our faculty





Allison Hayn brings 20+ years of industry experience as the Executive Director of Dancefx Inc. After living in New York City for five years, Hayn took over as Executive Director of Dancefx Athens in August of 2009 and has since expanded to Dancefx Atlanta, adding to our Athens and Charleston locations. She is Owner and Director of Open Call Competition, a prestigious national touring dance competition offering dancers the opportunity to be guided by top industry professionals. At Dancefx, she oversees Dancefx, Inc. in addition to teaching 20 classes per week, and directs the Dancefx Concert Dance Company (with co-director Kaitlin Butcher), Apprentice 2 Company, Training Company, Modern Pin-Ups Apprentice Company and FX Company Program.

In addition to her Dancefx life, Hayn enjoys guest teaching around the Southeast- she is a guest choreographer for the UGA Department of Theatre and Film Studies, including their 2019 production of Young Frankenstein, and has choreographed the Winder-Barrow High School musicals since 2010. Her guest teaching also includes the University of Georgia Dance Department, the University of South Carolina's Summer Dance Conservatory, Southern Spice Dance Studio, Cumming Dance Academy and Fever Performing Arts to name a few. She has been a judge for UGA's Greek Grind for the past six years, UGA India Night for the past three years, and Pointe Of Grace's auditions for the past three years. She has served as the Producer of The Pulse on Tour for 13 years, taught at NYC's Broadway Dance Center's Children and Teen Program and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Dancefx community. Hayn is a 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia's Honors Program and was instrumental in the opening of Dancestyle Dancewear and the establishment of the Dancefx Youth Program during her time at school, as well as being a founding member of Dancefx Concert Dance Company(2000).  Email Allison





Kaitlin grew up in Nashville, TN and began dancing at the age of 5. As member of the Green Hills School of Dance company, she received extensive training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, and Pointe, competed nationally for 9 years, and danced with the Moscow State Ballet.

Kaitlin is extremely involved in the Athens community and has worked and choreographed for a number of local events such as Dancing With the Athens Stars, Athens Regional Medical Center's Pink Glove Video, and Athfest.

Kaitlin holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia with an emphasis on human anatomy and physiology. Kaitlin is the director of Dancefx's Youth Program, and she co-directs Dancefx's Concert Dance Company.





Emily started dancing at a young age, training for most of her childhood at Michelle’s Academy of Dance and Performing Arts Center in Brighton, MI. Before completing high school, she received several scholarship opportunities allowing her to further her dance education in Los Angeles at the EDGE Performing Arts Center and Millenium Dance Complex. She went on to dance at the Savannah College of Art and Design while pursuing a degree in Fashion Design from 2007-2011 in main stage musicals, modern dance performances, and small stage shows.

Emily has taught and choreographed for the youth companies at Bluffton School of Dance in Bluffton, SC from 2007-2011. After a brief hiatus from dance following the completion of her BFA, she returned to the studio in 2016. Emily is also Director for the XHIBITION and the Apprentice 1 Company, and is a current member of the Concert Dance Company.





Natalie Cox is the Director of Contact Dance Company at Dancefx, is Artistic Director of UGA's Ballroom Performance group (BPG), teaches The University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, and performs and teaches at various other venues around Northeast Georgia. Natalie received her A.B. from the University of Georgia in 2003 and her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 2006. While at UGA, she was a member of the UGA's BPG from 2002-2006 and served as president her last year. Notable annual performances include DanceATHENS, the Dancefx Spring Concert, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. 

Continual training is very important to Natalie; she annually attends dance camps such as the Adult Ballroom Camp at Brigham Young University and the Independence Day Ball Camp in Washington, D.C. During her travels, she has had the great fortune of taking lessons from ballroom greats such as Ron Montez, Jean Marc Genereux & France Mousseau, Pierre Allaire & Mireille Veilleux, Karina Smirnoff, and Tomas Mielnicki & J.T. Thomas. Email Natalie






Grace Bagwell is the founding director of the Modern Pin-Ups and the Dancefx Tap Company.  She has been with the Dancefx Athens family since 2008, and enjoys teaching tap, jazz, modern, and hip hop.  Grace is originally from Spartanburg, South Carolina where she received her training.  An alumna of Converse College, she is a proud supporter of empowering women through creative energy, dance, and performance.  Grace believes in continuing education, and annually attends dance classes and workshops such as the Pulse NYC.  She also contributes her talents to community engagement with organizations such as Project Safe's Dancing With the Athens Stars event and Stomp Out Domestic Violence.





Emily Krach began dancing at the age of 3 and joined the DanceFX staff in 2017.  She trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, musical theater, and contemporary dance, competing nationally through Dancemoves Studio of Dance.  She sought out additional opportunities to advance her tap career, training under Baakari Wilder and Bill Coates and annually attending the NYC Tradition in Tap convention.






After receiving Ballet training from some of the most influential Ballet masters in
the Southeast (Stanley Zompakos and Ron Colton among others), Marianne Hale
pursued a degree in Dance Education from the University of Georgia.
Opportunities led her to Augusta, GA and Virginia Beach, VA before coming home
to direct the Athens School of Ballet and Athens Ballet Theatre (Athens, GA) from
1986-2005. From 1991-2000 Marianne was involved in the selection process for
the Georgia Governor’s Honors program as an interviewer, adjudicator andinstructor for audition classes.

Marianne has supported her home community by serving on various boards and
committees including the CCSD Foundation for Excellence in Education and the
Morton Theatre Corporation. She is passionate about reaching students of all skill
levels and carrying on the tradition of excellent Ballet training imparted to her by
her mentors. After serving as Ballet Program Director for Freedom of Movement
and Studio Dance Academy, Marianne is excited to be on the staff of Dancefx.





Janet Robertson has been teaching with Dancefx since its inception, and has been an faculty member at the University of Georiga Dance Department since 1985, primarily basing her teaching methods and philosophy on the years she spent working with Stanley Zompakos, former member of NYCB. Her training was further enhanced, having been coached for performances by Anna Sokolow and Ernestine Stodelle.

Robertson shares her many talents with the Athens community as a guest teacher and choreographer and for the East Athens Educational Dance Center; as guest choreographer for the UGA Ballet Ensemble; in collaboration with Peggy Thrasher; and as an actress and set decorator with the Town & Gown Players. She recently finished a series of 20 videos for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government's research project on mediation and conflict resolution under Peggy Herrman and Jerry Gale. Robertson was given the Dance Athens 2004 Award for Excellence by the Athens dance community. Robertson holds an A.F.A. in Dance from Sullins College, where she trained under Valentina Belova, a B.A. in Art and an M.A.T., both from Lynchburg College in Virginia.





Brittney took her first ballet class at the age of six. She immediately joined the competition company, where, over time, she expanded her training from one style of dance to a multitude of styles. Fourteen years and four studios later, Brittney's training has grown to include ballet, pointe, contemporary, modern, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, breakdance, and musical theater. Brittney joined the Dancefx family in 2011 as an FX company member where she quickly discovered her passion for choreography. She soon began choreographing her own competition solos. Two years later, she joined the teaching staff. Recently, Brittney spent a summer training in multiple styles with The Joffrey Ballet School and was offered a position in the Joffrey Trainee Program, in New York. Brittney often trains under today's leading choreographers through conventions and master classes. She is currently a member of the Dancefx Concert Company.





Erika grew up dancing in at the Athens School of Ballet and performed with the Athens Ballet Theatre for over 20 years. She studied under Janet Robertson and Marianne Hale. She also participated in workshops with Ron Colton and Joan Buttram. She not only danced with the Athens Ballet Theatre but served as Assistant Artistic Director and Stage Manager. Today, Erika is a full time special education teacher, and a mother of two little boys. She continues to stay involved in the dance community by teaching ballet and stage managing. 





Chelsea set her feet on the stage at age 2 and never stopped performing. She has been trained in ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, clogging and tap. She received most of her training from Fara Fox Tyree School of Dance before spending three years at Dancer's Pointe under the direction of Danielle Bridgewater. She has performed in several productions of the Nutcracker, The Snow Maiden, Sleeping Beauty, Firebird and An American in Paris. She was a company member of the Winchester Dance Ensemble where she performed in various community festivals, parades, shows and competitions. She trained with the Louisville Ballet Company and the Lexington Ballet Company in Kentucky. She also has training in musical theater and has been a featured dancer in musicals such as Wicked, Chicago, High School Musical and A Chorus Line. 





Ashley is from northern Georgia and hasn't stopped dancing since she first began at 3 years old. She danced at Steps Dance Center for 15 years and was a company member as well as competition dancer since age 6. Throughout her years of dancing, she attended master classes and trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary, modern, jazz, tap, rhythmic tapping and musical theatre. Ashley absolutely loves dancing and being able to share her passion with her students.