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    Artistic and Executive Director

    Ashley L. Tate founded ADC in 2007 and serves as the artistic and executive director. Ms. Tate recently earned her MFA in Dance from Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) and is an adjunct professor at Southeast Missouri State University, Webster University, and WashU.  

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    Assistant Director

    Jacquilynn began her affiliation with ADC as a junior program trainee.  After performing with the company for six years, she was chosen as the rehearsal director and served in that capacity for two years.  She is now entering her third season as the company's assistant director.


    Rehearsal Director

    A graduate of Southeast Missouri State University, Thomas is beginning his seventh season with ADC.  He is a graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance.  This will be his first season as Rehearsal Director.


    Ballet Instructor

    Morgan Cameron is a native of St. Louis who has taught dance and movement for all ages for over fifteen years. Ms. Cameron went on to perform with Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee Ballet, Atrek Dance Company, Collective Motion, and The Slaughter Project before joining The Big Muddy Dance Company as a founding company member, where she performed for five seasons.


    Hip Hop Instructor

    DeJanel dances and choreographs for various artists/teams and also does theater and music videos. She is the owner/choreographer of GrapeVine LLC (along with LuCretia Johnson) She works with the youth in various entertainment avenues. Most recently she has been instructing Trap Zumba classes.  You can catch her performing at different events in and outside of St. Louis!


    Ballet Instructor

    Tessa graduated from Principia College with a BA degree and a minor in Dance. Tessa has been in three world premiere pieces, choreographed by John Gardner. She spent the last three years teaching and choreographing for the Principia Upper School. Her primary focus has been in ballet and contemporary.  She has also served as a certified group facilitator for Cedars Camps.


    Contemporary Instructor

    Tiala Taylor is a graduate of Lindenwood University with a BFA in Dance and emphasis in Contemporary Dance.  She is an instructor for five dance studios, freelance choreographer and professional performer.  Tiala has performed solo features on The Fabulous Fox Theatre stage,  traveled for hired events in Los Angeles for the BET Awards, and much more.


    Stretch and Strengthen Instructor

    Garret Welker holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Southeast Missouri State University’s Conservatory of Dance. He was an apprentice trainee for Giordano Dance Chicago and has danced with Movement Revolution Dance Crew. He studied at the Ruth Page and Visceral Dance Centers. Garret danced/collaborated with artists in Soilsigh, Ireland.


    Jazz Instructor

    Abby Zaiz is a member of the Ashleyliane Dance Company. She has four years of concert dance and nine years of competitive dance experience winning many regional and national awards. She has trained at Center of Creative Arts (COCA) in St. Louis and has attended Point Park University (Pittsburgh, PA) in the BFA dance program. Abby is a dance instructor at B. Elite Dance Academy.

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