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Meet our BRILLANT Lime Green Faculty
BSOD is not just a Dance Studio - our Families become part of our Lime Green Family and STAY a part of our Lime Green Family.
Our faculty plays a huge role in how we create an amazing EXPERIENCE for your family.
Our dynamic team brings passion, professionalism, and a deep love for sharing dance with their students.
Scroll though the slide show below to learn more about our faculty!
Dawn Rosa Miller
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Originally from NJ, Miss Dawn moved to Bluffton in 2002 after graduating from Clemson University, and has owned the Bluffton School of Dance since March 2003. Miss Dawn grew up as a “competition kid” at In the Spotlight in Waldwick, NJ. She was also a member of the nationally ranked Don Bosco Pom Squad and the Clemson Rally Cats.
Locally, she choreographs and performs for the May River Theatre and has won numerous awards for her choreography with the Bluffton School of Dance Performance Program. She recently was named “Tremaine Teacher of the Year.” Dawn is also the very proud mom of two independent and beautiful little girls and stepmom to two amazing boys.
She considers her position as the President and Artistic Director of the Bluffton School of Dance her most rewarding accomplishment in her dance career and looks forward to many more years of sharing her passion for dance with her students!
PRESCHOOL DIRECTOR/ LIMELIGHT & RUBBER DUCKIE COACH Kimberly "Kimmi" Reigert started dancing as most little ones do at the age of three. Growing up in NJ she trained in many local dance studios throughout the tri-state area including Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. She found her long time home at Broadway Bound Dance Center in Dumont, NJ. She started teaching after high school with them and stayed with that studio for twelve years After moving to PA, Kimmi started training in Ballroom and began teaching with Let's Dance Studios and Step By Step Studio in Scranton.
Her proudest moment as a dancer was being asked to perform for a mini competition on the "Dancing With the Stars" Tour stage with her fellow dance teachers at Let's Dance. Her proudest moment as a teacher is seeing her little ones leave the studio with smiles on their faces and the love for dance as she has when she was that age.
BALLET MISTRESS Originally from Dallas, Texas, Meg Eberly trained at the North Carolina School of the Arts under such distinguished teachers as Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover and Nina Danilova. She attended summer programs at the School of American Ballet and American Ballet Theatre in New York City and the Hungarian National Ballet School in Budapest, Hungary. She went on to dance for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and North Carolina Dance Theatre, performing both classical and contemporary ballets.
After retiring from professional ballet, Meg attended the University of Pittsburgh, receiving an accounting degree, and later became a certified professional accountant. Today, Meg divides her time between teaching the amazing students at Bluffton School of Dance and raising two wonderful children.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR Katie Parks is from Jacksonville, NC, where she first began taking gymnastics classes and later began taking jazz classes at a local studio. At 10 years old, Katie’s love for dance grew and she decided to pursue it full-time, adding contemporary, ballet, hip hop, and acrobatic classes to her week. She participated in dance competitions across the east coast in group numbers, duets, and as a soloist with Step Ahead Dance Company. In Katie’s senior year of high school she earned several high awards and titles, including Showstoppers Myrtle Beach Nationals first place senior solo, highest score of the day with a perfect score for her contemporary solo at Encore in Winston-Salem, Senior Miss Onstage NY in Raleigh, and has made three separate appearances in Dance Spirit Magazine as a spotlight performer. After high school, Katie taught dance in a number of styles before attending the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where she obtained her BFA in Contemporary Dance in the spring of 2019. In her time at UNCSA, Katie performed work by famous choreographers such as Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Larry Keigwin, and Trisha Brown. Katie was also cast in original works by UNCSA staff Brenda Daniels and Trish Casey, as well as the esteemed UNCSA alumni Juel D. Lane. As a UNCSA student, Katie also had several opportunities to choreograph on her classmates and work with lighting designers and stage managers to produce shows on and off campus. Katie has always found her joy while sharing her love of dance, both on stage and in the studio, and is so excited to share her passion with young, upcoming performers!
DANCE INSTRUCTOR Heather Leigh Cahoon began her formal training with John and Karena Brock-Carlyle at Hilton Head Dance Theater. She spent time training at Orlando Ballet, Kaatsbaan in New York, American Ballet Theater's summer program in Irvine, California, and Salzburg International Ballet Academy. Heather also attended State University of New York for dance and later North Carolina Dance Theater to train in their dance conservatory. Heather later went on to dance with Salzburg Ballet in Salzburg, Austria, The Israel Ballet in Tel Aviv, Israel and Györ Ballet in Györ Hungary. Her most recent performing experience has taken place for two seasons with Ballet Evolution in Charleston. Heather’s teaching experience has spanned over the last 9 years, working with several local studios throughout the low country. Ballet is one of her greatest passions and it is an honor to bring it to the dancers of our future!
DANCE INSTRUCTOR Rachel Gentry has been passionate about dance performance and education for the past 25 years. She grew up a competitive dancer, as well as investing her time as an active dance assistant at her home studio. Rachel graduated with honors from Elon University with a BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography. Upon graduating, Rachel put her passion for dance education into practice in several different avenues. She became the first Assistant Director of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, serving under renowned Tap Master, Gene Medler. Rachel helped with the artistic direction of the company, as well as traveling to numerous international tap festivals to train and perform under the likes of the greatest names in tap dance, including Michelle Dorrance, Derrick Grant, Jason Samuel Smith, and Dormeshia Sumbry Edwards. Rachel has also taught and choreographed for competitive dance studios in North Carolina for the last 15 years, with several of her routines earning choreography honors and top scores. She helped to build and created the dance program at Franklin Academy Charter School and is passionate about students discovering dance and finding their expressive voice in the arts. Rachel currently lives outside of Hilton Head, SC and enjoys traveling as a guest artist, choreographing and teaching in dance studios all along the southeast.
DANCE INSTRUCTOR Morgan Johnston began gymnastics at age of 5 and began dancing at the age of 7 when she enrolled in the Dolores Werner Performing Arts Studio, located in Tucker, Georgia. For the next 15 years she studied ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and acrobatics. She also competed and won multiple awards at Starpower International Talent Competitions, Showstopper American Dance Championships, and Star Systems National Talent Competitions. She graduated from Berry College where she minored in Dance. She was a member of the Berry College Dance Troupe as well as a member of the Vikettes, the Berry College dance team. During
her dance career at Berry, she was awarded the Dancer's Choice Award for Best Choreography in
2012, Dancer's Choice Award for Best Female Performer in 2013, and Adjudicators Choice Award
for Best Veteran Choreography in 2014.
Since moving to Bluffton, she has choreographed for the May River Theatre and loves teaching at BSOD. She has a huge passion for dance and is so thankful to continue her love of it by teaching and sharing her passion with her wonderful students!
DANCE INSTRUCTOR Bio and photo coming soon!
DANCE INSTRUCTOR Julie was born and raised in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and lived there for 15 years. It was there that she started taking dance classes around the age of 3 and went on to compete and perform all over with her dance school. When she moved to the States, Julie continued dancing and started teaching and choreographing. Her experience is in a variety of dance styles: Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical & High Kick.
By college she was in a Modern dance company and had more ballet training at European School of Performing Arts in Florida. She also continued to choreograph competition pieces (some award-winning) for local studios in central Florida. Alongside dance, she is also currently a fitness instructors at many local studios and communities. Julie says, "Movement is my life and I love what I do. Translating emotions into unique expression, helping dancers open up their hearts, overcome physical limitations, awaken the body and soul... this is my passion."
ASSITANT PERFORMANCE PROGRAM DIRECTOR/ SILVER COMPANY COACH Alexys Hickey grew up in Bluffton, SC, where she began her dance training at the Bluffton School of Dance at an early age. She was a part of the BSOD Company where she was technically trained in ballet, jazz, tap and modern, along with training to teach through the BSOD Assistant and Student Teacher programs. She also traveled to different dance conventions and competitions that offered classes taught by some of the most well known dancers in the industry. While she was in high school she was invited to join the Tremaine Performance Company that allowed her to travel across the country to assist some of the most
admired teachers at Tremaine Dance Conventions.
After she graduated from high school she went on to study Dance at Winthrop University where she broadened her knowledge of modern dance and was also involved in student choreography showcases. She will continue her college studies at the University of South Carolina Beaufort in the Fall of 2016. Now that Alexys is back home she is very excited to be sharing her passion for dance in the studio where she grew up!
SUBSTITUTE DANCE INSTRUCTOR Jessica West, originally from Pennsylvania, has been studying dance since childhood. Before moving to South Carolina, she received a Bachelor’s of Art in Dance from Point Park University. Jessica is trained in the techniques of ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Most recently, she has completed a Masters in the Art of Education through the University of South Carolina. Jessica finds fulfillment in nurturing the spirits of dancers both young and old.
Holly Ryder Robinson
ADJUNCT FACULTY Holly received the majority of her early training at Roswell City Dance in Roswell, GA where she was exposed to many different styles and choreographers. Holly credits the formation of her technique and movement to Cherrise Wakeham and Shannon Childers. She also spent two summers training at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, with a focus on ballet and modern. After graduating from high school, Holly continued her training as a dance major at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. It was there that she became recognized for her unique style of movement and started focusing more on choreography. During her time at Uarts, she was a dancer and choreographer for the Xhale Dance Company under director, Michael Susten. She also choreographed and performed a work that was chosen to represent the school at the College Dance Showcase in New York City. After school, she returned to the Atlanta area and danced in the contemporary company, Project 7, under director Cherrise Wakeham. She signed with Bloc South Talent Agency and appeared in multiple industrials with choreographers, such as Chuck Maldonado and Codie Wiggins.
Holly currently lives in FL and travels with Intrigue Dance Convention. BSOD is thrilled to welcome her to our family as a monthly visitor for our Performance Program dancers!
SUBSTITUTE DANCE INSTRUCTOR Bio and photo coming soon!
CUSTOMER CONCIERGE & OPERATIONS MANAGER Originally from Sacramento California, Miss Evelyn moved to the Carolinas in 2011 and made Beaufort their forever home in 2017. She has two beautiful daughters and a ton of fur babies! Growing up, Evelyn spent some time dancing and also competed in Cheer.
The last few years, Evelyn worked with Military families and children and is so excited to bring those experiences to BSOD. A queen of organization and communication, Miss Evelyn loves helping to create a “no stress” environment for our busy families!
ADMIN STAFF Bio and photo coming soon!
ADMIN STAFF Bio and photo coming soon!
ADMIN STAFF Bio and photo coming soon!