We dream to take you to the places on the earth that teach you how to dance, the places where you can risk letting the world make you  complete... do my best to take you  where the earth beneath our feet and the stars overhead make life worth dancing for.

The Dance Beyond Mission
    Dance Beyond, LLC is dedicated to enriching the lives of all dance students. We 
    offer a wonderful diverse program where dancers may choose to dance as a form of recreation or strive to achieve a higher level of technique and performance skills.  Whether the dancer’s intent is to pursue a professional career, or develop grace and confidence as an individual following a different  path, the cultivation and harmony of mind and body is truly fundamental to all. 

    At Dance Beyond, we believe that the discipline, determination, passion and drive we incorporate with our dancers, set them in motion for the challenges they face as they become adults.  Our main goal is to provide an environment that is fun, up-to-date, and gratifying for all of our dance students!
                                                                                    Nick was known around the country as                                                                                     one of the leading master teachers and                                                                                     choreographers in the business. He had                                                                                     worked with dancers as choreographers                                                                                     that have performed with N’Sync,                                                                                     Destiny’s Child, Aaron Carter, Ashanti,                                                                                     Jo Dee Messina, and Billy Gilman. Nick’s                                                                                     students could be seen on and in shows                                                                                     such as  “Americas Most Talented Kid”                                                                                     and in the American Dance Company                                                                                     who travels to such places as Italy,                                                                                     Prague, Spain, Germany, and                                                                                     Mexico. Nick’s personal students still can  also be found in pretty much any Dance Spirit Magazine you pick up. Nick’s recent works include choreography for members of the New York City Ballet.

Nick was taken from us too soon. The Dance Beyond Family holds a very special place in our hearts for Nick Watkins and miss him very much.

Thank You Nick Watkins. We love you.
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                                                                Laura Edwards began dancing at a very young age. With a unique style                                                                 she has taken on many pursuits upon her arrival in Los Angeles. Since                                                                 her professional beginning she is featured in the movies: Hairspray, Step                                                                 Up 1 & 2, Footloose, and can be seen on the very first season of,                                                                 America's Best Dance Crew! Laura manages to spread her talent                                                                 throughout all fields of the dance industry. Having been given the                                                                 opportunity to perform with Beyonce, she has even toured the world with                                                                 one of our generation's biggest pop stars, Britney Spears. Most recently,                                                                 Laura was just the assistant choreographer for the current Justin Bieber                                                                 "Believe" tour. 
                                                                Laura Edwards grew up studying all styles of dance during her                                                                 childhood. It wasn't until after high school when her professional dancing                                                                 career jump started as a featured dancer in a music video for hip hop                                                                 artist Lil' Mo. Shortly after she took part in the feature film "Step Up",                                                                 filmed near her hometown, she developed a new attitude towards the                                                                 dance industry and moved to Los Angeles to enhance her skills and take                                                                 on new opportunities.  
                                                                Since her new beginning, she is featured in the movies: Footloose,                                                                         Hairspray, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Step Up 2:The Streets, Big                                                                    Momma's: Like Father, Like Son, and Hannah Montana: The Movie.                                                                 Aside from the big screen, she was a     dancer in the Britney Spears                                                                 “Circus” tour, appeared in season one of "America's Best Dance Crew"                                                                 and has had the pleasure to perform with others such as Beyonce and                                                                 Miley Cirus.
With an affinity of dance, Laura exercises her talents with choreography as well. As a recurring instructor for the notorious dance convention, "Monsters of Hip Hop," she's able to give back and inspire through her instruction to aspiring professional dancers. As a reflection of her competition background, she choreographs award winning numbers for studios and dance teams across the United States. She has also assisted in choreography for Justin Bieber's BELIEVE Tour, Jennifer Lopez, and “So You Think You Can Dance” in both the US and Canada. As her career moves forward, Laura remains humble and appreciative of all her accomplishments.

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Maya Roberts
Jaci is known for her ability to bring music to life through her vulnerable choreography. 
Jaci has been teaching and choreographing since age 15, when she discovered her love for the art. 
Dance Spirit Magazine has recognized Jaci as “One to Watch” on the choreography front. 
In addition to traveling across the country to work with dance studios, Jaci has danced in multiple contemporary dance companies including The American Dance Company who competed in Italy and brought home the World Dance Cup. 
Today Jaci owns Movement Montana, Montana’s highest ranked dance studio.                               
   Jaci LaFountain
9/23/82 - 2/18/17

Patience Hunter  
is Dance Beyond's Ballet Director
She started dancing at age six in Walhalla, SC. During her 10 years as a competitive dancer, she studied ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, lyrical, tap, and ballroom. She was a member of the advanced competition team and won many awards including overalls, high platinums, judges choice awards, precision awards and many others. She's also choreographed many award winning competitive pieces. 

She attended The South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities summer dance program in 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2011, at age 16, she joined the Carolina Ballet Theatre as a part of their professional ballet company. After being with the company for three years, she started traveling as a competition dance photographer. During this time, she was able to take classes at dance competitions and conventions all over the U.S., including Star Systems, Open Call, and The Pulse. Patience has taught at multiple dance studios across the upstate, and is known for her dancer’s being not only clean, but technically advanced as well.

 Her passion is teaching children to be well rounded dancers, and love all styles of dance.

Bethany Sweeney
                                                                                     One of the most talented and inspiring dance                                                                             professionals of our time. Destini Rogers has had an                                                                             intense passion for dance since the age of five,                                                                             studying modern, ballet, jazz, African, flamenco, and                                                                             hip hop. While attending Classen School of                                                                             Advanced Studies, Destini found her love for creative                                                                             freedom by age 13. Through dance, acting,                                                                             choreographing, and singing, Destini was allowed to                                                                             be a complete artist. During this time, she won                                                                             several choreography awards, including the Alvin                                                                             Ailey and Spotlight Choreography Award. From that                                                                             moment on, Rogers never stopped designing work                                                                             and perfecting her craft as a creator.

                                                                            In 2001, Destini received a dance scholarship at the                                                                             University of Central Oklahoma, where she was                                                                             crowned Miss Black UCO. She began teaching an                                                                             choreographing for Applause Studios under the                                                                             direction of Emily Shock. In 2005, she became apart                                                                             of the Top 8 Finalists in the search for America’s                                                                             favorite dancer on Season One of So You Think You                                                                             Can Dance. After this amazing experience, she was                                                                             inspired to establish her very own professional dance                                                                             company, Dare to Be Soul Dance Company. This lead her to choreographing award winning pieces for studios all over the nation, winning several NYCDA Critic Choice Awards, a number of JUMP Studio Picks, and Hall of Fame Dance Challenge overall winners, regionally as well as nationally.

In 2005, Destini moved to Los Angeles in hopes to fulfill her dreams of hitting the big stage. In the four years of blood, sweat, and tears, she finally stepped in the light dancing alongside amazing artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, Swizz Beats, Beyonce’ and Rain. Dancing with such amazing artists inspired Destini to follow her dream of being a successful recording artist as well as sharing her passion for dance. Her ability to diversely dance, choreograph, and sing gives her a creative dominance unlike any other artist. She truly believes that it is her destiny to travel the world inspiring young dancers to dream out loud and to boldly and courageously be the best artists they were meant to be.



                                                                          Carol Ann Good has been dancing since she was three-years-old.                                                                          She danced with the Civic Ballet Company in Florence, SC and                                                                                    attended the summer dance program of the SC Governors School                                                                              for the Arts. 
                                    
                                                                         She has taught ballet and modern as an adjunct professor at                                                                                        Furman University. 
                                                                         
                                                                        Currently, she teaches dance as a substitute for the ARMES                                                                         program and high school program at the Fine Arts Center of                                                                         Greenville and teaches Visual Arts at Plain Elementary School. 
                          
                                              Carol Good
Bethany Lowery Sweeney is known nation wide as one of the biggest names in the convention circuit. 

Bethany was chosen as one of the nine Dance With The Force Members of 2003-2004. This was a dance scholarship that included 3 months of training at the Edge Performing Arts Center and performance in a Hollywood show. 

More recently Bethany choreographed for the group Quest, which opened up the Juvenile, Lil Flip, J Kwon concert in Johnson City, TN. Bethany was just on the Fox TV show "So You Think You Can Dance?" . 

She travels the nation as a teacher for the convention Fire and Ice and The Circuit, as well as guest teaching around the country.
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   Tricia Dyer  Tricia Dyar is delighted to be joining the team of Dance Beyond teaching                                                                                         Musical and acting classes. She recently played Sister Hubert in Nunsense                                                                                         at the Younts Center for Performing Arts in Fountain Inn, SC and is                                                                                                       currently in the cast of Little Women as Aunt March at The Logos Theatre                                                                                         in Taylors. She has traveled the U.S with her husband Tom in their                                                                                         portrayal of the beloved Vera and Burl Sanders in Smoke On The                                                                                         Mountain. Her credits include such characters as Golde in Fiddler on the                                                                                         Roof, Maria in West Side Story, M’Lynn in Steel Magnolias, and Maria in                                                                                         The Beams are Cith a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Anderson                                                                                         University, Tricia is trained in classical vocal performance. She has                                                                                         performed in multiple vocal ensembles and musical groups through the                                                                                             years. Tricia studied guitar and was a member of the guitar ensemble at                                                                                         Anderson University. She is an experienced studio musician  which                                                                                         afforded her the opportunity to record vocals for dozens of television and                                                                                         radio commercials. In addition to her musical studies, Tricia studied both                                                                                         theatre and dance. She led her forensics team in Reader’s  Theatrical                                                                                         Performance as well as Oral Interpretation. She studied with Dance                                                                                         Beyond’s very own Angela Ray as well as others and competed in the                                                                                         genres of tap, jazz, clogging and hip-hop. In addition to her on stage                                                                                         credits, Tricia is a skilled director. She directed the stage adaptation of the                                                                                         books, The Schmooney Trilogy, that gave birth to the SC State Mascot for                                                                                         Literacy, the Schmooney, as well as Reader’s Theatre production, Primary                                                                                         Care and a multitude of christian faith based musical productions. She                                                                                                 most recently musically directed Ring of Fire and Smoke On The Mountain                                                                                         for The Mill Town Players in Pelzer, SC. Tricia loves cooking, DIY projects                                                                                           and swimming. In addition to their entertainment company, Betty                                                                                         Entertainment, Tricia and her husband Tom own and operate a health and                                                                                         life insurance agency, T Dyar &  Associates. They have two boys, Jordan                                                                                         and Easton. They enjoy travel across the U.S. and abroad. They have                                                                                         strong affinity for warm sun, clear ocean water, and white sandy                                                                                         beaches. “I am grateful for the opportunity to teach others the skills to         bring characters to life on the stage. I look  forward to working with each and every student and I hope to pass on the art of bringing a bit of joy to every single person that comes to see!”