At the age of 5, I began studying dance in Atlanta with J. Frank Leitzsey. There were no dance schools in Douglasville back in the ‘60s, and I thank God that my parents made that trip to Atlanta every week so that I could dance! After Mr. Leitzsey’s school closed, I began dancing at Douglasville School of Dance. I began assisting and teaching at DSD and then had my dream of owning a dance school come true! In 1983, my husband and I purchased DSD. We have been the owners for almost 40 years. I love teaching tap to our middle & high school students! I continue to be blessed each year by each of our dance families and the DSD staff. A life-long resident of Douglasville, my husband and I are the proud parents of 3 adult sons and 2 very precious granddaughters!
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.
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.
Lakin Tucker is an alumna of Douglasville School of Dance where she began her dance training at the age of four. Lakin began assisting at DSD during high school and continued to assist and teach during college. Lakin has worked with all ages at DSD. Currently, she teaches our elementary age dancers, and works with Kickline, our tap performing group. Lakin is a graduate of the University of West Georgia with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education. She is very excited to be back teaching dance in conjunction with her teaching career in the Douglas County School System. While Lakin is a Douglasville native, she currently lives in Smyrna.
Emily Buff is an alumna of Douglasville School of Dance where she began her dance training at age three. She has been trained in tap, ballet, jazz, and she performed in DSD’s Kickline and Elite Performers. Her love of dance translated into a love for all types of performing arts and she began to pursue theatre and choreography opportunities at the age of 16. Emily attended Birmingham-Southern College where she continued to pursue dance and theatre at the collegiate level. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Collaborative Education and now teaches kindergarten in the Douglas County School System. Emily currently teaches contemporary and jazz at DSD, and she also works with our performing groups.
Eryn Eaton started her dance training at Douglasville School of Dance at the age of three. Throughout these 15 years of dance, she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe, and contemporary. She also has participated in Douglasville School of Dance’s Junior, Senior and Elite performers as well as Kickline. While she was a student in dance, she assisted and helped out in younger classes. Eryn is currently a student at West Georgia Technical College, where she is studying psychology and childhood education. Eryn is excited to be a part of the staff at Douglasville School of Dance because it has allowed her to pursue her passion for dance with the pleasure of teaching others. Her goal is to teach students to dance with their hearts and express themselves with their movements.
Olivia Wise started dancing at various dance studios from the age of four and spent her high school years at DSD training in ballet, pointe, tap, contemporary, and jazz. She participated in Kickline for three years, Senior Performers for two years, and Elite Performers for two years. This year, she will have assisted at DSD for four years and taught for two years. While teaching at DSD, Olivia is an Honors College student at the University of West Georgia where she plans to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Education with a Major in Speech-Language Pathology. Olivia taught pre-jazz last year and is excited to move on to her next adventure in teaching beginning pointe this year. She hopes to inspire her dancers to be the best that they can be through hard work, dedication, and motivation.
Blakey has been dancing since she was three years old. She began her training at DSD at the age of 9 through her senior year of high school. During her time as a student at DSD, she trained in tap, ballet, jazz, pointe and contemporary. Blakley has a strong passion for dance and fitness. She is very excited to be teaching dance and to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance with her students. Her goal is to inspire students to have the confidence to express themselves through dance, regardless of what may be going on in the world around them. Dancing is a form of expression, not impression. Blakley resides locally with her husband and three children.
Left to Right: Savannah Phillips and Laura Pirkle