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TPDA Instructors







Mallory Pyeatt
Mallory Pyeatt
Mallory began dancing at the the age of three. She took dance at Robin's School of Dance where she was trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, cheerleading, tumbling and baton. She has competed in numerous regional and national dance competitions throughout the southeast. She has also attended workshops from Hollywood Vibe, Showstoppers, and Applause. She has won numerous competitions and has been awarded the Kids Artistic Dance Revue's KAR Kid award three times with an invitation to dance in New York City. She was a member of the Theodore High School dance team where she served as captain. She was also an all-star cheerleader at Flip Zone Athletics where she competed at many regional and national competitions. She has cheered for Hankins Middle School, Theodore High school and Faulkner State Community College. She was a 6 time UCA All-Star cheerleader. She cheered in the Thanksgiving Day parade in Disney World and the Capitol One Bowl in Orlando. She is a national title holder for college cheerleading. She taught cheerleading and special needs cheerleading at Premier Athletics in Auburn and dance at Make Your Move Performing Arts. She graduated from Auburn University this fall with a degree in Speech Pathology. Mallory is the Speech Pathologist for the Springhill area pre-schools..
Carly Wilson
Carly Wilson
Carly Wilson has been dancing since age 3. She has trained at many different studios since then. She graduated from Alma Bryant in 2011 where she was a part of the Kickin' Cane dance team for four years and was chosen as Dance Senior Superlative her senior year. She taught dance for Robinson's School of dance for three years while in High School as well as training with Robinson's for four years. She also was a part of the University of Southern Mississippi's dance team, the Dixie Darlings for a year. Now she is currently perusing a degree in Special;l Education. Miss Carly is expecting a son, Lukas in November.
Amanda Bagwell
Amanda Bagwell
Mrs. Amanda has been involved in cheerleading, dance & gymnastics since the age of 4. She studied Gymnastic & Competitive Cheer at Sports Xtreem where she had many 1st place accomplishments with her team & solos. She studied Ballet/Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical & Tap at Carol Lloyd's School of Dance. While a company member she was awarded the title of Miss Petite West Cost 1999 & Miss Junior DMI 1999. As a Robinson's School of Dance company member she won dance scholarships with WCDE, NYCDA, Tremain, LA Dance Force & Co.Dance, KAR kid for 2001-2005, 3rd place solo at Co.Dance Nationals 2004,2nd place runner up Miss Masquerade 2004, NYCDA 2004 Outstanding Dance Award & WCDE Elite Dancer 2004 Award. She studied jazz funk, contemporary & modern with The Centre' Dance Company when she won the titles of Miss Masquerade 2005, Miss Senior DMI 2005, Miss VIP 2005, Spotlight Challenge winner with Co.Dance & Miss High Energy Award. Mrs. Amanda was on her middle school cheerleading squad, a Mobile Ballet Company member, a Bryant High School Kickin' Kane Dancer & Port City Monarch Dance Line member. Mrs. Amanda started her teaching career in the fall of 2005. After two years of teaching she entered in the 19 & up/Pro AM divisions where she placed, 1st place runner up Miss College DMI 2007. She has been a guest teacher/choreographer for a variety of studios & organizations, assistant coach/choreographer for the PCM Dance Team, teacher/choreographer for Broadway South Dance, teacher/choreographer for Cheer Xplosion All Stars, Rhythm Dance Center, Assistant Director/Choreographer for CC Dance Studio & Company, Teacher/Choreographer for Driven Dance Company. Her strong ballet background & style of training pushes students to the best of their abilities, winning multiple scholarships that allow them to travel & further their dance education. Many past students have made USA, Southern Miss, Springhill, Alabama & the AU tiger paws dance teams. Her choreography has won top awards:best of show, many solo title winners, most entertaining, great storytelling, overall top 1st place in recreational-competitive at a regional & national level. She is beyond excited to keep sharing her passion for dance with all her students for many years to come. Mrs. Amanda resides in Mobile with her husband & their daughter, Ava Grace
Emilee Davis
Emilee Davis
Miss Emilee began her dance training at Kelly’s Dance Academy at the age of three. She took jazz and tap classes. She then went to Planet Gymnastics and took classes in all –around gymnastics. At the age of seven she began taking classes at Robin’s School of Dance where she took, tap, jazz, ballet, clogging, baton, cheerleading and Polynesian. At the age of thirteen she went to Robinson’s School of dance to train. She then went to The Dance Zone at Flip Zone Athletics and trained. Emilee has been assisting classes for Turning Pointe Dance Academy since it’s first day of business in 2009. Last year was her first year to be lead teacher in her own classes and this year she has taken on even more classes. Emilee is a crucial piece of the TPDA dance family.
Allie Summers
Allie Summers
Allie has been dancing for many years. She began her training at Robinson's School of Dance 2. She has trained in Ballet, Tap, Musical Theater, Baton, and Cheerleading. Allie has competed and performed all over the United States in cities such as New York, Las Vegas, Dallas, Biloxi, and Nashville. Through competition conventions and workshops she has trained under many great choreographers from Broadway and Television. Allie began teaching dance at the age of 16 while attending Alma Bryant High School where she was a member of the Kickin’ Cane dancers . She also competed in local, state and national pageants. Some of her titles include, 2006 National Teen Miss International Beauty, 2007 National International Miss, 2008 ARM National Perfect Miss and 2009 Alabama International Girl. Allie is still involved with International Girl as an emcee. She started college at the University of Southern Mississippi where she was a member of the Dixie Darling Dance Team and the Phi Mu sorority while studying Dance Education. Since then she has come back to Mobile where is has serves as a 2011-2012 Crewmate for the USS Alabama while studying at the University of South Alabama. This is Miss Allie’s fifth year at TPDA and we look forward to many more.
Shawnna Wells Garner
Shawnna Wells Garner
Shawnna began twirling when she was a seventh grader at Alba Middle School. She taught herself until she decided to try out for the “Twirling Canes” at Alma Bryant High School. She was under the direction of Neecy LaForce while at Bryant High and she serves as the captain her Senior year. She also twirled with Alabama Baton Corporation and she attended many baton camps across the southeastern United States. During the summer, she would teach baton classes and camps. She received her bachelors in the sciences of nursing from the University of Alabama in December 2006 and she is currently working on obtaining her advance practice license as an acute care nurse practioner. She is the mother of four little dancers: Kayleigh, Kinsley, Kennedie and Kolbi.. Shawnna ‘s patience and passion for baton make her an essential part of the TPDA family.
Stepheny Ready
Stepheny Ready
Miss Stepheny started dancing at the age of three at Kelly's Dance Academy. At the age of five, Stepheny discovered the fast past world of clogging with Sherry Cook at One Step Ahead Cloggers in Mobile. Throughout the following thirteen years the team won many team competitions, taking home first place and first place overall titles. The skills Stepheny took with her enables her to win other competitions such as 4-H talent and school talent shows. She continued clogging with Sherry's daughters into adulthood. She graduated from Alma Bryant High School were she was a Kickin' Cane dancer for 4 years and an officer and achieved Dance Superlative her senior year. She took lessons at Robinson's School of Dance and was a dance assistant teacher for two years. . She loves dance of all kinds and is excited for the opportunity to share her love of dance with the TPDA family.
Ashley Cooper
Ashley Cooper
Miss Ashley danced at Rhythm Dance Center and CC Dance Studio and Company. She was on company and performance teams and was an assistant instructor at both studios. Miss Ashley attended high school at Faith Academy. She was on Springhill Colleges dance team for three years. She graduated with her degree in secondary education mathematics from Spring Hill College this past spring. She has volunteered at middle and high schools throughout the community. She has also volunteered with the special needs dance department at Dance Without Limits. We are so fortunate to have Miss Ashley on our staff and look forward to many more years with her!
Kendall Whitten
Kendall Whitten
Miss Kendall is a special education teacher at Satsuma High School She is also a Camp Smile counselor. Miss Kendall was a cheerleader at Theodore High School where she became very active in assisting with the special education classes and the Special Olympics. TPDA is very fortunate to have Miss Kendall as a special needs dance instructor!
Cassidy Hester
Cassidy Hester
Miss Cassidy is a college student from Theodore, Al. Cheerleading has been a huge part of her life for 10 years. She started at the age of nine in recreational cheerleading and loved it so much that she moved straight into All-Star cheerleading. She has attended numerous cheerleading competitions and camps and was able to work with some of the best of the best. When she became to old to cheer she refused to give up so she decided to teach and coach. She has choreographed home pom routines as well as numerous other cheer/dance routines. She is super excited for an amazing year at TPDA and cannot wait to share her love and passion for dance and cheerleading with our dance family.
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