Located in Douglasville, Georgia
We are a dance & drama studio offering classes in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, hip hop, contemporary, and drama to children ages 3 years through high school.
Certified by: Dance Educators of America
Benefits of our program: adult teachers, 2 large dance rooms, professional wood floors, classes divided by both age and ability, performing groups, Christmas & Summer Recitals, and Summer Program.
For 42 years, Douglasville School of Dance has been a family and community based dance studio. We take pride in offering a quality dance program in a loving and nurturing atmosphere. Our programs instill the values of goal setting, perseverance, and a positive self-esteem along with the fun and enjoyment of dancing. Our goal is to give each dancer the opportunity to develop her own love of dance in a safe and non-competitive environment.
Our policy is to place each child in the class best suited for her age, dance experience & ability. We consider it a privilege to have your child in our dance program & will give each child quality dance instruction in a caring atmosphere during this dance year.
Meet the Team
Sheryl Clay - Owner /Director
Little did I know that in 1975 when Libba Tishaw started Douglasville School of Dance that this was the beginning of my childhood dream coming true! At the age of 5, I began studying dance in Atlanta with J. Frank Leitzsey. There were no dance schools in Douglasville back in 1966. I began dancing at Douglasville School of Dance in 1977. God was truly giving me the desires of my heart. In June, 1984, my husband and I purchased DSD. I continue to be blessed each year by each of our dance families and the DSD staff.
Nicole Crook - Office Manager /Co-Director
Nicole Crook is an alumna of Douglasville School of Dance where she began her dance training at the age of 5. Nicole began assisting at DSD during high school and has been teaching for over 20 years. She continues her dance training during summer programs at The Atlanta Ballet. Nicole works with all ages in the areas of ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and pointe. She also manages the office and assists Ms. Sheryl with directing DSD. A graduate of the State University of West Georgia, Nicole also holds a Master's Degree in business administration. Nicole lives in Douglasville with her husband and son, and loves being a part of the DSD family!
Kristen Holloway - Instructor
Kristen Holloway has been a member of the Douglasville School of Dance family for many years. At the age of 5, she began her dance training at DSD. After high school she began teaching dance and has taught students of all ages. Currently, she enjoys teaching younger elementary and preschool age dancers. Kristen has participated in classes at various Atlanta dance schools and has attended many dance conventions over the years. She lives in Winston with her husband Matt and their three children; Jacob, Georgia and Maddie.
Tammika Wiley - Instructor
Tamikka Wiley, hip hop dance instructor, is enjoying her first year teaching at Douglasville School of Dance. She received her early training at Dallas Dance School in ballet, jazz, and tap. Tamikka has danced for over 20 years and as a young adult, she choreographed many routines for various age groups. Currently, in addition to hip hop at DSD, she does praise dances. Tamikka is a graduate of Georgia State University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Spanish. She and her husband reside in the Paulding County Area with their son and daughter.
Arielle Graham - Instructor
Arielle Graham, graduate of Douglasville School of Dance, is currently teaching contemporary at DSD. She is also the instructor for our off-site dance program at a local Pre-school. Arielle graduated from South Paulding High School and took a gap year before college. She will begin a study in discipleship and dance in Australia in 2017. Dance has been Arielle's passion since she was 3 years old and will keep dancing until the Lord leads her elsewhere!
Whitney Constein - Instructor
Whitney Constien is an alumna of Douglasville School of Dance where she began her dance training at the age of three. During her 15 years of dance experience, which include training in tap, ballet, jazz, and pointe, she also participated in DSD's Kickline Performing Group. Whitney is a graduate of Kennesaw State University with a B.S. in Human Services with a concentration in Nonprofit Administration. Whitney's love for dance and passion to serve others has her excited to be on staff at DSD. Her hope and prayer is to be the light of Christ to each of her students and to help them expand their love of dance on many levels.
Alexandria Timmons - Instructor
Alexandria Timmons is enjoying her first year as instructor at Douglasville School of Dance. She works with high school students teaching contemporary and jazz. She earned her B.S. Degree in Forensic Chemistry from Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Alexandria has danced for over 23 years and enjoys impacting lives through dance!
Mahaley Hallmark - Instructor
Mahaley Hallmark is an alumna of Douglasville School of Dance where she began her dance training at the age of 2. In the years to follow, Mahaley developed a passion for dance and for Douglasville School of Dance. Her dance training includes the areas of tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, contemporary and some hip-hop. Outside of the dance studio, she was nominated for dance leadership for 3 consecutive years in her high school musical productions. Mahaley also plays a vital role in the drama program at her church. In addition to instructing dance at DSD, Mahaley is currently working on her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of West Georgia. When she’s not at the studio or at school, Ms. Mahaley is usually with her family or working to assist the youth program at her church. 🙂
Chelsea Payne - Instructor
Bio coming soon.
Cindi Winstead - Drama Instructor
Originally from Alabama, I studied Theatre at Sanford University in Birmingham, and have lived in the Douglasville area for over 20 years. During that time I have worked with many local theatre groups including Carroll County Community Theatre, The Starfish Players, All Community Theatre and The Main Street Players. Over the years I have been blessed with the opportunity to act in such diverse productions as : Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, Our Town, Little Women, Steele Magnolias, Servant of Two Masters, St. Joan, Fiddler on the Roof and Last of the Red Hot Lovers, to name just a few. When I’m not on the stage, I can often be found in the director’s chair. Over the last year I have directed both The Crucible and The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged for the Carroll County Community Theatre, as well as my first foray into children’s theatre with Junie B. Jones; Jingle Bells, Batman Smells for the Starfish Players. Currently I am acting as assistant director for CCCT’s upcoming production of Beauty and the Beast. My wonderful husband and I have four children. I am an active member of Bright Star United Methodist Church and currently serve on the Board of Director’s for Carroll County Community Theatre.
Little did I know that in 1975 when Libba Tishaw started DOUGLASVILLE SCHOOL OF DANCE that this was the beginning of my childhood dream coming true! At the age of 5, I began studying dance in Atlanta with J. Frank Leitzsey. There were no dance schools in Douglasville back in 1966. I began dancing at DOUGLASVILLE SCHOOL OF DANCE in 1977 where it was originally located in the Market Square Shopping Center on Highway 5. In the early 1980's I began assisting and teaching in some of the dance classes. My dream was to one day be the owner of a dance school. In 1983, Ms. Libba approached me about buying the dance studio. God was truly giving me the desires of my heart. In June, 1984, my husband and I purchased DOUGLASVILLE SCHOOL OF DANCE. We remained at the Market Square location through May, 1989. God continued to bless our school when we were able to open in our brand new building at West Stewart Mill Road in the fall of 1989. In December, we performed at the Egleston's Festival of Trees in Atlanta which became an annual event for us. In the summer of 1996, we had the awesome privilege of having a group of our dancers perform in the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. In 2007, we were invited to perform in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Christmas Parade. This is a televised event, and our dancers look forward to this opportunity each December. Many of our students have assisted in our classes, and after graduating joined our teaching staff. I, along with the other teachers, have thoroughly appreciated the opportunity of teaching so many little girls over the years. God has truly poured out His blessings on our school, and I give Him the glory for its success. ~Ms. Sheryl Clay, Owner~
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