Staff

Whitney Teyf - Artistic Director/Owner/Founder

Whitney Teyf, originally from Northern Virginia, has been pursuing her passion for dance since the age of three. Whitney has extensive experience in teaching, choreographing, and performance. She received her BFA in Dance Education from East Carolina University in 2006. During her time at ECU she was a member of the Pure Gold Dance Team and the ECU Jazz Performing Group. She was both a principle dancer in the outdoor drama Horn in the West and choreographer / performer at the Powderhorn Black Box Theatre in Boone, NC. She was a company member with Atlanta Dance Project. She has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., with Atlanta Ballet's Fusion Project,and most recently with Atlanta Dance Project at the Alliance Theatre. She founded the dance program at Vanderlyn Elementary in 2006 and taught dance there full time for eight years. She has been featured in Tucker's Up Close and Personal magazine , Dance Studio Life magazine, VOYAGEATL online magazine and most recently on All Business Media FM.



LaPorchae Bryant - Dance Instructor
Porchae Bryant is an Exercise Science major with a minor in Business Administration at Georgia Gwinnett College. She began dancing at the age of 5 in Austin, Tx at All That Cheer and at age 8 relocated to Georgia to perform with Atlanta Jayhawks for their jazz dance team, and won numerous awards in both divisions. She danced all 4 years of high school at Peachtree Ridge and was awarded with the Director, Choreographer, and Hip Hop awards, while also lettering in Hip Hop. She was a dance composition student her Junior and Senior year, and cheered for 3 years receiving the Coaches and Lion Awards. Ms. Porchae participated in the Miss Peachtree Ridge Pageant and was titled Miss Junior Most Spirited and Miss Senior Miss Congeniality. After graduation she has devoted her time to volunteering as a guest choreographer for Peachtree Ridge’s dance department and Grayson High School’s dance and theatre departments, as well as the dance fitness instructor for PRHS Cheer Lions. She now choreographs around the Gwinnett area, has choreographed work performed at Georgia State University, as well as performing at Walt Disney World. She is branching out to Las Vegas and Houston as the Artistic Director of Youth Outdoor Unity helping students express themselves through the art of dance.




Jessica Tyson - Dance Instructor
Jessica began dancing at the young age of two. She participated in competitive dance for 15 years. Her passion includes tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. She later became a dance instructor for West Georgia Dance Company where she trained young, aspiring dancers until leaving to attend school. She now has a B.S. in Psychology from The University of Georgia. Jessica is a dedicated individual, excited to share her love of dance with others!





Emily Peay - Marketing director/ Dance Instructor

Emily Peay is a native of Kennesaw, Ga where she received her BA in Dance at Kennesaw State University. Her early years were spent training in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and hip-hop at Great Gig Dance Company. She also participated in several summer intensives and workshops including the Joffrey School of Ballet in NYC (2008), Atlanta Rhythm Tap Ensemble in ATL (2010), and Staibdance’s Summer Intensive in Italy (2014). Her first time working with Emily Cargill and Dancers was for the MAD Festival in Atlanta (2014) and she has been dancing her heart out with ECD every since. A few other ECD performances include the Detroit Dance City Festival (2014), the New Grounds Dance Festival in Tampa, FL (2015), Art on the ATL Beltline (2015), Dance Canvas (2016), and SLIT (2016), ECD’s evening length work.  Although dance has always been Emily’s first love, she also finds music inspiring and believes all forms of art help her grow as a creative mover. 




Ashley Narvaez - Dance Instructor/Office assistant
Ashley Narvaez is originally from Richmond, Virginia and started dancing at the age of three. She began competing nationally at seven years old, which allowed her to learn from top industry dance leaders such as Frank Hatchett, Dan Karaty, Travis Wall, Ellenore Scott, and Ivan Koumaev. In high school, Ashley became Dance Team Captain of the Clover Hill Cavaletttes and spent her summer dancing at Pointe Park University, where she made the decision to pursue a degree in dance. Ashley graduated with a BFA in Dance and Choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she was also a member of the VCU Gold Rush Dance Team. Ashley has performed on the Epcot Stage in Disneyworld, AMTC's Talent Finale, Cru15 Staff Conference and with the NFL Redskins Cheerleaders which was televised in front of thousands. She has had the opportunity to be a part of dance companies like the Latin Ballet of Virginia, Advocate Arts, and Claves Unidos, which she recently performed as the lead principal dancer inAmalia. Ashley has many years of teaching experience with all ages and is thrilled to share her love for dance with EIM students!



Q Harper - Dance Instructor

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 Harper is a professional dancer from Atlanta Ga. He started off as a b-boy and street hip hop dancer. After years of training and joining a team of dedicated dancers, he proved himself as more than just a street dancer, but a presence in the dance world. Q has been featured along with his team in music videos, working with artist such as T-Pain and Roscoe Dash. He has also appeared in shows and films being filmed in Atlanta Ga and was also a finalist along with his team Royal Flush, on Mtv's Americas Best Dance Crew. He is an active choreographer/dancer and instructor, performing and teaching all over the country.








Aaron Davidson - Dance instructor

Aaron represents a new generation of recording artists. Real name, Aaron Davidson, the young performer adds the title of acclaimed producer and songwriter to an already impressive repertoire. 
Aaron began studying the movement of great performers like Michael Jackson 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. He studied at various different dance and competition 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, Aaron began to perform in talent shows & showcases spanning the South East. Age 20, Aaron initially draws in all his audiences with his husky tone and charms them with his honest lyrics. 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 writing for EMI, Aaron is busy working on his debut EP & attending Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is on his way to simultaneously achieving a BA and MA is media production, and is already on track for graduating with honors and academic recognition. Stay tuned. There’s more to come from this rising talent!




Erin Burch - Dance instructor

Erin has been training since 2010, after she decided that dance was her passion. She has danced with companys such as Advocate Arts contemporary, Gotta Dance Contemporary, and Project 7. She has also worked with artists such as Redd Lettaz, Prisca, Daniel Goldberg, Najasism, and  B. Suave. Choreography has also played a large role in her career as she has been blessed to choreograph for Peachtree Ridge High School, Grayson High School, and Southern Performing Arts Academy, as well as having had the chance to set solos for showcases and competitions for herself and others. Through setting choreography, she discovered a love for teaching. Introducing people of all ages and walks of life to movement has become a huge part of Erin's life. Her teaching experience comes from teaching regular classes at Southern Performing Arts Academy, Fit Club International, and All Around Gymnastics as well as substituting at various studios around the state of Georgia. 


Lezette Jordan - Dance instructor

LeZette Jordan is a native of Chicago,lL where she was raised with Arts in Education via The Joseph Holmes Dance Company and the Chicago Public School System .LeZette  has traveled and performed throughout the United States and Abroad. One of her goals is to continue to introduce dance to as many children as possible helping to promote a love for the art form as well as build character in their lives.She has been teaching in the Atlanta Metropolitan area for over fifteen years. LeZette teaches her students the discipline and the fun of dance. Trained in Jazz,Ballet and ethnic techniques, she brings a wealth of experience and versatility to students.





Devon Szklanka - Dance Instructor

Devon Szklanka, originally from a small town in northern Pennsylvania, has been dancing since the age of 5 has 18 years of training in ballet, jazz, tap, theatre, contemporary, and hip hop. After completing a great bulk of her training at her home studio under the instruction of Duane and Kellie Gordner, Devon was accepted into the Dance program at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia. There she trained under the instruction of Donna Fay Burchfield and many prestigious staff where she earned her Certificate in Dance. From there Devon continued to pursue her love for dance in Los Angeles, California. Over time there she trained under some of the top working teachers in Los Angeles at studios including Millenium Dance Complex, EDGE Performing Arts Center, and Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio. She has been apart of numerous concept videos with other professional dancers, and had the pleasure of working with artist Ian Erix in his new music video. Devon had the privilege of being on the set of many shows including Glee, 2 Broke Girls, Nike, and AT&T. After 2 years in Los Angeles, Devon joined the Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend cast as a performer, she toured for 10 months performing shows all over the United States. Devon has experience in choreography and teaching and couldn’t be more excited to share her love and gift with others as she begins her journey in Atlanta.


Tahirah Cornwall - Dance Instructor

Tahirah, originally from the Bronx, NY, started dance lessons at the age 3 where she began to study classical ballet, jazz, hip-hop, tap, contemporary, and gymnastics. At the age of 12 she became one of the competition dancers for Fancy Feet Dance Studio. Throughout high school as a competition dancer, she has won national and top awards at many competitions such as :  Encore DCS, Bravo! National Dance & Talent Competition,  Onstage New York, Starquest Dance, Tremaine, Jump, and That's Entertainment Performing Arts Competition. Tahirah, along side the Fancy Feet Dance Studio Competition Team, has also performed at  Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, and on the prestigious stage at Lincoln Center in New York, NY. Tahirah was accepted into Valdosta State University’s Theatre and Dance Program as a dance major and began her training under : Eric Nielsen,Catherine Schaeffer, Sarah Wildes Arnett, Melissa Pihos, Olin Davidson, and Geoffrey Reynold. Tahirah graduated in May of 2018 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance. Apart from performing, Tahirah also has a passion for teaching dance. While at Fancy Feet Dance Studio, she became an assistant instructor at the age of 11 and went on to teaching her own classes at the age of 16. She has gone on to teach at numerous of studios and summer camps teaching various areas of dance such as: tap, ballet, jazz, gymnastics, salsa, swing, and contemporary. 


Shonquay Washington (Coach Kendall) - Dance Instructor
Shonquay KendalWashington started his dance career with a dance group called Expo. After a couple years with Expo he segued from the group and became the Head Choreographer and Artistic Director  of the Devastation Dance Crew & Company for eleven years. As Director of Devastation he trained many inner city youth in Creative Dance, Street Funk and the Hip Hop Culture of Dance. Through his teachings, he and numerous of his dancers were afforded the opportunity to perform World Wide. Competing and performing places such as  the World’s famous Apollo in NYC Winning 5 times, BET 106 & Parks “Wild out Wednesday” for 4 rounds, Dance Saints Dance with artist such as Tye Tribbett and competing in the infamous WOD dance competition on several occasions. Shonquay is known as the icon of Dance in the City of Trenton NJ. Shonquay and some of his dancers have auditioned and danced alongside some great artist in the Music industry; Mariah Carey, Lil Mama, Wycleff Jean, Ashanti, and D’Atri Hick; to name a few. He has received numerous awards and accolades from the Mayors office as well as the State General Assembly.  Shonquay  is excited to Share his creativity for years to come.!!


Patrick Condon - Dance Instructor
Patrick Condon graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance Studies in 2016. There he performed with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance in their production of Chicago in 2014 and he has danced in almost all performances put on by the Brenau University Dance Department. He’s worked with renowned dance choreographers such as Vincas Greene, Carl Flink, Madia Cooper and Kristy Nilsson. He originally came into the arts when he was 12, by studying musical theatre at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, where he was born and raised, until he realized his true passion for dance several years later. While there he performed in a professional production of Sound of Music and has performed in many musicals put on by the Maltz’s Conservatory of Performing Arts such as West Side Story, Pippin, Cats, and Bye Bye Birdie. He also has experience with various styles of Ballroom dance and was on the Spanish dance team at Jupiter Community High School.  




Lydia Patselas - Dance instructor

Lydia Patselas began her training at Dance Theatre of Jacksonville and then continued her dance training at Step Ahead Dance Company throughout high school. Lydia has completed summer training programs at the American Dance Festival in Durham NC, Broadway Dance Center summer intensive in New York City, and the New Dialect summer intensive in Nashville, TN. She recently graduated from East Carolina University’s School of Theatre and Dance program with a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography, Magna Cum Laude. She also received a Communication Studies minor. She studied under the instruction of David Ingram, Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska and Galina Panova. Lydia has performed in works choreographed by Tommi Galaska, Teal Darkenwald, Danielle Sheather, David Ingram, John Dixon, Marissa Nesbit, Micah Geyer, and Joe Cotler. She also choreographed several works throughout her college career. Lydia had the opportunity to preform at the 2016 American College Dance Association in West Virginia. Lydia is currently a member of the Atlanta Dance Collective and is also teaching at RISPA School of Performing Arts

Niki Badua - Dance instructor

Niki Badua fell in love with dance when she was eight years old. She grew up in Hawaii, dancing at Applause Performance Academy where she eventually rose to instructor. Her passion brought her to New York City where she furthered her training in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, and musical theatre. Niki is a presently working actress, singer, and dancer; One of her favorite gigs was a touring children's theatre troupe, performing Beauty and The Beast as well as Babes In Toyland. She later traveled and performed in the Broadway National Tour of Mamma Mia while teaching dance workshops across the country. One year ago she made her home in Atlanta, and since then you may have seen her perform and star in Serenbe Playhouse's Little Mermaid as Ariel or in Titanic as Kate McGowan. Niki has always had an interest in nurturing future artists and helping anyone she can discover the joy of dance.






Sara McKenna - Dance Instructor
Sara McKenna began dance classes at the age of five in New Jersey and continued her training in Georgia. It was in high school when she took dance more seriously after performing her biggest role of Peter in Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe ballet under the Trinity Christian Fellowship: The Studio. She studied under Lori Zamzow-Wire at Sugarloaf Performing Arts in the Sugarloaf Ballet Company, where she performed in the ballets Snow White, Aladdin, and Sleeping Beauty. After graduating from Collins Hill High School, Sara obtained her Bachelor’s degree in dance at Kennesaw State University with a concentration in ballet, even though she performed more modern. While dancing with the Kennesaw Dance Company, Sara performed under choreographers such as Ivan Pulinkala, Sandra Parks, Lauri Stallings at the American College Dance Festival and at the Kennedy Center. She has also trained with the Atlanta Ballet, the Georgia Ballet, Tlang dance, Along King Lines ballet, and the PGK dance project during summer intensives. Since graduating, Sara has danced with SIDEWAYS Contemporary dance company, Fuerta Dance Company, Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Padeia Dance Theatre, Dance Canvas, and with Full Radius Dance while also teaching dance. She is currently going back to school for physical therapy, but hopes to continue dancing as long as she can.


Kyla Langdon - Dance instructor

As a dance artist, her movement is inspired by her own life experiences loosely woven with the visions of choreography with whom she has had the pleasure or working. Through her movement she is exploring the basic concept of humanity, which lies at the center of everything for her. The dual edged sword of human connection drives her movement and being able to reach people without words, which can sometimes be highly misleading, drives her to never stop her movement exploration. Her love for dance was cultivated at the early age of 4 at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago, IL where she was exposed to tap and African dance. For the next 8 years, she honed her craft, dancing and touring with the South Shore Drill Team and Performing Arts Ensemble training in musical theater. During this time, she also trained in Ballet and Jazz at Joffrey Ballet Chicago in the Children's Pre-Professional division. She expanded her training in Ballet, Jazz, Acro and West African dance. She was also a member of the Lindbloom Math and Science Academy's dance team and Gallery 37's Performing Arts Ensemble. Kyla continued her training at Emory University where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and Dance and Movement Studies. Kyla has traveled across the country to the beautiful Sorrento, Italy to continue training as a dancer and to premier in the social justice piece, “I Can’t Breathe,” as well as other works from the Staib Dance repertoire. She also had the pleasure of training under the direction of world-renowned choreographer and dancer Garth Fagan. She was a member of Joel Hall Dance Center’s 2ndCompany and Gotta Dance Contemporary. She has appeared in two independent films, and most recently the Triumph Awards show.  She has also traveled around the country and trained with dancers/choreographers Norwood Pennewell (more affectionately known as PJ), Missi Allerton, Marjani Forte, Gavriel Spritzer, Sade Bully, Jason Samuel Smith, Kathleen Wessel, George Staib, Kristen O’Neal, CiCi Kelley and Rae Ransom-Coleman and many more. Most recently, she danced for Dare Dream Dance Pro Company and Co-Founded, Owned and danced for RAIIN Dance Theater. She is currently training for AB Project, Anthony Burrell’s new program here in Atlanta.
 

Megan Long - Dance Instructor

Megan Long is a native of Rutherfordton, North Carolina. She has been dancing for 20 years and began her pre-professional training at Winthrop University in the Fall of 2013. Performances during her time at Winthrop University include The Wiz, Winthrop Dance Theatre, Winthrop Repertory Theatre, Senior Choreography Showcase, Junior Choreography Showcase, Charlotte Dance Festival, and American College Dance Association. She has worked with Jennifer Archibald in the ArchCore40 program, as well as The Syncopated Ladies in the Syncopated Ladies Bootcamp. Choreography experience includes two modern pieces at Winthrop University and many competition routines at studios nationwide. Megan graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2017 with a BA in Dance and Psychology from Winthrop University. She lived in New York City following graduation, where she worked as a Center Intern and Training Fellow at Gibney Dance. While in NYC, she danced with Marie Christine Giordano and danced as an extra in short films. Megan recently moved to Atlanta, Georgia to dance as a company member of Sideways Contemporary Dance Company. She looks forward to starting her performance and teaching journey in The Peach State.

Jasmine Woods - Dance Instructor

Jasmine Woods is a college student from Kennesaw, Georgia. She is currently attending Georgia State University where she studies Early Childhood Education. Her goal is to one day be a kindergarten teacher. She first started dancing at the age of nine and her background is in jazz, hip-hop and pom. She went to North Cobb High School, where she was on the dance team for three years. Upon entering college, she auditioned for the Georgia State Pantherettes, the official dance team of GSU, and she earned a spot on the team. She’s currently a third year veteran and one of the captains of the team. Jasmine is very passionate about what she does and hopes to inspire others with her love of dance! 






Khadira Beech - Dance Instructor

Khadira has been a hip hop dancer for 4 years and has choreographed for college dance teams and competitions. She was apart of the 12th annual Virginia Step and Dance Competition where her team placed 2nd place. Khadira also has co- taught hip hop classes in Virginia for students ranging from 6- 18. In addition to dancing on Georgia State's Pantherette team ,Khadira is a full time student at Georgia State pursuing a bachelor's degree in business management , projected to graduate in May of 2020. 








Mo Noble - Dance Instructor

As a major dance instructor in Atlanta, GA with one of the biggest followings, Monica “Mo.” Noble has become a forced to be reckoned with.    Mo first began dancing and choreographing around Atlanta, and later all over the U.S. She began choreographing for dance teams at Georgia State University, which led to dancing and co-choreographing for rapper David Banner on Ludacris’ 2005 tour.  Mo was a principal dancer in international artist K’Naan’s “ABC’s” music video as well as the MTV promo for “Waving Flag”. In 2013 she co-choreographed B.O.B’s music video “Headband” featuring 2 Chainz.  In 2008, Mo was asked to choreograph numerous acts for the nationally touring UniverSoul Circus, and eventually toured with them as a dancer. On the road with the circus for 2 seasons, she choreographed more acts, acted, danced, and performed in the international magic act known as “Quick Change”.  Upon arriving back to Atlanta, Mo has taken off with her teaching career instructing at all the major dance studios (Dance 411, Gotta Dance Atlanta, Rhythm Dance Center, etc.), guest instructing, choreographing award receiving competition pieces, and choreographing for stage productions (Woodruff Arts Center).  She has taught for the “American Dance Projekt” convention, N-House Productions convention, and taught nationally for “We Can Dance” dance camps.  She was named “Best Female Instructor In Atlanta” in 2014 by Destined to Dance Awards and has taught for 3 years for ADX, an international fellowship with Atlanta, GA.  In the height of Mo’s training in ballet, modern, hip hop, lyrical, and jazz, she created her own specialty class called “E’Mote” (contemporary/hip hop/lyrical fusion) that has received a huge following and bookings for workshops and guest choreography. Additional credits include:  Tim McGraw “Truck Yeah” Music Video, UniverSoul Circus Tour 2008-2010, co-choreography of David Banner ft. T.I.’s “Crank It Up” music video, CW Macy’s Fashion Show, Juanita Bynum “Threshing Floor” conference, Kiera “KiKi” Clark-Sheard performance dancer, Big Boi of Outkast Performance Dancer, Quick Change Artist, Move! Dance Workshop.   


Joi Riley-Dance Instructor
Joi Riley,  Atlanta, Georgia native has been  dancing for 12 years, and sharing her passion teaching within her community for the last 5 years. Since Fall of 2003 at the age 7 when enrolled in Jazz and Hip Hop dance classes at Iris Academy of Music & Movement with Iris Goode and Lashawn Cook.  She developed the skills to become a competitive dancer, exploring many different genres. During Middle and High school, she was on the majorette team; her  drive and passion for the arts granted her the opportunity to pursue leadership roles. As she grew older her focus shifted more on teaching and choreographing.  She became a demonstrator and from there progressed to teaching and choreographing dances at her home studio. In 2015, graduating from high school her home studio closed down. That Summer she started a summer camp for kids and that was the start of  "Dance for Joi Dance Company”. Her company has competed and performed throughout Georgia. Winning many prestigious awards and titles! As a new studio owner she enjoys sharing her love of dance and seeing her vision come to life. Dance for Joi is not only teaching dance but also teaching discipline, responsibility and the importance of building true friendships that will carry them through all stages of life. Joi will continue to take opportunities to grow, define  personal dance skills and her teaching methods.