Kelly has a BFA in Theater and Dance with an emphasis in Dance Performance from Northern Illinois University, graduating magna cum laude in 2006. She taught dance in the Chicago are for 13 years. She began her dance training at the age of 4 in Virginia Beach and continued her study of Ballet, Jazz and modern dance with Beth Fowler in Genoa, Illinois. She was a principle dancer in the Fowler Dance Company and had many leading roles. She has attended many summer intensives and received scholarships and internships with Dance Loop Chicago, Ballet Concerto, Milwaukee Ballet and Pastiche Dance Ensemble. Throughout her dance training, Kelly has found time to share her love of dance with young girls, just as all of Kelly’s instructors shared with her.
Kimberly Calametti Walker was born and raised in Mobile, AL where she studied dance for fourteen years at Carol Graham’s Dance Studio. During this time, Ms. Walker took ballet, pointe and acrobatic classes. There, she taught ballet and acrobatics to children of all ages for three years. She enhanced her dance education through participation in Joe Tremaine Dance Conventions, and has performed in dinner theater.
In high school, she performed several solo acrobatic routines, including one that earned her
first place in the Creative Arts category in the Mobile County Junior Miss program. After a hiatus
from dance, Ms. Walker has returned to teaching acrobatics at Creative Outlet where her daughter has been enrolled as a student since 2008.
Mrs. Baumhower began her dance training with Pro Am Dance Studio in Fort Lauderdale. Florida. For fourteen years she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and acrobatic dance with Joan Yell and Donna Dial, both former June Taylor Dancers.
Before coming to Fairhope, Leslie taught tap for four years at Susu’s Academy of Ballet in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Nick has been exposed to many styles of hip hop and through this has developed his own style and brought his personality to the forefront of his dancing. When teaching, he wants his students to learn how to express themselves in the dance. Nick has taught extensively all across the Gulf Coast. He is also a co-founder of Dyversatile Crew. As part of D.C., Nick is able to use his talents in performing for schools, churches, and charity events throughout the gulf coast. He feels very blessed to be able to use dance as an inspiration to the youth and others in the community. He is very excited to share his passion of dance with a new family at Creative Outlet Dance Center.
Ms. Suzanne Pierce
Suzanne Pierce was a competitive gymnast for 5 years, middle school through high school. She has coached recreational and competitive gymnastics for 10 years. Currently a preschool teacher at Jubilee Shores Church, Suzanne is also the children’s church co-pastor at The Dwelling Place. She has taught acrobatics at Creative Outlet since 2010.
Sonja Davenport has danced professionally for 12 years with major ballet companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet and most recently Colorado Ballet. She has studied with world renowned directors and choreographers and was trained at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet Theater, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. She has been teaching Classical Ballet to children and Adults since 2006 and has just recently moved to Fairhope from Denver, Colorado.
Whitney Nabors graduated summa cum laude from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2016. Her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance and Choreography with a minor in Theatre provided her experience in the performance, technique, and production of dance works in ballet and modern dance. While at Southern Miss, Whitney performed in the Resident Dance Company for three years, and choreographed two dance films and one concert dance work. Her junior choreographic project, “Looking Beyond,” was one of twenty dance films selected for the gala performance of the 2016 Dance Shorts: College Film Festival hosted by Arizona State University. Since graduating, Whitney has worked as the technical director for Hub Dance Collective for two seasons and has designed lighting for several university concerts. Whitney is excited to be back home on the Eastern Shore, sharing her love of dancing with her students!