Rachael Smith Allison
Owner and Artistic Director, Rachael Smith Allison, began her dance training at age three with the Montgomery Civic Ballet. Rachael attended Agnes Scott College where she auditioned and was accepted into the Studio Dance Theatre, ASC's Semi-Professional Dance Company. This Company performed acclaimed Martha Graham choreographic masterpieces such as, "The Life of the Bee" and "Valse Caprice". Rachael has studied under Master Teachers such as Pilobolus Company, Meli Kaye (Doris Humphrey Company Member), Semi and David Roche (Pearl Lang and Principle Male Dancer respectively of the Martha Graham Company). Rachael has served on Dance Masters of America Chapter 33 Board as Solo Chairman, and currently serves as the Director of Education. Rachael is also a Certified National Tap Examiner through DMA.
Rachael also serves in the capacity of Artistic Director of WMS Company, and her dancers have placed in Regional and National Dance Competitions. Past seasons include WMS Company scoring technically over-all for several pieces and winning the most recent 1st Place in the Petite Solo Division.
West Main Studios offers a wide variety of genres that center around technique and the development of a strong, well rounded dancer. West Main Studios offers Master Classes periodically through the season, but is also extremely proud of the faculty - Megan Cleland, Gene Flemming & Wendy Yarbrough - Each has studied extensively in their chosen field of dance by way of impressive schools, performance experience, and Master teachers. WMS welcomes their expertise and their passion for the arts and strives to provide the best dance education in the area.
Over the past 20 years, Mrs. Scarlett Smith has been as valuable part of the WMS dance program. Miss Scarlett is the wife of Chase, Miss Rachael's brother. Her instruction includes choreography, workshops, and Master teaching classes, proving that her skills are immeasurable. Miss Scarlett's past choreographic pieces have won numerous technical and choreography awards, including 1st Place, Overall Solo and Titled petite pieces. Miss Scarlett's previous endeavors include leading roles with North Alabama Dance Center's Company, including" Panoply of the Arts, Noah's Ark, and many guest appearances throughout North Alabama.
West Main Studios Welcomes Mr. Derrell Underwood. Derrell has performed extensively not only in dance but acting as well - Following are some highlights of this young man's career ~ Elite Dance Team(Captain)- 2006-2008 – Danced in shows for A & M University Huntsville, Al , Competition Dance at Sweet Auburn Fest in Atlanta Georgia and won the chance to be on B.E.T.Premiered on B.E.T Nov 12, 2008, Opened up at the local skating rank for Vistoso Bosses.
Christian Walker (praise dance team) 2007-present – Choreograph & Performed at many local churches when needed, Performed at a local youth center called (Richard Showers Center) it was a program called (Hope fest).
AYB Youth Ballet 2008 and 2013 -Danced with professional company as a Russian in the Nut Cracker. Hosted by Karen Gibbs and took ballet/ jazz classes
D.J C. Tone –D.J /Singer (Choreograph/ Backup Dancers) 2009-2010– Local D.J for Radio Station 103.1. Danced for him at local parties, skating rank & teen clubs, Performed at Club 204 in Birmingham Al.
Celeste Kellogg-(Pop Singer) 8/26/09- Extra dancer in the Music Video “My Jeans” directed by Damon Wood and Speed Records.
Tyler Perry’s House of Payne (Season 6) 10/07/2009 –Extra Played “Physiology Student “that will premiered in 2010 in episode 23 called : "The Bible King Payne’s Version".
Music Video Tribute to Michael Jackson- 2010- Choreograph/ Backup Dancer for Mikaeel Music Video More Dead Than Alive - Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v15rZeVWk6Q
Live From Midtown Atlanta Documentary Series- 2010- On a TV series cast as a Dancer on the Show. Show comes on in June
Ms Gina is a native of Madison and works on Redstone Arsenal. She has been involved in dance and drama since she was four. She attended Academy for Academics and Arts, performed with Fantasy Playhouse and a was member of the Pointe Station Company at North Alabama Dance Center. She is on the worship team at Heritage church and serves at the Downtown Rescue Mission regularly. She has two daughters Shelby 9, and Lilah 6 who have danced with West Main Studios for three years! Her expertise includes Combo Classes (Ballet/Tap/Jazz) 3-6 Year Olds and Junior Tap. She is blessed to instill her spirit of the love of dance and music with the dancers at West Main!
Megan has been dancing and teaching in Ohio for 25 years. She has received many scholarships and awards to travel and further her dance education through Dance Masters of America, Teachers Training School and National Conventions. Megan studied Cecchetti ballet through Grade VI and examined through Grade V. She is certified through CCA as Cecchetti Ballet teacher and member of Ohio Dance Masters. Megan is the choreographer for Easy Street Productions in Youngstown, Ohio, working on shows such as Annie, Beauty and the Beast, The Music Man, Hello Dolly!, Grease, High School Musical and more. Along with Ms. Rachael, she Co-Directs our Competitive Dance Program and is Assistant Director of our 2 Annual Shows. Megan also is Principle Choreographer & Director of the Prestigious "Miracle of Easy Street" Production in Youngstown, Ohio. Megan is very happy to be a part of West Main Studios. With Megan's expertise in Choreography, Technique & Production skills - we are very happy to have her as well!
A graduate of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Elaine Aiken Actors Conservatory Inc. and the Actors Studio, Mr. Fleming’s professional career began at the age of 18 in the Broadway and touring companies of A Chorus Line. He then worked with legendary artists such as Harold Nicholas, of the acclaimed Nicholas Brothers, and Gregory Hines in Sophisticated Ladies. He later replaced three-time Tony Award winner, Hinton Battle, in The Tap Dance Kid to rave reviews. His next project was Song and Dance, with Melissa Manchester.
His Broadway career spans three decades and includes shows such as the Tony Award- winning productions of Black & Blue, with Ruth Brown and Savion Glover and Bob Fosse’s Fosse. He was a featured performer in High Rollers, Swinging on a Star, Street Corner Symphony, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Kiss Me, Kate, One Mo’ Time, The Look of Love, Never Gonna Dance, and The Wiz with Stephanie Mills. This summer he starred as Big Otis in Big Otis’ Jump Up Blues Revue at the Red Rooster in Harlem, owned by acclaimed international chef and winner of Top Chef Masters, Marcus Samuelson. He was most recently seen as Hoke in Driving Miss Daisy.
He received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his performance in Ain't Misbehavin’ at the Marriott Lincolnshire in Chicago, IL and a Barrymore Award for his portrayal of James Thunder Early in Dreamgirls at the Prince Music Theatre in Philadelphia, PA. His production of Ain’t Misbehavin for Independent Musical Productions took home four Wings Awards, including “Best Musical of the Year” in Huntsville, AL.
He has been featured in countless commercials and films, including Catch Me If You Can, Hope and Faith, and The Blues Brothers.
An acclaimed teacher with Manhattan Theatre Group and Dance Masters of America, he has taught classes in dance and musical theatre around the globe. His mastery of tap, along with the styles of such greats as Bob Fosse and his unique teaching approach, make him an ideal clinician for studio classes, masterclasses, show choirs, and musical theatre settings alike.
We at WMS, find ourselves most fortunate to have Mr. Gene join our Staff.
Miss Tina began dancing at the age of 6 with Lina Pelio and Bethany Lynhart. Bethany has served as the president of the Cecchitti Council of America and has remained very involved to date. Miss Tina was taught the Cecchetti and performed at the Flint Ballet Theater in Michigan & continued at various studio located in Orlando, Florida and San Bernadino, California. Also studying RAD, Royal Academy of Dance, from Anthea Nader in Pensacola, Florida Miss Tina taught for Anthea for a number of years and was the instructor for the Apprentice Division of Emerald Coast Ballet. Miss Tina danced in Senior Company for the ballet company simultaneously and served as an arbitrator at annual auditions for the company as well. Miss Tina taught ballet and lyrical for Amy Pernie in Pensacola at her performing art school, In His Steps, for several years. The school included instruction in piano, violin, guitar, musical theatre, drama, voice, and of course ballet, lyrical, jazz, hip hop, and tap. We are so happy to have Miss Tina's expertise here at WMS.
We Welcome Mrs. Fran Meaux -Creative Movement, Stage Arts, Ballet Technique & Pre-Pointe
Francita Meaux" was Born in Louisville, Ky, one of 6 children, and because of circumstances, Francita was raised in a convent. Not realizing that God had a calling on her life, she would dance in her own privacy, read the Word of God and become enthralled as she helped clean the place of worship. Her passion continued to control her mind even though it was unknown to others. She was never given professional lessons but was inspired and taught by her Creator. Not until years later did God give her the opportunity to release her gift. Married at this time with two children and raising two of her brothers, she also had a career as a hair-stylist and makeup artist, which included a position with the Louisville Arts Center for backstage stylist and makeup for special performances. Competing in the regional hairstylist convention, she placed second in her first event. As she continued practicing her gift, her Pastor the late Dr A. J. Elmore Sr., gave her the opportunity to share her gift with the church. Like no other dance, she was dancing for the Lord. Unknown at this time, "Liturgical Dance" became a part of the worship experience. Along with her ministries as Youth Sunday School Teacher and as Director of the Youth Department, a complete thespian ministry was formed, consisting of many of the children and adults. The move to Alabama, years later, opened the door even wider when "Miss Fran" as she is called, formed her company "Les Maseran". She and her dancers danced for many churches and events in the North Alabama area. She was blessed by becoming a manager of the "Dance Factory", owned by Susan Fisher where she was trained in the art of tap and ballet. She continued to use her gift in teaching tap, ballet and Liturgical dance. She became known by many and was given many opportunities to share this gift. She was asked to share her life in a book "LOOKING BEYOND THE WALL", authored by the late Brian Passé who was so inspired by her dance at his church in 2001. This book is still available on eBay. "Miss Fran" has a strong passion in the teaching of special needs in which she formed "JUST FOR ME". After seeing Miss Fran and her special needs group dance, the Mayor of Athens opened the Senior Center for her and her troupe for their recital. Attending the event, he praised Miss Fran in her efforts. Her relentless passion for her gift is forever powering her and at age 69 still holds her strong in her gratefulness to God for His gift to her. Soon to be 70, there are no signs of aging and no time of retiring.
Acrobatics - All Levels
Introducing Ms. Holly Powe - who, among her many talents, will be teaching by way of private instruction - Piano & Voice Lessons. Her impressive range of credentials includes: 2010 Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) Major: Choral Conducting University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama 2001 Master of Education (MEd.) Major: Music Education Alabama A&M University Normal, Alabama 1997 Bachelor of Music (BM) Major: Vocal Performance summa cum laude University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Alabama - We are excited to add this genre' to our performing arts program. Her skills will amaze all! We are so looking forward to her welcomed addition.
Beginning this journey in 1996- as a mother daughter team, our journey has included studios in the Madison & Cullman Areas. Madison, now being our sole focus - allows us to look forward to another 20 years of Dance Education. Graduating in 1978 from Auburn University with a degree in Secondary Education has allowed Beverly to continue in a teaching capacity by fostering many as Co-Director with her daughter Rachael. Fondly known as Miss Bev, she can be found at WMS just about any of the time and is the heart and soul of WMS. Ms Beverly handles everything you can think of, so if you have any questions, she's the one you need to contact! Email Ms. Bev with your questions: email@example.com
Office Administrator, Robin Brooks, came to West Main Studios with her dancer daughter when they settled in Madison, Alabama, after 24 years spent traveling the country and Europe as a military spouse. She originates from Colorado. Prior to having children, Robin worked professionally in Administrative and Director positions in sales and a nonprofit. She then spent the next 15 or so years volunteering in the Army and in the communities she lived. She served in Administration and Publicity positions to name a few as well as was the Leader & Director of Army programs. She has continued her professional training through a variety of leadership and technical courses over the years.
Robin’s love of and experience with people and business makes her the perfect choice to assist Ms. Beverly in the Studio office. Her organization and business mind in an artistic world is a welcomed addition. Robin’s family means the world to her. She is mom of Nicholas, age 17; Olivia, age 14; and Matthew, age 8. She has been married to, Warren, for 25 years this July. WMS welcomes Ms. Robin!