DANCEFX ATLANTA FACULTY

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ALLISON HAYN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DANCEFX, INC.

 

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. 

She has received training at Broadway Dance Center in NYC and served as an instructor at their Dance Teacher Workshop. Payton has taught and choreographed all over the cities of Athens and Atlanta including a number of church and school musical theatre productions. When she is not choreographing, dancing in or directing a show, Payton really enjoys lighting design and singing.

Payton has performed in DanceATHENS Dance Festival since 2007 and has enjoyed being a student, teacher, and company member at Dancefx Athens since 2010. 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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MEREDITH OLIVIA

OFFICE MANAGER

YOUTH AND ADULT CLASSES

 

Meredith Olivia is the founder and artistic director of Modco Dance Company, where she has written and directed performances presented throughout Atlanta, Ga. She has also directed a short film presented in FEMMEfest with Atlanta Dance Collective. She graduated with a B.A. in Dance Performance from the University of Alabama, where she was on the board for the National Dance Association and a company member of Alabama Repertoire Dance and Theatre (ARDT). Meredith has taken master classes with Trisha Brown Dance Company in New York and interned with Now Next Dance D.C. She has choreographed and taught for various studios throughout the southeast, where her students have received highest accolades and scholarships. She has performed as a professional company member with Atlanta Festival Ballet under the direction of Ms. Keila Harvey and went on to perform with RAIIN Dance Theater/Komanse Dance Theater under the direction of Ms. Raianna Brown.

 
 
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ARRON DAVIDSON

DIRECTOR, FLEX DANCE COMPANY
DIRECTOR, LEGACY JR

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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TIARA MADISON

DIRECTOR, FX LEGACY

YOUTH HIP-HOP

 

Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Tiara Madison has truly been inspired by some amazing people in the Industry. She currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. The Jacksonville native has worked with many local artists in Atlanta where she has been featured on stage and even music videos. She currently trains with the city’s premier Dance companies such as ATLA and Groove2Musik to continue to further her training to be a better dancer. Tiara realized she wanted to pursue a career in dance while in her junior year at Florida A&M University. The first convention she ever attended was ATLA 2014 to see if this was something she really wanted to do. After that it's been history. She continues to train and work with the best as in Dancing for Dej’s Loaf birthday bash and was last seen on stage dancing with Hip Hops Legend YoYo for Queens of Hip Hop Concert. Now she is training and getting prepared for her an amazing future. 


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KIA STREET

OFFICE ASSISTANT

ASST. DIRECTOR XTENISTY CO.

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 is also 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

DIRECTOR, MUSE COMPANY

 

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

ASST. DIRECTOR, FX COMPANY

YOUTH & ADULT 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!


TAKAHRI MURPHY

YOUTH HIP HOP

 

Takahri Murphy was born in Bainbridge, GA and graduated from Bainbridge High School in 2015. Throughout her youth, she participated in multiple Bainbridge Leisure Services' camps, Decatur County 4-H, YMCA sports, Bainbridge Leisure Services Softball, and both the competition, Deep South Show Troupe (dance) and Deep South All-Star Cheerleading, teams at Murkerson's Dance Academy and Gymnastics/Cheer Gym in Bainbridge, GA. She was apart of the UGA Junior Auxiliary Dance program in her teen years and has attended many UGA Dance Dawg, UGA Georgettes, and Atlanta Hawks Cheerleader clinics and workshops. Starting her freshman year, Takahri was also a Varsity Football and Competition cheerleader throughout her high school career.

After graduating high school, Takahri attended the University of North Georgia where she danced on the UNG dance team all three years and served as captain her last year. She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor's in Business Management and an Associate's in Social Work. Takahri is currentlly continuing her dance training at Dancefx Atlanta and is a member of two of Dancefx Atlanta's adult performance companies (Flex Co and Xtensity Apprentice 1  Co)


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AMBER COLMEY

YOUTH CLASSES

 

Amberlee Colmey comes from a long line of dancers. She grew up dancing at her mothers studio, CVS School of dance in upstate New York, which was founded by her grandmother. She also began her teaching career there at the age of 15. She was accepted to Broadway Dance Center’s prestigious intern program in the fall of 2004, moved to New York City and has continued training in the city since. Amberlee has performed in many Broadway Dance Center Showcases, has also danced in various shows, different contemporary dance projects, as well as Break out in Song (a notorious flash mob featuring Katie Thompson) and commercial work. She has also has had the privledge of traveling the country assisting master contemporary classes with Andrew Turtle. Not only is Amberlee a talented dancer, she is also a gifted teacher; on faculty at several studios around New York as well as having taught for Broadway Dance Center master faculty members Michelle Barber, Pam Chancey and Sheila Barker, and traveling the country teaching master classes of her own. Amberlee’s choreography has been given top awards at many national dance competitions where her students’ performances consistently receive praise from judges. She works with dancers of every age and level and is known for inspiring her students to help express themselves through their movement and embracing the uniqueness in each individual talent. Amber hopes and strives to make sure each student, no matter the age level, leaves every class with a smile on their face and a love of the art of dance.