JoAnna Parker, All Levels Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Musical Theater
JoAnna Parker has been dancing since the age of 2. She started ballet and tap at The Dance Centre
and has been here ever since. JoAnna has studied all dance disciplines and has studied ballet under Pavel Rotaru and Kay Whiffen at the Rotaru International Children's Ballet. Mrs. Parker has choreographed and performed in numerous musicals such as Cats, Annie Get Your Gun (in which she played the lead role),
Fiddler on the Roof, Lil Abner and all the Broadway Spectaculars for Rome Little Theater. She also performed in Pepperell High School's show choir. JoAnna was a member of Allegro Dance Company, under the direction of Georgie Riegel, for 10 years and now teaches all levels of tap, ballet, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre. JoAnna has been teaching at The Dance Centre since 2004. JoAnna is the proud mother of her son, Kaydon and is expecting daughter, Molly Eloise in January.
The Dance Centre offers a comprehensive dance program for the pre-school child through professional adult and is just about to celebrate its 35th anniversary. Classes include beginning, intermediate and advanced levels in classical ballet, pointe, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, ballroom and musical theatre. We also have a specialized program for boys and girls ages 2-5. Special classes and workshops such as Theatre Arts, Ballroom Dance, Baby Ballet and Hip-Hop Fusion are also available. Our aim is to give students an education and appreciation for the art of dance, turning out dancers who are well-rounded in all dance disciplines. Classes are creative and innovative, emphasizing correct body placement, terminology, strength of movement and performance skills. Each student is considered on an individual basis with placement decided at the director's discretion.
Bambi Waters has been an employee of The Dance Centre since 1991. She has taught all levels of ballet, tap and jazz, but now enjoys teaching pre-schoolers and beginning students.
Bambi started taking dance at the age of 5 in Birmingham, Alabama at the Frances Keeton School of Dance. She began teaching as a student assistant while in high school and ran a dance school through an after school program during her senior year. Bambi attended Berry College for 2 years and then transferred to the University of Alabama in Birmingham and graduated with a sociology major. While attending college, she took a variety of classes and was in the modern dance club at UAB.
Along with teaching at The Dance Centre, Bambi also teaches creative movement in pre-schools around the area. Bambi is married to Gary Waters and they have 4 adult children.
Bambi Waters, PreDance, Beginner & Advanced Beginner Ballet, Tap, PreJazz
Mary Beth Cauthen, Owner and Director
Mary Beth, a cum laude graduate of Berry College, formed The Dance Centre in 1983. Her dance background includes study in New York at the Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre, the Broadway Dance Center and the School for Ballet and Theatre Dance. In Atlanta she has studied with the Atlanta Contemporary Dance Company, the City Center Dance Theatre, Terpsichore and with Ruth Mitchell Dance Studio. She has also trained with Rockette Sandi Friedman and Jason Kalish, a former Tap Dog. Mary Beth trained under Susan Robinson and served as an instructor at The Art of Dance in Rome from 1978-1983 and studied with the notable ballet teacher Stanley Zompakos at Shorter College. Mary Beth has served on the audition committee for the Georgia Governor's Honors Program in dance as well as Dance Coordinator for the Rome Area Council for the Arts.
She holds many choreography credits including The Nutcracker for RACA, Cabaret for Berry Players, many musicals including Quilters, Tintypes, Bound for Broadway, Fiddler on the Roof and Man of La Mancha for the Shorter Players, Godspell for Darlington Players and Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Littlest Angel and The Best Christmas Pageant Ever for the Creative Playhouse Children's Theatre. She also created and produces our original bi-annual production of The Night Before Christmas and Winter Wonderland at the Rome City Auditorium.
Mary Beth served many years as an executive officer on the Board of Directors for the Rome Area Council for the Arts and was rehearsal co-coordinator for the Rome Symphony Debutante Ball for 10 years. She has also been part of the production team for the Sexual Assault Center’s annual Celebrity Dance Challenge for the past 8 years, serving as choreographer, stage manager and rehearsal coordinator. Mary Beth has two grown children, Anna Claire and Hampton.
Hannah Camacho, Advanced Lyrical
Dance, literature, and motherhood are three of Hannah's greatest passions. Hannah Camacho has been a student at The Dance Centre for 17 plus years. Hannah has assisted many classes and recitals during her time at The Dance Centre as well as taking classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary during her dance career. Hannah participated in the pre-professional modern company Allegro for eight years and also participated in The Dance Centre's company Synergy. Hannah is trained to accommodate the needs of a wide range of dancers. She taught ballet and tap in Cherokee county for the company Creative Movement and Dance enjoying the ages four to eight. Hannah has also served as a substitute and assistant for many other levels of dancers. Hannah wishes to continue studying dance to become a better dancer, teacher, and choreographer. Her hopes and dreams are to take her greatest passion and embellish it into her students hearts and minds, growing them into talented and beautiful dancers. Hannah recently completed her degree in early childhood education at Berry College and will be starting her first year as a teacher in the Rome City Schools. She eventually wishes to teach literature at a university while continuing pursing her passion as a dancer. She is mommy to son, Oliver, and is about to welcome daughter, Tillian to the world.
Katie Kiser graduated from Shorter University in 2008 with a B.S. in CPA track Accounting and from the University of West Ga in 2011 in Middle Grades Math and Science Education. During her college years Katie taught at Baird Ballet and worked as a teacher’s aid at Rome First School. Katie has been studying dance at the Baird Ballet School since 1994 and was a nominee for the Governor's Honor Program in dance in 2004. She has taught ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary for 6 years and dances with the Majestic Ballet Company. Katie loves any opportunity to share her love for dance with the community including line dancing classes and ballroom lessons. She has participated in the Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge fundraiser 2011-2018.
Katie Kiser, Intermediate/Advanced Ballet
Isaac Brackett, Boys' Hip Hop, Team Support Staff
Isaac is very excited to be returning for his second year of teaching at The Dance Centre! Isaac has been dancing for the past 10 years, in the styles of ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, lyrical, modern, contemporary, and of course hop-hop. Although Isaac is our youngest staff member, he has been slowly but steadily building a resume for choreography. Credits include choreographing for R.O.M.E.'s NWGA Winds, The Montessori School of Rome, The Spivey Hall Tour Choir, and last year choreographing Cedartown Performing Arts Center's production of Heathers 101 the Musical. In addition to his dancing, Isaac also sings and acts and can be seen frequently performing throughout the community. Among others he has performed with the Shorter University Theatre Department, The Rome Shakespeare Festival, Rome Little Theater, R.O.M.E., Upstagers Theatre Company, Rome Civic Ballet, Baird Ballet, and of course, last but not least, The Dance Centre! Isaac also serves as an assistant instructor and substitute teacher for our staff.
Payton Campbell, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Team Support Staff
Payton Campbell hails from Jackson, Tennessee and is a Berry College alumnus with a Dance Biomechanics major. He has studied and performed dance for the past 6 years and continues to expand his creative talents. Payton specializes in jazz and contemporary dance but has also studied ballroom, modern, and hip hop. He also teaches at Baird Ballet and choreographs for Rome Little Theater, most recently for the production of The Producers. He has a passion for teaching and is very excited to be a new member of The Dance Centre team.
Allie Evans Garab, Intermediate Lyrical, Team Support Staff
Since the age of 3, Allie has always had a passion for dance. Whether it was ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop or contemporary, she has always found her place in the studio. Allie has been a part of The Dance Centre for fifteen years of her life. During those years, you could find her dancing, taking classes, teaching classes, or helping with recitals. Allie also participated in the pre-professional modern company, Allegro, under the direction of Georgie Reigel.
For the past 6 years, Allie has lived in Savannah, Georgia with her husband who serves in the United States Army. During their time at Fort Stewart, she pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a registered nurse, and graduated from the College of Coastal Georgia with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. In June of 2018, Allie moved back to Rome and has accepted a position in Adult Critical Care ICU. She is also looking forward to being back in the studio and teaching, choreographing and providing support as a substitute teacher with her fellow staff members.
Tara Dawn Ogle, Advanced Beginner Ballet/Tap/Jazz, Intermediate/Advanced Jazz, Individual Competition Choreographer, Team Support Staff
Tara Dawn Ogle began dancing at age 3 at Donna Ellis School of Dance and continued with Diana's School of Dance, competing at Dance Educators of America with numerous first place finishes. She also studied later with Tom Moore at Georgia Ballet and at Rome Civic Ballet where she founded a competition dance team in 1987.
Tara's teaching experience includes teaching tap, ballet and jazz at Diana's School of Dance and Rome Civic Ballet. She founded the Pizzazz Competition Dance Troupe and won numerous 1st place and national championships in tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. From 2003-2013, Tara owned and operated Rockmart Dance Academy. Her studio program included ballet, technique, cardio and competition classes for all ages. She also coached Rockmart Middle School Dance Team and Rockmart High School Band Dance Line. Tara also has extensive choreographic credits and is currently the choreographer for the Grand Illusion Show Choir at Rome Middle School. She will be choreographing and performing as part of Team Mathis in the 2018 Celebrity Dance Challenge.
Besides teaching an intermediate/advance jazz class this year at TDC, Tara will be subbing for our staff and is available to those students who wish to compete at conventions. We welcome her to our fabulous team!