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.

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.

A small town girl with big city dreams, Samaria began dancing at the age of 6 at the Dothan School of Dance in Alabama. Under the direction of Tracy Solomon and Ashlie Solomon-Wells, she held the regional titles of Dance Masters Petite and Teen Miss Dance of Chapter 33. She has trained and performed in most styles of dance ranging from classical ballet to hip hop.

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.

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.

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.

 

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. 

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Emma Wiggins began her dance training at the early age of four at Civic Dance Center in Bakersfield, California. As a member of the Imagine Ballet Company she had the opportunity to perform at the Regional Dance America Pacific festival and was recognized as an honor student from her company.

Kelly Wood began dancing at the age of 3.  She has studied ballet, tap, jazz & clogging.  As a teenager, Kelly was a member of a local performance dance troupe and enjoyed performing at various local events, as well as participating in several dance competitions.