Melanie Emory – Owner | Director | TeacherView Bio
With a background in Early Childhood Education, Melanie has been teaching for 20 years. She trained and taught at Regina’s School of Dance and was in the competitive dance company, Southern Dazzle under the direction of Regina Gaskins Clark. She has been teaching at Dance Dynamics for the past 17 years. She is beginning her 11th year as Director. Melanie continues to update her training through annual workshops and conventions. Competitively, her choreography has won Top Overall Awards to Best Choreography at numerous dance competitions.
Beth Morris – Assistant Director | TeacherView Bio
Beth started dance at age three with Dance Dynamics, during its founding year. She is a former member of the Dance Dynamics Dance Company and trained extensively in the areas of ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, lyrical and pointe. She has traveled to New York and taken classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She has competed regionally and nationally with both groups and solo performances. She was a background dancer briefly and was a Dance Assistant with Hoctor’s Dance Caravan at Disney. She was nominated for Governor’s Honors in Dance. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Child and Family Development with an emphasis in Family Services/ Social Work from Georgia Southern University. In addition, Beth is also a social worker with expertise in domestic minor sex trafficking and serves with many nationally recognized organizations and assists with the statewide hotline for child sex trafficking victims.
Ruby Hilliard – Administrative Assistant
Kathryn Ginaldi – BalletView Bio
Kathryn has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from FSU. She has studied at the North Carolina School of the Arts and at the Joffery School of Ballet in NYC. While attending college she was a principal dancer with the Tallassee Ballet where she performed leading roles such as the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Clara in The Nutcracker, and Swanhilda in Coppelia. Kathryn is in her 13th year of teaching at Dance Dynamics.
Casie Palmer – Tap and JazzView Bio
Bio coming soon….
Allison Swinson – Contemporary and JazzView Bio
Allison grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where she trained with Annette Wilson, Natalie Fotopoulos, and Alexei Moskalenko. She attended the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the Dance Department. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2012, Allison moved to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her career in dance, working with Project 7 Contemporary Dance Company, and teaching at various studios. Allison was recently part of Project 7’s “SHE,” and 1st runner-up at the Capezio A.C.E. awards in New York City in 2014.
Paula Aguirre – Stretching and ConditioningView Bio
Paula started taking ballet at 2 years old and continued dance classes in tap, jazz, lyrical and pointe until the age of 18, participating in her studio’s performance class as well as school dance teams. She moved to Macon in 2001 to attend Mercer University School of Engineering. When her son was born in 2006, she became a stay at home mom. A few years later, after her daughter was born in 2009, Paula found herself longing to reconnect with her dance background and found Cor Pilates. She noticed the way Pilates changed her body and made her feel better. It even improved the symptoms of her lymphedema and her heart condition – POTS. After 3 years of practicing, Paula took the opportunity to become a certified instructor. She looks forward to sharing the many benefits of Pilates with others while continuing to learn and grow in her personal practice and as a teacher.
Rachel Davies – Lyrical, Ballet and TapView Bio
Rachel began her dance training at the age of three and studied ballet, Pointe, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip hop, and musical theater. She competed in several different national competitions, traveling to various states, including Nevada, Missouri, and Ohio. Before graduating high school, she performed in Detroit’s Fringe Festival and studied under Meg Paul of the Joffrey Ballet for one summer. She continued her dance education and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Oakland University in Michigan, where she performed with the Oakland Dance Theater for three years. During this time, Rachel also performed as a guest dancer in the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble’s Motown in Motion. After graduating, she was a background performer in David Shelby’s “Kick a Little Dirt” music video. She then moved to Arizona where she became a member of the Phoenix Contemporary Dance Company.
Rachel’s teaching career started when she became an assistant teacher at her local studio at 14 years old. She returned to the studio while at Oakland University to continue teaching. She has experience teaching ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary to children between three and 18 years old, and has also been a competition choreographer. In addition, Rachel is also a preschool teacher with four years of experience.
Alice Sheridan – BalletView Bio
Alice Strawn Sheridan, a native of Macon, began her training at Jean Weavers Dance Arts Studio and GladysLasky School of Ballet. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts for four years where she trained with Gyula Pandi, Gina Vidal, Melissa Hayden, Duncan Noble, Mimi Paul, Fanchon Cordell and other world-renownedfaculty members and guest artists. She spent 2 summers in Italy with a student company from NCSA, studying and performing. After graduating, she danced with the Milwaukee Ballet Company for several years under the direction of Ted Kivitt performing in Swan Lake, Giselle, Balanchine’s Stars and Stripes and many other original works. Appointed the Artistic Director of Nutcracker of Middle Georgia in 2017, she has been the Assistant Director of Nutcracker of Middle Georgia for 25 years. Mrs. Sheridan has been on the ballet faculty of Jean Weaver’s Dance Arts Studio for 30 years as well as a founding faculty member of Middle Georgia Youth Ballet. Her students have gone on to study with such prestigious schools as The School of American Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet and Boston Ballet. She attended the Teachers Workshop at Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in the summer of 2017 to study the Syllabus of Marcia Dale Weary, one of the nation’s foremost instructors of ballet. She is also a Progressing Ballet Technique Certified Instructor. Alice is the wife of Tino Sheridan and proud mother of sons, Val and Loy.
Mary Priestly Jarrard McLendon- BalletView Bio
Mary Priestly Jarrard McLendon began her training at Dance Arts Studio under the direction of Jean Evans Weaver and Alice Sheridan. She spent her summers training at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Boston Ballet, Washington Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, and on scholarship with Nashville Ballet. She has also studied with Karen Burns Weaver, John Mark Owen, Pavel Rotaru and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. Mary Priestly continued her training at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with honors in Dance Performance and was a company member of the Butler Ballet performing featured roles by choreographers Michelle Jarvis, Tong Wong, Marek Cholewa, Derek Reid, and Stephan Laurent.
After graduation, she was invited to join Nashville Ballet II where she performed in works such as Paul Vasterling’s Nashville Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet and many outreach productions throughout Tennessee. After spending a year teaching full time for the School of Nashville Ballet, Mary Priestly relocated to Dallas,Texas where she was a faculty member with the Texas Ballet Theater School in Ft. Worth for five years. In 2016, she was named “Teacher of the Year”.
Faith Luke – Jazz, Contemporary and BalletView Bio
Faith, originally from Moultrie, Georgia, was a company dancer at South Georgia Ballet for 7 years. Her training heavily focused on ballet, pointe/variation, tap, jazz, and contemporary. During her time there, she got to perform leading roles such as Snow Queen in The Nutcracker, Captain Hook in Peter Pan, and several contemporary duets. She has attended several different programs and competitions such as the Florida State University Summer Intensive and American Dance Competition. She is currently a student at Mercer University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minoring in Spanish and Chemistry. After graduation, she plans to go to graduate school then follow her dream of working in medicine.
Brady Michael-Hip Hop Instructor Ages 6-12View Bio
Brady has been training at Dance Dynamics Studio for the past eleven years and is in his third year teaching. Brady has won numerous scholarships and awards from various dance conventions and competitions, most notable placing in the Top 20 Junior Male Best Dancer in 2016 and Top 30 Teen Male Best Dancer in 2017. He is currently the senior assistant for iN House Dance, an intensive created by Cherrise Wakeham. Brady cannot wait to be teaching at Dance Dynamics this year!
Guest Teachers and ChoreographersView Bio
Spring Joy Christensen
Studio Assistants and Junior AssistantsView Bio
Miss Allie Emory: 5 year old class
Miss Ruby Hilliard: 1st/2nd Grade class
Miss Emma Grace Stanfield: Character Jazz class
Miss Elisa Aguirre: 4 year old class
Elisa is 10 years old, in the 5th grade at Stratford Academy. She started dancing at Dance Dynamics at the age of 2 and never looked back. She was in the inaugural Sparks group for Dance Dynamics’ youngest company team and is entering her 3rd year of company!
Miss Kinsley Johnson: 4 year old class
Kinsley is 11 and is in 6th grade at ACE. She has been dancing at Dance Dynamics since she was 3 years old and has been a dance company member for 3 years.