PRE-K, ELEM COMBO, BALLET, Tap, JaZZ
Managing Director of Dancefx Atlanta, Director of XTENSITY Training Company, Mini Company, Junior Company, and Soundfx 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 at her high school musical theatre rehearsals where she got to both perform and choreograph. In 2006, she moved to Athens to attend the University of Georgia where she was a member of the UGA Tap Dawgs for 4 years. She majored in Child and Family Development and graduated in May of 2010. Payton also became 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 also performed in DanceATHENS Dance Festival for the past 9 years and has enjoyed being a student, teacher, and/or company member for the past 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 especially excited to serve the Atlanta community as the new Managing Director of Dancefx Atlanta! E-mail Payton
Tap, Youth Combos
Ashley has a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia, and has been a lead teacher at Dancefx Athens since 2009. She is excited to offer the greater Atlanta area all Dancefx has to offer by leading Dancefx ATLANTA with her expertise in dancing and teaching- not only at a youth level, but also as a seasoned continuing education teacher as well.
Ashley got her first pair of dancing shoes at the age of six and never looked back. She received her training in Augusta, Georgia, where she was a competition dancer and an all-star cheerleader. While at UGA, Ashley choreographed and danced with Dancefx, Pamoja, the Wesley Foundation Ballet Ministry, and Georgia Dymes and Extreme Dance Team, with whom she helped create UGA's Dancing with the Campus Stars.
Ashley teaches all types of classes including youth combo classes, adult tap and adult hip-hop. Check out her videos!!!