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

 

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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EMI FERGUSON

ASSISTANT MANAGING DIRECTOR, DANCEFX ATLANTA

 

Emi began pursuing her passion for dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia. Through her training at GAD, she spent summers training at Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School of Dance, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She continued her training and dance education at the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2015. During her time at UGA, she danced in CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company where she trained on lyra, trapeze, silks, and sling, and was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group. She had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Joanna Mendl Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Luis Piedra, Urban Bush Women, and Alexandre Munz, and toured aerial performances at various events including the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Upon graduation, she attended a two week contemporary intensive in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance, and is now teaching and performing with Dancefx, Atlanta Dance Collective, Emily Cargill and Dancers, and other contemporary-based projects across the Atlanta area.


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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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ARRON DAVIDSON

DIRECTOR, FLEX DANCE COMPANY

 

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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LARA DAVIS

BALLET & POINTE

 

Lara Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in Dance Science and Psychology and a minor in Dance. She began her dance training at age four at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance where she was a member of the Roswell Dance Theatre student company for eight years. Lara has attended summer dance intensives across the country including American Ballet Theatre in Orange County, The Rock School, Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Canvas, the National Choreography Intensive, and the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. In 2013, her choreography was presented at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival. In 2016, she choreographed for the student film “Capriole”, which was awarded the Dean's Horizon Award at the 2016 EMST Film Festival at the University of Georgia and was selected to be presented at the 2016 River's Edge International Film Festival in Paducah, KY. She has performed with Refuge Dance Company in Marietta and Dance Canvas in Atlanta. Currently, Lara dances with The Georgia Ballet.


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SERITA FOSTER

DIRECTOR, BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES

 

When Serita received her first pair of cheerleader poms at the age of 6 she fell in love with performing. She cheered, played basketball, and played the alto sax until she went to high school and received her first formal dance training. At Mount Zion High School, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop in the Dance Ensemble, and danced 3 years in the marching band’s auxiliary dance team. While attending Georgia State University and pursuing dual degrees in Accounting and Finance, Serita continued to take dance classes and was selected to be a member of the GSU Pantherettes Dance Team where she performed for 3 years and served as an assistant director for 1 year. In addition to teaching youth and adult hip hop classes at Dancefx, she has been a member of The Modern Pin Ups ATL,  XTENSITY, FlexCo company, and is the current director of The Beautiful Nightmares femme hip hop company. 


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KIA STREET

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 has 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 member of XTENSITY and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company.


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JULIA URREA

ADULT & YOUTH CLASSES

 

Julia began her training at Dancefx in 2012. She is now a member of FX1 Performance Company and Xtensity Dance Company. In addition to training at Dancefx, she has trained under faculty from Adrenaline Dance Convention, the PULSE on Tour, and Broadway Dance Center.