Erin Bradley-Weatherford has been a member of the Studio Dance family for the past 26 years. She loves teaching hip hop and choreographing solo and duet competition pieces. Erin has worked with the Senior and Junior Fantastics for several years now. Recently, she choreographed a Senior Fantastics routine that won first place overall at the Southeast Showdown dance competition and the best choreography award, too.
Dance has taken Erin many places, and she is always ready to attend a workshop or competition. She has traveled throughout the Southeast and to New York City, danced aboard the Carnival cruise ship "Sovereign of the Seas", and performed at countless venues in the region. Erin is all about sharing the gift of dance with the children at Studio Dance, like Jo Ann has shared with her for so many years!
Well-versed in Business Management and Internet technology with several degrees, she is the brain behind the Studio Dance website. Erin also works at Tele-Optics as a contractor for Eastman Chemical Company where she is a system administrator for SharePoint and a Training Coordinator.
Erin is married to Jeff Weatherford and they have three children, Ryan Jay, Jewell, and a new addition as of July Eriabella. Jewell is a little dancer herself at Studio Dance and soon will be Eriabella as well.
Over the past 11 years Kellie has provided instruction in Ballet, Pointe, Lyrical, Jazz/Contemporary, and Tap with Studio Dance. She states “I am inspired every year by getting to witness the growth in the dancers of Studio Dance. It is such an amazing feeling to think that I can have an influence on their love for the art of dance, and that
they learn to appreciate and respect it. There is a lot of talent here, both in the students and the instructors; and it is an honor to work with Jo Ann and the other great staff.”
Kellie is available for choreography to those interested in solo & duo/trio competition pieces, as well as privates for improving strength/ flexibility and technique. Kellie currently resides in Chuckey, TN. Kellie has three children Jaxon, Jullien, andKynslie who are the love of her life and always keep her busy.
Wendy Berry began dancing at the age of 3 and has now been with Studio Dance for 29 years. During her first performance (as a pink bunny), Wendy fell in love with dancing, entertaining and the stage. As a teenager, she became a member of the Junior Fantastics, the Junior Elite Fantastics and later the Senior Fantastics, performing in numerous cities and venues, including Carowinds, Disneyland and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. She has also performed as a triple threat in Paramount's productions of Oklahoma and Bye Bye Birdie.
Wendy began working as a student assistant at Studio Dance more than 18 years ago and has enjoyed watching the girls grow, not only as dancers but as amazing individuals who have come to mean so much to her. In college, she continued her relationship with Studio Dance while also becoming the youngest color guard captain in ETSU history, show choir choreographer for Daniel Boone and Science Hill high schools, and color guard instructor at Gatlinburg-Pittman High School. In her "spare" time, she earned a B.A. in mass communications (advertising) and Spanish. Later she earned her master’s in education. Wendy loves all aspects of dance, especially jazz and tap. She credits Studio Dance for her love of music and the arts.
For over 30 years, Jo Ann Hodge has influenced lives of children through her passion for dance and inspirational teaching. Believing from an early age that life and dance are intertwined, Jo Ann studied with such greats as Charles Kelly, Frank Hatchett and Joe Tremaine, just to mention a few.
During her college days, she took classes from Constance Hardinge in the Ballet department of Virginia Intermont; received a B.S. degree in Education from E.T.S.U.; was a member of the E.T.S.U. gymnastics team; was DMA Southeastern Miss Dance; and was second runner-up at the Miss Tennessee Pageant.
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Carsen Whitlock true passion in life is dance. It's where her heart is. She Says, "There is no greater feeling than moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear." Studio Dance has been like a second home since the age of three for her — her mom swears she could walk on her hands before her feet — and through the years she has competed as a soloist and with many groups. Carsen has had the opportunity to dance in New York City, Disney World and Universal Studios. Her favorite genre of dance is contemporary, but love it all. Carsen has been an instructor at Studio Dance for a couple of years now and is inspired by the amazing work of Studio Dance's faculty and students. Choreography has allowed her to play a different role, one that she enjoys more each day. She is an ETSU graduate, with a bachelor's degree in Business and a minor in Dance, and spent four years on the university's dance team. Where she competed at the UDA national competition in Orlando all four of her years there.
Misty Haun has been involved with Studio Dance for over 30 years. Misty knew at an early age that dancing would be one of her true passions in life. From being on the very first Studio Dance Fantastics team, to watching her daughter Dominique graduate from our studio after 15 years of dance, Misty carries on the family tradition by teaching the younger girls the joy of dancing. Misty studied dance while attending Virginia Intermont College, and ballet is her true passion. She also enjoys teaching tap, jazz and lyrical dance. Misty is involved in beauty pageants as a coach, coordinator and judge on local and national levels. Misty has two sons, Colton and Sage, who are involved in a variety of sports. Misty is ready for another great dance season and is already thinking about fun props for dances.
Cheryl Willingham - Cheryl has been involved with Studio Dance for over 30 years and was Jo Ann’s first assistant. Jo Ann drove Cheryl as a teenager over to Studio Dance in Elizabethton. Cheryl taught tap to Misty, Wendy, and Erin as they where growing up and danced alongside Jo Ann in the formative years of the business.
Her creativity is much--‐ appreciated by the dancers and staff. Cheryl's love of dance and working for a great friend is why she still teaches today.
Michelle began dancing at the age of two and has been with Studio Dance for 20 years. She is currently choreographer for the Junior Fantastics. Michelle was a member of the Fantastics competition team for many years and competed in multiple solos and duets at venues throughout the region. She has also performed at Disney World, Universal Studios and in New York City. She was a member of the ETSU dance team for four years, competing at nationals in Orlando each year, and also had the opportunity to perform at the NCAA basketball tournament and football playoffs. Michelle is available to choreograph solos or duets/trios for competitions, or work privates to improve technique. She would love to share her passion for dance with you.