Ms. Erica began baton twirling at the age of five and dancing at the age of six at the Dance Academy – Griffin, GA for 11 years. She continued her dance and performance training at the University of Georgia (UGA) where she was a Georgette with the UGA Redcoat Band for 4 years. She was also an instructor for high school majorette, flag and dance lines. Ms. Erica received instruction in dance at UGA and was one of the founding members of a university dance company called Pamoja, which is currently still in existence on campus since 1987. Ms. Erica received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Ms. Erica is married to Ron Edgerson and has a eighteen year old son, Nicolas, who is one of our after-school hip-hop teachers. Her areas of instruction include ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, liturgical, musical theater, baton twirling, dance and drill, and Competition coaching (dance and pageant).
Ms. Janai began dancing at the age of three at Studio D in Griffin, GA. At the age of six she began training at the Spelman Children’s Dance Theater at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA with classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and West African dance. Ms. Janai joined Dance Vision Performance Academy (DVPA) in high school taking classes in ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. She was one of the first seniors to graduate from DVPA before leaving for college at New York University. While attending NYU, Ms. Janai expanded her dance experience as a member of the college’s hip hop team “Hipnotic” and “One Step Ahead” step team. She also attended dance and technique classes at NYU, Broadway Dance Center, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center & School. Ms. Janai’s later transferred to Georgia State University where her academic major was History with a minor in African-American Studies. She returned to DVPA to teach under Ms. Erica and also taught at the Dance Academy- McDonough & Stockbridge, Ga as well as Jackson Elementary School- Morrow, GA. Her areas of dance instruction include ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, Competition coaching, and she is a certified Zumba & Zumba Gold instructor.
Ms. Christy began taking ballet classes at the age of 8 at Atlanta Festival Ballet School, joined their student company at age 14, and then made it to the professional company at the age of 19. Christy enjoyed growing her ballet experience by performing in classical ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Peter Pan, and many more. Christy is the owner of Kristy's Dancewear in Stockbridge, GA.
MODERN TECHNIQUE/ CONDITIONING INSTRUCTOR
A graduate of Kennesaw State University’s College of the Arts, Ms. Achsah Okeke discovered her passion for dance later in life. Her passion for ballet and modern did not blossom until grade 7. She began her training with The Georgia Academy of Dance in Peachtree City where she performed alongside professional dancers from Atlanta Ballet in the productions Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and Midsummer’s Night Dream. By age 16, Ms. Achsah began dancing with Dance Vision Performance Academy of Griffin where her artistry and creativity were nurtured. Achsah is a technical dancer whom believes mobility, core conditioning and love for the arts is essential to building dynamic dancers. Achsah is excited to return to Griffin and teach with Powerhouse Talent to help developing dancers hone in on their strength, artistry, and technical skill. Ms. Achsah teaches Modern Technique and Conditioning.
Ms. Dasia has experience coaching cheerleading and band auxiliary dance teams. She is also a former Dance Vision Performance Academy competitive dancer who has returned to teach students in her hometown community.
Ms. Kia has loads of experience teaching beginner through advanced levels of cheerleading and tumbling.