Dance Fever Studio
Sarah has been dancing for 19 years and competed for 15 year of those years. Sarah trained under Elite Dance Studio and Dance Fever Studio where she studied jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, pointe, and musical theatre. Sarah studied under Kelly Mattingly, Bradley Lombardi Sandmann, and Amanda Zaloznik. “ Sarah has received numerous awards throughout her career ranging from 1st place Platinum to 1st place High Golds. In high school, Sarah was recognized as a district winner in Performing Arts specializing in dance for the Georgia’s Governors Honors Program where she was hand selected to compete at the state level. Sarah also danced with East Paulding High School Competition Dance Team coached by Christian Griffith and Kelly Polasky. Sarah performed in various genres such as, jazz, pom, and hip-hop. Her team competed at UDA, Georgia’s State Level Competition. Sarah started teaching at the age of 13 in various summer camps, recital classes and substitute teaching at Dance Fever under the ownership of Tonya Shipp. Sarah is a platinum award-winning choreographer and has many pieces which placed in the top 10, while having the honor of being awarded Best of the Best Mini Group for her musical theater piece. Sarah also graduated with a College Prep diploma specializing in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. “I always felt in my heart that I wanted to be a studio director one day. Once I saw the opportunity to pursue Dance Fever, I was overfilled with joy to continue my passion for dance.
Here at Dance Fever all of our staff members are dedicated to dance education and to share our passion for dance with your dancers. Our teachers are dedicated to ensure that your dancer get proper dance training. Meet our amazing staff! The combination of their talented gifts makes Dance Fever a better place! They all have the passion to teach, develop, and love every student with their best intentions.
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Kelly has been a dance mom for many years. She has watched her daughter Sarah grow from her first Creative Movement class to becoming a company dancer in 2nd grade and eventually graduating from Dance Fever in the top competing company. She has enjoyed watching and learning about dance through her daughter, and the teachers and students at Dance Fever. Not only does she teach at East Paulding High School, but she started a competition dance team at East which was the first of its kind at this school. With the help of Christian Griffith, the Raiderettes became a highly recognized group of students who competed locally and nationally. Being a part of something really special and the pride she feels from the inception of the Raiderettes has been a highlight of her teaching career. Kelly loves dance and when she is not at the studio, you can find her at the ball field enjoying her son Jonathan playing baseball.
Carl and Natassia are a brother-sister team. They started teaching worship dance at the young ages of seven and eleven years old. They blossomed into the hip-hop choreographers they are today. Their specialty is teaching hip-hop to Christian music. It’s clean and fun! They were both featured in the Just Dance 2 and 3 commercials along with being invited to the E3 convention in Los Angeles, CA for Just Dance as VIP ambassadors where they had the opportunity to perform on stage with the Just Dance dancers. They now help advertise Just Dance for Ubisoft. Their posting of Just Dance videos have made them U-Tube celebs. Carl and Natassia have not only competed at Stage One Nationals, earning a 1st place platinum as well as the Entertainment Award, but have also choreographed routines that have earned a 1st place platinum in their category, and 2nd place overall in various competitions. They have continued to build the level of excellence to the hip-hop program at Dance Fever. They are also the company hip-hop choreographers and their dances have placed from gold to 1st place platinums as well as various judges awards for Best Choreography, Creative Choreography and Best Costume. They have taught many master classes around the area and they were featured dancers in the gospel artist Felice Messam’s music video “Gloria”. Carl and Natassia have a passion for dance. They view dance not just as part of their life, but also as a gift from God.
Devan Raines began dancing at two years old at The Dance Factory Inc. in Austell, GA There, she trained in tap, jazz, ballet and lyrical. While in middle school, Devan choreographed and lead rehearsals for PRIDE, a performing group promoting a drug-free lifestyle in her middle school. She then choreographed numerous other middle schools’ PRIDE shows in Georgia. Devan auditioned for, and was chosen to attend Pebblebrook High School's Excellence in Performing Arts Magnet School Program. There Devan found a love of modern, contemporary and musical theatre! She became a teacher's assistant to Ms. Debbie Wells, owner of The Dance Factory, in her freshman year. Shortly after, Devan began choreographing routines for competition and won her first overall competition choreography award when she was only 15 years old! She knew she had found her calling! Devan has performed with and choreographed for many studios all over Georgia. She has performed on Carnival Cruise lines and danced with many well-known tap dancers from all over the country! Devan is honored to have been a part of the Dance Fever family and she is so excited to continue to be a part of her new family!
Bradley began her training with Ruth Mitchell Dance Theater, where she studied ballet. She attended Pebblebrook High School in Performing Arts, where she furthered her ballet training and began taking modern. She trained under many well-respected teachers including: Ruth Mitchell, Gaynor Grainge, Nicholas Picana, Denise Reeves and Martha Goodman. Throughout her life, Bradley has performed in many ballets such as Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake and Cinderella. Bradley now teaches ballet, lyrical and pointe to the company dancers at Dance Fever.