President, Founder

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Gina began her training at the age of 8 with Dan & Company Studios of Tucker and Dunwoody.  For 15 years she performed as a principal dancer with the Atlanta Jazz Theatre, under the direction of Dan and Ronda Youmans.  There, she studied with nationally renowned teachers and choreographers.  Gina also studied in New York under such notables as Charles Kelly, Frank Hatchet, Don Farnsworth, Patricia Dickenson, Luigi, and Phil Black.

Gina has achieved numerous and extensive professional credits beginning at the age of 14. Her professional credits include: The Atlanta Jazz Theatre, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Cumming Ballet Company, Georgia Governor's Honors Dance Program, Athens Dance Academy, Lead dancer - 1981 Emmy Awards, Starlight Productions, Six Flags Over Georgia, TV commercials, and modeling. North Carolina credits include The Ballet School of Charlotte, Gaston Dance Center, and Gaston Dance Theatre.

Gina operates her company and oversees several CMD Licensed Territories at over 400 on-site locations in Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida. She is noted as a genius with her outstanding program for the young dancer throughout the Southeast. Gina produced her first original Ballet CD "Ballerinas on the Move" in 2005. She recently founded CMD's newest sports fitness program, Soccer Champs, and released another CMD program in 2009, titled "€œMother Goose",€ for early movement. In addition to instructional programs, CMD offers the convenience of purchasing dancewear online, which Gina started in 2008, specializing in small sizes for the young dancer. She is also registered as a national recipient of the prestigious D.A.R. award.


Franchisee

arianna gray

Arianna Boatright has lived in Brandon, Florida. 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. After being an instructor for CMD for several years, she decided to become a franchisee, and now operates in the Tampa-St. Petersburg area.


Franchisee

oksana-butlerOksana has been a dance instructor for CMD since 2000, and in 2007 became a CMD Licensed Territory Owner and Director of Ritmika, Inc.  She has extensive training in gymnastics, sports, acrobatics, choreography, and dance in the former Soviet Union, with internationally renowned coaches and instructors.

She received her level 10 in Artistic Gymnastics, and attended the prestigious Olympic Reserve Boarding School of Uzbekistan (SSSR). She continued training in Sports Acrobatics with the elite National Uzbek Team as a flyer in women'€™s double.  Dance was a part of all her sports career, as a regular class in Choreograph school in Tashkent.

Oksana has a unique ability to orchestrate creative artistic dances for children, and bring out their special talents.  Her sweet, gracious and captivating teaching style is contagiously fun, and she knows how to capture the hearts of her students.

 

Franchisee

autumn-hill

Autumn Hill became a Licensed Territory Owner in 2012, after working for CMD as an Instructor for 3 years.  Her territory is Lexington County Lexington County, South Carolina, which includes Columbia, West Columbia, Lexington, Irmo, Chapin, and Batesburg-Leesville.  Autumn 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, Little Champ Sports, and Soccer Champs classes.



Franchisee

heather lancaster

Heather is a Texas native and has been in Georgia since 2006.  She is the mother of two wonderful girls, Nevaeh and Faith.  Heather has been with CMD since 2010, working in many areas of the company from office administrator to instructor.  She not only teaches dance, but also Little Champs Sports classes for CMD.  Heather has always enjoyed teaching children as well as coaching her own.  She has been a National Champion for many years for Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders, and continues to volunteer her time with this organization.  She truly enjoys watch children grow not only in her their dancing abilities, but as students.  She has had some students for many years and values the time she has to teach them.

Heather danced her way through High School in Texas, with many accomplishments and awards.  She ended her High school career being one of the Captains of the dance team, and received a dance scholarship to attend Texas State University in which she performed in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade.

She then pursued her dream to become a mother and moved to Georgia.  As a mother and being around children, she again found her love for dancing, teaching children and impacting lives through dance.


Licensed Territory Owner

heather-paceHeather began dancing in Alabama at the age of three, and received her early training in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz at Jane Kohl School of Dance and Huntsville Community Ballet School.  She also spent many years studying music and theater.  Upon graduating from Arab High School, Heather continued studying dance at Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama, and graduated with a BA in Dance Choreography and Pedagogy in 2001, then completed state teaching certifications in dance in Alabama and Georgia in 2002.