McCree O’ Kelley
McCree O'Kelley is an Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of Dance at Kennesaw State University. He began his ballet training with Ann Brodie and the Carolina Ballet in Columbia, SC. At 16 he moved to New York City, accepting a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet. He furthered his dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts studying with Duncan Noble, Melissa Hayden and Warren Conover.
His versatile career as a professional dancer included performing with the Atlanta Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and the Broadway National Tour of Cats as Mr. Mistoffelees. His vast repertoire includes Balanchine's Serenade (Waltz Man), Allegro Brillante, Rubies, Who Cares, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Lila York's Celts (Green Man) and Gloria, Kevin O'Day's Viola Alone...(with one exception), Lynne Taylor-Corbett's Great Galloping Gottschalk (Men's Duet), Twyla Tharp's Deuce Coupe, Alan Hineline's Twist and Thresholds, Martha Graham's Diversion of Angels (Red Man), Val Caniparoli's Open Veins, Lew Christensen's Con Amore, Ben Stevenson's Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland and Michael Pink's Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame.
As a choreographer he has created works for the KSU Dance Company, Pacific Symphony, Alliance Theater, Trainees of Cincinnati Ballet, Ballet Spartanburg, Carolina Ballet, Ballet Southeast, Atlanta Dance Theater, Dance Converse, Theater Converse, Center Stage and Workshop Theater of South Carolina. In 2016 he was selected as one of four finalists for Ballet Arkansas's choreographic competition, Visions. In 2016 and 2018 his works were selected to be performed in the New Voices Concert at the Alabama Dance Festival. In 2019 his work Pariah was selected for Off the EDGE and was performed by the KSU Dance Company at the Rialto Center for the Arts.
Previously McCree was an assistant professor of dance at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where he was the artistic director of Dance Converse. He has served on the faculty of the American Academy of Ballet, the University of South Carolina Conservatory of Dance, the Atlanta Ballet Summer Program, Ballet Spartanburg and the University of California, Irvine. He holds a BA in Dance from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Dance from the University of CA, Irvine.
Lisa K. Lock
B.F.A and M.F.A. Ballet, California Institute of the Arts Areas of Emphasis: Modern Dance, Body Conditioning
Lisa K. Lock holds a BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a Ballet Diploma from the Grande Ecole de Danse in Bern, Switzerland.
She is currently an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kennesaw State University, where she teaches, Modern, Ballet, Improvisation and Choreography.
As a solo artist Lisa has performed her critically acclaimed choreography internationally, as well as all over the US. Choreography for companies include; La Danserie in Los Angeles, Georgia Ballet, and Full Radius Dance in Atlanta, Cleveland Opera, Verb Ballets, Ohio Dance Theater, Dancing Wheels, and the former Cleveland Dance Theater in Ohio.
Lisa comes with many years of teaching experience both in the University system and the private studio setting, recent festivals and intensive workshop teaching include, Complexion Contemporary Ballet, the International Ballet Intensive, KSU Dance Fest and Summer Intensive.
Andrea Knowlton is a Choreographer, Educator, and the Artistic Director of DANCE AEGIS, a movement based creative platform. Knowlton creates for both stage and screen in concert and commercial realms. Her work often integrates dance with film, media, and interactive technology. She has presented choreography in venues all over New York City, and Los Angeles. Her dance films and music videos have received national and international screenings. Knowlton's focus as an artist is on process, collaboration, and interdisciplinary conversation. Her choreographic work is inspired by the living body and its relationship to science and technology. She is interested in media, and its ability to diminish or magnify our innate human qualities. She has worked extensively as an Arts Integration Specialist, using dance to teach academic subjects to K-12 students across Los Angeles. As a teaching artist, she works with students of all ages in studio environments. She has been on faculty at Pasadena City College, and California State University Long Beach. Knowlton is a certified Yoga Instructor. She holds a BFA in Dance/Choreography from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, and an MFA in Choreography/Integrated Media from California Institute of the Arts.
Sean Nguyen-Hilton is an artist, choreographer and teacher working in Atlanta.
His work spans across genres, including stage work, musicals, installation and nontraditional spaces. He engages movement and the physical nature of things. His process is fueled by textures and the amorphous nature of living, as well as the observation of non-human structures and how their architectures can inform deeper understanding of the body. He is fascinated in how the body can be an architectural interface that can anchor consciousness in the present moment. He desires to be immersed among public and performative interactions where physical language can be presented as a medium of unseen forces, giving people a new tool with which to decipher the present moment. He is obsessed with how movement is an ally in filtering energy and expressing it in the present moment.
Locally, Sean Nguyen-Hilton's work has been presented at the Human Rights Campaign Gala, Atlanta Ballet's Wabi Sabi, Atlanta Ballet's Fellowship Ensemble, The Northwest Florida Ballet, Museum of Contemporary Art GA and The High Museum of Art.
Previously, Sean spent three seasons with River North Dance Chicago Company performing works by Robert Battle, Lauri Stallings, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Kevin Iaega Jeff, Julia Rhodes and Harrison McEldowney, among others. He spent two seasons with the NYC-based Armitage Gone! Dance. While with AG!D he toured throughout the U.S. and Europe, and performed at the Joyce theater NYC and Jacob's Pillow. He has also danced with the Bay Area Houston Ballet and Theatre, as well as Columbia Classical Ballet and Staibdance.
Sean has taught at The University of South Carolina, Northwest Florida Ballet, Ballet Tennessee, The Lou Conte Dance Studio, River North Dance Chicago, Staibdance, Thodos Dance Chicago and the American College Dance Association conference in Atlanta. He is currently on faculty at the Atlanta Ballet Center for Dance Education, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Footnotes Dance and Acrobatics Studio, and Powerhouse Dance Center.
After relocating to Atlanta in 2012, Sean danced with gloATL and was the principal of gloSCHOOLHOUSE (gloATLs educational platform). From 2013 to 2014, he was the Program Coordinator for ChopArt, an organization empowering homeless youth to practice self- expression through art. Sean was also the co-founder and facilitator of Dance Chance Atlanta, a once-a-month choreographic showcase at the Atlanta Ballet supported by the Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot.
In the Fall of 2014 Sean joined Fly on a Wall as Co-Artistic Director and Program Coordinator. Fly on a Wall is a 501c3 arts organization that thrives when artists of all backgrounds come together to create art that lives at the junction of wit, risk and meaningful experience. Fly's work shifts audiences' perspectives by creating an interface of artistic mediums that is guided by a strong theatrical sensibility and an extensive movement vocabulary.
In 2015 Sean was a Walthall Fellow through the Atlanta arts organization WonderRoot and a Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences Distinguished Fellow with Fly on a Wall. In 2016 ArtsATL said "Sean Hilton has emerged as one of the city's leading choreographers." The same year, he was an Idea Capital Grant winner with Fly on a Wall.
Dr. Carolyn Clark
Caroline Sutton Clark has a Ph.D. in Dance from Texas Woman's University and M.F.A. from the University of Hawai'i. Her research centers in oral history interviewing with dancers. Caroline is a frequently published academic author and presenter on dance, and she has won the graduate award for excellence and creativity in research from TWU, a Favorite Professor award at Texas State University, and two Top Conference Paper citations from the National Dance Educators Organization. As the 2017 Caroline Plummer Research Fellow in Community Dance in Dunedin, New Zealand, she designed and implemented a culturally diverse community oral history archive and dance festival. Coming from a range of experience in modern dance, butoh, ballet, and other forms of world dance, Caroline's choreography has been commissioned by dance companies in St. Louis, Honolulu, Seattle, Austin, and Minneapolis.
Thang Dao hails from New York City where he is a freelance choreographer, teacher, and coach. He holds a MA degree from New York University’s Gallatin School. Dao received his formal dance education from the Juilliard School and The Boston Conservatory, where he received his BFA in 2001.
Dao danced with the Stephen Petronio Company and the Metropolitan Opera until 2006, leaving to choreograph for Ballet Austin, Ballet Austin II, Ailey II, Ballet X, Philadanco, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, the Boston Conservatory along with many universities and performing arts schools nationally and internationally.
His works have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia with acclaimed reviews. His ballet Stepping Ground, choreographed for Ballet Austin for the 1st Biannual New American Dance Talent, received the Audience Choice Award all four nights. Dao is the recipient of the 2008 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship, the 2009 Special Project Grant, and the 2012 Vilcek finalist for Creative Promises in choreography. His choreography received first place at the 2017 Dance and Art in Pietrasanta Festival. Dao was on the creative team for the James Brown Project: Get On The Good Foot commissioned and produced by the Apollo Theater under the direction of Otis Salid.
Born in Sacramento California, Christine began her training with Barbara Crockett at the School for the Sacramento Ballet and continued her training at the San Francisco Ballet School on full scholarship under the direction of Lola De Avila. There she studied exclusively with Larissa Skylanskya, Jocelyn Vollmar, and Jorge Esquivel.
Christine has danced with the Sacramento Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, and the Atlanta Ballet where she danced for 19 years in principal roles after joining in 1995. Memorable highlights include Juliet in Michael Pink's Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, the Summer Duet in James Kudelka's The Four Seasons, Lady Capulet in Jean Christophe Malliot's Romeo et Juliette, Cio Cio San in Stanton Welch’s Madame Butterfly, Odette in John Mcfalls’ Swan Lake, Mina in Michael Pink’s Dracula, Cinderella in Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, the principal female in Christopher Wheeldon’s Rush, and Waltz Girl in George Balanchine's Serenade. Several, of many original roles created for Christine include Sinfonietta Giacosa, The Rite of Spring, and John and I by acclaimed choreographer and Artistic Director of Scottish National Ballet, Christopher Hampson.
Christine was highlighted in Atlanta Ballet’s widely praised collaborations with Big Boi of Outkast in Big, choreography by Lauri Stallings, and The Indigo Girls Project choreographed by Margo Sappington. In her first year with the Atlanta Ballet, Christine performed as part of the Cultural Olympiad during the 1996 Olympic Games. Along with touring internationally to South Korea, Mexico, and Scotland's Edinburgh Dance Festival, she also has had the honor of touring to London, England, performing the role of Wendy in John Mcfall's Peter Pan, as part of the year 2000 Millennium festivities.
During the course of her career Christine has had the pleasure of working with many world-renowned choreographers; including Wayne McGregor, Twyla Tharp, Lila York, Helen Pickett, Val Caniparoli, Julia Adam, Diane Coburn Bruning, Gina Patterson, Darrell Moultrie and Amy Seiwert.
Guest appearances include American Repertory Ensemble, Chamber Dance Project, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Community Nutcracker, and the North Star Ballet.
For six years, Christine served as mentor and co-director of the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education's Professional summer program. She has served as rehearsal assistant for Ohad Naharin's Minus 16, alongside Bhatsheva's Rachel Osborne and Danielle Agami and with the Atlanta Ballet Fellowship Ensemble's production of Donald Mahler's Cinderella. Christine joined Kennesaw State University’s Department of Dance in 2014 as a part-time instructor, and has also served as repetiteur and rehearsal director. Christine began STOTT pilates training in February of 2015 with Inspire Health and is level one certified. From March of 2016 to July of 2017 Christine served as Principal to Atlanta Ballet’s Powers Ferry school. Most recently, Ms. Welker was named Education Director for Terminus School of Modern Ballet in association with Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, in 2017, and continues to run the dance education programs and instruct classes there. Christine enjoys living in Decatur with her husband John and son Lucas.
Dr. Theresa Howard
Theresa M. Howard is an enthusiastic professional who has combined expertise in Health and Human Services and the Arts. Ms. Howard has committed over 40 years in a career in Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Prevention, Aging Services, Dance and Education. She has a unique balance in her work, by blending the Arts and providing supportive services to those in need. She has worked in a variety of Healthcare, Government, and Education settings. Her strength comes through her passion of bringing out the best in people.
Ms. Howard is a native of New York and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Theatre and Education from Herbert H. Lehman College, Master of Science in Dance Movement Therapy from Hunter College, and a Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University. She is a registered Dance Movement Therapist, Certified Preventionist iV, Certified Addiction Counselor II, and a Certified Yoga instructor.
She is an accomplished professional dancer and dance educator, proficient in African dance, classical ballet, modern dance, jazz, tap, and belly dance techniques. Ms.Howard has performed and been a guest performer with many prominent dance ensembles for over 40 years. These included: Chuck Davis African-American Dance Ensemble, Joan Miller and the Chamber Arts Players, Eleo Pomare, Rod Rogers Dance Company, Giwayen Mata, Barefoot Ballet, Manga African Dance Ensemble, Alvin Ailey's "Revelations" at Herbert H. Lehman College, and has performed in several of Ballethnic Dance Company's signature dances: Urban Nutcracker, Leopard Tale, Flying West, and Jazzy Sleeping Beauty. Ms. Howard performed in several DanceAfrica events, the 1996 Summer Olympics and Para Olympics, and has danced in several music videos, and performed as an extra in the movie "Remember The Titans." Ms. Howard was the choreographer for several plays, including the award winning play "Ruined" which was performed at Kennesaw State University. She has performed for dignitaries such as Andrew Young, Desmond Tutu, The King and Secretary of Travel for Oshogbo State, Nigeria, four-time defensive player of the year Dikembe Mutumbo, Fulton County Commissioners, and mayors for the City of Atlanta, East Point and College Park, Georgia.
Ms. Howard is a part-time Assistant Professor of Dance at Kennesaw State University and has conducted dance classes and workshops at Gwinnett Technical College, Emory University, Georgia Tech University, Swarthmore College, Pace Academy, The Lovett School, Trinity School, Gate City Elementary School and has choreographed Coronation Events for Clark College. Ms. Howard has been a guest artist and dance educator for artist in residency programs throughout the United States. She also instructs African dance classes at Ballethnic Academy of Dance, Lilburn School of Dance, Fulton County Aviation Cultural Community Center, and Dance Canvas Summer Intensives.
Ms. Howard's community involvement includes providing dance and African drum instruction to Youth Enrichment Programs, Senior Citizen programs, and Fulton County Drug Court. Ms. Howard is founder, director, instructor, and choreographer for the M.O.D.E. "Edeliegba," Senior Dance Ensemble, a traveling dance troupe comprised of male and female senior citizens aged 60 years and older.
Ms. Howard has travelled to West, North, and East Africa as a cultural exchange dance instructor/educator and has shared her knowledge both in Africa and in the states.
Theresa M. Howard is the recipient of the Ballethnic Academy of Dance 2017 Service Award, 2012 Legacy Award, 2012 Fulton County Focus Award, 2008 Pinnacle Leadership Award, 2007 Winterfest Volunteer Angel Award, and 2006 W.O.M.E.N Award.
A.J. Paug is from Acworth, GA where he started his training in dance and theatre at Woodland High School for the performing arts. He continued his formal dance and choreography training at Kennesaw State University under the direction of Ivan Pulinkala. A.J. has been choreographing and teaching for 14 years all around Georgia and is in high demand for his creativity and unique use of fusing both genres of contemporary and hip-hop dance. Co-Artistic Director of Gotta Dance Contemporary, he has helped produce their last 6 shows with the 5th show being "Dreamscape," a collaborative effort by GDC and Zephyr Instrumental to create an original show, with original scores of music, original dance choreography, original Aerial and Harness choreography. A.J. is signed with Xcel Talent and is working as a professional dancer/choreographer in Atlanta. You can see his latest work as choreographer on the new Netflix series coming soon titled "The Haunting of Hill House." A.J. has worked with multiple production companies in Georgia as director, producer, editor, writer, and camera op. With the launch of Dance Informa's Interview Series in 2018, A.J. is currently Producer for Dance Informa's Atlanta Chapter with director Allison Gupton.
B.F.A. Dance, Brenau University; Area of Emphasis: Ballet, Musical Theatre, Jazz
Carolyn Crumpton Perry has been member of the adjunct dance faculty at Kennesaw State University since 2006. She teaches all levels of Ballet as well as Musical Theatre dance.
Ms. Perry began her formal dance training in Wilmington, NC with the Wilmington Civic Ballet where she studied with many professional dancers from the North Carolina School of the Arts, Raleigh Dance Theatre, and most notably her mother, Annette Crumpton. She pursued dance in her collegiate years at Brenau University where she graduated summa cum laude in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Management and Dance Performance. She later returned to Brenau and received her certification in Dance Education for both public and private school systems.
Ms. Perry moved to New York City immediately after graduation from Brenau to further her dance training and perform. While in New York, she was a manager of the Broadway Dance Center and performed with the New York Dance Ensemble's tour of the "Firebird." Her time in NYC gave her the opportunity to study ballet with legendary dance instructors, such as Finis Jhung, Madame Darvash, Nenette Charisse, and David Howard, to name a few. At that time, she also studied musical theatre, tap, and jazz with Chet Walker, Robert Tucker, Crystal Chapman, Germaine Goodson, Frank Hatchett, and Sheila Barker.
Upon relocation back to Georgia, Ms. Perry danced for the Georgia Ballet Professional Company for eight years under the direction of Iris Hensley. At the Georgia Ballet she had the opportunity to perform many signature roles: Serenade as Dark Angel; Where the Wild Things as Dream Max; The Nutcracker- as Arabian Pas de Deux, Spanish, Waltz of the Flowers, Snow; Swan Lake as Neapolitan Variation, corps de ballet; Five Guys Named Moe as Pas de deux; Giselle as Friends, corps de ballet; and Carmen in corps de ballet.
Ms. Perry's ballet performing repertoire also includes leading roles staged by marina Levasheva for the Bravo Dance Center: Paquita, Les Slyphides, Don Quixote, and Sleeping Beauty.
In addition to ballet, Ms. Perry also performed for Bacchus Productions under the direction of Ginny King. With Bacchus, she danced for many industrial shows, and corporate events in the Atlanta area and other states. Most notably, she was one of sixteen featured dancers for the 75th Anniversary of the Fox Theatre.
Ms. Perry discovered her true passion of teaching at the Bravo Dance Center with Director/Owner Janet Rowthorn. She has been teaching students of all ages and all styles in dance for eighteen years. Ms. Perry continues her position as Program Coordinator and Company Director for Bravo Dance Center. She has proudly conceived, directed and choreographed several outstanding children ballets for the students at Bravo such as: Dancing Happily Ever After (2011) Whimsical Wistful Wiz (2010) Bravo Backyardigans (2009) Peter Rabbit (2008) (2005) Angelina and the Four Seasons (2007)
Ms. Perry's name is also often associated with winter guard programs, and Drum and Bugle corps in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, and Illinois. She spent many years training dancers and choreographing prestigious programs to perform across the country. She choreographed for the award-winning Pride of Cincinnati from 1999-2005. She worked with other programs such as Phantom Regiment, Bluecoats, and Cavaliers. In Marietta, she instructed dance and choreographed for Lassiter High School's band and winter guard program. In 2000-2001, Ms. Perry implemented the first, and only dance program for Harrison High School.
Ms. Perry continues to share her love of dance and her expertise at Kennesaw State University, Bravo Dance Center, and now Mount Paran Christian School's Performing Arts department.
M.F.A. Ballet, University of Oklahoma; Areas of Emphasis: Ballet, History, General Education
A native of Arkansas, Natalie Berry received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance with an emphasis in Ballet from the University of Oklahoma in 2002. Upon graduation, Berry was honored with the OU School of Dance White Buffalo Mask Award. Since then she has worked for Winthrop University and Brenau University and has been a guest teacher at Coker College, Middle Tennessee State University, Cary Ballet Conservatory in Cary, N.C. and York County Ballet in Rock Hill, S.C. among others. Berry was invited by the Dekalb County School of the Arts to teach and stage original works and continues to have an ongoing relationship with the program. She has taught at various summer programs including the Summer Wind Youth Ballet, Kennesaw State Summer Dance Clinic, Sawnee Ballet and many more. She was co-director of the Summer Wind Youth Ballet for one season and helped choreograph and stage the mainstage production. She was the Ballet Mistress for Dancentre South in Woodstock, Ga. where she staged the annual production of The Nutcracker as well as choreographed original works that were performed throughout the southeast. She was commissioned by Ballet Arkansas to create a work on their pre-professional dancers and her work garnered acclaim. Her choreography has been awarded honorable mention for two years at the Panoply Choreography Contest. She currently teaches at Impact Dance of Atlanta and serves at the PTA Cultural Arts Chair for her children's elementary school curating four concerts each year.
Berry has performed with Ballet Arkansas, Oklahoma Festival Ballet and the Alex Spitzer Dance Company. She has studied with such notable teachers such as Dennis Marshall, Dennis Poole, Robert Weiss, David Howard, Alonzo King, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Bill Evans and Miguel Terekhov. She has danced in The Nutcracker, Giselle, Gaite Parisienne, Carmina Burina, The Sleeping Beauty, Postmark Graceland and Serenade among other original works.
Born in NYC, Caitlin Gray's diverse background, which includes dance, gymnastics and circus arts, has made her a much sought-after teacher and choreographer. She believes that teaching is an integral part of giving back to the dance community and has taught master classes all over the U.S. and abroad, including South Africa, United Kingdom, U.A.E., Turkey, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Canada and Australia.
Caitlin has most-notably worked with director Baz Luhrmann and Oscar-winner Catherine Martin on both the World and Australian premieres of their film “The Great Gatsby," earning rave reviews. She has also choreographed for the CBS show, “Reckless" featuring Cam Gigandet (“Twilight," “Burlesque”) and Anna Wood. Caitlin has worked extensively with Sony Music, choreographing live performances and music videos for many of their artists, including The Veronicas (“You Ruin Me," ARIA Winner, Best Video of the Year) and Bonnie Anderson (“Blackout," “Rodeo”). Additional credits include the BMW Series 5 Launch in Singapore, featuring activist Lewis Pugh, Marina Bay Sands “Beyond Expectations” in Tokyo, featuring David Beckham, NBC Kids, Miss USA, Speedo Internationalʼs Olympic Product Launch, featuring Michael Phelps, Liberty Bowl Halftime Show, featuring American Idol winner Taylor Hicks, and several music tours, including performances on the Big Time Rush Tour.
Caitlin is a guest faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC. She is also resident choreographer for the NCAA Division 1 nationally-ranked University of Denver Gymnastics team. For more information, check out Caitlinʼs instagram at @caitlingraycreative.
B.S. in Journalism with a minor in Dance from the University of Florida
Tammy Everhart has been teaching dance and movement for more than 30 years. She received her early dance training in Clearwater, Florida with Gayle and Phyllis Tutterow, Nilo Toledo and Peggy Wallace. Tammy earned a B.S. in Journalism with a minor in Dance from the University of Florida, where she danced with the UF Dance Company under the direction of Dr. Rusti Brandman. After college, Tammy began working in Journalism in Florida, and later in Sales and Marketing in Georgia, while continuing to teach Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Modern dance several days each week. By 2000, she finally gave in to her passion, gave up her corporate job, and opened a successful dance studio in Kennesaw, Georgia. Since then, Tammy has trained many successful and now professional dancers.
Tammy has produced original shows at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina for more than 10 years, and recently collaborated with the Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra on three works, including an original composition by GYSO Philharmonia Director Dr. Steven Eric Hawk. She directs a local youth performance company that provides a creative outlet for dancers who want to serve their community by performing in a non-competitive environment. Her dancers can be seen on festival stages and charity fundraisers throughout Cobb and Cherokee counties, making dance accessible to all members of the community.
Tammy currently focuses on training and educating tap dancers of all ages. She continues to share her passion for dance with her students at Great Gig Dance Co., and is thrilled to be teaching tap at Kennesaw State University!
Dr. Scott Ragsdale
Dr. Scott Ragsdale has over 40 years of combined experience as a professional musician, educator, college professor of psychology, and acclaimed workshop presenter, Dr. Ragsdale uniquely combines standard psychotherapy with energy healing techniques based on Reiki and Qigong principles. Throughout the last two decades, Dr. Ragsdale has expanded his passion for and research of the breath to develop a path to overall wellness.
Ana LLorente started her dance career in Havana, where she graduated with Honors from the Cuban National School of Arts specializing in Contemporary Dance and Afro-Cuban Folklore. Her extensive training and dedication gave her the opportunity to win a scholarship in Choreography at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, USA. This scholarship, coming from a USA-based institution, was a completely unique opportunity for a Cuban citizen residing in the island. The “UNEAC“ Cuban National institution of Writers and Artists also gave her a recognition as the best performer and choreographer in the country at the most important and only invitational Dance Competition in Havana.
Today, she is dedicating her talents entirely to the Ballroom World and all types of Latin dance and competitive instruction. She has been invited to perform around the world at several World Championships: Greece, Italy, Japan, Canada, USA, European Championship, England, Hong Kong, Holland, Ireland and France.
Alexandre Barros Gonzaga
Alex Gonzaga grew up in Rio Brazil, where he trained for 7 years before moving to the US in 2009. Alex continued his training at The Harid Conservatory and graduated at the age of 17. He immediately joined the Atlanta Ballet and remained as a company member for 7 seasons. Alex is grateful for the opportunities he’s been given to work with world-renowned choreographers and amazingly talented dancers. This is Alex’s second season with Terminus Ballet Modern Theatre.
A Maryville, TN native, Laura was trained under her mother’s direction, Amy Morton Vaughn, at Van Metre School of Dance and as a member of the Appalachian Ballet Company. In 2014, she joined Atlanta Ballet’s second company where she was promoted to an apprentice in 2016. In her professional experience, she has performed works by celebrated choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Liam Scarlett, George Balanchine, David Bentley, Helen Pickett, Gemma Bond, as well as Atlanta’s George Staib, Heath Gill, and Tara Lee. Laura joined Terminus Modern Ballet Theater as a protégé in January 2018 and was promoted into the company for their 2019-2020 season.
Rachel Van Buskirk
Born Canadian, now Southern living, Rachel’s professional career spans all the hierarchies found in ballet, from corps de ballet (happy villager #2) to principal roles (her favorite being “Lucy” from Dracula because she turned into a vampire onstage!) She’s worked with many renowned choreographers and travelled all over guesting and performing, however her stand-out moments are always with her fellow dancers, the hours of dedication in the studio to find the thrilling shared moment of passion onstage. Rachel is a committed dance mentor and educator for many years now and currently braving the collegiate student mindset herself at Georgia State University.
David J Tatu
David J Tatu is the Production Manager and Resident Lighting Designer for the Department of Dance and teaches a course in Dance Production.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Technical Direction, David spent a large part of his early career on the road with both Dance and Theater companies. He was the Master Carpenter for North Carolina Shakespeare Festival and spent over thirty weeks a year traveling with North Carolina Dance Theater for three seasons. With Ballet Metropolitan, he toured the Midwest, The Rocky Mountain States and as far north as Thunder Bay, Ontario. He has also toured Internationally from South Korea to London, England.
He was the Director of Production and Lighting Director for Atlanta Ballet for over 15 years. A few of his original lighting design credits include: Alice in Wonderland, Carmina Burana, Divertimento #15, Il Distratto, Intermezzo, Pastoral Dances, Rite of Spring, Troy Game, Coppelia, Prisma, La Bayadere Act II, Cinderella, Con Amore, Allegro Brilliante, Madame Butterfly, Nutcracker and most recently he created the lighting for John McFall's final work with Atlanta Ballet: Sleeping Beauty. He has also designed for Ohio Ballet, Cuyahoga Valley Youth Ballet, Nevada Opera, Gwinnett Ballet and Robert LaFosse's Dancers from New York and he is the Resident Lighting Designer for Dance Canvas.
As the Production Stage Manager and assistant lighting designer with Ohio Ballet, he worked closely with Tony Award winning lighting designer, Thomas R. Skelton. During that time, he recreated Skelton's work for two seasons at the Joyce and designed the lighting for Ohio Ballet's In Full Swing, A Person and The Exiles.
At KSU, David has created the lighting for a score of works. Some of his favorites: Rebuild, Alice, Winergy, Touchdown, Con Moto-Mosso, Derivative, Hyperkinetic and Table Manners 10.5. He has lit the Company at various festivals such as American Collage Dance Festival at the Kennedy Center and has Production Managed Department of Dance events around Atlanta.
David has worked as a Facilities Manager, most recently for Atlanta Ballet, and a Project Manager and consultant for multiple construction projects and renovations of arts facilities. He is an LEED Accredited Professional, has project managed a LEED Gold certified renovation, worked on the KSU Department of Dance's Phase Two expansion and the Third expansion of the dance studios located in Chastain Pointe. Currently, he is working on the team for the renovations to the Marietta Theater on the Marietta Campus.
While at Kennesaw State University, David has joined the Crisis Coordinator program, is one of KSU's first cadres of certified CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) instructors and achieved both Coined and Pinned status in the Crisis Coordinator program for his training and work in emergency preparedness. He is also a member of the Fulton County CERT program.
Away from KSU, David is very active in his community as the neighborhood representative to the City of Atlanta's Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) and is a member of the Executive Committee for NPU-D where he has participated in planning workshops for the Atlanta Beltline project and Atlanta's Comprehensive Development Plan.