Hot Shots Dance Company

382 North Forrest Avenue, Hartwell, GA

 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.  She 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.  She was a member of BigHouse Dance Theater, an auditioned company specializing in contemporary dance.  This will be Suzanne's 17th season with Hot Shots Dance Company as the Owner/Director of Dance.


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.

Tara Bowers

Tumble 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 welcome Tara back to her hometown of Hartwell as she returns to college to complete her PTA degree and joins Hot Shots Dance Company staff as a Tumble Instructor.


Allison Turner

Dance Instructor

Hot Shots Dance Company is thrilled to welcome Allison Turner to our staff. 

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.

Allison 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.

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.


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.

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.  She 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 for the past 9 years, 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 at the age of 7 in Elberton, Georgia.  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, Shana Toney, 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.

Hot Shots Dance Company is excited to welcome
Erin into the Assistant Dance Instructor program.


Kennedi Heard

Assistant Dance Instructor

Kennedi Heard began dancing at the early age of 4 in Atlanta, Georgia.  She has trained in many genres of dance including ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, African, spiritual praise, and tap.

Kennedi has been training at Hot Shots Dance Company since 2014 and is a member of HSDC's National Award Winning Senior Company Competition Team.

Kennedi in her second year as an Assistant Dance Instructor with Hot Shots Dance Company.

Previous Hot Shots Dance Company Assistant Dance Instructors

have continued performing and studying after graduation.

Majoring in Dance Pedagogy/Education at UGA


Majoring in Dance Education at UGA

2017-2019 UGA Georgettes

2017-2019 UGA Majorettes


Brenau University, Gainesville, GA