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, All Business Media FM, and most recently in "Shoutout Atlanta" online magazine.

Emily Peay

Director of operations/ 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 ever 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. After an unfortunate bout of injuries, Emily is looking forward to continuing her professional career. She has been a part of the EIM Dance Family for six years! Although dance has always been Emily’s first love, she also finds music inspiring and she believes all forms of art help her grow as a creative mover.

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!


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.


Olivia Gelfand

Dance Instructor

Olivia Gelfand, a North Georgia native, has been dancing since the age of 4. She is classically trained in ballet, but has also received extensive training in modern, tap, jazz, hip-hop, musical theatre, and contemporary styles. Throughout high school, she was a senior company member at R.I.S.P.A. in Milton, GA, where she performed and competed. In 2018, Olivia completed her Bachelors degree (BA) in Dance, with a minor in Food & Nutrition from the University of Alabama. During her time at UA, she focused her studies on modern dance, and developed an interest in youth dance education. She was an active member of RipTide (the University Hip-Hop team), the Dance Honors Society of Alabama, and performed with Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre. In 2017, Olivia continued her formal training across the pond, when she spent a semester at the University of Roehampton in London, UK. Olivia is excited to be joining the EIM Dance family!

Mary Evelyn kirkland

Dance Instructor

Mary-Evelyn Hunt (Atlanta, GA) began her dance training at The Georgia Ballet and Powerhouse Dance Company where she extensively studied ballet, jazz, and contemporary. She graduated with a BA in Mass Communication and a Dance Minor from Georgia College and State University. She danced principle roles including Giselle and the Sugarplum Fairy with the Georgia College Community Dance Program. She obtained her MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina Greensboro where she received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for the College of Visual and Performing Arts. She was a 2018-2019 ImmerseATL Artist and has danced for many independent choreographers in Atlanta.

Hope Burt

Dance Instructor

Hope Burt was born in Detroit Michigan but raised in Southern California. She began dancing at the age of 10 and immediately discovered her passion! Hope quickly developed a love for all dance styles but through intensive training and hard work, reached a high level of accomplishment in Hip Hop, Ballet, Jazz and Lyrical. She later added contemporary, Heels and ballroom to her repertoire. Hope has won numerous awards and scholarships including a full scholarship to Dance Educators of America’s Ballet Seminar where she trained under nationally renowned ballet instructors. Her achievements include; winning the Leap Contest and being featured on the front page of the competition website. Hope has performed annually as one of the featured “soloist” in the Nutcracker Ballet. The Nutcracker is performed at the Maxwell C. King Center in front of an audience of more than 1000 people! In addition to performance, Hope is an up and coming choreographer known throughout Brevard County, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia for creating innovative and unique choreography. With Hope's passion for entertainment it was only the natural step for her to also pursue it commercially and is represented by Legacy Talent Group Inc & 411 South. She's quickly become the one to watch with her strong desire to become one of the most powerful women entrepreneurs in America


SURF

Dance Instructor

Jamal SURF Clay started his interest in dance while in Hardaway High School after being inspired by films like Breakin 1 & 2.The creativity, dynamics and freedom in dancing has inspired his style to have a combination of (Breakin, B-Boying or Breakdancing), Poppin and Lock-in. Eager to express, he performed in his High School talent show and other performances.Later on, his skills encouraged him to move to Atlanta,where he became more involved and earned more from various dancers who also shared the same passion. He studied and trained with some of the top bboys and poppers in the city plus took various workshops in Atlanta and New York. Since then, he has earned respect to be a member of HBO (Home Boys Only, One of Atlanta’s premier bboy crews), TBB:The Bronx Boys rocking crew (Atlanta Chapter) and FullStyle Fam from the country Panama. Surf is currently Vice President for TBB Atlanta chapter. In addition his dance has been seen performing for Atlanta Zoo, various churches, street shows, festivals and a Hip Hop play. He is also a member of the ATL Breakers who are the dance team for the Atlanta Braves and a member of the A-Town Breakers. A group of bboys/bgirls who dances with the Atlanta Hawks. His main style of dance is BBOY yet he can also dance popping, locking, Uprock (rock dance) and house dance. He also taught workshops around Atlanta and in Panama. In his free time Surf likes to travel, draw and read. In addition Surf has also judged a few competitions as well taught workshops in Atlanta and Panama. Plus with blessings worked youth boys in The Salvation Army shelter.

Ansley Littleton - Dance Instructor

Ansley Littleton is a Georgia peach, born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She started her passion for dance at the age of three at Simply Dancing, where she trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Lyrical and Hip-Hop for fifteen years. She then continued her passion at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. While she was there she was taught by Broadway royalty in every style including Broadway dance, Heels, and Musical Theatre. After living in Manhattan for a year, she decided to fly across the country to Los Angeles, where she continued to train and graduated with an Associates in Dance Theatre from AMDA College of the Performing Arts. Ansley is now back home with all the training and experience needed to pass on her love for dance to the younger generation. She is extremely excited to be a part of the EIM team!


Breanna Pollock - Dance Instructor

Breanna Pollock, originally from Albany, Georgia,has been training in dance for over ten years and is furthering her education at Kennesaw State University as a dance major with a modern concentration. She was involved in dance heavily at her school as well as in the studio receiving training in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary and many other styles. She participated in four years of dance line and two years of competition dance throughout her high school career which provided her with incredible opportunities such as performing in two GHSA football state championships and the 2019 SugarBowl in the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. Breanna has also taught and choreographed for other teams and dancers in her area. Her love for dance has only grown since coming to the Kennesaw area and expanding her repertoire of dance with classes in styles such as musical theatre, heels, and modern. She has always had a passion for sharing her love of dance through teaching and is extremely excited to get to do just that as part of the EIM team.

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.


KeAsiah mclaughlin - Dance INstructor

KeAsiah McLaughlin is a native of Washington, DC. She began dancing at the age of 5 at Starmakers Academy of Dance and trained in ballet, hip hop, tap, lyrical, jazz, and contemporary. She participated in numerous indoor competitions and workshops along the east coast. In high school, KeAsiah marched with the "Blue and White Marching Machine" as a member of the Lady Gems dance team at Eastern Senior High School. She served as a captain her senior year. KeAsiah attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University. She marched with the "Blue and Gold Marching Machine" as a member of Golden Delight, serving as a captain for two years and performing color guard and baton during her time on the squad. She also was initiated into the Theta Zeta chapter of Tau Beta Sigma, National Honorary Band Sorority, Incorporated. KeAsiah relocated to the Atlanta area after graduation and is now in her third season with the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. She is excited to join the Expressions in Motion team and share her love of dance with others.

Kimberly Desormeaux - Dance instructor

Kimberly Desormeaux is an Atlanta native. She trained at the Decatur School of Ballet and then continued to dance while attending Georgia Tech and then Georgia State University - where she was president and principal dancer for the dance company. She started teaching at Festival Ballet in Clayton County and then worked as the Assistant Artistic Director; teaching and choreographing for the Junior Company. Dancing as a soloist for the Senior company, she has performed in Nutcracker, Cinderella, Coppelia, and Alice in Wonderland to name a few. She took a break from dancing and teaching and now has a family with 5 sons. She enjoys instilling the love of dance in others and is excited to be doing this as part of the EIM family.

Justin Paschal - Dance Instructor

Justin Paschall was the first person to graduate from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a degree in Dance Education, as well as the first person to be certified for dance education in the state of Tennessee. After graduation, Justin was hired as the dance educator at Barger Academy of Fine Arts in Chattanooga, TN, as well as a professional dancer. While a company member of the Chattanooga Civic Ballet, he was a soloist as "Spanish" in The Nutcracker, "Ballet Master" in Act I of Cinderella, "Hansel" in Hansel and Gretel, and various other works produced by the company. Since leaving Chattanooga Civic Ballet, Justin has performed as "Arabian" in The Nutcracker with Mountain Laurel Studio. Justin has served as a member of The Gulf Coast Judges Association where he has adjudicated winterguards, color guards, marching bands, and drum corps. He has taught with many marching arts units across the southeast and was charter staff with Music City Drum Corps in Nashville Tennessee, as well as the featured soloist with Music City Legend Drum and Bugle Corps.


Georgette sidbury - Dance instructor

Georgette Sidbury was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. Fun fact about her is when she was born she had two teeth in her mouth which is very rare. They are called natal teeth 1 in 10,000 Babies have them. Georgette started dancing at the age of 2 years old. Growing up Georgette took dance after school and trained in Jazz, Tap, Clogging, Ballet, Hip-hop and Contemporary. Georgette is also trained in fitness and in Latin dance. Georgette took karate and is a second degree black belt in taekwondo! After high school, she attended and graduated from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) Conservatory Program in New York City where she studied Dance Theatre. Georgette then went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance theatre from AMDA College of the Performing Arts, in Los Angeles. After graduating from college Georgette decided to go back to her hometown where she originally discovered her love for dance in Wilmington, NC. Where she taught dance for 2 years at Dance Express Performing Arts Center. Georgette is a very versatile dancer, and can show you all the vibes you are looking for.

EMMA singer - dance instructor

Emma started dancing when she was three, and hasn't been able to stop since. She grew up in a small town studio in North Georgia, and she also did theater her whole life to go along with it. She found her passion for contemporary ballet while she was a student at Valdosta State University, of which she has recently graduated with her Bachelors in Dance. During her time there she danced in every show she could, and ended up having a lot of fun editing virtual performances during quarantine times. Regardless of contemporary/ modern being her favorite style(s), she would never turn down the opportunity to participate in anything to do with jazz or tap either. She loves teaching so much, and loves being around kids. Dance is one of the most important things in our world, and she is so, so excited to help teach everyone she can about it!


camila olivera - dance instructor

Camila was born in Uruguay in South America and was raised in Gwinnett, Georgia. Camila began her training at the age of four at the Behind the Senses dance studio. After hopping from studio to studio for the next six years, she landed at the Lilburn School of Ballet where she joined their performance company. She danced with the company for three years before deciding to expand her dancing to other dance styles including jazz and modern. She final settled at Simply Dancing, where she graduated from under the Artistic Director, Coby Richardson, after dancing with them for two years. After an internship with Dance Canvas Next, Camila was a teacher at both the Dance Centre at Vista Grove and the Dance Centre at Harmony Grove. Camila went on to open up her own dance studio, Simply Dancing, which was the first home she found when she was growing up. After directing that studio for two years, Camila decided to move onto the next chapter of her life. Dance somehow always seemed to sneak back into her life as she is now part of a performing company, Gwinnett Dance Project and is back to doing what she loves, which is inspiring little ones to learn, create and have fun dancing!

Symohine green - dance instructor

Symphonie Green is originally from Jacksonville, FL but found her love for dance in Alpharetta, GA at age 9. Her performance training includes styles such as jazz, modern, ballet, tap, and social. Symphonie has been teaching dance since 16 and graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance from Valdosta State University in 2019. During her time at the university, Symphonie was a member of several performance organizations. She was the Vice President of VSU Dance Club and creator of VSU Dance Club Elite. She also participated in adjudication at the American College Dance Association Conference as a performer as well as choreographer. During her senior year at the university, she decided to mentor two young ladies through their immature stages of college. Following the completion of her Bachelors of Fine Arts she completed a 10 week teacher intensive with Dance 411 Studios in East Atlanta. Symphonie is the former Progressive Program Assistant, Progressive Instructor & Co Camp Director at Dance 411 Studios. As a former part of the Expressions In Motion team, I am very excited to embark on the 2022- 2023 school year with new ideas and amazing energy!