Guest Artist in Residency 2022-2023

WhenWhochoreography for which grade. 
January 9-13th  2023CiCi Kelley12th grade
January  23-27th  2023Jordan Benton8th grade
January  23-27th  2023Crystal Wellman10th grade
February 6-10th 2023Jessica Lighthart7th grade
February 6-10th 2023Sinclair Jamison9th grade
March 13-17th 2023Brianna Campbell and Georgia Schrubbe11th grade and 6th
All High school after school rehearsal are the Thursday of given week from 340-6pm

**** Special Tap piece for departmental.****

  By audition only. For any Middle or High school  dancers who have tap experience.

Audition is Feb 21st after school then rehearsal Feb 22nd 

Christopher Huggins; Oct 17th 2022 Master class for both Middle and High School students!

Guest Bios:


Regardless of the location of the stage, theater, studio, concert venue or even a football field, Kelley has left her mark. After being trained by some of the greatest names in dance at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts, the Atlanta native has forged a career that spans all genres of dance and crosses multiple industries – from sports to advertising to entertainment and beyond.

Kelley’s list of accomplishments is extensive and audiences around the world have been entertained by her dance moves. Her choreography and mesmerizing performances have been featured by the Atlanta Falcons both in national commercials and during halftime entertainment. Other choreography credits include the Fugees European tour, Musiq Soulchild Stir the Senses tour, and Toni Braxtons 2010 tour and television performances. Kelley danced with Beyonce Knowles in her video for Get Me Bodied and during her performance of the hugely popular Single Ladies during the 2009 MTV VMAs. CiCi’s work has also been performed on theatrical stages across the United States in a variety of shows including The Wilson Pickett Project and The Satin Dolls: A Duke Ellington Review, & Je’Caryaous Johnsons BAPS Live: The Musical. She was selected by film director Jon Turtletaub to provide dance directions to award-winning actor Morgan Freeman during the filming of the blockbuster hit, Last Vegas as well as the film BOLDEN with Director Dan Pritzker.

CiCi has additional performance credits on stage and in music videos, including the video for hip hop pioneer, LL Cool J Control Myself featuring Jennifer Lopez, and Outkast music video for Ghetto Music. Her choreography skills were also featured on MTV’s Emmy Award winning series, MTV MADE, as well as MTV MADE Head-to-Head Hip Hop Challenge.

Kelley has also stepped into her philanthropic shoes by helping up- and-coming young dancers start their careers off on the right foot with “The DARE DREAM DANCE Project,” a C4 Atlanta fiscally sponsored initiative. Inclusive of the projects programming, Kelley provides unique commercial dance education training with a classical foundation, to develop world class artists who want to achieve success in the field of dance. Students have received numerous SAG- AFTRA credits, & over 20K in dance scholarships and professional work opportunities. She offers the Trifecta scholarship within the DARE DREAM DANCE framework to provide talented and highly ambitious young dancers the means with which to hone their craft and pursue their dreams in the three major dance centers: Atlanta, New York and Los Angeles.

​Ms. Kelley holds a BA in Dance Performance & Choreography from Spelman College, and a Masters In Fine Arts From The University Of The Arts.  In addition to placing choreography on numerous artist, stages, film productions, as well as educating eager dance students around the world, Kelley also serves as a Senior Lecturer & First Year Advisor at her alma mater and the #1 HBCU in the country, Spelman College in the department of Dance Performance & Choreography.


Brianna Campbell is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of Charleston County School of The Arts. She has trained with masters in NYC, LA, and Miami. Brianna has toured and performed with Intrigue Dance Convention, Force Dance Tour, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. She currently is on tour with Adrenaline Dance Convention. Brianna has her own production company – “Zenki Productions LLC” and is the current director of Miami’s newest contemporary company “Styx The Company”. She has a passion for all genres favoring Contemporary and Hip Hop.

Sinclair Jamison

Georgia Schrubbe

At a young age, Georgia fell in love with ballet in her hometown of Fairhope, AL, and has been dancing ever since. She’s been teaching various dance and fitness modalities since 2009 and got bit by the Salsa bug in 2010. Her passion for dance has taken her around the country and the world, including adventures studying at the Ballet Nacional de Cuba’s Catedra de Danza in Havana, attending the Paris International Salsa Congress, and training with instructors at congresses and festivals regionally and nationally. She began teaching Salsa in 2013 as an apprentice with Yaenette Dixon at Charleston Latin Dance and started her company, Baila ConmiGA, in 2014. Baila ConmiGA rebranded to Holy City Salsa Dance Studio in 2016 and since its inception has shared the love of Latin dance to hundreds of people in the Lowcountry and beyond. Her intention as a dance instructor is to lead with joy and create a positive, uplifting environment where students can not only be the best dancer possible, but the best version of themselves.

Jessica Lighthart

Jessica Lighthart is from Boca Raton, FL, where she trained with Boca Ballet Theatre under
the direction of Dan Guin and Jane Tyree. While at Boca Ballet Theatre, Jessica danced in
Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, Coppelia, La
Bayadere, and much more. She has also danced at North Carolina School of the Arts,
University of Alabama, and with Ballet Memphis. Jessica, a graduate from the College of
Charleston, has been teaching ballet for over twenty years. She is the owner and Artistic
Director of Ballet Academy of Charleston. Over the course of three summers, Jessica
completed the prestigious Bolshoi Ballet Academy Teacher Certification Program in New
York City, and is certified to teach levels A, B, and C. She is also certified in Progressing
Ballet Technique. Jessica lives on James Island with her husband and three children.

Jordan Benton

Jordan was born in Charleston, South Carolina. She attended Charleston County School of the Arts as a dance major. Jordan began performing with Moranz Entertainment in the spring of 2012 in “You’re the One I Want” and is entering her fourth consecutive season with Moranz Entertainment. Jordan has recently been fortunate enough to be seen performing with Annex Dance Company, Charleston Dance Project, Dance Matters, and now Dance Lab’s “The Club.” Jordan has performed with artists such as Pauletta Washington and The Charleston Pops.  Jordan is a recent graduate of The College of Charleston, double majoring in Dance and Theatre, with lightening concentration.  Through this program she has performed historical works such as Doris Humphrey’s “Soaring”, Bob Ivy’s “Tarantella”, and Pearl Primus’ “Strange Fruit” which was performed locally and nationally for The College of Charleston. During the summer of 2019 she received a summer research grant from the college in order to work as the Assistant Lighting Designer for the Salt Lake City Acting Company. Jordan has been working on videos in order to inspire a new form of artistry in collaboration with story telling and dance. Such as working  with Gino Castillo in his recent video “Cha Cha Charleston.” As well as, Her latest works- “Glory Comes” with music from the motion picture Harriet; “Selah” with music from Kanye West and “Freedom” with Music by Ranky Tanky. Jordan is excited to  debut work with artists such as the  multiple award-winning artist Marcus Amaker,  Wade Davis a “World Renown Cellist” -CNN; and Yuhas and Dancers. This summer Jordan has headlined Charleston’s first Juneteenth festival as a solo artist.  Jordan spent her summer working as the Choreographer and Assistant Director for #SLACABERET. Her latest projects have been an advertisement for Apple, a video project with Carlos Brown, and a performance with Motown Throwdown! Jordan just headlined the Juneteenth Freedom Festival, opened up for the American Oxygen Gala and finished her run of the  “American Jukebox” at the Charleston Music Hall.

Crystal Wellman

Crystal is a North Carolina native who started her dance training at the School of Gaston Dance Theatre, under the direction of Pat Wall.  She continued her training as a scholarship student with the Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet School/pre-professional program, The University of North Carolina School of the Arts and holds a BFA from East Carolina University where she was coached by Galina Panova. Professionally she has worked with the Montgomery Ballet, Oklahoma City Ballet, Charleston Ballet Theatre, Charleston Dance Project, The Moving Poets of Charlotte and Palmetto City Ballet.
Throughout her career she has performed a wide range of works, from featured and principal classical roles to contemporary ballets. Some of her most memorable performances include Giselle, Sugar Plum Fairy, The Cowgirl in Agnes DeMilles’ Rodeo, title role in Cinderella, the principle role in Balachine’s Valse Fantasie and Gerald Arpino’s Light Rain. She has performed many world premiers most notably those created by Helen Pickett, Jessica Lang, Leewei Chao and Amy Seiwert. Wellman has choreographed her own professional ballets for Oklahoma City Ballet, Charleston Dance Project, as well as set contemporary pieces on professional students for YAGP. She is the founding director of Unbound Ballet Project, which was formed five years ago to perform primarily during the summer months.
Christopher Huggins

Christopher L. Huggins, choreographer, teacher and former member of the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. A native of Boston, Massachusetts, trained under Andrea Herbert Major, Danny Sloan and Martha Gray. After attending SUNY Purchase, The Julliard School, and fellowship at The Ailey School, Huggins appeared as a guest artist in several dance companies in the United States, Oslo Dance Ensemble in Oslo, Norway and Aterballetto of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Christopher has had the distinct honor as a master teacher and choreographer to work in South Africa, Europe, Japan, Korea as well as throughout the United States in high schools and major Universities like Howard University, Spellman College, University of Arts, Eastern and Western Michigan and Wayne State University.

It has been said that Huggins is a much sought after Choreographer and have created ballets for Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ailey II, Philadanco, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Louisiana Dance Theatre, Lulu Washington Dance Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance, Broadway Dance of Tokyo and Oslo Dance Ensemble in Oslo, Norway. 

He was esteemed the honor of serving as sole choreographer for the 50th Anniversary Opening Night Gala for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre. In 2002 and 2008 Huggins was recognized for his work and became the recipient of the Alvin Ailey Award for Best Choreography, The Black Alliance Award in Chicago for “Enemy Behind The Gates” and “Pyrokinesis” as well as recognized as a silver medalist from the 4th Annual Seoul International Contemporary Dance Competition, in Seoul Korea. 

Another highlight was winning the “Critics Choice Award” for his choreography of the Musical “The Wiz” with Dallas Theatre Center in Dallas, Texas and Service to IABD in the Field of Dance Award from the International Association of Blacks in Dance.

Huggins is currently serving as resident choreographer at Duke Ellington High School of the Arts in Washington, D.C. and choreographer in Cape Town, South Africa where he recently set his ballet “Bolero” on Cape Dance Company.  

Currently working with the Ailey School, Eleone Dance Company of Philadelphia and has recently worked for Disney in Orlando Florida. He is also a faculty member of the Dance Convention Tour, ASH – (Artists Simply Human).