Faculty

Vickie Bailey (Studio Director/Voice/Live Performance/Musical Theater)

Vickie Bailey, director of Coastal Area Dance,  started dancing at age 3 for Margeret Hall school of dance. She continued dancing throughout  the years and started doing musical theatre when she was 13 at Pixie Playhouse and Entertainer Dinner Theatre, where she has played numerous lead roles.  She started singing in Bands at age 17 and her love for performing and music kept her focused solely on the music business. Vickie has owned Baileys entertainment for 20+years and has been very successful.  She is currently a member in several bands. She is a voice coach and loves teaching kids how to perform.  The performance training class is to help kids and adults to better theirselves with their stage presence. 

Tiffany Clark (Assist. Dir./Tap/Jazz/Modern/Mus. Theat./Contemporary/Coastal Area Dance Company)

Tiffany Clark, assistant director, started dancing at the age of 4 with a profound hearing loss. She was trained at Kimberleigh's and Robinson's School of Dance.  She is trained in ballet, jazz/tap, hip hop, lyrical, pointe, tumbling, and musical theater.  She was also trained in contemporary, modern, and ballroom by Aleesha Palombo at USA.  She taught at Kimberleigh's school of dance, Next Generation Dance Center, Southern Edge Dance Center, Dance Arts South, and Rhythm Dance Center.  She has participated and won numerous awards in dance competitions as a dancer and as a chorographer. She was on the Baker Dance Team in high school and is currently coaching the dance team at Forest Hill Elementary, where  she teaches children with special needs.  She will continue to teach Special Education, is working on her Master's Degree, and is very excited to be teaching at Coastal Area Dance.  Her motto is to never let your disability define who you are and stop you from doing what you love!


"I dance because it gives me confidence in who I am as a person with a disability.  Dance has a powerful way of healing.  While I still have the hearing loss, dance has given me motivation to "dance through life" to the best of my capabilities.  I thank God everyday for this talent and using it as a guide." 

Nick Bailey (Hip Hop/Abstract Crew)

 Nicholas started dancing at the age of 7.  He has been trained by Adrian Almonza and Tiffany Clark.  His passion for hip hop dance is contagious!!   He was Tiffany’s and Adrians student assistant for a few years.  Nicholas has won a few competition trophies for best overall dance with his choreography with KAR regional and National. He was also one of the founding members of Abstract Crew and participated in several workshops, including Fishkun, Robert Hoffman, Monsters, Wildabeast, and Titans of Dance. He also won best dancer at the church fine arts competition.  Nicholas also plays drums on the praise and worship team at celebration church in Fairhope.  He plays guitar and sings as well.  You will absolutely love his hip hop class!! 

Brackin Bankston (Hip Hop/Abstract Crew)

Brackin started dancing at the age of 7.  He has been trained in Hip Hop for 10 years by Tiffany Clark and Adrian Almonza.  He was one of the founding members of Abstract Crew and performed in Lil Fabe's Music Video, Mojo.   Brackin has participated in  KAR regional and National dance competition and won overall in several routines.   He played baritone at Fairhope High School and has participated in a tribute to CATS as Mungojerrie, one of the lead roles.   He has participated in several workshops, including, Robert Hoffman, Wildabeast, and MONSTERS.  


"I love to dance and performing in front of a crowd.  I love the excitement; it is exhilerating.  Dancing makes me feel like I belong somewhere."

Shannon Bankston (Tap/Jazz)

     

Shannon began taking dance classes at the age of 3 at the Dothan School of Dance in Dothan, Alabama. At the age of 11 Shannon joined SEADAC (South East Alabama Dancing Arts Council) and enjoyed performing and competing in regional and national dance competitions. At the age of 16 she won the title of Miss Dance Masters of America (Tennessee Chapter). Through high school and 

one year of community college, she taught ballet, jazz, tap, and lyrical as well as managed a satellite studio in Headland, Alabama for the Oz Performing Arts Center. Shannon continued her interest in dance in college by performing in musical theatre at Auburn University. Shannon has been an elementary teacher for 19 years. She is very pleased to be able to share her love of dance with all her students. 

Sonja Davenport (Ballet/Pointe/Coastal Area Ballet Company)

Sonja Davenport is from Anchorage Alaska were she started her dance training at the age of 6. She soon got accepted into Pacific North West Ballet program on full scholarship where she trained for a year and a half soon getting a position as a trainee at Pittsburgh Ballet Theater. She has danced with a variety of companies. Colorado Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater and most recently with Mobile Ballet. Sonja has been ballet mistress for one of the top competition schools in Colorado and loves to work  with young aspiring dancers. 

Kayla Sandifer (Tap/Jazz/Baton/Tumbling/Lyrical)

Kayla Sandifer is a native of Mobile, Al and has been dancing since the age of three and teaching for 9 years. She grew up training at Robinson’s school of dance under the instruction of Lynn Robinson, Kelly Robinson and Shay Owen. At Robinson’s she trained in all genres of dance including baton. Some of her major accomplishments include several national group titles with Tremaine, Stage One, Starpower, Masquerade and Showstoppers. She was also a preliminary talent winner for Junior Miss class of 2009.

 

After graduating high school, Kayla was awarded a full tuition scholarship at Faulkner State Community College for being a part of the dance program through Sun Chief Sound. During her time at Faulkner State, she was the dance team coach of Bay Minette Middle School from 2009-2012.

 

Following Faulkner State, Kayla was a part of the dance team at the University of South Alabama where she was captain for four years. While on the team at South Alabama they were ranked 9th in the nation through the National Dance Association. She was also a staff member of UDA.

 

Since graduation college with a degree in public relations and a minor in business, Kayla was taught technique workshops throughout the Gulf Coast in many different studios. Her passion for dance stems from her love of sharing her knowledge to dancers and their excitement to learn and grow.

Jerod "SoCole" Coleman (Hip Hop/Abstract Crew Coach)

Hailing from Columbus, Georgia Jerod “SoCole” Coleman is a self-taught Hip Hop Dancer. His styles consist of Popping, Waving, Tutting, and Bruk-Up. SoCole has been apart of the gulf coast dance scene for 6 years has performed with many local artists such as Lil Fabe and Niqua and has performed at Buku Music Festival with the Buku Breakerz and in several shows with Dyversatile Crew of Daphne, Alabama.  He has taught several classes at DAS requested by Tiffany Clark, trained in several dance styles by Aleesha Palombo at USA, and has been named as the best freestyler by Robert Hoffman (Actor; Step Up 2).  

Priince LaVarius Gwinn (African Fusion)

Priince LaVarius Gwinn, Phenomenal Christian Artist who has a passion for Christ, Youth, & Dance. Priince LaVarius Gwinn has lead praise and worship for places such as World Changers Int'l (Creflo Dollar, Atlanta), New Birth (The Late Bishop Eddie Long, Atlanta), and also opened up for Phil Tarver of the World Wide Gospel Ensemble Shekinah Glory Ministry out of Chicago. As Priince went on in his Ministry God opened more doors to Choreograph Brian C. Hines & Company Video "Give God The Praise" and opened up with Him for Grammy award winning Mary Mary, James Fortune, Dewayne Woods, and Sheri Jones-Moffett to name a few. By Priince accepting his calling, God has allowed him to be an Atmosphere Changer to each place he Minister. With 24 years of dance under his belt and 11 years of teaching dance he has done things such as The Lion King Dance Production which is a yearly event! Priince LaVarius Gwinn is a person who is full of energy and definitely have a Passion for Dance.

Jennifer Thundersnow Smith (Silk/Contortion)

With an extensive background in dance, Jennifer Smith is an aerial silks instructor.  Over the course of over 8 years, Jennifer was formally trained in the area of jazz, ballet, pointe, lyrical, hip hop, and gymnastics.  Upon completing school, she began to take interest in different styles of dance and fitness.  She began to practice belly dancing, hula hooping, rock climbing, and aerial arts.  She fell in love in aerial arts and participated in a program in Destin, FL to become certified as an aerial silks and aerial yoga instructor.  She has experience working with a variety of ages and has had the pleasure of working with students with vastly different skills.  She enjoys sharing her passion and love for the aerial arts.  She strive to instill confidence and passion in the hearts of her students, not only in the air but in life as well.  


"Dance has always been a happy escape from the busy day to day life and a positive way to release and feel good about myself.  I want this for everyone.  I hope you all will join me if not for the fun workout, for the smiles and laughter."

Nina Spears

Nina has been teaching couples dances for 20 years.  She teaches Ballroom, many styles of Latin dances, East and West Coast Swing. She is DVIDA Certified. She also teaches social dancing and competition.  She loves going to dance events and competitions all over the U.S.  Nina enjoys teaching group dancing as well as private lessons, and special occasion dances for weddings and parties.