Instructors

High Calibre Instructors...Our professionally trained and caring instructors provide a very rewarding and positive experience for all students.  All of our instructors are skilled dancers which is important in being able to demonstrate correct dance technique.  In addition, we have assistant teachers helping and demonstrating in many classes.  All students are placed into their respective levels by the decision of our faculty and are evaluated periodically to make sure that each student is training in their appropriate level.

Tracy Solomon is known throughout the Southeast Alabama area as a dance educator, choreographer and teacher. She has owned and operated The Dothan School of Dance since 1976 and the Enterprise School of Dance since 1996. She founded and has successfully directed the Southeast Alabama Dance Company (SEADAC) from 1979-2005. She currently serves as the Executive Director for SEADAC. She devoted most of her time to building her schools with an excellent reputation in all forms of dance with an emphasis on classical ballet.

Ashlie has spent 26 years with SEADAC as a dancer, later a teacher and choreographer and now Artistic Director. Ashlie received her training at The Dothan School of Dance and then moved to New York City where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College.

Before joining the Enterprise School of Dance, Carla Birmingham owned Dance Continuum in Dallas for over 18 years. Her former students have gone on to attend Juilliard, Suny Purchase, N.Y.U, and Point Park Universities. Some have become Radio City Rockettes, Broadway Performers for “West Side Story”, and Walt Disney Company Performers. Others have been in “The Artist”, Nip/Tuck, True Blood and The Aqua Lilies, as well as Verizon, Tower Records, Hanes and Pepsi Commercials.

Holly joined the Dothan School of Dance after selling her business, The Dance Connection (Chipley and Graceville, FL) which she had owned and operated since 1985. She has also been on the staff at Dothan School of Dance since 1980. You may already know Holly, as she is the Manager of the Dazzle dancewear store! Holly teaches all subjects, but her passion and specialty is tap.

Anna Dailey is a Troy University graduate with a B.S. degree in Pre-Professional Biology. She has been on staff with DSD since 2014. She is employed with Dothan Pediatric Healthcare Network as the Marketing Coordinator. Anna resides in Headland with her husband, Todd and her two children, Ty and Emily Kayte.

 

Leah DeRamus Arkle has been teaching at Dothan school of Dance for 4 years. She teaches all styles of dance, but her favorite styles are Musical Theatre, Modern and Contemporary. She also loves coaching the Starz dance teams at DSD.

Christina Hardy joins us from her hometown of Jacksonville Fl, where her dance career started as a student and later instructor for the Marta Jackson School of Dance. Knowing that dance was her passion, and her ability to teach was a way to display her passion, Christina chose to attend Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana where Christina earned a BA in dance pedagogy. 

Taking her first dance class at age three, Shelly began studying many styles of dance. Born and raised in Sanford, Florida, Shelly was a member of a local dance company that was very devoted to their community.

Jameka Oates is a performing member of the Patti Rutland Jazz Company. She is also the Director of Dance at Northview Christian Church.

Joneisha “JoJo” Carmichael, is a native of Dothan AL, and has been a committed and hard–working dancer for the past 16 years. JoJo received training and education in the disciplines of ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, hip–hop and acrobatics at Dothan School of Dance. The diversity in her foundational dance training has helped to improve her technique and performance quality.

Lindsey McKay teaches at DSD and performs as a guest artist with Southeast Alabama Dance Company. She has danced with the company since she was six years old. Some of her favorite roles were Cinderella, Zazu from the Lion King; Clara, Snow Queen, Dew Drop and Sugarplum Fairy from The Nutcracker.

Hello my name is Lexington Hawn but everyone calls me Lexi. I’m so excited to be teaching at ESD again and DSD this year! I have been dancing since I was nine years old and have trained at both Enterprise and Dothan schools of dance. I have performed with both studios’ performance teams and Southeast Alabama Dance Company.

Amy's love for dance began at the age of 2 when she started classes at Dothan School of Dance. She began competing with her studio at age 7 and won numerous regional and national awards. Amy performed with Southeast Alabama Dance Company beginning at age 6 and became a company member at age 11.

Marielle Burque has been dancing since the age of four. She has been an apprentice for three years at DSD, and this is her first year as a teacher with Dothan School of Dance. Along with dance, she also loves singing and theatre. She is a member of the DSD Performance Team.

Born and raised in Metro Atlanta, Courtney Doolittle took her first ballet class at 4 years old. In 2007, she began her serious technical training with Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts in Peachtree City, Georgia under the Artistic Direction of Founder Sherri Davis. In the Summer of 2012, she received additional training from Ballet Magnificat! in Jackson, Mississippi under the Artistic Direction of Founder Kathy Thibodeaux.