DancEast Team

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Amy Zulewski, Owner

Bio coming soon.

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Hadassah BIRD*, Studio Manager

Bio coming soon.

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Whitley Hill*, Master Choreographer

Whitley Hill was born and raised in New York City. She was a child actor, performing at New York's famed La Mama Theater, with the New York City Shakespeare Festival and with the New York City Opera. She is a graduate in drama from NYC's High School for the Performing Arts. She has a degree in dance from the University of Michigan and an MA in performance studies. She directed an award-winning dance company in Michigan for 14 years, and her dances have been commissioned and performed by companies across the country. She has worked with students of all ages in multiple dance genres, and she has taught extensively and served as guest artist in many universities. She is the choreographer of many of DancEast's most beloved pieces and a favorite instructor among students of all ages. She has been a part of the DancEast faculty since 2008.

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Ashlyn Cianciolo

Ashlyn Cianciolo, originally from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, pursued her professional dance training and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. Shortly after moving to Nashville, Ashlyn joined Blue Moves Modern Dance Company in January 2016 and has been performing and choreographing with the company ever since. Ashlyn is also a teaching artist - working with various studios and programs throughout the Nashville area. She is passionate about inspiring dancers andteaching in a way that promotes self-awareness and body positivity. You can expect classes with Ashlyn to be athletic, energized, and technically based.

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Kaileigh Bullard

Kaileigh Bullard is a singer, dancer, actress, and multi-instrumentalist from Wagoner, OK. Kaileigh was trained in tap, jazz, ballet, and clog for over 15 years and currently teaches tap and clog at two studios in the Nashville area. After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Belmont University, Kaileigh signed with the Avenue Agency in Nashville and has done numerous acting projects, including a recurring role on ABC’s Nashville, four national commercials, the Originals, and a recurring role as hostess for Lifeway’s Explore the Bible. She recently landed the lead role in the feature film, Ticket to Nashville, a country jukebox musical based on the original stage production by the same name, in which Kaileigh also starred and choreographed. She was Babette in Hendersonville Performing Arts Company’s production of Beast and the Beast last year and is currently the choreographer and bride Martha for HPAC’s production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Kaileigh loves teaching tap, especially musical theater tap, and is excited to share her passion and knowledge with the students at DancEast!

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Ashley Lawless*

Ashley Lawless holds a BFA in Dance Performance & Choreography from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has studied with a myriad of great teachers and performers, and her dance education ranges from aerial dance to botoh.  In 202, she co-founded and directed whiteroad Dance Media in New York City and has presented her work to audiences across the country in many venues, including the Built on Stilts Festival in Martha's Vineyard.  Ashley has been performing, creating and teaching dance for over 12 years, focusing on contact improvisation and performance art.  Ashley's most current project is a collaboration with fellow dancer and choreographer Janelle Bonfour-Mikes on a dance/poetry/performance art/film arts collective Panama Red Arts.

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Holly Cannon-Hesse*

Holly Cannon-Hesse began her studies at Middle Tennessee State University, where she majored in Speech and Theatre with an emphasis on education and minored in dance. She studied under the likes of Anne Holland, Nancy Turpin, and Rossi Turner in a variety of disciplines, such as Modern, Ballet, and choreographic technique. She has been a member of Blue Moves Modern Dance Company since 1993; the company takes on important social and personal issues through quirky and creative movement. She has been teaching dance to children for more than 15 years. In addition to teaching at Second Story Studio and DancEast, she is a teaching artist for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s many outreach programs.

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Courtney Flores*

Courtney Flores was born and raised in the Monterey Bay in California. Having pursued a professional career as a dancer in Los Angeles for more than 6 years, she has an abundant amount of experience in the entertainment and commercial industry. Aside from the role of a dancer, she has assisted, choreographed, directed, and been a part of many non-profits and dance-related administration work. She expanded into the health and fitness world while living in Seattle, WA, where she developed knowledge and expertise beyond choreography and performance. She is passionate about her everyday healthy, active lifestyle. Her diverse collection of experiences has allowed her to become a well-rounded teacher and artist. Courtney is excited to be in a position to share and influence students and build professional relationships that allow her to offer both challenges and support.

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Quincy Ellison*

Quincy Ellison aka QKong started breaking in 2001 and was traveling the South, East Coast, and Midwest extensively by 2002. He won a number of jams, including Loose Screws, NBL, Get Rooted, and Atlanta Street Jam. He is one of the founding members of Illville Crew (established 2003) and co-started Bashville in 2004, one of the largest jams in the South, now going into its 14th year. QKong started dabbling in house dancing around 2005 and began to devote himself more seriously in 2011. He has been a member of Digital Nativez since 2013. He founded 615 House of Dance in 2013 as a community resource for both beginning students and experienced dancers.

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Alex Winer*

Bio coming soon.

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Dorse Brown

Dorse Brown graduated from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor's Degree in Music and a minor in Dance. While training, he received a Young Artist Talent Scholarship to attend the American Dance Festival and also had the opportunity to appear and compete on the 5th season of the television show "So You Think You Can Dance." He has trained and danced with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company in Dayton, Ohio, and he's served as guest artist at a variety of universities. In January of 2016, he went back to his Hip Hop roots (the genre he began learning at the age of 7 in his hometown of Little Rock, AR) with a Royal Caribbean Cruise Line contract.  

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Ella Vernali

Ella is a graduate of Nashville School of the Arts where she majored in Dance and Choreography. Ella teaches Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Musical Theater technique classes and choreographs dance performances for a wide range of dancers. She has choreographed multiple full-length musicals including Little Shop of Horrors and Hairspray. Ella has recently choreographed and been a featured dancer in the Jordan Feliz music video for his single “Changed”. Ella is becoming certified in Ariel Silk exercise as well as Cecchetti Ballet! Ella is so very excited to become a part of the DanceEast team!  


*PHOTOS COURTESY OF EYERIS PHOTOGRAPHY