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dance classesEach instructor at Academy of Dance has gained their own sense of style and choreography experience while training during their young adolescence up through their college years. Their training began at a young age in several art forms, and have competed and trained with many professional dancers across the country. All of our instructors believe that dedication and determination are the key to success at Academy of Dance. Instructors remain up to date with correct technique and terminology as well as new teaching methods.

Academy of Dance believes in forming a well-rounded dancer that is educated, in addition to being able to perform any style of dance. Although each teacher has a specific area in which they concentrate, learning from every instructor can be expected over extended educational training.

testimonials"We love Academy of Dance and ALL of our teachers! Thank you for what you have done for my daughter and her little sister. We're so excited!"

Laura P.

 

Melinda Williams
Miss Melinda is the owner, founder and program director of Academy of Dance. The studio opened in January 2001. Her past includes over 33 years of training and experience in ballet, tap, clogging and jazz. Throughout the course of training she has attended numerous conventions, competitions and continuing education classes. She was fortunate to study with the Arkansas Ballet Theatre in Fayetteville, which allowed her access to top notch ballet training. Melinda accepted an internship to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida where she did a work study program focusing on entertainment business. During the course of this program she worked in the character department of the Magic Kingdom and other resort restaurants. She portrayed Mickey Mouse and other Disney characters. Since then, Melinda has also taught ballroom and social dancing.

Miss Melinda currently holds membership in Dance Masters of America, Inc. This is a national organization of certified teachers whose primary focus is continuing dance education. Members are certified to teach through writings and demonstrations. Melinda was on staff at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers where she served in administration and as the Saturday night service worship coordinator. Dance, ministry and people are her true passions and she rarely meets a stranger.

At the studio Miss Melinda’s primary focus is to oversee the studio and to ensure that all students have a positive learning experience each week. She is the programs manager for all curriculum taught and seeks out the best instruction possible for each class. She and her team manage all details, from every day activities to the fine tuning of year end production.

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Tracy Sloan
Miss Tracy is our Administrative Assistant. She was born and raised here in NWA but ventured off to north Texas for 11 years. She graduated from UNT, taught 3rd grade and at-risk high school students. During that time she trained and performed in world dance for 5 years. Tracy has years of experience working in the finance industry, 5 years + teaching, and was even an office manager of a dance studio in Frisco. She moved back home after having her daughter, Gabby, who is a student at Academy of Dance. She is happy to have found our dance family here in beautiful NWA!

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Aisha Okorofoar
Miss Aisha AAC has been teaching with the Academy of Dance for the past year and with Adonai Ballet Academy for the past two years. Her past includes over 10 years of intensive ballet training following the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Ballet Curriculum. Aisha has performed in several full length ballets , including "Sophia", "Beloved" where she played ‘The Guardian’, and several versions of "The Nutcracker" where she recently lead as head soloist of Chinese Tea, and the advanced corps of Snow and Flowers. Aisha also has training in other styles of dance including Modern, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary; as well as training in various circus arts skills which include contortion and hand balancing. In the early spring of 2015 Aisha earned her certification in Acro under Acrobatic Arts, and is currently the only certified acrobatics instructor in the state of Arkansas. Aisha soon hopes to seek certifications in both Rhythmic Gymnastics and Contortion in the near future.

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Anna Shields
Bio coming soon

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Rebecca Emitt
Mrs. Becca is a hometown girl who started dancing when she was 2 years old in Huntsville and continued there for 11 years. She also took 2 years of dance at Hendrix College. Mrs. Becca has three kids - Jade, Ryan and Kinley - and together with her husband, Kenny, they own and run chicken farms. Jade and Kinley love dancing at Academy of Dance, and Mrs. Becca enjoys dancing with the adult dance classes there as well

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Page Hoover
Bio coming soon

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Madison Kinsey
Bio coming soon

 

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