Faculty

Our Amazing Faculty

Angela Kook
Angela Kook has been a dance instructor at The Academy of Dance Arts since 2000. She has spent 15 years in training at ADA which ignited her passion for dance and the arts. Angela has participated in a summer program with the Rotaru Ballet, a seminar with Mia Michaels, Shane Sparks and Brian Friedman from...
Michele Stewart

Michele Stewart

Yoga Instructor
My yoga journey: Before I started practicing yoga my entire body hurt. I was stiff and sore from head to toe. I knew I needed to do something but I did not have a lot of extra time, I worked a lot of hours. In 2012 I went to my first yin yoga class. I...
Deanna Tindell

Deanna Tindell

Instructor - Ballet, Lyrical, Jazz and Kinderdance
Deanna has been part of Academy of Dance Arts since 1997. She has studied ballet, pointe, lyrical, jazz, and tap under the direction of Christi Hinkley. Deanna became part of the performing company in 2004. She has been employed at ADA since 2011, and has been instructing at our studio since 2013. In continuing her...
Andrea Craft

Andrea Craft

Instructor - Ballet and Salsa/Ballroom
Andrea Craft began dancing at an early age in Monterrey Mexico, where she attended La Escuela Superior de Musica y Danza de Monterrey and studied different styles of dance with a main passion for ballet. After moving to the U.S., she continued to pursue ballet in Texas and later danced professionally in Tennessee with the...
Sara Thurman

Sara Thurman

Instructor - Tap and Musical Theatre
Sara was born and raised in Marietta, GA., and dancing since age 2, her strengths include tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop. For three years, she competed with the American Dance Team in Italy and Spain as well as being dance captain and selected tap soloist. She has studied at River North Dance Company,...
Janet Butterworth

Janet Butterworth

Instructor - Ballet/Tap, Kinderdance and Creative Movement
Janet Butterworth has instructed at ADA since 1991. She trained with The Academy of Dance Arts and director Jan Goode beginning in 1980 prior to joining ADA as an instructor. Janet has studied several genres of dance including ballet, pointe, tap and jazz. Janet’s performance experience includes: The Nightingale in excerpts from Hans Christian Anderson,...
Kim Tindell

Kim Tindell

Office Manager
Kim Tindell is our office manager. Kim has worked at ADA since 2005.