Kelly Bell – Artistic Director/Owner/Instructor
Kelly Bell earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Dance in 2003 from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri, and continued her training in Los Angeles, California. She then moved home to the Atlanta area and began teaching and choreographing for several studio’s and fine arts programs and started her own pro-am dance company, Innovation Performing Arts, where her students performed around Georgia and won several competitive awards. Inspired by the success of the dance company, Kelly opened a new 3,600 square ft. dance facility in 2012 – Southern Dance Precision in Villa Rica, Georgia. “SDP” was founded to offer a wide range of dance styles and accommodate learning for all levels and ages. The studio offers a complete offering of recreational classes and performance troupe as well as competitive dance teams.
With emphasis in Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Rhythm Tap, Kelly is very proud to have a studio space to promote her unique training and experience in west Georgia. Her choreography is a reflection of her 25 plus years of training and teaching, where she has continually studied with world renowned choreographers and dancers. She is an award winning choreographer, and has received several choreography and judges awards for her dance companies. Kelly is also often hired to choreograph for music videos, special events, school programs and church productions.
Kelly is exceptionally active in the metro Atlanta community, serving as an advisory board member for Kennesaw State University’s Dance Fest, Director of Choreography for Alexander High School, board member for the Golden City Lions Club member, board member for “Taste of Villa Rica”, and is a member and former chair of the the promotions team with Main Street Villa Rica as well as past Advisory Board President.
Kelly’s goal as a studio owner and teacher is to ensure students are properly trained in all areas of dance and to help every student achieve their goals and ambitions as a dancer.
Jamie Allums – Dance Instructor
Jamie has been a dance fixture in the Douglasville and Villa Rica area for over 10 years. She has extensive training in Modern, Jazz, Ballet and Tap. As one of the original members of Innovation Performing Arts Company, she received numerous awards in dance for jazz, contemporary, character and ballet work. Jamie has been teaching and choreographing with Southern Dance Precision since it opened in 2012. She has produced multiple award wining pieces, and is already known for her ability to inspire students with a love for dance and transpire her passion for the art for audiences alike. She diligently works with each student she teaches to make sure they have clear understanding of the technique and style they are learning. Over the past 6 years she has repeatedly brought dancers to life with her fun personality and passionate approach to teaching.
Sarah Beth Wilkins – Dance Instructor
Sarah Beth’s passion for dance started at an early age and hasn’t stopped for a one minute. She loves performing and working with young artist, whether it is dancing, singing or acting. She is classically trained in various Ballet methods and has extensively studied jazz, tap, and pointe. She has performed, directed and choreographed several church, school and local productions. Sarah Beth holds a Bachelors degree in early childhood education from Columbus State University in Columbus Ga. She uses that education to make all students feel welcome, loved and appreciated in her classes. Her friendly and positive personality motivates young dancers to follow direction and do their best. Sarah Beth constantly looks forward to helping young dancers find the joy of expressing themselves through dance.
Kara Methven – Company Ballet Instructor & Acro/Conditioning
Currently a member of Gotta Dance Contemporary Company and a dancer/gymnast of over 20 years. Kara is a constant inspiration and coach to the students at SDP. She has studied at the University of Georgia, Atlanta Ballet and Gotta Dance Studios. Kara also trained at the Georgia School of Performing Arts with Perry James and Ballet North with Christine Fehr, performing principal roles in ballets such as “The Nutcracker” and “Cinderella”. Continually working and training in her craft with guest artists such as Cherrise Wakeham Darryl Foster, Stefan Reynolds, CiCi Kelly and Rachel Truitt to name a few. Although Kara has worked with us since January of 2013, we are very pleased to have her as a permanent member of our staff as well as choreographer for the Southern Dance Precision company. Her work with dancers is consistently helping them reach new heights in their training, and motivates them to reach outside their own expectations.
Brii Tyson – Ballet & Pointe Instructor
Brii Tyson has been dancing, performing, and teaching ballet and jazz for over 25 years. Her early classical ballet training was with Richmond Ballet: The State Ballet of Virginia. After moving to Georgia in 1995, she continued her study of Cecchetti technique at Arts In Motion (AIM) in Griffin, Georgia, dancing for four years with AIM’s Junior and Senior Jubilante Companies and began working as an assistant and, later, an instructor of ballet, jazz, and gymnastics.
During summers, Tyson trained privately with Jacqueline Pizarro, a former dancer with Peru’s Ballet Nacional. In 2000, she moved to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to attend Salem Academy & College. While there, she studied in the College’s Dance Program in both Cecchetti and Vaganova techniques and performed as a junior member with now-defunct DanSalems Company for three years. Just a block from North Carolina School of the Arts, Tyson was able to take Master Classes from the school’s faculty, including Gillian Murphy, Melissa Hayden, and David Howard, among others. After returning to Georgia in 2003, Tyson began to focus on teaching by heading the advanced ballet and jazz sections at the Ozier Studio of Dance for the next two and a half years.
Tyson moved to Statesboro in 2006 to attend Georgia Southern University, where she stayed for the next ten years teaching ballet and jazz on faculty at Statesboro School of Dance. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in English Literature and Writing & Linguistics during the 09/10 dance year, Tyson realized her childhood dream when she became Owner and Artistic Director of Vidalia Ballet, which she ran and directed for the next six years. Tyson, her husband Travis, and daughter Avalee moved to Atlanta in the summer of 2016. Tyson works from home running a small Modern Calligraphy business and is excited to rejoin the dance world this year at Southern Dance Precision!
Madi Nelson – Jazz & Hip Hop Instructor
Madi Nelson grew up in Georgia dancing at Great Gig Dance Co. She studied a variety of styles such as ballet, tap, hip hop, modern, jazz and contemporary. During her time with the Great Gig Dance Ensemble, Madi assisted classes and tutored students. By her senior year of high school, she was teaching and choreographing among her peers. Madi continued her dance studies in New York City at Marymount Manhattan College where she graduated in three years and received her degree in teaching dance arts. While at Marymount, Madi choreographed for both the student choreography showcase and the main stage repertoire concerts. In addition, she helped start a student chapter of the National Dance Education Organization. Madi remained in NYC after college to further her knowledge of the industry. She is excited to continue pursuing her dance career in Atlanta and to share her knowledge and skills with those who have the same passion for dance.