Statesboro Elite Faculty

Stephanie Viness

Owner, Executive Director & Instructor

Stephanie Viness is a Double Eagle Alumni from Georgia Southern University, with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Science in Kinesiology. She is now the Assistant Director of the Physical Activity and Healthful Living Program, at Georgia Southern University.

 

Stephanie is also the Georgia Southern University Dance Team Coach. The dance team performs at all Men's home basketball games, community and university events, and competes at the NDA Collegiate Dance Championship each year. Ask Stephanie about our Audition Prep Lessons!


Stephanie has 7 years experience as a cheerleader, and over 20 years of dance experience, including 14 years competing, and now working with Inspire National Dance Competition for the last 6 years. She has performed at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, The Capital One Bowl, and The Orange Bowl. She has also competed as a “pro” dancer in the local Dancing with the Statesboro Stars fundraiser event for Safe Haven for three years. She, and her partner, Adam Tsang, won 2018's 1st Place Judges' Choice!


Stephanie is a Certified Educator in the state of Georgia, a certified Personal Trainer, and holds certifications in Group Exercise Fitness, Ballet Barre, Yoga I, Sports Nutrition, Pre & Post Natal Group Exercise Fitness and Pre & Post Natal Personal Trainer. She is always looking for ways to enhance her skills, education, and technique by attending multiple dance workshops and fitness conventions each year with well-known individuals in the fitness industry, along with taking classes from numerous well-known dancers and choreographers around the country.

Stephanie has a passion for dance and for education, and her goal is to make dance a large part of the Statesboro community, for all ages!

Bo Viness

Owner & Director of Operations

Bo Viness graduated from Georgia Southern University with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education and a Master of Science in Kinesiology.
He is currently teaching at Statesboro High School and is the head coach for the wrestling team. He
 is also a Real Estate Agent with Statesboro Real Estate.
Bo also works with Inspire National Dance Competition as an audio/video technician and in the sales and merchandise departments.

Brandilyn Stroup

Ballet Instructor

Brandilyn Stroup has over 20 years of extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and modern. In addition to instruction under various professionally trained teachers, she attended summer dance intensives throughout high school. Brandilyn has performed lead roles in “The Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Peter and the Wolf,” and “Alice in Wonderland.” As a competitive dancer, Brandilyn received numerous awards and was  a member of Georgia Southern University’s dance team. She has staged and choreographed various ballet suites. Her choreography has won several awards, including top overalls, best choreography, and judges choice awards at regional and national dance competitions. She also judges for dance competitions across the southeastern United States. Brandilyn is a licensed, certified teacher of Progressing Ballet Technique and is also a certified Barre Fitness instructor with American Barre Technique. Brandilyn’s goal is to instill a passion and love for dancing in each of her students.

Rachael Farris

Mini's & Petites

Rachael is from Rome, Georgia. She has been dancing for 17 years. Most of her dance training was focused on ballet and pointe, but she also has training in tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop. Rachael was a member of Rome Civic Ballet, where she performed in the annual Nutcracker performance. 

She teaches ballet and tap, and has also taught a special needs dance class to ages 3-18. Rachael leads the special needs dance classes, "Dancing Without Limits" and also assists in all of the Minis & Petites Classes.

Rachael is also a member of the Georgia Southern Dance Team, and is majoring in Biology.

Sydnie Lancaster

Acro Dance

Sydnie Lancaster is from Loganville, Georgia. She has been dancing for 18 years. She has
training in ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, modern, and acrobatics. She
was an original member of Love to Dance Performing Arts Company. Sydnie competed with
this performing arts company as well as performed at many venues like Walt Disney World.
Sydnie won titles in the open and acrobatics categories during her competition years. Sydnie is
currently pursuing a degree in Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University. She is also a member
of the Georgia Southern Dance Team. Sydnie has demonstrated and taught classes for 10 years. She loves teaching and strives to help dancers acheive their dreams.

Tayler Wickham

Hip Hop

Tayler graduated from Georgia Southern University in May of 2020 with a Bachelors in Business Administration and a minor in marketing. She is now a double eagle pursuing her masters degree in Healthcare administration. Tayler currently works on campus in the Office of Career and Professional Development as the Employer Relations graduate assistant. 

Tayler grew up dancing and cheering in Statesboro and has 16 years of training, as well as 5 years of teaching/coaching experience.  She had the honor of being named a UCA All-American cheerleader in 2015. While dancing, she had the opportunity to perform in The Columbia City’s Ballet, Dracula, and many other local productions.    

Tayler says she loves being able to teach dance! "It allows me to grow and do what I love to do the most. It keeps me involved within the Statesboro community and gives me the chance to meet so many amazing people."

(912) 536-5318

1550 Chandler Rd, Suites C & D
Statesboro, Bulloch County 30458

In walking distance from the Georgia Southern campus!

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