Savannah en Pointe Faculty 2018

Christina Bunn- Ballet, Character, Pilates

Born and raised in Savannah, GA, Christina began her ballet training with the late Ruth Goodman in 1960 and was a member of Ruth Goodman’'s Danse Theatre of Savannah for many years. She also danced with the company's Character Dance Troupe, which performed for various organizations and military bases around Savannah and the Southeast.

Christina has continued her studies in dance throughout the years, and most recently was a member of Islands Dance Academy’'s Adult Danse Ensemble. 

As a natural extension of her dance training, Christina has studied Pilates for the past 13 years and became a certified Pilates instructor under the tutelage of Carol Daly-Wilder of Momentum Pilates Studio in Savannah.

Recently, Christina became a certified instructor in Progressing Ballet Technique, US, an innovative program which assists students in understanding the depth of training muscle memory in order to achieve their personal best in classical ballet/dance training and fitness. We strongly believe in this added training technique as it is the perfect fit for our passionate belief in SAFE DANCE TRAINING, improving the student's understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.

Christina was a sports photographer for many years while following the figure skating circuit shooting for such magazines as Blades on Ice and International Figure Skating.  Now she is able to combine her passion for photography with her first love of dance and movement, and operates Turning Pointes Lifestyle & Dance Photography. Samples of her performance and portrait work can be viewed on her website, www.turningpointes.com

 Christina is proud to be in her sixth year as a member of the incredible team of instructors at The Ballet School.

Ryen McGee- Ballet, Contemporary

Ryen is a native of Palm Beach County, Florida. Specializing in classical Ballet instruction, Ryen began her career at the age of 4 at the Palm Beach Ballet Center under the direction of Joan Miller. While training in the different genres of dance and traveling to NYC every summer for classes, workshops and intensives, Ryen continued on to Alexander Dreyfoos School of the Arts, The Joffery Ballet School, and commenced her formal education at the North Carolina School of the Arts with a BFA in Contemporary dance. There she studied with the likes of Brenda Daniels, Diane Markham, Sean Sullivan and the world renowned teacher and dancer Melissa Hayden, one of George balanchine's first ballerina's. Among her many accomplishments, Ryen was featured in Dance Magazine for her performance at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in NYC, and has won numerous choreography awards and accolades regionally and nationally. Mrs McGee is the current owner and artistic director of A Class Act Dance Center in Pooler, GA. 

Caroline Steeds - Ballet

A native of Savannah, Georgia, Caroline has been studying classical ballet since the age of five. She has had the privilege of training under Paula Fichtenkort, Sylvia Smith, Serge Lavoie, Galina Panova, and James Atkinson. In 2007 she began studying under Shannon Kelly as a student and company member, and also began high school as a dance major at Savannah Arts Academy. She attended the Regional and National High School Dance Festivals where she was offered scholarships as a dance major to universities all over the nation. Caroline's repertoire includes the Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Cinderella, a Midsummer Night's Dream, Sylvia, Les Sylphides, Dracula, Le Corsaire, La Bayadere, Sleeping Beauty and Giselle. She performed the role of Clara in the Nutcracker at the age of 13 with Ballet Savannah, and the role of Sugar Plum Fairy at age 17 with Kelly and Company. Her summer intensives include Orlando Ballet School and North Carolina School of the Arts where she was taught by Kirsten Simone. Caroline was first introduced to Radenko Pavlovich when she danced the role of Arabian in his Nutcracker. She trained under him at intensives for the next four summers before moving to Columbia, South Carolina, where she accepted the offer of becoming a Company member of the Columbia Classical Ballet, as well as a scholarship to the University of South Carolina as a dance major. She now lives in Savannah and will conclude her Bachelors degree of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences this December. Since returning home to Savannah Caroline has been teaching at her home studio, Kelly & Co. Studios. She specializes in advanced contemporary and classical ballet.

Anetra Reed - Hip Hop

Anetra Reed was born on September 4, 1990 in Savannah, Georgia and is the daughter of Donna Kelly. Along with her mother, she became a member of the New Birth Christian Center family at a young age. She has always had an interest in dance and all athletic activities. After participating in gymnastics from the ages of six to thirteen, Anetra began testing the fields by participating in other athletic sports.

 Anetra is a graduate of the class of 2008 from Savannah Arts Academy. With a passion and thrill for performing on stage in front of large audiences, she majored in chorus. While in high school, she began playing Volleyball. Volleyball became her athletic focus and interest. During her senior year, Anetra was excited that her volleyball team became region champions.

Although Anetra’s main interest was sports, she grew up around dance. Initially, Anetra was a fill-in for her older sister, Kelly, in a performance that she was unable to attend. After her initial experience of dancing on stage with One Spirit, Anetra went from being a fill-in member to a permanent position.

“Dancing, at first, was just something to keep me busy but now it has truly become my life. Without it, I honestly don’t know how I would survive. Because my experience as a dancer has grown, I now have the privilege to choreograph dance pieces and assist with teaching classes with One Spirit.”

 Anetra is now the Hip Hop specialist for One Spirit Dance Academy. She also choreographs the hip hop dances for the company.

Asia Grant - Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap

I began my dance career at the age of six at Maxine Patterson School of Dance. Since then I have danced in numerous recitals and competitions. I auditioned and was choosen to be a member of Ballet South. This gave me the opportunity to dance with Columbia City Ballet and perform such pieces as Dracula: A Ballet with a Bite and The Nutcracker. I graduated from Savannah Arts Academy where I majored in Dance. I received such accolades as Best All-Around Dancer and acceptance into Governor's Honors Program. I began my teaching career at the age of sixteen at the YMCA and as well as an assistant instructor at Maxine Patterson School of Dance. In College I was on the Mahogany Essence Dance Team and taught classes at Cutno School of Dance in Augusta, Georgia, under the direction of the phenomenal Fernesa Cutno for seven years. I moved back to Savannah, Georgia in 2013 and began teaching for Rachael's Theatre of the Arts and the City of Savannah Leisure Services. 

My love for dance and teaching it has allowed me to experience things I would have never had the opportunity to do. I honestly could not imagine my life without dance, nor do I plan to.

Elyse Schreier - Contemporary, Tap

Elyse, a south Florida native, has been training for twenty one years, since the young age of three, where she has since trained in all areas of study including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, pointe, modern, and musical theater. During this time she made her rounds in the competition and convention circuits, where she received many scholarships and awards including scholarships to Justin Giles' intensives, affiliated with his company "Soul Escape". Elyse continued her education at Florida State University, where she stayed active in their Department of Dance before she went on to earn a Bachelors in Exercise/Rehabilitation Science from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Ga. During this time, she began teaching and choreographing and hasn't looked back since. Her choreography has since won several high scoring places at competitions around the southeast. She is  a member of Dance Masters of America and certified by the organization in both ballet and tap.

Lazar Womble - Men's Class, Lyrical

Heidi Carter - Ballet, Character, Pilates

A native of Savannah, Heidi began her classical training with Ruth Goodman's Danse Theatre of Savannah in 1964.  She was accepted in The Savannah Ballet Guild at eleven years old and continued her studies under Hilda de la Guardia from Ballet Nacional de Cuba.  In 1979, Heidi opened The Ballet School while continuing to teach and perform with the Savannah Ballet (a professional company under the directorship of Bojan Spassoff and Stephanie Wolf, who are now directors for The Rock School in Philadelphia, PA).

Heidi has performed as a soloist in many of the classical ballets such as: The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Giselle, Swan Lake, The Red Shoes, Sleeping Beauty, La Sylphide, and Savannah's own original ballet, The Waving Girl.

Heidi studied and performed with artists from NYC Ballet and ABT, including Peter Martins, Suzanne Farrell, Heather Watts, Kathleen Haigney, Kim Hightower, Daniel Duell, Peter Frame and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  She also studied with David Howard, Robert Weiss, Edward Villella, John-Pierre Bonnefaus, Karena Brock, Robert Joffrey, Hector Zaraspe and Robert Barnett.   

For the past 35 years, Heidi has continued to pursue her passion for teaching and choreographing as a guest instructor throughout Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry.  She rehearsed the selected dancers for The Pittsburgh/Savannah Ballet Theater and was also asked to rehearse and give classes to the Compania Colombiana de Ballet, from Bogota, South America, directed by Christopher Fleming. Heidi has been the ballet director for The Savannah Conservatory for the Performing Arts (through the Salvation Army), an instructor for Kelly Creek Studios in Richmond Hill and founded The Landings School of Classical Ballet. 

The reopening of The Ballet School took place November 2009 with 35 students and has flourished with over 300 dancers to become one of the most respected and sought after schools in the region.

Rachael Blue-Jones - Jazz, Contemporary

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Rachael began her dance training in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and lyrical at Maxine Patterson School of Dance. Through hard work and dedication Rachael became an assistant teacher at the age of 12. After graduation from Savannah Arts Academy, Rachael became an instructor at Maxine Patterson. Rachael has also danced with Ballet South, American Repertory Ballet and Columbia City Ballet. In 1997, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Atlanta School of Ballet summer program. In 1999, Rachael was honored by becoming a Governor’s Honors Finalist.

Rachael has studied with various teachers such as, Pam Tucker, Terrell Paulk, William Starrett, Kris Cangelosi, Joanne Lee, Janice Barringer, Gay Manhattan, John and Karena Carlyle, Steven Boyd, Frank Hatchett and Gaye Humphrey. She has performed in many productions such as; The Nutcracker, Peter Rabbit, Where the Wild Things Are, The Firebird, and Dracula’s Revenge. Rachael has taught and choreographed for St. Benedict the Moor Liturgical Dancers, Gadsden Elementary School, and Savannah State University’s Klassy Kitty dance line.

Rachael is currently the owner and instructor at Rachael’s Theatre of the Arts, where she enjoys teaching the art and discipline of dance to the next generation of dancers.

Shannon Kelly - Ballet, Pointe

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Shannon grew up dancing under the direction of William Reilly, an original Jerome Robins dancer, and his wife, Shirley, and sister, Sheila. Shannon dedicates her love of teaching and choreography to Mr. Reilly where she learned discipline, technique, dedication, and love for the art of ballet. Upon moving to Savannah, she studied and danced with the Savannah Ballet Company, then directed by Karena Brock-Carlyle, as well as Madeline Walker and Terrell Paulk of Ballet South. Following her initial time in the Savannah area, Shannon moved to Atlanta where she danced professionally with The Atlanta Ballet Company. During her time with Atlanta Ballet, she received her certification in early childhood education with the Montessori Institute of Atlanta. Shannon also studied, taught, and received her certification as a Ballroom dance instructor with Fred Estaire Dance Studios of Atlanta. She has instructed for Kelly & Co. Studios, Savannah Danse Theater, Performing Arts Academy of Savannah, Star Struck Performing Arts Center and Rising Stars Dance Theater of Beaufort. Her repertoire includes directing, choreographing and performing classics such as "The Nutcracker," "Sleeping Beauty," "Swan Lake," "Don Quixote," "Serenade," "Carmina Burana," "Etudes," "Paquita," "Giselle," "Symphony in C," "Midsummer Nights Dream," "West Side Story," and "Four Seasons." Shannon returned to Savannah to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design. Upon her return, she accepted a position at The Savannah Montessori School of Performing Arts as Director of Dance and Primary Classroom Director, and later, Administrator. Shannon has also held the office of President of the Savannah Symphony Women's Guild. Ms. Kelly continues to be regionally and nationally recognized for her choreography and teaching abilities.

Kelly Reed - Ballet 

Kelly Yvette Reed, daughter of Donna Kelly, is a native of Savannah Georgia and has been dancing for the past 25yrs. She began her dance experience with Ballet and later explored different genres of dance: Tap, Jazz, Modern, and Hip hop. At the age of 13, Kelly studied Pointe at Madeline Walker’s School of Dance. During this time she was also a dance major at Shuman Middle School where she was the only 6th grader to perform a solo in the spring performance. While in middle school, Kelly began to generate a passion for choreography; she began choreographing dances for school performances.

 Kelly is a 2006 graduate of Savannah Arts Academy (SAA) where she was a dance major. At Savannah Arts she was the only freshmen to perform a Pas de Deux at the school’s performance. Incorporated into the dance curriculum, Kelly studied unique forms of dances: Ballroom, Tango, Salsa and Belly dancing. She studied the history of dance, became a member of the National Dance Association, won the Savannah Arts Academy “Oscar” for Best Choreographer and performed with the National High School Dance Festival in Miami, Fl.

 Kelly attended the Performing Arts Academy of Savannah (PAAS). She explored voice, theatre lessons and danced in roles such as Mama Rat, Lead Snowflake, Spanish Hot Chocolate, Chinese Tea, and Flower in the Nutcracker. She was also a performer in Swan Lake and Don Quixote. She joined the PAAS Competitive Dance Team where she had the opportunity to study the world of dance through competition. She traveled to many cities with her team and won many awards.

 In 2005, under the Spiritual training of New Birth Christian Center, One Spirit Dance Ministry was established with Kelly as the Principal Dancer. With guidance from her mother who is the Director of the company, Kelly’s teaching and choreographic skills were nurtured. Kelly began teaching dance classes for participating children of the New Birth Christian Center Summer Camp. One Spirit Dance Academy was born.

In 2006, Kelly ventured to Atlanta to study under Nena Gilreath and Waverly T. Lucas II of Ballethnic Dance Inc. (both former members of Dance Theatre of Harlem and Atlanta Ballet). There she learned to fuse African dance with Ballet and Ballethnicize  (an original style of dance developed by the Co-Founder: Waverly Lucas.) Ballethnic taught her how to enjoy ballet while staying true to herself and exploring her roots.

Kelly is currently enrolled at Armstrong Atlantic State University majoring in Early Childhood Education. She is a teacher, choreographer and a member of One Spirit Dance Company. She teaches Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Pointe at One Spirit Dance Academy.

Trina Dodd - Jazz 

Trina was born into the dance world --growing up as the daughter of a dance studio owner --and has been dancing ever since.  She spent some time dancing professionally in Musical Theatre productions across the country before deciding that her passion was teaching.  Trina dove into the family business and has been teaching, choreographing and Company Director at the Gretchen Greene School of Dance for the last 20 years.

Dawn Kuster - Tap

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