Carrollton Academy of Dance - Instructors and Staff
Carrollton Academy of Dance - "Learn. Engage. Inspire."
 


Heather
Parker -
Owner, Director, Instructor

     Heather was born and raised in Dallas, Georgia. She began dancing at the age of 2 at a metro Atlanta studio under the direct supervision of Pamela Mitchell Lambert. At the age of 14 she began assistant teaching and at the age of 16 began choreographing and instructing. At age 17 she took her first full routine to a regional competition. The routine received a Platinum award and cash prize. Heather has competed in regional and national competitions throughout the south. She embarked on her dream of owning her own studio in 2005. She taught 5 students out of a basement. Despite the restrictions of instructing in a non-studio setting, Heather's routines brought home top honors at four regional competitions and one national competition that season. These students are still with her today. In 2005 she also performed and acted as show supervisor at Six Flags Over Georgia. In 2006 Heather began teaching at CAD. Within six months of working as an instructor for the previous owner, she became the studios acting director. In that same year, Heather started the CAD Company. That summer she was offered the studio and jumped at the opportunity. Since then, under Heather's ownership and direction, the studio has tripled in enrollment and moved to a more accessible and convenient location. CAD now offers four levels of CAD Company classes, over 40 classes per week, private lessons, and is still growing! Heather continues her dance education by attending conventions and workshops throughout the southeast. At these conventions and workshops Heather has had the opportunity to learn from great choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Wade Robson, Chris Judd, Brian Friedman, LaurieAnn Gibson, and many more. She has been a part of several different community organizations by teaching dance camps to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Paulding County, and volunteering her time to the Tanner Health Systems Children's Camp and the Girl Scouts. Heather emphasizes the art of dance, technical training, age appropriate costuming and choreography, and life lessons through dance education. She hires only the best instructors who also believe in the value of teaching dance as an art form. While Heather emphasizes intensive training to her Company students, she also gives the same attention to recreational students. Each season CAD present annual productions of The Nutcracker, a Winter Extravaganza Recital, and the End of Season Recital. Students at CAD are also given the opportunity to perform at local events, attend regional and national competitions, as well as attending conventions and workshops throughout the southeast. Performance opportunities are of utmost importance to Heather. "If a child can dance on a stage with poise, grace, class, and excitement, imagine what they can achieve in life!" Heather is looking forward to many more years as studio owner. She strives to provide the best dance education in the West Georgia area, encourage high self esteem in students, and spark a passion in all through the art of dance.


 

Kamali Hill

Hailing from the Nation’s Capital, Emerging Artist, Kamali Hill began her professional career with Dissonance Dance Theater in Washington, DC while earning her B.F.A. in Dance and Choreography at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Upon graduating she was given the opportunity by Artistic Director Shawn Short, to present a new work at the end of the company’s season.  It was during the creative process of Vulnerable Confinement where Kamali decided that she wanted to establish herself as a choreographer; and create works that stimulate the subconscious and generate thought provoking conversation.
     In 2014, she was selected to present another new work Seeking Redemption in Philadelphia, PA at the Roger Lee Black History Showcase.  Shortly after, her career took off and Seeking Redemption was re-staged and presented several times throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area.  Later that year, Kamali relocated to Atlanta, GA in search of new beginnings.  Since her move she has had the opportunities to work with Fuerta Dance Company, Fieldworks at CORE, Alan Kimara Dixon, Room To Move, Corian Ellisor and T. Lang Dance.  Her newest work Keep The Body, Take The Mind is set to premier at the Rialto Center for the Arts in Januray 2016 for Dance Canvas.  Kamali is extremely grateful for the opportunities God has given her and is excited about the journey ahead.



Crystal 
Ahlberg

Crystal has performed both nationally and internationally for many years. Her professional experience includes work with Enrique Iglesias, Shop Boyz, Automotion, Shockwave, cruise ships, and several local artists. She has also performed in national television productions with America’s Best Dance Crew, the Junior Olympics, Paula Abdul and Ben Vereen. In 2013 - 2014 she was invited to teach with “Broadway Break Thru ‘s” Triple Threat convention, and has choreographed for “National Dance Alliance” located in Dallas, Texas for dance teams all over the nation. She has also choreographed multiple dance routines for Davenport University and Sienna Heights University. In the competitive world she has also judged and taught master classes for multiple dance competitions including directing one of her own called “Raw Energy dance Competition.” In addition, she has done promotional work with hotel/casinos MGM Grand, Caesars’ and Motor City. Crystal also has been a part of Dance Spirit, Strut and Six Degree’s magazines. Most recently, Crystal has begun to make her mark among the elite with her fast-paced and innovative choreography. Over the last 10 years, vast studio demand for her services has led her to host dance intensives at many different studios across the country. The students that attend the workshops are easily influenced by Crystal’s passion for dance and enjoys her magnetic personality and amazing creativity. In addition to her own work, she is affiliated with many professional dance organizations that make her the person to go to if you crave dance! Originating from Detroit, Michigan, Crystal and her family made a bold move and headed South to Atlanta, GA where she continues to teach and choreograph both locally and nationally. 


Mikey
Hollingsworth

Mikey “Mr.Mikey” Hollingsworth is an Atlanta, Georgia based dancer, choreographer, and entrepreneur who has become known as the “Gentlemen Dancer”. Growing up in Metro-Atlanta, Mikey loved to entertain people whether if it was creating something new or showing off his talents. As he grew older, he felt inspired by performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Gene Kelly, Donald O’ Connor, and Fred Astaire who have inspired many others to become something more than an entertainer. Studying these dancers with the influence of the Hip-Hop community helped create his signature dance style which is known for its comedic, house style, and explosive moves. “Mr. Mikey” started dancing at a young age with childhood friends travelling around the state of Georgia attending battles and amateur performances. He began professionally training in 2010 with friends who have established themselves within the industry. Mikey has pushed himself to train with well-established dancers and choreographers such as Jeremy Strong, Gabriel Graves, Dave Scott, Robert Hoffman, and variety of members from different dance crews across the globe. Along with his training he has able to perform with artists Machine Gun Kelly, Travis Porter, Tom P, Darth & Vader, work on networks like Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and perform at events as large as Tomorrow World. From all his good fortunes, he’s given back to the community by performing on stages for the American Cancer Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and more but not only that but continues to teach across the nation. “Mr. Mikey” continues to travel to build his passion and spread his unique style.



Bailee 
Parker

A graduate of CAD and CAD's Teacher Apprentice Program, Bailee was a member of the competitive team Parker Dance Company from the start. Her dance career began at age 2 in Dallas, GA. Her dance performances include The Nutcracker in roles of Arabian Coffee, Waltz of the Flowers, Waltz of the Snowflakes, and Sugar Plum Fairy as well as competitions throughout the southeast in which she represented CAD in group numbers, duets, trios, and as a soloist. Throughout her high school career she held individual roles in several musicals, chorus performances, and dramatic plays. After making it through the first round of auditions for SYTYCD in Atlanta, an unfortunate injury caused her to take a break from her own training. Her teaching experience began at age 16 with a studio in Dallas, GA. Her competitive choreographic debut in 2014 was consistently the highest scoring routine in the duet/trio division at multiple competitions for PDC that season. She is looking forward to getting back into her own training as well as starting school to pursue a degree in nursing. A favorite with our youngest dancers, Miss Bailee has a gift for teaching ages 3-5. Her love for teaching the little ones, musical ear, acrobatic abilities, and passion for the art of dance are just a few reasons we are excited to have Miss Bailee on staff. 


Matt 
Gallacher
     
Matt was born and raised in the beach city of San Clemente, California.  He was the valedictorian at San Clemente High School with over a 4.0 GPA.  He later went on to study Physics at the University of California, Irvine and then went through the Toyota Technician training program.  He was a technician for the Sears Auto Center and a Toyota dealership but gymnastics was always a part of his life.
     His passion has always been gymnastics.  Matt has been teaching gymnastics and tumbling for 11 years for gymnastics gyms, cheer gyms and dance studios.  His gymnastics and cheerleading experience provided for a seamless transition into circus arts as a professional acrobat and circus teacher.  He received training from stuntmen and professional performers in acro gymnastics, aerial silks, aerial hammock, lyra, hand balancing and Chinese Pole including the American Acrobats and Muscle Beach Acrobats.  He has performed at private parties, non-profit fundraisers, corporate events and schools with such groups as the American Acrobats, EM Cirque^2, Enrichment Planet and his own group, Lunaire Adagio.
     Matt currently resides in Carroll County where he is looking forward to performing again and sharing his knowledge with the students of CAD.




Joey and Lisa 
Parker
Prop Manager, Desk Staff

Joey...heads the team of "prop dads" at CAD. He creates, builds, paints, and manages props for our annual production of The Nutcracker and for our dance Company. He also works around the studio on general maintenance and can be found at all shows presented by CAD. He works full time in HVAC and resides in Dallas with Lisa and two of his daughters, both of which are CAD Company members. Joey has been a part of the "dance world" for over 22 as none other than Miss Heather's "Daddy" and is one of CAD's biggest supporters!
 
Lisa...is the CAD office manager. She brings over 22 years (and counting) of "dance mom" experience to CAD. She attended Kennesaw State University for nursing and has over 10 years experience in office work and customer service. She was the office manager of another local dance studio for several years. She has been a part of CAD's newest ownership since the beginning creating and working on props and costumes, heading fundraisers, being "Mama Lisa" to the Company dancers, and providing love and support for all involved with CAD.  Lisa is a stay-at-home mother and is very involved in all things CAD. She is very excited to be in the office working with all of the dancers, parents, and staff of CAD!
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