Michelle McGrath-Gerlick - Director

Miss Michelle began her dance training at age 3 at her parents dance studio, Academy of Ballet Arts, and has been teaching for over 20 years. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Nova University, and an Associate of Arts Degree in Dance Education from The Ohio State University. Professionally, Michelle appeared as a "Fly Girl" on Fox Televisions "In Living Color", and was a Miami Heat Dancer for the NBA. Michelle also appeared in two NFL Superbowls, both as a dancer and a choreographer, during which time she toured the East Coast as a Superbowl Staff member. Michelle's greatest achievement in dance has been opening Dance Theatre, where tens of 1000's of children have learned to love dance as much as she does. As the director of Dance Theatre for the past 19 years, Michelle has led her students to such notable accomplishments as the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the FedEx Orange Bowl in Miami, and Superbowl XLI. Michelle also continues to spread her love of dance beyond South Florida, most recently to the Lexington, KY area with Dance Theatre at Hamburg, and later this year, to Atlanta, GA, with the grand opening of Dance Theatre at Sandy Springs. It's no surprise that Michelle was recently added to the Cambridge Directory of Successful Women in Business.

Adriana Dew

Adriana Dew is a classically-trained ballet and contemporary dancer. She received her primary ballet training in the Vaganova method from Valeria Sinyavskaya, student of Galina Berezova, a prized pupil of Agrippina Vaganova's. Adriana attended summer intensives with American Ballet Theatre, the Kirov Academy of Ballet (Washington, D.C.), and the Hungarian Ballet Academy in Budapest. A graduate of Wake Forest University and recipient of the Presidential Scholarship for Distinguished Achievement in Dance, Adriana also studied under Brantly Shapiro, Fanchon Cordell, and Nina Lucas while completing her bachelor's degree. Upon graduation, she was awarded the Wake Forest Dance Company's award for Outstanding Achievement in Ballet. Adriana teaches beginning ballet and jazz at Kingsport Ballet and performs with the company as its principal dancer in-residence.

Ali Peecher

Ali is an emerging dancer, teacher, and choreographer originally from Atlanta, Georgia. Having trained through years in the competition and convention circuit including The Pulse on Tour, NYCDA, JUMP, and many more, she gained extensive style and broadened horizons. She attended Kennesaw State University as a Jazz Dance Major. During her time in Atlanta, she had the immense honor of being a member of Project 7 Dance Company, under the direction of Cherrise Wakeham. She credits most of her training and inspiration from her time and work with Cherrise. With a passion to learn more, Ali relocated to New York City to study in Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester, and extensively throughout NYC. She studied most directly with renowned teachers such as Joe Lanteri, Joshua Bergasse, Sheila Barker, and Tracie Stanfield. While in New York, she quickly landed herself in Industrial's for NYC's Fashion's Night Out, Calvin Klein, and OfficeMax, to name a few. Ali also worked alongside the Radio City Rockettes teaching original Rockette choreography to children worldwide. During the summer of 2011, Ali had the pleasure to work next to her mentor, Joshua Bergasse, during his Musical Theatre Performance Project . Lastly, she was an intern to one of the country's top talent agencies, Bloc Talent Agency in their New York office. She has taught master classes and workshops at Broadway Dance Center, Steps on Broadway, Groove National Competition, & Manhattan Dance Project. While in NY, she consistently taught at numerous studios all over the tri-state area, as well. Ali brings together all of her experiences and lessons with an ecstatic energy and incredible passion. She performs and teaches with these foundations: knowledge, technique, dynamics, and emotion. With professionalism and poise, Ali looks to instill all of these qualities into students everywhere.

Ashley Watson

Ashley is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia where she studied Communication Studies and Dance. She has been dancing since the age of three under the instruction of Laura Soles, Jane Madison, and Cherrise Wakeham. Ashley is well versed in many styles of dance including jazz, contemporary, tap, ballet, and hip-hop. While attending dance conventions such as JUMP and LA Dance Magic, she has won the titles of VIP Dancer, Magic Performer and others. She was also awarded the title of Advanced-Pro Protege at the Pulse Dance Convention. She is currently a member of Project 7 Contemporary Dance Co. under the direction of Cherrise Wakeham and Swagger Crew from Season 5 of MTV's America's Best Dance Crew under the direction of Jason Croom. Ashley recently signed with Atlanta's number one talent agency, Bloc South Talent Agency. She hopes to continue pursuing her career as a professional dancer and instructor.

Princess Littleton

Princess has been a professional dancer and teacher for the past 15 years. Her dance career started in the San Francisco Bay Area where she received her Arts degree. To further her training, she began studying with some of the country's best teachers and choreographers in the discipline of Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. This four year member of the San Francisco 49er's "Gold Rush" was given the opportunity to cheer for some of the greatest athletes in NFL history during Super Bowl XXIX earning herself a Super Bowl ring. Dancing for the 49ers opened the doors for Princess to dance behind musical greats such as Carlos Santana, Tony Bennett, Don McClean, Jeffery Osborne and Boyz II Men. Her TV and Film credits include Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Inside the NFL, EA Sports Industrial, Jacks Bistro commercial, Idlewild and soon to be released Bolden. Outside of the world of dance, Princess was also an inspiring model hitting various runways and working in the areas of print, Redken and Sorbie Internation Hair shows.

Katie Veldhuis

Katie is a Georgia native who began her training at age 3 with Jonnie Kelley. She was trained extensively in ballet under Ruth Mitchell, Nicolas Pacana, Terrell Paulk, Victoria Leigh, and Roger Van Fleteran. She joined the pre-professional dance company, Atlanta Dance Theatre, where she had the chance to broaden her versatility, knowledge, and experience of other techniques such as jazz, modern, contemporary, and contemporary ballet. Katie is inspired by her teachers, Jonnie Kelley and Casey Noblett, and credits them with her accomplishments thus far. She received scholarships to the Louisville Ballet Summer Intensive as well as Ballet Austin and The Festival Ballet. She now attends Kennesaw State University, and is majoring in Dance. She has had the pleasure to train with Ivan Pulinkala, Sandra Parks, Reiko Kimura, Lauri Stallings and the rest of the amazing program staff, that has giver her the opportunity to perform on stages all over the nation. Her professional credits include performing with the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, GloAtl, Dance Canvas, and Gotta Dance Atlanta. She is currently cheering for the NFL and is looking forward to the upcoming year at Dance Theatre. Katie loves teaching and is so thrilled to share her pure love of dance, discipline in the art form, and the joy and fun that come with it!