Meet the ADC Faculty

About Our Dance Studio in Roswell, GA

Atlanta Dance Central is dedicated to helping each child grow and develop an appreciation for discipline, determination, and self care.  Experienced faculty who understand their responsibility as mentors treat each child with respect and care.

Each client is a part of our family and will receive compassion and empathy.  Once clients are a part of our family, ADC is a second home where they will always be welcome no matter what.  At ADC, faculty members guide students to discover the joy of dance, manage challenges, and celebrate successes.

Our Staff

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Charlotte Foster Williamson
Owner
Studio Director

Graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance, Charlotte Foster Williamson opened Atlanta Dance Central in 2009. She founded non-profit dance company, SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company in 2006 and currently serves as the Artistic/Executive Director. In 2007, she founded the Foster-Schmidt Dance Academy for Down Syndrome with Vince Schmidt, eventually expanding this program at Atlanta Dance Central to include three levels of classes and a dance company. Recently, Charlotte worked at the Atlantic Center for the Arts as the choreographer for the Luigi Project. Her work, Being (Interpretations of Interpretations), represented the University of Georgia at the American College Dance Festival in March 2006, where it received impressive feedback from noteworthy dance professionals: Ann Reinking, Steve Rooks, and Wendy Perron. Of 48 pieces submitted, Being was one of 10 selected to be performed at the Gala Showcase. Her work was presented at University of Georgia’s Center for Undergraduate Research Organization Conference (CURO) and featured in the University of Georgia’s Journal of Undergraduate Research (JURO). Knowbody, a piece created in 2007 specifically for SIDEWAYS, toured to New York where it was recognized by current TV choreographers, Mia Michaels and Brian Freidman. Michaels deemed the piece “timeless” and commented on the honesty of both the choreography and the performers, a trait that Foster demands from her dancers. Before moving to Athens in 2004, Foster attended the University of Florida, where she pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. While in Gainesville, she was chosen to be a member of the University of Florida Dance Team; the Dazzlers. She also choreographed three full-length musicals, and eventually founded and directed her own jazz dance company, entitled Extreme Dance Company. Throughout the past ten years, Charlotte has taught jazz, modern, tap, ballet, kinder dance, musical theatre, lyrical, hip hop, and voice. Her students range from age two to adult. She is currently developing a syllabus for her Foster-Schmidt programming that she plans to share with other dance studios who want to start a program for students with Down syndrome. Atlanta Dance Central will be included in the Bulldog 100 for 2016, as one of the fastest growing businesses owned by a UGA graduate.

Andrea Ekmark

Andrea Lalley Ekmark
Dance Faculty

Andrea Lalley Ekmark was born and raised in Lake Ridge, Virginia. While she began dancing at the age of 3, her love for dance and classical ballet developed in high school at the Northern Virginia Dance Academy and as an apprentice in the Asaph Dance Ensemble, both under the direction of Robin Conrad Sturm. Additionally, she furthered her knowledge at the Woodbridge Senior High School’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts. In 2005, Andrea attended the Virginia Governor’s School for Arts and Humanities, and it was there that she made the decision to pursue a career in dance. Andrea graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography and a Minor in Business in 2010. At UNCG, Andrea had the honor of performing in Martha Graham’s 1936 piece, “Steps in the Street.” She also performed in several departmental dance concerts, including choreography by Dr. Larry Lavender, Erin LaSala, Jennifer Guy Metcalf, and Emily Morgan. Andrea devoted her studies to modern and contemporary dance in the summer of 2009 at the Paul Taylor Summer Intensive, and received a full scholarship to study at the Martha Graham Winter Intensive that same year. Her professional dance experience began in 2008 as a founding member of Terranova Dance Theatre, directed by Jennifer Guy Metcalf. Andrea is a current member and the active Rehearsal Director of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, where she presented her own choreography “Stargazing,” in 2015’s performance of “POP!” Most importantly, Andrea passes on her knowledge and love for dance as the Studio Manager of Atlanta Dance Central where she teaches ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, and tap to ages 3 – 18. She has continued her dance teaching education at the Dance Teacher Summit in 2012, 2014, and 2016, and the Dance Life Teacher Conferences in 2011, 2013 and 2015. Her goal is to create independent and intelligent dance artists, and to instill passion for dance in each individual student.

Mary Ann Staib

Mary Ann Staib
Dance Faculty

Mary Ann Staib loves sharing the elegance, discipline, and history of classical ballet with her students at Atlanta Dance Central and has reconstructed excerpts from select ballets including Paquita, The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Don Quixote for the Atlanta Rising Talent Dance Company. Early influences and classical ballet tutelage from Magdalena Maury School of Classical Ballet contributed to earning the distinguished 1999 Lucy Lampkin dance scholarship while pursuing her BSEd with certification (2003) from the University of Georgia where she studied ballet, as well as modern and ballroom dance. As a member of the UGA Ballet Ensemble (and post-graduation director’s assistant and production coordinator), Mary Ann danced soloist and corps de ballet roles in many classical ballets including La Bayadere, Giselle, Swan Lake, Paquita, The Nutcracker, Graduation Ball, Le Grand Pas de Quatre, Konservatoriet, Coppélia, and The Firebird. While her passion remains with the classical ballet idiom, she also enjoys exploring the Bartenieff Fundamentals with her modern students and teaching ballroom lessons for those who are in pursuit of social dancing. Though she has received ballroom dance training from Georgia instructors, she credits much of her education to Brigham Young University’s celebrated summer ballroom dance program, where she studied under world-renowned ballroom dance champions Michael Mead and Toni Redpath, Alain Doucet and Anik Jolicoeur, as well as James and Jaana Kunitz. Mary Ann is a current member of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, a professional company based out of Atlanta, GA, and has also created choreography for SIDEWAYS.

Jeremy Williamson

Jeremy Williamson
Dance Faculty

Jeremy began dancing in college with UGA’s Ballroom Performance Group and also performed with the UGA Ballet Ensemble and in the Young Choreographers Series shows. After graduation, he performed with Contact Dance Theatre and as a guest performer with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company in their first major concert. He joined SIDEWAYS the following season and has been dancing with them ever since, training in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Jeremy played sports all his life and began studying fitness and conditioning in college. Jeremy has been participating in CrossFit for 3 years, and is now a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer. He believes that strength and conditioning has been an integral part of his dance training and is a great benefit to all dancers. By strengthening their bodies, creating more body awareness, and understanding their limits he believes that all dancers can better themselves in their dance technique and partnering skills and be more prepared for rigorous technique classes and performances.

Leah

Leah Kelly
Dance Faculty

Leah Kelly is an East Cobb native and has been dancing for over 15 years. After training heavily in ballet as a young student, college expanded her experiences in modern, jazz, improvisation, and hip hop.  Leah holds a B.F.A. in Dance and a B.B.A. in Business Management from Valdosta State University.  During her time at VSU, she was fortunate enough to perform at SOMAfest NYC with Professor Catherine A. Schaeffer, New Grounds Festival with Critical Mass Dance Company, and the Modern Atlanta Dance festival with SWADance Collective.  Leah is currently a member of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and is excited to be teaching at Atlanta Dance Central this year!

Audrey Crabtree

Audrey Crabtree
Dance Faculty

Audrey holds a Bachelor of Performing Arts degree in Dance Performance from the School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University. Her work includes the theme park stages of Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Six Flags Magic Mountain dancing at Howl-O-Scream, Christmastown, Looney Tunes Kids Club, Fright Fest, and Holiday in the Park. Living in Los Angeles, Audrey performed with L.A. Unbound, the Speak Hill Dance Project, City Ballet of Los Angeles, Amaterasu Dance Company, and J Sutta (former Pussy Cat Doll) in her music video Forever. Audrey is now performing with Atlanta-based Fuerta Dance Company and SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company, and teaching at Atlanta Dance Central.

Michelle Mattox

Michelle Mattox
Dance Faculty

Michelle Mattox was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. While growing up, summers were spent on scholarship with American Ballet Theatre, Paul Taylor, Boston Ballet, and International Ballet Academy (London). Having graduated high school at age 15, she left home to attend college at The Boston Conservatory. There she studied on scholarship (including receiving the AnaMarie Sarazin Award twice) and received her BFA in Ballet and Modern. She has danced with the Boston Dance Theatre, Winchester Ballet, Alabama Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, American Contemporary Ballet, and Arova Contemporary Ballet. In theatre she has either performed, choreographed, or worked backstage in many productions including Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, Crazy for you, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Hello Dolly, and Snoopy. She has performed on all the major television networks (ABC, CBS, NBC). Stiletto Entertainment hired her to work on Holland America Cruise Lines taking her to Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii and Alaska. Throughout the years, she has won 15 first place trophies from competitions across the U.S. and performed in such venues as The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Six Flags, DisneyWorld, Opryland, “Top Floor” (Boston Ballet), among many others. Her choreography won her a third place recognition in a nationwide competition. She is happy to call Atlanta, GA her home.

Kaitlin Davis

Kaitlin Davis
Dance Faculty

Kaitlin Davis was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and began dancing at the age of three. She danced competitively for eleven years before attending East Carolina University where she received a BFA in Dance Performance and the Outstanding Senior in Dance Performance Award in Spring 2014. While at ECU she studied under Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, Tommi Galaska, Dirk Lumbard, Galina Panova, Clarine Powell, and Patti Weeks. She performed in three of the Dance mainstage productions in her time there as well as numerous smaller shows. In 2011 she choreographed for the NBC film “Gametime: Tackling the Past” in which she was also a featured dancer. Davis has also danced as part of the Cucalorus Film Festival, Forward Motion Dance Company, and Opera House Theater Company. Her choreography was showcased in the music video “Party Girl” for up and coming artist Mary Simmons in 2016. She has taught students of all ages in several studios in the Wilmington area and was an instructor at the ECU Summer Jazz Dance Intensive in 2013. She is a part of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and a dancer for Stella Entertainment.
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