Teachers

 
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Kim Haight (Director)

Kim Haight began teaching dance in 1985 with the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Association.  1986-1990, Kim joined the Gilmer Arts Council and Towns County Recreation Department and opened studios in Blairsville, Ellijay, Hiawasee, and Blue Ridge. By 1991 , the multiple studios were too large so all were consolidated into one studio in Blue Ridge, Ga which became known as "Studio 1".  Kim is a former Atlanta Hawks Dancer, a choreographer, competition judge, and instructor . Her students have performed for Disney, Carnival Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, 1996 Summer Olympics, television, and videos. Many have gone on to professional careers in dance.  Kim's students have held multiple National and Regional titles in dance over the last 30 years. 

 
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Marissa Seymore ( Assistant Director)

Marissa has been dancing for 20 years and has been teaching for Studio 1 for 9 years. She teaches all styles of dance. She has trained with Broadway Dance Center in NYC, Tremaine Dance Convention, Excel Dance Convention, Titans of Dance and many others. She has performed pre-game and halftime for the Atlanta Hawks and performed as a back up dancer in Palmer Miray's music video "Spark." She has trained under Marty Dew,  Jason Kalish, Alex Wong, Twitch, Fik-shun, Brian Henniger, Jamie Goodwin, Casey Noblett, Casie Goshow, Kent Boyd and many others. Marissa has starred in top roles such as Clara, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Doll in The Nutcracker, Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Sebastian in the Little Mermaid and Step Sister in Cinderella. She performed at Disney in 2013, and has performed multiple times at Light up Blue Ridge, Ellijay, Jazz on Tap & Ballet Festival. She has competed at many National and Regional competitions and holds many top awards and has received many scholarships. Marissa is now an RN and also works at Union General Hospital. She enjoys swimming, camping and spending time with her husband Evan Seymore, who is the Prop Guy for Studio 1. Marissa loves to teach at Studio 1 and loves watching all her dancers grow and enjoy the same passion she has. 

 
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Andrea Childers (Ballet & Pointe)

 Andrea has been teaching dance for 19 years. She attended Brenau University on a dance scholarship and was invited to dance with the Gainseville Ballet. She was a former high school majorette and won state titles as a competitive twirler. Andrea has trained with the Academy of Dance Arts, Studio 1, Broadway Dance Center in NYC, The Georgia Ballet and Brenau University. She has recieved many regional and national dance awards. Andrea enjoys teaching dance at Studio 1!

 
 
 
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Sierra Reynolds ( Tumble)

Bio to come soon

 
 
 
 
 

McKenzie Fink (Tap)

McKenzie began dancing at the age of 5 while living in Naples, Florida. She danced at Backstage Dance Academy and Elite Dance Center in Southwest Florida where her love for dance took off.  McKenzie has been competing since she was 10. She has performed in countless Christmas performances, dance competitions and conventions. McKenzie has taken multiple classes from Lacey Schwimmer, Tiffany Maher, Meghan Sanett, Marty Dew, Derrick Schrader and many more. She has trained in all styles of dance, but tap has always been one of her favorites. McKenzie has competed tap solos and duets, all taking home multiple awards. She has danced in the Miami City Ballet Nutcracker as one of the soldiers in 2013 and in Studio 1’s Nutcracker as the Dew Drop Fairy in 2018. McKenzie also studied the Cecchetti method of Ballet and participated in Cecchetti intensives for 6 years. In 2018, McKenzie moved to Georiga and began taking classes at Studio 1. She is excited to continue her journey in fulfilling her love for dance and being part of the Studio 1 family.  

Grace Renner (Ballet)

Grace has been dancing for 15 years and has 3 years of teaching under her belt. Grace is trained in all forms of dance, but she especially enjoys Ballet and Contemporary. She was trained under Dance 4 life in Jacksonville Florida, where she competed for several years, performed in yearly showcases and danced at many festivals. She has been awarded with multiple scholarships, judges awards, and won Title for the competition “Shake The Ground”. Grace then went on to dance at the Florida Ballet and Mercy Steps School Of Dance. Grace and her ministry team from Mercy Steps were given the opportunity to open for a Ballet Magnificat performance and she has taken countless master classes from the company members. Grace also has a certification in ABT (American Ballet Theater) levels 4A, 4B, and 5A. She has been accepted into several ballet intensives which include Orlando ballet, Sarasota ballet, Joffrey ballet, 100% scholarship to Alabama ballet, and was given a “trainee” position for the Florida Ballet’s Company. Grace has played starring roles such as Clara and Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker and Betsie Ten Boom in The Hiding Place. In 2017, Grace and her family moved to Blue Ridge where she began dancing at Studio 1 and has loved every moment of it.

 
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Kennedi Haight ( Guest Teacher ) 

Kennedi began dancing at age 2 1/2 and has trained with her Mom and Studio 1 in all dance forms.  She was a Company Dancer from age 5-18.   Kennedi was an Atlanta Falcons Junior Cheerleader for 2 seasons and has danced multiple times for the Atlanta Hawks through Clinics and as part of her Studio 1 Dance Company. Kennedi has taken classes at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in New York several summers as well as Gotta Dance Studio in Atlanta. She has attended many master classes and workshops with Dancers from "So You Think You Can Dance" including Twitch, Travis Wall, Sonya Tayeh, Kathryn McCormick, Jaimie Goodwin, and more. Kennedi is currently a member of  the National Champion Valdosta State University Red Hots Dance Team

 

 

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Jessica Collins ( Zumba)

Jessica has been a certified Zumba instructor since 2012.  She teaches 3 hours of Zumba per week at Studio 1 and hosts Zumbathon fund raising events for charity throughout the year.  She enjoys helping others to improve their fitness and reduce their stress through dance.  Her dance education started in childhood when she took ballet, jazz and gymnastic classes.  In high school she performed on the drill team which included performing dance and flag routines during sporting events and in parades.  She received her undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Georgia State University.  She graduated from Emory University with a Master's Degree in Medical Science in 2004. Currently Jessica works as a Physician Assistant at Atlanta Gastroenterology Associates here in Fannin County.  Her hobbies other than dancing include horseback riding, reading, camping, swimming, and spending time with her husband William Collins and family.  She is a proud mother of two Star South Dance Company dancers at Studio 1.