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!


Q Harper

Dance Instructor

Q 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.

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


Hope Collins

Dance Instructor

Hope Collins is an Atlanta native. She is currently a senior at Chamblee Charter High School. She has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and had been a part of EIM since 3rd grade. She has training in jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and musical theater dance. She has an avid love for the performing arts be it, theater, dance, or playing instruments. She plans to pursue a career in performing arts and major in it in once she graduates. She could not be more excited to be a part of the EIM team!

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.

Patrick Condon - Dance Instructor

Patrick Condon graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Studies. While at Brenau he performed in almost all Brenau Dance performances and projects while working with renowned choreographers such as Vincas Greene, Carl Flink, Kristy Nilsson and Madia Cooper. During this, he also performed in the Gainesville Theatre Alliance’s 2014 Musical production of “Chicago.” Patrick originally came into the arts by studying Musical Theatre at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre (originally the Burt Reynolds theatre) based in Jupiter, Florida, where he was born and raised. While there, he performed in a professional production of “The Sound of Music” as well as many other productions put on by the Maltz’s Conservatory Of Performing Arts such as “West Side Story,” “Cats,” “Pippin,” and “Bye Bye Birdie.” Patrick has trained in and taught Ballet, Modern, tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, and Hip Hop while appreciating how each different style has something different to it that he loves and has taught all said styles to students all ages.


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!


Mad Moore - Dance Instructor

Madeline Moore is a senior dance major with a concentration in Modern Dance at Kennesaw State University. She has auditioned for and performed in four of Kennesaw’s dance company productions, working with faculty Lisa K. Lock, Ivan Pulinkala, Andrea Knowlton and student Camille Jones. Moore has represented Kennesaw State Dance Company at the American College Dance Association’s national conference (2018) at the Kennedy Center. She has performed in multiple dance festivals including the Alabama Dance Festival (2019) and FEMMEfest (2019). Through her internship with ImmerseATL, she has also performed alongside Staib Dance Company in Moat (2019) and Immerse Creates (2019) with ImmerseATL. Moore has danced in numerous live improvisation performances at art galleries around Atlanta, including Fervent (2019) with musician Raury. Moore has worked both in front of and behind the camera in music videos and dance films. She continues performing in the Atlanta dance scene through Fly on a Wall in Gabrielle Duncan’s work Entertain the Sky (2021). Moore has taught dance since the age of 15 from preschoolers to adults in ballet, modern, contemporary, jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, musical theater, and improvisation. She has worked with a number of studios in the metro Atlanta area including Covington Regional Ballet and North East Atlanta Ballet.


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.