of historic and new dance works choreographed by Donald McKayle ("Songs of the Disinherited"), Helen Tamiris ("Negro Spirituals"), Ryan Corriston (Doug Verone and Dancers), Steve Rooks (Martha Graham Dance Company), and Vincent Hardy (Complexions Contemporary Ballet). She was a member of the 2013-2014 Dance Ministry Ensemble, which toured various works throughout the Metro-Jackson, MS area, ministering to retirement, special needs, and group homes. She received the People's Choice Award for Best Original Screendance at the Belhaven University 2013/2014 Screendance Festival, and has used her videography skills to film various dance performances. In the spring of 2014, Jackson received non-profit management experience as an intern with the USA International Ballet Competition; during the 2014 USA IBC, she worked as staff in the Box Office Assistant position. Also in 2014, she was inducted into the National Honors Society of Dance Arts. Jackson recently graduated from Belhaven University with a BA in Dance, Cum Laude. After graduating, she spent some time training and performing with the artistic directors of Amalgamate Dance Company and DAMAGEDANCE in Italy as a member of the Breakout program. Jackson currently plans to continue her technical and artistic training and performance, while exploring the many working parts of the arts world.

chelsea johnson Chelsea Johnson is from the small town of Chattanooga, TN. She found her love for dance as a young girl, and has continued to study and improve this craft throughout college and into her professional career. She has formal training in many different styles of dance including ballet, jazz, tap, musical theater, contemporary, lyrical and modern. Recent performances include musical theatre production A Christmas Tradition, Thriller with ATL Collective, I’d Rather be Dancing with Dance 101. Chelsea graduated from the University of Tennessee with a B.S. in nursing and later pursued a M.S. in nursing at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She currently works full time as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, however dance continues to have a very special place in her heart. She is excited to share this passion with Creative Movement and Dance and instill this passion in her students.

abbey jones Abbey started dancing when she was three years old at the Dance Theatre of Dalton in Dalton, GA. She performed in DTD’s presentation of The Nutcracker for 13 years. Abbey performed all parts, including Waltz of the Flowers, Snowflakes, and Arabian Duet. She also choreographed and performed for her studio’s Company, and studied dance under the instruction of Berrien Long, Ryann Ellis, Lori Beth Eicholtz, Jo Beth Thompson and Bettye Jo Wilson. Abbey graduated from Coahulla Creek High School in May of 2016, and currently attends Kennesaw State University, where she is majoring in Exercise Science and minoring in Dance.

jaclyn kail Jaclyn has a great passion for dance and a loving heart for teaching children. She knew at a young age that she wanted to teach dance, and worked very hard to pursue that dream. Jaclyn began her dance education at Grayson School of Dance but when that studio closed she followed her teacher, to Lawrenceville School of Ballet under the direction of Phyllis Allen. While there, she performed with the Gwinnett Dance Ensemble performing in such ballets as “The Jungle Book” and many other shows. Jaclyn continued her pursuit of dance by majoring in dance at Brenau University, where she studied under Carol Smiarowski, Vincas Greene and Jolie Long. Plus, she danced with the Brenau Dance Ensemble, performed in student choreographed pieces at An Evening of Dance, as well as worked with the music program to be one of three chosen dancers in an opera. While at Brenau, Jaclyn taught under the guidance of Diane Callahan and others at Gainesville Ballet. She also attended the American College Dance Festival, and worked the festival in multiple aspects when it was hosted at Brenau in 2000. Upon graduating Cum Laude with a B.F.A. in Dance Pedagogy in 2000, Jaclyn continued to teach at dance studios in the greater Atlanta area. She started up classes, such as modern and lyrical and rejuvenated Ballet and Pointe programs and revamped the pre-school program to double the enrollment. She continues to teach at a Dance Academy and directs their performance company. As a mom of two daughters, Jaclyn understands both the teacher and mom sides of watching children develop a love for dance. She is excited to be a part of Creative Movement and Dance and to share her love of dance with all the young dancers!

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Rebeccah has loved dance since starting lessons at the age of three in Buffalo, NY. While in Buffalo, Rebeccah performed in nursing homes, hospitals and at civic events. Upon moving to Jacksonville, Florida at the age of eleven, she began performing with the Starlight Dance Company, The Bambi Philips Dancers and The Jacksonville Nutcracker. To further her dance education, she has studied from Al Gilbert, David deMarie, and Debbie Dee among others. As a teen, she also attended summer intensive dance camps and workshops. Upon moving to Atlanta in 1988, Rebeccah began her childhood dream to become a dance instructor. While teaching, she earned her Nursing degree from Kennesaw State University. In 1990, Rebeccah tested and was certified to teach by Dance Masters of America and Dance Educators of America. Both are nationally known dance organizations whose membership is limited to those who are certified to teach.

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Jamie began dancing at the age of five, at Chattanooga Ballet in Tennessee.  She danced, performed, and became a member of Chattanooga Ballet's Children's Company and the Corps de Ballet.  She took Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Improvisation during her time with Chattanooga Ballet.  During her last two years of high school, she furthered her training at Ballet Tennessee under the instruction of Barry and Anna Van Cura.  In addition to dancing for Chattanooga Ballet and Ballet Tennessee, Jamie attended Chattanooga High School Center for Creative Arts, majoring in Dance, and became a starting member of the school's Repertory Ensemble.

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Monica Kennedy started dancing at age three, under the direction of Kim Haight at Studio 1 Performing Arts. She has training in tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and lyrical. Monica was a member of the Star South Dance Company for 10 years, where she won many regional and national awards at dance competitions. She has danced several lead roles in Studio 1 Productions including "Snow Queen" and "Sugar Plum Fairy" from Nutcracker, "Scarecrow" from the Wizard of Oz, "Lilac Fairy" from Sleeping Beauty, and "Candlestick" from Beauty and the Beast. Throughout her years in company, she performed at "Jazz on Tap", "Ballet Fest", "Atlanta Hawks" half time shows, and the "Carnival Cruise Line". Monica has trained at many dance workshops and conventions under master choreographers such as Jason Kalish of the "Tap Dogs", Casey Noblett, Devon Raines, Brian Friedman of "So You Think You Can Dance", and Marty Dew from "You Got Served", and has spent her summers dancing at the "Georgia Ballet" for several years.


 

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Erin began her dance training at the age of two with Atlanta Festival Ballet, and was asked to be a professional company member at the age of 18. She has taken ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, and modern throughout her career. At the age of 15, Erin was selected as one of 16 students from the state of Georgia to participate in the Governor's Honors Program for dance. Erin recently graduated from Gordon State College with her BA in History.

jasmine-kobresJasmine Kobres began her training in dance at the age of three with Susan Chamber's School of Theatre Dance. From ages six to seventeen, Jasmine was a member of the school's pre-professional company where she studied ballet, pointe, rhythm tap, broadway tap, jazz, musical theatre, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. During her time as a company member, she trained in several states for various dance intensives and competitions, including Oklahoma, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and New York. During her time in New York City, she attended STEPS and Broadway Dance Center where she trained with award winning chorographers Sabra Johnson, Tracie Stanfield, Michelle Dorrance, Sheila Barker, Brice Mousset, and Ellenore Scott. Starting at age seventeen, Jasmine began choreographing and instructing dance at Georgia Dance Unlimited and has been instructing ever since.

caitlin mcmanigell Caitlin McManigell began her dance life in Louisiana at Shreveport Dance Academy. At SDA, she trained under Adrienne Brooks, Kendra Meiki, and Elizabeth Morales in ballet, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Once catching the dance bug, she joined the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet Company and became a member of SDA Senior Jazz Ensemble. In 2009, she continued her journey in Oklahoma City where she participated in Bishop McGuiness DanceVisions Company and was a 2010 National Awarded Speech performer in Humorous Duo. Caitlin then went to the University of Central Oklahoma. She trained under Robyn Pasternack, Michelle Moeller, Hui Cha Poos, Emily South, Tina Kambour, Jill Priest, Kim Loveridge and Jamie Jacobson. She graduated with a B.F.A. in Dance Performance with the award for best performer in 2014. Caitlin was a member of Kaleidoscope Dance Company during all four years at UCO. She has been able to work with renowned choreographers Andrew Palermo, Kiki Lucas, Edwin Olvera/Pilobolus, James Gregg, and many more. In 2015, Caitlin was a contemporary dance member in Miami’s Dance Now! Dance Company. She moved to Tampa the summer of 2016, and shortly after began working for Creative Movement and Dance. She is thankful to all her educators and role models in her life and believes in carrying on those same loving traditions.

tamera-morganTamera Morgan is a native of Atlanta, GA, and has been dancing since 1996. She first started dancing with her afterschool dance program at Redan High School. A year after graduating, Tamera joined The Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta (Y.E.A) in 1996 and performed with the company for 8 years under the direction of Freddie Hendricks and choreographer Charles Bullock. In 1994 at the age of 17, Tamera started the dance ministry at New Birth and held the position as director until 2001, and then for another 4 years, 2006-2010, after returning from school. In 2001, Tamera decided to return to school to further her education in dance. She attended The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, graduating 2005 with her BFA-honors as a Modern dance performance major. Tamera currently works as a free-lance dancer/choreographer around the city of Atlanta, and teaches dance at The Conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts, Berean Christian Academy, and is a member of The Amazing Grace Dance Company.

lauren-neaseLauren's foundation in dance is attributed to over 20 years of dance training, including collegiate and professional experiences, layered with several years of exposure to dance education and instruction. As a Dublin, GA native, Lauren began her dance training at Fancy Dancer under the direction of Laura Soles. After an introduction to various styles of dance at a young age, Lauren was attracted to the art of classical ballet and dance en pointe. She trained with the Statesboro School of Dance under the direction of Shay T. Morgan, and performed with the Statesboro Youth Ballet for several years. Her summers were filled with dance training intensives with American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet, University of South Carolina, and Florida State University.
Lauren was accepted into the dance program and attended the University of South Carolina in 2009. In 2010, Lauren transferred to Kennesaw State University, where she was accepted into the dance program and performed with the KSU Dance Company for 7 consecutive semesters. During her time at KSU, Lauren had the pleasure of working with Ivan Pulinkala, Lauri Stallings, Stevan Novakovich, and Sandra Parks. She was also able to participate in the American College Dance Fesival (ACDF) on three different occasions, one of which being on the national level which included a performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In May of 2013, Lauren graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. Through her years of training, despite her classical foundation, Lauren has gravitated towards contemporary dance styles and choreography but also enjoys introducing a love for dance to preschool age children.
Lauren currently lives with her husband and daughter in the Atlanta area where she continues to teach dance with Creative Movement and Dance (CMD) and is trained and certified as a Pure Barre instructor. She plans to continue gaining professional dance experiencewhile also applying her years of knowledge to help educate others.

april newcity April Newcity began her training at Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, Georgia. There, she studied ballet, modern, theater, technical theater, yoga, contemporary, African, pedagogy, kinesiology, dance history and Labanotation. During her studies she was a member of Nu Delta Alpha, volunteered teaching at Bloomingdale elementary, and also performed in many dance concerts, playing the lead role as the Tin Man in the second annual full length ballet, The Wizard of Oz. She also choreographed a group piece that was selected in a collaborative show with Savannah’s Jazz Band, Jumpin’ at the Savoy. April choreographed two solos, several group pieces, and received a choreography award before graduating.
After graduation, April continued teaching at Dance Artistry in Sarasota while also studying dance at the University of South Florida, where she took ballet, modern, African, technical theater, and improvisation. She also performed in USF’s B.A. Dance Show in 2015, as well as a concert combining USF and Beijing Normal University dance students in 2015. April’s choreography was also adjudicated into the Student Dance Concert in 2016, and she continues to choreograph new works.

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Meghann began her dance training in her hometown of Aiken, SC, where she trained competitively in ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. In 2009, she graduated from Columbia College with a Bachelors of Arts in Dance, and minor in Art. Since graduating she has danced professionally with Vibrations Dance Company, the Power Company, and The South Carolina Contemporary Dance Company. Meghann is currently assistant and company dancer for Terrance Henderson in his new project, TO, Inc. in Columbia, SC. Over the past year with TO, Inc., Meghann has performed nationally in The Rogue Arts Festival in Fresno, CA, as well as at regional and even international venues, such as Costa Rica. In the past year, she has also enjoyed teaching dance and leading the award-winning Starlets All Star Dance Team as head dance coach for the Tumble Tree.

 

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Brandy has been involved in everything from karate and sports, to theater and chorus.  She started to focus on her dancing at the age of eleven, at the Tammy Zachary School of Dance in Louisiana.  She began competing her sophomore year of high school in tap, jazz, and pointe.  In college, Brandy began teaching ballet and liturgical.  She choreographed numerous dances for her church and Elite Dance Academy.

In 2005, after running the dancing program for two recreational facilities in Baton Rouge, Brandy and her family moved to Lawrenceville, Georgia.  Brandy currently teaches at Alicats Dance Studio in Flowery Branch, Dance Fusion & Fitness in Lawrenceville, and has been working for Creative Movement & Dance since 2006.

erica porter Erica began dancing in college, as a Dance Minor at the University of Akron. During this time, she participated in many performance and choreography showcases, and was a member of the University of Akron Zips Dance Team. In 2005, Erica began dancing professionally in the NBA, as a Cavalier Girl (Cleveland Cavaliers) for three seasons, serving as Dance Captain during the 2008-2009 NBA season. She returned to the University of Akron as Head Coach and Choreographer of the Zips Dance Team, where she coached for 3 years. Erica has directed and choreographed many other dance teams, dance events, showcases, pageants, competitions, summer camps, and after-school programs, and has taught various styles of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, and hip hop. She has extensive dance teaching experience working throughout Northeast Ohio for organizations such as The Akron Urban League, Akron Public Schools, Catholic Youth Organization, East Cleveland City Schools, and Fountain of Youth Organization. Erica moved to Atlanta in 2012, in order to continue a professional dance and acting career. She looks forward to sharing her passion for dance and the arts with the students of Creative Movement and Dance.

deanna-flahertyDeanna is a lifelong dancer and mother of two beautiful daughters. Her dance skills include tap, jazz, ballet, and musical theater, where her heart lies.  Highly energetic with a love of teaching, she founded House of Talent Performing Arts School, and the Memphis Youth Ballet Company before moving on to Atlanta.

Deanna's choreography includes "Anything Goes" (St. Mary's High School – Memphis, TN) 2013; Co Dance, Tremaine Dance, and other dance competitions 2000-2013; Miss Memphis Pageant (Memphis, TN) 2007-2010; Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest (Memphis, TN) 2000-2013; House of Talent productions and recitals (Memphis, TN) 2007-2013; "Nutcracker" (Memphis Youth Ballet Company) 2010-2013;"Miss Collierville Pageant" (Collierville, TN) 2007-2010; and Olive Branch High School cheer squad (Olive Branch, MS).

Deanna has a degree in Marketing from the University of Memphis, and also enjoys costuming (design/embellishment/alterations), recital production (lineup, talent evaluation, sound, and lighting), and fitness.

sara ramsay Sara Ramsay was born and raised in the Tampa Bay area. She began her training with a strict focus on ballet, studying under prestigious companies such as American Ballet Theater, The Patel Conservatory and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. Sara attended Florida State University where she earned BFA in Dance. It was during her time at FSU that she was introduced to various styles of dance and began to focus on contemporary and modern styles as well as her own choreographic aesthetic. She was able to perform in works by many artists, including Alex Ketley, Loren Davidson and Anjali Austin, as well as create and premier her own works. She continued her contemporary training through FSU’s study abroad in Paris, France. There, she worked closely with Corinne Lanselle, Wayne Byers and Niña Dipla, and performed in small pieces throughout her stay. Sara currently performs with Rogue Dance Company of St. Petersburg and teaches dance to students of all ages in the Tampa Bay area.

karen ross Karen Ross is originally from Atlanta, Georgia. She began dancing when she was 5 years old at Dan and Company Studios. Karen trained in ballet, tap, jazz, Irish and clogging. When she was not in the dance studio, you could find her in acting lessons or on stage with The Atlanta Workshop Players. Karen has landed roles in several commercials and short films as well. After completing college and starting a family, she settled in Buford, GA with her husband and three children. Karen began teaching dance and acting classes in 1995 and loves inspiring children to move.

victoria-shoemakeVictoria is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Georgia. She has trained in dance since she was two years old, and is experienced in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary. In high school, Victoria performed and competed with Cumming Dance Academy's Senior Performance Company for two years. While in the company, she trained under renowned choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, and Dave Scott. She was part of West Forsyth High School's dance team for three years, and Captain for one year. While in college, she performed with the Baptist Collegiate Ministry and with the Wesley Foundation. She has been teaching dance at different studios in the Metro Atlanta area for six years now, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Creative Movement and Dance team.

kristen stewart Originally from Texas, Kristen Stewart received her B.A. in Dance from the University of North Texas. Ms Stewart is an accomplished performer with experience on the first NBA D-League basketball team, and later, a seasoned veteran on Major League Soccer’s F.C. Dallas half-time shows with audiences in the tens of thousands where she performed in videos, rock concerts, and commercials. Her other experiences include coaching competitive dance for Stevenson University’s Dance Team. With over 20 years of training in ballet, jazz and modern, she enjoys opportunities to perform, coach, and especially choreograph, the various styles from the realm of ballet to contemporary work. She is eager to bring the joy of dance to future students with Creative Movement and Dance.

rachel strauss Rachel Strauss is a professional dancer, and has been dancing for over 18 years. She was born and raised in Georgia, and started her love for dance at the age of 2. Rachel has studied numerous dance styles including Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tumbling, Lyrical, and Contemporary. Throughout her years she has earned dance scholarships in Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. After graduating from dance, Rachel wanted to go straight into teaching, to teach all her students not only the technique of dance, but the love and excitement of what dance has to offer. She is excited to share her love of dance with her students this year and for many years to come.

teresa-tillmanTeresa Tillman began her dance training at the age of five when she took her first ballet class. She then quickly began to take every dance class available and trained in tap, jazz, baton, and gymnastics. After competing in all events during her teenage years, Teresa won first runner up in Our Little Miss in 1971 and then became a member of the Junior Olympic team in gymnastics in 1977. After suffering a severe hand injury, she stopped competing and then began teaching youth gymnastics at the YMCA. Teresa has also been involved in Zumba for the past four years, and is also now a certified instructor in Group Fitness, Zumba, Zumba Toning, Zumba Kids, and Kids Jr.

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