​Dara wells ​​​

Jazz / Hip-Hop


Offers over 20 years of knowledge and successful practice from all angles of the entertainment industry through progressive advancement as Performer Choreographer, Master Instructor, Artistic Director,  Operations Executive ,  Studio Owner, and Hospitality Host.  Qualified in educating levels from preschool through adult for the purposes of technical training, recreational and professional performance, as well as integrated health.
Twelve successful years as an event planner. Organized, Flexible, Driven, Meticulous attention to detail and Welcoming to any challenge. Will utilize experience, training and optimism to execute and maintain an effective artistic environment from all angles. 

DANCE AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Florida State University, Full scholarship for dance
Brenau University, Scholarship for dance
Governor’s Honor Program for dance
Dance Olympus VIP Tour, summer program touring the United States
Tremaine Sleight Dance Studios, Los Angeles, California, Full scholarship
Star Power National Dance Competition, Choreographer’s Award

 DANCE TRAINING
Over 27 years (and still counting) of Technical training in:                                                                  Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap, Clogging, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Broadway Theater ...11 years
Brenau University ...............................................................................................................1 year
Gary Harrison Dance Company ......................................................................................... 5 years
Northside School of the Performing Arts ............................................................................ 4 years
Druid Hills Dance Theater .................................................................................................. 6 years


Barbara Duke

​Tap

Miss Duke Started taking class at the age of five and by the age of 15 she had become an assistant teacher for Jean Morris School of dance in East point, Georgia. After graduating from high school she went on to teach dance full time for 40 plus years. During that time she taught for various other dance schools: Collage Park School of dance for six years, Griffin Studio D for one year, Ballethnic Ballet Company in East Point for one year, and Doris Russell School of Performing Arts for nine Years in Tyrone, Georgia.

Miss Barbara’s dance groups have won many awards at DEA (Dance Educators of America) competitions. She also has a full time job working at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  

Barbara Duke always says “it is nice to do what you love and dancing is the love of my life”
   

Shawn Evangelista

Modern / Contemporary 

 

Shawn currently a member of Full Radius Dance began his formal dance training under Ferneasa Cutno (former Garth Fagan dancer) studying primarily West African, Haitian, and Afro-Caribbean Dance.  Then moved on to several college dance departments in which he broadened his dance training to include ballet, modern, jazz, and aerial dance.  He has also supplemented training by attending  the American Dance Festival as a full scholarship student, and historical dance centers including:  Philadanco,  Ailey, and Limon.  He has performed in repertoire by prominent choreographers such as: Carlos Oarta, Ronen Koresh, Akiko Kitamura, Christopher Huggins, Donald McKayle, Alwin Nikolais, Shapiro & Smith, Jacques Heim, Lauri Stallings, Ballethnic, ans Southern Arc Dance Theater.


Lorraine Davis

Ballet  

Lorraine Davis began her diverse dance training at age 7 with the Doris Russell School of Performing Arts. There she had the great opportunity to study with Doris Russell herself, one of the original Rockettes to perform in New York City. She continued her studies under the direction of Magdalena Maury at The Studio - Home of The Georgia Youth Ballet Company, of which she was a founding member. There she studied with prestigious teachers such as Jonsie Pollock, Finis Jung, Tom Clower, Julianne Kepley, Carol Skutek, Ellie Lazar and Alicia Alonso. Lorraine also spent many summers at ballet intensives such as Ballet Magnificat! and Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique, under the direction of nationally recognized master ballet instructor Magda Aunon.

Looking to further her dance career, at age 15 she accepted a highly coveted spot as a student in the pre professional program at the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education, receiving many opportunities to grow as a dancer and performer. Lorraine then continued her training, on a full scholarship, to Brenau University, where she majored in Dance Performance.

Then, for 9 years, Lorraine taught ballet, modern and jazz with the Classical Dance Theatre, under the direction of Yasmin Hassaan. There she was also a principle dancer with the Southeastern Ballet Company, a professional company directed by Ms. Hassaan.

In addition to teaching ballet, jazz and modern, at Dance Contempra, for the past 5 years, Lorraine was also an instructor at Woodward Academy. There she has worked with the Honors Dance Program, for 4 years, teaching and choreographing original works.  She continues to choreograph pieces, including one which won her the Grassroots Award for Choreography. In addition to teaching at surrounding studios, Lorraine gives private instruction as well as creating independent chorography. She continues to perform professionally and is currently part of the Southern Arc Dance Theater professional company, under the direction of Paulo Manso de Sousa. Lorraine is enthusiastically looking forward to her first year teaching with both Studio D and Southern Arc Dance Theater.

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