DANCEFX ATLANTA FACULTY

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ALLISON HAYN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DANCEFX, INC.

XTENSITY CO & ADULT CLASSES

 

After four years working at Broadway Dance Center in New York City and The PULSE on Tour featuring SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE celebrity choreographers, Hayn took over as Executive Director of Dancefx Athens in August of 2009.

Atlanta native Hayn has taught for Broadway Dance Center's (BDC) Children and Teen Program in New York City, and currently serves as Producer of The PULSE DANCE EXPERIENCE. Hayn brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, cutting-edge innovation and opportunity to the Athens dance community and Dancefx family.

Before moving to New York, Allison spent five years with Dancefx, as a dancer, instructor and choreographer in addition to serving as Assistant Director of Dancefx, Inc. Hayn was instrumental in the opening of Dancestyle Dancewear and establishing the Dancefx Studio Youth Program. Hayn is a 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia's Honors Program with a degree in Public Relations. Email Allison


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PAYTON MCCARTY

MANAGING DIRECTOR, DANCEFX ATLANTA

YOUTH & ADULT COMPANIES/CLASSES

 

Payton McCarty began her dance training in tap, jazz, and ballet at the age of 3. For 8 years, she was a company member of the Atlanta Jazz Theatre at Dan & Company Studios in Dunwoody, GA where she intensively trained in jazz, ballet, tap, and lyrical and performed all over the Atlanta area. In 2006, she attended the University of Georgia where she was a member of the UGA Tap Dawgs for 4 years. She graduated in May of 2010 with a major in Child and Family Development. Payton was an active member and choreographer for the UGA Wesley Foundation Dance Ministry where she later became their Dance Program Coordinator and the Director of “Restoration” their annual spring night of worship through dance. In 2011, she became one of the founding directors of “Dance Upon Injustice – A night to help fight human trafficking through dance and multimedia.” 

In 2014, Payton lived in Maputo, Mozambique where she spent 6 months learning the language and culture of the locals. She had the opportunity to teach western style dances - like Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary, and Tap - as well as learn traditional dances of the Shangaan people. 

Payton has performed in DanceATHENS Dance Festival for the past 11 years and has enjoyed being a student, teacher, and company member for 5 years at Dancefx Athens. She loves teaching because it is a joy for her to watch kids come alive as they learn to perform and express themselves through dance. Email Payton


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LARA DAVIS

OFFICE MANAGER, DANCEFX ATLANTA

YOUTH & ADULT BALLET

 

Lara Davis has danced professionally with The Georgia Ballet, Refuge Dance Company, and Dance Canvas. She began her training at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance in Roswell, Georgia where she was a member of the pre-professional company for eight years. She has pursued additional training through the METdance Houston Professional Intensive, Full Radius Dance Company, American Ballet Theatre in Orange County, The Rock School, Joffrey Ballet NYC, Joffrey Ballet South, Dance Canvas, the National Choreography Intensive, Point Park University, Colorado Conservatory of Dance, and the 2012 Georgia Governor’s Honors Program as a Dance Major. During summer 2018, she participated in the Ailey Extension Beginner Horton Teacher Training Workshop under the instruction of Ana Marie Forsythe. Lara holds Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Dance Science and a minor in Dance from the University of Georgia and completed a thesis on Injury Prevention in Ballet Training. While at UGA, Lara studied abroad in Russia with the Voronezh Ballet. Currently, she teaches and dances professionally in the Atlanta area and works as an Administrative Assistant for Dance Canvas. Email Lara


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ARRON DAVIDSON

DIRECTOR, FLEX DANCE COMPANY

YOUTH & ADULT HIP-HOP

 

Arron began studying the movement of great performers like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Usher early on. He was captivated by their talent and in awe of their generosity. At that moment he vowed his life to his passion for music and performance. “Hustle” became a way of survival for the young entrepreneur. He studied at various different dance academies on scholarship, becoming technically trained in all dance styles including hip hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, African, lyrical, and modern. Finding a love for the stage, Arron began to perform in talent shows & showcases spanning the South East.  Currently working on his debut EP, he also attends Georgia State University in Atlanta & is working toward a film and video degree. Once achieving his degree, Arron wishes to continue to expand his music career and brand over seas.


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KIA STREET

YOUTH & ADULT CLASSES

 

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, Emily Cargill and Dancers, and with the instructors of The Pulse on Tour. She 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 Creative Movement and Dance. She was also member of XTENSITY and is currently a member of Sideways Contemporary Dance Company and Modco Dance Company.


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CHARIS BOOKER

YOUTH CLASSES

 

In 2011, Charis Booker began her career with the Walt Disney World Resort as a Disney Trainer, Communications Associate, and Entertainment Performer in multiple shows, parades, and engagements across Disney Parks. In 2013, she was welcomed into the Universal Studios Entertainment Department as a dancer and performer. Charis is from Richmond, Va. where she spent the majority of her life learning the fundamentals of dance in ballet/tap/jazz/hip-hop classes, competitive cheerleading with Fame All-Stars, and dancing on her high school's dance team and leading their Show Choir as a Dance Captain. She spent her summers performing with Paramount's Kings Dominion - Nickelodeon Character Department. She has won multiple awards for her performances over those years. In 2011, she graduated from Old Dominion University where she studied Communications and Dance.  


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LORIEN TALMADGE

BUTI YOGA

 

Lorien put on her first pair of ballet shoes at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love.  After training in ballet solely for many years, she took a long break to focus on work and education and during that time, she stumbled into yoga, because it was more convenient to her office than the nearest dance studio and proved to be a great way to destress after a long day of work and study.  

After relocating to Atlanta from the Tristate area, she returned to dance and began training and performing pretty extensively in jazz, contemporary, hip-hop and dancehall disciplines.   Ultimately, she joined the Dancefx Dance Studio jazz, contemporary and hip hop performance companies and later became Director of Muse Dance Company, which focused primarily on women's empowerment and helping them find their fierce and really falling in love with themselves again or for the first time.  

This literally was the perfect primer for her next step:  BUTI Yoga.  A format that marries the intentional practice of yoga and the freeing movement of dance.  After becoming certified in Buti, Hot Buti, Buti Deep and completing the RYT 200 program, she knew she wanted to lead and share this practice with every person, women especially and dedicated herself to training and refining her practice and became a Master Trainer earlier this year.  


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EILENE EPPERSON

YOUTH CLASSES

 

Eilene was born to a family of musicians and artists and began dancing at the age of three in California. Upon moving to Georgia, Eilene’s training focused mainly on ballet with the Academy of Dance. At the age of 11, Eilene joined the International City School of Ballet Company and there developed an appreciation and devotion for ballet. Upon returning to the Academy of Dance (AOD) at 15, Eilene began teaching ballet to children and adults and never stopped. In addition to dancing lead roles in Sleeping Beauty, The Firebird, and La Bayadere over the course of high school and college, Eilene helped build the beginning ballet program at AOD for students ages four to twelve. While loving teaching, Eilene kept her personal development a priority and was a member of Breaking Walls Dance Company in Warner Robins while continuing to teach at various studios across Middle Georgia. After earning her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood and Special Education, Eilene moved to Atlanta to teach elementary school. Eilene has experience teaching contemporary, jazz, stretch and strength classes, tap, ballet, and pointe and is currently a member of Xtensity Dance Company in Atlanta, and continues her dance education by taking weekly classes and attending conventions.


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GRACE GEIGER

YOUTH CLASSES

 

Grace started dancing when she was three years old and completely fell in love with it. She started with just ballet but eventually began training in contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and other styles. She joined the Dancefx family in 2016 and has been a part of the Fx Company since then. As an FX Company member, she has attended dance competitions and conventions such as Bravo, Adrenaline, and Star Systems. She has also traveled with her group to NYC to take classes at Broadway Dance Center from master instructors such as Chio and Shelly Hutchinson. Grace has participated in master classes from guest instructors at the studio like Dave Scott and Brooke Lipton. When she is not dancing, she enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling! Grace is fluent in Spanish and even participated in her school's exchange trip to Spain this past March. She is very excited to be teaching Creative Movement and Elementary Combo classes this fall!


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REAGAN STREET

YOUTH CLASSES

 

For almost 10 years, Reagan trained at a nationally accredited RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet school where she competed and reached the highest level of examinations. In 2017, she began to train at DanceFX and is currently a company member. In addition to dance training, Reagan serves as treasurer of the National Spanish Society and Co-President of the National Art Honor Society for her school's chapters. She also annually has traveled to Ecuador with her school mission team and hopes to return very soon! Reagan will be teaching Elementary Combo A this fall.


TIARA MADISON

YOUTH HIP-HOP

 

Bio and headshot coming soon!


AMBER COLMEY

YOUTH CLASSES

 

Bio and headshot coming soon!


MICHELLE FREEMAN

ADULT CONTEMPORARY

 

Bio and headshot coming soon!