Mrs. Keila Harvey has over 35 years of dance experience in all forms of dance and 14 years of teaching various dance forms. She opened the Gift of Dance Studio doors in June of 2005, fulfilling her dream that she had since childhood: to own her own dance school. In 2001, Mrs. Harvey received her BA in middle school education. She served as the leader of 7th Day Evangelism Dance Ministry with the Fishers of Men Outreach Ministry at New Birth Cathedral in Lithonia. Mrs. Harvey taught public school for nine years as a Clayton County Public School teacher (middle and high schools) and also received her certification with the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to teach PS/Dance in grades K-12. She was the Co-Director of the Mt. Zion High School Dance Academy and Mt. Zion Magnet High School in Jonesboro for four years. She also danced as a professional ballerina across the nation with Atlanta Festival Ballet Company. Mrs. Harvey has trained at some of the most prestigious dance institutions in the country, including Boston Ballet Center for Dance Education, the Atlanta Ballet, Ballethnic Academy for Dance Education, Southern Methodist University (Dallas, Texas) and the Governor’s Honors Program (Valdosta, Georgia).
As director of Gift of Dance Studio, Mrs. Harvey, her staff, and students were featured on MTV’s Made program and Bring It!. Under her tutelage, her trainees have achieved many honors, such as local talent shows, regional and national first-place and first overall competition winners, Governor’s Honors Program nominees and attendees, and impressive accomplishments on the hit TV show: So You Think You Can Dance. Mrs. Harvey continues to teach and choreograph classes at Gift of Dance along with the competition team. In fact, in the fall of 2012, she and her competition team were selected to compete and perform at the 2012 Scream (Concert) Tour.
Ms. Kimberly Banks began dancing at the age of three years old. She studied dance in College Park, GA under various instructors, including the late Tommie Sutton. Upon graduating from the University of West Georgia in 2004 with a BS in Sport Management, she was able to pursue her passion. She has been teaching dance for eight years. Ms. Banks continues to grow her dance company, Dance ‘N Motion, which started within the Clayton County School System in 2012. She believes dance is a universal language and aspires to relay this passion to the community through fun, quality instruction!
Mr. Jeremy Hunter was born in Memphis, TN and raised in Atlanta, GA. He is a dancer/ choreographer that fell in love with dancing at the age of 7 years old after watching Michael Jackson’s “Moonwalker” and the movie “Breakin’.” Those movies inspired Jeremy to pursue his love for foundational hip- hop dance, particularly popping and locking. As time went on, Jeremy started to get into hip-hop choreography and was unconventionally trained by watching and mimicking dance movies, music videos and concert footage. After meeting and receiving tutelage from Swagger Crew’s Jason Croom, Jeremy began to fine-tune his talents and gain experience as a dancer and choreographer by developing his ideas to create jaw-dropping choreography for stage and videos. Currently, Jeremy is an official member of ATL’s Swagger Crew, from America’s Best Dance Crew, season 5, and is making moves to become a top dancer/ choreographer, whose main goal is to aspire and inspire people of all ages to be themselves in their dance!
Ms. Jelinda Ellis has been dancing since she was 3 years old. She began dancing at Robinson School of Dance (now T&K Dance Studio) in Jackson, Ga where she learned ballet, tap, jazz, and pointe. She is now 20 years old and attends Clayton State University in Morrow, Ga. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Dance. The past school year she was a member of Clayton State’s dance team, Loched in Motion. She also dances at her church as a liturgical dancer and began a YouTube page of her most recent dances. This is her first year teaching dance and she has truly enjoyed the experience. Ms. Ellis hopes to continue her passion for dance by attending more dance classes and someday traveling as a dancer and choreographer. She says that dancing is what keeps her going!
Ms. Karla D. Tyson began dancing at the age of five at Ballethnic Academy of Dance in East Point, GA under the direction of Nena and Waverly Lucas. She specializes in classical ballet, pointe and partnering, but it also trained in jazz, tap, modern, African, and hip hop. Ms. Tyson has performed in Ballethnic’s two main productions: The Urban Nutcracker and The Leopard Tale. In March 2009, she was featured as the first ever Quick Gem in Ballethnic’s premiere of Jazzy Sleeping Beauty. She was an apprentice at Ballethnic Dance Company for two years, performing such roles as Brown Sugar (also known as the Sugar Plum Fairy) in The Urban Nutcracker at just 16 years old and other various company roles. She was selected to the Governor’s Honors Program in the summer of 2005 as a dance major. Ms. Tyson has traveled across the country to perform and take master classes from renowned dancers in Metro-Atlanta; Dallas, TX; Durham, NC; San Diego, CA and in many more cities in the U.S. She also traveled to Barbados to teach master classes. Formerly, she was a back-up dancer for Cymia Telleria, an artist with Cash Money Records, and traveled to New Orleans, Miami, Washington, D.C., and throughout Atlanta to perform. Ms. Tyson was chosen to go to Las Vegas, NV to participate on the hit TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” in season 8. Currently, Ms. Tyson resides in Long Beach, California. And for 2 years now, Ms. Karla has danced with the NBA, Los Angeles Lakers, as a member of the infamous Laker Girls!
Ms. Victoria Spivey started dancing when she was three years old and still dances sixteen years later. She started at Atlanta Festival Ballet under her instructors Nicolas Pacaña, Gregory Aaron, Jocelyn Buchanan, and later Kelia Harvey. Victoria is also in her first year of collage for a major in early childhood education. This is her first year teaching at Gift of Dance Studio.
Ms. Kalela is a graduate of of the University of Georgia. She's danced professionally with Atlanta Festival Ballet Company. She is a most-versatile teacher, who can teach ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. She ia a wonderful instructor and has been with Gift of Dance Studio for 3 years.
Mrs. Keila Harvey
209 McDonough Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253
Monday: 4:30PM - 9:00PM
Tuesday: 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Wednesday: 4:00PM - 8:30PM
Thursday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM
Friday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 5:00PM