"Savannah Greatest Instructors"
by South Magazine
Rachael been dancing since a very young age. With 12 years of gymnastics and cheerleading under her belt, she has taken ballroom dancing by storm. Rachael started ballroom dancing in 2005 and knew from the first moments that she had a passion for it! Being a coach since she was 15 years old, Rachael knows how to train beginners to advanced students ranging in ages all the way from kids to adults. With her Bachelors in Health and Physical Education from Armstrong Atlantic State University, Rachael plans to use her knowledge and abilities to teach anyone who wants to learn about Fitness and dance or both....DANCE! Her active lifestyle encourages everyone to eat, drink, and live dancing. Rachael currently competes professionally with her students in Pro/Am divisions for American Style Smooth and Rhythm. Professionally, she competes in the American Smooth Division. With her LaBlast™ certification, Rachael teaches several classes of dance instruction and dance fitness.
Fitness Professional/Tap & Jazz Instructor
Jill started dancing at age 3 and has been on fire since. With her BS in Psychology, she teaches tap, jazz, and phenomenally known for her fitness classes she teaches at various locations including our studio! Jill teaches all ages, shapes, and colors! Her goal is to get you moving and sweating while loving what you are doing with your feet! Jill is also a Certified Personal trainer with connections to Nutrition with Shakeology. Her tap abilities and passion to make music with her feet help anyone who wants to dance, dance! Jill is certified in Zumba, Piloxing, LaBlast, and Personal Training. Her passion is presence, not
Professional Ballroom Instructor
Jeff started his ballroom dancing career 24 years ago. He is fluent in all American and International styles of dancing. He teaches social and competitive dancers. Jeff has trained with some of top professionals in the United States and currently competes professionally with Rachael. Jeff currently teaches at Academy of Ballroom in Atlanta. He travels to Savannah to share his passion and love for ballroom dancing with all of the coastal empire!
Director of Coastal Casineros and Instruction of Cuban Salsa
Leslie has spent her life dancing. She started with ballet, tap, hip-hop and
jazz as a child. She loved modern dance in college, then started learning
partner dances during graduate school like West Coast Swing and Lindy
Hop. She began cuban salsa almost 7 years ago when she was recruited by
Rumbanana salsa group in Corvallis Oregon. When she came to Savannah, she could not
find anyone doing this style, so she started the group, The Coastal Casineros.
Professional Argentine Tango, West Coast Swing Instructor
Rick started his dance career in ballroom and quickly loved the art of Argentine Tango and Swing. Rick has trained with the best in the business for Argentine Tango and loves to share his knowledge with others. He is known for his dry, quick sense of humor and will get your feet moving quickly on the dance floor. Join Rick as he teaches West Coast Swing and Argentine Tango weekly. Check the calendar for more information.
Personal Trainer, Insanity Certified
Chris is a Savannah native and a University of Georgia graduate. After
being in the financial services industry for over 15 years, he decided
to help others get great results and reach their fitness goals by
becoming certified to teach the popular Insanity workout program.
Additionally, he is a NESTA Certified Personal Trainer and Group
Exercise Instructor and is experienced in teaching fitness classes to
both adults and children. Chris is married to the former Marnie
MacMillan and they have two daughters. Chris teaches our INSANITY fitness classes. Join today!
Fitness Professional, Running expert, and LaBlast Certified
Amy Henderson has a passion for running, cycling, and dance fitness!
Happily married 20 years as a military spouse and mom to 4 amazing
children, she has experienced many new places and activities, life is
always on the go and she appreciates a lifestyle to go with it!
Dedicated runner and recently accomplished the Savannah Rock n Roll half
marathon, training for a triathlon, group fitness certified, spin
certified and now a new love and certification with LaBlast, she can't
wait to challenge you all while having fun doing it for a balanced and
Ballet Professional, Adults and Teens
Nicki O’Connell studied Ballet and Modern with some of the best
known teachers in New York City, where she also danced professionally
for a number of years. Nicki continued studying, teaching and
choreographing after moving to Long Island where she raised her three
children. With her husband now retired in Savannah, Nicki welcomes the
opportunity to reengage her life-long love of Dance.
Kit Dobry, Yavanna Dance
Professional Belly Dancer & Instructor
Yavanna has been dancing ever since she can remember;
starting with ballet, tap and gymnastics, but her true love is for Oriental
Dance- also known as Raqs Sharqi or Bellydance. She has studied Oriental Dance
since high school, focusing on the history, culture and music as well as the
movements, and has been a regular performer at The Mirage and Mediterranean
Tavern. Yavanna continues to study full-time with world champion dancer Jennifer
of Orlando, and has taken from several other top names in the field. She also
attends many workshops throughout the year to keep up with the latest trends
and constantly pushes herself to improve. She has a degree in Art History and
Illustration from Moore College of Art and Design and resides in Savannah, GA
with her husband, son, three dogs and a cat.