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 teaching 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.
Dance Etc's Hip Hop Instructor:
“I believe that every student can be taught to express themselves and that is what dancing should be. I teach in a way that can be understood by all students. I give counts, words, sounds and movement examples to help the students understand what is being taught.”
Vincent Anthony is native of Maryland but raised in many different places. An alumnus of the nations ﬁrst Historically Black University. Vincent showed early signs of creative movement before he could walk, which would lead to his self taught ability to dance. He has since trained at many facilities such as; formally Gotta Dance Atlanta, Dance 411, Millennium Dance Complex, Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Atlanta Ballet, University of the Arts and many more. He has trained under varies Choreographers; Aakomon Jones, Bubba Carr, Stepp Stewart, Jeremy Green and more, Instructors; Marc Marvelous, Codie Wiggins, Roscoe Sales and more, Companies; Jungle Boogie Crew, Atlanta Dance Connection, Roswell Dance Theater and more.
Dance Etc's Musical theatre, Jazz, and Lyrical Instructor:
Jacob is beyond thrilled to join the Dance Etc. team this year! Born and raised in New Hampshire Jacob could not be more excited for the next chapter of his life in Atlanta, GA. Performing in his first play at the age of 5 Jacob has been a fan of the stage ever since. For most of his early life he performed in a variety plays/musicals which sparked his interest in dance. Jacob began his dance studies with tap and musical theatre but it did not take long before he found himself also studying ballet, contemporary, and jazz.
Once he got to College Jacob intensively studied modern dance technique. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Keene State College with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance with dual concentrations in Dance: Choreography and Performance and Theatre Arts: Directing. Throughout his collegiate career Jacob choreographed 3 original modern dance works, directed/assistant directed multiple short and Mainstage plays, and performed in over 10 Productions. At the end of his Junior year he was awarded the Julia McHale Redfern Memorial Prize in Performing Arts from Keene State College. Jacob has performed at the American College Dance Association’s New England Regional Conference twice. He is also a two time participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival’s Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) Fellowship program. Jacob is a member of the Actor’s Equity Association Equity Membership Candidacy (EMC) program and has professional acting credits with The Peterborough Players and Onelight Theatre Company. As a choreographer/director his work has been seen with many companies including Perseverance Productions, The Peterborough Players, Working Title Productions, and Onelight Theatre Co. This fall Jacob will be performing with Sideways Contemporary Dance Company and working as a freelance director/choreographer in the greater Atlanta area. Thank you Allyson and the entire Dance Etc. team for welcoming me into your dance family!
Dance Etc's Ballet, Pointe, Pre-Dance, KinderDance, and Technique Instructor:
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., Amanda studied Ballet, Tap and Jazz with Mervyn Rickard at Mervyn’s School of Dance and performed with the Ballet Guild of Jacksonville. After graduating from High School she attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, The University of North Carolina, Greensboro and Point Park College in Pittsburg, PA where she performed with the Pittsburg Ballet Theater. Attending Rosella Hightower’s Centre De Danse International in Cannes, France for the summer, lead to studying there for the year and auditioning in Europe for professional work. She found her dream job with the Ballet Du Rhin in Strasbourg, France where she performed various roles in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, La Bayadire, Jeu de Cartes, Cinderella, The Four Temperaments and various other Ballets with the touring company. Since retiring from performing and raising a family, she has become a teacher. It is her pleasure to teach the art of Ballet to the next generation of dancers. She’s looking forward to the coming year at Dance, etc. helping the talented dancers there become the best dancers and artist they can be.
Dance Etc's Tap instructor:
Vanessa Zabari (Chisolm), a native Ohioan, began her training at the famed Pinnell Dance Center under the direction of Jeri Pinnell when she was 5 years old. Known throughout the world as a highly competitive competition studio, Vanessa was trained in every other genre of dance including ballet, jazz, lyrical, tap and hip hop.
Desiring to continue her dance career, Ms. Zabari attended and graduate from the internationally recognized University of Akron school of dance with Bachelors of Arts in Dance. Immediately after obtaining her degree she relocated to Atlanta. She has consulted, choreographed for some o the biggest names in entertainment. A highly sought after Tap teacher, Ms. Vanessa continues to teach beginner to advanced tap dance at studios throughout the United States.
In 2009 she co-founded Fluid, The Artistic Movement, a series of co-operative dance company. Fluid was designed to encourage and support up and coming choreographers with opportunities to display and feature their creative process.
Never straying far from her roots, Ms. Zabari continues to judge for various competitions throughout the US. Her master tap classes during competition weekend, are often the most talked about with standing room only. in 2018, one of Vanessa's choreographed competition pieces was featured on Steve Harvey's, Showtime at the Apollo in Harlem, NY.
Vanessa is the Founder and Artistic Director of Atlanta's first and only professional tap company, The Tap Rebels. She also manages, Vanessa Zabari & Company; a full service dance choreography and talent management firm. Ms. Zabari resides in Atlanta with her two children Zuri and Jahbari.
Dance Etc's: Company Team Coach and Fitness Guru:
At age 3 Vanessa began her dance education journey she studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop and African under various accomplished instructors and institutes such as Winston Salem School of the Arts.
Her natural talent as a instructor was developed at the age of 12 as she worked as a dance instructors assistant. By 16 she began instructing dance classes and at age of 23 Vanessa had obtain a personal contract with the United States Marine Corps to teach her own dance program. Within this time, Vanessa also pursued her love for performing and choreography by working on play productions and live shows.
After relocating to Atlanta,GA, Vanessa worked with the likes of musical artist such as Fantaisa, Selena Johnson, Musiq Soulchild, and various movies and live shows such as the Soul Train Music Awards as well as partnered with various educational institutions such as Tri-Cities Performing Arts High School and traveled to perform nationally and internationally.
Vanessa later discovered the importance of self-love, inner peace and positive energy through fitness and mediation. As a result, she became a certified fitness professional and merged her love for fitness, meditation and passion for dance as a result, Fit in the City was created.
At the present time, Vanessa continues to share her passion for dance education and fitness through partnerships with various educational institutions/dance studios and organizations. As well as her company: VJB Entertainment LLC
Dance Etc's Acro and Tumble Coach:
This is Coach Chris 4th year returning to Dance Etc!!!! We are so excited to have her expertise and experience that she thoroughly enjoys sharing with all of her students. She has 50+ years of experience in coaching gymnastics to all ages and levels of students. She has had extensive educational training in order to be the best coach she can be. She proficiently teaching with both visual techniques and physical techniques to ensure all type of learners are getting all they need out of her class. She is a semi-retired gymnastics coach with close to 50 years of working with children! She has taught 2 - 20 year olds during this time, that range from beginners to national champions. She owned a gym in Huntsville, Al for 15 years, and has directed recreational programs in Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia. She is beyond excited to start this exciting season as an instructor with Dance Etc!!!
Dance Etc's Pre-Dance teacher
Amy has returned to Ellijay after 20 years of adventuring throughout the United States and abroad. Her foundation of dance education began right here in Gilmer County under the direction of the esteemed Joan Kall Stewart when she was five years old. She first began helping children discover their own connection to movement through teaching ballet, tap, and creative movement at the Rome Civic Ballet while she was in college. Amy continued to study various dance forms throughout her career of creating, running, and evaluating Women’s Health research and programming for the CDC, UN, the State of Wyoming and various NGOs in the United States and abroad. She found dance to be a bridge of connection with children and adults despite location, language, and culture. Amy studied Belly Dance at the Nazeem Allayl Belly Dance Studio in Atlanta, Georgia and with Eva Cernik in Denver, Colorado. She has found creative ways to bring dance and movement into her work with women, including becoming a certified Dancing for Birth instructor so as to share essential birth wisdom through dance. Amy looks forward to helping children establish a life-long love for dance at Dance Etc, as well as helping adults rediscover their passion for rhythm and movement!
Faith Madison is the Co-Director of the Madison Studio of Dance Education in Macon, GA. Faith began her dance education as a 3-year-old at MSDE, and during her fifteen years of ballet training earned several awards and scholarships for such prestigious programs as the American Academy of Ballet, Youth America Grand Prix, and Joffrey Ballet South. She continued her studies during summer intensives at AAB - Vassar College, AAB - SUNY Purchase, Joffrey South, Atlanta Festival Ballet and MSDE. She also studied privately under the tutelage of Valerie Madonia and Nicolas Pacana. Immediately after graduation in 2008, she was invited to join Colorado Ballet as a Studio Company member, and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet in 2010. As a company member she performed in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, A MidSummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Beauty and the Beast, and Michael Pink's Dracula, as well as Lila York's Celts and Lynn Taylor Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk. While with Colorado Ballet she had the honor of teaching in their Education and Outreach Department, extending the arts scene to the school children of Denver. In January 2012, Ms. Madison was Ballet Mistress for The Denver Academy of Ballet, teaching over 100 students and coaching an award-winning group for YAGP, the prestigious scholarship competition for aspiring dancers. From 2013-2016, she was Project Manager for Pure September, LLC, where she trained and evaluated teachers, and managed seven Pure Barre studios in the Greater Chicagoland area. She is a graduate of Saint Mary's College of California's LEAP program, with a Bachelor of Arts in performing arts. Ms. Madison is also on faculty for Colorado Ballet's Summer Intensive and acts as an audition adjudicating for said program on the National Audition Tour. She has also served as the choreographer for theater and opera productions at Mercer University and Theatre Macon.
We are excited to have Miss Adriana come and share her amazing choreography with our company members! She choreographed our competition hip hop and competition jazz piece this season!
Dance Etc has been blessed many times with Mrs. Candis's incredible choreography, her bright personality, and her passion of dance. She choreographed Our competition Lyrical and Contemporary numbers this season.
Candis is currently working towards her M.A. in Performing Arts.
Mrs. Monica will be teaching tap monthly at Dance Etc this season!
Monica Gardnerbegandancing at age 3 under the direction of Kim Haight at Studio 1Performing Arts. She specializesintap,but also has extensive training inballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary,and lyrical. She hasprofessionally performed atnumerous events as a member of “Atlanta Tap Project”including Dance Canvas 2016,and several performances with “ViZion Dance Company” including Gospel Superfest 2013. Her pre-professional performances includeJazz on Tap, Ballet Fest, Atlanta Hawkshalf time shows, the Carnival Cruise Line, several lead roles in Studio 1 Ballet Productions, and 10 years of regional and national dance competitions.She has studied under thecurrentbiggest names in tap such as;Chloe Arnold of “Syncopated Ladies”, Sarah Reich of “Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project”, Mark GoodmanDirector of “Totally Tap”, Ayodele Casel“While I Have the Floor”, Mark Yonally of “Chicago Tap Theatre”, Jumaane Taylorof “M.A.D.D. Rhythms”, Melinda Sullivan of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “La La Land”, Jason Kalish of the “Tap Dogs”, Ted Levy, Lisa La Touche of Broadway’s “Shuffle Along”, Derick Grant, Bril Barrettof “M.A.D.D. Rhythms”,and many many more.She has also spent time studying at “The Georgia Ballet”, “Broadway Dance Center” in New York, and “The Edge” in LA, California. Monica began teaching as an assistant to Kim Haight at age 12; and has been teaching on her own since she was 16 years old. Monica has taught, choreographed, and judged for dance studios all throughout themetro Atlantaarea and north Georgia.
Melissa Violette is 15 and has been dancing since the age of 4. Her dance styles include, but not limited to, Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Pom. This will be her eleventh year of dance, 10 of which have been at Dance Etc.
This will be Melissa's Fourth year as part of the Competition Team with Dance Etc. She has danced at many local events in Ellijay, Ga as part of the Dance Etc family. Along with, going to Nashville, TN to dance in their televised Christmas Parade in 2018. Last year she competed with her first Solo. With that routine, she placed First Place Overall and received a scholarship to further her dance training. On top of that, she was also part of other group numbers that received many high awards.
Melissa first started her assisting career at the age of 12 by being a Ballet demonstrator. She looks forward to helping others find their own passion for the art of dance. Along with this, she is excited to be part of the amazing professional staff found at Dance Etc..
Brynna is over the moon to be able to join our teacher program this year and have the opportunity to assist with our Pre-Dance and KinderDance classes this season! She is a senior member of our competition Company team and beyond blessed to continue her dance education with Dance etc this season!!!