Noel Dupuis Guest Teacher
Trained with the School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, Miami Conservatory and the Martha Mahr School of Dance. During the early years of his career he danced with the Atlanta Ballet, Southern Ballet Theatre, Memphis Concert Ballet and the Nashville Ballet prior to joining Ballet West as a Senior Artist. While at Ballet West he was under the direction of Jon Hart and Jonas Kage and performed in a number of ballets including Cinderella, Swan Lake, Peter Pan and The Nutcracker. He also performed in a number of ballets choreographed by Ashton, Forsythe, Hans van Manen, Val Canniparoli and George Balanchine. In 2003 Noel moved to Louisville Ballet as a Soloist under the direction of Bruce Simpson. While there he danced the role of Vronsky in Anna Karenina and as Arabian, Spanish and Waltz of the Flowers Cavalier in The Nutcracker. After two season, Noel moved to the Charleston Ballet Theatre as a Principal Dancer and Company Teacher. He performed as the Cavalier in Nutcracker, Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Noel had the privilege of performing at the 2002 Winter Olympics, Cultural Olympiad and the Sixth Annual China Arts Festival. Since 2006 Noel has been working as a freelance dancer, teacher and choreographer. Noel and Christina married in April of 2015 and have a son and a daughter.
Jessica Seawell Instructor
Jessica began her training in Performing Arts at the age of 5 where she learned the fundamentals of dance. As a developing dancer, Jessica trained in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theater, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, Hip-Hop, Wacking and Tuttingt. At the age of 12, Jessica auditioned for a spot on an award-winning competitive dance company. While expanding her training, Jessica was provided the exclusive opportunity to apprentice under the industries most profound professionals: Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Gregg Russell, Andy Blankenbuehler, Mia Michaels and many more. Given this opportunity allowed Jessica to further her training to a degree of winning numerous scholarships to New York to dance at Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles, California, acceptance to perform alongside Neil Patrick Harris in the Disney Christmas Day parade hosted by ABC Family and holds a place in the 2013 Guinness Book of World Records with the Rockettes for the World’s Largest Circular Kickine. Holding this strong foundation has led Jessica to be a Studio Director for 5 years, wrote a Georgia accredited performing arts in education curriculum for children grades K-5th, a proud Partner in Education with two county schools and in 2019 was awarded the title as a nationally acclaimed choreographer. While donating countless hours to the community, Jessica resides as a national dance educator and national adjudicator.
Kristin Talley Instructor
Kristin trained at Susan Chambers School of Theatre Dance from 2000-2015 and is trained in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop, and musical theatre. She is a recent Young Harris College graduate and recent member of the Aurora Theatre’s 2019-2020 Apprentice Company. In 2019, she graduated from Young Harris College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre and a minor in history. Some of her previous roles with the Aurora Theatre include Featured Ensemble (Christmas Canteen 2019), Judy U/S (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime), and Ensemble (On Your Feet). While attending Young Harris, Kristin had many opportunities to teach and choreograph. She choreographed two mainstage shows for Theatre Young Harris (Everyman and The Taming of The Shrew) as well as The Music Man at the
Peacock Theatre in Hayesville, NC. After graduating college in 2019, she was cast as a principal dancer in a new Netflix movie musical that will air in Winter 2020. She is currently a working Atlanta teaching artist, actor, singer and dancer.
Christina Dupuis Director
Trained with Druid Hills Dance Centre, Rotaru International Children's Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Simply Dancing. She danced on scholarship at EDGE Performing Arts Center in Los Angeles for 2 years. Christina was fortunate enough to perform in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1996 Olympic Games as a dancer. Professionally, she performed as a lead dancer, singer, cast captain and choreographers assistant at Wild Adventures Theme Park where she performed in various song a dance shows as well as a large prop magic show. She traveled with her choreographer Aurelio "Tony" Padron to set choreography on other projects.
Christina performed as a Guest Artist with North Georgia Performing Arts Academy. She performed the roles of Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. Christina also danced with About Face ATL, a jazz and contemporary company, for 3 years. Christina and Noel married in April of 2015 and have a son and a daughter.