"Miss Aye" manages The Taylor Academy of Fine Arts. She began with the dance department in October 2011. She enjoys latin dancing(Salsa, Bachata, and Merenge) and performs traditional Thai dances. Miss Aye is also a trained Belly Dance enthusiaist. She is 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo and shares her love of the sport and teaches professionally for The Tucker Taekwondo Center.
Miss Aye graduated with a Master of Science from Kasetsart University in Thailand.
Thaddeaus has over 15 years of experience in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Tap, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, College dance teams, Trumpet Playing, Singing, Acting, and other areas in the performing arts. Throughout his years of training he has been featured in National and Local Commercials and Ad Campaigns for major companies such as: Gap, Old Navy, JC Penney, Mega Millions Lottery, and more. Thaddeaus is a National Multi-Awarded recipient that has worked with major Choreographers, Artists, Dance Companies such as: Roger Lee and Marty Kudelka, Jodi Smith, SWV, Destiny's Child, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and Houston Metropolitan Dance Theatre and principal dancer for Skanova Russian “Nutcracker” ”Sleeping Beauty” the ballet, and several Cameos on television shows such as "America Got Talent",“Bring It”, “SYTYCD” and “Solid Gold”.
Alone with his dance experience, Thaddeaus coach a countless number of women in National Pageants and serves as a mentor for both young men and women within the community. With an active career as a traveling enthusiast in the industry of performing arts he still advocate as an active volunteer for under privilege groups and community base programs.
His philosophy: "Free flowing experience that centers mind, body, and soul. Master your craft, it shouldn't just express emotion, but become emotion" "You do not have to be the best at what you do, but you should be great at everything that you do."
Elizabeth Holland’s experiences in performance art started with acting lessons at a small town Fine Arts Center in South Carolina. She made her first television appearance in 1976 in a commercial for Chrysler Plymouth, moving on to future screen and stage appearances in musical theater and children’s opera productions.
In 1981-’82, Elizabeth landed the title role of “Annie”, winning the role out of over 375 young girls. The production was marked as one of the top grossing productions of the year by South Eastern Theater magazine. As Elizabeth moved forward in her theater career, the need for formal dance training became necessary. She had taken tap and jazz classes, but the need for technique is what led her to the ballet barre.
Elizabeth progressed very quickly as a ballet natural, eventually landing adult roles in Columbia City Ballet productions as both an Apprentice, Company Corps de Ballet and Soloist. She then continued her studies to attend the North Carolina School for the Arts and the Boston Ballet School. In Boston, Elizabeth began her Apprenticeship with the Company’s Boston Ballet II.
Elizabeth has worked as a company member, guest artist and freelance dancer for many companies and productions across the country. She became involved in aerial silk, and traveled the nation as an aerial acrobat, as well. Miss Holland is looking forward to working with young people again, and she hopes to help these aspiring dancers find the same joy and discipline in dance as she experienced in her own childhood.
Shaquita Newton is a native of Atlanta Georgia and has been dancing professionally for over 6 years. She is currently one of our Hip Hop Instructors and apprentice to our Artistic Director.
Shaquita has formal training in Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop, and Ballet.
A graduate of Atlanta Metropolitan State College, with an Associate’s Degree in Performing Arts and Film, Shaquita has traveled as a principal performer in the stage play “Trapped”, Television Show “Koncrete Nation”, “Beatstreet 2012”, and All American Goddess National Pageantry System. She has also trained and mentored under some of the best choreographers in the dance industry such as Jamaica Craft and Sean Bankhead.
In her free time Shaquita directs the dance ministry at The Rock Church of God in Christ. She believes that“If God is first in your life, everything else will fall into its rightful place”.
Dance Assistant Instructor
Jocelyn, a native of Long Beach, California, has an extensive background. She is a current member an assistant for Taylor Academy of Fine Arts. As a Gold medalist in both regional and national level competitions. Jocelyn continues to travel in the Contemporary, Jazz, and Ballet pieces. Along with instructing Ballet and Jazz pieces, Jocelyn hasbeen featured as a principal in a "Christmas Carol", "Scrooge", and "Once Uopn a Time"
Jocelyn's philosophy of dance is to show other people that dance is more than a hobbie, but more of a way to express ourselves through movement.
Morganne Zimmerman, born and raised in Atlanta Georgia has been dancing professionally for 4 years. She is currently one of our Hip Hop Instructors. Morganne was line co-captain of The Lady Panthers dance team for the Mayfield Cheer and Football league. She has performed and been a principal dancer at Miss Black America Pageantry system and events hosted by Usher Raymond. She currently attends Georgia Perimeter College as a business major. As she continues in training in dance, she promotes within her class that it uplifts the spirit through expression and love for the art of dance.