Teachers

Kerrie Parker

Kerrie Parker, Owner of CDA, has been dancing since the age of five. She began with after-school programs and local studios just like Calera Dance.  She expanded her knowledge at Exclusively Ballet & Dance.  Here, she became a well-rounded dancer by studying all forms of dance, while specializing in ballet under the direction of Monica Barnett Smith. Kerrie competed with the advanced ballet and jazz groups, winning several awards and scholarships. She went on to teach at Exclusively Ballet for a few years before pursuing her education degree.  Kerrie also has experience with high school dance team and majorette, including being captain, for 3 years.

Kerrie is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.  This knowledge of child growth and development and best practices in education combined with a solid ballet foundation has led her artistic direction of the studio.

Kerrie and her husband Will live in Wilsonville with their dog, Boomer.

 

 

 

 

Katie Brantley

Katie Brantley has been dancing since age 2. She began her dancing career with Corky Bell Dance Studios in Alabaster when they first opened. She remained there for 15 years where she studied Jazz & Tap under the direction of Robin Stapleton and ballet under the direction of Angela Tower Walker. In 8th grade she was accepted into the Alabama School of Fine Arts as a Dance Major. There she was exposed to all forms and variations of dance while specializing in ballet. In her Junior and Senior year she performed with Alabama Ballet Theater and also had her own choreography performed live. Katie and her fiancée live in Inverness with their 3 fur-babies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Hartley

Leah Hartley is originally from Montgomery, Alabama and began dancing at the age of five. She spent eight years training and competing in local and national dance competitions in jazz, tap, lyrical, and hip hop with Tonya Speed’s Dance Connection.

At Baldwin Arts and Academic Magnet School and Booker T. Washington Magnet High School, Leah was trained in ballet, jazz, and modern and was awarded numerous performing and choreographing opportunities under the instruction of Valerie Lagrone Radford, Cathy Wright, Emily Caruso, Gary Moore, and Joy Ohme.

As her love for ballet grew, Leah attended Summer Intensives at Alabama Dance Theater and Montgomery Ballet and joined the Montgomery Ballet as a Senior Company member, 2005-2007.

While attending Auburn University, Leah taught ballet at Variations Dance Studio and received further instruction in classical and contemporary ballet under the artistic direction of Stacy Young.

Leah has worked closely with industry professionals such as Haynes Owens, Foye Dubose, Diana and Julian Green, Magaly Suarez, Thaddeus and Tanya Davis, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss and received many prestigious awards and scholarships.