Rhythm and Spirit Dance

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About Rhythm & Spirit Dance

The Rhythm & Spirit Dance Program of the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department provides classes for children and teens to dance and express themselves in a positive, non-competitive environment. The program offers classes in 5 locations throughout Williamson County. The coordinators and instructors take our roles as mentors/teachers in your child’s life very seriously. It is our objective to nurture each student’s dance goals and inspire a passion for the art of dance in every child who passes through our doors. In the process, we strive to set the right example and help your child (and you) create memories that will last a lifetime.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who We Serve
The Rhythm & Spirit Dance Program is an inclusive Youth and Adult Dance Program that serves dancers of all ages and skill levels:

Ages 2 - 3: "Mommy" & Me Division
Ages 3 – 4:  
Our Petite Division
Ages 5 – 6: Our Mini Division
Ages 7 – 9: Our Junior Division
Ages 10 – 12: Our Senior Division
Ages 13 – 18 (Or a Senior in High School): Our Teen Division
Ages 18+ (Including Graduate Students): Our Adult Division

You can view a full list of class descriptions for each age division HERE!

Meet Our Staff 

2024_R&S Staff_HLowery_8128e Hayley Lowery started ballet/tap classes in Texas and by the age of eleven, convinced her parents to let her host a summer-long dance camp at their home for younger children. Her desire to teach and host events began to grow from there. She made the high school dance team in Fountain Hills, Arizona where she discovered her love for jazz dance. In 2007, she graduated from Columbia State Community College in Commercial Entertainment and decided to go professional with her performing career. She danced, sang, acted and hosted shows with Walt Disney World, Feld Entertainment, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Gaylord Palms/Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Royal Caribbean Cruises and Pirate’s Town Dinner Theater Orlando. Two of her favorite roles have been dancing in “Festival of the Lion King” at Disney World and touring all over the world portraying Belle in Disney LIVE’s production, “Mickey’s Magic Show.” Hayley started teaching preschool dance a year ago and fell in love with it! She is beyond excited to join Rhythm & Spirit in hopes she can instill a lot of love, confidence and the passion of dance into all her kiddos! 
2024_R&S Staff_JGray_8564e Jacqueline Gray began dancing at the age of four in Orlando, FL. At the age of eleven, she became the youngest member of her studio’s senior dance company, and furthered her dance education by taking master classes in New York, attending conventions throughout every school year, and also competing in National Competitions, where she won 1st overall numerous amounts of times. Jacqueline was accepted into the Dance Performance program at her junior college, and earned her Associates of Arts degree in 2000. In 2002, she was hired as a backup dancer for the boy band Fusion, until she left to work at Universal Studios and Disney in Orlando as a dancer and stilt walker. She has been blessed with opportunities such as taking classes from So You Think You Can Dance’s Mia Michaels and Wade Robson, Frank Hatchett of Broadway Dance Center in New York, and Joe Tremaine, and incorporates the knowledge she has learned from all of her wonderful teachers into her own classes. Jacqueline loves to teach and help each student bring their own unique gifts onto the dance floor.
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Jaden Olesen Bio coming soon!
2024_R&S Staff_KTerry_8330e Kaelyn Terry started dancing at the age of 9, taking hip hop classes at Rhythm & Spirit. In 2014, Kaelyn joined Rhythm & Spirit’s performance team where she danced and performed many styles such as hip hop, jazz, pom, ballet, and contemporary at events, festivals, and parades. Kaelyn stayed on the performance team until she became an assistant dance instructor at Rhythm & Spirit in 2019. Alongside being on the performance team and assistant teaching, Kaelyn danced for her middle school dance team, helped to create the dance team for Franklin High School, and continued dancing through her first year of college in other programs. Now, Kaelyn is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Art Education at Middle Tennessee State University and she has become a full instructor for Rhythm & Spirit. She is excited to continue to teach and inspire students to love dance just as much as she does! 
2024_R&S Staff_KHunt_8129e Kelsey McCarthy fell in love with dance at the age of 5. A Nashville native, she trained with studios and companies across Middle TN. She began working professionally in high school which took her training and knowledge to the next level. She graduated from MTSU with a major in Communications and minor in Dance. While there, she was a part of the Dance Theatre Company and served on the Student Advisory Board for the dance department. She’s been fortunate enough to dance and choreograph for music videos, film, and live performances across the country.
RoxanneCrew Roxanne Crew began dance lessons at the age of six, and has been hooked ever since. She trained in a variety of styles such as ballet, modern, jazz, lyrical, tap, and hip hop. This prepared her to attend Jacksonville University, where she expanded her understanding of the art of dance, including technique, performance, choreography, and pedagogy. Her first year, she was named Outstanding Freshman in Dance, and her senior year won the prestigious Dean’s Award for Student of the Year in Dance. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance and an Education minor. Since college, she has continued her dance training at Vanderbilt University, performed on Chicago rooftops with Wake Up! Waltz, and entertained as a high-kick dancer at Universal Studios Florida. She is thrilled to be able to share her love of dance with the students of Rhythm and Spirit!
2024_R&S Staff_SElkins Summer Elkin grew up in Alabama as a company member with Montgomery and Mobile Ballet and attended Joffrey Ballet in the summers. She moved to Nashville to attend college where she danced for Vanderbilt, appeared in music videos, and danced in the Super Bowl. After dancing in the NBA with the Miami Heat and cheering for the Atlanta Falcons she focused solely on her favorite style of dance, ballroom. Years of competing professionally in ballroom eventually led to multiple titles including the USDC National Compulsory title, UCWDC World title, USDC National, World, and Blackpool finalist. Summer continues to teach and loves sharing the joy of dance with others!
2024_R&S Staff_SHolmes_8415e Suzanne Holmes was born in Durban, South Africa where she received 13 years of ballet training in the Royal Academy of Dance classical ballet method. Upon completion of all her ballet exams she furthered her ballet training at the Royal Ballet School in London, UK. She then went on to have a 10 year career as a professional ballet dancer with PACT Ballet Company in Pretoria, South Africa. After “retiring” from the stage she made the transition to a ballet teacher after studying and passing her Royal Academy of Dance Teacher's exam. Suzanne has 29 years of teaching experience of which 23 of them she was the owner, director, teacher and choreographer of Suzanne Holmes School of Ballet. Suzanne immigrated to the USA in 2018 and continued her love of teaching ballet in California. She recently relocated to Nashville TN. She is very excited to be joining Rhythm and Spirit and she is looking forward to sharing her lifelong passion of ballet with the students.
2024_R&S Staff_TMendoza_8136e Tessa Mendoza has established herself as a successful Choreographer and Director. Starting at the age of 7, her passion for the stage has continued to grow as has her passion to teach. Originally from Los Angeles, Tessa Mendoza began her vocal and dance training in Arizona. At 14, she began choreographing for her high school show choir and at the age of 17 was choreographing and coaching college dance teams across Arizona. She was awarded two choreography scholarships for her work on the shows “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Godspell" and then went on to work with the Bel-Air Musical Theatre Company for Kids in Los Angeles. Tessa Mendoza is most known for Choreographing, Dancing and Directing for Disney Star and Hollywood Recording artist Coco Jones. 
Brittney Williams graduated from Columbia State in 2009 with a degree in Commercial Entertainment. Upon graduating, she began working in Orlando, Florida for Nickelodeon Suites, Universal Orlando, Gaylord Palms Entertainment, Sea World Orlando, and Walt Disney World. Brittney obtained her Bachelors Degree in Dance from Middle Tennessee State University to further her knowledge in Dance and Dance instruction. She joined Rhythm & Spirit as an instructor in 2014 and taught hundreds of students in her 5 years teaching with the program. Brittney became a full time coordinator in the fall of 2019.

Rhythm & Spirit Coordinator 
Email : Brittney.Williams@williamsoncounty-tn.gov
Phone: (615) 377-6530 ext. 2117
2024_R&S Staff_RCrosslin_8828e  Rachel Crosslin Bio Coming Soon! 

Rhythm & Spirit Assistant Coordinator 
Email : Rachel.Crosslin@williamsoncounty-tn.gov
Phone: (615) 377-6530 ext. 2118

Interested in becoming an Instructor? 

We would love for you to be a part of the Rhythm & Spirit team! If interested please contact Brittney.Williams@williamsoncounty-tn.gov with a resume and brief summary of what class or classes you would like to our program!

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