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Brenda Mealor

Owner & Lead Dance Instructor

Mrs. Brenda has been teaching for 41 years: the first 2 at her hometown studio,  the next 12 as the assistant director at Becky Jones School of dance in Smyrna and the rest as the director of The Dancers Studio. Growing up, her family traveled to Auburn, AL each weekend for her to take dance from Mr. Lynn Curtis, formerly of the New York City Ballet.  With him, she was able to go as his assistant to DMA conventions and study with some of the great dancers of the 70’s – Maria Tallchief, Gus Giordano, Frank Hatchet, Art Stone, Al Gilbert, Jo Rowan, and Edward Velellha.

 

The Dancers Studio would not have come into being, without the support of her parents and husband. Brenda is married to Billy Mealor and they are celebrating 41 years of marriage this year. They have 2 daughters, Lesley Anne, who is a dancer in New York and Laura Lynn who lives in Kennesaw with her husband Nathan and sons Frasier and Jack William. Both girls have followed in their mom’s footsteps!

Melissa Watson

Dance Instructor

Melissa will be starting her 16th year here at The Dancers Studio. Growing up in Cobb County, she had the opportunity to study with 4 of the leading teachers in the county:  Lynette Grub, Marcus Alford and Annie Day and Terrell Paulk. Melissa worked for TLC Dance Studio for several years prior to joining our staff.

 

Here she works with all ages and levels and styles of dance, with a focus on jazz, lyrical, and contemporary.  Melissa is married to Ron Watson and has 2 daughters and lives in Acworth.

Laura Franco

Dance Instructor

Laura is a Cobb County native, and grew up dancing at The Dancers Studio from age 6-18. She was honored to be a member of the inaugural performance company at the studio, and in 2003, she was named the top soloist at Star Systems Talent Competition. Laura graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, and performed with the Redcoat Band Flagline throughout her career across the Southeast and even in China!

 

Laura student-taught at The Dancers Studio for the 2002-2003 season, and was on staff at Becky Jones School of Dance in Smyrna, GA, where she taught recital and company classes to students aged 3-16. Laura is thrilled to be back working with Mrs. Brenda at her home studio!

Kristen Jones Thomson

Dance Instructor

Kristen, who grew up dancing from the age of 3 at Becky Jones School of Dance, was also a member of there Performance Company for 10 years. Additionally , she was Dance Captain of Cobb's Elite All Star National Dance Team. Kristen has more than 16 years of teaching experience with all age groups and she served as the Dance Company Director at Becky Jones School of Dance for 4 years. During that time , she choreographed many pieces that won awards and top honors as several national dance competitions.

 

Kristen has had the opportunity to continue her dance training through multiple dance conventions under such notables as Mia Michaels. Benji Schwimmer and Tyce Diorio. Kristen holds a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood education for Kennesaw State University as well as a Master's in Reading and Diversity Education from Nova southeastern University. She is currently employed by the Cobb County School System.

Asha Nathan

Guest Faculty

Asha Nathan is from Sanford, FL, found on the outskirts of Orlando. She graduated from the University of South Florida in Tampa, FL with a BA in communication and pursued a minor in Dance. She also holds an MBA with concentration in Marketing. In Tampa she held the position of a freelance dancer, choreographer, and instructor choreographing for different events, workshops, cheerleading squads, and college and high school dance teams around Tampa and Orlando. She also taught at Jansen Dance Project in Tampa, FL as the Hip Hop teacher for 3 years teaching beginner to advance Hip Hop from ages 8-18 and above.

Continuing her growth, she became a part of Enigma Dance Krew, who were contestants on America's Best Dance Crew, performing at various corporate events, benefits, dance company shows, and many other great opportunities that were presented. She currently lives in Atlanta, GA, and a proud member of iLuminate who were the finalist of America's Got Talent in 2011, currently traveling across the state and globe to perform at various corporate events and shows. She is a certified Zumba instructor and a local freelance dancer, choreographer and Instructor here in Atlanta, GA. Continuing her passion, she is currently the new hip hop teacher for the Dancers Studio and Cardio Groove instructor for Torch Fitness. Her philosophy is to "Dance as though no one is watching and live life to the fullest".

Layla Bodrogi

Dance Instructor

The Dancers Studio is pleased to have Layla Bodrogi in her 4th year as a teacher. She has been training at the Dancers Studio for 15 years in ballet, tap, and jazz, pointe, and hip hop. Top on her list of accomplishments includes dancing for Nick Cannon at the Triumph Awards and as a back up dancer for Ansley Williams and Sonny Mackenzie's music video. Layla hopes to inspire her commnuity through the power of dance.

Gabi Jeske

Multiple Style Partner Dance Instructor and Choreographer

Fortes include wedding first dance-, as well as but not limited to father - daughter choreography (including for quincenierras and bat mitzvahs.)

Gabi Jeske fell in love with Ballroom Dance Sport in her childhood at the local Tanzschule Angermann,Germany. After she was recruited to teach by International Dance Studios in VA, USA she also studied Americana dance culture and specifically enjoys teaching authentic Latin dances including Salsa as well as various forms of Swing including Hustle, Shag and also Country Western. Gabi has performed, instructed and competed in events covered by local and national media, among others making appearances on Peach­tree Morning and Turner Sports.​

As a trainer of the former Cool Move Dance Sport Competition team she collaborated with international champions and national dance sport coaches and judges,( among others Jenny Rosenfeld, Martin Raeth, Astridt Mihm, Jean Marc Genereux ,France Mousseau, Bob Powers, Julia Gorchakova and Luis Van Amstell) in order to keep up to date with preferred techniques, styles and the latest developments in the "Dance Sport evolution."

The Dancers Studio is pleased to have Ms. Jeske as a part of our dance family.

Lesley Mealor

Guest Faculty

Lesley Mealor recently finished the national tour of "The Music Man" with Windwood Theatricals. Prior to the tour, Lesley had the pleasure of performing on the high seas with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. Lesley holds a BPA in Dance Performance from Oklahoma City University, and loves sharing her knowledge and experience with young dancers. She currently lives in New York City and works at On Stage Dancewear, when not on tour.

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