Faculty

Taylor Hill

Owner/Artistic Director

Taylor Hill comes from the competition realm of dance.  She moved to the Atlanta area at the age of 14, where she trained at CK Danceworks.  While there, she attended up to four competitions a year as a member of their DancElite Company.  During that time, she also attended numerous dance conventions, including Tremaine, Pulse, and Hollywood Vibe.  Post high school, Taylor went on to receive her B.A. in Dance with a concentration in Modern from Kennesaw State University.  She was a member of their company for four years and worked closely with notable choreographers from the Atlanta area including:  Lauri Stallings, George Staib, and Stevan Novakovich.  She traveled around the world, performing with Staibdance in Sorrento, Italy and with the KSU Dance Company at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.  Taylor is a versatile teacher and has been instructing ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop to dancers of all ages for the past five years, and has held the title of Company Director over the past four years.

Owning a dance studio has been Taylor's dream ever since she was a child, and by opening Duet Dance Academy she hopes to prove to her students that dreams can come true.  She promises that DDA with operate with the highest standards, providing a challenging and safe environment where her students can grow technically and artistically.  Taylor would like to dedicate this studio in memory of her grandmother, Shelba Hill.

Dawn Hathcock

Owner/Business Manager

Dawn Hathcock is from the corporate world and her love of dance comes from watching her daughter learn and grow as a dancer the last 7 years.  Dawn has over twenty years of experience in global project, operations, and business management. She has a wealth of expertise in resource planning, risk identification, optimization management, efficiency analytics, finance and budget management, vendor relationships, and customer service.  She earned a B.S. degree in Decision Science with a concentration in Business Administration from Berry College.  Dawn left the corporate world three years ago to focus on her family.  Her friendship with and confidence in Taylor led her to partner with Taylor to make this studio a reality.  As the mom of a dancer, Dawn brings a customer’s perspective along with her many business management skills to our team.  

Jessica Baldwin

Company Ballet & Pointe

A Nashville native, Jessica Baldwin began her dance journey at the age of 3, and hasn't stopped. Jessica received her professional ballet training under Katy Poulton with the Cechiettee Council of America, and as an active member of the School of Nashville Ballet. While receiving her professional training with the Nashville Ballet under artistic director Paul Vasterling, Jessica was in numerous ballets and performances, including her favorite, The Nutcracker. Jessica grew up under several other master instructors for jazz, tap, and modern while at the Metro Parks in Nashville. Jessica has taken part in many other dance studies including The Broadway Dance Center in New York City, Virginia School of the Arts, and The Rocketts in Las Vegas. A highlight of her career is the dancing the part of Mary at the televised Grand Old Opry Christmas Show with Amy Grant's performing "Mary, Did You Know."

Jessica received her degree in Childhood Psychology with an emphasis in dance therapy from Western Kentucky and Volunteer State College. While balancing school and her professional dancing career, Jessica started her teaching certification with the Cechiette Council of America. Upon passing all 6 levels Jessica felt it was time to embark on a new adventure in 2003 and became the proud owner of Mount Juliet Dance Studio. "I never new what hard work was until I had my own business!" Jessica says with a laugh. During the duration of being the artistic director/owner of MJDS Jessica became a certified licensed Scott Pilates instructor." This enabled me to fully understand how to teach effectively and recognize movement on all body types."  

In 2008, Jessica sold MJDS and moved to Columbus, GA where she became the Executive Director of the Columbus Ballet with Columbus State University. As Executive Director, she worked with principal dancers from Atlanta Ballet and Montgomery Ballet. Choreographed performances include The Nutcracker, A Midsummer Night's Dream and Swan Lake act II. While in Columbus, she also worked in the physical therapy department of Huston Medical Clinic as a pilates instructor. 

In 2010 Jessica moved to Canton, GA where she and her husband, John Baldwin, started a family and have two wonderful children, Adaline and William. In 2011 Jessica earned her personal training certification from the American Council of Exercise. Since 2013 she has been the Ballet Mistress at Fusion Dance Company in Cumming and in 2018 became the Ballet Mistress for Duet Dance Company. 

Jordan Brady

Company & Recreational Instructor

Jordan Le'Nay is a New York City based dancer and actress. Originally from Marietta, Georgia, Jordan is thrilled to be working at a studio so close to home!

Jordan earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts and Dance minor in May 2016, and has been actively teaching and performing on a professional level ever since. Jordan is no stranger to the competition dance world either. Currently, she teaches full time at The Brooklyn Dance Centers in New York City, the boroughs' #1 competition dance studio. She is thrilled to be a part of the Duet Dance family, and to share all that she's learned during her time in New York.

Megan Hammontree

Company & Recreational Instructor

Megan Hammontree is currently a Junior at Kennesaw State University.  She is studying to receive her BA in Dance and Chemistry. Megan was a member the KSU Dance Company for one semester and has been on the KSU dance production crew for three semesters. On the production crew she has worked as the light board operator and the assistant to the lighting designer (David Tatu). She has also done production work at the American College Dance Association and at the Cobb Energy Center. This is Megan’s fourth year teaching dance for multiple levels and is excited to start this new adventure with Duet Dance Academy.

Megan Hodnett

Company Instructor

Megan Hodnett is originally from Warner Robins and has been training in multiple styles of dance since the age of 5.  She received her training at Academy of Dance and was certified in 2009 through Dance Educators of America.  Megan has attended multiple master classes and conventions where she received training from some of the most influential choreographers and teachers in the dance world.  While attending school at Georgia Southern University, she spent two years on the school's dance team Southern Explosion.  She has also been a member of numerous dance companies including Breaking Walls and Xtensity.   Megan is no stranger to the competition world, having multiple dancers win Top Score of the Competition and Top Dancer at Nationals, as well as other specialty awards.  She has enjoyed teaching children through adults all over Georgia and is excited to be at Duet Dance Academy!

Turner Wilder

Acrobatics Instructor

Turner Wilder trained in gymnastics in his youth from ages 3 to 8 and 11 to 13. He began dancing in high school at age 16 at The Dance Centre in Rome, GA. In 2010, Turner began his college career at Kennesaw State University where he continued his dance training as a Dance Major. He competed with the KSU Gymnastics Club from 2012 to 2016, furthering his gymnastics training. Turner began teaching Acrobatic/Tumbling dance classes in 2014 at Bravo Dance Center in Acworth, GA as an assistant to Mrs. Heather Haley and Mrs. Cyndi Garguilo, who both have multiple years' experience teaching dance and tumbling. Turner also taught Acro classes at the Dance Theatre Sandy Springs from 2015 to 2017, as both an assistant and a lead instructor. Turner continues working at Bravo Dance Center alongside Mrs. Haley, and he is honored to be a member of the Duet Dance staff for their debut season.

Andree Seibert

Recreational Instructor

Andrée has been dancing for over 18 years, beginning with training at The Academy of Dance Arts. Dance has always been a passion of which she plans on making a career. She attends Kennesaw State University as a dance major with a concentration in ballet, and she is pursuing a career in dance education and arts administration. Andrée has performed with the KSU Dance Company, and she has also been the assistant stage manager for KSU Dance Company productions. As a result of growing up with great role models who helped to build her love of dance, Andrée wishes to pass on her knowledge and passion of dance to other young, aspiring dancers as well.

Gabi Turem

Recreational Instructor

Gabi Turem has been training in multiple styles of dance since the age of 3 and has now reached 15 years of dance training. She has also been assisting and teaching dance classes on her own for multiple levels over the past 6 years. Teaching, choreographing, and owning a studio of her own is her dream. She has trained under many teachers and companies including Fusion Dance Company in Chicago. Gabi is also no stranger to the competition world. She has been competing for the past 7 years and has received scholarships and several high point awards. She has also attended the Kennesaw State University Dance Festival for the past 3 years and the Kennesaw State University Summer Dance Intensive for the past 4 years. She is excited to be working and expanding her education with DDA and is incredibly thankful for the opportunity to work alongside people who love the art of dance as much as she does.

Josh Sallerson

Permanant Guest Artist

Josh is a Georgia native who has been dancing since he was 8 years old. Josh had his first professional dance job in 2003 dancing with the Atlanta Hawks Junior Dance Team as back for Mariah Carey at the NBA All Star Game Halftime Show. He also has had the privilege of dancing with Justin Timberlake, LL Cool J, B2K, and Usher. In 2006 Josh started as a dance major at Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School and was also a part of “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Damn Yankees”, and “High School Musical”. He also began is choreography career there doing numerous college audition solos and pageants and was honored for his work at the National High School Dance Festival in Philadelphia in 2008. Josh attended the University of Florida as a part of the Bachelors of Fine Arts program in dance where he had the honor of performing the works of Jose Limon, Shapiro and Smith, David Dorfman, Michael Foley, Ohad Naharin and the Bat Sheva Dance Company, Ann Liv Young, and many more. Josh has also spent time working for the Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston, ME as counselor for the Young Dancer’s Workshop. Josh also studied abroad in Israel in 2010 where he performed his work in Tel- Aviv and Jerusalem.

Josh has won various choreography awards has had the honor of coach/ choreographing for Miss Cobb County, Miss Cherokee County, Miss Rome, Miss Lake City (FL), and Miss Tampa!  Josh is currently a judge for Believe Talent Competition and teaching around the metro Atlanta area.

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