Allyson is beyond grateful to become the director/owner of Dance Etc in beautiful Ellijay, Georgia. Allyson and her husband Joshua are originally from Florida and moved to north Georgia June of 2017 following their hearts to the mountains. When Allyson was offered the wonderful gift to own a dance studio she could not refuse the offer to work in her dream job! She has so many dreams for the future of this studio and she is going to enjoy every step along the way.
Allyson is over the moon excited to show her love and passion of dance with all of her students here in Ellijay, Georgia! With her strong musical theatre background, years of experience, and much enthusiasm, she invites you to dance along side her during this beautiful chapter of her life!
Allyson began her dancing career at the young age of two. She has competed in numerous competitions and has been awarded many trophies during her competition days and many scholarships at national conventions. She competed on her high school dance team, where she was captain for two years, and on her dance school’s competitive dance team. She studied many hours at Broadway Dance Center in NYC where she won scholarships to continue her learning while in high school. She landed her first professional job at the young age of sixteen for a national tour where she danced backup for many different musical artists and had the opportunity to choreograph pieces in the show. Immediately following graduation of High School, she worked for Walt Disney World for 7 years where she was a dancer, performer, acrobat, and was cast in many commercials during her career at Disney. She also performed two years in a row during the Macy’s day parade in NYC high kicking.
During that time she studied Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. In December 2010, she graduated from UCF with her BS as a Speech Therapist and began that career alongside working at Disney and continuing to teach at her “home” studio. In December of 2014 she graduated with her Masters Degree in Special Education and was a teacher at a special needs charter school in Lake Wales, Florida. During that time, she worked as a self-contracted dance instructor that choreographed for several dance studios helping them with competition routines and special events.
Amy began dance lessons at age 3, by age 15 she was asked by her dance teacher to assist and teach classes of her own. In 1992 Amy opened Step-By-Step Dance Studio where she lived in Central Florida. She led her students to compete and win many high honors as well as perform with professional Ballet companies, and they also were chosen to perform in the Citrus Bowl (now known as the Capital One Bowl). After selling her studio and moving to Georgia in 2006, she then opened Dance Etc... in August of 2008.
Amy has studied many forms of dance with countless well known teachers, choreographers, Dance Educators, and Dance Masters of America. She believes Dance is an art form that continues to evolve, so its important to Amy to continue attending classes, teacher conventions and seminars to educate herself in the dance field. Amy's motto is, "Inspiration and Motivation to last a lifetime, because we have only a moment in these children’s’ lives to inspire them and to make a difference.”
Amy was the Director of Dance Etc. from 2008-2018 and began her first year with her new role focusing solely on teaching in 2018.
Miss Adriana began her desire to become a dancer on her second birthday, after one dance class, she knew that she had found her passion.
Miss Adriana danced with Dance Etc beginning the year in 2008, she has experience across many disciplines including ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, and musical theater. Adriana began teaching dance classes in 2013. She has choreographed and assisted with choreography for countless routines at Dance Etc including routines for the Dance Etc. Competition teams.
Choreography Experience includes:
Assistant choreographer and dancer for "Thoroughly Modern Millie", "Mary Poppins", and "Beauty and the Beast" for Gilmer County High School. Head choreographer for "Title of Show", "The Addams Family", and "The Drowsy Chaperone", as well as multiple cheer dance routines.
Miss Faith has been taking part in dance, tumble, and/or cheer since age 4, Faith has many years of experience across all disciplines of dance. In addition to her studio dance training, she has been a member of Color Guard and Winter Guard allowing her the opportunity to choreograph several routines for those teams as well as solo routines for herself.
Faith also has theatre experience as a Theatre member at GHS her junior and senior years. She was also a member of the Dance Etc’s award winning competition dance team for several years.
Miss Faith’s Dance Experience includes: ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, hip-hop, pointe, and musical theatre.
Miss Kristin has been dancing for the last 18 years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre and hip hop. At the age of 9, she joined a dance company and began training 20 hours a week. After turning 17, Kristin began working as a background dancer for an up and coming pop star in Atlanta.
Kristin is currently enrolled as a senior BFA Musical Theatre major with a minor in history at Young Harris College in North Georgia. Kristin is very active on campus. She is an officer for the national theatre honors society Alpha Psi Omega. She also sings with an acapella group on campus called The Altitunes. Kristin has been teaching professionally since 2015. She has choreographed pieces for several different national beauty pageants, high schools, and college musical theatre programs. In her spare time, she works at a dancewear store in Duluth Georgia.
She also plans trips to New York City once or twice a year to take classes with several Broadway professionals, a few include Rachelle Rak, Chet Walker, Shannon Lewis, Tyler Haynes, and Otis Sallid.
Kristin has been a member of the Dance Etc staff since 2015.
Audra studied classical Russian ballet using the Vaganova method through the pre-pro level at the Flint School of Performing arts in Flint, Michigan. She continued to study classical and Russian ballet at the Rochester School of Ballet and Brighton Ballet in Michigan. Audra moved to Georgia in 1996 and danced with the Georgia Ballet for a season and a half before retiring from the professional level and performing.
Audra has performed in numerous full length ballets and solo dance performances including Nutcracker, Hansel & Gretel, Giselle, Don Quixote and Swan Lake.
Audra brings a unique teaching method that utilizes a deep understanding of bio mechanics in conjunction with an artistic focus on technique that produces elegant and strong dancers with amazing performance style.
Audra has been a member of the Dance Etc. staff since 2015.
Chris has been teaching gymnastics for over 40 years from beginner to advanced level.
Chris brings an extensive knowledge of developing her own coaching programs and assessments of student performance, creating full class curiculum when needed for gyms across the southeast.
Chris has also spent time training other coaches as well as working on setup/layout of gym spaces to provide the best learning environment for students.
Chris has shown strong success with her students over the years using her tried and true methods to help her students learn to the best extent of thier abilities from recrational gymnastics all the way to Olympic pre-qualifications.
Coach Chris began teaching at Dance Etc. in 2016.
MaryBeth is a long-time group fitness enthusiast, participating in a variety of classes for many years. Twelve years ago she was certified by Les Mills to teach BodyFlow, then received certification from BTS to teach Centergy. Currently an AFAA certified group fitness instructor, MaryBeth brings experience and knowledge to help each class participant maximize their workout experience. Her love of using choreographed moves to music inspires her to keep classes fresh and fun.
In addition to teaching group fitness classes, MaryBeth is growing a flower farm and works part-time as a Speech Language Pathologist.
Marybeth began teaching at Dance Etc. in 2018.