…developing young hearts, minds, and bodies since 1995
News & Updates ; Due to rising positive rates of Covid in our area we are delaying our reopening until July 20th! All classes in our 2020-2021 Schedule are available to be taken on ZOOM! We are here for in person instruction with a mask or from the comfort and convenience of your home on ZOOM!
After being closed since March 23rd for Covid-19, we are thrilled to announce an early opening for our 2020-2021 school year! We will open back up for regular classes on Monday July 20th under the following safety precautions; Instead of congregating in the waiting room before class, we will come to you in your car or the sidewalk (with social distancing measures in place) and take your child’s temperature. Staff will personally squirt hand sanitizer into child’s hands before and after class. All students need to wear a face mask on the premises. A reusable, washable ballerina print cloth face mask will be distributed to each student at no charge on their first class. (Students are of course welcome to bring a mask of their own choosing). Staff will wear masks. For classes that occur simultaneously, start and end times will be staggered to avoid crowding in waiting room. Commonly used surfaces will be disinfected regularly throughout the day. Classes will be restructured and conducted in a way as to minimize contact with one another. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our students and their families! We will use these procedures as long as is recommended and thought to be necessary.
Please check out our new schedule of classes for 2020-2021 and reserve your child’s spot today! NEW STUDENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO TRY ANY CLASS FOR FREE! Just contact us and we’ll make an appointment. New this year are SATURDAY MORNING CHILDREN’S CLASSES!
Registration fees for returning students will be waived for 2020-2021 due to the abrupt ending and short month of March 2020. A credit will be given on all recital fees paid last year that can be used for either recital 2021 or toward tuition.
About Our Instructors
Kim McCachren Sellers
Kim McCachren Sellers grew up in Mt. Airy North Carolina studying ballet, tap and jazz under Luci Stockton Phillips. During her senior year in high school, she took early entry into East Carolina University in order to study under Dutch ballet master, Petrus Van Muyden. While there she was inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma Freshman National Honor Society.
The following year she moved to Atlanta Georgia where she studied at the Atlanta School of Ballet and became a member of the Atlanta Ballet’s Youth Ensemble. She performed in the Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker at the Fox Theatre and at the opening of Atlanta’s High Museum. The next year she apprenticed with The Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre in Atlanta and joined the professional tour ensemble the following year. Highlights from her ten year career with The Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre include making the company’s New York City debut at the Riverside Church Theatre and performing in three Piccolo Spoleto International Arts festivals in Charleston S.C.
Kim has performed to critical acclaim various featured roles and solos. As a guest performer she worked with a variety of local Atlanta choreographers and producers. She portrayed Mexican visual artist, Frida Kahlo, in a movement theatre piece about her life that was filmed for PBS Atlanta affiliate Channel 30. This was part of a series that was named runner up for the Robert Bennett Award for local programming in 1991 and was shown at the American Film Institute’s American Film Festival in Los Angeles of that year.
Kim began her teaching career at the Ruth Mitchell Dance Studios in 1987 teaching all ages and levels including the pre professional apprentices. While Kim was a faculty member, Ruth Mitchell received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. She has also taught in Conyers, Tucker, Griffin, and Toccoa, Georgia.
Kim opened Commerce School of Dance with her husband, Trent Sellers, in September of 1995. Commerce School of Dance was voted “Best Dance Lessons” in the Commerce News, Jackson Herald and Braselton News Readers’ Choice Poll for 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
After high school, Carly attended Brenau University where she graduated with a BFA in Dance Education in 2014. While at Brenau she was taught by many accomplished dancers including Jolie Long, Vincas Greene, Cassandra Alvarado, and Niki Bybee. As an undergraduate Carly was chosen to perform in numerous dance program annual concerts including Evening of Dance, Faculty Concert and Senior Thesis.
Carly’s training at the collegiate level fueled her passion for choreography. She choreographed two modern pieces, Sculpted and URO: Unidentified Rolling Object for the Evening of Dance Concert in 2011 and presented her Senior Thesis works Her Majesties and Scarecrow for the Faculty Concert in 2013. In her Senior year at Brenau, Carly was a student teacher for Rena O’Leary at North Gwinnett High School where she taught beginner through advanced levels of ballet, modern, and jazz techniques in addition to human anatomy.
Since graduating college she has taught students ranging in age from 2 to 18 for several dance programs in the northeast Georgia area. In addition to Commerce School of Dance, Carly has taught for the Gainesville School of Ballet, Claudia’s Dance Academy,and I Love Dance Atlanta. She is currently a full time instructor as well as an administrative assistant for the Gainesville School of Ballet. Carly lives in Lawrenceville and travels to Commerce one night a week to teach ballet to the Senior One and Two Company students. She is proud to be part of the Commerce School of Dance’s 25 year history as both an alumnus and instructor.
She graduated from the University of North Georgia in 2017 with a degree in psychology and a minor in Theatre. Hannah currently works with the Senior One and Two Company students as a jazz instructor and choreographer.
Anna Tolbert began dance lessons at Commerce School of Dance at the age of six. She has worked over the past 13 years to achieve a high level of proficiency in the areas of ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, and hip hop.
As a high school student, Anna performed lead roles with the Commerce School of Dance’s Senior One Company. She also danced at East Jackson Comprehensive High School where Anna served as captain of the Band Dance Line and the Dance Dazzlers dance team.
Her most memorable performances include dancing the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in Commerce School of Dance’s Act 2 of The Nutcracker and placing second in the state with the EJCHS dance team during her senior year in high school.
In addition to performing, Anna loves choreographing and sharing her passion for dance with her students. She is currently a freshman at the University of North Georgia’s Oconee campus.
The Benefits of Dance
Research shows that dance provides physical, developmental, artistic, and academic benefits for our youth. They build muscle, coordination, flexibility, and a positive attitude toward body image with dance. Discipline and focus increase as students develop self-esteem and poise. Our classes nurture self-expression and creativity. And you may be surprised to learn that students who participate in dance have better GPAs throughout their school years, achieve higher SAT scores, and are more likely to earn better grades in college.
If you live in the Commerce, GA, area, call to find out more.