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Acworth, Ga 30101

Meet Bravo Dance Center's Team

Carolyn Crumpton Perry

Owner/Artistic Director

Carolyn Crumpton Perry is the Owner/Artistic Director of the Bravo Dance Center Ga.  Ms. Perry has been an instructor/choreographer at Bravo Dance Center for 24 years.  She is also a Part-time Professor of Dance at Kennesaw State University where she has taught for 12 years.  Ms. Perry's dedication to dance education and inspiring young artists is commendable.  She double majored in Dance Performance and Arts Management receiving a BFA from Brenau University graduating summa cum laude. She then returned to Georgia State and Brenau to receive certification in Dance Education. While living in NYC, she toured with a small ballet company, and was a manager at the Broadway Dance Center. In Georgia, she danced for Georgia Ballet under the direction of Iris Hensley for 9 seasons.  Notable roles include Dark Angel in Balanchine's "Serenade" and Arabian Princess in "The Nutcracker" to name just a few. Ms. Perry is extremely passionate about promoting dance as a vital art form.  She leads her company dancers to many opportunities to share dance on multiple stages, and in front of audiences that are always amazed by their talents. Ms. Perry is well known for her ability to teach dance to all ages and levels in diverse dance genres. Her experience in dance education, her creativity in writing and choreographing her own shows, makes Ms. Perry true artist in demand. 

carolyn@bravodancecenterga.com

Megan Peterson

Director of Ensemble

Megan Peterson is an alumni dancer of Bravo Dance Center. After high school, Megan attended Kennesaw State University on scholarship, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Dance in 2015. Although ballet is her concentration, Megan has studied many other types of dance as well, including jazz, modern, musical theatre, tap, and even African. While at KSU, Megan was a member of the Kennesaw State University Dance Company and was selected to represent the Company at the American College Dance Festival in 2013. She served as a member of the stage crew, learning all about the “behind the scenes” of a production, and was selected to run the light board for the KSU Spring Show in 2015. Megan also choreographed a piece for the KSU Company dancers for her senior project. Megan has performed in a variety of shows, including the 2006 Chick-Fil-A Bowl Halftime show, GloATL’s Maa in 2011, Dance Canvas in 2013, Synergy in 2013, and Translate (the voices of dance) in NYC in 2014. Megan is excited for another great year teaching at Bravo Dance Center.

ensemble@bravodancecenterga.com

McCree O'Kelley

McCree O'Kelley is an Assistant Professor of Dance at Kennesaw State University. He began his ballet training with Ann Brodie and the Carolina Ballet in Columbia, SC. At 16 he moved to New York City, accepting a full scholarship to the School of American Ballet. He furthered his dance training at the North Carolina School of the Arts studying with Duncan Noble, Melissa Hayden and Warren Conover.

As a professional dancer his versatile career includes performing with the Atlanta Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and the Broadway National Tour of Cats as Mr. Mistoffelees. His vast repertoire includes Balanchine’s Serenade (Waltz Man), Allegro Brillante, Rubies, Who Cares, Stars and Stripes, Western Symphony, Lila York’s Celts (Green Man) and Gloria, Kevin O’Day’s Viola Alone…(with one exception), Lynne Taylor-Corbett’s Great Galloping Gottschalk (Men’s Duet), Twyla Tharp’s Deuce Coupe, Alan Hineline’s Twist and Thresholds, Martha Graham’s Diversion of Angels (Red Man), Val Caniparoli’s Open Veins, Lew Christensen’s Con Amore, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland and Michael Pink’s Dracula and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

As a choreographer he has created works for the Ballet Arkansas, Pacific Symphony, Ballet Spartanburg, Carolina Ballet, Center Stage and Workshop Theater of South Carolina.

Previously McCree was assistant professor of dance at Converse College in Spartanburg, SC, where he was the artistic director of Dance Converse. He has served on the faculty of the American Academy of Ballet, the University of South Carolina Conservatory of Dance, the Atlanta Ballet Summer Program, Ballet Spartanburg and the University of California, Irvine. He holds a BA in Dance from the University of South Carolina and an MFA in Dance from the University of CA, Irvine.

Heather Haley

Heather Haley has just entered her 13th season of Dance instruction at Bravo Dance Center!  She has been a professional dance instructor for 28 years!  Her specialties include: Preschool through Pre-professional levels of Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Flexibility, Lyrical & Tumbling.  She is currently the Coach for our Ballet dancers training to compete in Youth American Grand Prix, an International Dance competition.  She is also Bravo’s Tumbling Director. Additionally, Heather teaches Ballet to Middle School & High School students at Mount Paran Christian School in Marietta.  Heather implemented the “Tumbling Club” at four local elementary schools in Cobb County over the last 7 years.  Heather holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University and owned and operated her own dance studio in Boca Raton, FL, prior to moving to Acworth in 2003.  She was a Dance Major at Florida State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences.  She studied Dance under the direction of Gus Giordano in Chicago, Joe Tremaine in Los Angeles, and various instructors in NYC at Broadway Dance Center. Back in Florida, she held positions as the Dance Director and Assistant Dance Director for fifteen years at two prestigious private schools, Pine Crest Prep School and North Broward Prep School. Heather is dedicated to the students at Bravo Dance Center and feels like these kids are her family!!! 

Rebecca Haslam

Rebecca Haslam, Ballet Instructor, studied at the Ballet Conservatory in Mission Viejo, CA, with former members of Joffrey Ballet and ABT, in Ballet, Modern, Jazz, and Musical Theater. She studied professional dance, at BYU, with teaching experience in California, Colorado and Georgia. Since 2004, Ms. Haslam has taught all levels of Ballet at BDC. She has been involved with Company and Ensemble as a choreographer, including staging classical repertory for BalletFest and recently coaching ballet students for YAGP. Notably, Ms. Haslam’s certification as a Master Trainer in CorrectiveX exercise, helped her developed a unique approach for teaching dance. She owns The Body Conservatory, training athletes and clients to achieve efficient brain-body connections. She is blessed with five children, and is married to Scott Haslam.

Angel Bramlett

Angel Bramlett is a 23 year old native of Virginia Beach, Virginia who graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2014 and received a Bachelor of Arts in Dance with a jazz concentration. Prior to college she had been dancing for 15 years, training in contemporary, jazz, modern, ballet, hip-hop, and African dance. While in college, being a vital member of the Kennesaw State University Dance Company for four years, she was chosen to perform abroad in Casablanca, Morocco, and was also awarded a scholarship to train at The Edge Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles, California. Bramlett has a passion for concert performance work and commercial work as she's worked closely with renowned choreographers and has been featured in music videos alongside today's main stream music artists. For the past 5 years, she has had the pleasure of teaching at many studios in the Atlanta area. She aims to broaden her passion for dance by indulging in experiences that are propelled by performing, educating, inspiring, and growing enthusiasm for the art form of dance.

Avery Gillham

Avery Gillham was born and raised in Kennesaw, Ga. He grew up dancing at Great Gig Dance co. and has been a Hip-Hop teacher there for five years. Previous credits include: Damn Yankees, Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein, West Side Story, and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with the Atlanta Lyric Theater. Avery is currently a Dance major at Kennesaw State University and is part of the KSU dance company. He won Regional Dancer of the Year in 2015 with Hollywood Vibe Dance convention and went on to become part of their Vibe Company.

 

Victoria Everhart

From an early age, Victoria’s passion has been Tap dancing.  Dancing with the Great Gig Dance Ensemble instilled the importance of dance training and the history behind it, especially in Tap.  After graduating high school she began teaching and choreographing at Great Gig Dance Co full time.  Victoria has performed at many community events such as the North Georgia State Fair, Big Shanty Festival, Taste of Kennesaw and many more.  She has also performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina for many years.  She is also a member of the “Atlanta Tap Project”; an elite tap group in the heart of Atlanta.  They recently made their debut at Dance Canvas last winter, and will continue to rehearse and perform with the goal of bringing tap back to Atlanta.  Victoria has had the privilege of training with some of the top tappers in the industry.  She has worked with Sarah Reich, Anthony Morigerato, Ayodele Casel, Max Pollack, Jumaane Taylor, and Mark Goodman, just to name a few.  Victoria spreads her love and knowledge of tap across Georgia, while staying busy as a junior at Kennesaw State University.  She is thrilled to be joining the staff at Bravo Dance Center this year!

 

Amanda Jenkins

Amanda Jenkins (Shanks) has been teaching and choreographing for almost 10 years. Immediately after high school, Amanda started her professional career, as both a dancer and a teacher.  She performed with Six Flags Over Georgia in Fright Fest performances from 2009-2012, and was the dance captain in 2010.  In addition, some of her more notable appearances include the Indiana Pacers “Masquarade Gala”, multiple events with Bacchus Productions, the “Independence Day Celebration” during The Earl Strand Theatre’s grand reopening year, and several charity events, including ChrisKids’ “Seasons of Love”, Divas for a Cause, and was one of a small group of featured dancers in the Atlanta Temple Cultural Celebration, “Southern Lights” in 2011.

From 2009-2014, Amanda was an instructor/choreographer in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Lyrical, and Contemporary dance at Bravo Dance Center, and taught company Jazz at The Studio Atlanta Dance.

Amanda exhibited a passion for performing from an early age.  She participated in competitive gymnastics from ages 7 through 13, but discovered her true love was dance.  At age 13, she was selected for the performing company at Bravo Dance Center, and for the next 6 years she studied jazz, modern, hip-hop, lyrical/contemporary, and classical ballet under the direction on Janet Rowthorn.  She performed in many local and regional shows, including Festival of Trees, Tour de Georgia, BalletFest, and Jazz on Tap. Amanda has been the recipient of many high-level awards, including several judge’s awards for her technique and first place overall for her senior solo. During her years at Bravo, she danced principle roles in group numbers and ballet productions, which included “Les Sylphide”, “West Side Story”, “Peter Rabbit”, and “Waltz of the Hours”. In 2006, Amanda’s company was recruited to perform in the Chick-fil-a Bowl pre-game show, parade, and half time shows. In 2006, Amanda was chosen to perform as a featured dancer in the televised performance of Macy’s “Lighting of the Great Tree”, in Atlanta, Georgia.

In 2012, Amanda decided to pursue an education in dance, and attended Kennesaw State University as a member of the dance company.  Her studies specialized in contemporary and modern dance, until her husband was transferred to Germany in 2014.  While living in Germany, Amanda continued to share her love of dance with private students, tutoring in jazz and contemporary styles.  

Since returning to the United States this year, Amanda has returned to teaching classes in Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, and Modern/Contemporary. She is part of the teaching team for Bravo’s Ensemble group, and recently choreographed a contemporary piece that received 1st place over-all at competition. Amanda is extremely passionate about teaching and is dedicated to helping her students personify their emotions through dance.

Whitney Sauve

Whitney Sauve is a native of Marietta, Georgia and has trained since the age of 9 in Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical and Hip-Hop. She has worked with professional artists such as "Jadi" and "The Gang of Roses." Early in her career, Whitney joined modern dance company Brooks & Company Dance. She enjoyed many of its original works of “Copellia,” “Wednesday Night Vespers,” and especially “The Lottery.” Whitney has worked with many choreographers in Atlanta, and has loved performing in local shows including Dance Canvas. She has choreographed works for Light the World Parade, Atlanta's Thanksgiving Night of Hope and the Georgia's Governors Honors Program, to name a few. She loves the art and freedom that choreography provides, and likes to use her strong technical background to capture her audience. 

Savannah Shanks

Coming Soon!

Turner Wilder

Assistant Tumbling Teacher

Gabi Jeske

Ballroom Dancing

Gabi Jeske fell in love with Ballroom Dance Sport in her childhood at the local Tanzschule Angermann,Germany. 

After she was recruited to teach by International Dance Studios in VA, USA she also studied Americana dance culture and specifically enjoys teaching authentic Latin dances including Salsa as well as various forms of Swing including Hustle, Shag and also Country Western. 

Gabi has performed, instructed and competed in events covered by local and national media, among others making appearances on Peach­tree Morning and Turner Sports.​

As one of the trainers of the former Cool Move Dance Sport Competition team she collaborated with international champions and national dance sport coaches in order to keep up to date with preferred techniques, styles and the latest developments in the "Dance Sport evolution".

Gabi has been a dance studio owner and dance director and among others wrote tie breaking talent performances for pageant winners and choreography for Spiritual Dance. She created and taught various continuing education dance- and dance fitness programs for multiple Colleges, local High-, Middle- and Elementary schools, fitness centers, churches and dance studios as well as Parks & Recreation Departments.

Gabi strives to share the many life-enriching benefits of social and competitive partner dance with individuals and couples of all ages developing unique, relaxed dancers with good technique who are comfortable and confident on any dance floor, fun to watch and a pleasure to dance with.)

 

She excels in creating wedding choreography for dancers and beginners alike welcoming the opportunity to actually teach the couples how to have fun really dancing at the reception and any future parties as well. 

 

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