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PAMELA DIONNE
Ms. Dionne began dancing as a five year old with Frankie Levy in her hometown of Augusta, Georgia.  At age 13, she received a Ford Foundation Scholarship and was invited to study with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York City.  Ms. Dionne continued her training in Chicago with Richard Ellis and Christine DuBoulay, former soloists with the Royal Ballet of England. While in high school Ms. Dionne performed with the Chicago Ballet and upon graduation she accepted a position with the San Francisco Ballet.  With these companies she shared the stage with such dance luminaries as Natalia Makarova, Carmen Delavellad, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov.  She continued her performing career as a soloist with the Theatre Der Stadt Bonn, West Germany and with Chamber Dance Theater, an ensemble that conducted performing and teaching residencies in colleges and universities in addition to its regular performance schedule.

For more than 25 years Ms. Dionne has embraced teaching ballet as her primary focus.  For over four years, Ms. Dionne taught for the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) in a city-funded Ballet Program.  This program was open to all children of New Orleans.  While teaching for NORD, Ms. Dionne taught a full curriculum for children aged 5-17 years.  It was during this experience that Ms. Dionne honed her teaching approach which has a strong emphasis on applying the skills of concentration, focus and physical control gained through the pursuit of dance study to other aspects of a student's life.  She is also committed to the development and nurture of each student's evolving confidence and self expression.   

Ms. Dionne is the director of CityDance and CityDance Ensemble which is fortunate to have some of the city's most inspired and accomplished artists.  Through CityDance performances, outreach education and scholarships she strives to share this wealth of artistic talent with those who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

 

LéVon CampbellLéVON CAMPBELL
A Native of Chicago, Mr. Campbell began his dance training with The Dance Theatre of Harlem. He has performed with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre second company, George Faison’s Universal Dance Experience and The Katherine Dunham Dance Company among many others.

For the past decade Mr. Campbell has shared his impressive artistic gifts with many schools and dance companies including the renowned Dallas Black Dance Theatre. His highly evolved knowledge of anatomy and body dynamics is the foundation of his satellite career as a licensed massage therapist. Mr. Campbell, a favored teacher on the Studio Dionne, School of Dance and Music staff also serves as Company Manager for Atlanta Dance Connection.

 

Angelo CernigliaANGELO CERNIGLIA
A Florida native, Angelo grew up in a very theatrical family. Since graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory with a B.F.A. in Theatre for Youth and a minor in Dance Education he has traveled the country teaching and performing. He has spent the last four years at Riverside Children’s Theatre in Vero Beach, Florida, directing and choreographing. Some of his favorite credits include: The Rocky Horror Show (choreographer), Cats (Mungojerrie), The Wedding Singer Regional Premiere (Bad Hair Guy), Xanadu Jr. Premiere show (choreographer), Disney’s The little Mermaid (Choreographer), and Little Shop of Horrors (choreographer). Angelo is so excited to be teaching tap and musical theatre for Studio Dionne.

 

EstefaniaESTEFANIA
Estefania began her dance training at an early age in ballet and jazz. While traveling in Spain she became interested in Flamenco and soon afterwards began her training at the Nueva Academia Del Flamenco in Paris. When she moved to the United States, she went on to become a member with Perla Flamenca Company and participated in “Arts in Education Programs.” She now performs regularly at various tablaos. She has studied with many wonderful teachers in France, Spain and the United States, including La China, Mercedes Ruiz, Manolo Punto, Antonio Del Pipa, Andres Marin, Antonio Hidalgo, Barbara Breton and Rocio Molina among others. Estefania teaches a traditional style of flamenco that has been influenced by some of her former teachers and sees dance as a means of broadening one's horizons.

 

Instructor Crystal FaisonCRYSTAL FAISON
Crystal L. Faison refers to herself as a "community dance practitioner". With over 15 years of formal training in ballet, jazz & modern, Crystal received her BA in Dance from George Washington University. She continued to study and perform dance theatre works while enrolled in Laban Centre in London, UK and recently earned a MA in Community Counseling from Argosy University. As a multifaceted dance artist and mental health counselor Crystal infuses her choreography and her technique and fitness classes with elements of total health and wellness for the mover who enjoys a balanced experience.

 

Instructor Patrick SmithPATRICK SMITH
Patrick “PK” Smith, a native of Arkansas, received his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. His early dance training began while attending Horace Mann Arts/Science Magnet and continued as a member of the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble; C. Michael Tidwell, director. His guest appearances include Deka Dance Company, Beckle’s Dancing Company, LaHunter In Flight Dance Company, and Allen Civic Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Patrick danced and served as rehearsal director for Dallas Black Dance Theatre II; having performed works of respected choreographers, such as, Christopher Huggins, Cleo Parker Robinson, Fred Benjamin, Ray Mercer (of Disney’s The Lion King on Broadway), Allyne D. Gartrell, Dianne Grigsby and Baba Chuck Davis. He has gained teaching recognition by leading national dance conference master classes and through his involvement within this local dance community. Patrick has served as Artistic Assistant / Rehearsal Director for the Atlanta Dance Connection and as resident company Horton instructor.

 

Instructor Erin RogersERIN ROGERS
Erin began her formal dance training at age four with Daphne Kendall in Charlotte, NC. She furthered her studies at various summer intensives including School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and North Carolina Dance Theater. At 16, Erin moved to Winston Salem to train at North Carolina School of the Arts where she lived and learned with artists from many fields including dance, music, visual arts, and film. She danced with the Atlanta Ballet for four years, performing a variety of exciting choreography. She is thrilled to work with the amazing students and teachers of Studio Dionne.

 

Instructor Alisha PaullALISHA PAULL
Alisha discovered her passion for dancing when she was in elementary school. In addition to taking jazz and tap lessons, she received her ballet training at City Center Ballet in Lebanon, NH. At age 15, Alisha took her first modern dance class with Marianne Hraibi at Dartmouth College and fell in love with the organic lines and flow of movement. In college she was a member of the Orchesis Dance Company at The University of Vermont, where she choreographed and performed in a variety of dance genres, including ballet, jazz, lyrical, modern, and contemporary. After moving to Atlanta and taking three years off from dancing, Alisha felt the pull to return to class and was so grateful to find Studio Dionne. This is her seventh year studying at Studio Dionne and performing with CityDance Ensemble. Alisha holds a Masters Degree in Education from Oglethorpe University and has taught in pre-kindergarten, third grade, and is currently a fifth grade teacher.