The Faculty


IMG_5405Dan Youmans is the Artistic Director of Dan & Company Studios, Dan is considered across the nation to be a master of Musical Comedy. A native Atlantan and graduate of the University of Georgia, Mr. Youmans began his career as a young dancer with Six Flags, and Theatre of the Stars. After touring the country with numerous musicals, including “Fiddler on the Roof”, “Hello Dolly”, “Music Man”, “Cabaret”, and “Man of La Mancha”, Dan returned to Atlanta to establish Dan & Company Studios and the Atlanta Jazz Theatre Dance Company. In addition to directing the Studio and the Dance Company, Mr. Youmans also stages and choreographs numerous musical events, including television and arena, throughout the Southeast. He was lead Choreographer for the Closing Ceremonies for the Paralympics in 1992 in Barcelona, Spain, and for the Atlanta Paralympics in 1996. Dan is currently creating choreography for the First Baptist Church of Atlanta, Mt. Paran North, and is serving as Director of Sacred Dance for the new Performing Arts Academy of the Salvation Army in Suwannee, Ga.


Photo Aug 02, 6 13 37 PMTina Youmans Hidalgo began her training in Atlanta with the Atlanta Jazz Theatre and Dan and Company Studios. While in Atlanta, she danced in numerous industrial shows, fashion shows, and the Miss Georgia Pageant. She began teaching and choreographing around the sotheast by the age of 17, and teaching for Dance Masters of America at 18.

Tina performed at Walt Disney World for three years where she was a featured Explosion Dancer at “Pleasure Island” under the direction of Maria Terranova. Tina has also been the choreographer and assistant choreographer for many National industrial shows and performances, including Karastan, Headress Ball, and other Disney Conventions. Since returning to Atlanta, she continues teaching at Dan and Company and focuses on choreography, most recently for Walt Disney World Audition tour and the Disney/Spelman Theatre project for the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta. As company manager, for the Atlanta Jazz theatre her primary focus is the Atlanta Jazz Theatre company, it’s dancers, choreographers, and future.


Photo Aug 02, 6 06 59 PMNoah Miller is an Alum of the Atlanta Jazz Theatre company. He actually started his relationship with the stage at AJT and Dan and Company. Noah continued his training at North Springs High School, completing dual magnet programs in both Dance and Drama. He then moved to NYC where he earned a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he starred in, as well as produced his own work over 5 years in NYC. Noah then moved to Los Angeles to work on a film and music career and trained for 4 years with The Groundlings, Risa Bramon, and world renown choreographer Ryan Heffington. Noah made his television debut with NBC’s GAME OF SILENCE, which coincidentally shot in his hometown of Atlanta Georgia inspiring a relocation, thus making it possible for him to return to his roots to teach for Dan & Company.

 


Photo Aug 02, 6 10 30 PMKatrina Loncaric grew up and trained with both Dan & Company and Atlanta Jazz Theatre, and has since been blessed with sharing her dancing and singing talents all around the world.  Most notably, Katrina was in the Broadway production of the Mel Brooks musical The Producers, where she not only danced in the Ensemble, but also performed as the Understudy to the female lead, Ulla.

In addition to Broadway, she performed in the Las Vegas production of The Producers sharing the stage with Tony Danza and David Hasselhoff, and most recently with Atlanta’s Theatre of the Stars production at The Fabulous Fox.  Katrina was a Feature Singer and Showgirl in the long running Las Vegas spectacular, Don Arden’s Jublilee!  She has been seen around the world traveling as a Cabaret Vocalist with Azamara Club Cruises where in addition to performing in the ship’s production shows, she regularly took the stage in her own “One-Woman Cabaret”.  Katrina holds a B.A. in Communication Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, and has studied and performed Improv and Sketch Comedy with The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, Second City, and The Groundlings in New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.  She also has a long running voiceover career.  Some favorite musical regional credits include: A Chorus Line (Judy); Crazy For You (Irene); Damn Yankees (Lola);  and Hair (Jeannie).  When Katrina is not teaching the future stars of tomorrow, she is spending time with her own little star, James.


Photo Aug 02, 6 14 42 PMAmber Runyan received her professional training on scholarship from Pacific Northwest Ballet School where she had the opportunity to perform in the world premiere of Bruce Wells “Pinocchio” as well as “The Nutcracker”. She then attended the Graduate Program at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre before accepting a Traineeship with North Carolina Dance Theatre. During her time there she had the privilege to work closely with Patricia McBride and performed in productions of “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, and “Serenade”, in addition to other new works.

Amber returned to her home state to dance professionally with The Georgia Ballet where she has been able to enhance her artistry by working with various choreographers in classical and contemporary styles. She is happy to return to the Atlanta area to share her love of dance with the next generation. Amber is currently Ballet Mistress of Dan and Company Studios

 


Photo Aug 02, 6 03 22 PMJennifer Chalk is originally from Marietta GA. Jennifer attended the University of Alabama on a dance performance scholarship where she received the Excellence in Choreography Award. Jennifer holds herBachelors of Dance and Kinesiology.

Her professional credits include Carnival Cruise Lines, Steps on Broadway in New York and Walt Disney World. Jennifer has had the opportunity to work with many astute choreographers and has showcased her work for a number of years in the competition realm of dance. Her work as won panoply recognition as well as high honors at dance convocations. Jennifer is excited to be a part of the Dan & Company faculty!

 


Photo Aug 02, 5 59 04 PMAJ Paug is from Acworth, GA where he started his training in dance and theatre at Woodland High School for the performing arts. AJ received his classical dance and choreography training at Kennesaw State University under the direction of Ivan Pulinkala. AJ has been choreographing and teaching for 11 years and is in high demand for his creativity and unique use of fusing both genres of contemporary and hip-hop dance. AJ has taught and choreographed award winning competition and concert dances at studios such as Dan and Co., Gotta Dance Contemporary, Great Gig Dance Co., North Georgia Dance Arts, and The Royal Dance Academy. From 2011-2016 AJ has choreographed citywide events and festivals including Flashmobs, Blacklight Shows and Arial Silks for the city of Suwanee. For the past four years AJ has ran and lead his own after school dance program in Fulton County for the Royal Dance Academy, under the direction of Sarah Haslock-Johnson. AJ is the lead choreographer of the KINGSMEN, the official hip-hop crew for the RDA. AJ is now the Hip-Hop director at the Royal Dance Academy. AJ is part of award winning Kollective dance crew. AJ is one of the Artistic Directors of Gotta Dance Contemporary and has helped produced their last two shows JUXTAPOSE, SURFACE, and I This House. AJ is also skilled in music and video editing and is a part of Bush Jumping, Polly Visuals, Why Not Production team that has provided countless promotional/concept videos for Atlanta based artist. Violinist.


Photo Aug 02, 6 11 44 PMChelsea Rousseau Henson grew up in Marietta, GA and is a Dan & Co. Alumni! She also attended Atlanta Ballet and Graduated early from Pebblebrook High School for the Performing Arts as a dance major and vocal and drama minor. She went on to college at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and quickly signed with the Bloc Agency in New York City. After a short time in NYC, she was hired as an Actors Equity Performer at Walt Disney World where she performed in Beauty and the Beast, Tarzan Rocks, Christmas Parades and other televised events. During her time in Florida, Chelsea was also hired for many ‘gigs’ around the nation. She later became the Female Dance Captain for the inaugural cast of the Disney Fantasy where she worked with various professionals including Neil Patrick Harris and Spencer Liff of SYTYCD! After traveling the East/West Caribbean, she took her travels to Europe where she performed with Norwegian Cruise Lines as a dancer and aerialist. She has also been trained in and has taught Ballroom dance. Chelsea couldn’t be more excited to be back at Dan and Co. with a dance “family” that’s always stayed close to her heart!


unnamed (1)Tessa Castellano Born in Atlanta, Tessa Castellano began dancing before she was three years old, and trained with the Atlanta Ballet. At the start of high school, she entered the conservatory program at the royal dance academy in Suwanee Georgia, where she was able to focus on increasing her versatility with jazz, modern, and contemporary classes while also studying the RAD ballet technique. She completed all vocational RAD syllabus exams with the highest honor of distinction, qualifying her for the Adeline Gennee International Ballet Competition. She attended the 2014 competition in Antwerp, Belgium and reached the semi-finals. Tessa has spent summers at numerous intensives across the nation including Boca Ballet Theater, Milwaukee Ballet, English National Ballet, Ballet Austin, Kirov Academy, Orlando Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet. In the 2015-16 season, Tessa was a student trainee/pre-professional student with the Georgia Ballet and is now in her second year as a full-time Company member. As a professional she has performed rolls in the Georgia Ballet’s Peter Pan, the Nutcracker, and Sleeping Beauty, as well as choreographing her own work on company members. Tessa is very excited to become a part of Dan & Company’s artistic staff.


unnamedErin Cronin A native of Georgia, Erin began dancing at Rhythm Dance Center located in Marietta. From the age of five to eighteen, Erin trained in Rhythm’s Performing Company under the direction of Becca Moore and Dani Rosenberg. Her training spans the disciplines of ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, lyrical and musical theatre. Around the age of 15, Erin also began training at Metropolitan Ballet Theatre where she studied classical ballet under the direction of Maniya Barredo. Her training included ballet, pointe, partnering, and modern. At 23 years old, Erin is currently studying Exercise Science at Georgia State University. This year Erin completed her 3rd season traveling with Chebar Williams as her ballet assistant for NUVO Dance Convention. Most recently, Erin signed with MSA south as a dancer and is excited to continue to pursue her professional career in dance.


Photo Aug 02, 6 01 19 PMJennifer Parvin Jennifer started dancing at the young age of two with Barbara Bramble dance center in Tucker, GA. She has loved dance ever since. Jennifer began competing at the age of six and went on to win and participate in numerous National Dance Competitions all over the country. While in Middle School Jennifer was a member of the chorus for International Ballet Rotaru performing Nutcracker, Swann Lake and Giselle at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Jennifer is also a former Miss. Dekalb County. Jennifer graduated from the Apprentice program at Van Nuys Performing Arts Center in Van Nuys, California. While living in California Jennifer had the opportunity to work on many music videos and movies including working with Snoop Dog, Melissa Etheridge and NSYNC to name a few. Jennifer has been teaching since the age of fifteen and is looking forward to continuing to inspire and guide young dancers to reach their goals. Jennifer is trained in all forms of dance and currently resides in Duluth with her husband Chris, son David and daughter Avery. 


Photo Aug 02, 5 57 16 PMMati Anderson Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, Mati Anderson has had the opportunity, throughout her education in dance, to train all over the world with many dance companies, institutions, and festivals including NYU: Tisch School of the Arts, The American Ballet Theatre, The Radio City Rockettes, AbrahaminMotion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The American Dance Festival, Florence Dance Company, and others. Mati graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in December 2016, obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Mati is a company member with Gotta Dance Contemporary, Fuerta Dance Company, and Underground Ballet. Mati also teaches in conjunction with choreographing at dance studios around the southeastern region in addition to teaching Pure Barre in the Atlanta area. She is ecstatic to be in her second season with Dan and Company!

 


Photo Aug 02, 6 02 28 PMHaley Jenkins Haley Jenkins is from Suwanee, GA and received the majority of her dance training at Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance. Throughout her training, she trained with tap greats like Brenda Bufalino, Mike Minery, Mike Schulster, and countless others. She obtained a degree in Health Promotion and Behavior at the University of Georgia, specializing in injury prevention for dancers and continues to implement her specialty in all of her classes. Haley has been teaching and choreographing on and off for 8 years, and is currently sought after by many studios for her versatility and expertise in rhythm and broadway tap. Haley continues to work professionally in the dance and film industries and was recently cast in her first movie, Step Sisters, due to release December 2017. She also works continually with Gotta Dance Contemporary as a professional member under the direction of Rachel Truitt and AJ Paug, and is sought out by many other notable affiliations such as Stephan Reynolds, Element Acrobats, Kollaboration ATL, and many others. She is also one of the original cast members for the newly released, up and coming, tap show, Tap-A-Ce-Tic, where tap and rhythms are taken to new limits. She aspires to instill self confidence and self expression in all of her students while hopefully creating a new love and appreciation for tap and rhythms!