AUGUSTA WEST STAFF
Owner and Artistic Director
Megan began dancing at age two and hasn’t stopped since. A former member of the Augusta West Performing Companies, she is thrilled to be continuing the long tradition of quality dance instruction as the owner and artistic director of Augusta West Dance Studio. After two years as a dance major at Columbia College, Megan auditioned and was selected for the Young Americans, a performing group located in Southern California. She moved to Los Angeles in 1999 and as a Young American toured all over the world for the next five years. She has taught and performed in most of the fifty states, as well as in England, Scotland, Germany, and the Ukraine. During her time with The Young Americans Megan performed at Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs, MI, and at the Leelanau Sands Casino and resort in Traverse City, MI. Megan has produced and directed several shows for the Castle Hills School of Performing Arts in Gainsborough, England. She has performed in several industrials with Michael Curry designs in Los Angeles and Anaheim, California. In addition to the studio, Megan travels to other studios throughout the United States to teach classes and choreography. She has been on guest staff at the Retter’s Academy of Dance in Agoura Hills, CA. She has also been on faculty for several touring dance conventions. She would like to thank all of the dancers and parents for their continued support of Augusta West.
Founder and Instructor
Prior to opening Augusta West Dance studio in 1978, Dianne was associated with the YWCA as their dance coordinator and camp director. She has been listed in Who’s Who in the CSRA and as an Outstanding Young Woman of America. She was also named an Outstanding Citizen for the Tenth District of Georgia Federation of Women’s Club and had an award named in her honor. She has also been a nominee for the Women of Excellence Award. Dianne wrote, choreographed, and directed “A Christmas Dream,” which over the years has evolved into our annual “It’s the Night Before Christmas.” She received an “Auggie” for her choreography of the Augusta Players production of “Chicago.” Dianne was one of the founders of the Greater Augusta Dance Coalition, an organization comprised of area dance directors. She was also a member of the Board of Directors for Dance Educators of Georgia.
Company Assistant and Instructor
Artistic Director- Marlow is a 2007 graduate of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School and received her Associates Degree in Paralegal Studies from Augusta Technical College. She is an Artistic Director of the Performing Companies. An award winning choreographer, her talents are enjoyed by audiences from Atlanta to Los Angeles. In 2009, Marlow performed in and choreographed the Highest Score Routine at Dance Makers, Inc. National Competition in Myrtle Beach, SC. For three years, Marlow choreographed the Lincoln County High School Musicals: “Suessical,” “Copa Cabana,” and “Footloose.”. Marlow has had an amazing year and would like to thank her students for inspiring her through dance!
Cindy has been dancing since she was 4 years old and has studied with many dance professionals. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College and a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. She has taught at both of the above mentioned schools, as well as Brenau Academy. In addition to teaching at Augusta West, Cindy is also a dance teacher at Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School. She enjoys teaching and judging for various dance organizations and is especially happy to be a guest choreographer and master class teacher for studios through out the south. She recently choreographed Guys and Dolls for DFA, and is the handbell director for the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. Cindy is the wife of Charles Folger, Sr., and the proud mother of Charles, Jr., Thomas, and Apprentice Company member Shelby. She has enjoyed working with her students this year and is looking forward to teaching the older dance camps this summer.
Daycare Director and Pee Wee Troupe Director
Cathy began her dance training with Dianne at the YWCA, where she was an original member of “Just Us Dancers.” Along with her mother, “Miss Tikie,” she implemented the Augusta West Daycare Program, which she taught for 10 years before moving to California. After returning to Augusta she jumped right back in, took on the daycare program again, and continues that program today. In 2009 Cathy was instrumental in developing and directing our Pee Wee Troupe program. She is extremely proud of her High Score winning Pee Wee Troupe and all of her daycare students for an amazing dance year. Cathy and her husband Bobby are the proud mommy and daddy and of their four legged children Magnolia and Baxter.
Pee Wee Troupe Director, Company Training Instructor
Bea began her dance training in California taking jazz and tap from famous dance teachers including Shirley Temple’s stand in. She has been teaching at Augusta West for 27 years. During her time here at the studio, she was company director for Mini, Junior, and Apprentice Companies. Her choreography won and is still winning national awards. She has also choreographed 6 Aquinas High School musicals. Bea has been married to her husband Dennis for 48 years, has three sons and daughter in laws. When not dancing, she fills her time with her awesome grandchildren. “So very proud of my dancers, love you!, Miss Bea”
Cori is originally from the Chicago area and studied ballet, tap, and jazz with the late Ellen Copeland, who inspired her to pursue a career in dance education. Cori graduated Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in Education and holds teaching certification in both dance and Early Childhood Education. Cori currently teaches dance at Davidson Fine Arts and has taught 2nd grade in both Richmond and Columbia Counties. She and her husband Wes are proud parents of two sons Carter, and Nolan, and a daughter, Ansley Rose, a member of our Pee Wee Troupe. Miss Cori has thoroughly enjoyed teaching the Pee Wee Troupe this year.
Studio I Manager and Mistress of Ceremony
Barbara is “Miss Dianne’s” younger sister and has been affiliated with Augusta West for many years as the “Mistress of Ceremony” for recitals. She has a special role in the annual Christmas production, “It’s the Night Before Christmas.” In 1980, she was very instrumental in forming the Augusta West Dance Guild, Inc., a non-profit organization to promote dance in our area. Barbara and her husband, George, have two sons- Brad and Chris, and a daughter-in-law, Brandi, and are the proud grandparents to grandson, Rex.
Whitney began dancing at age three at Candy’s Happy Feet in North Augusta, SC. At age seven, she began dancing with the Augusta West Performing Companies. She is a graduate of Piedmont Technical College with a degree in Mortuary Science and Business Administration. Whitney and her husband, Casey have two sons, Davis and Colin. She would like to thank all of her dancers and their parents on a great year, and she looks forward to another great dance year in the fall!
Artistic Director, Company Coordinator
Casey is a 2013 graduate of the College of Charleston where she was a member of The Cougarettes dance team. She was very active in the college’s dance department and was featured in many concerts while pursuing her degree in Arts Management with minors in Dance and Hospitality and Tourism Management. She is currently following her dance passion as an Artistic Director of the Augusta West Performing Companies and as a choreographer and master teacher for many dance studios and dance teams all over the United States. Casey’s award winning choreography has been featured at Universal Studios, Disney World, Atlanta Hawks basketball games, University of South Carolina basketball games, and on many stages across the country. Casey has received a wide range of awards for her choreography including “Best Choreography” and “High Score Overall”. Outside the studio she is employed by General Growth Properties where she is the marketing assistant for the Augusta Mall. Casey along with her sister Kayla, started a fundraising campaign that raises money to sponsor children to take dance called Project Give Dance. Casey wants to thank her students for their drive and dedication to the art of dance and wants to remind them that they can do anything!
Company Assistant, Instructor
Haley is a 2015 graduate of North Augusta High School. She is currently a student at the University of South Carolina- Aiken, pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education. A sustaining member of the Augusta West Dance Company, Haley still enjoys being on stage and performing. During her senior year, Haley was a member of The Collective, an elite company of 12 dancers selected to travel across the country teaching and performing with DanceMakers Inc. Haley has received numerous awards and scholarships. This year she has been the assistant to our company directors and several of our recreational classes as well as teaching Level 1 Jazz on Saturday mornings.
Ashley Landrum White
Ashley joins our staff again after taking ten years off to be with her children. She grew up dancing in the Augusta West Performing Companies and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography from Columbia College. She founded and directed Random Dance Company from 1997-1999, and then performed with Anonymity Dance in Charleston, SC during their 1999-2000 season. Ashley Moved back to Augusta in 2001 and directed the Mini Troupe for a year and then the Junior Company for two years before she left to start her family. She is thrilled to be back at the studio and has very much enjoyed teaching Level 1 and Level 3 this year.
Company Ballet Director
Carlee began her ballet training at the age of five with Ron Jones Academy of Ballet. At the age of thirteen she joined Jones’ Augusta Dance Theater as a principal dancer performing lead roles in Copellia, Pequita, Nutcracker, and Etudes. Carlee attended summer training programs with Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, and the Burklyn Ballet as a scholarship student. At the age of fourteen, Carlee joined the Augusta Ballet as a trainee under the direction of Zanne Colton. She appeared in Dracula, Swan Lake, Tilt, and The Nutcracker. Carlee also performed as a guest artist in the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy with Columbia County Ballet. She formerly danced with Dance Augusta under the direction of Zanne Colton where she performed lead roles in The Nutcracker, Back to GA, Pas de Dix, A Place to Dance, Gift to Be Simple, Hearth of Embers, La Sulphide, and Giselle. Carlee and her husband recently move back to Augusta after living in beautiful Denver, Colorado where Carlee taught at the Denver Academy of Ballet and Metropolitan Academy of Dance. She now enjoys teaching Company Ballet at Augusta West and the primary levels at the Augusta Ballet School. Carlee recently welcome her first child into the world and is the proud mommy of a the sweetest baby girl in the world.
Melissa has been dancing for 17 years at Buffa’s Dance Studio in Burke, VA. After she graduated from high school, she moved to Los Angeles to be a member of the Dancer’s Bridge program. Melissa attends Midlands Technical College in Columbia, SC and is planning on becoming a physical therapist. She has attended Kirov’s Academy of Ballet summer intensive in Washington, DC and was a member of Dancemakers Inc. original Collective. This was Melissa’s first year teaching at Augusta West and enjoyed every minute of it!
Matt was classically trained in ballet beginning at 8 years old under the leadership of Mr. Ron Jones, the director of Columbia County Ballet. Ron tutored Matt as a teacher at 13 years of age and built the framework of his teaching style he uses today. Matt is the Worship Pastor at Parkway Baptist Church in Evans, GA, but he has enjoyed balancing out the time to share his knowledge and experience with the students at Augusta West for the past 2 years, hoping to invest in them the way Ron did in him. He is married to April Conway, and they are excited to bring their daughter Logan into the world in August!
daughter of Brent and Kym Allen
daughter of Jason and Kim Combs
daughter of Charles and Cindy Folger
Anne Elise Garrison
daughter of Chris and Melody Garrison
daughter of Chris and Monica Green
Courtney Jo Grubbs
daughter of Pam Grubbs
daughter of Kullen and Marsha Sourdiff
daughter of Elmer and Donna Pickett