MEET OUR CREATIVE TEAM
About Our Studio
At Arts in Motion, we work to develop, inspire and cultivate the individual talents of your child in a loving and nurturing environment. It is our mission to offer quality and comprehensive dance education through age appropriate classes, always encouraging and nurturing creative minds in all aspects of the arts!
We believe in…
We believe we are all a work in progress no matter our age—we are never finished learning! We do not expect perfection, but believe in determination, consistency, and passion.
Tendu-to stretch. We believe that, in order to keep progressing, you must continue to stretch yourself—physically and mentally.
In a world filled with competition, we believe in providing space for our students to come together to create. Not for a medal or trophy, but for the joy of creating something new!
Assemblé: to assemble, or join together. Learning to work together is a valuable life skill we instill in our dancers.
We believe in building our students’ strength and confidence, not just in the studio, but in life.
Relevé-raised, to rise up. We believe in lifting each other up through positive reinforcement and a nurturing learning environment.
We believe leadership begins with our teachers and continues through our students who serve as mentors for our younger students. Together as a dance family, we engage in service projects to support our community.
En Dedans/En Dehors: Inward/Outward. We want our dancers to be inwardly strong (confident and positive self-image), and outwardly focused (seeking to leave the world a better place each and every day).
We believe in continually striving to improve--as a studio, as dance educators, and as artists--encouraging and inspiring our young artists to never give up on themselves or their dreams.
Chassé: to chase. We believe in chasing dreams and working hard to catch them!
We believe dance can have significant influence on a child’s life—physically, mentally, and emotionally. We take our role as teacher very seriously, recognizing the impact we can have.
Entrechat-interweaving or braided. We believe dance is more than just a once a week activity, but can have significant influence on a child’s life. We also take our role as teacher very seriously, recognizing the influence we can have.
It's not too late to join us!
Mrs. Rachel: Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Rachel grew up in the studio. She trained with Barry Thomas and J Patrick McCann at Atlanta Dance Works, then studied under Maria D’Antonio at Brookwood High School. She attended the College of Charleston where she received a BA in religious studies and a minor in dance. She had many training and performance opportunities around the country during her time at BHS and CofC. After college, she taught for Once Upon a Ballet in Charleston, SC, and wrote a children's book about the history of ballet (Ballerinas Abroad!). She is thrilled to share her love of dance with her students! Rachel and husband, Steven, have three daughters: Millie, Mollie, and Marlee. Rachel loves giraffes, the color teal, and all things chocolate--except coffee.
She hates coffee. Even if it has chocolate in it. (Yes, seriously!)
Performance Director/ Fine Arts Club Lead Teacher/ Creative & Upper Division Dance Teacher
Miss Ashley is new to the Spartanburg area, having just moved from New York. She graduated from AMDA NY in 2014 with a Certificate in Acting and got her Associate's degree from Nassau College. She is trained in jazz, ballet, modern and musical theater. For the past 10 years, Ashley has been working as a director and choreographer all across Long Island, NY in numerous regional theater companies and school districts. Her favorite choreography credits include Newsies, All Shook Up, Pippin, and On the Town. In addition to teaching dance and theater, Ashley enjoys photography, kayaking and crafting anything she can get her hands on. She looks forward to sharing her love of dance and performing with her new students!
She is our Office Administrator here at AIM and we are thrilled to have her on our team! Keely’s the one you talk to, text with, and email!
Keely says: “I am a graduate of NC State, where I majored in animal science. After returning home and being unable to find a job with my major, I began working in the nursery at Second Presbyterian Church. It was here that I met the Epps family and became “KeelyBuddy”. Then, I decided to go back to school and I obtained an associates degree in Early childhood education. I love working with children and I am looking forward to new oppotunities with AIM!”
Keely loves to hike, craft, and teach exercise classes! She will also be getting married this year!!! We know you are going to love KeelyBuddy as much as we do!