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Board of Directors

South Georgia Ballet invites everyone to be a part of the ballet. South Georgia Ballet is a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and is qualified to receive tax-deductible bequests, devises, transfers and gifts. Please help us continue and build upon this strong foundation of artistic excellence. Become a Friend of the Ballet, and plan to see our shows this season. Volunteer behind the scenes, become a corporate sponsor or lend us the talents. Your support will help us bring the arts to life.

Mission:
The mission of South Georgia Ballet is to enrich the quality of life in southwest Georgia by expanding the cultural opportunities available to all of its citizens. A regional youth ballet company, SGB emulates the curriculum and commitment of a pre-professional training program, develops and produces original performing arts productions and reaches out to a diverse community with education and performing arts enrichment experiences. We especially strive to bring classical ballet and other dance forms to audiences of all ages and socio-economic levels.

OFFICERS
Sandra Hall, Chairman

Lori Rawlings, Co-Chairman

Tia White, Secretary

Michael Caulley, Treasurer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Bunki Arline

Judith Cordista

Tim Daniel

Shanna Derby

Britney Glass

Joyce Goggins

Julie Spence

Molly Squires

Elizabeth Strickland

Daphne Tuten

Jenni Wright

EX-OFFICIO

Marvin Davis-Marguerite Neel Williams Boys and Girls Club

Michele Arwood-Thomasville Center for the Arts

Lisa Billups-Thomasville Community Resource Center

COMMUNITY ADVISORS

LaToya Davis-FSU School of Dance

Lynn Williams-Main Street and Tourism

Tina Williams-Young Actors Theatre

STAFF

Melissa June-Artistic Director & Outreach Education Director

Rebecca Ross-Ballet Mistress

Morgan Rhoden-Office Manager

 

SGB Faculty & Staff

Alison Bundrick:  Founding Director
 

Alison Bundrick is the Founder of South Georgia Ballet (formerly South Georgia Performing Arts) and the Founding Director of South Georgia Ballet. Mrs. Bundrick has an extensive performing, teaching and choreographic career. An Albany native, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Birmingham-Southern College and a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University.

She graduated from Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s Professional Division Teachers Course of Canada and was awarded her Associate status for the Cecchetti Society of London. She attended an extensive master’s workshop with David Howard at the International Ballet Competition, completed the teacher training for Grades 1-3 with John White and received her certification with Music Together.

Ms. Bundrick’s performing credits spans over fifteen years includes such ballets as The Nutcracker, Giselle, Don Quixote, and Coppelia, as well as musicals such as Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Bye, Bye Birdie, Chicago, and many others. As a choreographer, Ms. Bundrick has over 40 musicals and ballets to her credit including Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, Fame, West Side Story, Annie, A Chorus Line, Oklahoma, and many more. She served as Artistic Director for Young Actors Theatre, Ballet Chairman for DeKalb Center for Performing Arts, School Director for Orlando Ballet, and resident choreographer for a variety of schools and companies. Her choreography has been recognized in various awards throughout her career and many of her students have gone on to major in dance and perform professionally. She has worked with many national and international teachers and choreographers including Suzanne Farrell, David Howard, John White, Violet Verdi, Gelsey Kirkland, Gemze De Lappe, Zoya Laporska, Bill Ross and Galina Yordonava.

Ms. Bundrick has been actively involved in the region as a choreographer and director working with Tallahassee Ballet, Brookwood’s Drama Guild, Thomasville’s Music and Drama Troupe, Bainbridge Little Theatre, Cairo High School Drama Department, Young Actors Theatre, the Grady County Junior Miss Program, and Syrup City Players. She has served on the Dance Panel for the Georgia Council for the Arts and as Vice President for the Friends of Dance for Florida State University’s School of Dance. Ms.Bundrick is also the dance instructor for Scholars Academy and Scott Elementary School. 

   
   
Melissa June:  Artistic Director and Outreach Education Director

Melissa June comes to us from Ormond Beach, Florida where she was born and raised. From there she took her passion for dance and earned her Bachelor in Fine Arts in Dance from Florida State University. Melissa has toured internationally and trained and performed with many companies around the southeast including: The Civic Ballet of Volusia County, Tallahassee Ballet, FSU’s Dance Reparatory Theatre, University of South Carolina Dance Department and Columbia City Ballet. Her performing credits include The Nutcracker, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Coppelia, Firebird, Paquita, Swan Lake and many original contemporary works.

Melissa started her teaching career at an early age and has taught at leading studios in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. During this time she has set many ballets and productions including The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Paquita, Cinderella, Snow White, Over the Rainbow, Alice and Wonderland, and Beauty and the Beast to name a few. Melissa has also served as Ballet Mistress for the Civic Ballet of Volusia County and the Professional Track program director at European School of Performing Arts. She has had many students move on to programs with Julliard, The Joffrey Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Next Generation Ballet at the Patel Conservatory, UNCSA, USF, Florida School for the Arts, and FSU’s dance programs.

Melissa is very excited and honored to be working as Artistic Directors. She is excited to share her vision and continue the technical excellence that SGB is known for.

 Morgan Rhoden:

 Office Manager 

Morgan Rhoden was born in Warner Robins, Georgia and moved to Thomasville at an early age.  She is a 2008 graduate of Thomas County Central High School and received her Business Administration degree from Southwest Georgia Technical College in 2012. Morgan joined the SGB and SGBC family in August 2013. She worked for many years with her surrogate family at Lewis Produce at the State Farmers Market.  Morgan loves serving at The Gathering Church, going on Mission trips to help serve others, working outdoors, arts and crafts, Yellow Jacket football and was an avid softball player herself.  She currently plays softball with her husband for The Gathering Church, where her family attends. Morgan resides in Ochlocknee with her husband Buddy & son Carson and will be welcoming another baby boy, Carter, in December.

 

 

Taylor Harrison:

 Admin & Teacher 

Taylor Harrison grew up in Whigham, Georgia. She became a South Georgia Ballet company member at 8 years old and danced with the company for 11 years.  After graduating from Cairo High School she attended Bainbridge State College and Georgia Southern University.  Since graduating from Georgia Southern in 2018 with her B.S. in Kinesiology and majoring in Exercise Science, she has returned to her love of dance as a South Georgia Ballet dance teacher.  Taylor also works part-time in the dance office where she helps with the administration of the dance school.  Taylor’s future goals include attending graduate school and becoming a physical therapist for a dance company or some other sports group.   

 

Katie Reeves:

  Marketing Consultant & Graphic Designer 

Marketing Consultant & Graphic Designer 

Katie, is an award winning graphic designer, founded ktcreative over 4 years ago and specializes in graphic design, printed collateral, marketing consulting, social media management and promotional products. She flexes her creative muscles every day as a mom-preneur and mother of three. She is married to her sweetheart, Mark, and lives in Tallahassee, Florida.

Rebecca Ross:

Ballet Mistress

Ballet, Pointe, Jazz & Musical Theater Teacher 

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Rebecca Ross began dancing at the Dance Zone in Melbourne, FL. She attended various summer programs including The Rock School, Jacob's Pillow, Boston Conservatory, and Sarasota Ballet. Rebecca graduated Magna C Laude with a BFA in Dance Performance from the University of Arizona. While in college, she had the honor to perform works by George Balanchine, James Clouser, Susan Quinn, Michael Williams and Melissa Lowe. Rebecca spent two years dancing with David Taylor Dance Theater in  Denver, Colorado before moving to New York City. During her 8 yrs in NYC, Rebecca dance with Neglia Ballet Artists, Nomad Contemporary Ballet, Kinetic Works Dance Company, Six Degrees Dance, Felice Lesser Dance and Ellen Stokes Shadle/Danceworks. In addition, she taught for various summer programs and studios including Belvoir Terrace, 92nd St Y and American Youth Dance Theater.

Kianna Ross:                  Company Manager (student)

 

 

 

Kianna Ross is the first “Step†Up” Dancer to become an SGB Company Member. She is a Senior at Thomasville High Scholars Academy. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, works on the yearbook committee and participates in the Scholars Academy Dance Program. She has been featured several times in the local newspaper, “The Thomasville Times Enterprise” as a student reporter. Shes an active member of her church,New Mount Zion MB Church, where she participates in the Usher Board Ministry, the Foreign Ministry and Youth Department activitie. She plans to attend an HBCU (Historically Black College and University), where she can pursue her interests in Journalism, Photography, Advertising and African American History. 

 

Jenna Miller Jones: 

  Muscial Theater Teacher 

Jenna Miller Jones received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts Administration with a minor in Theatre and Business from Wesleyan College. She studied with SGPA and was a Senior Company member of SGB. Mrs. Jones has choreographed numerous productions for Wesleyan, Cairo High School and The Bainbridge Little Theatre, worked with Young Actors Theater and has co-written three award-winning musicals at the collegiate level. 

                 

Daphne Tuten: 

  Acro Teacher 

Daphne Tuten is a mother of 3, with her B.S. in Early Childhood Education. She danced for 17 years with Pritchett-Pippin in Albany, GA, has been a team leader for Matilda Jane Clothing for 6 years and an Acro Instructor for 8 years. 

Paige Knuckles: 

  Acro Teacher 

Paige Knuckles is a 2016 Thomasville Scholars Academy graduate and has her Associates of Arts in Liberal Studies Degree. She has participated in gymnastics for 6 years, cheerleading for 10 years, was a Red Hot Danceline member and THS Varsity Cheerleader. She has coached gymnastics & tumbling for 5 years and recently began instructing acrobatics.

Kathleen Ewing:

  Musical Theater, Pointe, Ballet, Jazz Teacher 

Kathleen Ewing is originally from Valdosta, Georgia where she studied ballet, modern, and jazz dance for 15 years, under the direction of Linda C. Chase at Dance Arts, Inc. Kathleen graduated from Florida State University Magna C Laude and Honors with her B.F.A in Dance this past April. While attending Florida State Kathleen studied dance abroad in Paris, France and attended Perry Mansfield Performing Arts Camp. She has also coached and choreographed the dance performances for the award winning Georgia Bridgemen and Cook High School marching bands. Kathleen has a passion for dance education and engagement. She plans on attending graduate school to earn her M.A in Arts Administration in the near future. 

 

Shelley Kines: 

  Creative Movement, Tap & Ballet Teacher 

Shelley Kines is a 2017 graduate of Valdosta State University and has her degree in Early Childhood Education. She danced from the age of three to eighteen with South Georgia Ballet (formerly South Georgia Performing Arts). Shelley began teaching dance at the age of twelve and has loved it ever since. She trained with many amazing choreographers such as Emily Loftiss and Orialis Serrano Ashley. She is now a third grade teacher at Cross Creek Elementary School here in Thomasville and is so excited to be back at her home studio teaching the youngest dancers ballet and tap. 

Ashley Adams:

  Contemporary, Leaps & Turns Teacher 

Ashley's dance career began in Orlando, FL, competing across the country earning titles such as National Miss Starquest”, “Miss Dance of Florida” & “National Miss Showbiz”. Ashley even had the opportunity of competing on Ed McMahon’s "Star Search". After graduating from FSU with a BA in Theatre, a minor in Dance & a season with the FSU Golden Girls, she started as a professional dancer at Walt Disney World. After a year with Disney, Ashley became Dance Captain on a ship for Celebrity Cruise Line. After stepping off the ship, Ashley packed her bags for the Big Apple. While in NYC, Ashley worked as a model and dancer for many well known companies such as MTV & L’oreal. She appeared on The Today Show, The Discovery Channel, Good Morning America, & danced in the Elan Awards (NYC) & BDC 25th Anniversary Show (NYC). While performing, Ashley assisted classes at Broadway Dance Center & Tremaine Dance Convention, as well as judging & teaching Master Classes across the U.S., such as Dance Masters of America. Ashley was chosen to be a Radio City Rockette in 2005 and remained active for 5 years, kicking eye high every holiday season. She currently judges dance competitions around the country, choreographs and guest teaches around the southeast & most recently choreographed Miss Tallahassee's solo for the Miss Florida Pageant and Miss Valdosta's solo for the Miss Georgia pageant. The Dance Tallahassee Performance Company is close to Ashley's heart, as her mission when moving here from NYC was to provide a program for college students that allowed them to affordably persue their passion for dance while in school. Among these things, Ashley is also a certified Pilates Instructor, a newly chosen Brand Ambassador for Lululemon in Tallahassee & a proud mother of 3 boys.

 

Andrea Bentley:

  Tap & Jazz Teacher 

Andrea Maxwell Bentley began her dance training under Marie Joiner at the age of four.  She danced at Marie’s School of Dance for nine years and then trained under Dana Willis for five years. Andrea obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education, a Master of Education from Valdosta State University and an Education Specialist degree in Secondary Education from Valdosta State University. She is currently pursuing Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Valdosta State University. While at VSU, Andrea took dance classes under Eric B. Nielsen and also taught dance at Dance Arts, Inc. for four years under Linda Chase. Andrea’s work includes solo choreography for the Miss Georgia Pageant, Junior Miss America Program, and various other pageants. She has also choreographed for the drama productions at Washington Middle School  and Cairo High School. In addition, Mrs. Bentley has choreographed many competitive cheerleading routines that have gone on to win regional championships. Currently, Andrea resides in Cairo with her husband, Coby, and their daughter, Avery Claire.  She is the Instructional Coordinator at Whigham School.  Andrea is excited to have the opportunity to teach at South Georgia Ballet.

 

 

Jennifer Petuch: 

  Ballet/Contemporary

Jennifer graduated from Florida State University’s School of Dance Program with her Master of Fine Arts in Choreography and Performance with a focus in Dance Technology. She trained for fourteen years at the Academy of Ballet Florida and performed in professional ballets with the Company of Ballet Florida in pieces such as Marie Hale’s The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty. She graduated from the University of South Florida achieving a Bachelor’s in Dance Studies. At USF, she danced in several notable pieces including Gretchen Warren’s, Les Sylphides and Doug Varone’s, Sacre du Printemps. Jennie participated in the USF Dance in Paris Program in the summer of 2010 working with well-known choreographers, Claudia Lavista and Michael Foley. After graduating, she taught at three dance studios in the Tampa Bay area as well as performing and choreographing with Shoes at the Door Dance Company.

While attending FSU, she performed in multiple pieces such as Tim Glenn’s, RIDE, Joséphine Garibaldi’s, Land of the Pick and Choose, and aTedx Talk in Spring of 2015. She also became certified by Balanced Body, Inc. as a Pilates Mat instructor in 2017. Her MFA thesis resulted in a two-year collaboration with the FSU Computer Science faculty and students creating an original interactive software for the stage called ViFlow. She creates screendances, projections, and uses new technology to enhance the performance experience. Her life-long mission as a performing artist and choreographer is to create work that resonates with the audience members. Her goal is for them to walk out of the theater thinking back on their experience feeling stimulated and inspired. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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