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Yvonne Antinazi - Owner / Director

...Ms. Yvonne began dancing at age 3 and has had formal training in all aspects of dance. Throughout her dancing career Yvonne has studied under the instruction of Dee Hodges, Chris Cory, Terrell Paulk, Patsy Bromley and Tommy Sutton to name a few. From the ages of 12 to 21 her summers were spent in New York City taking Master Classes from such well-known artists as Luigi, Melissa Hayden, Frank Hatchett, The Joffrey Ballet as well as Alvin Ailey. At 18 she became Ballet Mistress for the DeKalb Dance Theater, assisting in classes as well as choreography. She was a member of the City Center Chamber Company under the direction of Robert Archard; was President of her college dance club, and performed on TV, in convention shows, at Kennywood Amusement Park and Six Flags Over Georgia’s Crystal Pistol. She has won numerous 1st places and best over-all awards in Regional and National solo, duet/trio and group competitions. Yvonne is a member of the production team for the Distinguished Young Woman of Georgia program. The Georgia DYW program has won numerous national awards for choreography and production. Since 1993 she has been a member of Dance Masters of America where she held the office of Secretary/Treasurer as well as Scholarship Chairman for her local chapter. Yvonne continues to take classes by not only participating in local workshops but also traveling to New York City where she has studied with the late Luigi as well as at Broadway Dance Center and to Buffalo for the accredited Dance Masters of America's Teacher Training School where she is a Post Graduate having successfully passed her Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acrobatics and Modern exams.

Gigi Stoneback

Ms. Gigi began dancing at age 3 and has had training in all areas of dance. Gigi began competing at age 5 and realized that she excelled in the areas of Jazz and Acrobatics. She began focusing her training in these areas. She has her certification in acrobatics and jazz through Dance Masters of America. Upon entering high school, she found an outlet in these two areas through competitive cheerleading where she was part of an award winning traveling squad. In January 1994, she was part of the Halftime Show for Super Bowl XXVIII. She also has performed for Paramount Productions in convention shows. Throughout her years of competing she has won many 1st place solo and group awards as well as many overall awards. She continues her dance education through participating in workshops and studying in New York City.

Stephanie Hagwood

Ms. Stephanie began her dance career locally, at Collins Hill High School, where she performed lead roles in many productions like "Urban Streets" & "The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up".While there, she was the Chapter President in the founding year of the Nu Delta Alpha dance fraternity; and continued her passion to effect the community through dance by being a member of Sigma Rho Delta in college. She studied Dance Education & Choreography at Shenandoah University in Winchester VA. During her time there she performed professionally with Joy Of Motion Dance Company under the direction of Elena Daymude in Washington DC. She is a member of Dance Masters of America where she is certified in Modern. Since returning to GA she has taught & choreographed at several studios in and around the Lawrenceville/Suwanee area. Stephanie currently resides in Lawrenceville GA with her husband and their two children. When not at the studio she can be found working as a part time teachers assistant at Oakmeadow Montessori School or volunteering with various ministry groups at Life Church International.

Ashton Antinazi

Ms. Ashton is a graduate of Georgia College and State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a double Minor in Dance and Spanish. Ashton began dancing at the age of 3 at NGAD and received training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Acrobatics and Lyrical/Modern. Ms. Ashton has performed in GCSU college productions including Anything Goes, The Birds, Rocky Horror Picture Show and the Annual GCSU Dance Minor Concert. During college she was inducted into Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honorary and Alpha Psi Omega Theater Fraternity. She began teaching while at NGAD during her High School years and continued at the GCSU Community Dance School. Ms. Ashton has put several pieces on the NGAD Elite Dancers which have won Awards at the Dance Masters of America Competition in Chattanooga, TN. Ms. Ashton is a certified member of Dance Masters of America and looks forward to sharing her passion for dance with the children at North Georgia Academy of Dance.

Christine Puckett

Ms. Christine began taking her first dance lessons at age 5 and has loved dancing ever since. She has trained in several different disciplines of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical/modern, and hip-hop. While in middle school she was a cheerleader and competed in cheerleading competitions. During high school she was involved in The Collins Hill Dance Theatre where she performed annually in the very popular The Nutcracker All Jazzed Up and several spring recitals. While she was a member of the NGAD Elite Dancers she had the opportunity to dance at several venues including Festival of Trees, Jazz on Tap, and BalletFest. She has also competed in the Mid-South Dance Masters Chapter #41Competition and received numerous gold and Platinum awards. Miss Christine is also actively involved in the pageant community and has held the titles of Miss Forsyth Relay Queen, Miss North Georgia, Miss Cherokee Fair Queen, Cobb’s Beautiful Miss, and Miss Georgia State. She has a major in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Dance. She is thankful and greatly enjoys her opportunity to share her love of dance with other through being a teacher at North Georgia Academy of Dance.

Karen Neely

Ms. Karen is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with a major in Management Information Systems. She has studied dance as a hobby for more years than she cares to admit. Karen has been associated with studios in Alabama and Georgia, and has taught jazz and ballet to students of all ages. Karen is an active volunteer for the Distinguished Young Woman program. She was the co-director of the Madison County Junior Miss program in Alabama for 10 years, where she often assisted with choreography duties. Upon her move to the Atlanta area, she become involved with the Distinguished Young Women of Georgia program where her daughter was named North Gwinnett's Junior Miss in 2011. Ms. Karen has a deep love for the arts and is always excited to be back in the studio.