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ABOUT US

We've been teaching dance for 49 years!

Sandra Butcher established The Dance Academy in 1973 and has been teaching in the metro Atlanta area for more than 40 years. Sandra was a charter member and a feature dancer of the Clayton Civic Ballet Company for many years.

Known to her students as "Ms. Sandra," she toured throughout the southeastern United States with various performing groups. She studied in New York with well-known teachers like Luigi, Joe Tremaine, Gus Giordano, Madame Messerer and Melissa Hayden.

Ms. Sandra is a member of Dance Educators of America, the Professional Dance Teachers Association and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

MEET OUR TEACHERS

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, like Frank Hatchett, Debbie Daniels, Joe Tremaine and Gus Giordano and many more. Keri now serves as the Associate Director and an instructor for all levels of dance and musical theater and is also a competition coach. She has been a dedicated and valued leader of The Dance Academy faculty for many students for more than 42 years.

Olivia Bell

Olivia graduated from The University of Georgia with a major in Theatre and minor in dance. While at The University of Georgia, she was a member of the UGA Red Hotz, the competitive dance team on campus. Olivia grew up training at The Dance Academy in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical. Now, she is our Competition Coordinator & choreographs many of our competitive routines. She has been seen dancing professionally in Mamma Mia! and Crazy For You as an ensemble member and featured dancer. Olivia's goal is to share her passion & dedication to the next generation of dancers! 

Erin Kilfoyle

Erin Kilfoyle began her dance training at the age of three with Laurie Moore. She joined the company program at the Atlanta Festival Ballet when she was five where she studied under Gregory Aaron, Giselle DiBlassi Pugh and Nicholas Pacana. In her youth, Erin was accepted by many prestigious summer intensive ballet programs around the country. At the age of fifteen, she was selected as one of 16 dancers out of more than 300 applicants 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 like Wendy in Peter Pan, Mirliton and Spanish in the Nutcracker and corps de ballet In Swan Lake. She started teaching at The Dance Academy in 2012 and graduated from Gordon State College in 2013. 

Jordyn Johnson

Jordyn Johnson found her love for dance at the young age of three. At the age of 5, Jordyn began her dance training at PACE Academy under the instruction of Kitonya McCoy. She continued her dance training at Dance Time Incorporated all the way through high school while also participating on their competitive dance team. Upon starting college at the University of Georgia, Jordyn participated and choreographed with the Pamoja Dance Company while working as a choreographer for Dance Time, Incorporated. Jordyn has a passion for dance as well as helping young dancers realize their full potential.

Rachel Ann DeHart

Rachel began dancing at the age of 9, studying all forms of dance at the FloridaWest Ballet and Florida Dance Center with Dr. Dusanka Gradiski-Ivanova.In 2014, Rachel began working with the Sarasota Ballet where she enjoyed three seasons, performing in La Fille Mal Gardee, John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker, Raymonda Act 3, Boutique and other dream ballets. In 2016 Rachel moved to Houston where she worked with Ad Deum, Mei/Co Dance and SERVE Ministries. She became a company member and the Outreach Coordinator for Open Sky Arts Collective in 2017.
Today, Rachel lives in Atlanta, Georgia along with her loud and loving beagle, Bernie. She is a diverse dance teacher throughout the Atlanta dance community and is thrilled to begin her first year as a company member with Profectus Dance!

Kelly Holland

Kelly started training at The Dance Academy when she was five years old. Currently, she is continuing her dance education through Georgia College and State University. Kelly has been able to take master classes with various Broadway performers like Jerry Mitchell and Brandon Ellis. She is extremely excited to be able to share her passion this year by teaching ballet, tap, and lyrical along with working with the competition teams. 

Arrah Thomas

Arrah Thomas received her early training from Fran’s Dance Academy and The Dance Academy. She continued her dance education at Mississippi State University as a student studying kinesiology.  During her undergrad, she participated in their Dance Theatre Company, Terpsichore and expanded her knowledge in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, hip hop and ballroom.  For two years she was the Vice President of Terpischore and became one of the head choreographers/directors while creating the production, “We All Bleed Red”.  She has choreographed for show choirs, dance competitions, color guards, beauty pageants, theatre productions, recitals, weddings and ballroom competitions.  Even as she pursued her Masters in Occupational Therapy and started a family of her own, dance has always been a huge part of her life.  She is known for her upbeat personality, pushing limits and helping people find their passion for dance. Passion through Technique!  

Hannah Ducharme

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Hannah has been dancing with The Dance Academy since age 8. She joined our team as an instructor in 2019. You may have seen her as The Ring Master in our 2018 production number "The Greatest Showman"! Hannah teaches jazz & tap technique as well as choreographs multiple competition routines each season. She loves being apart of this dance family & looks forward to teaching the upcoming generation of tappers for years to come!