Angie began her formal dance training in Columbia, South Carolina. After high school, Angie studied at North Carolina School of the Arts and Pennsylvania Ballet. Angie danced professionally with Charleston Ballet Theatre and Southern Ballet Theatre. Angie opened Brevard Civic Ballet School in 2012 and founded Brevard Ballet, a civic ballet company in 2014. She closed the physical location in 2020 due to the pandemic but continues to teach her students virtually. Angie is an ABT® Certified teacher and has completed course work in the Leap 'N Learn dance program.
Birda began dancing at the age of eight at the Art Linkletter Dance Studio in Chicago, Illinois. She has been fortunate to study with some of the great tap dancers of our time, including Brenda Buffalino, Pat Rico, Al Gilbert, Gregory Hines, and Tommy Sutton. She has been teaching tap to dancers of all ages and levels since 1986. Birda directs the Rug Cutters of Decatur School of Ballet, plus the Rhythm Keepers of Decatur City Dance.
Bridget received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Dance from Florida State University and a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University. While at Southern Methodist University she began her studies in Labanotation, which led her to the Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London, England where she furthered her studies in Labanotation, modern dance and choreography. Bridget is teacher certified in Labanotation and has served on the Professional Advisory Committee of the Dance Notation Bureau. Her reconstructions from Labanotation score include works choreographed by Bebe Miller, Lester Horton, Ruth St. Denis, Doris Humphrey, Marius Petipa, Clay Taliaferro, Susan Hadley, Helen Tamiris, Susan Hadley, and Charles Weidman.
In addition to choreographing and reconstructing Bridget is still performing and has worked with many choreographers including George Staib, Anna Leo, and Gregory Catellier. She has taught and performed both locally and abroad and a career highlight was performing with the José Limón Dance Company in the historically renowned work Missa Brevis. Bridget is also certified to teach Pure Barre Classic, Empower and Reform techniques. Bridget is an Associate Professor of Dance and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
Danny Bevins is thrilled to return to the dance studio that helped raise him! After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Elon University with a BFA in Music Theater, he moved to NYC and began performing around the country. He’s performed at theatres such as The Muny, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Music Theatre of Wichita, Papermill Playhouse, Bucks County Playhouse, and Barrington Stage Co. Danny is also an ACE certified strength coach, and specializes in functional movement based training. He runs Bespoke Personal Training in between performance opportunities and is signed with People Store Inc and DGRW Agency. Danny is ecstatic to return to DSOB to teach what he’s learned from the entertainment and fitness communities of NYC and ATL!
Eliza started her dance training at our studio at age four and has been assistant teaching since age nine. She was a member of Decatur City Dance (Junior and Apprentice Ensembles and Junior Rhythm Keepers) and Decatur School of Ballet’s Rug Cutters. Eliza is a graduate of Agnes Scott College and Mercer University’s nursing program. She works as a nurse at The Shepherd Center and she is the director of the Rug Cutters. Eliza is also a member of The Rhythm Keepers.
Born in Tehran, Iran, George Staib began his dance training at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. He holds a BA in political science, and an MFA in dance and choreography from Temple University. George performed with Ann Vachon/Dance Conduit, Coriolis Dance Company, Gathering Wild Dance Company, and Paula Kellinger and Dancers. In 2001 he joined the dance faculty at Emory University where he teaches modern and ballet techniques, choreography, and Contemplate, Create, Debate, a freshman seminar designed to introduce students to the practice of seeing and making art. Staib’s choreographic work has been commissioned across the United States and abroad. He is also a contributing writer and critic for ArtsATL and was recognized by Dance Teacher Magazine as one of the top five dance educators in the country.
Jessica Paget Reese
Jessica began her dance training at the Gainesville School of Ballet at age six. A professional performer with South Carolina Ballet Theatre, she also taught with the Columbia Ballet School before opening her own studio in Lexington, South Carolina. In addition to her classical ballet training, Jessica has performed in musical theater productions. With a BA degree in English and an M.Ed. in elementary education from Columbia College, she taught seventh grade for seven years. Jessica is an associate director of Decatur City Dance.
Kyme is a graduate of the acclaimed New York City High School of Performing Arts, and has performed nationally and internationally as a dancer, singer, and actress. Her credits include three Broadway shows and tours of an additional three Broadway shows. As a film and TV actress, Kyme played Rachel Meadows in Spike Lee’s film School Daze, and guest starred on TV shows such as 24, NYPD Blue, Frasier, and many more. Her love of the arts and teaching led her to found a performing arts academy in a charter school in Los Angeles in 2006. Kyme moved to Atlanta in 2012 where she continues to share her passion and passes on the fruits of her experience and success. As Associate Director, Kyme oversees the Junior Rhythm Keepers and the Rhythm Keepers of Decatur City Dance.
Kyri graduated in 2013 from Woodland High School Fine Arts Academy with a major in dance and has since joined the faculty of her Alma Mater as well as Cartersville School of Ballet. She has choreographed for musicals such as “Catch Me If You Can” and “How To Succeed in Business Without Trying” as well as concert works for dance companies, performing arts high schools and for various dance festivals.
A multidisciplinary creative, Major started his career as a dance artist performing in New York City and on global stages. A graduate of Point Park University, he has also had the opportunity of acting and appearing in several web series, commercials, and movies. Along with dancing and acting, Major is currently working as a producer, content creator, host, and correspondent. He has worked with outlets such as GLAAD, Google, HBO, and has interviewed prominent leaders in entertainment, including award-winning writer-director Lee Daniels as well as Pulitzer Prize winners Jericho Brown and Michael R. Jackson. Major continues to teach dance both domestically and internationally.
Meg is a graduate of the University of Georgia with her B.F.A. in Dance, with a K12 Certification, and a Minor in Anthropology. She began her dance training at age three at Decatur School of Ballet and continued through high school as a member of the Apprentice Ensemble of Decatur City Dance and Decatur School of Ballet’s Rug Cutters. Meg has studied with the Joffrey Ballet School, staibdance, the Governor’s Honors Program, and the American Dance Festival. During her years at UGA, she performed in various faculty and student pieces and was chosen to work with notable guests such as Alexandre Munz and Luis Piedra. She has performed with Danza Universitaria in San Jose, Costa Rica. Meg has worked for the Joffrey Ballet School and currently dances professionally with Kit Modus and AboutFace.
Monica Garcia Bradley
Monica has been dancing for over 25 years, and grew up as a competition dancer in Houston, Texas. She spent nearly a decade in New York City performing professionally and is a proud member of the Actors Equity Association. She has traveled the country performing in Musical Theatre at Paper Mill Playhouse, TUTS, Ivoryton Playhouse, The Elektra and North Carolina Theatre. Now in Atlanta, Monica is a full time performing artist and teacher. Outside of dance, she is also an accomplished film actress, having been in feature films and network television shows, such as The Resident (FOX), MacGyver (CBS). Monica is currently a recurring guest star on Tyler Perry’s Sistas (BET), and is featured on numerous regional and national commercials. Dance is the heartbeat of her career and success, and she looks forward to working with the students of Decatur School of Ballet.
Nacoleon Hillsman III
Nacoleon is from Atlanta, Georgia and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Oklahoma. Taking his first dance class at the age of 14 at the Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School, he fell in love with dance. He has trained in multiple styles, including jazz, ballet, modern, and hip hop. He has performed on stage in New York, San Francisco, Beijing China, just to name a few. Nacoleon is excited to continue to inspire students in their love for dance and artistic creativity at Decatur School of Ballet!
Mr. Sallid hails from Harlem, New York, and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. His work is widely recognized through the entertainment world, stretching from dance, to theater, to television, to film. In his teaching, his attention to detail brings about new levels of movement for students. He is also Ms. Kyme’s husband!
Sarah Stokes is an Atlanta-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator. She studied contemporary dance performance and composition at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Afterwards, Sarah relocated to Atlanta to perform, choreograph, and teach. She has had the great pleasure to perform in works by choreographers such as Shapiro & Smith, Helen Tamiris, Carl Flink, Larry Keigwin, HIJACK, Nadya Zeitlin, Mallory Baxley, and Morgan Carlisle. In 2015, Sarah joined with Britt Whitmoyer Fishel in order to establish Atlanta Dance Collective, a collaborative company of dance artists. Sarah's choreography, described as "ambitious-and effective" by the Twin Cities Daily Planet, has been produced in Asheville, Minneapolis, New York City, and at various venues in and around Atlanta. In addition to choreographing and performing, Sarah enjoys sharing her love for dance with the younger generations. She teaches acrodance, ballet, contemporary, and musical theatre dance styles, and is a certified instructor with Acrobatic Arts. Currently, Sarah teaches at Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, is Dance Director at Bridgepoint Arts, and lead Acro Dance instructor at Dance Theatre!
Toni Young has taught and performed African dance for 41 years for many public, private, civic, social and educational organizations throughout Georgia, Ohio, Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Delaware and Tennessee. In addition to teaching dance classes and workshops, Ms Young has also provided lecture demonstrations, costume and accessory making workshops, full length group productions and scenes/choreography for movies and videos.
Toya started her dance training at age three and came to Decatur School of Ballet at age 13. She has been a company dancer with Decatur City Dance since 1992. She is a graduate of the DeKalb Center for the Performing Arts. In the summer of 1995, she participated in the Governor’s Honors Dance program. Toya trained as a demonstrator, an assistant teacher, and a substitute teacher in younger children’s classes at our school. She has a strong foundation in ballet and has also trained in modern dance, jazz, and tap. Toya is Director of AboutFace, the professional jazz ensemble of Decatur City Dance.
Walter Carson Apps
Born and raised in Detroit MI, Walter started his dance training at the age of four. He received his BFA from Point Park University in 2016. During his training, Walter had the privilege to perform works by Aszure Barton, Garfield Lemonius, Septime Weber, Lar Lubovitch, Kyle Abraham, MADBOOTS, Mark Morris, Luke Murphy, and Ohad Naharin. After graduation, he worked with Texture Contemporary Ballet, Yin Yue, Rubén Graciani, Patrick O’Brien, and Andrea Ward. Currently Walter is a Dance Artist with Core Dance based in Decatur, GA.
Xavier’s very first professional art job came at the age of nineteen…Hip Hop dance teacher at Georgia Dance Conservatory. From the age of 19-24, he instructed and taught master classes at many studios/schools, including Kennesaw State University, Brenau University, Atlanta Ballet, Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Dancers studio Backstage, and many more. In 2015, he was hired at Grayson High School as Dance Director. In 2019, he began touring with KAR National Dance Competition. During this time, he began sharpening my skills in music and music theory. By 2020, earlier this year, he began composing musical scores for multiple dance companies, including Emory University, ImmerseATL, Georgia Staib, Zoetic Dance Ensemble, and many more! Also year, he was hired as a professional dancer for T. Lang and had a 2-month residency with Dance Canvas under the direction of Angela Harris. He also choreographed a live performance for Grammy-nominated artist Jack Harlow. He is currently on tour with KAR National Dance Competition and has just started his own Arts Company, VIA UNI.