About Tallahassee Dance Academy!
For 37 years TDA has established a distinguished history for developing outstanding dancers and performers from our community. With an array of dance styles to choose from, TDA is proud to offer quality instruction in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. Students may begin their training with us starting at 1 years of age or older. We are also one of the few studios in Tallahassee to have an award-winning competitive dance program. During the dance season we encourage our students to showcase their talents, whether it is at dance competitions, school performances, community events, Disney World, or our annual recital. Our mission is to instill the love of dance and to inspire the passion for performance.
Stephanie Dick Clary | Owner
Stephanie has been dancing since the age of three, and is privileged to have trained under numerous accomplished dancers and instructors. She began dancing competitively at the age of seven. Stephanie was a member of the Tallahassee Ballet Company for 8 years. She performed in many ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Madeline, Sleeping Beauty, and Midsummer Night’s Dream. Stephanie attended Summer Intensives with the Georgia Ballet in 2002 and 2003.
While in high school, Stephanie was a 4 year member of the Leonette’s, and competed at UDA, The Florida State Fair, and AmeriDance where they received 1st place her junior and senior year. The team also attended UDA dance camp each summer in Jacksonville where Stephanie received All Star Awards. She was elected team captain both her junior and senior year. Stephanie was also a member of Senior and Senior Elite at TDA receiving several Platinum Awards and Overall Awards at Access Broadway and Showstoppers. Stephanie has been teaching at the Tallahassee Dance Academy since 2007.
In college, Stephanie was a member of the Florida State Golden Girls where she performed at both Men’s and Women’s basketball games, football games, volleyball games, and many community events. She traveled alongside the basketball team performing courtside at the 2009 ACC Tournament in Atlanta, GA and 2009 NCAA Tournament in Boise, Idaho. Stephanie was a member of TACT, Tallahassee Advanced Collegiate Team where her duo received one of the highest awards at Elite Competition in June 2009. She is a Florida State graduate and along with teaching is a lobbyist.
Lindsey Hollar | Artistic Director
Lindsey began her dance training at the age of 3 and was a student of Tallahassee Dance Academy’s elite competitive team, and Tallahassee’s Advanced Colligate Team. During her competitive years at TDA, Lindsey won many titles including overall awards at both regional and national competitions; she has also performed for Stars at Seas on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. Lindsey continues her dance training, attending workshop throughout Florida and New York. She was a featured model in 2007 and 2009, for “Stage Couture” costume catalog in San Diego, California.
While teaching at TDA, Lindsey has been recognized for her choreography and has won many first place and overall awards. As part of TACT “Tallahassee’s Advance Collegiate Team”, Lindsey along with Stephanie Dick won the title of Best Technical Execution at the Elite National Competition in Panama City, Florida. While at FSU she was a dancer for Tallahassee’s Professional Arena Football team, “The Titans”. Lindsey is the daughter of owner Melinda Allen and plans to take over TDA in the future.
Aubry Norman | Instructor
Aubry began her dance training with Tallahassee Dance Academy at the age of 4. She joined the competitive team at age 7 and contined to be a part of TDA’s competitive team until graduating high-school. As a studio dancer she attended conventions and competitions such as DEA and Showstoppers, winning many adjudications as well as overall awards.
Aubry was a member of her high school dacne team and was titled an NDA All-American and UDA All-Star; she was also recongnized in Top Gun superlatives. Her team competed and ranked in both regional and national competitions. After graduating in 2002, Aubry became an instructor for TDA and has been teaching competitive classes since 2005. Throughout the years she has been recognized and received many top honors for her cutting edge choreography. Additionally, Aubry works for a civil engineering firm and continues to provide assistance / choreography to other local dance teams thru out the community.
Kaylin Willis | Instructor
Kaylin is a student at Florida State University working towards a degree in Marketing. Kaylin has been dancing at Tallahassee Dance academy since the age of three and at the competitive level for nearly 10 years. This fall will be Kaylin’s 7th year teaching and working at Tallahassee Dance Academy.
In high school Kaylin was on both the Senior and Senior Elite competitive levels at TDA, receiving several Platinum Awards and Overall Awards at Access Broadway and Showstoppers. She has performed with TDA for “Stars at Seas” on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. She was a member of Leon High Schools, Leonettes and years later became one of the coaches of the Leonettes from, 2010-2011. While coaching, her team was awarded 1st Place, Superior Gold, and “Best in category” for all three of their dances. She has choreographed for both Chiles and Leon High School winning “Best Choreography” for her Jazz piece for the Leonettes. Kaylin was recently a part of a short independent film called, “Playing it Safe“where she acted and also danced.
Kaylin was a member of “TACT”, Tallahassee’s Advanced Collegiate Team, where she received top Overall awards. With TACT she traveled to Los Angeles where they modeled and were featured in the Stage Couture Catalogue for dancewear. She was also danced for FSU’s “Seminole Force”.
Scottie Donaldson | Instructor
Scottie has been dancing at TDA since the age of 5. She also had the honor of dancing competitively with TDA since age 12. While dancing competitively Scottie traveled to many competitions and won numerous platinum and overall top score awards. Scottie danced on Royal Carribean’s “Stars at Sea” and traveled to New York City with TDA’s Senior Elite. In high school Scottie was a four-year member of the Leon Dance Team and served as one of the captains her senior year. While on the Leonettes, they traveled to national and state level competitions. Scottie was chosen as a UDA All Star 2 years in a row and was asked to be a UDA staff member her senior year.After Scottie graduated high school in 2008, she became a member of “TACT” Tallahassee Advanced Collegiate Team. TACT has earned top scores at every competition, including the Hall of Fame Dance Challenge. TACT as a group has also had the opportunity to model for “Stage Couture” dance catalog in San Diego, Ca, as well as dance the halftime show at Florida State Men’s basketball games.Scottie is a graduate of Flagler College- Tallahassee were she received her degree in Elementary Education and currently is teaching 3rd grade at Gilchrist. She has been teaching at TDA for 6 years. Scottie was featured in a national dance magazine with her fellow TACT teammates and played a role as a dancer in a recent short film.
Rebecca Morales | Instructor
Rebecca has been dancing at Tallahassee Dance Academy for 14 years and has been a member of the competitive team since the age 10. She has competed in numerous competitions such as VIP Dance,Hall of Fame, Platinum, and Showstoppers to name a few. Dancing alongside her team, Rebecca has won multiple first place and overall titles both at National and Regional Competitions, including Hall of Fame’s, “World Series of Dance”. She has also studied at New York’s, “School of Creative andPerforming Arts” for the past two summers.
Throughout her high school career, Rebecca has been working with the students at TDA as a teaching assistant, teaching students from Kindergarten through competitive levels, in addition to being a teacher’s aid at Maclay School. Rebecca hopes to continue her dance training in college and looks forward to joining the TDA Staff.
Jamie Corcoran | Instructor
Jamie Corcoran began dancing at the age of four in the Central Florida area. She trained in ballet, jazz, musical theater, tap, lyrical and contemporary styles. Jamie attended numerous competitions and conventions each year with her studio, both regionally and nationally.
Jamie graduated from Florida State University, where she was a member of the FSU Golden Girls dance team for 3 years. Being a Golden Girl gave her the opportunity to dance at athletic and community events, as well as compete nationally. Jamie has also been an instructor with Universal Dance Association for 4 years, working with high school and college dance teams around the country. Jamie earned her degree in Elementary Education and is currently a fifth grade teacher at Hawks Rise Elementary. She is passionate about teaching and is very excited to be working with the dancers and staff at TDA!
Olivia Hulsey | Instructor
Olivia Hulsey grew up in the Central Florida area and began dancing at a local studio at the age of 4. There she was trained in a variety of styles and found her true passion for dance. During her time at her hometown studio, she competed at many known competitions and is still closely knit with CRU Dance competition.
After graduating high school, Olivia moved to Ohio to attend Kent State University to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in dance performance. She was part of the schools pre-professional dance company (The Kent Dance Ensemble) and spent 2 years on the Kent State Dance Team. Within her 4 years at Kent State, she had many opportunities to travel and perform throughout the U.S. as well as internationally. Olivia is so excited to be back in Florida and be a part of the TDA family!