Rhonda Whitehead's School of Dance and Gymnastics
Rhonda Whitehead - Owner/Instructor
We believe that a teacher must first connect with a student, discovering their learning style gaining an understanding of each child's needs and feelings. Once that is established, the teacher is able to share their knowledge and experience. At the end of class, it is more important that a student feels good about themselves than it is that they got the step. We take pride in our ability to offer every student a quality dance education in a positive environment that develops self-esteem and self-discipline. Rhonda has many years of classroom experience and has developed her own syllabus. We are proud to provide all students with a staff that is talented, experienced, and knowledgeable, while being classroom friendly. This means that the teacher fits our criteria of being able to encourage and train dancer to be the best they can be, but still keeping in mind the most important aspect of the studio, learning to dance should be fun! Our full-time staff has over 40 years of combined service at Rhonda’s School of Dance and Gymnastics. At Rhonda’s we realize that few students go on to pursue dance performance as a career. All dancer will gain many skills that they will carry with them throughout their lives. These skills include confidence, poise, working to reach their highest potential, and understanding the importance of commitment. With this in mind, we believe every student will leave our studio a better and happier individual.
Mrs. Allison - Instructor
Stefanie, from West Palm Beach, Florida, began her training under the direction of Susan Lyle at the age of 4. She continued her education at Bak Middle School of the Arts and at A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, where she was inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts and was awarded Senior Spotlight from the Dreyfoos Dance Department. During her senior year, Stefanie was also award regional titles such as Miss Dance of Florida 2009-2010, Miss Nextstar 2009-2010 and Miss Legacy 2009-2010. After graduating high school, Stefanie attended Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi where she was awarded a dance scholarship. During her time at Belhaven, she had the opportunity to travel to Russia, where she performed works in both St. Petersburg and in the Kremlin. In her junior year, Stefanie was selected to join a group of dancers from Belhaven to travel to South Korea in order to create a dance for camera film which was selected and awarded film of the year for the Jecheon Music and Films Festival 2013. Stefanie has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and a minor in Sociology. She is currently working as a dance instructor at Rhonda's teaching ballet, jazz, and choreographing for the competition team. Stefanie is also dancing professionally with Front Porch Dance Company, a local Modern company in Jackson, MS. Stefanie hopes one day she will have the opportunity to work with inner city children sharing her love for Christ while using dance as a tool for ministry.
Ms. Stefanie - Instructor
Allison started dancing at the age of 3 at Rhonda’s Studio. She studied ballet, jazz, hip hop, gymnastics, and lyrical. Allison was selected for the competition team, “The Company”, at the age of 9 and competed through her first year of college. At 15, she became an assistant teacher and once graduated high school, became a teacher for Rhonda. Allison attended Belhaven University and married her husband in March and received her Biology Degree in April of 2014. She has a total of 18 years of dance experience and has been teaching at Rhonda Whitehead’s for 6 years. “God has truly blessed me by giving me the opportunity to make an impact in children’s lives and share the love of the Lord through teaching dance.”