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!
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.
Hannah, former graduate of Dance Beyond, started dancing at
the age of three. She had the honor of training under Angela
Rey and competing with her for almost eight years. During
this time she was able to win her own national title as well
as several group national titles with her DB sisters. Hannah
is now a student at Clemson University and a guest
choreographer/instructor for Dance Beyond's
contemporary competitive students.
Nick was known around the country as one of the leading master teachers and choreographers in the business. He had worked with dancers and 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.
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.
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
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.
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.