Lori Christensen Owner | Adult Tap
“Ms. California” has travelled a long way from teaching dance in the den of her California home at age 13 to Woodbury, Tennessee, where she seized an opportunity to provide dance to Cannon County. Along the way she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts from the University of California, Irvine, a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from California State University, Fullerton, and a Special Education credential from MTSU. Her dance training began at the age of 5 and continued through her college and adult years, most notably with Broadway dancer, Jimmie Defore. One of the highlights of her long career was assuming the choreography responsibilities of Celebration, a performing group of special needs adults, who performed at the White House. Throughout the years, Lori has shared her passion for dance in a variety of venues including Dance2Go in Kansas City, and as Drama / Dance Department Chair at Fairgrove Academy and McPherson Magnet Schools in Southern California. Alongside her public teaching career, she developed and maintained her dance studio, Canyon School of the Arts, in Silverado, CA. The Woodbury community dubbed her “Ms. California” when she brought dance and drama to Woodbury Grammar school in 2006. She started Cannon Arts Dance Studio in 2007 for the purpose of providing quality dance instruction to “build dancers and change lives.” Lori also teaches ESL and Theater Arts at Warren County High School, where she has formed the California Club, a Ballet Folklorico performance troupe.
Kendra Adams Ballet | Tap | Hip Hop | Tumbling
Kendra is a dancer and choreographer. For 15 years, she has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. Kendra has been on dance teams from middle school all the way up to college, where she is currently captain of the Middle Tennessee Dance Team. She is pursuing a Business degree at MTSU and will graduate in the Spring of 2018. Also, she has choreographed for her hometown studio and middle and high school teams. Overall, Kendra believes that dance is a way to express yourself and is an escape that tells a story to the audience.
Caroline Scott Ballet | Tap
Caroline Scott is a former student of Cannon Arts Dance Studio and a current student and dancer at MTSU. She began interning at Cannon Arts in 2014 and began teaching in 2015. She is pursuing a major in Education and a minor in Dance. She has completed two semesters as a member in the MTSU Dance Theatre and hopes to complete many more. Caroline has studied ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, pointe, and has taken classes in hip hop, musical theater, and lyrical. In April 2017, she had the opportunity to travel with MTSU to the American College Dance Association (ACDA) conference. Caroline traveled with Cannon Arts Dance to Disney World in June 2016, and looks forward to preparing students for their dance futures, whether it's performing at Disney or for their own enjoyment.
Anna Smith Hip Hop
Anna's family moved to Tennessee in 2006 and shortly after, she found an interest in dance. Anna has been dancing since she was 7 years old and has always had an interest with anything to do with theatre arts.
Anna takes Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Clogging, Lyrical, and Hip Hop! She has danced with the Nashville Ballet in "The Nutcracker" and is on a National Clogging Championship Team! She absolutely loves performing and loves watching and helping people grow into the dancers they are and for them to have the same passion for it as she does!
Lydia Smith Tap | Jazz | Ballet | Pointe | Clogging
Lydia grew up overseas in the Czech Republic and always dreamed of being a ballerina. When she moved back to the States, Lydia's parents enrolled her in dance classes at the age of 9. She is now 18 and dances at Dance City in Murfreesboro. Her dance genres involve Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical/Contemporary & Pointe. Lydia was accepted into the Governor's School for the Arts in the summer of 2015 for dance where she got to train every day for a month with amazing teachers from off Broadway, Hungary.. You name it!
Lydia has also been clogging since she was about 15 and was on a competition team that ended up going to and placing in Nationals in 2012. Lydia has been student teaching ever since she can remember and has always had a passion for what she does. Lydia loves teaching and she absolutely loves seeing her students improve and their love for dance grow even more. It makes it all worthwhile!
Rachel Vassar Tap | Jazz | Ballet
Rachel has studied various dance techniques for seventeen years. Most recently she received her bachelors degree from MTSU concentrating in dance performance and pedagogy. Rachel has been teaching ballet, tap, jazz, and modern techniques for eight years, and is excited to begin her fourth year at Cannon Arts. Her classes focus on developing muscle groups and technical skills as well as creative thinking and choreography.
Ginny Whaley Ballet | Pointe | Lyrical
Ginny Whaley began dancing at the age of three at City Youth Ballet in Johnson City, TN. The studio’s main focus was providing a strong ballet foundation and Ginny studied several techniques of ballet including Chechetti and Balanchine. In 2012, Ginny attended TN Governor’s School for the Arts where she discovered her passion for learning new genres of dance. Since then, she has traveled to Senegal to perform and learn various styles of West African dance. She also recently performed in Moscow, Russia at the People’s Friendship University of Russia for the 2017 spring dance festival. Ginny graduated from MTSU with a major in anthropology and a minor in dance. Her teaching style emphasizes encouraging students to improve and to find their own passion for dancing.