Keri Bell

Keri Bell began her dance training as a three year old student with Hutchison Dance Studio. By age eleven, she transferred to The Dance Academy. Her training continued through the years in a variety of dance forms, including ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. She has continued her studies with numerous dance masters from New York and Los Angeles, such as Frank Hatchett, Debbie Daniels, Joe Tremaine and Gus Giordano and many more. Keri now serves as an instructor for all levels of dance and musical theater and is also a competition coach. She has been a dedicated and valued member of The Dance Academy faculty for many students ranging from ages three through adult, in all dance disciplines, for thirty-six years.






 Olivia Bell

Olivia Bell has been a dance student at The Dance Academy since age two and a half. She has continued her dance education studies in New York at Steps on Broadway. She has attended classes with other well known dance teachers such as Mia Michaels, Abby Lee Miller and Jordyn Jones. Olivia teaches jazz and tap classes and also works with our performing companies. Olivia has been recognized and nominated for choreography awards. She has a strong passion for dance and loves to impart the love of dance within each up and coming generation of dancers. 







 Erin Kilfoyle

Erin Kilfoyle began her dance training at the age of three with Laurie Moore. At five years old, she was asked to join the company program at the Atlanta Festival Ballet where she studied under Gregory Aaron, Giselle DiBlassi Pugh and Nicholas Pacana. Erin has been accepted to many summer intensive ballet programs such as The Rock, Nutmeg Conservatory, Atlanta Ballet and American Ballet Theater. At the age of fifteen, she was selected as one of sixteen dancers out of more than three hundred across the state to participate in the Georgia Governor's Honors Program. She graduated with honors and was asked to join the Atlanta Festival Ballet where she reprised roles such as Wendy in Peter Pan, Mirliton and Spanish in the Nutcracker and corps de ballet In Swan Lake. She began instructing at The Dance Academy in 2012 and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Gordon State College. 


 Wade Smith

Wade Smith began his dance training at the age of thirteen. He majored in dance at Birmingham Southern College and joined the Atlanta Jazz Theatre under the direction of Dan Youmans in 1983. He has studied and performed with renowned choreographers Frank Hatchett, Kenneth Green, Michele Assaff, Ronnie DeMarco, Patricia Dickinson and Bick Goss. He has choreographed dance competitions and fashion shows for major retailers and ESPN. He has been a featured performer on WSB's Salute to America and Georgia Dance Theatre. He was the Co-Founder and former Artistic Director of the professional jazz company, Souls of the Feet.






 Alisa Moore

Alisa Friedman Moore was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.  She discovered her love for dance at the early age of 3 and has been dancing for a total of 28 years.  Alisa began dancing at Gwinnett Dance Academy, where she studied ballet, tap, and jazz.  She was in company from ages 8 to 15.  At the age of 16, she began to attend Atlanta Dance Works, a tap focused studio. After she graduated high school, she attended Georgia College and State University located in Milledgeville, GA, where she acquired a B.S in Early Childhood Education. After college, she began a career teaching elementary school and attended advanced tap workshops as time permitted. On her spare time, she enjoys taking advanced tap and intermediate/advanced hip hop classes at Dance 101 in Atlanta.  Currently, she is teaching 3rd grade in Clayton County at James A. Jackson Elementary Magnet School of the Arts, where she integrates music, dance, drama, and visual arts to enhance student achievement.  Alisa is excited to share her love for tap and will use these skills to enhance each child’s tapping ability.


 Beverley Cabaniss

Beverley began dance at age 8 with Forest Park School of Dance. She continued training with Marian Hutchison of Hutchison Dance Academy for ten years. She was Captain of the Morrow High School drill team. Beverley is a graduate of The University of Georgia where she danced and did gymnastics. She has studied with numerous teachers such as Ruth Mitchell, Lynn Leopold, Virginia Carver, Gus Giordano and others. Beverley has taught dance and coached Gymnastics at The Dance Academy since 1992.






 Stephanie Ivey Threlfall

Stephanie Ivey Threlfall began her dance training at the age of three. At the age of 7 she moved to Atlanta, where she began training with Atlanta Festival Ballet Company under Nicholas Pacana and Gregory Aaron. She also competed with their Jazz Ensemble group as a soloist and group member where her and her group placed 1st Overall and went on to nationals to compete won Gold. She was accepted to several summer intensives during her training, Atlanta Ballet, the International Ballet Academy, and American Ballet Theatre as well as their collegiate program. During high school, she was a founding member of the Union Grove Dance Team where she began teaching technique classes to her teammates and lead dance rehearsals in preparation for competitions. She majored in dance at the University of Alabama where she studied under Rita Snyder, Cornelius Carter, Sarah Barry, and Qianping Guo. In 2011, she graduate with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance and was accepted as a professional company member to Atlanta Festival Ballet and performed in their productions of Cinderella, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, and their Repertoire performances of Swan Lake and La Bayadere as well as was an assistant teacher to the faculty and staff.


 Stephon "Swift" Mitchell

Stephon "Swift" Mitchell is an Atlanta based actor and dancer. He started in 2000, with the inspiration of his family. his family are established entertainers "play" from kid n play, and members of naughty by nature. since then he's worked on Netflix original series We Are Fam, XSO, Dram, and much more. Stephon "swift" Mitchell continues to inspire by consulting future entertainers that anything is possible.