Bethany Doherty Cruze
A native of Georgia, Bethany has been teaching dance professionally for over 17 years, and has studied ballet, tap, jazz and pointe since the age of 4. After attending Brenau University, she discovered her true passion of teaching and inspiring the next generation of dancers. Her top priority as Artistic Director of EDA is to bring out confidence in all students in a clean, well-organized and safe environment.
Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe
Skyler has been an avid dancer for 14 years, studying ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and contemporary. She has experience teaching and choreographing for multiple competitions while in college. Skyler is a recent graduate of Georgia Tech, and is pursuing her Master's degree in Epidemiology at Emory University starting in August 2014.
Hailing from Franklin, Tennessee, Mati has had the opportunity, throughout education in dance, to train all over the world with many dance companies, institutions, and festivals; including NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, The American Ballet Theatre, The Radio City Rockettes, Abrahaminmotion, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, The American Dance Festival, Florence Dance Company, and others. Mati graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University in December 2016 obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. Before graduating, Mati spent her time abroad as the International Relations Coordinator for Europe's largest dance festival, Danzainfiera, as well as performing with a ballet company based in Florence, italy. Upon her return home to the States, Mati decided to take a leap of faith and move to Atlanta. She quickly jumped into the dance community and is a company member with Gotta Dance Contemporary, Fuerta Dance Company, and Underground Ballet. Mati also teaches in conjuction with choreographing at dance studios around the southeastern region as well as teaching Pure Barre in the Atlanta area. She is ecstatic to begin her first season teaching Ballet at Elite Dance Academy!
Contemporary, Hip Hop
Darbie started dancing at the age of three and is trained in ballet, contemporary, and hip hop. She was a member of Dance Theatre Suitcase (DTS), under Gabriel Otrevel. She has had the opportunity to dance alongside Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel at the Jewish 200th Holocaust celebration, and to dance for the Queen of England during her visit to Jamestown, VA, as well as working with some of the most amazing teachers and choreographers. She also made it to the final cut of the TV show "Live to Dance". Dancing truly is Darbie's life and dream, and she is thrilled that she is able to share this talent and passion with the world. Darbie has also recently appeared in several shows and films, such as Scary Movie 5, Necessary Roughness, Vampire Diaries, Fast7, and The Originals.
Erin discovered her love for dance in high school after joining the dance department at Peachtree Ridge High School. By her senior year, Erin decided to take the leap and pursue dance as a career. Since then, she has trained tenaciously in Jazz, Ballet, Pointe, Hip Hop, Modern, and Contemporary and has been a company member to companies such as Southern Ballet Theatre, Advocate Arts Contemporary, Gotta Dance Contemporary, and Raiin Dance Theatre. Aside from performing in the musical Angels in Training, she has had the priviledge of working with musical artists such as PRISCA, Najasism, Goldberg, Misti Rose, Red Lettaz, and B Suave for various stage performances and music videos, and has also had the priviledge to perform with the organization Art With A Heartbeat. Setting movement on fellow dancers is also a passion of Erin's and she has choreographed work for Peachtree Ridge High School, Grayson High School, Southern Performing Arts Academy, solos for Youth America Grand Prix, and the 2017 Regional Dance Association National Festival in Phoenix, Arizona (performed by Southern Ballet Theatre). Sharing the power of movement is a driving force in Erin's career and she is excited to begin the next leg of her journey with Elite Dance Academy!