INSTRUCTORS

Who We Are

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Kathy Baird

Artistic Director / Owner / Instructor

Kathy began dance at the age of 3 with Clara Ellison School of Dance and performed in numerous talent contests as a child placing from 1st to 3rd place.   Upon graduating from High School, Kathy became Clara Ellison’s assistant and eventually took over her classes.  Kathy continued to study under Stanley Zompakos, a soloist under George Balanchine, from the New York City Ballet and opened her own dance school in 1980.  She continued studying with Pavel Rotaru Ballet from the Kirov Ballet, attended Festival Ballet's summer intensive, worked at Houston Ballet for their summer intensive program in exchange for classes and attended Ballet Magnificat’s intensive workshop for teachers for six summers. 

Kathy performed the Snow Queen in Rome Little Theater's Nutcracker with the Ruth Mitchell Dance Company and has performed and choreographed ballets such as Sleeping Beauty,  Cinderella and more.

Several of the Baird Ballet students have received scholarships to study at Joffrey and Boston Ballet and have attended Ballet Magnificat summer intensive and trainee programs.

Kathy was a contestant in the Celebrity Dance Challenge and won the Judge’s award in 2011 and 2012.

She has taught ballet at Shorter College and The Rome City School System

She is a graduate from Kennesaw State College.

Most recently moved her studio to 107 Broad St, Rome.

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Hannah Camacho

Instructor

Hannah Camacho has studied dance at the Dance Center since the age of 3 and has  taught dance for the past six years.  She  found the love of contemporary throught her participation in Allegro Dance Company.  Hannah also studied ballet with Baird Ballet and continues her work in the community through Rome Little Theatre, teaching musical theatre.  She has danced in Rome Celebrity Dance Challenge winning People's Choice award winner in 2018. Hannah will be teaching contemporary classes on Saturday morning.

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Amy Solana

Instructor

AMY SOLANA, who is a senior at Berry College and is pursuing a minor in dance.  She is both a dancer and choreographer for the Berry College Dance Company.  Before college, she studied dance at Studio 4 the Arts and competed for her last 7 years. She is trained in ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary.  Amy will be teaching tap on Saturday and will be a substitute teacher through-out the year.

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Sara Pecina

Instructor

Sara Pecina is the Director of Dance and Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance at Berry College.  She received her MFA in Dance from the University of Oklahoma and graduated Magna Cu Laude with a BA in Dance from Western Kentucky University.  Performance highlights include Cedar Point Live Entertainment in Sandusky, Ohio, and dance concerts in Civitavecchia, Italy, at Jazz Dance World Congress, and at tap dance festivals in St. Louis and New York City.  Sara is a certified mat Pilates instructor and has also trained to teach Dance for Parkinson's Disease .   She will be teaching advanced jazz and tap and will be offering master classes in Pilates and stretch and conditioning.

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Amy Sullivan

Instructor

Amy Sullivan has studied dance at Baird Ballet for the past seven years and has studied under former Atlanta Ballet principal dancers, Kristine Loveless and Stacey Slichter at North Atlanta Dance Center.  She has attended Ballet Magnificat's summer intensives for the past four summers and most recently making pre-professional level.   Amy has danced lead roles with Baird Ballet such as Titania in Midsumer Night's Dream and Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at Rome's Shakespeare Festival. She also danced the role of Job's wife in the Book of Job, and a Pas de deux role in Joseph and Mary.  She began teaching dance in her own home dance studio called "Joyful Dance Studio."  Amy has a love for the Lord and plans to continue her dance career as will as teach this upcoming year. 

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