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Yewon (Jenna) Hwang

Director / Ballet / Pointe / Stretch & Strength

Jenna Hwang was born in South Korea where she began her dance training at the age of five. Upon moving to United States in 2005, she began her training at Sugarloaf Performing Arts where she was heavily trained in the dance genres of ballet, modern, lyrical, contemporary, jazz, and tap. In her time dancing with Sugarloaf Performing Arts, she performed in Peter Pan, Nativity Ballet, and annual dance recitals. In addition, she has received numerous platinum, high gold, and gold at competitions including International Dance Competition and New York City Dance Alliance. Then, she attended Kennesaw State University, where she pursued the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with concentration in ballet and was on Dean’s List for all four years. She danced with the KSU Dance Company and also took a part of the KSU Dance Company crew member. Upon graduating from the KSU, Jenna became the founding member of Gwinnett Ballet Theatre Professional Ensemble under the direction of Angela Harris and Peter Swan. Her dance journey does not stop and continues while she performs professionally on various performances and productions including the lead role in The Nutcrackers. 

 

As a highly dependable and motivated dance instructor with 7+ years of teaching experience in various settings, Jenna seeks to fulfill her very utmost desire to extend her reach to her students throughout the Metro Atlanta area, expressly for Jenna’s own dance journey began in Atlanta. In her first years as an assistant dance instructor, Jenna shadowed different instructors to explore various teaching styles and tools in hopes of finding only the exceptional teaching practices. Then, as the lead instructor, she fine-tuned her skills by developing age-appropriate lesson plans in creative movement, dance with me, ballet, stretching and conditioning for various levels. Jenna continuously seeks for ideas to make her classes for children more engaging, and contributing to her learners’ motivation as dancers. She has organized and started a ballet program, Little Angels Missionary Ballet, at the Korean Coummunity Presbyterian Church in Duluth. After grasping with her creative mind and restless work ethic, Jenna is now the school director as well as a dance instructor at Dream Dance Studio. To fulfill her goals of reaching maximum progress and fullest accomplishment for her students, Jenna works tirelessly to develop an Artistic Direction and Development for the entire program as well as to provide individualized feedback upon constant communication with students + families, full demonstration of exercises to enhance the learning experience, and vigorous monitoring of students’ areas of glows and grows.

Emily Kay Vanderkley

Jazz

Emily comes from a diverse professional dancing career having performed all over the world. Her career began with the Georgia Youth Ballet, following which she was awarded a full scholarship her senior year of high school to the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education under the direction of Sharon Story. There she had the opportunity to perform with the company under the direction of John McFall. After graduating High School, she performed for an additional 4 seasons with the company taking the stage in productions such as: John McFall's Alice In Wonderland, The Nutcracker and Peter Pan, Michael Pink's World Premier of Romeo and Juliet, Fernand Nault's Carmina Burana, Stanton Welch's US debut of Madame Butterfly, and George Balanchine's Serenade.  Emily was also cast to perform at the Fabulous Fox Theater's 75th Anniversary show in 2004 with Bacchus Productions. 

From 2003 - 2010, she performed at sea with Royal Caribbean Productions in Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, the East Coast and all over the Caribbean.  Here she also became an accomplished wardrobe and wig supervisor for the production casts of the largest cruise ship's overseeing as many as 3 production shows at a time. For an additional 3 years after retiring from the stage, Emily went back on ships to direct shows and style wigs for new casts. Then in 2011-2012 in Atlanta, Emily assisted David Norwood in assembling his debut contemporary company “Phyzix Urban Dance Theatre” as well as performing as an original member.

 

In between Royal Caribbean contracts, she began teaching ballet, pointe, jazz technique, contemporary and Broadway jazz, choreographing and coaching for the Georgia Youth Ballet Company in Fayetteville, GA under the direction of Magdalena Maury and Jonsie Pollock. This was the launching point for teaching at many diverse studios all over the state of GA and growing her love for dance education. The bulk of Emily’s core training was with Magdalena Maury and her mother, Magda Aunon, in a “Cuban/Russian Vaganova” style. This is the main style of ballet with which Emily teaches today.

 

Emily continues to teach, choreograph and coach all over GA, her main roles are currently with Suwanee Academy of the Arts, Dream Dance Studio, North Atlanta Dance Academy and Eagles Landing Dance Center. She is a wife and mother of 2 young humans and 2 fur babies living in the north Decatur area. 
 

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Jennifer Cyran

Ballet / Jazz / Musical Theatre

Jennifer Cyran was born and raised in New Jersey, where she began dancing at the age of three years old. She was invited to join her studio’s competition group at age seven and went on to win many top awards over the next 10 years. In high school and at the University of Georgia, where she graduated magna cum laude, she taught dance classes, choreographed award-winning routines, attended master classes, workshops and conventions, and choreographed and performed in musical theater productions.

After earning her master’s degree in clinical psychology, Jennifer began working with special needs children in Atlanta, Georgia.  For the past ten years, she has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater around Northeast Georgia where she specializes in joyfully giving her students a developmentally appropriate, excellent education in fundamentals while building confidence and a love of dance. 

Elizabeth Lee

K-Pop Dance

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