Professional Teachers

RISPA's teachers are the cornerstone of our programs. They are professional and accomplished, yet genuine in their love of their craft. Each teacher brings unparalleled and unique skills to our programs.

Danny Louchiey— Owner/Director
Georgina Louchiey — Owner/Artistic Director — Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern

Mr. Danny went to South Carolina State University and studied Performing Arts, which way back then was called a Drama major, and minored in Business. After college, he moved to Atlanta for a few months and was discovered in an open casting call by Randall James, who at the time was casting director for ABC daytime television. He flew to NYC for a screen test for the role of "Jesse" opposite Debbi Morgan on the daytime soap, "All My Children." After having the experience of auditioning for a major network, Danny flew to LA and had bit roles in some made-for-TV movies, such as "Happy," starring the late, great, Dom DeLuise. While in LA, Danny studied various acting techniques including the Stanislavsky system, method acting, and others. While continuing in the pursuit of his acting career, Danny worked for a short time as a personal assistant for recording superstar Stevie Wonder, after which he worked as a limousine driver driving Hollywood execs and superstars such as Tony Bennett, Eddie Murphy, Brooke Shields, Michael Jackson, Ozzy Osbourne, Paula Abdul and Lionel Ritchie, and others. It was while working as a limo driver Danny's life changed when he met Steven Mettz, owner and CEO of Swiss Entertainment Company, representing television composers and artists. AS Mettz' personal assistant, Danny learned the ins and outs of running a successful agency. During this period Danny decided that entertainment was definitely the business for him.

After LA, Danny moved to London and did numerous voiceovers for London's Channel 4 Television Company. He worked for "The Talk of London" Cabaret Club and hired his wife Georgina as the lead dancer (and subsequently married her!). Some of the many performers to perform and visit "The Talk of London" were  Sir Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Boy George, Sasha Cohen, Emma Thompson, and many, many more. Danny also organized private events for celebrities such as Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Georgina and Danny are blessed with two beautiful children, Josh and Carina-Kay. Danny also is blessed with his two other children, Hershey and Lenni Louchiey.

After spending almost 20 years in London and opening two performing arts schools together, Danny convinced his beautiful wife to move to Atlanta and after living here for a little over a year, they opened the Renaissance International School of Performing Arts. Now after having made a third location move, RISPA brings many blessing to them and to the community. In Danny's own words, "Our children are both in college and grown, Georgina and I could be empty-nesters, but instead we have taken on all the children of RISPA as our own!"

Ms. Georgina is an internationally-known teacher and artist who performed professionally on London's Drury Lane (equivalent to New York's Broadway). For more than five years Georgina performed in the Olivier Award-winning "42nd Street" in London's West End.

As a teacher, Georgina is a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance and R.A.D. She is well-known for jazz and tap instruction and choreography. She has taught at Italian Conta and Arts Educational.

Before moving to the states in 2004, Georgina and Danny owned two successful dance schools in London. The Atlanta community has enjoyed her choreography in outstanding productions of "Seussical," "Fame," "Godspell," "Dear Edwina," "13," "All Shook Up," "Shrek," and others. She has choreographed countless award-winning numbers at Access Broadway and was nominated for Best Choreographer. Along with husband Danny, she was named Best Studio Director in 2011 and 2013, and in the summer of 2013 led RISPA to #1 in America, winning the Broadway Cup for Performing Arts in the National Access Broadway Competition. Most recently, RISPA came back from 2017 Regionals with the titles, Best Dance School, Best Performing Arts School, and Best Choreography.

Georgina had literally danced all over the world, and is especially proud of becoming a US citizen in February 2013 and remains loyal to the U.K. and the U.S. as a dual citizen.

Over the past five years, Georgina has collaborated with the Broadway Dreams Foundation. She is proud to have performed "Both Sides Now" at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta and New World Stages, NYC, with BDF as a testament to dancing through life as a breast cancer survivor.

Georgina's goal is to continue to expand the opportunities at RISPA, to share her love of performing arts, and to enable all students to have the best performing arts training in the country.

Brittany Willett — Jazz, Ballet, Modern, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theatre

Ms. Brittany grew up dancing at Rhythm Dance Center in Marietta. She has been technically trained in a variety of dance styles such as, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Tap. As a teenager, Brittany began traveling to and from Los Angeles in order to pursue her dreams of becoming a professional dancer. Since then, Brittany has been featured in Justin Giles dance company Soul Escape. She has been seen on network television stations such as CBS, ABC, CNN, MTV, BET and the Disney Channel. She has toured with music artists such as Aaron Carter, Keri Hilson, JoJo, The Dream, Mario, Kelly Rowland, and Chris Brown. Brittany has danced on MTV Music Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, the Super Bowl, The Dirty South Awards and The LA Music Awards. She has also been featured in national and local commercials such as Reebok, Nike, Georgia Lottery and Rooms To Go.

Jasmine Roberts — Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Musical Theatre

Ms. Jasmine received her formal dance training from the Dance Theatre of Harlem, and the Ailey school, where she was a fellowship student. Jasmine has danced professionally with the Dance Theatre of Harlem DTB Ensemble, Ballethnic Dance Company in Atlanta, Dance Canvas, and The Atlanta Dance Connection. She has had the opportunity to perform internationally, and work with many outstanding choreographers, such as Nathan Trice, Dwana Smallwood, Scott Rink, and Hinton Battle among many others. Ms. Jasmine has worked with Elliot Feld’s Ballet Tech, Alvin Ailey Arts & Education, and Atlanta Dance Canvas as a teacher/choreographer, just to name a few. She has choreographed and staged various full length Nutcracker productions as well as competition numbers. Ms. Jasmine currently freelances throughout the southeast region teaching workshops, guest performing, and choreographing.

Chad Watkins— Voice Company, Musical Theatre, Private Voice, Piano

Mr. Chad has been a top-rated performing arts educator for many years.  Chad's vocal students have won full tuition college scholarships, performed on American Idol's Hollywood week, landed lead roles on Broadway, and been the stars of many local venues. His piano students have gone on to play for big names in pop, country and the gospel music industry.  He has 28 years experience in teaching and has taught students of all ages.  Chad has taught music for Lancaster Music Company, Brenau College Preparatory Department, First Baptist Atlanta, as well as taught all grade levels in the public schools systems.  Chad also worked professionally with Black Bear Dinner Theater where he served as acting coach, musical director, accompanist and choreographer for all shows.


Ellen Brumby — Creative Dance (preschool program), Ballet/Jazz, Ballet/Tap, Pre-Ballet

Ms. Ellen says, "I have always loved to dance! I love working with children and sharing my passion! I have so much fun nurturing each child’s creativity and watching my students grow and develop through the art and joy of dance."

Ms. Ellen has developed a dance curriculum based on correct ballet and dance technique that is age and developmentally appropriate, fun, creative and challenging. Hard work, developing self-confidence, attention skills, mutual respect and kindness are encouraged and expected. We learn about correct technique and terminology, the art of performance, some dance history including famous dancers and ballets, music appreciation, and a little bit of French. In her pre-school classes she uses a thematic approach meant to spark each child’s creativity and love for dance and the arts through stories, props, drama, puppets, songs, games and music.

Ms. Ellen has a Child Study and Dance degree from Webster College where she graduated Cum Laude with a K-12 teaching certificate. There she studied with Michael Simms and danced in the Webster College company as a soloist. She developed and taught a creative dance program for young children at Webster. She also taught creative movement at local pre-schools, and elementary schools as part of the academic curriculum, Girl Scout events, beginning ballet as a P.E. elective at a private high school and taught ballet/Jazz at Simms Academy of Dance in St Louis, MO.

Ms. Ellen taught elementary school for six years before her husband, Robert, and her had three children, Kyle, Ryan, and Sarah. When they were young they moved several times and she stayed home with them. But she always volunteered to teach creative dance and drama classes from pre-school through elementary school. Her daughter, Sarah, loved to dance!

When her family moved to Alpharetta and her children were older, I began teaching dance classes again. I learned about RISPA in 2009 and have been teaching here ever since. Mr. Danny and Ms Georgina have created a positive, nurturing and creative family at RISPA, where hard work, commitment and excellence are expected of all students, teachers and in all performances. Daughter Sarah came to RISPA as an older and more advanced student. Not only was she challenged technically, but she also grew creatively as an artist, and performer. In the process she became a more confident young woman.  I am so proud to work at RISPA. It is truly a place of excellence in the theater arts where children come first.

Irina Jermak — Private piano

Ms. Irina has close to 30 years experience in educating children and adults of all ages and levels in classic piano. Her educational background is most impressive. As a student, she started her studies at the age of 6, entering a classic piano school in Yerevan, Armenia — a former Soviet Union Republic. At the age of 14, she was admitted to the Tchaikovsky Musical Academy in Yerevan. After graduation, she successfully passed the Komitas Conservatory admittance exams and joined the class of renowned pianist, Professor Georgie Saradjev, earning a Mater of Arts degree in Piano Performance and Teaching. Her performance career started at the age of 7, when soling in her first city performance concert. Since then Irina has performed as a soloist and with orchestras for many respectful audiences.

Ms. Irina started her pedagogical career while being a student at the Komitas Conservatory. Since then Irina has educated hundreds of children and adults enrolled in her classes. Many of them has participated and have won in professional performance contests. Some of Irina's students have chosen the path of professional performer or educator, themselves.

Ms. Irina immigrated to the US with her husband and two daughters in 1991. The same year, she successfully launched her school in West LA. Because of her husband's job-related move, she had to start her practice all over — this time in Anne Arbor, Michigan. Three years later the practice was interrupted again due to another move, this time to Chicago. With her latest, and hopefully last relocation to Alpharetta, Ms. Irina serves residents by enriching their cultural life.

Ms. Irina's teaching style combines the best European academic traditions with her abilities of motivating students, building good student-teacher relationships, injecting love of music and esthetical values in general. Her program for piano is unique and innovative, serious, responsible, and result-oriented. She emphasizes the development of student's musical abilities through a well-balanced and well thought-out program, which covers Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music with the following: various piano technique exercises, music theory, ear training, memory skills, sight-reading, piano ensembles, and public performance skills.

 

Debbie Walker — Voice Company, Private Voice Coach

Ms. Debbie graduated Magna Cum Laude in Voice and Drama from Milligan College and received a scholarship from Capital University of Conservatory of Music where she completed a special studies program in vocal performance. AS a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, Ms. Debbie has taught voice and drama at the Atlanta/Dekalb School of Performing Arts, Mercer University, Mount Paran Christian High School, and continues to teach privately. Stage credits include a national tour with American Entertainment Productions with artists such as Loretta Lynn, Pat Boone, Jim Nabors, the Statler Brothers, The People Mover Theatre at Six Flags over Georgia, and such productions as "Godspell," "The Boyfriend," "Chronicles of Narnia," "American Literature on Trial," "Up the Down Staircase," "The Witness," "The Least of These," and "Late." Her on-camera work includes "Another Life, "Stranger to Danger," music videos, PBS programming and various local commercials. Ms. Debbie also worked as an on-air talent for WAEC Radio and KRGR Radio and a voiceover talent for WSB Radio, Entertainment Media Network, and DMX Music. Over the years, Ms. Debbie has directed more than 70 shows - some of the most recent with RISPA including "Fame," "Dear Edwina," "13," "Godspell," and "Seussical." Ms. Debbie lives in Atlanta with her furry and feathered companions Jewel, Sukie, Bella, Fella and Olive.

Chan'nel Johnson — Jazz, Tap

Ms. Chan’nel started dancing at the age of 4 at Rosina’s Studio of Performing Arts in Swedesboro, NJ. It was here that she got her first taste of national competition and performing for large audiences. During this time Chan’nel soon began student teaching and doing choreography for younger classes. She traveled to New York City and took classes with such people as, Frank Hatchett, Steven Boyd, Debbie Dee and Jimmy Locust. In 1995 Chan’nel moved to Atlanta to attend Clark Atlanta University and earned her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications. After graduation she began teaching dance around the Atlanta area and producing stage shows for different artists. She is the founder and director of Education Thru Dance and The Dance Project. Her credits include, “A Soulful Celebration” (Debuted at 14th Street Playhouse) which she wrote, co-choreographed and directed, Arts Over Atlanta Showcase Series, Dancestar Talent Search; with Disturbing Tha Peace Records and “Arts With You” Artistic Residency Program. Chan’nel has choreographed over 100 award-winning pieces for national competitions and her work has been honored with such accolades as “Best Emotional Execution” (Lamentations), “Best Over-All Performance” (Lessons in Hip-Hop), “Over-All High Score” (PYT, Lessons in Hip-Hop and Hip-Hop Medley) and her most coveted “Best Educator Award” presented by Co. Dance.

Chan’nel is proud to add International Choreographer to her resume as she did the choreography and staging for the Ms. Latina USA and Ms. Latina Del Mundo Pageant Systems in the Dominican Republic and is currently the choreographer and show director for the Miss California Latina Pageant System. Ms. Chan'nel considers herself a dance educator and loves coming in contact with children through her teaching. It is here that she gets the most joy out of seeing young children exposed to the arts. She enjoys teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Creative Movement, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. On any given day you can ask her why she chooses to be a dance teacher and she will tell you: “If I can positively affect one child through the art of dance then I have the opportunity to change the world one dance at a time.” It is this attitude that has allowed Ms. Chan’nel to teach dance for over 15 years. She is thrilled to be the resident Co. Tap Instructor at RISPA and has enjoyed seeing her students love for the art form blossom.

Bill Newberry — Voice Company, Private Voice, Piano

Mr. Bill is a nationally-known music director, educator, actor, keyboardish, and singer who resides in Atlanta. In his successful career whith Theatre of Stars, he was music director for more than 30 shows, including "Beauty and the Beast," "Music Man," Fiddler on the Roof," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," "Annie," "Chorus Line" and more. Mr. Bill has worked with aspiring professionals and professional singers for years as a private coach and workshop presenter with Camp Broadway, Fox Theatre's Rising Star, and others.

Annie Dietz — Musical Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Stage Coadh, Modern, Lyrical

Ms. Annie was born in Greenville, SC, but has lived in the Metro Atlanta area for most of her life. She has been teaching dance, acting, and musical theatre locally since 2008. She earned her bachelor’s degree in dance and creative writing from Kennesaw State University where she also studied musical theatre and acting. It is her goal to use the performing arts to instill creativity, self-confidence, and self-discipline in her students. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the RISPA family and teach "a little bit of everything." Above all, she simply loves the life that her Heavenly Father has given her to share with her husband, David, and their dog, Edie.

Sarah Hooks — Office Manager — Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern,

Ms. Sarah is a native of Dublin, GA. She started dancing at the early age of 4 and joined the competition dance team at Fancy Dancer at the age of 7. She received several trophies from various competitions including LA Dance Magic, NYCDA, and The Pulse to name a few. After high school, she auditioned for several colleges and received a dance scholarship to attend Brenau University Women’s College in Gainesville, GA. She received Freshman and Senior Dancer of the Year as well as the Carol Smiraoski Memorial Scholarship. During her sophomore year, Sarah was able to travel to NYC to perform in the Merce Cunningham Winter Intensive. She also performed at the American College Dance Festival at the University of Florida. One of her most challenging performances was a Diavolo Residency at Brenau in which she performed “The Bench.” In 2010, she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance Education from Brenau University. Miss Hooks is certified by the State of GA to teach dance to pre-school through 12th grade students. After college, she was signed to DDO Agency in Atlanta and is now signed with JLM Talent Management.  Miss Hooks can be seen dancing on Vampire Diaries “Dangerous Liasions” and “Do Not Go Gentle.” She also performed at the GA Dome for the Atlanta Falcons Halftime Show for Georgia Lottery “Jingle Bucks” choreographed by CiCI Kelley. This was her largest audience to date. Furthermore, she was a dancer for the movie “Scary Movie 5.” She has performed in various industrials such as Well Star Industrial, The Next Cool Event, Ian Somerholder Foundation Benefit, Gotta Dance Atlanta promotions, and America’s Mart Atlanta Industrial to name a few. Her greatest accomplishment was touring as a dancer and choreographer in China for the US-Cultural Exchange Program. Miss Sarah has taught and choreographed for various schools including Parkview High School, Buford High School, Collins Hill High School, North Gwinnett High School, St Pius X Catholic High School, Atlanta Festival Ballet, Miss Libby’s School of Dance & Gymnastics, and Gainesville Ballet Company under the direction of Diane Callahan. Miss Sarah’s favorite part of teaching is seeing a child master a new skill and the excitement that brings. Sarah is a proud mother of a black Labrador named “Brooks.”

 

Shannon Bailey — Voice  Company, Private Voice

Ms. Shannon is from Bangor, Maine, and has enjoyed performing since childhood when she would act and sing on local Maine and Canadian television. She studied at the University of Maine, Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., and Southeastern College in Lakeland, Fla., where she also performed for the Disney World Parks.

Ms. Shannon began her directing career at Mount Paran Central where she directed several musicals including, "Narnia." While there, she also produced and recorded a live album, "Shout of the King." She continues to work closely with several Atlanta-area recording studios, directing and recording background vocals for various recording artists. Ms. Shannon is the wife of a minister. The couple have two chldren. She is a fulltime Music and Arts director at River of Life Church in Cumming.

Hallie Ricardo — Acting Company, On Camera Acting, Private Acting Coach

Ms. Hallie comes from a family of Broadway performers, including both her parents and her sister. After attending the Georgia Governor's Honors Program for Drama, Hallie received her BFA in Acting from UCLA.  She has been cast in films, television shows, web series, and stage productions from Los Angeles to New York. She has also taught and directed children's theatre and judged the Access Broadway competition in Atlantic City.

Claci Juday — Musical Theatre

Ms. Claci has starred on Broadway, as Winnie Tate in "Annie Get Your Gun" opposite Reba McEntire. Audiences across the country have seen Ms. Claci in the national tours of "Cats" (Sillabub), Hal Prince's "ShowBoat" (Kim), opposite Dean Jones and Cloris Leachman, and "Annie Get Your Gun" (Winnie Tate). Atlanta audiences may know Ms. Claci from Sisters of Swing at Georgia Ensemble Theatre (Patty Andrews), The Great American Trailer Park Musical at Actors' Express (Pippi — Suzi Bass Award for Best Acress in a musical), "Sister Act" at the Pasadena Playhouse and Alliance Theatre (Sister Mary Dominique), "Little Shop of Horrors" (Audrey), "The It Girl" (Betty), "Cabaret" (Sally Bowles), "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Millie) at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. Most recently, Claci performed opposite Sally Struthers as Lily St. Regis in "Annie" at the Fox Theatre. As for film and television, Ms. Claci had a short stint on "One Life to Live." She was also featured in the films "Beauty of the Southlant," "Hauntedween," and she deanced the title role of "Pretty Dead Girl," which premiered at the Sundance and Tribecca film festivals in 2004.

Ms. Claci holds a BFA in musical theatre from the University of Cincinnnati's College Conservatory of Music. Originally from Bowling Green, KY, she now resides in Atlanta, where she lends a "s-6-7-8" to the Broadway Dreams Foundation as a guest choreographer and teacher. Her favorite roles are wife to her wonderful husband, television actor/financial advisor, Jeff Juday, and mommy to sweet Neve.


Sherry Henderson — Musical Theatre, Jazz, Acro, Ballet

Ms. Sherry has been teaching dance for more than 20 years. Sherry has just relocated from Phoenix, Arizona, where she taught jazz, tap, acrobatics, and musical theater. She has also choreographed/ and or directed more than 25 musical productions where she has received 11  AriZoni nominations for Best Choreography and Direction and has won an AriZoni  for  Best Choreography  for  the musical productions of “CATS,” “13 The Musical,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Aristocats Jr.”  She has also choreographed award winning competition pieces, and is the proud recipient of the prestigious Dance Masters of America's Sherry Gold Award for Outstanding Choreography.  Sherry has extensive experience in the performing arts and professional theatre, where among her credits, she played the role of "Duffy" in the Broadway production of “Annie,” (Gershwin Theater), ensemble in “42nd St,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “The King and I” (Bucks County Playhouse). She was a "Demon Diva " (back up singer and dancer) for Liza Minnelli in “Steppin' Out” at Radio City Music Hall (choreographed by Tony award winner Susan Stroman) and toured the US and Europe and was a dancer in David Copperfield's  show DANGEROUS in Las Vegas. Her proudest accomplishment is being a mom to her amazing children Jaden, 15, and Molly,11, and knows she wouldn't be where she is today without the unconditional support of her husband, Jim.


Bryce Williams — Hip Hop, Jazz, Stage Coach

Mr. Bryce is an award-winning choreographer/director with more than 10 years of experience. With training in Hip-Hop/Jazz/Musical Theatre/Ballet/Contemporary/ Acting and Voice, Bryce has worked with many agents/TV shows/ and artists including, "Telsey & Co Casting," the hit TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," "Step Up 3d,"  Roscoe Dash and Grammy award-ainning artist "T-Pain." Bryce takes great pride in guiding performers on their own journey through the arts. With first place awards in choreography at Nuvo, Jump, KAR, and many more dance conventions, Bryce has a gift of reaching inside of students to foster an intrinsic belief in themselves, inspiring them to share their light with the world.

Brittany Steelhammer — Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre, Stage Coach, RCT director

Ms. Brittany is a recent college graduate from the University Of Alabama with a BA in Musical Theatre. Brittany won the Outstanding Freshman Award in college as well as the Marian Galloway Award for acting her Junior year. She's also a RISPA company member alumni, and attended RISPA all through both middle school and high school. Directing credits include "All in the Timing," "Almost, Maine," "Love Song," "I Love You Because," and "Aladdin Kids," and "The Little Mermaid." She was also the first undergraduate at the University of Alabama to choreograph and departmental show titled "A New Brain". Recent performance credits include "Merrily We Roll Along" (Gussie), "Urinetown" (Pennywise), "Blood Wedding" (Moon), "ARDT Dance Concert" (Tap Dancer), "Design For Living" (Miss Hodge), "See Rock City and Other Destinations" (Claire), and "Animal Crackers" (Jamison).

Sandra Flynn — Ballet, Lyrical, Modern

Originally from Bogota, Columbia, Ms. Sandy began her training at Classical Academy of Ballet under the stewardship of Jennie Creer-King. She earned her BFA from Utah Valley University on scholarship. During her tenure at UVU she performed with Repertory Ballet Ensemble for three years, performing in many roles such as Paquita, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and La Sylphide. She has also worked with many notable choreographers such as Heather Gray, Monica Campbell, Mark Borchelt, and Shayla Bott. Ms. Sandy lives in Alpharetta with her husband Josh and their two children, Joey and Zoey. Ms. Sandy loves being in the classroom and watching dance transform young lives.

Mr. Calan —  Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical, Modern, Ballet

Mr. Calan has trained in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop, contemporary African and more. Along with being a creative program director and developer/cultural arts specialist, he has choreographed, danced, and taught for institutions such as Virginia Ballet Theatre, Todd Rosenlieb Modern Dance Company, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, Reaction Dance Company, Beauty for Ashes School of Contemporary Dance and Theatre Company, Governors School of the Arts Norfolk, VA, Oasis Dance Company, Ella Fitzgerald Theatre, Writers Bloc Inc. Connecticut, The City of Newport News and Hampton as a dance specialist and Bad Boys Entertainment Company. He has also taught for competition dance studios such as Denise Walls Energy, Middleton Academy Dance aka MAD DANCE, Powerhouse Dance Virginia, Performing Arts Academy Virginia Beach, and the City of Newport News government as a dance specialist.  As a former college football player now turned professional dancer, choreographer, dance teacher (ballet modern hip hop jazz),  dance program specialist, promotion/Brand Ambassador with more than six years of experience in each of these, Calan's diverse skills and qualifications are an asset to RISPA and his students. He is passionate about teaching and an advocate of the arts with a focus on theatre and dance.

Courtney Rhinehart — Stage Coach, Private Voice, Piano, Guitar, Artist Development

Ms. Courtney is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She began studying classical piano at age 6. She has played in bands since age 21, gigging in the Metro Detroit area with her first band, We The People. She studied classical and jazz piano at the famed Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, as well as Music Theory and History at the University of Michigan. She earned her BA in Music Therapy/Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Her interships were spent teaching miusic in the Detroit Public School System.

Ms. Courtney traveled to New Orleans to season her musicianship. She spent a year performing in an international band. This led to her touring in Central America, and an opportunity to live in France and tour Europe playing for the label La Sourde Oreille. She also traveled to West Africa, where she had the honor of studying and performing with Les Ballets Africains de Guinee (The African Balelt of Guinea).

Ms. Courtney then came to Atlanta where she has performed with the neo soul label the Earthseed Collective, and countless venues as a solo artist. In Atlanta, she has worked for the Peggy Still School of Music, MusicLife Studios, Georgia State University's Neighborhood Music Schools, The International Community School, Youth Choir Director at Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur, Alchemy Sky Studios, and the North Fulton School of Music and Lucky Dog Studios.

Brian Jones — Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Jazz

Mr. Brian is a New Orleans, Louisiana native, an alumnus of Louisiana State University and was an Acting MFA Candidate at NYU: Tisch School of the Arts. Jordan studied dance at Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre of New York City and The Debbie Dance Academy of Los Angeles. As a young director and choreographer, Brian balances a very active performance career with past regional theatre credits such as — “Dreamgirls,” “Fences,” “Once on This Island,” “The Wiz,” and “A Midsummer  Night's Dream.” His Broadway credits include: “Holla' if Ya Hear Me” (Original Workshop Cast) and the National Tour of “The Color Purple.” Locally, he has starred in projects at the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Synchronicity Theatre and Independent Artist's Playhouse.

Kelly Smith — Voice Company, Private Voice/Piano

Ms. Kelly has been highly recognized and sought after performer and educator throughout the southeast for 15 years.  Her professional career began in Florida where she served as Vocal Coach for the Young Artist Program at the Award Winning Theater Jacksonville.  She performed with several professional theater groups including Alhambra Theater, Theater Jacksonville, and Players by the Sea with credits including Leading Player in Pippin, The Cat in Honk, and Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense. She moved to Georgia in 2002 and ultimately finished her Masters of Music in Voice Performance/Opera at Georgia State University.  Some opera credits include Blanche in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Blanche in Previn’s Streetcar Named Desire, and Giulietta in Tales of Hoffman.  She has recorded solo and background vocal studio work, done extensive accompanying, and served as Musical Director for many productions.
Ms. Kelly’s students have received top honors at Thespian Festivals, Schuler Hensley Awards, and Governors Honors Program and are consistently cast by companies including Red Phoenix, Alliance, Atlanta Lyric, and Fabrefaction.  Her students have been awarded scholarships at Elon, Shenandoah, Belmont, FSU, Stetson, USC, and UGA.  Kelly combines solid technical instruction with consistent and encouraging reinforcement to keep students engaged and actively developing.  She lives in Johns Creek with her husband, E.J. and their two beautiful children.

Michael Silvey — Private Guitar

Mr. Michael is a skilled guitarist, saxophonist, and vocalist who has professional experience performing, teaching, arranging, and directing music.  Over the past ten years, he has performed all over the United States in a variety of ensembles from professional amusement park bands, university big bands, top 40 cover bands, and original rock n’ roll bands.   In addition to performing, Michael has been involved with private guitar lesson studios for several years and co-directed the inaugural University of Central Oklahoma summer jazz workshop.

Edwina Lowe — Hip Hop

Dancing since the tender age of four, Ms. Edwina has always loved and appreciated the world of dance. Throughout the years, she has trained under the best choreographers in all aspects of dance, from hip hop choreographers Marty Kudelka and Gil Dulado, to jazz legends Mia Michaels and Dee Caspary, and Hope Boykin, an african dance instructor who is a member of the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre. In high school, she was a part of two dance companies; a liturgical dance company where she was the principal dancer in an opening dance for renowned Gospel artist, Donnie McClurkin, and a hip hop studio company, Dance Empire, who won 1st place in competitions like the New York Dance Alliance and West Coast Dance Explosion.

As a graduate from Florida State University with a degree in finance, she learned her true passion of teaching and choreographing when she joined Kollage Dance Troupe, a student organization.   She became their co-choreographer and treasurer using both her financial and choreography skills to strengthen the group.  Her high-energy choreography helped bring the organization 1st place prizes city and statewide. Edwina has appeared in many music videos and has worked with some of today’s hottest entertainers, such as R&B sensation Ayanna, Tori Alamaze, DJ Unk, Whodini and opening for artists such as Bow-Wow, Jibbs, Llyod, and Crime Mob on the Price of Fame Tour. Ms. Edwina does not limit herself to only one genre. One of her most notable attributes is her versatility. From ballet to hip hop, from jazz to African, she has studied, performed and choreographed them all. Now, Edwina wants to share her talent in another way. She receives great joy from instilling the love and passion of dance in others. She is looking forward to expanding her work as a choreographer and an instructor, and to teach all of her students that “a dancer is not great because of their technique, but because of their passion.”

Molloy VanGordon — Private Guitar

Mr. Molloy's talents include playing blues, rock, jazz and acoustic styles, songwriting structure and technique and ear training. He looks forward to fostering personal and musical growth among his students in an encouraging environment.