Mary’s professional career began with the Cincinnati Ballet Company. While there, Mary met her husband and moved to Jackson, MS to join Ballet Magnificat! After several years of touring, Ballet Magnificat! opened their first school, and Mary was the first teacher. Since then, she has given her full energy to training young dancers in the art of classical ballet as well as mentoring and encouraging them to use their gifts for God’s glory.
In 1997, Mary and her family moved to Nashville. After teaching in various schools locally and in surrounding communities, the Cadles opened their own dance school, Worship in the Arts Academy, which later became First Light Arts Academy. They directed the school for six years. Most recently, she taught ballet at Ann Carroll School of Dance. Mary has been Director of Fellowship School of Dance since 2009. Mary and her family live in Franklin.
Ashley began taking dance classes at the age of three and trained primarily in classical ballet over the years. Ashley graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Georgia and worked in the corporate world. She uses her business experience and passion for dance in her role. Ashley and her husband live in Nashville.
Olivia discovered her love for dance at a young age. She began her classical ballet training at First Light Arts Academy. She also studied at Vanderbilt Dance Program and Ensworth School of Dance and performed as a part of Vanderbilt Dance Theatre. Olivia had a dance scholarship to Belhaven University in Jackson, MS where she studied classical ballet and modern dance. She performed in many original contemporary ballet works. Olivia graduated from Belhaven University with a BFA in Ballet Performance in May of 2014. Olivia loves being back in Nashville.
Alyssa began dancing at the age of five and received the bulk of her formal dance training in The Woodlands, Texas. She moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University & graduated in 2012 with a BBA in Music Business and a Minor in Dance. While Alyssa has trained in ballet, jazz, modern, and tap throughout her dance career - tap continues to be her teaching specialty. By day, Alyssa works at a record label in Franklin, TN and can be found going to concerts, reading, drinking coffee, or traveling in her spare time.
Amie started dancing at the age of 10 and has been in love with it ever since. She studied at schools in and around Nashville, including School of Nashville Ballet, Franklin School of Performing Arts, and Metro Parks Dance Division.
Amie attended the University of Utah to continue her dance training and developed a love for teaching. She has been sharing her faith and her passion for ballet with students in the Nashville area for the last 20 years. She has taught many levels of ballet, tap, and jazz and, most recently, was the Director of InMotion Dance Company, the performing company of Fellowship School of Dance.
Amie is a homeschooling mom to two kids and lives in Antioch.
Ashley began dance classes at the age five. She studied dance in high school and college where she led many dance teams. She was a professional dancer for Nicole C. Mullen and toured the world. Ashley was also the Hip-Hop Director for Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory for five years. Currently, she’s the director for three dance teams. She inspires dancers to learn the various art forms of dance while equipping them to become dedicated dancers.
Briana received a BFA in Dance Performance from Belhaven University in Jackson, MS in 2010 and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2017. She has toured internationally with Talk Dance Company and has danced lead roles in classical and contemporary works in New York City with Exit 12 Contemporary Ballet, Mooney Cooley Dance Company, and The New American Youth Ballet. In 2013, she performed the role of Eve in The Thorn, the cirque de soleil style production of The Passion of Christ.
Briana completed her Pilates Mat and Reformer Certifications in New York, having taught with The Performer’s Edge, Steps on Broadway, and The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Ballet.
Grace discovered a love for dancing at an early age. Growing up at Cathedral Oaks Dance Arts and The Centre School of Dance, Grace was able to student teach and assist classes while being encouraged to pursue her desire to dance. She recently graduated from Belhaven University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance. While at Belhaven, Grace received the Bezalel Award. She has worked with many renowned choreographers on different stages around the world. Grace is looking forward to what the Lord has in store for her as she pursues a career in dance.
Katie began her dance training at age five. She studied dance at Dance Emmanuel, Smyrna Assembly, First Light Arts Academy, Centennial Youth Ballet, and Fellowship School of Dance. Katie loves to teach dance classes. She is currently pursuing a degree in Business Administration at Trevecca Nazarene University.
Margaret Anne Owens
Margaret Anne is a native of Birmingham, Alabama where she grew up dancing at Briarwood Ballet School. In 2009 she received her Bachelors Degree in Acting and Dance from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since then, she has been teaching all different dance forms to all different ages in lots of different states! Her passion is teaching young girls to worship their Creator through dance, and offering a fun, therapeutic environment through dance to individuals with special needs.
Maria began dancing at the age of six in her hometown of Knoxville, Tennessee. She went on to study with the School of the Minnesota Dance Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Tennessee with a major in dance. After graduating, she moved to New York City and danced with several modern companies there. Maria has choreographed pieces for Vanderbilt Dance Theatre, Music City Youth Orchestra, University School of Nashville, and Tennessee Women’s Theatre Project. She has taught modern dance at Vanderbilt University and performed with Vanderbilt Dance Theater and the Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville.
Rachel is a native of Florida, where she began her dance training at the age of three. She trained with the Northwest Florida Ballet under the direction of Bernadette Sims, Todd Eric Allen and Dorothy Lister. After graduating high school, Rachel went on to join the Northwest Florida Ballet Company as a soloist and later as a principle dancer where she had the opportunity to perform lead roles in many classical ballets. While performing with the company, Rachel also helped develop North West Florida Ballet's Academy program. She taught techniques of ballet to third grade through high school students as a part of their daily school program. She taught for the School of Nashville Ballet for six years, and has continued sharing her passion of ballet with students in the Nashville area since moving.
Rachel has been dancing since the age of five and, until college, primarily trained in ballet. In high school she trained at the Grand Rapids Ballet School under the direction of Patricia Barker and Attila Mosolygo. While there, she was able to perform in many notable works such as The Nutcracker, Serenade, and Dracula, to name a few.
Rachel recently graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Dance Business and a minor in Event Planning. While at college Rachel also met her husband, Ben, and they have recently married and moved to Nashville.