About Our Teachers
Amanda Turner is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer. She values safe training in dance technique and is passionate about using her gifts to worship God and share His love with those around her.Amanda has been dancing since she was five years old. When she was 6 years old, Amanda told her parents that she felt God’s purpose for her life was to teach children about Jesus through dance, so she became involved in dance ministry at the age of 8 and has stayed in dance ministry every since. At 7 years old, Amanda began choreographing dances that would honor and praise the Lord, and she has now choreographed and taught well over 50 pieces, including a 20 minute story-line production which premiered in 2017. At present, she is focusing most of her personal dancing on creating worship dance films to publish online (Facebook & YouTube) with the goal of sharing the hope of the gospel with those who may otherwise never see it. Over the years, Amanda has trained in ballet, pointe, worship, tap, modern dance, and acting, with exposure to many other styles including jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, musical theatre, Rockettes, and more. Her childhood training came primarily from The Studio School of the Arts, under the leadership of Dorinda (Legg) Yntema and Amy (Crews) Metz. During high school, Amanda trained with Perimeter Ballet, directed by Dorothy Schlichting and Becky Brown, to really hone her ballet and pointe technique. In the summertime, Amanda regularly invested in many dance intensives and workshops, including but not limited to En Pointe’s company intensive, Ballet Magnificat!’s SDI—training directly from directors Kathy Thibodeaux and Jiri Sebastian Voborsky, and classes from Hosanna Sacred Arts director Kenneth Tolle, former Atlanta Ballet dancers Tara Lee, Stacy Slichter, and Kristy Necessary, and KSU Assistant Professor of Dance Lisa Lock. Amanda began teaching in 2011. She enjoys teaching ballet and artistry to all ages and technique levels, and she was also trained by Marie Walton-Mahon to become a certified Progressing Ballet Technique instructor. After undergoing serious dance injuries and intense physical therapy for several years, Amanda founded the company Total Dance Health, with a focus on providing dancers and studios with the tools pursue pure technique, injury prevention, and a healthy mentality towards dance, the body, and achieving goals. It is the desire of Amanda’s heart that all of her dancing and teaching would draw those around her into a deeper knowledge and worship of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and that she would equip the future generation to do the same in whatever pursuits they choose to pursue in life.
Mary-Carolyn (M.C.) Conti
MC graduated from North side School of Performing Arts in Atlanta and went on to receive her BA in Theatre Arts from Fordham University in New York City. She worked in numerous Broadway and off-Broadway houses during her time in New York and had the amazing opportunity to study under Tony Award Winning Director Michael Mayer. Before having kids, she worked all over the Atlanta theatre scene and received 2 MAT Nominations for Best Director of a Musical. Once her 3 children showed up, her attention turned towards children’s theater and there she discovered a love of passing theatre on to the next generation. When not directing or teaching, she can be found ON the stage. Some of her favorite roles include Mary Poppins in “Mary Poppins”, Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”, Annie Oakley in “Annie Get Your Gun”, Alice in “You Can’t Take it With You, and Lucy in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”.
Erin was born and raised in Augusta, Ga and began her lifelong love of dance at the age of 3. She began competing in dance at the age of 8. Erin is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe and hip hop. She was on the dance team in high school where we competed yearly in Disney World at the UDA national dance team championship. In her junior and senior year she was elected as captain of the dance team where she did much of the performance choreography. Erin attended the University of South Carolina Aiken where she studied nursing. During that time, she continued dance classes at the studio she grew up at. When she married in 2011, they moved to the Dacula area and longed to continue dancing again.
Erin is a full-time nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical center which is a job she loves, but dance is her true passion! When she not being a nurse or dancing, she is home with her husband and 2 boys. Erin a member at The Fountain church and is very excited to be at the Studio School of the Arts where she shares her gift and love for dance with the next generation of dancers!