Meet the Team

Meet our talented team of instructors at South Walton Dance Company - Studio A. Focused on teaching exceptional technique and creating unforgettable experiences, our team is committed to our dancers’ satisfaction and success.



South Walton Dance Company Director of Dance

Ms. Ashley has over 27 years of dance training. Her love of dance started as a young child and she began taking ballet when she was only 6 years old in her hometown in Kentucky. Ashley worked as head instructor for Universal Dance Association for many years during college where she also danced for the University of Kentucky.  After college, she danced for numerous semi-professional teams in Kentucky and cheered professionally for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League.  Ashley is trained in ballet, jazz, hip hop, zumba certified and has worked with many different recreational school dance teams. Ashley continues to train in all genres of dance by taking master dance classes to stay current on all dance trends.

Ashley moved to the Santa Rosa Beach area in 2016.  She is currently the Head Coach of Seaside Neighborhood School Pom Squad and resides here in Walton County with her husband and three children. Upon recognizing the rapid growth in our community, she decided it was time to live out her dream and open a dance studio for the girls and boys in South Walton. 

Ms. Ashley and all the instructors at South Walton Dance Company - Studio A look forward to sharing their love of dance with the children of the South Walton community.  


Dance Instructor / Director of Dance Trance Santa Rosa

Erin Dermond — Dance Instructor at ThiBod Fitness Studio and Director of Dance Trance Santa Rosa Beach. Owner of First Watch Daytime Cafes on the Emerald Coast.

Erin has a BA in Dance and Pedagogy from Brenau University. She danced professionally and preformed throughout Europe before starting a family. She brings over 30 years of dance experience to South Walton Dance Company.


You will get to see Ms. Erin in our Ballet classes at ThiBod Studio Location.



Dance Instructor / Director of Ballet Programs

Jennifer, a Knoxville native, was an original member of the East Tennessee Children’s Dance Ensemble.
Following high school, she majored in dance at The University of Tennessee, performing as a soloist for
UT’s New Repertory Dance Company. She continued her dance training in New York City. She trained with the Martha Graham school performing in the secondary company. She trained at Alvin Ailey, the Limon School, and Joffrey Ballet. She is extensively trained in the styles of Bob Fosse, Luigi, Frank Hatchett, and Joe Tremaine. She was a cast member and toured in musical theatre productions on the Northeast loop.

After dancing professionally, Jennifer founded Arts In Motion in Kingston, TN. Currently Arts In Motion
provides fine arts dance training to over 300 East Tennessee students. Jennifer is currently a master
teacher for Texas Ballet, Denton Texas. She is also on staff at South Walton Dance Company and If I Had No Voice Panama City Beach. She has taught at The Ailey School in New York City and for Joffrey Ballet.

Jennifer is an avid downhill snow skier, loves sports and adores her family (6 kids) and friends!

You will get to see Ms. Jennifer in our Jazz, Ballet, Modern and Yoga Classes at Studio A Location.


Dance Instructor

Ms. Kristin is South Walton Dance Companies Assistant Instructor.  She assist instructors in our recreational ballet program.  She trained in ballet and jazz from the young age of 3 into her younger adolescent years. She cheered during middle school and was a member of her High School dance team in addition to playing softball and volleyball.  Ms. Kristin is former coach of the Seahawks Youth Cheer and co owner of Blue Mountain Bakery. Ms. Kristin enjoys all dance styles and she looks forward to sharing her love of all dance with your tiny dancer. 

Ms. Kristin is our head instructor for the Creative Movement programs at Studio A.  You will see Ms. Kristin assisting in all class levels at our South Walton Studio A Location.


Student Dance Instructor

Miss Sage started dancing in first grade at the age of 6. Her first ballet teacher, Erin Dermond encouraged her to try out for the Northwest Florida Ballet Academie. She has been a student at NFB Academie since 2013, and is currently a trainee. Sage has been a student at the ballet school since 3rd grade. She has trained in several other dances besides ballet such as jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop. Sage has a true passion for dance and educating others.  Sage assist the Instructors at South Walton Dance Company in the recreation dance classes and Ballerina Birthday Celebrations. Sage is an inspiration to all the tiny dancers that get the chance to dance with her.


Student Dance Instructor

Miss Izzy is one of our fun Student Assistant Helpers!  She enjoyed dancing to any kind of music. Issabella is also a current student at Seacoast Collegiate and cheers for the South Walton Seahawks.  Izzy has trained in several other dance genres; ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and hip-hop. Izzy has a true passion for dance and children of all ages. Izzy will assist the Instructors at South Walton Dance Company in their recreation dance classes and summer camps.


Zumba Kids Instructor

Ms. Geri (aka Ms. Gigi) loves kids, animals, and dance and she is thrilled to incorporate all three by offering Zumba Kids classes for donation to Alaqua Animal Refuge. She was involved in cheerleading, dance, and show choir throughout her high school and college years and enjoys sharing her love of performing and exercising with kids.  Ms. Gigi is the proprietor of both "Gigi's Fabulous Kids" and "Stellar" in Rosemary Beach, FL.

Get in touch to learn more about our team.