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, Brantley Wilson, Tyler Warren, to name a few - 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. Delorin Carpenter!
Mr. Delorin is a street dancer/hip hop dancer with a true passion for his art. After meeting Mr. Derrell Underwood in high school they both ventured into the dance world. Mr. Delorin has auditioned for "So You Think You Can Dance" and as well worked with many local artists such as Missiah , Lucas Breeze and PR King. Mr. Delorin's career also includes "Step Up Revolution" as a part of the "Sunset Blvd Flash Mob". A Native to the Huntsville area, Mr. Delorin is happy to be a part of West Main Studios, and as well, we are honored to have him on our staff.
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!
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
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.