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 instructing ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, and hip hop to dancers of all ages for the eight years, held the title of Company Director for four years before realizing her dream and opening Duet Dance Academy.
Owning a dance studio has been Taylor's dream ever since she was a child, and by opening Duet Dance Academy she's proving 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.
Dawn Hathcock is from the corporate world and her love of dance comes from watching her daughter dance for more than 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 seven 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.
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 earned her B.A. from 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.
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. She was the Ballet Mistress at Fusion Dance Company in Cumming from 2013 to 2019 and in 2018 became the Ballet Mistress for Duet Dance Company.
Crew Director and Company Instructor
Xavier Lewis, aka Xay Zoleil, is an American dancer, musician, writer, comedian, and DJ. Xavier has been teaching and performing in the Atlanta area for 10 years. Xavier is currently the Dance Director for Grayson High School and teaches at many studios in and around the metro-Atlanta area. Xavier has also been a background dancer for musical artists, such as B.O.B. Xavier has received multiple awards for choreography. Xavier directs and produces two dance concerts a year. Xavier recently signed a contract to be a part of the traveling dance intensive, Elevate Dance Workshop. He also tours annually with the dance competition KAR (Kids Artistic Revue).
Christina is originally from Charleston, SC and is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. After 10 years of being based in Brooklyn, NY, she has made her way back down south, this time to Atlanta! With a passion for Musical Theatre and Immersive Arts, her classes focus on technique and musicality, all while exploring one’s inner connection and personal style. She has performed regionally in "42nd Street" and "Anything Goes" at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, nationally with "Broadway’s 42nd Street National Tour", internationally as Dance Captain on Holland America Line Cruises, and most recently has been seen at the Tabernacle Theatre with Trixie Minx Productions.
Brady Michael is an artist from Atlanta, GA. Receiving training from studios in Macon, GA and Fayetteville, GA, Brady worked with respected teachers and choreographers through his high school years.
In 2018, Brady began expanding his artistry through working as an assistant for iN House Dance, an intensive created by Cherrise Wakeham in Sandy Springs, GA. He moved on to work as an intern for Wakeham throughout the entirety of 2020.
In November 2019, Brady Michael presented his first full-length dance show to a sold-out Atlanta audience at the age of 16. He is currently working on his second full-length show, which is set to premiere in the summer of 2022.
Brady always strives to create an accepting environment through peer encouragement and insightful teaching principles. He promotes love and expression of artistry in his classes and choreography; he is so excited to continue to build new relationships in the future!
Emily Barton is a sophomore at KSU with a double major in dance with a modern concentration as well as a Psychology major. She is from Newnan, Georgia, danced for Carrollton Academy of Dance, and was a member of Parker Dance Company as well as being on the KSU dance company for all semesters of college thus far. She has danced for 15 years and was a competitive dancer for 13 years, receiving countless accolades throughout the years. Teaching has always been a passion of hers that she is so happy to finally be able to pursue! She has a desire to learn, is eager to explore the endless possibilities of artistic expression through dance, and hopes to pass her love for dance onto her students. She feels as though dance is her safe place and it has shaped her into who she is today so she looks forward to creating that environment in her classes too. Her ultimate goal is to one day fulfill her lifelong dream of owning a dance studio of her own and this opportunity is a huge stepping stone in her career as a dance instructor. She is honored to have been chosen to be on Duet Dance Academy staff for the first year and is so excited to begin this journey!
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 8 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 competed for the 7 years and received scholarships and several high point awards. She has also attended the Kennesaw State University Dance Festival for 3 years and the Kennesaw State University Summer Dance Intensive for 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.
Angelita is pursuing a dual degree in Business and Dance with a Concentration in Modern at Kennesaw State University. Angelita has been in the KSU Dance Company for four semesters. This experience has given her the opportunity to work with prestigious choreographers, Lisa K. Lock, Sean Nguyen and Thang Dao. She has also worked as a guest artist for Zoetic Dance Ensemble, working with choreographers, Cherrise Wakeham and Mallory Baxley. She has also featured in Zoetic Dance Ensemble Film Festival, Distance Disco. Angelita grew up dancing competitively at Alpharetta Dance Theater then Studio 23. Within this experience, she has seen the need to bring more opportunity to the marginalized as it is important to Angelita to have diverse representation and inclusivity.
Angelita dreams of sharing her passion for dance by opening a studio where all people will have a safe space to explore and create movement. Angelita continues to seek new opportunities to eventually make this dream a reality. Angelita is passionate about teaching and is thrilled to continue her journey at DDA.
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.
Linda Gonzalez was born in Mexico and lived there for 15 years where she began taking dance classes at Bella Artes and was captain of her school’s dance team until she moved to Texas. She was apart of her High School’s Drill Team and got to experience many events as a dancer such as traveling. Once she graduated, she became a fitness instructor with the American Fitness Association and got her associates degree in Computer Bookkeeping from South Texas College. She has worked with numerous companies as an Administrator and Manager and has obtained over 20 years of experience in customer service, budget management, vendor relationships, resource planning, and financial administration. Following this, she moved to Georgia in 2017, joined Duet in their second year, and later opened her flower business “Pretty Daisy” in 2019. Linda is an administrative assistant, an environmental designer, a custom embellisher, a flower designer, and much more for Duet Dance Academy. Most of all, she loves being a full time mom to her 18 year old daughter, Ana, who has danced for 14 years and has now begun her college career as well as her 22 year son, Carlos, who is currently serving our country in the Army.
Bio coming soon!