Hot Shots Dance Company

382 North Forrest Avenue, Hartwell, GA

HOT SHOTS DANCE COMPANY
 School of Dance, Hartwell, GA


Suzanne Krause

Owner/Director of Dance

Suzanne Krause, began her formal training in Germany at the age of 5 and continued with the Dance Arts Centre Performing Arts Company in Duluth, Georgia. 


She has performed throughout the Southeast, taking part in many regional and national dance competitions before accepting a scholarship to attend Brenau University, having earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance Pedagogy. 


Suzanne studied under the professional training of Carol Smiarowski, Vincas Greene, Jolie Long, and Diane Callahan.  She also performed with the Brenau Dance Ensemble and the Gainesville Ballet Company.  After graduation, she accepted an invitation to attend the Summer Dance Institute at Binghamton University in New York, where she studied under the direction of Danita Emma and Anthony Salatino. 


Suzanne was also a faculty artist/instructor with Arts Connect, a federally funded program through the Atlanta Ballet, which is designed to incorporate the arts into early and middle grades education. 


Suzanne performed as a member of BigHouse Dance Theater, an auditioned company specializing in contemporary dance. 


 

Allison Turner

Dance and Company Instructor


Allison began dancing at Hot Shots at the age of
4 years old and continued her lessons in Dance,
Baton, Cheer and Flag for 15 years.

Allison competed regionally and nationally as a member of HSDC's Competition Dance Team throughout middle school and high school. She also
worked as an Assistant Dance Instructor at HSDC for several years while attending high school.
 
While in middle school and high school, Allison participated in Cheerleading and was a member of Competition Flag Team, serving as a Captain of the team during her senior year.

Amber Brooke Huddleston

Cheer Team Stunt Coordinator

Amber Brooke Huddleston began cheerleading in the 3rd grade with recreational cheerleading.

 

While in middle school, Amber participated in All-Star cheer in Anderson, SC, continuing with Palmetto All-Stars during high school. 

 

Amber continued cheerleading at Reinhardt University doing Sidelines, and was a member of the competition team, competing in cheerleading nationals at Daytona Beach.

 

Amber has worked numerous Varsity Cheerleading programs and cheer camps for both middle school and high school level teams.

 

HSDC is thrilled to welcome Amber as she shares her experience and passion for cheerleading with our cheer teams.



Anna Richardson

Baton Instructor

 

Anna Richardson began twirling baton at the age of 3, taking classes from Kristi Myerholts.  She continued her classes with local studios including Hot Shots Dance Company.  While at HSDC, Anna competed at Regional and National Competitions with the HSDC Competition Baton Company.


Anna has taken classes from world class twirlers such as Savannah Miller, Former UGA feature twirler, Nicole Jensen, Matt Freeman & Lexi Duda.


Anna is a third year majorette at Hart County High School and HCHS's Featured Twirler. 

 

Hot Shots Dance Company is thrilled to have Anna as a member of our staff.

Baylee Davenport

Company Dance Instructor


Baylee Davenport graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Human Development and Family Science. She received dance training across the East Coast in various styles and techniques, such as ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern, and contemporary.

 

While at the University of Georgia, Baylee appeared as a performer in several shows, including the Spring Dance Concert (2018-2020), Young Choreographers Series (2017-2020), and CORE: Contemporary and Aerial Company Concert (2019). She has also appeared in works from guest choreographers, such as “Stair, Chairs, and Squares” by Ellen Cornfield

 

Baylee showcased her own choreographic works in the Young Choreographers Series Concert (2018-2020) and served as President of the UGA’s Young Choreographer Series in 2019.

 

Now, Baylee is exploring her career as a dancer and choreographer by teaching and choreographing works in Northeast Georgia, and she hopes to continue her education and passion in dance for years to come. 

Camryn Pless

Dance & Company Instructor

Camryn Pless began dancing at the age of 10. She soon found a growing passion for dance and knew she could find her family at HSDC.


She joined the Hot Shots Competitive Dance Team while in her freshman year of high school and continued to compete until her graduation in 2019. She practiced many genres of dance including jazz, ballet, and contemporary. Camryn worked as an assistant dance instructor throughout high school.

 

Camryn is currently attending Brenau University while continuing to teach and choreograph at the Hot Shots Dance Company.  She plans to graduate from Brenau University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising in the spring of 2023.

Jessica Sain

Cheer Team Instructor

HSDC is thrilled to welcome Jessica Sain to our Cheer Team Staff.
 
Jessica began her gymnastics training very early, at the age of 5. She competed on All-Star teams and at the National level for many years, as well as being a member of the Hart County Competition and Sidelines teams.

Jessica has been coaching Tumbling and Cheer in the Hartwell area since 2014 and she coached the Middle School Competition Cheer Team during the 2016-2019 seasons.
 
In her spare time, Jessica enjoys strength and conditioning training and is a certified Level 1
CrossFit Trainer.


Kim Carter

Director of Tumble/Instructor


Kimberly Carter started gymnastics at the age of 9 with Tina Washington at Bishop Park in Athens, Georgia.  Shortly after, she began competing in USA Level 5 gymnastics under Coach Jay Clark, the former Assistant Head Coach for the University of Georgia Gym Dawgs.  


In 2008, Kim started working at Hot Shots Dance Company and is now in her 12th year coaching.  Kim was also the team coach for the YMCA Hartwell Twisters in 2013.  


Kim is certified in AAU and USA certified.  She has coached students in levels 1-5.  Many of her students have competed all over Georgia, Florida, and Michigan.  Kim is excited to be teaching at Hot Shots Dance Company and looks forward to many more years.

Rebecca Lynn Berg

Dance, Company and Tap Instructor

Rebecca Lynn Berg began dancing at the age of 3 years old with Center Stage and continued with Jayne’s Dance Academy of Arts.  Rebecca studied Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Musical Theater, Pointe, and Contemporary dance.  


Rebecca competed in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater for 7 years and was a cheerleader at Hernando High School.  Rebecca is currently studying Early Childhood Education at Emmanuel College and has been with HSDC as a Hip Hop and Tap instructor since 2015.

Shealy George

Cheer Team Instructor

Shealy George starting her tumbling career at age 7, beginning in gymnastics. She competed nationally in State, Nationals, and Jr. Olympic competitions, placing within the top 3. After reaching level 8, she transferred her athletic journey into the world of cheerleading. She did sideline cheer for a year before moving into Allstar Cheerleading.

 

In 2018, Shealy travelled to Orlando, FL to compete at The Summit, the most competitive competition for Level 4 Allstar cheer. There, her team, Guns N’ Roses, placed within the top 4 teams in the country. A few months later, Shealy was invited onto the award-winning team, The Beatles of Rockstar Cheer in Greenville, SC. That year, The Beatles went on to win Cheerleading Worlds.


Now, Shealy spends her time using her education of the sport to teach young athletes the sport she loves.

Tara Bowers

Cheer Director & Instructor

Tara began taking gymnastics at the age of 3 and completed her training through level 8. In addition to gymnastics Tara was also a cheerleader in both middle and high school.

At the age of 16, Tara began coaching gymnastics. She spent 4 years at the YMCA and was promoted to Head Coach and Director of the YMCA Gymnastics program, followed by 2 years coaching at Georgia Elite Gymnastics while cheering with the UGA Competition Cheerleading Squad.

After college, Tara spent time in New Jersey coaching at gymnastics camps and led her team to a First Place finish at the Northern Division Championship.

Tara returned to Hartwell taking the position of Head Coach & Director of the YMCA.  She led her teams to many State and Regional Championships, as well as National 1st place championships on all individual events and All Around placing. Two of Tara’s students scored perfect 10s at Nationals and two gymnasts qualified for The Junior Olympics, finishing in the top 3 for their age division.

After taking a job offer from Charlotte, NC , Tara became Gymnastics Director and Head Coach at Lake Norman YMCA. During her 5 years there, she coached gymnastic teams that qualified and competed in State and National Championships.

We are thrilled to have Tara back in her hometown of Hartwell as she returns to college to complete her PTA degree and joins Hot Shots Dance Company.

 

Theo Derleth & Ganine Giorgione Derleth

Ballroom Instructors

Theo is a five-time U.S. Top Teacher in all four styles; Smooth, Rhythm, Standard, Latin; and three-times honored as Top Teacher at World Championships. Theo J. Derleth has produced and choreographed shows for stage, television and film. Theo and his student Bobbie Fitzpatrick are WDC World Pro/Am Ballroom Champions.

 

Ganine Giorgione Derleth is an artist, singer and dancer; her credits include original Broadway companies of The Will Rogers Follies, The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public, Two For The Show, national Actor's Equity companies of 42nd Street and A Chorus Line, The Cotton Club, The Grammy Awards, The Tony Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors.  She performed as a Rockette in the Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular, was dance coach for Tony Bennett's music video "Steppin' Out", opening act for Sammy Davis Jr. & Jerry Lewis, Cleopatra for Caesar's Palace Las Vegas, and a member of the first United States Olympic Dance Corps.  Ganine taught dance at Columbia University, Fordham University, Wagner College, College of Staten Island, and SUNY Brockport for Dance Rochester.

Reyna O'Leary

Guest Choreographer

Reyna O’Leary began her ballet training at the Georgia Ballet, performing in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Carmen, and Serenade.  She was also a company member for Duende Dance Theatre in Atlanta and Bighouse Dance Theater in Gainesville, GA.

 

Reyna graduated from Brenau University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Education. After graduation she did an extensive study with Phyllis Wiekart of High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, studying Education Through Movement. She served as a movement specialist for the Atlanta Ballet’s Outreach program as well as the coordinator for Atlanta Ballet’s Center of Education “Kids In Step” program.

 

Reyna has been teaching dance in the Gwinnett County Public school system since 2002 and is director of the North Gwinnett High School dance program, which she developed. As a sponsor for the National Honor Society for Dance Arts, she has inducted over 60 dancers. Reyna also serves as the Artistic Director for the performing company Dance North and the coach for the competitive dance team, Dance North Beats.

 

In addition to her work in the public school system, Reyna offers her time as Co-Director for K-12 of DEGA (Dance Educators of Georgia, K-12).

 

In 2009, Reyna was asked to be on the writing committee for the new Georgia Performance Standards for Dance Education and has done extensive work on curriculum writing with the Gwinnett County Dance programs.

 

In 2015 she received her Master of Fine Arts, in Choreography from Jacksonville University, and returned to Brenau University to complete her thesis study.


Shana Toney

Guest Choreographer

Shana N. Toney found her love for movement, dance, and performance at the young age of 4, when she began classes in baton and jazz dance.  At the age of 16, her passion was rekindled when she began taking ballet and jazz classes under the direction of Libby Hilley and Suzanne Krause at Hot Shots Dance Company.  While dancing at HSDC, she participated in community performances and recitals, as well as dance competitions at the regional, state, and national level.


In 2015, she graduated Cum Laude from Brenau University with a BA in Dance Studies and a minor in English Literature.  While attending Brenau, she trained in ballet, modern, and jazz technique, as well as improvisation, dance pedagogy and teaching methods, with an emphasis in choreography and performance. Shana has performed historic choreographic works of the late Helen Tamiris, as well as renowned dance artists such as NOW-ID founder Charlotte Boye-Christenson, and Brenau faculty Vincas Greene, Jolie Long, and Madia Cooper-Asirifi. 


Shana attended and performed at the American College Dance Association (ACDA) in 2014 and 2015, and has taken master classes and workshops from many notable dance artists in the southeast, including T. Lang, Georgia Staib, and Gerri Houlihan.  Shana has presented and choreographed four originals works for Brenau University, one of which was selected to go on to Emory University for ACDA in the spring of 2016.


Shana has taught all over the Northeast Georgia region and continues to share her passion and love of dance through teaching and choreography.


Hot Shots Dance Company offers an Assistant Dance Instructor Program that gives current students a hands-on experience towards becoming trained dance instructors.
 
Each year a limited number of HSDC students are selected to participate in the program based on technical ability, level of efficiency in their own dance training, and maturity.
 
Our assistant dance instructors are held to high standards of dance training and are involved in Company and Dance Competition programs.
 
Assistants work side by side with a teacher and are in the classroom to help the teacher, help the students, and be an extra pair of eyes

The HSDC Assistant Dance Instructor Program strives to ensure that our assistants gain leadership experience, learn valuable teaching skills and receive instruction on developing choreography.
 

Savannah Dove

Assistant Dance Instructor

Savannah began her training in Elberton, GA at the age of 7.  After focusing on Baton for two years, she continued her training at Hot Shots Dance Company where she studies Ballet, Pointe, Tumbling and Jazz under the direction of  Baylee Davenport, Suzanne Krause, and Kim Carter.

Savannah has been an award winning member of the Hot Shots Dance Company Competition Dance Team for the past four years, performing at regional and national competitions.

Savannah also enjoys competing in pageants,
winning several titles throughout Georgia. 

Erin Isbell

Assistant Dance Instructor

Erin Isabel began her ballet training at the age of 2.  Thirteen years later, she continues dancing at Hot Shots Dance Company.

Erin is in her third season with Hot Shots Dance Company's Senior Competition Team and takes classes in ballet, jazz, pointe and technique.  She plans to continue her dance training through her senior year of high school.

Erin enjoys sharing her love of dance with the younger students, and making an impact on their future lives as dancers.
 
 

Addison Krause

Assistant Dance Instructor

Addison began dancing at Hot Shots Dance Company at the age of 2.  At 7 years old she became a member of HSDC’s Competition Company and over the years has won numerous awards at both Regional and National dance competitions.

 

In addition to Ballet, Pointe, Jazz and Lyrical classes, Addison is also training with Theo Derleth in multiple forms of ballroom dance styles and competed in the 2019 North Carolina Classic.

 

Addison also practices and competes in Jiu Jitsu, is the Hart County Middle School wrestling team manager and she performs sideline Cheer at Hart County Middle School.

Natalie Carter

Assistant Dance Instructor

Natalie began her training at the age of 2 at Hot Shots Dance Company. She has been a member of HSDC’s Competition Company since the age of 7, competing at both Regional and National levels and winning many awards.

 

In addition to Ballet, Pointe and Jazz, Natalie has several years of experience in Tumbling and was a competition cheerleader at Hart County Middle School.

 

Natalie enjoys spending time hiking and spending time with her family.

Previous Hot Shots Dance Company Assistant Dance Instructors

have continued performing and studying after graduation.


Baylee
Majored in Dance Pedagogy/Education at UGA


Malia

Majored in Dance Education at UGA

2017-2019 UGA Georgettes


Mary
2017-2019 UGA Majorettes


Camryn

Brenau University, Gainesville, GA