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PAYTON McCARTY

PRE-K COMBO, ELEM COMBO, BALLET, Tap, JaZZ, Contemporay

Managing Director of Dancefx Atlanta, Director of XTENSITY Training Company, FX Company, Junior Company, Intermediate Company, Soundfx Atlanta Company and Soundfx Athens Company

Payton McCarty began her dance training in tap, jazz, and ballet at the age of 3. For 8 years, she was a company member of the Atlanta Jazz Theatre at Dan & Company Studios in Dunwoody, GA- where she intensively trained in jazz, ballet, tap, and lyrical and performed all over the Atlanta area. When she wasn't at the studio, she was either performing or choreographing with her high school musical theatre program. In 2006, she attended the University of Georgia where she was a member of the UGA Tap Dawgs for 4 years. She graduated in May of 2010 with a major in Child and Family Development. Payton was an active member and choreographer for the UGA Wesley Foundation Dance Ministry where she later became their Dance Program Coordinator and the Director of “Restoration” their annual spring night of worship through dance. In 2011, she became one of the founding directors of “Dance Upon Injustice – A night to help fight human trafficking through dance and multimedia.”

In 2014, Payton lived in Maputo, Mozambique where she spent 6 months learning the language and culture of the locals. She had the opportunity to teach western style dances - like Jazz, Hip-hop, Contemporary, and Tap - as well as learn traditional dances of the Shangaan people.

Payton has performed in DanceATHENS Dance Festival for the past 11 years and has enjoyed being a student, teacher, and company member for 5 years at Dancefx Athens. She loves teaching becuause it is a joy for her to watch kids come alive as they learn to perform and express themselves through dance. She is grateful to start her 3rd year serving the Atlanta community as the Managing Director of Dancefx Atlanta! E-mail Payton

EMI FERGUSON

BALLET, POINTE, CONTEMPORARY

Assistant Managing Director of Dancefx Atlanta,   Co-Director of Intermediate Company

Emi began pursuing her passion for dance under the direction of Sherri Davis at Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia. Through her training at GAD, she spent summers training at Atlanta Ballet, the Rock School of Dance, and Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet. She continued her training and dance education at the University of Georgia where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in 2015. During her time at UGA, she danced in CORE Concert Contemporary and Aerial Dance Company where she trained on lyra, trapeze, silks, and sling, and was a member of the Ballroom Performance Group where she performed various forms of ballroom and Latin styles. She had the opportunity to perform in works choreographed by Joanna Mendl Shaw, Charlotte Boye-Christensen, Luis Piedra, Urban Bush Women, and Alexandre Munz, and toured aerial performances at various events including the World Dance Alliance Conference in Vancouver, B.C. Upon graduation, she attended a two week contemporary intensive in Sorrento, Italy with Staibdance, and is now teaching and performing with Dancefx, Atlanta Dance Collective, and other contemporary-based projects across the Atlanta area.

Allison Hayn

ALLISON HAYN

Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet

Executive Director, Dancefx, Inc.
Director of Xtensity Dnace Company, Dancefx Concert Dance Company, Dancefx Athens FX Dance Companies

After four years working at world renouned Broadway Dance Center in New York City and The PULSE on Tour featuring SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE celebrity choreographers, Hayn takes over as Executive Director of Dancefx Athens in August of 2009.

Atlanta native Hayn has taught for Broadway Dance Center's (BDC) Children and Teen Program in New York City, currently serves as Producer of The PULSE On Tour, and Retail Director and Merchandiser for BDC in addition to appearing in and choreographing photo shoots for Capezio and Frontline Dancewear and working as a freelance instructor, dancer and choreographer throughout New York City and Atlanta. Working closely with Mia Michaels, Brian Friedman, Dave Scott, Wade Robson, Cris Judd, Tyce Diorio, Desmond Richardson, Gil Duldulao, Brooke Lipton, Robert Hoffman, Shane Sparks and Laurie Ann Gibson, Hayn brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, cutting-edge innovation and opportunity to the Athens dance community and Dancefx family.

Before moving to New York, Allison spent five years with Dancefx, as a dancer, instructor and choreographer in addition to serving as Assistant Director of Dancefx, Inc. Hayn was instrumental in the opening of Dancestyle Dancewear and establishing the Dancefx Studio Youth Program. As a Dancefx Concert Dance Company Member, she's performed at the Jazz Dance World Congress in 2002 and 2004, Jazz on Tap (2001-2004), DanceAthens Dance Festival (2000-2004) and Dancefx's FX Spring Concert (2001-2005). With over 25 years dance experience, Hayn has studied with Luigi in New York City and the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project in Chicago in addition to her work in New York City. Hayn is a 2004 graduate of the University of Georgia's Honors Program with a degree in Public Relations. Email Allison Check out her videos!!!

Arron Davidson

CONTEMPORARY, JAZZ, Hip-Hop

Director of FleX Dance Company

AЯRON represents a new generation of recording artists. Real name, Arron Davidson, the young performer adds the title of acclaimed producer and songwriter to an already impressive repertoire. Arron began studying the movement of great performers like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Usher early on. He was captivated by their talent and in awe of their generosity. At that moment he vowed his life to his passion for music and performance. “Hustle” became a way of survival for the young entrepreneur. He studied at various different dance academies on scholarship, becoming technically trained in all dance styles including hip hop, ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap, African, lyrical, and modern. Finding a love for the stage, Arron began to perform in talent shows & showcases spanning the South East. He initially draws in all his audiences with his husky tone and charms them with his honest lyrics. Turning doubters into believers has become the norm for the self-proclaimed young mogul. He articulates, “I want to touch as many people as I can through my music. I want to be the commonality that brings people together for a mutual purpose, despite differences.” Strapped with a composition book and pen, Aaron began to write. His poetry turned into thought provoking lyrics, and his melodies evolved into beats. Currently working on his debut EP, he also attends Georgia State University in Atlanta & is working toward a film and video degree. Once achieving his degree, Arron wishes to continue to expand his music career and brand over seas. It's only the beginning for this rising Artist. You won't want to miss a note. Stay tuned for all updates!

SERITA FOSTER

FX Hip-Hop, FeMME HIP-HOP

Director of Beautiful Nightmares

When Serita received her first pair of cheerleader poms at the age of 6 she fell in love with performing. She cheered, played basketball, and played the alto sax until she went to high school and received her first formal dance training. At Mount Zion High School, she studied ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and hip hop in the Dance Ensemble, and danced 3 years in the marching band’s auxiliary dance team.

While attending Georgia State University and pursuing dual degrees in Accounting and Finance, Serita continued to take dance classes and was selected to be a member of the GSU Pantherettes Dance Team where she performed for 3 years and served as an assistant director for 1 year.

After graduation, Serita cheered professionally with Georgia’s Arena Football League team The Georgia Force for 2 seasons. Looking for a dance home north of downtown, Serita started taking classes at DanceFx Atlanta in 2012 and never left! At DanceFx, she joined the Sugar Rush Femme Hip Hop dance company, The Modern Pin Ups of ATL burlesque company, and the Xtensity Apprentice contemporary and jazz company all in 2013. This year, she is ecstatic to share her love of dance through teaching for the very first time at DanceFx Atlanta.  

AMBER COLMEY

BALLET, contemporary, JAZZ

Co-Director of FX1, FX2, FX3 Performance Companies

Amberlee comes from a long line of dancers. She grew up dancing at her mothers studio, CVS School of dance in upstate New York, which was founded by her grandmother. She also began her teaching career there at the age of 15. She was accepted to Broadway Dance Center’s prestigious intern program in the fall of 2004, moved to New York City and has continued training in the city since. Amberlee has performed in many Broadway Dance Center Showcases, has also danced in various shows, different contemporary dance projects, as well as Break out in Song (a notorious flash mob featuring Katie Thompson) and commercial work. She has also has had the privledge of traveling the country assisting master contemporary classes with Andrew Turtle. Not only is Amberlee a talented dancer, she is also a gifted teacher; on faculty at several studios around New York as well as having taught for Broadway Dance Center master faculty members Michelle Barber, Pam Chancey and Sheila Barker, and traveling the country teaching master classes of her own. Amberlee’s choreography has been given top awards at many national dance competitions where her students' performances consistently receive praise from judges. She works with dancers of every age and level and is known for inspiring her students to help express themselves through their movement and embracing the uniquness in each individual talent. Amber hopes and strives to make sure each student, no matter the age level, leaves every class with a smile on their face and a love of the art of dance. Check out her videos!  

LORIEN TALMADGE

Heels, hip hop, ballet

Director of Muse Dance Company

Lorien put on her first pair of ballet shoes at the age of 3 and immediately fell in love.  After training in ballet solely for many years, she took a long break to focus on education and holds degrees in English:  Literature/Culture and Marketing and advanced degrees in Internet Marketing and an MBA.  

Upon returning to dance seven years ago and relocating to Georgia from the Tristate area, she trained in  other disciplines including contemporary, hip hop and dancehall across a variety of studios in Atlanta.  In the end, nothing could keep her away from returning to her ballet roots, while continuing to train in jazz, contemporary and hip-hop.

Since joining the Dancefx family, Lorien immediately became a member of and performed with The Modern Pin Ups of Atlanta and also began teaching youth and adults and has loved every moment!  In addition to continuing to teach, Lorien is also a performing member of Xtensity Apprentice Jazz and Contemporary performance company and is now the Director of Muse Dance Company.

 

JACLYN NATALE

PRE-K COMBO, ELEMENTARY HIP-HOP

Jaclyn took her first dance class at the age of three and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She has had training in ballet, tap, and jazz, and has studied at various studios in the Atlanta area. While a student at the University of Georgia, she choreographed and performed for the UGA Wesley dance program, including shows such as Dance Upon Injustice. After graduating from UGA, Jaclyn joined the Dancefx Atlanta team in 2013 and has loved every minute of it! In addition to teaching prek ballet and tap, she is excited to teach elementary hip hop at Dancefx this year. Aside from teaching, Jaclyn also dances at Dancefx Atlanta as a member of the Beautiful Nightmares Hip Hop company.

kia street

ballet, contemporary

Kia J. Street began dancing at the age of three at Norma’s Academy of Dance and continued her training at Dance with Donna Webb. She decided to pursue a dance career while attending Fine Arts Magnet at Mount Zion High School; now named Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts in Jonesboro, GA. Kia graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance in May 2015. While attending VSU she has performed at the annual dance concerts, American College Dance Association, and during halftime with the marching band as a Blazette. She has taken master classes from Ririe Woodbury Dance Company, T. Lang Dance, Staibdance, Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Axam Dance Theatre Experience, Emily Cargill and Dancers, and with the instructors of The Pulse on Tour. She has choreographed for high school dance lines, the Emerging Artist Showcase at VSU, and for Dancefx adult company members. Currently, she is an instructor at Dancefx Atlanta and Creative Movement and Dance. She is also member of Xtensity Performance Company and Sideways Contemporary Dance Company.

Lara Davis

ballet, PoINTE

Lara Davis is a recent graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in Dance Science and Psychology and a minor in Dance. She began her dance training at age four at the Tolbert Yilmaz School of Dance where she was a member of the Roswell Dance Theatre student company for eight years. Lara has attended summer dance intensives across the country including American Ballet Theatre in Orange County, The Rock School, Joffrey Ballet School, Dance Canvas, the National Choreography Intensive, and the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. In 2013, her choreography was presented at the Southeastern Regional Ballet Association Festival. In 2016, she choreographed for the student film “Capriole”, which was awarded the Dean's Horizon Award at the 2016 EMST Film Festival at the University of Georgia and was selected to be presented at the 2016 River's Edge International Film Festival in Paducah, KY. She has performed with Refuge Dance Company in Marietta and Dance Canvas in Atlanta. Currently, Lara dances with The Georgia Ballet and teaches in the metro-Atlanta area.

Julia Urrea

Pre-K Combo, contemporary

Julia began her training at Dancefx in 2012. She is now a member of FX1 Performance Company and Xtensity Dance Company. In addition to Dancefx, she has trained under faculty from Adrenaline Dance Convention, the PULSE on Tour, and Broadway Dance Center.