LeVon Campbell is a native of Chicago and began his professional dance training when he received a scholarship to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem as a trainee for the company. After much hard work, Mr. Campbell soon left the Dance Theatre of Harlem and became a member of The Alvin Ailey Dance Theatre second company. Always striving to move forward, Mr. Campbell soon joined Flocks of George Faison Universal Dance Experience. His dance experiences also include The Katherine Dunham Dance Company, Morris Donaldson Dance Company, Rhondo Dance Theatre, Disney on Paradise, Gene Marriancio Dance Company, Bryant Ballet and Sesame Street Live.
Mr. Campbell’s directorial, choreographic and teaching credits include Arneitha Walker, Associate Director of the Barbados Dance Theatre, State University of New York at Binghampton, University of Buffalo, Joel Hall Dance Center, Studio One Conservatory, Hyde Park School of Ballet, Erickson Institute of Early Childhood Advancement, Chicago Moving Company, School Street Movement, Set Police and Dominique College in Los Angeles.
Allyne D. Gartrell is a native of Atlanta, GA and brings twenty five years of experience to the art of dance. He is a graduate of the Dekalb Center for the Performing Arts in Atlanta and also attended Florida A&M University and Florida State University where he excelled in Instrumental Music and Dance. As a dancer, Allyne has worked with Joel Hall Dance Theater, Ballet Wisconsin, City Ballet Theatre and for seven years he was one of the Lead Male Dancers for the Internationally known Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, where he served as Company Instructor and Rehearsal Director. While at DCDC, Allyne performed ballets of Alvin Ailey, Donald McKayle, Talley Beatty, Ulysses Dove, and Donald Byrd to name a few. His Broadway credits include; the Wiz, A Chorus Line, Sophisticated Ladies, and his most notable performance as Crown in the National Touring Production of Porgy & Bess. Allyne also served as Assistant to the Tony Award Winning Choreographer Hope Clark for the production of Porgy & Bess which premiered at the Kennedy Center for the Arts. He is the current Artistic Director of the Atlanta Dance Connection.
Karla Loucas is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and started dancing at the tender age of 3. She became a part of the Norma's Academy of Dance family at the age of 5. She attended North Atlanta High School and was a part of the award winning Performing Arts Magnet Program. During the summer before her senior year of high school, she was selected to participate in the Governor's Honors Program as a dance major where only a select few of Georgia's best students are chosen. After high school she attended the Extraordinary Institution that is North Carolina A&T State University. While majoring in Business Marketing she was the Captain of the Basketball Dance team for 2 years. After graduating, Karla found herself back in Atlanta and a strong desire to get back in the dance studio. The opportunity presented itself when the Director of NAOD, Djana Bell, was in need of a teacher. Karla was more than eager to rejoin her family at Norma's Academy and give the gift of dance that was given to her at a very early age. While at Academy, Karla teaches several dance forms such as Ballet, Tap and Jazz. She also assists with the Norma's Academy of Dance Performance Ensemble. Karla enjoys every moment of teaching dance at Norma's Academy and she looks forward to more years to come.
Tre McClendon, a native Atlanta resident, was born to W. Oliver and Denise McClendon. Being the son of the owners of McClendon School of Dance, Tre has been surrounded by dance his entire life. Taking his first class at the age of 2, dancing was instilled as an important foundation in his life. He starting teaching his first classes at he age of 16 at McClendon School of Dance and since then has taught at workshops, arts centers, and dance schools all over the metro-Atlanta area.
Tre is a recent graduate of Morehouse College, majoring in Computer Science. While in school, he continued to pursue his tap career. Tre helped create and now performs in a tap show that teaches children the origins of tap dancing in America. This show called Beat and Rhythm: The Evolution of Tap has gone into more than one hundred elementary, middle, and high schools all over the state of Georgia. His ultimate goal is to become one of the premier tap names in America.
Elyse Rawlings is an Atlanta, GA native. She began dancing at the age of 2 at Norma's Academy of Dance under the tutelage of Ms. Djana Bell and remained there until she graduated high school. With over 20 years of training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Modern and Hip Hop, Elyse is an advocate of dance training serving as life training. Before entering high school, Elyse was chosen to attend the Alvin Ailey Summer Intensive Program in New York City. She attended the University of Georgia where she received a B.A. in Film Studies and a Minor in Dance. While at the University of Georgia, Elyse was a member of the Sweet Dreams Hip Hop Dance Company, Pamoja Dance Company, and the UGA Dance Dawgs where she performed at university basketball games, football games, and other school-wide activities. She was also inducted into the Zeta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated where she served as the Step Master. Under her leadership, the step team performed at college campuses throughout the state of Georgia and won several 1st place awards. She is extremely proud and excited to return to her home studio where she can continue to educate the many eager students that walk through the doors of Norma's Academy of Dance.
Patrick K. Smith - artistically known as "PK"--hails from Little Rock, AR. He received a B.A. in Music from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. PK’s early dance training began while at Horace Mann Arts/Science Magnet and later as a member of the Tidwell Project Dance Ensemble--under the direction of C. Michael Tidwell.
PK's professional dance experience(s) include performing as a guest artist with Déka Dance, Happy Nía Dance Theatre, Beckel’s Dancing Company, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Allen Civic Ballet, Ursula, Inc., Darryl Foster’s: LIFT with Stephan Reynolds and Allyne D. Gartrell, as well as the role of Snow King in Tolbert City Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”. PK was a member of Dallas Black Dance Theatre II where he also served as Rehearsal Assistant. While with DBDT II, he performed the works of BaBa Chuck Davis, Allyne D. Gartrell, Christopher L. Huggins, The Lion Kings'- Ray Mercer, Derrick Minter, Nycole Ray, Dianne M. Grigsby and Cleo Parker Robinson.
PK has contributed musically for several choreographic works and plans to continue artistic collaborations within both the music and dance idioms. In 2010, Patrick received the Director's Award for Outstanding Service from Dallas Black Dance Theatre II. As a founding member of Atlanta Dance Connection, he served as rehearsal director and company Horton instructor.