Meet Your Dream Team

Footprints Dance Alliance does not just have a faculty, but a  "Dream Team"devoted to helping your dancer realize and accomplish their dreams. Your Footprints Dream Team will cherish the growth and development of each and every one of your dancers! 

Bonnie's passion for dance is easily defined by her thirty five years of dance training and over twenty years of being a dance educator. As a thirty year Forsyth County native and a graduate of Forsyth Central High School, she loves being able to give back to the community that gave her so much joy growing up. Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Leadership with a Dance Minor from The University of Alabama. She is also a member of Dance Educators of Amercia, who through rigorous tests and demonstrative examinations certify only the most qualified dance instructors. Bonnie’s first professional dance job was at the young age of sixteen when she performed in the 1996 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony held in Atlanta, Georgia. After completing her Associate of Science Degree in Education from Georgia Perimeter College, Bonnie made the move to Orlando, Florida to dance professionally at Walt Disney World in a multitude of parades and shows. Her most notable performances include Woody’s Cowboy Camp, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Parade and the Disney Dreams Come True Parade at the infamous Magic Kingdom, as well as High School Musical at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While with Disney, Bonnie was featured in many vacation planning and marketing materials as well as many major network television shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. She was also invited to perform in industrial shows for Herabalife International. Bonnie is the resident Choreographer for Forsyth Central High School and has choreographed over 10 full length Broadway style musicals including Guys and Dolls, The Adams Family, Crazy For You, 42nd Street and How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Outside of the dance industry, Bonnie has been a Middle School Language Arts, Bible and History Teacher as well as a PreK teacher. However, she considers her greatest accomplishment to be wife to her Husband, Kevin and Mommy to her very energetic son, Zach. To God be ALL the Glory and Roll Tide Roll! Psalm 46:5

 

Kevin, co-owner and husband of Bonnie Dixon, serves as the director of Business Development.  Kevin steps into Footprints while also serving as AVP of Business Development for his Full Time job at Envista Forensics.  He has served in many leadership roles in his 16 year career, and brings a wealth of sales and management experience to the Footprints Dream Team.  He will also assist with any of your questions and concerns, while congruently working closely with Bonnie to move Footprints in the direction of having your dancer’s dreams come true.  

Owners

Bonnie and Kevin Dixon

Taylor is currently a Senior (with a ballet concentration) at Kennesaw State University. She received her dance training at Steps of Faith LLC from ages 4-18 as well as performing in the company from ages 8-18. She has assisted and taught dance since 16 years of age, as well as teaching preschool for The Trinity School and Excel Christian School. She recently completed a very exciting semester working at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida before returning to finish up her degree. Taylor's charming and bubbly personality mixed with her incredible heart for the Lord, make here a Faculty favorite. We are honored to have Miss. Taylor as our incredible Primary Program Director!

Primary Program Director |  Master Instructor

Taylor Gilliam

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Emily is a product of nearly 2 decades of dance training. She began her dance career at Medina Centre for Dance Art in Medina Ohio in 2000. She had the amazing opportunity during middle school to dance with both The Cincinnati Ballet and The San Jose Ballet for their Nutcracker seasons. When her family moved to Athens Georgia in 2009, she attended Alice DePass Studio of Dance for a year before continuing her studies at The Studio Dance Academy. During her senior year of high school Emily auditioned for and was accepted into the dance programs at both The University of Georgia and Kennesaw State University. After visiting both departments Emily decided to further her education with The Department of Dance at Kennesaw State University. The summer after Emily graduated from high school she spent the summer training in The Atlanta Ballet’s advanced summer intensive where she honed her ballet technique.

During her studies at Kennesaw State University she was a part of the KSU Dance Company for 5 consecutive semesters, and performed works set and choreographed by Christine Welker and McCree O’Kelley. She had the opportunity to perform a work set by Christine Welker at the Cobb Energy Center in 2015 and a work choreographed by McCree O’Kelley at the Alabama Dance Festival in 2016. During her senior year Emily was a part of the stage crew for Metamorphosis, an evening length work by Ivan Pulinkala, which opened the new dance theater at KSU. Her last semester at Kennesaw State University, Emily had the privilege of choreographing and setting her own work on 5 members of the KSU Dance Company which was performed in the new dance theater. Emily graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University in May 2017 and earned her Bachelor of the Arts in Dance with a concentration in Ballet and a minor in Management. Emily returned to her hometown of Athens, Georgia after finishing her BA to teach at Premier Twirl Dance Cheer as their senior Dance Instructor. In June 2018 Emily accepted a position at North Point Community Church as a Leadership Resident and moved to Cumming, Georgia in August 2018. She is currently continuing her educational career at Dallas Theological Seminary to earn her Masters in Christian Leadership and is working as an assistant to the lead pastor of North Point Community Church.

Company Ballet Mistress

Emily Behtz

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Kali Bailey is so excited to join the Footprints Dream Team! Kali is the proud Mom of two beautiful children, Sophia and Bryson, who both attend Christ the King Lutheran Preschool. Kali and her family have lived in Cumming the past two years and absolutely love it! Kali previously danced for eight years, while simultaneously competing in competitive cheerleading for ten years. Her favorite memory is competing at the Cheerleading World Championships with Gymtyme Allstars, a well known and highly elite competitive cheerleading squad based in Kentucky. While attending college, Mrs. Kali coached gymnastics and fell in love with coaching the next generation of athletes. Kali is so excited to have the title of "Mrs. Kali" again at Footprints! She can't wait to meet and the Footprints dancers and teach them Tumbling and Acrobatics. Mrs. Kali's sweet disposition and love for her students makes her a tremendous asset to the Footprints Dream Team! 

Passion All-Stars Program Director | Master Instructor

Kali Bailey

Robert grew up in the Pacific Northwest as a marital arts student and instructor. Robert found a love for Hip Hop and Pop and Lock through the weight transitions and stamina found within the martial arts. Robert has performed in many Hip Hop battles across the Southeast and brings his incredible energy and effervescent personality to his dance home at FDA. Robert has quickly become a Dream Team favorite with his combination of compassion and love for his students and passion for his craft. While not in the classroom, Robert works as a Realtor with R Squared Properties where he helps newcomers to the Atlanta area find their forever home. 

Hip Hop Instructor

Robert King

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Dana is excited to be at Footprints and coming back home! Originally from Cumming, she has a history of musical theatre experience in performances such as Footloose, White Christmas, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and Into the Woods in addition to her technical experience with Footprints. She recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development and a minor in Communications. Dana loves working with children and helping them realize their full potential. Between her love for performance and her love for teaching, she is excited and ready to help her students discover all that the Lord has in store for them! 

Associate Instructor

Dana Anderson-Miller

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Amy began dancing professionally when she was 12 years old. She has appeared in numerous television commercials, live industrials, and musicals. Most of her summers growing up were spent performing at Lake Lanier Islands, Stone Mountain Park, Six Flags over Georgia, and 7 seasons in the summer musical series at Callaway Gardens. Other favorite dance credits include: the 1992 Closing Ceremonies in Barcelona, Un Ballo in Maschera with the Atlanta Opera, the New Year’s Day Spectacular at Royal Albert Hall in London, and a regional tour with Elton John for his AIDS Foundation. Amy competed regionally and nationally with the Barbara Bramble DanceCenter; and was a member of the Atlanta Jazz Theatre’s professional ensemble under the leadership of Dan Youmans. At Florida State University, Amy shifted her focus from dance to a career filmmaking. As a film and television executive, she has worked for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Lary Simpson Productions in Los Angeles; as well as Oprah Winfrey’s Oxygen Network in New York; and as a screenwriter, she is a member of the Writers Guild of America. Recently, Amy circled back to her performing arts roots, directing and choreographing children’s theatre at the Orbit Arts Academy in Sandy Springs. She is excited to be a guest choreographer for the Footprints Dance Alliance where she can share her lifetime love of dance with the company members. 

Master Instructor  |  Guest Choreographer

Amy Kennedy

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Mary Hayes holds a BA in Theatre and Secondary Education from Furman University and an MFA in Acting from the University of Georgia (Athens). In addition, she has been dancing since she was three! She spent several years in childhood working in film/tv commercials and has always loved being onstage!  She spent her youth studying ballet, tap and musical theatre.  Her early training through high school was with Mary Lynn Taylor, Bo Wagner and Nancy Tolbert -Yilmaz at the Tolbert-Yilmaz School, where she was a member of the Roswell Dance Theatre Company.  From 2000-2006 Mary Hayes ran Celtic De Santa Fe School & Company in Santa Fe, NM.  Her students competed extensively with CRN and performed with Natalie MacMaster, Eileen Ivers (original fiddler with Riverdance) and the Trinity Irish Dance Company.  In 2006, she moved back home to Atlanta with husband, Chris & son, Bobby,   She is the Theatre Instructor at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, GA,  and the co-owner of THE OFF BROADWAY CLOSET costume rental house with her mother Lyn Shiver .Though TNT has had many homes since 2006 (beginning in her mother's basement!) the group consistently wins awards in Open Platform competitions, and performs locally for all types of events!   Mary Hayes is a strong proponent of Open Platform Irish Dancing, loves teaching and sharing Irish Dance with students of all ages. 

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To Find Out More About Irish Dance At Footprints Visit:

www.tntirishdance.com

Adjunct Master Instructor  |  Tir Na Tralee Irish Dance

Mary Hayes-Ernst

Ben is a freshman at the University of North Georgia and has been dancing his entire high school career. As a graduate of Footprints Dance Alliance, he is very excited to be assisting classes at Footprints and working diligently with every student to inspire them to work hard to make all their dreams come true! Ben is a former recipient of the Footprints "Angel Award" for his dedication to making all of his fellow dancers smile and enjoy their time at the studio.

Associate Instructor

Ben Anderson

"Mama T", as she is affectionately known, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the State University of New York College at Brockport. Her previous professional positions have included advertising and sales at Time Warner and a Professional Dance Instructor in New York. Tara has a heart for others that is exemplified in her involvement with "Dress a Girl Around the World" and being a product supplier for OM Hope Ships. She has also spent many hours volunteering with underprivileged children and families overseas in Romania. Tara is a mother of four children, certified substitute teacher with Forsyth County Schools, Wrestling and Football Mom at West Forsyth High School and crafting expert! She takes her position as Production Coordinator very seriously, as she understands the time and effort each family and student dedicates to making our productions amazing! She wants every Footprints student to have a wonderful experience and continue to seek the joy found in the art of dance.

Parent Concierge  |  Production Coordinator

Tara "Mama T" Corcimiglia

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