All our teachers have been involved in dance most of their lives and continue to excel with certification through Dance Masters of America and The Cecchetti Council of America. Not only are they certified, most have had careers of their own within the dance world!
Mrs. Nancy is the co-founder, co-owner, and an instructor at PDCA. She received her training from the Myrtle Beach School of Performing Arts, where she was trained and examined in the Cecchetti Method of Ballet. She was a member of the Strand Ballet Theatre and Karavan Moving Company. She has been a member of Dance Masters of America and the Southern Council of Dance Masters since 1999. She is currently the past president of Chapter 44 and director for the Solo title competition. Nancy has also been a member of the Cecchetti Council of America since 1993 and is the current registrar of the South Coastal Committee. Her students have won numerous awards at regional and national competitions, and some have gone on to continue their dance profession teaching, judging, and performing throughout the country. She is the proud teacher of Petite Miss Dance of SCDM 2009, Mr Dance of America 2013, Mr Dance of America 2016, and Petite Miss Dance of SCDM 2017.
Brenna Worsham has been involved in dance for over 30 years. She began dancing at the age of four and fell in love with the art. She started her training at Bonnie’s School of Dance, where she later moved to a “DMA studio”. She then began broadening her training by taking master classes and workshops. After feeling comfortable enough with her knowledge of Dance, She became Co-Owner of Planet Dance Center of the Arts in Summerville, SC and has devoted the last 16 years to teaching at the studio. Brenna is often asked to judge various competitions, and is a member of The Cecchetti Council of America and Dance Masters of America.She has been a member of Dance Masters of America for fifteen years and is honored to be elected as a National Area Director at this past National convention.She, along with her business partner is the proud teacher of Petite Miss Dance of SCDM 2009, Mr Dance of America 2013, Mr Dance of America 2016, and Petite Miss Dance of SCDM 2017.
Meghan Burgess is a Charleston, South Carolina native. She grew up training and competing in Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Tap. Meghan found her love for teaching while attending the College of Charleston where she graduated with a BA in Arts Management and Dance Minor. Meghan has had the chance to train with choreographers such as Stacy McConnell, Mia Cunningham, Meg Griffin and many more. Meghan led multiples competition teams to Regional and National victories winning high score, overall, entertainment and choreography awards. Her students have won titles, such as, Mister Dance of America and several of her students have gone on to dance at Clemson University, Winthrop University, the University of South Carolina, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Disney. She is nationally certified by Dance Masters of America in Ballet, Jazz, and Modern and enjoys traveling to share her love of dance with others. Meghan also serves as a judge and master class teacher for Precision Arts Challenge Dance Competition.
Gingham Hoover, originally from Florence, SC, moved to Summerville three years ago. She has been involved with cheerleading and tumbling for over 20 years. As a cheerleader at Francis Marion University, Gingham worked with Action Cheer and Tumble teaching classes and summer camps. In 2000 she started her own company, Ms. Gingham's Tumbling. She has worked with dance studios, martial arts students, double dutch teams and all-star competitive cheerleaders to help them strengthen their acrobatic skills. Many of her students have gone on to cheer for teams including NFL team Carolina Panther Topcats, USC Gamecocks and Coastal Carolina. Gingham joined Planet Dance in December of 2012 as an acrobatics instructor.
Michael is a native of South Texas where received the majority of his dance education. Focusing on jazz and tap techniques, it wasn’t until Michael fully grasped the passion he had for dance that he began to focus on ballet and modern techniques. He joined the Rio Grande Valley Ballet where he had the luxury of working with numerous instructors including Prima Ballerina Assoluta Galina Mezentseva of the Kirov Ballet, Alex Ossadnick Ballet Bordeaux, Michael and Olga Wise of Moscow Classical, and Willie Shives of the Joffrey Ballet. Relocating to Charleston,SC in 2009, He met Nancy Alvey in 2010 while being a guest instructor in the Lowcountry. When not traveling as a performer or guest teacher , Michael became a regular at the PDCA studio. Sharing his love for the stage, Michael has been teaching students of all ages for the past 15 years. He has received different awards including Best Choreography and Most Original. Michael has been a member of Dance Masters of America since winning the title of Mr. Dance of America 2013. He continues to travel as an adjudicator and master class teacher within the DMA circuit.
Janine Kaiser grew up in Sumter where she began dancing at the Freed School of Performing Arts at the age of 2 1/2. She became part of the Freed Spirit Dance Company for 3 years before graduating high school. At Freed’s she studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, modern, and tap under Andrea Freed Levenson. She then attended Coker College where she obtained a Degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Ceramics and a minor in dance. She was also a part of the Coker College Dance Team, took a study abroad session in Europe for dance, and has had the opportunity to dance in pieces set by the Amy Marshall Dance Company and The Wanda Project. During her years at Coker she taught at the Brenda Cranford’s School of Dance, where she taught tap, ballet, and jazz to all ages. At Brenda’s she got introduced to hip-hop and has since included it with her other favorites, modern and jazz.
Starr Woodall, born and raised in Charleston, SC, started dancing at the age of 3 years old. Starr began her study of dance under the instruction of Karen Huett at The Dance Factory, studying ballet, tap and jazz until the age of 13. Still under Mrs. Karen, Starr auditioned and entered Charleston County School of the Arts (SOA) as a dance major from 6th-12th grade. Following her first year at SOA, Starr earned entry into the summer dance program at The Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities in Greenville, SC. Starr won Dancer of the Year at the Hollywood Vibe Regional Dance Competition in Myrtle Beach, SC. Winning Dancer of the Year put her in the running to win the MSA agency award at the Hollywood Vibe National Competition. Winning the MSA Agency award allowed her to travel to Los Angeles, CA, attend classes for a week at the Millennium Dance Complex, have a photo shoot and also meet with an agent at the Go 2 Talent agency. At USC, Starr joined the Carolina Girls Dance Team, under the instruction of Lindsay Sprague. She also became a member of the Unbound Dance Company under the instruction of Caroline Lewis-Jones and Susan Dabney Hancock. Being a part of the Carolina Girls, Starr cheered and danced on the sidelines at football games, as well as dancing during halftime at the basketball games. After her two years on the Carolina Girls, she began her focus on giving back to the community through teaching dance to younger generations.
Avery has lived in Summerville for the majority of his life. Starting dance at the age of 9, he realized his passion and enthusiasm for the art for. His training commenced with Metro North Dance focusing on ballet. He trained with the Cecchetti Method of ballet and as a student tested with the Cecchetti Council of America. Avery has been teaching for the past 8 years. Avery was an assistant coach for Goose Creek Gymnastics and Olympia Gymnastics. He has experience doing choreography for Cane Bay High school and the Flowertown Players in downtown Summerville