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Yvonne Antinazi - Owner / Director

...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 Georgia Distinguished Young Woman program. The Georgia DYW program has won numerous national awards for choreography and production. She is a member of Mid-South Dance Masters Chapter 41 where she currently holds the office of Secretary/Treasurer as well as Scholarship Chairman. She has been a member of the DMA organization since 1993. Yvonne continues to take classes by not only participating in local workshops but also traveling to New York City to study with Luigi and 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

Miss 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 and is a member of Mid-South Dance Masters Chapter 41. 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. 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.

Olivia Rochon

Ms. Olivia is a graduate of Kean University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management as well as an MBA in Business Management from Regis University. Olivia began dancing at the age of 3 at Moderne Academie of Fine Arts in Scotch Plains, NJ and received training in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop and Lyrical. She began competing in several local and national dance competitions such as DMA, MBC, and Showstoppers in solo and group Tap, Jazz, and Novelty Jazz categories, as well as Duet Lyrical. Received several 1st place solo awards and 1st place National awards. She attended several workshops with ADTNJ as a student and teacher. Received several scholarships from ADTNJ for Jazz. Ms. Olivia performed in numerous community theater productions such as Bye Bye Birdie, Oliver, Really Rosie, The Me Nobody Knows, and Anything Goes. During college, she became a member of the Kean University dance team. She began teaching while in college at MAFA as an Adult Jazz aerobics class instructor and expanded into teaching Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Jazz, Intermediate Tap, and Intermediate/Advanced Lyrical. She also created the first Hip- Hop program at MAFA and expanded the program to include the first all Boys Hip Hop class. Ms. Olivia looks forward each day to sharing her passion for dance with children of all ages at North Georgia Academy of Dance.

Christine Puckett

Miss 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 America's 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 Georgia DYW program. Karen is a member of the production team for Georgia's DYW and has been awarded many national awards including the Best Overall Program award for the 2001 program.