Meet our Instructors
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 / Director of Creative Movement - Preschool Ballet
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.
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Sheldon’s core where he fills up and fuels up is... Dance. He’s cross-trained from jazz, tap, ballet, ballroom to his favorite: Hip hop. He’s followed his inner compass of movement since childhood where he spent afternoons at his godmother’s dance studio. That internal guide has landed him Coast to Coast, from training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City to joining a street performance dance crew in Los Angeles.
As a teacher he’s gravitated to conventions around the country, earning multiple scholarships, dancing at Joe Tremaine’s Dance Convention, leading workshops, and he even auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance”... He went on to teach for Fred Astaire Dance Studios. The heartbeat of his style is simply put: keep moving.
Dance Instructor / Choreographer
Belly Dance Instructor / Modern Choreographer / Yoga Instructor
Assistant Dance Instructor / Administrative Assistant
Ms. Miranda started dancing at the young age of three and continued her dance training at a local dance studio in Panama City Beach. She’s trained in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Acrobatics and Musical Theatre.
Miranda participated in the Gulf Coast State College Performing Arts Program and was a member of the Dance Line at Arnold High School. She also was a finalist for the Disney’s Make Your Mark program and performed in parades at Disney World in Orlando FL. In 2018 she received her Digital Design Diploma from Haney Technical Center and is currently enrolled at Gulf Coast State College majoring in Digital Media Production Specialization.
Zumbini Instructor / Classroom Assistant Instructor
Ms. Elizabeth is a certified Zumba and Zumbini Instructor. She has two boys and spends a lot of time with her family outdoors. Her family enjoys volunteering at church and in the community. She has a passion for dance and she enjoys being in the classroom.
Zumba Kids Instructor
Mrs. Geri (aka Mrs. 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. 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.