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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

Adrian Burns-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

Kaitlyn Christensen-Sacco-Associate Artistic Director

Rebecca Ross-Ballet Mistress

Morgan Rhoden-Office Manager

 

SGB Faculty & Staff

Alison Bundrick:  Founding Director
 

Alison Bundrick is the Owner and Founder of South Georgia Ballet Conservatory (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 ...read more

 

 

   
   
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... read more

 

 Kaitlyn Christensen Sacco:

 Marketing Assistant and Rehearsal Coach Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Dance Team, Leaps & Turns  & Floor Barre Teacher

 

Kaitlyn Christensen, originally from a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, received her MFA in dance performance and choreography from Florida State University in 2014. She received her BA in Dance from Slippery Rock University in 2010. While at SRU, she worked with guest artists: Doug Varone and Dancers, River North Chicago Dance Company, Teena Custer, Ursula Payne and Helanius Wilkins. Her work, “Manipulating Consistency,” was chosen to perform at ACDFA at Ohio ...read more

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.

Katie Reeves:

  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.

Tori Cordista:                  Company Manager (student)

 

 

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Tori is a senior at the Scholars Academy and a senior company dance member. She has danced with SGBC (formerly SGPA) for 13 years and joined SGB in the 6th grade. She plans to pursue a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career. She also plans to continue dancing in college. 

 

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 
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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, the owner of FIRM, a newly chosen Brand Ambassador for Lululemon in Tallahassee & a proud mother of 2 boys.

 

Havilah Moore:

  Ballet & Pointe Teacher 

Havilah Moore is from Daytona Beach, Florida and received her initial training from the European School of Performing Arts (ESPA).  She has a passion for all things that include dance and because of this has trained in a multitude of styles such as the classics like, ballet, pointe, pas de deux, modern (Graham, Horton, Cunningham,  Limón), contemporary, lyrical, jazz and tap.  To styles outside the classics like, aerial silks, lyra, contortion, hip-hop, Detroit hustle, bachata, swing dance, musical theatre, ballroom, and the flamenco.  She also trained in gymnastics for five years before fully committing to dance. She recently completed her A.S. and A.A. degree at SJRstate/FloArts and now attends Florida State University as a dance major earning her B.F.A. degree.  She appeared as the Firebird soloist in her final show at FloArts in their recent production, and has also performed in The Addams family Musical and Hot Mikado during her time at FloArts. Her other credits include dancing in Swan lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Oz as the Cowardly Lion,  Bluebird, Coppelia, Fosse’s “Sing! Sing! Sing!” and has danced leading roles in the Nutcracker.  She has worked with a variety of notable choreographers and companies including Loren Davidson, Sara Procoppio, Daniel Gwirtzman, Jessica Mayhew, Mary-Love Ward, David Parsons, Mandy Cox, Thodos Dance, artist from Eisenhower Dance Company, The Orlando Philharmonic, and Surfscape Contemporary Dance Theatre.  She has served as dance captain for The Addams Family musical and her recent choreography, Instability, was presented in the Southeast Region American College Dance Association conference in the spring of 2017.  And her choreography, Falling Recovery, was selected for presentation in the Fall Dance Choreography Gala in FloArts fall show of 2016.  She is very excited to take this next step in her journey, and looks forward to sharing her passion with the many dancers at South Georgia Ballet!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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