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
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

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.


MICHELLE FREEMAN

ADULT CONTEMPORARY

 

Michelle Freeman began her journey of dance when she was 3 years old. Although she would be kicking and screaming before getting to class, when the music started playing, her language became dance. She continued dancing throughout the years and joined the competition company at Centre Stage School of Dance in Marietta, GA. In 2010, she moved to Puerto Rico and started dancing at The School for the Performing Arts. She co-founded her school’s dance team, the CPS Dance Team, where they performed at pep rallys and participated in the school musicals. Upon starting college at the University of Georgia, she danced in the Prelude Dance Ensemble. After taking a short break from dance and studying abroad in Spain, she relearned her love for the art of dance. In 2016, she joined the Dancefx family in Athens. She participated in the Xhibition company and the ballet company Elevation. Now having graduated with two degrees in International Affairs and Spanish, she has moved to Atlanta where she continues to dance and inspires others to find their own language of dance. 


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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 uniquness 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.