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!



Sonia Taylor - Dance instructor

Sonia was born in West Chester, Pa where she started studying dance at the age of 5. For the past 25 years, she has been actively involved with education by means of instructional support, extra-curricular and athletic activities with an emphasis dance. She has coached various award winning dance team, choreographed numerous competition routines and has instructed dance clinics and workshops throughout the area. She is the founder of Sparkler All-Stars and Glo Dance of Chester County in West Chester, PA.  She hosts private clinics, choreography workshops, dance clinics, and is commissioned regularly to choreograph competition dance for private extra-curricular groups. In addition to the emphasis she puts on training and coaching, she also assists individuals with seeking college scholarships and preparation for college or professional team auditions.



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.


Jenna Lorson Gamerl - Dance instructor

Jenna Lorson Gamerl has a profound interest in the arts and dance, both on and off the stage.  Raised in the small town of Hughesville, Pennsylvania, Jenna knew she wanted to pursue dance at a very young age. She continued her education at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA with a BFA in Dance Education and minor in Musical Theater.  Jenna has always been a dance teacher and choreographer; instructing at multiple studios in the Philadelphia area as well as her hometown studio.  Her dance training consists of jazz, Horton Technique under the direction of Kim Bears-Bailey, hip hop, ballet, contemporary/ lyrical, musical theater,  and tap. After graduating with highest honors, she immediately joined the National Tour of 
Sesame Street Live, performing the role of Ernie as well as a Live India Dancer.  After two years of touring across the U.S., Jenna stepped out of performing and into a new role as Performance Director. She joined the new season of Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families.  She was able to help take a Sesame Street show onto military installations for military families. For Jenna, there is no better reward than being able to serve those families who serve our country. Following Sesame Street, Jenna became a judge for Starbound National Talent Competition and now, after relocating to the Atlanta, GA area, she continues to educate and inspire.



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. 


Carly Thompson - Dance instructor

Carly Thompson, originally from Myrtle Beach, SC, began dancing at age 3.  She trained in ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, modern and contemporary at Elite Dance Centre and the Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology.  She received her BA in Dance Education from Winthrop University in 2017. During her time at Winthrop, she performed in, choreographed for, and directed rehearsals for Winthrop Dance Theatre, Student Choreography Showcase, Senior Choreography Showcase, and the Rock Hill RockHettes.  She participated in the 2016 Staibdance Summer Intensive in Italy and most recently taught K-5 dance at East Aiken School of the Arts before relocating to Atlanta.