Staff

RISPA's front desk staff is responsible for the daily running of the studio, the safety of our students and supporting our teachers. Each staff member has a heart for the arts and insures that our studio provides a safe, friendly and supportive environment for our students.

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.

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.”


Kelly Skinner — Parent Liaison

Ms. Kelly joined the staff in 2012 and is involved with the Company parents, Company recruiting, coordinating and scheduling. She is also Ms. Georgina's assistant. She loves kids and being a part of their development and growth. Since moving to Georgia in 1990, Ms. Kelly has worked as a director for Primrose School and more recently was an assistant teacher with Fulton County Schools from 2006-2012. Being a part of the RISPA, which helps children develop their personal and profesional skills, is what it is all about for her.

Tara Sack — Front Desk

Tara was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where she spent the first two years of her life. She lived in Wisconsin for a short period of time before moving to Georgia at the age of 4. Moving all around the state of Georgia she attended a new school almost every year. Always being on the move has given her the opportunity to meet a lot of unique people and explore new places which she is very grateful for. Tara graduated from West Forsyth High School in 2014 and is now furthering her education at Georgia State University where she is majoring in Business. She has always had a passion for the performing arts. As a child, Tara enjoyed creating plays and choreographing dances for her friends and family. She was born to entertain! Tara loves all forms of the performing arts but is mostly interested in acting. Throughout her training, she has gotten the chance to work with successful talent such as Elliot Lester, Christy Carlson Romano, Tom Virtue, and Adrian R’Mante.  Besides performing, Tara loves traveling, photography, modeling, gymnastics, playing on her aerial hoop, and hula hooping.

Leighanne Martin - Wright — Front Desk, Graphic Design

Ms. Leighanne holds a degree in creative writing from Salem College in North Carolina and has spent years working in and for all aspects of the arts — visual, theatrical, and performing. Before moving back to Georgia, Leighanne acted, produced, and directed for 18 years with Foothills Theatre community theater group and 10 years directing with Elkin High School. When not at RISPA, Leighanne is helping to care for her first granddaughter, Hadley (and yes, she will gladly show you a photo). She believes education is not complete without some facet of the arts as part of it.

Indy Tanner — Front Desk

Indy Tanner is currently attending Johns Creek HS. She’s always had a love for the arts including photography, acting, and art. For the last few years she has spent her summers working with the Broadway Dreams Foundation where she has had the privilege of working with Broadway stars such as Billy Porter, Nick Adams, Tituss Burgess, Alice Ripley, and many more.

Kyle Thelonius Johnson ‚ Resident Technician

Mr. Kyle graduated from Full Sail University with high honors in recording engineering. Since then, he has worked with recording artists such as Giddy Gibson,The Cheetah Brothers, Clint Jones, and many more. In his free time, Mr. Kyle heards wild squirrels, which has given him the nickname, "The Squirrel Whisperer" in four and a half states. HIs success with these creatures has even inspired him to create his own brand of squirrel jerky. When he'snot managing fussy Wuzzy Squirrel Jerky, he'sinstalling high-end smart home systems. He recently starred in the Broadway revival of "The Squirrel King," as the title role. Mr. Kyle has been a part of the RISPA family since 2011.

Vickie T. Dennis — Housekeeping

Ms. Vickie is a native of Georgia and resides in Ellenwood with her husband, Richard. She has worked in the Alpharetta/Milton area as a nanny from 2000 to present. She became involved with RISPA  bringing Madison to her dance and voice lessons for many years. When RISPA expanded in 2010, Ms. Vickie came on board assisting with keeping the studios clean and tidy for all the talented children who come through our doors. Ms. Vickie prays God's blessing on all our RISPA students as she loves watching them grow up throughout the year and move forward.