Melanie Emory – Owner | Director | TeacherView Bio
With a background in Early Childhood Education, Melanie has been teaching for 23 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 began teaching at Dance Dynamics under the direction of the late Pam Mierlarczyk in 2002 and became director and owner of Dance Dynamics in 2008. Melanie continues to update her training through annual seminars 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.
Cassidy Hall – Directors AssistantView Bio
Cassidy Hall is 19 years old and a graduate of Howard High School. She danced at Dance Dynamics for 9 years, and was on Company for 4 years. She has been active in the Arts since she was 5 years old, and is very involved in music and local theatre. She also has experience working as a background actor and a stand-in for television. She is so excited to be returning to Dance Dynamics, working with the dancers and their families!
Paula Aguirre – PilatesView 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.
Alice Sheridan – Ballet | Pointe | PBTView 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.
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.
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.
Casie Palmer – TapView Bio
Casie was born and raised in Macon, GA. She danced with Dance Dynamics for 14 years and danced competitively for 9 of those years. Casie graduated from Mount de Sales Academy and went on to earn a BA in Psychology from the University of Mississippi. Casie currently teaches 9th grade English and 12th grade Psychology at FPD of Macon. She is also earning her MAT from Wesleyan College in Macon. Casie enjoys supporting local small businesses in Macon and spending time with her husband, Jeremy Palmer. We are excited to have Casie for another year of teaching at Dance Dynamics!
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.
Princess LaShelle, Hip HopView BioA native of Macon, Georgia, Princess LaShelle is a fun and infectiously energetic dance instructor, choreographer and creator. She has over 15 years of experience in performing arts and specializes in Hip Hop and W. African dance. Her extensive training resume includes studying at Hayiya Dance Theatre, Dance411Studios, Millennium Studios L.A. and G-Rhythm Performing Arts Center in various styles of dance including hip hop, West African, street jazz and contemporary dance. Princess has performed on several nationally televised television shows including BETs 106 and Park, BETs Celebrity Hair, VH1s Kandi Burruss Wedding and MTV’s Rick Ross Dream in addition to several sitcoms. For 5 years, Princess served as a brand ambassador for Cumulus Media’s radio station Blazin 92.3, board member for the non-profit organization Women of Vision 3000 and recent winner of Dancing Stars of Central Georgia.
Danny Davis, TapView Bio
Bio coming soon…
Dana Mayo – Acro/TumblingView Bio
Bio Coming Soon!
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.
Chloe NapierView Bio
Chloe started dance at the age of three at Gail Hursey’s School of Dance in Statesboro, GA where she continued to dance until the age of 20 (at that time her family moved to Cartersville, GA). She took classes primarily in ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe, but also took classes in high school for lyrical/contemporary. While in high school she began assisting Mrs. Gail with several of the younger classes, and absolutely fell in love with teaching. She also started a liturgical dance group at her home church in Statesboro. While in college at Presbyterian College she participated in a dance production and also participated and choreographed dances and liturgical movements to go along with the PC Choir’s annual Christmas Performance. After college Chloe took a break from dancing while attending law school at Mercer. But soon after graduating she became involved with Simply Dance in Forsyth where she participated in classes and eventually moved to full time instructor. She taught classes in ballet, tap, jazz, pre-pointe, and lyrical/contemporary for the past five years. Now she is super excited to share her passion for dance with all of the wonderful students at Dance Dynamics!
Catie HansonView Bio
Bio coming soon….
Guest Teachers and ChoreographersView Bio
Casie Freeman Palmer
Spring Joy Christensen
Alexa Gregory Davis
Studio Assistants and Junior AssistantsView Bio
Miss Laney Childers
Miss Allie Emory
Miss Ruby Hilliard
Miss Emma Grace Stanfield
Miss Elisa Aguirre
Elisa is 11 years old, and is in the 6th 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 4th year of company!
Miss Kinsley Johnson: 4 year old class
Kinsley is 12 and is in 7th grade at ACE. She has been dancing at Dance Dynamics since she was 3 years old and has been a dance company member for 4 years.