Although we have several assistants, your child will always have one of our principal teachers as her main instructor. They have been tested on their knowledge of dance upon admission to the organizations listed. They participate in continuing education regularly to add new styles and fresh ideas to time-proven teaching techniques.
“Mrs. Tracy” Hannon – Owner, Director, and Teacher
“Mrs. Tracy” began dancing at the age of 2 with her aunt, Dotti Patterson. At the age of 12 she began teaching out of her mother’s kitchen until she graduated from high school. While studying dance at the University of Memphis, she performed with the U of M dance company and traveling company, Moving Line and taught ballet, tap, and jazz at Dotti’s School of Dance. In 1988, she was certified by the Southern Association of Dance Masters, and has been on the board of directors as well as the Second Vice-President. Upon graduating cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (dance/theater major), she began teaching ballet, pointe, and modern at the Civic Dance Company in Columbus, Ga. She began dance programs for the Auburn Parks and Recreation Department, the city of Notasuga, and the Auburn City Schools. Upon returning to Memphis, she taught for Dotti’s School of Dance, and Patti Howard’s School of Dance, and choreographed for the Germantown Community Theater. In 1997 she became the owner of Patti Howard’s School of Dance, changing it’s name to The Dance Academy of Bartlett. She was the Memphis Children’s Rehearsal Director for the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker for 10 years. She has judged for the “I Love Dance” international dance competition. She continues dancing, currently studying and competing in Ballroom dance, even winning a 2012 & 2016 National 5-dance open rhythm championship. Mrs. Tracy has taught all levels and all subjects, but currently teaches company tap classes and competition choreography.
“Ms. Amanda” O’Rourke – Teacher and Office Manager
Ms. Amanda is a former student and assistant at The Dance Academy of Bartlett. She has performed with the International Sweetheart Company in Las Vegas and Neil Goldberg’s Cirque. She was a dance major at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro as well as studying dance at the University of Memphis. She is also a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters. She has an education degree from the University of Memphis. She has been teaching at The Dance Academy of Bartlett since Fall ’08 choreographing award winning dances. Ms. Amanda is also our morning office manager.
“Ms. Danielle” Pierce – Teacher
Ms. Danielle began working at The Dance Academy of Bartlett in 2012. She grew up dancing at All American Kids dance studio. She was named a member of the Arkansas State University A-Team Dance Team performing at games and events for several years. She continued her dance training at the University of Memphis studying numerous styles. She graduated in Communication and Fine Arts in 2008 majoring in Journalism and Spanish. She has taught and choreographed at New Ballet Ensemble, Millington Middle School , Ballet on Wheels and the award-winning Christie McNeil School of Dance. She has been a Red Hots Dancer with the Memphis Red Birds and choreographs for them as well. She is also a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters. At DAB, she teaches company jazz classes as well as combo classes for all ages.
“Ms. Christina” McKinney – Teacher
Christina is a former student at The Dance Academy of Bartlett. She specializes in many areas of dance, such as Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Improvisation, but has also trained in Musical Theatre, Tap and Modern Dance. She studied Dance Performance and Choreography at Columbia College in South Carolina and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The University of Memphis. She has been a member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters since 2010 certified in Ballet and Jazz. She is currently a company member and collaborator with Racine + Southern Dance Exchange and has assisted and performed with the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker, danced with Carnival Cruise Lines, and trained at Broadway Dance Center in New York City. Christina McKinney’s choreography has been performed by several Memphis-based professional dance companies and at the American College Dance Association’s South conferences. Christina teaches combo classes as well as some competition choreography.
“Mr. Sergio” Masero Olarte – Ballet teacher
Sergio hails from Spain, where he trained at Real Conservatorio Profesional de Danza. He comes to Memphis from San Francisco Ballet, where he first was on full scholarship and then performed with the professional company. He also studied with the School of American Ballet in NYC, being offered a full scholarship. He has performed with the Russian Imperial Ballet. He is currently in the Professional company with Ballet Memphis. Sergio teaches all Ballet Technique levels, Pointe and Senior company ballet.
“Ms. Michelle” Mitchell – Hip Hop teacher
An accomplished actress, makeup artist, and dancer, Michelle has performed with Graffiti Playground, Hybrid Performing Group, Hattiloo Theatre, Bluff City Tri-Art Theatre and D-Clax Productions. She has choreographed for Lane College Dance Team, Southern University Praise Dance Team and the Iroqsol Concert. She has taught for Ballet on Wheels, Zachary Center of Performing Arts, and various workshops in Louisiana and Memphis.
“Mrs. Brittany” Dillard – Hip Hop teacher
Brittany taught hip hop for us for 3 years and we are thrilled to have her returning to teach again. Ms. Brittany has been dancing since she was eight years old. She grew up dancing tap, ballet, and jazz. In 2006 she went to Middle Tennessee State University with a minor in dance. She studied Jazz, Modern, and Western African, and she was also in the dance company while there. She started doing hip hop in 2008 and hasn’t stopped since.
“Ms. Kim” Cunningham – Tumbling teacher
Kim is a DAB alum. She was an assistant here for four years, including working with our tumbling classes. She studied gymnastics for 6 years when growing up. She was a dance major at Columbia College (SC), where she trained in acro-dance and taught college students acro to prepare them for SYTYCD auditions. She is a member of SADM and CNADM. We are happy to have Kim back at “home”!
“Mrs. Evelyn” Smith – teacher
Evelyn hails from the UK and is a former studio owner. She has over 20 years of teaching experience. She studied dance at the Roehampton Institute in London. She has achieved an Associate Ballet Teachers’ Certification with the National Association of Teachers of Dancing and the United Kingdom Alliance of Dance, Drama and Exercise. She has a Contemporary Dance degree from the Roehampton Institute in London. After moving to Memphis and choosing DAB as her son’s dance home, we now welcome her into the DAB family as well. Mrs. Evelyn will be teaching Pre-Dance and Adult Ballet this season.
“Mrs. Brandi” Inman McElhaney – fitness instructor/personal trainer
Brandi grew up dancing at DAB, then performed with the Ole Miss Rebelettes while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She taught dance at Deborah Kay School of Dance for several years. She is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) certified Personal Trainer and certified Women’s Fitness Specialist. She is an AFAA Perinatal Fitness Specialist. Her certification as a NASM Fitness Nutrition Specialist is pending. We are excited to welcome Brandi home and also add a new program to our studio.