Renee Hanna, AFA, BA studied at Young Harris College, Northern Kentucky University and Brenau University where she graduated with Distinction. Renee lives in Flowery Branch with her husband of 22 years, their two children and dogs. She has joyfully been involved with the Fine Arts for 38 years.
This will be her 19th year as a children's storyteller who travels throughout the state of Georgia dressed as a costumed character and 11th year of teaching theatre to children and young adults at Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts Academy. Her storytelling was televised for several years, through Walton County and Comcast Cable. While entertaining and teaching, her passion is to develop and nurture a love of the Fine Arts, promote positive self-esteem and aid in the discovery of one's talents.
Both of Renee’s children have flourished because of their involvement with the Fine Arts at Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts Academy. In working with her children and the students, she saw a need for a new type of program. This program would be for the population of students on the high functioning spectrum. This program is now being offered, Social Interaction Theatre. These classes provide a gentle safe place for students to practice life skills in an acting class format.
I look forward to meeting your children and working with them so they can achieve their dreams in the Fine Arts.
"...to live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." Joseph Cilton Pearce
Trained with the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, Miami Conservatory and the Martha Mahr School of Ballet. During the early years of his career, he danced with the Atlanta Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, Memphis Concert Ballet and the Nashville Ballet prior to joining Ballet West as a Senior Artist.
While at Ballet West, he was under the direction of Jon Hart and Jonas Kage and performed in a variety of ballets including Cinderella, Swan Lake, Peter Pan, and The Nutcracker. He also performed in a number of ballets choreographed by Ashton, Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Val Canniparoli and George Balanchine including Mid-Summers Night Dream as Lysander, Who Care’s, Four Temperaments and Allegro Brilliant. In 2003, Noel moved to the Louisville Ballet as a Soloist under the direction of Bruce Simpson. While there, he danced the role of Vronsky in Anna Karenina and as Arabian, Spanish and Waltz of the Flowers Cavalier in The Nutcracker.
After two seasons, Noel moved to the Charleston Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer and Company Teacher. He performed as the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Noël has had the privilege of performing at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Cultural Olympiad and the Sixth Annual China Arts Festival. Since 2006 Noel has been working as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. Most recently finished filming a principle dancing role in an motion picture.
Robyn began her love of dance at the age of 3 through dance classes that were offered at her preschool. She trained at Delores Warner Performing Arts and Druid Hills Dance Centre, where she performed with the Performing Ensemble for 10 seasons. She has studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater and Modern with nationally renowned teachers and choreographers and graduated from North Atlanta School of the Performing Arts, with a specialty in dance studies. Teaching all over the Metro Atlanta area since 1996, Robyn is well loved for the joy and patience she brings to her students. Robyn is married with 2 daughters and is excited to be joining the Heather Wayne Performing Arts Staff.
Rachel, a native of the Atlanta area, began her training under Phyllis Allen at the Lawrenceville School of Ballet at the age of six. A few years later she was selected to perform with the Atlanta Ballet in Balanchine's Nutcracker. She performed for 18 years with the Southern Ballet Theater (formally Gwinnett Dance Ensemble), 10 of which as a member of their professional company. During her time with SBT she worked with such well known choreographers as Nicolas Pacana, Gary Taylor, and the late Marie Roberts. She performed leading roles in full length ballets including Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia and Giselle among others. As a dancer, she continued performing with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater in Marietta, for the Young Audiences of Atlanta Program throughout various Metro Atlanta Schools. In conjunction with her ballet career, Rachel was also a member of the distinguished dance team for the Georgia Tech Basketball team during her time as a student there, prior to graduating with highest honors with a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Design.
Rachel and her husband Mark have three beautiful children, born in Ethiopia, who joined their family through adoption in 2012.
Born and raised in the small township of Copley, Ohio, Melody Mills grew up with dreams bigger than mountains. Even as a young toddler, winning numerous awards in pageants, she didn't spare any hearts either. Known as the cutest and sweetest little girl with the biggest personality, Melody began to take her hometown and region by storm. Between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, Melody won over 70 metals and trophies in gymnastics and cheerleading. At age 12, she choreographed her first dance routine. With that routine, Melody was awarded "Best Choreographer" at a national level. This opened the floodgates to her new found passion of choreography. Winning the same award in 2001 and 2002, Melody’s reputation as an elite performer and choreographer soared across the nation. Over the next 5 years, she won over 25 national titles individually (all in which she choreographed) and 50 national team titles.
Without fear Melody took the next step in her career and set her sights higher. After high school, she shifted her focus to professional dance teams. She currently has five years dance experience in the NBA. She has danced and choreographed for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New Jersey Nets dance team. Her choreography credits don't stop there. Having the ability to connect with all her student, she has taught the New Jersey Nets Kids team (ages 7 to teenagers) and Sensational Seniors (ages 60 years old and older). In addition to the NBA she has choreographed for NFL’s Oakland Raiderettes and the AFL’s Cleveland Goddesses. Representing New Jersey, Melody’s choreography was featured in the 2010 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Outside of the US her choreography has been featured and performed in China, Korea, Iraq, Kuwait, London, Mexico, Russia, and The Philippines.
Melody has danced and choreographed a college tour and music video with recording artist Erika David. She has also worked with popular artists such as Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Shakira, and Brian McKnight. With versatility running through her veins, Melody’s dancing and choreography has no limitation or boundaries. Shooting commercials for Spike TV and the Discovery Channel, she continues to grow in the entertainment industry. Fresh off the Broadway stage, Melody is an original cast member of the double Tony Award nominated show, Bring It On: the Musical. Continuing in theatre Melody recently joined the cast of Dreamgirls, where she performs along side Jennifer Holiday.
With such unique style and visually creative moves, her routines are hardly forgotten and crowd favorites. With dreams still bigger than mountains, Melody does not plan on stopping or even slowing down anytime soon. With nine years of gymnastics, 10 years of cheer training, and a natural love and passion for performing, Melody, has begun to touch the lives of the young art world. Melody firmly believes that her faith in God has gotten her this far, and will continue to take her even further.
Paige Ewing teaches hip hop for dancers ages 3-6 at Heather Wayne's Performing Arts and Dance Academy. She began dance at the age of two at Debbie's School of Dance in West Monroe, Louisiana. During her 10 years there, she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical while competing in group and solo competitions throughout the southeast. She was awarded top soloist at Dance Educators of America and awarded a scholarship to study in New York. She took her talents to the cheerleading arena and won National Cheerleader of the Year in 2000 and featured on the cover of American Cheerleader Magazine in 2001 as Cheerleader of the Month. Paige competed nationally with her Coed Collegiate cheerleading squad, Georgia College and State University, where she was captain of the team. She has choreographed dances and cheerleading routines for teams 13 years and served on staff for the Fellowship of Christian Cheerleaders for 5 years. Paige lives in Buford with her husband Michael and their two daughters Avery and Charlotte.
Lonnie E. Davis Jr. was introduced to the world of dance by the renowned director/choreographer, Baba Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble-NC. After being granted a scholarship to the American Dance Festival at Duke University, Lonnie was immersed “head first” at age 18 into his professional dance training. His summer months were spent training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, ADF, and Jacobs Pillow. Soon after, he joined Dayton Contemporary Dance Co. II-OH. There he studied under some of the most noted teachers in the African American Traditions of American Modern Dance. After that incredible experience, Lonnie was invited to join Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago.
While in Chicago, he honed his jazz dance technique and learned many different jazz styles. He also had the privilege of performing with Wylliams/Henry Contemporary Dance Co-Kansas City, MO where he danced leads roles in classic works such as Lester Horton's "The Beloved", Kevin Iega Jeff's "Church of Nations", Rod Roger's "Percussion Suite" & Leni Wylliams' "Sha ta tee" to name a few. Mr. Davis also received training from the Ohio University. He was asked to be a part of NBA history by being one of the first male dancers on an NBA dance team (Atlanta Hawks 96-98). Mr. Davis has had the pleasure of performing in some of the most exciting Broadway and Vegas Revue’s for Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity and most recent Royal Caribbean International cruise lines.
Mr. Davis has taught and choreographed at dance studios and institutions all over the country. Some include; Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre, Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education; Georgia Dance Conservatory, Woodstock Ballet-GA, Dalton Ballet-GA, Gainesville Ballet-GA, Morton Street Dance Studio-MD, Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, Woodward Academy and The Ohio University School of Dance-OH. Mr Davis was also selected to join the faculty of Georgia's 09'; 10' Governors Honors Program. There he had the pleasure of setting works & teaching Georgia's most talented high school dance students. Currently Lonnie is on faculty at The Georgia Dance Conservatory, Pebblebrook Performing Arts High School, Atlanta Ballet, Woodland HS, and The Studio Atlanta Dance.
Most recently, Mr. Davis was invited to be featured choreographer for Atlanta's Dance Canvas 09' choreographers showcase. There he presented two world premieres "Velocity" & "Time After Time" to rave reviews. He is also resident choreographer for Atlanta based REFUGE Dance Co.(Pulse & Time After Time). He was honored to have the company perform his work "Pulse" during the 2009 Project Dance in NYC.
"The More You Know-The Further You'll Go"! - Lonnie Davis
Cam is a young dancer/instructor/choreographer from Los Angeles, CA. He began his training at the age of 13 and accepted the Department Head Scholarship at The Boston Conservatory where his experiences ranged from performing as Ozzy in the musical On The Town to choreographing for elaborate personas in the drag community! He was previously a Contemporary dance instructor/choreographer at several studios in California including New World Dance and Center Stage Valencia and has already established himself in the dance community in Atlanta as a co-founder of the local contemporary dance company Okwae A. Miller & Artists. Cam's main focus coming to Atlanta is to spread a judgement free application of his craft while still being able to encourage student of all ages and levels to push their boundaries, take care of themselves, and accept "failure" as a means to grow and learn as artists and individuals.
Kaitlynn Edgar grew up dancing at Spotlight Dance Works, a studio in Chesterfield, Michigan. There she studied contemporary, jazz, tap, ballet, lyrical, modern, and hip hop. Upon graduation Kaitlynn was accepted into the Juilliard School, but chose to go on an international tour with a contemporary ballet company, Rock the Ballet. After touring she moved to Los Angeles where she has danced for Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound, Nicki Minaj, David Guetta, and many other artists. She has been featured on many television shows such as The Talk, All the Right Moves, and The Secret Life of an American Teenager. She now works for a touring dance convention, New York City Dance Alliance, teaching students all over the country. She is super excited to create and dance with you all!!!