Artistic Director

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Mr. Vincent Anthony

Vincent is beyond grateful to become the Artistic Director/Owner of Dance Etc. Studio in beautiful Ellijay, Georgia.  When Vincent was offered the opportunity of owning  a dance studio, he could not refuse the chance to work as a Studio owner!  To his credit, he has 17 years of dance experience including Tour, Theater, Company, Television, Film and more. He has so many ideas and aspiration for Dance Etc. Studios future and the way that it will impact the student who have chosen to be apart of the studio. 


Vincent is ecstatic that Ellijay has embraced him and that they are thrilled with the change! With his strong teaching background, years of experience, and much enthusiasm, he invites you to dance along side him during this new chapter of his life and the new chapter of the studio!

Vincent's Bio

“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.

Coach Chris

Dance Etc. Studio's Acro and Tumble Coach:

 

This is Coach Chris 4th year returning to Dance Etc. Studio!!!! 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. Studio!!!

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Ms. Deresha Siler

Dance Etc. Studio's Ballet & Tap Instructor: 


Deresha is a Georgia native that was born in Kansas raised in Snellville,Ga. She has been dancing since the age of 6 and was in the world of competitive dance for 12 years, and has taught for 3 years. 


Teaching ballet, Tap, hip-hop, jazz and tumbling. She received most of her training from Triple 7 Dance Studio. The genres of her training include ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, and hip-hop. She has had the pleasure to perform on the Universal Studios Stage twice within her dance career. She’s also taken classes at the Millennium dance complex and International Dance Academy(IDA) in Los Angeles. She’s taken classes from talented choreographers such as Savion Glover, Mandy Moore, Matt Steffanina, and more. She’s also Performed in the closing show for Hollywood Vibe Nationals in Panama City Beach. She’s currently attending the University of West Georgia to pursue a degree in Health and Community Wellness to become a Health Couch and personal trainer.

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Ms. Courtney Locke

Dance Etc. Studio Musical Theatre and Jazz Instructor:


Courtney Locke is a Dancer, Choreographer and Actress. She is a graduate of San Jacinto College with a Fine Arts Degree in Modern Dance and Composition. She began her training at twelve and performing in musicals at thirteen. She is a recipient of the Monty Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical; for her performance as Velma Kelly in a regional production of Chicago. She received the San Jacinto Dance Department Scholarship and presented an original work at the 2015 American College Dance Association Festival Southeast Conference. Since moving to Atlanta, three years ago, she has performed in productions at Springer Opera House; Stone Mountain Park, 2019 Super Bowl’s Commissioner Party and choreographed Madeline’s Christmas for the Horizon Theatre. She is very excited about her first year at Dance Etc. Studio.

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Ms. Katara Phelps

Dance Etc. Studio's  Modern  & Creative Movement:

 

Katara Phelps, a Tampa native, discovered her love for dance at the age of 7 years old. While attending elementary, Katara invited herself to a neighborhood studio and that was the beginning. After several years of not seeing or feeling progression, she became a member of Kuumba Drummer and Dancers where she l earned the culture and art of Traditional African Dancing and Drumming. In 2006, Katara enrolled at Hillsborough Community College and began to take her Dance Career to a professional level.


After completing two years of studies, she then moved to Orlando, Fla and joined the Center of Contemporary Dance Company.  She also challenged herself to character stage shows, including playing “Rosita” in Sesame Street at Anheuser-Busch Sea World. Katara has had the opportunity to train with several artists, such as; Dawn Branch, Obediah Wright, Troy Powell, Urban Bush Woman, Jennifer Archibald, Dario Moore and many more. Katara was inspired and motivated by the artists she had worked with, sparking a move to Atlanta to enroll at Brenau University. Brenau University, under Vincas Greene and Jolie Long, was the ultimate experience. Entering as a professional dancer, this is where she gained as an artist. Brenau has provided Katara with many skills such as teaching, choreography and production.



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Guest Instructors

Ms. Faith Madison

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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. 

Miss Adriana Reed

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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! 

Mrs. Candis Alton-Davis

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Dance Etc. Studio 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 a B.A. graduate of Virginia State University, with over 16 years of dance training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical and Modern.  She also has 10 years of competitive dance experience.  While living in Atlanta, Candis has performed with the African American Dance Review,  judged for the Georgia High School State Dance Championship, Revolution Dance Competition, choreographed for an episode of Drop Dead Diva, served as interim Coach for the South Carolina State University dance line and has provided guest choreography for events and studios all throughout the South East.  She is the Co-Owner of Studio4 Dance, LLC in Richmond, VA and the Owner of The Teacher’s Dance Bag. Candis is also a member of the National Dance Education Organization. She has been able to accomplish this all while simultaneously maintaining the positions of Assistant Director of a dance studio in Stockbridge, GA, a Lead Dance Instructor at a studio in Marietta, GA and the Dance Director for a High School in Fayetteville, GA.

 
 

Candis is currently working towards her M.A. in Performing Arts.

Assistant Teachers

 

Miss Melissa

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 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. Studio.
This will be Melissa's Fourth year as part of the Competition Team with Dance Etc. Studio. She has danced at many local events in Ellijay, GA as part of the Dance Etc. Studio 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. Studio.

Miss Brynna

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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 Team and beyond blessed to continue her dance education with Dance Etc. Studio this season!!!