Mrs. Rachael Nelson is from Huntsville, Alabama. She graduated from the University of North Alabama with a degree in Secondary Education and is teaching AP Biology at Florence High School. Rachael's love for dance started when she was three years old at Ann's School of Dance in Huntsville, Alabama. She continued her training at Bobby's School of Dance, Susan and Vicky's, and Jill's Studio of Dance. During her dance career, she competed at many conventions including Dance Master of America, West Coast Dance Explosion, and Company Dance Nationals in Orlando, Florida, where they received eighth overall for their senior tap number "Dangerous." Throughout her dancing career, she has taken master classes from Gregg Russell, Rhonda Miller, Brian Friedman, and Mike Minery. She has also had the privilege of dancing with Mark McGrath (Big Bird from Sesame Street), Samuel E. Wright (voice of Sebastian), and The Sugar Beats.
She studied modeling at Brenda Martin's Tiffany's Academy and participated in many fashion shows and T.V. commercials, such as TJ Maxx and Channel 48. She won the Best Commercial award at the National Modeling Association's National Modeling Convention. She was a member of the Caster Knott Teen Board for 2 years.
She graduated with honors form the University of North Alabama.
Since she bagan teaching in 1987, she has coached many students who have gone on to win local, regional and national competitions. Her students have won scholarships to the Joffrey Ballet, Steps in Holleywood, The Edge and the Millenium in Los Angeles and National Dance Convention Scholarships as well as being selected to perform in the opening number of the several national competitions as a member of their elite dance teams. Others have performed in music videos, at theme parks, on cruise ship, and even on "So You Think You Can Dance!" Still, others have decided to pass on their love of dance by opening their own studios.
In the past, members of her dance company have won over four thousand Platinum and High Gold 1st Place Awards, as well as Shining Star and Top Overall Soloist, Duet/Trio, group, entertainment, choreography, technique, and best showmanship awards. Laura's Studio has been voted "Best Dance Studio in the Shoals," and has been awarded as one of the Top 50 Dance Schools in the South Central Region by the Federation of Dance Competitions. Over the years, the dance company has performed at Disney World's Magic Kingdom and has won many national dance titles
Laura and her husband Will, have two precious boys, Nicholas, and Cody .
Mrs. Laura continues her education by studying under nationally acclaimed choreographers and dances at workshops throughout the year.
She has a rare gift of understanding youngsters and inspiring them to make the performing arts an educational part of their lives.
Mrs. Laura has been in the performing arts since the age of five, and has various dance, television, acting, and modeling awards to her credit. Her
dance training began by studying ballet, tap and jazz at several local
studios in Huntsville, Alabama. She was a member of the Ann Brown Senior
Dance Company. Her gymnastics study began with the Huntsville Gymnastics Association and led to the JV team at Huntsville High. At an early age, she became interested in drama and acting. She studied with Helen Heriott, Ron Harris, and Fantasy Playhouse. She appeared in several plays and movies such as "Space Camp" and "Test of Faith".
Mrs. Emily Edwards has been dancing since the age of three. She began dancing at Marilyan Sanders Performing Arts Center where she took ballet, tap, jazz, and gymnastics. She continued from there to Bravo Dance Company where she took tap and jazz. She began working at Jasper Elite after that and taught ballet, tap, jazz and cheer for four years. She also cheered competitively for their senior squad. She was a member of her high school cheer squad and dance team. She graduated from the University of North Alabama in 2015 and now teaches at Florence High School. She was recently married to her long-time boyfriend Thomas. Emily enjoys teaching at Laura's and can't wait to see all of her students do amazing.
Miss Chynna Boddie is twenty-six years old and is from Florence, Alabama. She attended Florence Christian Academy and was active in many social clubs. She is the daughter of the late Daphne Boddie and Otis Boddie, and she has two older sisters, Aftan and Whitney Boddie and one brother, Stedman Boddie.
Chynna has been dancing for twenty-one years. She began competing at Laura's Studio at the age of six. She was on Dance Company for many years and won several awards. She was also asked to compete in Orlando, Florida for nationals and numerous other state competitions. While performing her first solo "Make that Money," she won Miss Petite. She also won scholarships at Company Dance and a CTG award at CoDance in Memphis, Tennessee. Chynna started teaching at Laura's Studio in 2008 and has the privilege to teach so many amazing students. She enjoys teaching all styles of dance and just sharing her love and knowledge with her students. This year Chynna has worked with the Dance Company teams, and they won many platinums, high golds and numerous other amazing awards.
Chynna would definitely like to say thank you to Mrs. Laura and the parents for making this year an amazing year for her and just being so supportive and helpful in every way possible and always encouraging her to do great things, and that means so much to her! To her students, you all have made so many different memories from funny, crazy,sad, and just weird moments that she will keep forever. Her prayer is that you always follow your dreams and never let anybody take them away from you. Always try your best at anything you do in life and never give up because all things are possible through Christ, you just have to have faith and believe in yourself, and always be YOU because every single one of you has something special and unique about yourself!
Tonya King has classically trained in ballet, tap, jazz and modern for over 30 years. Tonya brings wisdom and knowledge to the classroom from master teachers around the world. She is a National Award winning choreographer in jazz, contemporary and modern. Choreographed musicals, “Ragtime”, “Annie”, “Big River" and “42nd street”. She has performed with Paramount Touring Productions. She was a signed model with Elite Modeling Agency. While in Los Angeles, she directed “T JAMZ” a weekly live show for Universal Studios that she developed for teens. She taught professionals and students at the Edge, Pepperdine University and many local studios in the city.
Living in Las Vegas she worked as a Booking Agent for BESTAgency Models and Talent and RED Models. Tonya travels across the states and Central America judging and teaching for many competition and convention companies throughout the year. She has worked for Neveda Ballet Theater, where the Lyrical Repertoire was developed for her along with several local dance studios.
Tonya began her training in Pilates from master instructor Eva Font in Las Vegas while recovering from spinal fusion surgery. She spent three years under her instruction before beginning school to be certified as an instructor. Certified through The Pilates Studio Las Vegas and became PMA certified and continues education classes.
Mr. Cody Foster has been dancing since the age of 2 and competing since the age of 4. He studies all genres of dance and has been part of many Regional and National winning competitions teams. He has won several Mini, Junior, Teen, and Senior Mr. Dance titles. He spends many weekends a year taking from renowned teachers and choreographers. A few of his favorites being Twitch, Randi and Hefa, and Nick Bass. He had the opportunity to dance in the music video, "Sway," by Danielle Bradberry. He hopes to do more music videos in the future. Along with dancing at the studio, he also represents Florence High School with the FAFA Dance Company.
Mr. Derrick Broussard has been dancing for 18 years and teaching for 13. He has been seen in music videos, commercials and international competitions. Here are a few highlights of projects, events and celebrities that Derrick has been involved in over the last several years. He holds the prestigious title of "Herculoids" given by The Father of Hip Hop - DJ Kool Herc. One of the Official Soul Train Dancers from 1999-2007. Tapped to promote 2008 Phoenix premiers of Step 2: The Streets and Planet B-Boy. Phoenix Suns Team Promotional Commercial. Hired by the Pioneers of Hip Hop and Sedgwick and Cedar to perform a James Brown Tribute at the February 2007 MAGIC Show in Las Vegas. Sony PSP Commercial 2008. America's best dance Crew (season 2) took first place at the 2005 American Street Dance Competition. Derrick also created academic Hip Hop curriculum's in a few colleges such as Arizona State University, Scottsdale Community College and Glendale Community College.
Mr. Nicholas Foster is currently enrolled in the University of North Alabama and is pursuing a degree in Entertainment Industry with minors in Entrepreneurship, Economics, and Cinematic Arts. In the fall, he will begin teaching a group exercise class there in LaBlast, a ballroom-based workout created by Louis Van Amstel from "Dancing with the Stars." Nick was a ballroom dancer at Renaissance City Ballroom in Florence for 6 years and was competitive for 5 of those years winning multiple 1st place awards. Early on in his learning, his ballroom instructor noticed his potential and began training him to eventually become her assistant. After that studio closed, he trained at a national award winning studio in Huntsville for almost a year. He has studied all styles of ballroom in Smooth, Latin, and International styles.
Miss Shelley was born and raised in Florence, AL and began dancing at Laura’s Studio when she was just five years old. She joined the competition team when she was six and competed until she graduated high school in 2015. Throughout her competition dancing career, Miss Shelley won various top overall awards and scholarships to the Broadway Dance Center and took classes from some of the most internationally renowned teachers in the dance community. Today, she resides in Florence with her husband Preston and 15 month old son Robbie, and is studying journalism at The University of North Alabama. Miss Shelley is loving being back in the studio she grew up in and sharing her love for dance with all of her students.