After this past season, Michelle's first as studio owner, the amount of pride and joy felt for her two dancers as well as for all of those that she is honored to work with is truly overwhelming. When this new adventure began, and things just sort of fell into place to allow her the chance to be in the conductor’s car on this crazy train, she chugged full force into the season, so excited to help bring our studio safely into its next great destination, and now believes we have arrived! Even after trudging up a few small mountains and encountering a couple of switch tracks along the way, as in life, every challenge and new experience teaches us something and brings us to where we are, and she could not be prouder of where that has led.
Michelle’s love for the arts began at a very young age, singing in church at age 5, learning to play the piano and viola, and performing with numerous choral groups from the age of 10 into her adult years. After auditioning and attending as many as 12 Regional Honor and All-State Choruses, her love for music and her repertoire expanded. As a member of the Fayette County High Select Chorus, she traveled to New York City and Boston on several academic and theatre trips performing inside Carnegie Hall and for the Sunday morning mass in the cathedral on the campus of Harvard University. These trips provided the opportunity to attend multiple plays and musical theatre shows both ‘on and off-Broadway’, only strengthening her love for music, theatre, and the arts. After enrolling her oldest in her first dance class at two years old, Michelle fell in love with the beauty and art of dance as well. She has learned alongside both her daughters as they have grown and excelled over the last 12+ years. With over 11 years of competitive dance experience as a mom and studio manager, she sought to delve deeper into the arts and chose to take on the challenge of owning her own studio and helping other young artists develop their talents.
In her time away from the studio Michelle enjoys spending time with friends and her family and supporting her daughter’s Morgan and Madeleine in their various schools, pageant, church, and social events.
Devan began dancing at two years old at The Dance Factory, Inc. in Austell, GA. There, she trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and lyrical. While in middle school, Devan choreographed and led rehearsals for PRIDE, a performing group promoting a drug-free lifestyle in her middle school. She then choreographed numerous other middle schools’ PRIDE shows throughout Georgia. Devan auditioned and was chosen to attend Pebblebrook High School’s Excellence in Performing Arts Magnet School Program. There Devan found a love for modern, contemporary, and musical theatre! She became a teaching assistant to Ms. Debbie Wells, owner of The Dance Factory, in her freshman year. Shortly after, Devan began choreographing routines for competition and won her first overall competition choreography award when she was only 15 years old! She knew she had found her calling! Devan has performed with and choreographed for many studios all over Georgia. She has performed on Carnival Cruise lines and danced with many well-known tap dancers from all over the country! Devan is honored to be a part of the Best Foot Forward Dance family!
Bradley began her training with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, where she studied ballet. She attended Pebblebrook High School at the Cobb Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, where she furthered her ballet training and began taking modern. She trained under many well-respected teachers including: Ruth Mitchell, Gaynor Grainge, Nicholas Picana, Denise Reeves, and Martha Goodman. Throughout her life, Bradley has performed in many ballets such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, and Cinderella. Bradley now teaches ballet, lyrical, and pointe to the company dancers at Best Foot Forward Dance.
Sarah has been dancing for 20 years and competed for 15 of those years. Sarah trained under Elite Dance Studio and Dance Fever Studio where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, pointe, and musical theatre. Sarah studied under Kelly Mattingly, Bradley Lombardi, Devan's Raines and Amanda Zaloznik. In high school, Sarah was recognized as a district winner in Performing Arts specializing in dance for the Georgia’s Governors Honors Program where she was hand selected to compete at the state level. Sarah also danced with East Paulding High School Competition Dance Team coached by Christian Griffith and Kelly Polasky. Sarah performed in various genres such as, jazz, pom, and hip-hop. Her team competed at UDA, Georgia’s State Level Competition. Sarah started teaching at the age of 13 in various summer camps, recital classes and substitute teaching at Dance Fever under the ownership of Tonya Shipp. Sarah continued her training with the Kennesaw State Dance Team, where she found her passion for teaching. Sarah is a platinum award-winning choreographer and has many pieces which placed in the top 10, while having the honor of being awarded Best of the Best Mini Group for her musical theater piece as well as choreography awards for her Lady Gaga piece that also got invited to the world championships for Nexstar.
Sarah gives thanks to her family for their constant love and support. During Sarah’s free time she loves spending time with her husband Michael Moore, son Easton, and step-daughter Ryland.
Sarah thrives on encouraging others to run after their passions and gifts with no fear, while lifting people up and showing them just how special they really are!
Tassie and are a brother -sister team. They began teaching worship dance at the young ages of eleven and seven years old. They blossomed into the hip hop choreographers they are today. Their specialty is teaching hip hop to Christian music. It’s clean and fun! They were both featured in the Just Dance 2 and 3 commercials along with being invited to the E3 convention in Los Angeles, CA for Just Dance as VIP ambassadors where they had the opportunity to perform on stage with the Just Dance dancers. They now help advertise Just Dance for Ubisoft. Their posting of Just Dance vides have made them YouTube celebrities. Carl and Natassia have not only competed at Stage One Nationals, earning a 1st place Platinum as well as the Entertainment Award, but they have also choregraphed routines that have earned 1stplace platinums in their category, and 2nd place overall in various competitions. They set the bar for the high level of excellence in the hip hop program at our studio. They are also the hip hop choreographers and their competitive group dances have place from gold to 1st place Platinum’s as well as various judges awards for Best Choreography, Creative Choreography, and Best Costume. They have taught many master classes around the area and the were featured dancers in the gospel artist Felice Messam’s music video “Gloria”. Most recently they were selected to participate in the filming of a K-Pop television dance competition in Korea, where they and several members of their family represented the USA and were selected by the judges as international champions. They will soon be featured on future shows and have been offered numerous opportunities to explore the world with their talents.
Carl and Natassia have a passion for dance. They view dance not just as part of their life, but a gift from God.
Josie originates from Puerta Rico and moved to Georgia about four years to pursue a career in dance. She teaches our recreational hip hop and has experience teaching and competing both contemporary and salsa dance. She is married to Carl Harris and they have one son, CJ. Josie participated with her husband and members of their family, when they were selected to participate in the filming of a K-Pop television dance competition in Korea representing the USA and were selected by the judges as international champions. They will soon be featured on future shows and have been offered numerous opportunities to explore the world with their talents.
is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She was part of the KSU Dance Company for five semesters and attended KSU’s Dance Education Abroad in Israel during the summer of 2017 and 2018, taking master classes with the Batsheva Dance Company. She has experience in numerous styles of dance including modern, ballet, tap, jazz, gaga, and bharatanatyam. She has performed at The Alabama Dance Festival, Jazz on Tap, Ballet Fest and has attended intensives at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York, The Joffrey Ballet in New York and Chicago, and Ballet Magnificat in Atlanta. Jordan danced with the Atlanta South Dance Academy for ten years in McDonough, Georgia and Dance Contempra in Peachtree City for five years.
Mackenzie has been a gymnast for 12+ years as well a as contortionist/acrobat for 2 years. She is going on her 6th year coaching gymnastics. She is a Sports Management major at Kennesaw State university and plans to operate her own gymnastics center in Atlanta one day.
Amber is a graduate of Kennesaw State University (KSU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. She was a member of the KSU Dance Company for numerous semesters and attended KSU’s Dance Education Abroad in Israel during the summer of 2018, taking master classes with the Batsheva Dance Company. Amber has held numerous positions at our sr including direction of our petite company in 2017, instructing our recreational program in previous years and currently teaches our company technique classes.