Our Teachers

Director/Owner: Lisa O'Sullivan

lisaLisa started her dance training at the age of 3. She has been trained in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap and Jazz. During high school she was also a State Level Competitive Gymnast. She was a Junior and Senior Company dancer at the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company until leaving for college.During her training as a Company dancer she performed in numerous productions at the Alliance Theatre in the Woodruff Arts Center. She trained with Ron Colton from the Augusta Ballet and Carol Paulk as well as many years of training with Ruth Mitchell herself. Lisa earned a degree in Economics from The University of Georgia. She is married with 3 boys, ages 23, 21 and 13. Lisa started teaching dance to pre-schoolers 15 years ago with Teaching Little Children in Marietta pre-schools and day care centers.  She started The Spirit of Dance in 2004 at McEachern United Methodist Church and added First United Methodist of Marietta in 2005.  Lisa has a true gift of teaching little ones the art of dance in a way that is motivating and fun.  She strives to make herself and her staff the best possible teachers they can be, by attending Dance Teacher Conferences throughout the year. These include the “Leap n Learn” early childhood dance workshop in Louisiana in July 2007 and the RheeGold Dancelife Teacher Conference in Phoenix, AZ, with her staff in 2008 and the Dance'em Teacher conference in 2010. Lisa’s love and enthusiasm for dance is apparent in her classroom.

Teacher: Ashley Wilson

Ashley has been dancing for 19 years and is going into her sixth year teaching.  She has trained in various styles of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Hip-Hop.  Ashley began her training at Becky Jones School of Dance in Smyrna, Georgia, and continued her training there for 5 years.  She continued on to The Georgia Ballet, and participated in various classical ballets, such as The Nutcracker, Snow White, and Coppelia.  In middle school, she was with Bravo Dance Center and danced competitively for 2 years.  In high school, she was a dance major in NASOTA (North Atlanta School of the Arts), and trained and travelled with them.  While in high school, she was also a company member at Praise Him With Dance (now Impact Dance of Atlanta).  She trained with them for a total of 7 years as she continued with them into their Post-Graduate Program.  Ashley is going into her third year teaching with The Spirit of Dance, and loves sharing her passion for dancing with the kids. Her goal is to continuing her training and striving to bring new and innovative styles into the classroom.

Teacher: Bethany Yanez

bethanyBethany Yanez has been dancing for 12 years. She started her training at Dance Expressions Studio in Douglasville, Ga. and from there moved on to Praise Him With Dance (now Impact Dance Of Atlanta) where she become a company member in the Celebration Dance Company, and also a part of the Post-Graduate program. She has trained in various styles of dance including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Lyrical & Tumbling. Bethany loves working with children, and her passion is teaching them how to worship and show God's love through dance.

Tumbling Teacher: Meegan Postelwait

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Tumbling Director and Office Manager: Samantha Romano

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Tumbling Teacher: Katie Butterworth

Katie has been tumbling for 17 years and worked with some of the best tumbling companies in Florida; including Spirit of Miami, Miami Elite, and Top Gun. She relocated to Georgia in 2007 looking for new opportunities, where she joined teams like Georgia All-stars and CK Dance Works. Tumbling is a passion she has enjoyed throughout her life, and she would love to share her experiences along with her extensive knowledge in the tumbling business. She has a lot to offer and is determined to work hard and make sure every student is performing to the best of their abilities. She has been on several different competition teams. She loves teaching kids through tumbling because this demonstrates to them simple life skills such as: team work, responsibility, and a good, hard work ethic. By teaching these essential life skills to children, she hopes to accomplish much more than just tumbling. She wants the children to develop well-constructed leadership skills and the will power to accomplish anything they set their minds to. She is married and has one daughter, age 3.

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