Dance Faculty

Esther Darden was born in Atlanta, Georgia and began dancing at age six. Her early training was at Dancers Studio Backstage (Jonnie Kelly) and Dance Centre South (Marcus Alford and Annie Day). After high school, she studied at Atlanta Ballet and Georgia Ballet, performing in Jazz on Tap, Picollo Spalleto Festival, Nutcracker with a Swing, and the Nutcracker of Cherokee County. In 2007, Esther attended a missions school, YWAM (Youth with a Mission), in Budapest, Hungary, where she studied and performed at public and professional performances throughout Hungary, Egypt, and India. In 2010, Esther trained with Sterling Theatre in Kansas City and attended the School of Dance Studies in Lakeside, Montana, where she was introduced to Modern technique and studied under Randall Flinn and Steve Rooks. Esther was most recently a member of Refuge Dance Company. In addition to directing Peachtree Dance, Esther teaches Ballet, Pre-Pointe, and Pointe, and choreographs for Peachtree Dance Company. Outside of dance, she has a huge heart for missions and is also a very talented singer.

Morgan Beane, a Detroit Michigan native, started dancing at the age of four. She grew up training in ballet, modern, tap, jazz, and contemporary styles.  Morgan knew from a very young age that dance would always be a part of her life. She spent two years training with the Michigan Ballet Theatre before attending Marygrove College. It was there that she earned her Bachelor's degree in Dance while contributing as a member to the Nu Delta Alpha National Dance Honor Society. Morgan has taken a special interest in strength and conditioning to find the most effective cross-training methods for dancers to see improvement in strength, flexibility, and balance in their dancing. Her professional career includes Dayton Contemporary Dance Company II, Contexture Dance Detroit, Big Red Wall, and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre where she has spent the last three years performing as both a soloist and ensemble member. Morgan is new to Atlanta and is excited to grow with the Peachtree Dance family. 

Patrick Condon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance Studies from Brenau University. While at Brenau, he performed with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance in their production of Chicago in 2014, as well as almost all Brenau University Dance Department performances. He has worked with renowned dance choreographers such as Vincas Greene, Carl Flink, Madia Cooper, and Kristy Nilsson. Patrick originally came into the arts by studying Musical Theatre at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in Jupiter, Florida, where he was born and raised. While there, he performed in a professional production of Sound of Music and many musicals put on by the Maltz’s Conservatory of Performing Arts such as West Side Story, Pippin, Cats, and Bye Bye Birdie. Patrick is trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Ballroom, and Spanish.

LaMia Dingle is from Camden, New Jersey, and a graduate of the city’s first arts high school. She attended the University of the Arts Philadelphia where she trained vigorously in ballet, modern, jazz, and other cultural dances. LaMia’s artistic flare was recognized by recording artist, Jill Scott when she was in high school and was asked to appear as lead dancer in Ms. Scott's directorial debut music video. Always an avid student of hip-hop, LaMia delved into the dance style more intensely after joining Face Da Phlave, a Hip Hop company that focuses on pure hip-hop movement and positivity. Through Face Da Phlave, LaMia has trained in the styles of locking, popping, breaking, and house. She has also performed as a dancer for the Garden State Dance Festival’s repertoire company, Philadelphia's Putty Dance Project, and Project Dance in Washington D.C. LaMia has also performed and taught internationally with a non-profit arts organization in Philadelphia, where was the Director of Dance for youth and Co-Artistic Director and Writer of stage productions "Isola's Champion" and "Love's Journey". She and the group utilized dance and theater as an instrument of education for young women in Liberia, West Africa. LaMia possesses a hands-on professional and results-oriented passion. In addition to teaching at Peachtree Dance and around the Metro Atlanta area, LaMia is also the Executive Director and Co-Founder of REVEAL Movement Company. She brings with her nearly a decade of experience in the dance environment as an instructor, program developer, and project manager, as well as twelve years of intense training in various dance forms.

Kristin Houser received the majority of her dance training at The Georgia Ballet School, under Gina Hyatt-Mazon and Janusz Mazon of the Hamburg Ballet. Kristin also trained at the Ballet Magnificat! School of the arts in Jackson, MS, and with Sallyann Mulcahy (student of Finis Jhung) in Helena, MT. Since 2004, Kristin has worked as a professional dancer, rehearsal assistant, choreographer, and instructor with The Georgia Ballet, Artisan Dance, Dance Canvas, Refuge Dance Company, and Praise in Motion. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2008 with a BS in Management. Kristin lives in Candler Park with her two sons and two kittens, where she spends her free time riding bikes, building with Legos, and trying to keep the kittens off the counter.

Ivy Kilpatrick began her dance journey at nine years old at Pine Crest School in South Florida. There she was trained in Advanced Ballet and Pointe, performed in several productions, and taught various classes and rehearsals for ages 5-18. Ivy graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor's of Arts in Dance & Movement Studies. Throughout her college career, Ivy taught Ballet as a Teaching Assistant and Hip Hop as a choreographer and co-president of Adrenaline Dance Crew. She also performed with the Emory Dance Company. Since graduating, Ivy has taught Ballet and Hip Hop in Metro Atlanta, as well as choreographed, directed, and performed for Building Bridges Benefit Concert at 7 Stages Theater. She specializes in Ballet, Hip Hop, and Modern Dance. 

Olivia Rowe is the founder and artistic director of The Esthete Collective. She is also a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher, and stage manager in the Atlanta area. As a performer, Olivia has had the privilege of working with local companies such as Fuerta Dance Company, City Gate Dance Theater, Ballet Southeast, Gotta Dance Contemporary, Refuge Dance, and the KSU Dance Company. She has been educated in dance at the Atlanta Academy of Ballet, Impact Dance of Atlanta, Balletmet Columbus, Nashville Ballet, and the Batsheva Dance Company. In 2018, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Kennesaw State University. In Stage Management, Olivia has worked on large projects with Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre and The Uncaged Dance Festival, which featured many local companies. In 2017, she was honored to work on the Vail Dance Festival. She currently enjoys working at the KSU Dance Theater as a freelance Stage Manager. Olivia’s choreography has been performed by The Esthete Collective in showcases such as Fall for Fall, FEMMEfest, Excuse the Art, 3 Contemporary Dance Project, and Palette Project. Her work has also been performed by the Kennesaw State University Dance Company and Ballet Southeast. As an educator, Olivia has fostered a love of dance in students of all ages around Atlanta. She is experienced in teaching classical ballet, contemporary, modern, pointe, lyrical, cross-training, and pas de deux. She incorporates pedagogical and kinesiological principles learned in her collegiate studies into all classes, encouraging safe and healthy practice. She is very excited to share her love of dance with the wonderful young artists at Peachtree Dance Atlanta this year!

Ashley Tripp, with freckles and thick brunette locks, is an Atlanta-based freelance writer who aspires to be a backup dancer for Justin Timberlake. Ashley's passion for dance began at an early age and flourished throughout high school and into college. After graduating from the University of Alabama with a double major in dance and journalism, she served with Cru in various roles including writing, event planning, and high school ministry. Ashley is ecstatic to start a new chapter in her career and have the opportunity to serve at Peachtree Dance and share her love of dance to students. Ashley teaches Hip Hop, Pre-Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern.

Suzanne Zoller has been dancing for 15 years and has been teaching and choreographing for 7 years. She is a classically trained singer and is a professional theatre, film, TV, and commercial actor in the Atlanta area. Suzanne also has experience directing and choreographing musicals and plays for young actors of all ages. Suzanne fell in love with dancing at the age of 4 with the Gainesville Ballet Company in Gainesville, Georgia training under teachers like Jolie Long and Vincas Greene in Ballet, Tap, and Jazz until the age of 13. She fell in love a second time with musical theatre and put all of her energy towards finessing her triple threat skills. She pursued musical theatre at North Hall Middle and High School in Gainesville, Georgia and performed in plays such as Evita, Les Miserables, Grease, and many more. She transferred to The Dance Company in Gainesville, Georgia during those years to continue her dance education while she studied classical voice with Vanessa Hyatt-Fugate and acting with Jan Ewing. She went to the University of Georgia where she received her BA in Theatre and studied various acting techniques such as Stanislavski Method, Alba Emoting, Meisner, and Laban and took Voice for Non-Majors and Dance for Non-Majors. While at UGA, she began acting professionally with Circle Ensemble Theatre and Rose of Athens Theatre in Athens, Georgia and received leading roles in Into the Woods and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. She is so excited to start another year with Peachtree Dance and can’t wait to see what amazing things happen!


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