Leadership

 
 

Meet

BETH HOGAN
Studio Director

On the front-line, Beth is likely the first face you will see when you walk through our doors. From managing parent inquires to coordinating class logistics, Beth is the director for Kelly's Dance in every sense of the word charged with managing all our daily studio operations. 

 

Beth studied ballet for two years in Atlanta and locally under the tutelage of Susan Causey for ten years, with jazz, tap, and hip hop also in her repertoire.  This dance background, along with her phenomenal organizational and business management skills, help keep Kelly’s Dance balanced and running smoothly.

Meet

KELLY LAX
Owner

Kelly has a passion for the developmental value and community that dance provides children.  A career educator with advanced degrees in early childhood development, elementary education, and curriculum and instruction, she wholeheartedly believes in a structured and individualized approach to performing arts.  

 

Her mission is to ensure that Kelly’s Dance remains a special, non-competitive space for children of all ages to learn the love of dance. Creating a happy learning environment where students achieve high levels of personal accomplishment and learn the life skills to come into their own as young adults  is her priority.

 

our instructors

 

Meet

MEGAN ACHORD
Instructor

Megan has been dancing since the age of two and has a background in early childhood development from teaching in a local preschool and working as a nanny for several years.  This background, along with her incredible energy and natural talent, serve her incredibly well in her role with our littles.

 

Favorite style/type of dance and why:

“My favorite genre of dance is Contemporary/Lyrical. I love this genre because I feel like it is extremely expressive and gives the dancer an opportunity to open themselves up to their audience. It involves so many different types of movements from floor work, turns, and leaps to natural movement. I also enjoy being able to convey a story or emotion through the movement of my body.”

 

How dance has changed my life:

“Dance has changed my life in a hugely positive way. It taught me perseverance, commitment, strength, and how to open myself up. Dance helped me express emotions in a way when words failed to fully explain the extent of what was going on inside my mind. It helped me to learn to never give up even if it means it take you months to master something when it takes someone else a day. It taught me that if you put your mind to it, practice, and are positive you can accomplish any goal you set for yourself. It taught me who I was and how to be a better version of myself. It is my happy place.”

 

Meet

LEANZA KAUFFMAN
Instructor

Leanza has been dancing since the age of three and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she was a member of the Top-10 nationally ranked KnightMoves Dance Team.  A performer through and through, she has danced at Philadelphia 76ers games, the 2010 IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade, Penn State University basketball games, and has even appeared on the Rachael Ray show.

 

Favorite style/type of dance and why:

“Jazz! The style allows you to show off your personality and the music always lifts your spirits!”

 

How dance has changed my life:

“Growing up with my mom as my dance teacher meant that I spent A LOT of time at the dance studio. Some of my dearest friends were made through dance and those friendships have only strengthened over time. Dance teaches you hard work, perseverance, strength, stamina and resilience. I truly don't know who I would be without dance in my life!”

 

Meet

MARGARET PARKER
Instructor

Margaret has over twenty-five years of dance experience, which include eight as an instructor.  Her sunny disposition and the training she received from Columbia College, where she graduated with honors from the dance program, offer an unbelievably perfect start for our littles learning to love dance.

 

Favorite style/type of dance and why:

“My favorite style of dance is ballet because it is the foundation for so many other styles of dance. I also love how ballet progresses in a logical pattern and requires an intense amount of focus, yet when performed, the audience only sees the grace and beauty of the dancer. The opposition of internal hard work and external grace is beautiful to me.”

 

How dance has changed my life:

“Finding my passion for dance at a young age developed a drive to work hard and continually push myself to become the best I can be in all areas of life. I have also been able to develop both the artistic and logical sides of my brain fairly equally which has given me the skills for creative problem solving and seeing multiple sides of any given situation. The focus and work ethic required in dance training carried over into my studies and guides my entrepreneurial dreams.”

 

Meet

PARIS JONES
Instructor

Paris has been dancing for fifteen years and competed on her high school dance team. She also has training in gymnastics and cheerleading.  Paris is excited to be sharing her love of dance with others as she has dreamed of being an instructor since she was a little girl.

 

Favorite style/type of dance and why:

“My favorite genre is Contemporary because you can really make it your own. It allows you to share a deep emotional connection with the audience.”

 

How dance has changed my life:

“Dance gives me the opportunity to create and share with a whole new generation of dancers.”

 

Meet

KRISTEN HEAD
Instructor

Kristen has been dancing since the age of seven. Her repertoire includes an invitation to New York to train in the summers and two trips to the Charlotte Ballet for master classes. Kristen also had the pleasure of working with International Choreographer, Dancer and President of Quest Intensive, Brandon Girouard. 

 

Favorite style/type of dance and why:

“My favorite genres of dance modern and hip hop. I love being able to tell a story with the movements and really show the audience how I'm feeling. Hip Hop provides an outlet to express my creativity and has always been my "thing". I love all genres but these two especially resonate with me. ”

 

How dance has changed my life:

“Dance has changed my life in such a positive way allowing me to find emotional release through movement.”

 

Meet

NIKKI CANNIFF
Assistant Instructor

Nikki has participated in dance classes throughout elementary, middle, and high school.  With experience in modern, jazz, hip hop, and ballet, she choreographed a solo performance for her high school senior showcase where she was selected out of several other dancers in her class to perform.  

 

Support squad

 

Meet

TIFFANY HICKS
Studio Photographer

Tiffany is a lifestyle photographer whose talent allows our studio families to cherish precious dance memories for years to come.  She documents all studio events and helps create the fabulous shots you see on postcards, calendars, and other electronic and print mediums.  

 

Parents can purchase professional photos at any time here.

 

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