Our Teachers

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Brenda Mealor

Owner & Lead Dance Instructor

Mrs. Brenda has been teaching for 47 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 45 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!

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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!

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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.

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Layla Bodrogi

Dance Instructor

Layla Bodrogi is entering her fifth year as an instructor at the Dancers Studio. Layla has spent sixteen years dancing as a member of The Dancers Studio. She is entering into her freshman year at Kennesaw State University and will be majoring in Elementary School Education as well as minoring in dance. Layla has had the opportunity to be a part of a company under the direction of Cici Kelley. As well as being part of the Apprentice Company for a Contemporary Company directed by Rachel Truitt. Layla has performed in many half time shows at Georgia Tech Basketball games and has been in many professional showcases, award shows, and music videos. She has worked professionally dancing for Spike Lee, Nick Cannon, Nick Hagelin, Ansley Williams, and Sonni Mackenzi. Layla has also had her choreography showcased in professional shows in the Atlanta Area. She is very proud to be the winner of a “Heart of Gold” award, which gives her a fantastic opportunity to represent iDance4aCURE. Layla strives to instill empathy, responsibility, and passion into all of her dancers while having a lot of fun.

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Hannah Salyers

Dance Instructor

Hannah is our newest Dancers Studio staff member. She has studied dance for 15 years, focusing on Ballet and Contemporary technique. She trained with Atlanta Academy of Ballet and International City School of Ballet. Hannah was in the Top 12 at the Youth Grand Prix - Senior Category and received at Top 1 st for contemporary solo in her competition days. She was also accepted into the Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet 2 year Trainee program. She has been teaching now for 4 years. The Dancers Studio is pleased to welcome Hannah Salyers to our staff.

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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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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".