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

megan barney

Born and raised in Atlanta, Megan Barney was destined to be a star.  Growing up with a passion for performing arts, she was exposed to the entertainment industry.  Dancing & acting were some of the many talents she explored.  When beginning her Dance career, she performed in the companies of Ballethnic Dance Company,  Phusion Dance Alliance, Atlanta dance & Music Academy, and performed with the cast of The 2007 performance of the opera AIDA.  During her years at Point Park University, she continued to dance and train while working at WAMO 100 radio in Pittsburgh, where her love for music grew.  Since graduating from Point Park with a BA in Broadcast Journalism-On Camera, specializing in radio & entertainment TV, she decided to jump start her career in entertainment in her home state by interning at Be100 radio.  Since then , the young mogul has pursued her dancing, acting & modeling career- starring in short films: Shadows, Truth Be Told & web series Hard Medicine, and lead role in the stage play 'Baby When I Used to Love You".  She currently trains with several dance companies, including Dance 411, Dance Stars of Atlanta, Rhythma Dance Studios and Area Studios.  Megan is so thrilled to be a part of the Creative Movement & Dance family!  Dancing her way through life, eager and excited for her future in performing arts, Megan is determined to make her dreams come true!

arianna-grayArianna Boatright has lived 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.



"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. Miss Bernie has been with with CMD over 15 years, and is among our finest!!






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!


tia busby

Tia began dancing at the age of 7.  She began cheerleading in middle school, and was on her high school dance team.  While in high school, she performed with the dance team, and began practicing contemporary, majorette and hip hop.  In college, Tia is minoring in dance, while continuing to work on ballet and modern dance.  She is continuing college part time, while working on a bachelors degree in Social Psychology, while minoring in dance, in the hope of one day becoming a Dance Therapist.  Tia loves children, and has worked as an Assistant Teacher for a child care company, for ages 6 weeks – 5 years old- which is how she actually found CMD.   





ashley cable

Ashley has been dancing since she was 4 years old, and she loves helping children learn to love dance!  She began assisting with dance lessons in her early teens and was a competitive cheerleader throughout high school, where she also danced as the Sugar Plum Fairy.  In college, she taught cheerleading and dance for elementary students in Christian camps across the country.  Ashley graduated from the University of Georgia with a BSEd in Communication Science and Disorders and from Southern Seminary with an MA in Biblical Counseling.  She teaches American Sign Language at Ethos School and lives with her husband and 3 children in the Atlanta area.






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.



zoe carter

Zoe Carter is an innovative dance artist currently attending Spelman College, earning her B.F.A in Dance Choreography and Performance.  She has trained with greats like Cici Kelley and Anthony Burrell, in both commercial and concert dance.  She has a varied performance history including the High Museum of Atlanta, Georgia Tech Halftime Show, Fulton County Dance Day Parade, and a production of Godspeed choreographed by Abbey’O Brian.  Zoe is also the youngest member of Komansé Dance.






no-photoSydney 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.  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.  After getting back in touch with her dance mentors in 2010, Sydney began teaching what has always come naturally to her. She is now beginning her third season as Ms. Sydney, the dance teacher with Creative Movement & Dance, and Simply Dancing, and is loving every minute of it. Sydney is still pursuing her music career, now with boyfriend JD Gibbs as the acoustic duo GibbsCash.


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.





maryann colanero3

Mary Ann Colanero, originally from New York City, began dancing at age 3, where she studied and eventually taught at the Dorothy Jaggi School of Dance. She is trained in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Broadway with Tap being her all time favorite. In 1989, she moved to Florida where she was an instructor at the Schwartz Dance Academy.

Mary Ann has lived in the Atlanta area since 1992. She has taught and choreographed at the Tolbert Jilmaz School of Dance, as well as Rhythm Dance Center, and she continues to take dance classes to this day.

Mary Ann (aka Miss Maci) is a very positive, effervescent teacher and her highest priority is ensuring her students are having fun as they develop as dancers. She believes being able to see her students take pride in their achievements as they grow as individuals is her favorite part of teaching dance.



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.  She has since taught at various locations such as Philip Shore Elementary, Soulful Arts Dance Academy, Christian Classical School for the Arts, Paul B. Stephens Exceptional Learning Center, Kids in Balance Therapy Center, Bay Vista Learning Center, Miracle Center, and Leonard’s Academy of Dance. Jennifer has taught Creative Movement, Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Liturgical and Modern Dance to students of all ages.  During this time she has also gained certification in Zumba and Massage Therapy and is currently pursuing certification from the Dance Masters of America. She moved to Atlanta with her husband and is excited to see the new opportunities as she works with Creative Movement and Dance.  Jennifer is passionate about the art of dance, and loves to share that passion with her students.


mackenzie cox

Mackenzie Cox is a dancer, performer and aspiring model. Hailing from the Midwest, Mackenzie began dancing at the age of 3, and then competitively at age 6.  With dreams of a future career in dance, she began training with the prestigious Kansas City Ballet School, and joined their Youth Ballet program, performing recurring roles in Todd Bolender's The Nutcracker, as well as various events around the city.

After graduation, Mackenzie moved to New York City to pursue her professional career. She trained at Joffrey Ballet School with extensive training in ballet, jazz, musical theater, contemporary, street jazz, and the modern techniques of Horton and Graham.  Along with training, she taught and assisted for the children’s program at Joffrey.  Mackenzie has appeared in Alex Ortega's music Video "Wait 4 U," and in works by Akira Uchida, Billy Griffin, Jeff Lapes, Phil Orsano, and Angelica Stiskin.  She continues to build her experience through the professional dance world and teaching dance.

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.


lindsey curtis

Lindsey is a student at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where she is studying art and political science.  Originally from Kentucky, she has been dancing since she was two years old. Lindesey has taught dance for many years.  She has a love for working with children, and has worked in school aftercare, as well as taken care of children as a nanny.  Lindsey is excited to be sharing her love of dance with the children, as part of the Creative Movement and Dance team.






cassandra dickey

Cassandra Dickey began her dance career at the young age of three, focusing primarily on ballet, tap, and jazz. She continued her training at Stage, a studio in her hometown of Dawsonville, Georgia, and began competition cheerleading at the age of five. Cassandra began training at Cumming Dance Academy at the age of ten, and further pursued her passion in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop, and also joined the hip hop competition team “Swerve Effect.” At the age of sixteen, Cassandra also began teacher at Cumming Dance Academy. She now attends Kennesaw State University, where she is pursuing a biology major with a dance minor, and hopes to one day becoming a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon while continuing to pursue her strong passions in dance.


ayana dubose

Ayana Started dancing at the age of 5 at Cobb Dance Academy.  She continued her training at Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts at Pebblebrook high school.  Ayana has a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota.  After college, Ayana danced in Twin Cities based dance Company Flying Foot Forum.  Ayana has lived in New York, where she attend the Broadway Dance Center professional semester, and taught ballet at Alden Moves Dance in Brooklyn.  She has performed in many regional Theater productions throughout the country, her favorite role being the part of Lisa in Mamma Mia.  Dance education and working with children has remained an important part of Ayana’s dance career since graduating college.  Ayana is so excited to be returning home to the metro Atlanta area and teaching at Creative Movement and Dance.




mariah fearon

Mariah Fearon is a dancer, singer, writer, and actress who began dancing at the age of 5.  Growing up, Mariah studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip-hop, and her favorite, contemporary.  She has performed theatre productions on many stages including 7 Stages Theatre, and danced competitively for 10 years.  She discovered her love for teaching at the age of 15.  Mariah graduated from Clayton State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  She has also had the opportunity to work at Clayton State, choreographing for Shontell Thrash’s rendition of “A Christmas Carol.”  Mariah has taught at various dance studios, including: Broadway Performing Arts Center (Atl), Bust a Move Dance Studio, and The Art of Zion Dance Theatre.  With her Jazz choreography, Mariah’s students won the gold trophy at Atlanta’s “Onstage New York” competition in 2015.  Since Mariah has an overall love for children, she has also worked in daycares teaching ages 0-5 years old.  Mariah is very excited to continue on her dance journey and spread her passion for the arts with Creative Movement and Dance!


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.





keri garrett

Keri Garrett is a dancer, actor, and model from Columbus, Ohio.  She is a recent graduate of Clark Atlanta University.  During her time in the AUC (Atlanta University Center), Keri worked with Eric J. Little on God's Trombones, Aku Kadogo on Salt City: An Afro-futuristic Choreopoem, Keith Arthur Bolden on Hand's Up, and Jonathan Kitt on For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf.  In addition, she has worked with choreographers like Victor Rojas, T Lang, Dacia James, Kathleen Wessel, and many more.  Keri’s artistic ventures have allowed her to travel the world to perform her art.  In 2017, she trained and performed with Staib Dance in Sorrento, Italy.  Currently, Keri is training, auditioning, and working on her own creative projects in Atlanta.




chelcee geddes

Chelcee Geddes is a Jacksonville native who began her dance training at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts at the age of three.  The movement of dance ignited a passion within her to push her way into graduating with an AA in Dance from Santa Fe Community College and a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Dance from the University of South Florida.  At the University of South Florida, she performed in the works of many notable choreographers such as Christian Denice, Michael Foley, Katurah Robinson, Damon Rago, and Yaniv Abraham from the Batsheva Dance Company.  During her summers, she attended programs with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Philadanco, Garth Fagan, and ArchCore 40. Chelcee has taught at Precision Dance Academy as well as many other dance studios in Florida.  In addition, she has also taught at Pebblebrook High School since 2017 in the styles of Contemporary and Modern Dance. Chelcee is now a company member of Atlanta Dance Connection, and joined the company in 2017.


carleigh gee

Carleigh began her dance training in hip-hop at age 9, and realized her love of dance when she took her first modern class at 15 years old. She then when on to receive a BFA in Dance Performance with a Concentration in Modern Dance at the University of South Florida in May 2014. During her senior year at USF, she performed in Bliss Kohlmyer’s Picture in a Frame/let go let go let go, performing it both at USF and in the ACDFA Southeast Conference Gala. Carleigh has also performed in works by Jeanne Travers and Ben Munisteri, as well as in excerpts from Rosie Herrera's Pity Party and Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16. In June 2013, she attended the USF Dance in Paris Program under the direction of Michael Foley and Colleen Thomas, where she choreographed, performed, and trained in all styles of dance for an immersive four weeks. Her first post-graduate performance was of her original solo work, To Deviate, in Moving Current Dance Collective’s NewGrounds 2014. Recently, Carleigh performed at The Ritz theater in Ybor City as a part of Tampa Modern Dance Company’s premiere show, Transitioning Through Loss. She has also performed the works Where Thou Art, That Is Home and Debussy’s Delight, both choreographed by Kellie Harmon. She is currently a company dancer with Tampa Modern Dance Company and ROGUEdance, and is also a faculty member for The Studio Dance Company in Clearwater, Florida.


maggie guajardo

Maggie began dancing at the age of four. She studied ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical under the instruction of Laura Soles in Dublin, Georgia. After high school, Maggie attended Valdosta State University, where she graduated in 2009 Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance. She then moved to Orlando and worked at Disney World and Universal Studios as a performer and dancer. While in Orlando, she was an instructor at Kidzdance Inc., and served as Director of Dance at First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. Maggie was then hired by Feld Entertainment to perform for Disney Live, which gave her the opportunity to perform in nine countries. After Disney Live, she moved to New Jersey and held the position of Managing Director of Dance New Jersey. Her recent move to Decatur, Georgia with her husband and son has brought her back to her home state. She is excited to join the teaching staff at Creative Movement and Dance.



mesha hightower

Toemesha has always had a passion for dance and fitness.  She began dancing in middle school, on the dance team, and went on to color guard in high school.  She danced with Impact Dance of Atlanta (previously known as Praise Him with Dance Studio) from 1999-2000, and with Steps of Faith Dance Studio, as a company member and a teacher from 2000-2002.  She went on to train in ballroom dancing, while living in Florida.  When she moved back to Georgia, she was a part of the Dance Ministry at Liberty Church.  Also, she has volunteered as a choreographer for multiple community theatres. Toemesha taught with Teaching Little Children in 2004-2007, then took some time off from dancing, to continue her education in Sports Administration and Management and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees.  She is currently employed as a group fitness instructor at multiple fitness centers.




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. In order to pursue her studies, she attended The Boston Conservatory of Music on scholarship with notable teachers. There she performed soloist roles in an array of pieces including Martha Graham's Night Journey staged by Yuriko and Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies staged by Donald Mahler. Upon graduating in 2008 Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in dance, she joined BalletRox in Boston, Ma where she rose to be the youngest African-American female principal in BalletRox history. There she served on the faculty of Boston Ballet's Centre for Dance Education and BalletRox's official school where she taught tap, jazz, and ballet. In 2009, Miss Hill was invited by William Starrett to join Columbia City Ballet where she currently performs in the professional company and is an instructor for their official school, Columbia Conservatory of Dance. Ms. Autumn joined Creative Movement and Dance in 2009 teaching dance and sports for Little Champs and Soccer Champs classes.

devin hill

Devin Denise was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN.  She began her training at Dance Magic Performing Arts Center in Indianapolis, where she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Graham, Contemporary and Hip Hop for 8 years.  She taught Hip Hop and Jazz at Dance Magic for 4 years, choreographing for summer recitals from 2012-15, and for dance competitions 2012-19.

In 2018, Devin received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Ball State University, where she received extensive technique training in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Musical Theater and Acting.  While at Ball State, she performed in Senior Choreography Projects, Innovation to Inspiration, Swing!, A Chorus Line, Space in Motion and Dancing Towards Change, to name a few.  Also, Devin was a member of Outlet, Ball State’s hip hop dance troupe Outlet (2014-2018).

Throughout her dance career, Devin has traveled to London, California, New York, Chicago, Detroit and London. She trained in California, New York, Atlanta and Chicago with choreographers including Brian Friedman, Tricia Miranda, Allyne Gatrell, Tyce Dioro and Sidra Bell.  Recently, she has danced for Indiana's WNBA team, Fever, as a member of the Inferno Hip Hop Dance team, Kenyetta Dance Company and Phoenix Rising Dance Company. Devin continues to train and teach to inspire other artists to be persistent and confident as they strive towards their dreams.

christa hines

Christa Hines is a dancer, choreographer and actress born and raised in Raleigh, NC.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance and Communications from East Carolina University in 2013.  Christa studied styles of ballet, contemporary/lyrical, jazz, hip-hop and African dance to name a few.  After graduating from college, she was hired as a summer dance instructor for a non-profit organization called Kids Shine, LLC, based in Charlotte, NC.  She spent the summer traveling all around the U.S.A (California, Chicago and Nebraska to name a few) teaching dance to young kids from all different backgrounds.  In addition, Christa was one of the choreographers for her home church, Christian Faith Baptist Church, where she created dances for the children, youth and adult dance ministries.  She volunteered her time on Saturday mornings offering free classes to her church and community teaching liturgical, beginners ballet for children and even adult line dancing.  In 2013, Christa was invited to perform in New York City for the BalaSole Dance Company Showcase.  She performed at the legendary Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theatre, presenting a piece called "Falling Together Falling Apart" created by her college dance professor, Teal Darkenwald.  In 2015, she was a finalist for the NBA Washington Wizards Dance Team, and although she did not make the squad it was one of the best experiences she ever had!  Christa Hines currently resides in Atlanta.  She moved in 2016 to pursue her career in dance and acting.  She has done a number of plays and independent films.  Most recently she had the opportunity to work with HGTV for promo material and print work.  Christa loves going out to eat, spending time with family and of course, dancing!

dawn humphries shaw

Dawn Humphrey-Shaw IV has realized several things throughout her career: longevity and tenacity are the keys to success, and the Arts are fundamental in a well rounded education. It takes eight to eleven years to become a doctor or a lawyer, so what does fifty years of dance and Fine Arts study create? It creates a master dance instructor.

Dawn has been a student of Performing Arts since the age of two and a half, and has made it her lifelong career and focus.

She was born in Detroit, Michigan and under the tutelage of Robert and Norma Taynton, former principals of the American Ballet Theatre, Miss Dawn received a full scholarship and studied there until the age of eleven. By age twelve, she became a protégé of the Detroit City Dance Company under direction of director Carole Morisseau. By age fourteen, she received a full scholarship to Marygrove College and Harbinger Dance Theatre. Her focus of study was Russian, Cecchetti, and Pointe. As the Master ballet instructor for DCDC, she continued her studies in Dunham, Graham, Horton, West African Dance, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Praise and Worship.

After high school, Dawn continued her dance career by pursuing her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Western Michigan University for the next five and a half years. Miss Dawn Humphrey-Shaw has always recognized the importance of giving back to her community and sharing her talent with all who are interested. She converted three general education schools in Highland Park, Michigan into Performing Arts schools for the Board of Education for fourteen years. Additionally, she also taught at Wayne State University before moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2007. She currently teaches at several different studios throughout Atlanta and surrounding areas. For Ms. Dawn, sharing her love of the Performing Arts has been her life's commitment and passion and she shows no sign of slowing down.


breanna hayworth

Breanna began her training in classical ballet with The Coast Youth Ballet Academy in Bay St. Louis, MS at the age of four. Her training was later influenced by the Mount Pleasant Performing Arts Company in Mount Pleasant, SC, the Charleston County School of the Arts in North Charleston, SC, Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensives in Milton, GA and the Sawnee School of Ballet in Cumming, GA. As a company member in each school, she danced multiple lead roles such as Snow White in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Pas de Trois in Sleeping Beauty, Spanish in The Nutcracker, and Dew Drop in The Nutcracker.

After graduating from North Forsyth High School in 2014, Breanna furthered her dance education at Kennesaw State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Dance (Ballet Major) and a Minor in Business Management. While there, she danced five consecutive seasons with the KSU Dance Company, she received her Pilates certification, and she was an officer for the collegiate National Dance Education Organization for three years.

Upon graduating from college, Breanna immediately moved to Orlando, Florida to perform for Walt Disney World. There, Breanna had the opportunity to perform in multiple shows and parades with many Disney characters. Breanna is very excited to be back in Georgia to teach the next generation of talented artists.


latoya jackson

Professional performing & recording artist, songwriter, dancer, La'Toya Princess Jackson began her professional career in the ballet world at Boston Ballet as as teaching faculty for the Boston Ballet School. Additionally, she was responsible for writing the ballet curriculum for the community programs and managing ECI on Location, a program which provided free ballet classes in Boston Public Schools and community centers throughout the city of Boston. Trained by Luciano in the ballet curriculum for the Children's program at Boston Ballet, she continues her artistic development in classical ballet while teaching others.

She began her dance training at Ballethnic Academy of Dance and danced in the Ballethnic Youth Ensemble where she trained in in classical ballet, jazz, African and modern dance under the direction of Waverly Lucas and Nena Gilreath. She joined the preprofessional dance ensemble--Ballethnic Youth Ensemble-- and participated in the Arthur Mitchell Project receiving instruction from Mr. Arthur Mitchell in advanced master classes and workshops. She has danced in several ballet productions including Ballethnic Dance Company’s Urban Nutcracker, Jazzy Sleeping Beauty, Flyin’ West, and The Leopard Tale.

She is a recent graduate of Harvard University. Intersecting studies in the Harvard Dance Program, the Department of Music, and the Theater, Dance, Media department at Harvard, her interdisciplinary focus includes the study of music, dance and performance. As a graduate student she engaged in performance research under the direction of senior faculty in the Theater, Dance, Media department at Harvard. She was also a company member in the Harvard-Radcliffe Modern Dance Company and a dancer in the Harvard Dance Project, a faculty-led performance company at Harvard University. She has performed in several Theater, Dance, Media department productions including: Wunder, Beauty & Failure, and The Owl Answers. Additionally, she wrote, produced and performed in the original ballet production Vanity Lane: The Ballet with the support of Black C.A.S.T. and the Office for the Arts at Harvard and was one of the lyricists and composers for Black C.A.S.T.’s original musical /underground which premiered on the Loeb Mainstage at the American Repertory Theater.

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!



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.  During college, she continued to perform around the Atlanta area including being named a dance captain for the Georgia Games and at the 1996 Olympic Celebration. Throughout the years, her students have won many prestigious awards at regional and national dance competitions. Some of her students have held regional and national titles as well. Many of her former students are currently performing, acting, and teaching. She has trained in and teaches all areas of dance, with tap being her favorite. Rebeccah hopes to develop the love and appreciation of dance in her students that was given to her by her first dance teacher, Helen Louise Peters. When not teaching, she works as a registered nurse at Dean Rusk Middle School in Canton. Rebeccah resides in Woodstock with her husband Brian and their beautiful daughter Emily.



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.  Jamie kept her summers busy during this time, taking numerous workshops at Tennessee Association of Dance, North Carolina School of the Arts, South Carolina Conservatory, and attending classes for dance instruction in Jazz, Tap, and Musical Theatre.  Jamie graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education from Brenau University.  She performed pieces during her college years by Vincas Greene, Gladys Balin, Alyssa Maddox, and student choreographers.  Jamie is delighted and thrilled to be a part of the Creative Movement and Dance team!


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 sixteen 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 Bachelor's of Art Degree 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.




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Tifany's career in the performing arts spans dance, music, and acting for stage and on camera. A classically trained dancer and professional performing artist, Tifany began her performance career in ballet class at 3 years old. With a background in jazz, modern, ballet, tap, and partner dance, she has danced and choreographed professionally in music theatre, as well as competing in ballroom dance.  She trained under the renowned Gary Harrison at the Northside School of the Performing Arts, and studied acting and theatrical movement with Beverly Poitier-Henderson.  Tifany studied ballet and modern dance in a summer intensive program at the prestigious North Carolina State University.  She studied theatre and production at Georgia State University where she received her Bachelor of the Arts.  Tifany received her Master of the Fine Arts degree from the University of Georgia where she researched interdisciplinary arts methods in performance.  Tifany has also taught yoga to seniors through the Silver Sneakers program where she has seen first-hand the benefit of utilizing correct posture for health.  She believes dance to be a foundational base for all of the performing arts for gaining discipline and using the body as an instrument regardless of the medium.  She recognizes the importance of learning and using correct posture and form to protect the body in performance, sports, and daily life.  Tifany loves sharing dance with her students, regardless of their direction, as the gift of a lifetime of grace and confidence. 

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Addie Linder received her early dance training at Duluth School of Ballet, transitioning to Atlanta Ballet’s pre-professional program from 2000-2003.  In 2003, Addie was selected as a state finalist for Governor’s Honors Program.  She continued her training with Nashville Ballet and Orlando Ballet under the direction of Fernando Bujones.  In 2006, Addie began formally teaching at Duluth School of Ballet. She has gone on to teach ballet at Discipleship Through Dance, an outreach of Praise in Motion, served as Artistic Director for Cornelia School Of Ballet from 2012-2015, choreographing and directing full-length children’s ballets and performing at Suwanee Fest and other city festivals, created and directed summer dance and drama camps for Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, taught at Gwinnett Ballet Theater, Suwanee Academy of the Arts, choreographed and set a ballet for Suwanee Ballet in 2018, and currently teaches Praise in Motion at En Pointe School of Dance.  In 2020, Addie became a Yoga Alliance certified yoga instructor. Addie has a passion for ballet, teaching children, inspiring creativity, and healthy living

deseree lonaDeseree Lona is 22 years old and has been dancing for 19 years. She began dancing at the age of 2 and started competitively dancing at the age of 5 for "The Dance Place" in Whittier, CA. Growing up in a single parent household, it was a combination of faith and dance that kept her grounded. Being a four-year varsity dance team member and captain in high school allowed her to continue pursuing her passion at Long Beach State as a collegiate dance team member and dance major. Deseree graduated in 3 years and immediately entered the professional world of dance. In 2015, she was selected as the youngest member of the Los Angeles Laker Girls. As a professional dancer, she had an opportunity to share her passion and faith to the city of Los Angeles through charity events and community outreach programs and to teach young students the importance of love, justice, and service through the art of dance. For the past 4 years, she has been the junior varsity head coach and choreographer while the team experienced a tremendous amount of success with an undefeated season and national champions in the 2017 and 2018 season. More importantly, in 2016 she was hired as Saint Joseph’s dance instructor to an enrollment of 600 young women. This position has given her the unique opportunity to teach young women to express movement through the art of dance, direct and choreograph school musicals, and host the annual spring dance performance. Deseree would love to be able to continue her passion for dance through teaching young children the fundamentals of how to become the best performer they can be in jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and all lessons in life that dance can provide.


Jennifer Miecznikowski is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer from Tampa, Florida.  While living in Tampa, Jenn choreographed a production of “The Music Man, Jr.” at the Patel Conservatory, performed in “Kiss Me, Kate,” trained with Tampa City Ballet, taught ages 3-5 ballet and tap, and restaged the student choreography of Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker.”  She graduated from Blake High School with a Master’s Certification in Dance.  She then attended Hillsborough Community College for two semesters as a dance major before taking a job in entertainment at SeaWorld, Orlando.  While living in Orlando, Jenn performed at SeaWorld, Universal Studios, and the Nickelodeon Hotel.  She also danced as an apprentice with Dawn Branch Works for a short time.  Jenn is now back in Tampa to finish her degree program in Speech Therapy.



danielle miller

Danielle Miller is a Tampa Native and graduate from the University of South Florida with a BFA in Dance.  Her dance training began at the age of 5, and she added competitive gymnastics at age 7.  After several years, she decided to focus her concentration on dance. Danielle started taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, pointe and technique and began competing with a team.  In high school, she attended Howard W. Blake High School for the Performing Arts as a dance major and broadened her training to include modern styles of dance such as Horton, Limon and Graham, as well as additional styles of ballet including Vaganova, Balanchine and Cecchetti.  With Blake, she participated in the Youth American Grand Prix regionals in Tampa, and finals in NYC for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.  In NYC, she has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center, Peridance, STEPS and Alvin Ailey. Summer dance intensives she has attended include the Patel Conservatory in Tampa, Florida State University in Tallahassee and Modas Dance in Alberquerque, NM.  Danielle currently teaches dance around the Tampa and Oldsmar areas, and is a member of Tampa Modern Dance Company.  Through USF, she was given an opportunity to study abroad for a semester, where she received dance and choreographic training from teachers in Paris, Germany and Amsterdam.


olivia minney

Olivia Minney is currently a student at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. She is new to Florida after moving from Ohio after graduation. Olivia has been teaching all styles of dance for five years now. She is looking forward to teaching as part of the Creative Movement and Dance team and excited to build relationships with her students.







kelly panagiotopoula

Originally from Athens, Greece, Kelly began dancing at the age of nine at a local dance studio after observing a dance class at her elementary school.  At the age of 14, she received a full scholarship to attend a dance school of her choice, and started to attend competitions.  In 2011, Kelly won first place in the Ladies Styling division at an international ballroom competition, Acropolis Dancesport, in Athens.  In the summer of 2012, she moved to Florida, and started teaching Creative Movement, Hip Hop, and Latin dance classes at a local studio, while continuing her training alongside instructors such as Dave Scott, Laura Edwards, and Brian Friedman.  In addition, she has performed for popular artists, such as Flo Rida, and has danced at several private events.  Kelly fell in love with dance instantly, and even more so after exploring its history and culture.  She has completed her Associates in Arts Degree at Saint Petersburg College and is pursuing a Bachelors in Elementary and Special Education.  Until she becomes a school teacher, Kelly has made it her mission to show others the beauty dance holds by sharing her passion through dance instruction.  


katie patrick

Katie began her dance training at the age of 4. She trained under the instruction of Berrien Long at The Dance Theatre of Dalton, as well as Lori Beth Eicholtz, Jo Beth Thompson, and Betty Jo Wilson. Katie has performed as Clara, Marzipan, Chinese Tea, Snow Queen, and Sugar Plum Fairy understudy in the Nutcracker. She was featured in two solo variations during the spring concert at DTD. She began teaching dance as a freshman in high school, and has experience teaching pre-ballet, ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop. Currently, she is in her second year at Kennesaw State University, hoping to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a concentration in Ballet, as well as a minor in Business Management. There, she has performed in two shows, the Senior Student Concert, and Slang, in the piece "Roked", choreographed by Thang Dao. She is passionate about working with children and teaching dance, and is so excited to be teaching at CMD!



savannah porch

Savannah Porch just recently graduated from The University of Tampa with a major in Applied Dance (Dance Education) and a minor in Dance Theatre. She has been dancing since the age of two and has never stopped! In addition to this, she has been teaching for the past four years. Savannah is formally trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, modern, hip-hop, improvisation, musical theatre, creative movement and West African. She has performed in every dance showcase at the University of Tampa and was part of the hip-hop team: DIME (Dance Is My Existence). She was a student choreographer for UT’s Dance Happenings and choreographed two pieces of her own. Since moving to Tampa, Savannah has discovered her passion for working with special populations. She has choreographed and performed with students with physical and intellectual disabilities from Pyramid, Inc. She has also volunteered as a teacher at the Macdonald Training Center, Gracepoint Wellness, and various elderly organizations. In addition to dancing, Savannah loves to act and sing. In the past, she was a seasonal performer for Universal Studios in Orlando, and has been best friends with Ariel from under the sea at children’s birthday parties. Savannah is extremely excited to share her passion and she truly cherishes the time she spends with her students.


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.



karin richman

Karin began her dance training at the Denise Daniele School of Dance in Brick, NJ.  While studying at the world renowned Broadway Dance Center in New York City under master teachers Charles Kelley, Frank Hatchett, Germaine Salsberg, Robert Christopher, and Celia Marino of Alvin Ailey, Karin additionally earned certificates from The Robert Christopher Dance Teacher Seminars.  She was a featured dancer at The Yakety Yak Cafe and has performed with many world famous entertainers such as Chubby Checker, Crystal Waters, Turbo B (Snap), Amber, Freedom Williams (C+C Music Factory), and Bruce Springsteen.  Her choreography has won numerous awards at various national competitions.  For 13 years, Karin has choreographed for the Holiday Express and their shows at Madison Square Garden and NBC’s Today Show. Her students have gone on to perform at Carnegie Hall, Broadway, Walt Disney World and for many international cruise lines.



emilee ross

Emilee Ross started dance lessons at the age of eight.  She began with the studio of Dance Arts, in Omaha, Nebraska.  After two years, she switched to Adair Dance Academy, also in Omaha, where she studied for eight years.  Through Adair, she has participated in over thirty performances and over sixty-five dance numbers, including dancing en pointe in "Waltz of the Flowers" in the show Nutcracker Delights.  Emilee participated in four of Adair's Choreographer's workshops, including the very first one held in 2009.  She has training in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, and Modern.  Emilee recently graduated from Wayne State College with a BA in English Literature, and a minor in Speech Communication.  She spent the summer of 2018 working as a camp counselor at the Omaha Children's Museum, and teaching dance classes around the Omaha area for Arts for All.  Emilee recently moved from Nebraska to attend school in Georgia at Atlanta Bible College, and is working toward a degree in Theology with a concentration in Youth Ministry. 



kia street

Kia J. Street began dancing at the age of three at Norma’s Academy of Dance, and continued her training at Dance with Donna Webb. She decided to pursue a dance career while attending Fine Arts Magnet at Mount Zion High School- now named Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts in Jonesboro, GA. Kia graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in May, 2015. While attending VSU, she performed at the annual dance concerts, American College Dance Association, and during halftime with the marching band as a Blazette. She has taken master classes from Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, T. Lang Dance, Staibdance, Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Axam Dance Theatre Experience, and with the instructors of The Pulse on Tour. Kia has choreographed for high school dance lines, the Emerging Artist Showcase at VSU, and for Dancefx adult company members. Currently, she is an instructor at Dancefx Atlanta and Studio Powers for the Performing Arts. Kia is also member of Xtensity Performance Company, and an Apprentice with Sideways Contemporary Dance Company.


jennifer taylor

Jennifer Taylor - "Miss Jenn," has been dancing and acting since she was nine years old.  She grew up in a military family, and her dad was a tuba player for the US Navy.  She started her teaching career in 1995 working with Mrs. Ortega at Redeemer Dance Ministry and Tucker Ballet.  Miss Jenn has directed several children's plays, including Music Man Jr. at Onstage Atlanta, and James and the Giant Peach at Momentum Arts.  Regarding her experience in ballet, theatre, and music, Miss Jenn has beautifully choreographed and stage lighting designed the TAFA's seasonal performances held at the Woodruff Arts Center.  She enjoys teaching Creative Movement and beginner Ballet, as well as working with children who enjoy dance and theatre.  Miss Jenn has four children of her own that all love theater, dance, and the arts.

hannah thompson

Originally from Daphne, Alabama, Hannah began her dance training at a very young age.  She comes from a family of Latin Jazz musicians, so music and dance always seemed like a natural fit.  Hannah began in Ballet and Jazz at Eastern Shore Dance Academy, where she performed as a soloist and principal dancer and was eventually hired on as a dance teacher, teaching there for four years.  She attended Loyola University New Orleans, where she studied performing arts and became a company dancer of the Loyola Ballet.  After graduating college, Hannah moved to Atlanta to further her studies in dance, and pursue ballroom dance training.  She has competed in Latin Ballroom Dance Competitions both professionally and Pro-Amateur with her students.  She also loves to go salsa dancing with the Atlanta social dance community.  As a dance teacher, she loves sharing her passion of dance with her students and helping them find their confidence and style on the dance floor.  Hannah is so excited to teach for Creative Movement and Dance.  She recognizes how important dance was to her at a young age, and is excited to share it with her students!

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