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 is a co-owner and an instructor at PDCA. She 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 is also 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.
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.
Katie was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina where she received her dance education. In her early age, she was a competitive dancer in many regional dance competitions. She has trained in Ballet, Modern and Jazz techniques. She studied with the late Robert Ivey at the Robert Ivey Ballet where she fine tuned her technique and his charisma sparked more life into her heart for dance. She attended the South Carolina Governor ’s School for the Arts. While at the school she took daily classes with Stanislav Isseav & Irena Ushakova bringing her training to new heights. She also had the pleasure to work with many industry leaders including Alonzo King, Hernan Justo, Robert Barnett, Sandra Neels, Lloyd Withmore and many more. principal roles in numerous ballets and contemporary works.A familiar face at PDCA, Katie has worked with our dancers in summer workshops, conditioning, and technique master classes. She continues to teach with Coastal Ballet USA & Charleston Ballet Center for dance education working with dancers on technique classes along with stretching and strengthening. She has worked with numerous studios across the low country working on both performance and competition pieces. She has received numerous awards like A Breath of Fresh Air and Stunning Choreography for her modern works. She continues to travel as guest artist and teacher through out the country for summer intensives, choreography, and private coaching.
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.
Born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina, Daequan developed an early passion for dance and performing. With hard work and dedication, he auditioned and was accepted into Berkeley Center for the Arts. He was able to learn from many teachers, building a solid foundation in dance. while still perfecting his craft, Dequan choreographed and starred in a commercial for JC Penny. He competed and won the title of Mr. Dance at Southern Council of Dance Masters in 2017, and competed in Dance Masters of America’s national competition in Anaheim, California. Daequan has won multiple competitions with his choreography. In his seven plus years in the industry, he is only just getting started.
Gabrielle Smith grew up training at Planet Dance in all styles of dance. She is a Planet Dance competition team alumni and is excited to teach our some primary and bit bop classes this season! As a recent high school graduate, she has moved into her teaching career and looks forward to teaching young girls and boys to dance while watching them grow and evolve in an art form that she has always loved.
Brittany Priester is from Charleston, South Carolina. She started dancing at the age of three and has competed at the state, regional, and national levels in dance competitions with Planet Dance Center for the Arts. Her dance training includes jazz, acro, hip-hop, lyrical, contemporary, modern, ballet, and tap. Her favorite style of dance is hip-hop, and her first ever hip-hop class was taught by Twitch. She has performed on Carnival Cruise Lines, in Charleston Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker, and Christmas at Northwood. In 2018, she served as the President of the Junior Southern Council of Dance Masters Chapter 44 after serving in 2017 as the Vice President of the organization. Currently, she is the Program Chairman of the local scholarship program Distinguished Young Women of Berkeley County, and she owns her own business, Brittany Priester Graphic Design. She is a Senior at Charleston Southern University where she is the Captain of the Buc Angels Dance Team. She will graduate in the Fall with Honors and a double major in Business Entrepreneurship and Graphic Design.
Amanda Sabin is a Columbia, South Carolina native. She grew up dancing at Bailey Fine Arts Centre and trained in jazz, lyrical, ballet, and acro. As a member of their competitive dance team she traveled the south east and won numerous titles. She found her love for teaching dance in high school. Amanda attended Charleston Southern University and graduated in 2021. She was Captain of the CSU dance team for two years and a member and choreographer for the worship dance team on campus. She is very excited to be back in the studio and teaching once again!
Eden Stewart grew up training at Planet Dance since the age of two. She has trained in Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop, Contemporary, Lyrical, Modern, Acro, and even more styles during convention classes. Her favorite styles of dance are Ballet and Contemporary. She has performed in Charleston Ballet Theater’s Nutcracker, Christmas at Northwoods, and other dance productions for school. She is a former Planet Dance competition team member and has performed with a Goose Creek Dance Team. Eden was also an active member of the Junior Southern Council of Dance Masters. As an early high school graduate, she is now attending Paul Mitchell The School Charleston. She is excited and looking forward to helping the kids learn different forms of dance and grow in technique and confidence while teaching one of the art forms she has always loved and grown up doing.