Hello friends,

It’s the beginning of a new season at ROOTS Dance Academy, and we can’t wait to tell you about the exciting changes.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • We’re welcoming a new dance program director, Robyne Kennedy, as well as a few other staff promotions and additions.
  • The 2015/2016 dance class schedule has been expanded and updated
  • Our dance open house will be 8/18 at 5pm. You’re invited!
  • We’re remodeling the dance studio–with real dance floors
  • Dance Master Classes announced–invite a friend!

I N T R O D U C I N G    R O B Y N E     K E N N E D Y

1917239_558924399202_4503431_n Filling our founding dance manager’s position wasn’t an easy task, but we are thrilled  to announce that Robyne Kennedy has joined our team as our new dance  program director. Robyne comes to us with over 15 years of award-winning dance  program leadership. She is a notable teacher and leader in the local dance community.  She currently serves, and will continue to, as the dance creative director at Brentwood  Academy, a position she’s led for the past nine years. Join us in welcoming Robyne:


I’m also excited to announce that our beloved preschool mentor, D’Arcy Collins was recently promoted to the preschool dance program manager. She will oversee all of the preschool dance classes, from schedule and mentors, to recital.

0O3A5982Many of you are familiar with Jessica Stevens (soon to be Stillman). She was promoted to the dance program coordinator. Jess is your go-to person for  scheduling, billing and any other day-to-day questions. She will be working closely with Robyne to fulfill the vision of the new dance program.

We’ve also added a handful of new dance mentors we’re excited to announce:

  • Saskia Harmon (bio) – Technique & Jazz mentor
  • Amanda Jack (bio) – Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary
  • Haley Mueksch (bio) – Ballet

Of course, we still have hip hop mentor Zach Walker, and Brooke Mihalek will be teaching tap.

N E W   D A N C E   C L A S S E S  &  S C H E D U L E

Our dance class schedule has undergone quite a few additions and changes this past week. We’ve introduced toddler dance classes, more combo classes, hip hop just for girls, a turns, leaps and jump class, as well as a pre-pointe class. Please review the revised class schedule on our website for details.  

If you’ve already registered and have questions, please contact Jessica: or (615) 804-1177 x105 or Robyne at

Please note: preschool classes will start the week of August 17. K-12 classes will start September 8.

O P E N    H O U S E   I N V I T A T I O N

Come one, come all. You’re invited to join us on Tuesday, August 18 at 5pm for a ROOTS Dance Academy open house. Come meet our new dance mentor team, enjoy some yummy snacks, hear about the new vision for ROOTS Dance Academy and see our remodeled dance studio.

WUT? Remodeled dance studio?

This past weekend, the ROOTS team started the process of turning our multi-purpose meeting room into a full-blown dance studio. Already, the walls and ceiling have been painted (buh-bye black walls) and new Harlequin dance floors are being installed in the next couple of weeks. Here’s a sneak peak…

M A S T E R   C L A S S E S   A N N O U N C E D

This August, ROOTS Dance Academy is launching our first Master Class series. Join some of the biggest dance names in Nashville for ROOTS Dance Academy’s first ever Master Classes! ANYONE is welcome to attend, not just ROOTS dance students! Invite a friend to join you.

*$30 per class or $100 for the entire series. Click here for more information and to register.

Friday, August 14 – The Walkers (Hip Hop)

4:30p – 5:30p | Beginner

5:30p – 6:30p | Intermediate/Advanced

Saturday, August 15 – Niki Pennington (Lyrical)

11:00a – 12:00p | Beginner

12:00p – 1:00p | Intermediate/Advanced

Friday, August 21 – Lyndee Baker (Jazz)

4:30p – 5:30p | Beginner

5:30p – 6:30p | Intermediate/Advanced

Saturday, August 22 – Erin Ellis Nash (Jazz)

11:00a – 12:00p | Beginner

12:00p – 1:00p | Intermediate/Advanced

U P C O M I N G   D A T E S

  • August 12 & 13 – ROOTS Dance Company Auditions (Schedule here )
  • August 17 – Preschool Dance & Toddler Dance (NEW!) start week
  • September 8 – K-12 Classes start week
  • Tuesday, August 18 – OPEN HOUSE at 5:00PM at ROOTS

As you can see, there’s a lot happening for the upcoming 2015/2016 dance season. To say we’re excited to get started would be an understatement.

As always, if you have any questions, please let us know.

Kyle Chowning

About Kyle Chowning

CEO/owner ROOTS Academy, CEO/Founder Full Cycle Marketing, Co-founder/Executive Director Help-Portrait, Christ-follower, dad & husband to Kristy. On the launch teams for RELEVANT and Halogen TV

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