CEO/Director of Education
Jeremy Williamson began dancing in college with UGA’s Ballroom Performance Group and performed with UGA Ballet Ensemble. After graduation, he joined Contact Dance Theatre and was a guest performer with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company in their first major show. He joined SIDEWAYS the following season and trained in ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Jeremy’s childhood passion for sports migrated to a study of fitness, strength, and conditioning in college. He is now a CrossFit Level 2 and CrossFit Kids coach. Jeremy believes strength and conditioning were an integral part of his dance training and can benefit all dancers. As an intersection of dance and fitness, Jeremy introduced the aerial program to ADC in 2014. He loves helping students overcome obstacles in the classroom as they develop bravery and resilience.
Senior Faculty/Operations Manager
Eli Coker is a Roswell native, first dancing with Charlotte Foster Williamson in 2006. She started at ADC in 2009 as a part of ART Company, and in 2014 she joined the faculty. Her experiences teaching at the studio inspired her to study child development and incorporate it into a dance curriculum. She graduated from Georgia Southern University in 2019 with a BS in Psychology. That same year, Eli took over as director of the Physio Jazz program and the Foster-Schmidt Dance Company. She loves sharing her unique perspective with the ADC community and looks for opportunities to continue her dance education. Eli performs with SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company and is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and Acrobatic Arts Preschool. She is excited to add to her training in the future.
Michelle Mattox received her BFA in ballet and modern dance from the Boston Conservatory. She has performed with the Boston Dance Theatre, Winchester Ballet, Alabama Ballet, City Ballet of San Diego, American Contemporary Ballet, and Arova Contemporary Ballet. She has also been involved with numerous theatrical productions including Oliver!, The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, A Chorus Line, Crazy for You, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Hello Dolly, and Snoopy. In addition to appearing on ABC, CBS, and NBC, she performed for Holland America Cruise Lines, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Six Flags, DisneyWorld, Opryland, and “Top Floor” (Boston Ballet), among many others.
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FACULTY MEMBER/RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
Megan Long graduated Summa Cum Laude from Winthrop University with a BA in Dance and a minor in Psychology in 2017. She was awarded “Most Inspiring Junior and Senior Choreographer” during her undergraduate studies. After graduation, Megan grew as a dancer, choreographer, and person in New York City while working as an Intern and Training Fellow at Gibney. Megan specializes in contemporary, tap, and jazz, garnering numerous awards for her choreography work at competitive studios throughout the southeast. Outside of ADC, Megan performs in SIDEWAYS dance company and works backstage with Applause Talent connecting with dancers throughout the US. Megan is a dedicated teacher and finds inspiration and purpose in watching her students grow.
Faculty Member/Client Communications
FACULTY MEMBER/LOCATION MANAGER
Semaj Johnson first began studying hip-hop, tap, and capoeira in elementary school. Since then, he has built on his passion for dance and martial arts. In addition to studying Public Health Nutrition in college, Semaj has taught at Studio Arts, Austin-East High School, Breed Arts, The Good Guy Collective, The Appalachian Ballet Company, and The Carpet Theatre. He has choreographed and danced with the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Capoeira Fundo da Mata, and Southern Sole. Semaj also contributed to performances for the HoLa Festival and served as one of the lead choreographers for the theatrical production of What The Water Tells Me. As a member of the ADC team, Semaj is excited to share his expertise with his students, helping them see the arts as a pathway to self-expression and self-discovery.
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Maya Van Wagenen is an award-winning author and Woodstock resident. Her first book, Popular, published by Penguin Random House, debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List when she was fifteen. Months before its official release, the book garnered critical acclaim earning her a spot on TIME Magazine’s “The Sixteen Most Influential Teens of 2013” and Huffington Post’s “The Thirteen Most Fearless Teens of 2013.” In 2015, Maya’s book won the American Library Association’s YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-fiction, making her the youngest author and first memoirist to receive this honor. Penguin Random House has secured the rights to her second book. Maya is excited to join the ADC team as a content creator and editor.