Rachel Rugh, Director, Modern Dance + Jazz Faculty

BA, Dance; MFA, Dance

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Lisa Pelanne, Ballet Faculty


Lisa is an experienced dance and yoga teacher offering movement practices that facilitate an authentic connection to body, mind, and spirit by incorporating acceptance, compassion, gratitude, and joy while honoring artistic traditions and lineages.

She began her dance journey in 1977 at the Marion Mease School of Dance in Richmond, Virginia where she studied ballet, jazz, and tap, and later explored musical theatre, performing and dancing in several productions. She is a trained facilitator of Kunga Rhythmic Dance and grateful to create and hold safe spaces for movement exploration. She is grateful to her many teachers for fostering the love of dance, especially Ms. Mease, Renée O’Neal (Tallahassee Ballet), Carol Crawford Smith (Dance Theatre of Harlem, The Center of Dance),  Caitlin Smith (Roanoke Ballet Theatre), and Rachel Rugh (New River Moving Arts).

Lisa believes dance and movement is for every body and infuses the elements of strength, balance, flexibility, breath, humor, love, and a vast knowledge of human anatomy and physiology into all of her classes. She is grateful to share the movement arts with all populations and passionate about offering these tools to beginners and those with therapeutic needs.


Katy Gaines, Children’s Creative Dance Faculty

BFA, Dance

Katy was born and raised in south Mississippi and is passionate about movement in all forms. Dancing is literally in her blood - her mother is also a dance teacher! Katy received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi.