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Rhythm Elements 

Dance Studio​

Faculty 

Rhythm Elements instructors have set a standard of excellence for every student to follow.  They are talented, professionally trained dancers, choreographers, vocalists, and acting coaches who place emphasis on correct technique, dance terminology, foundation, creativity, cutting-edge choreography, musicality, learning the "business of Show Business" and being a showstopper performer.  They bring an abundance of experience to the classroom along with positive attitudes.  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Pre-Professional levels taught.  The Rhythm Elements Dance Studio staff is dedicated to developing talent at both the recreational and professional level.  Our instructors work in the industry.  Students in our program can go on to become professional, employable dancers, singers, and actors with the excellent training, grooming and exposure they receive.

Cornelia Virella - Artistic Director

TRAINING: David Howard, Alvin Ailey, Frank Hatchett, Mia Michaels, Broadway Dance Center, Steps On Broadway, Dave Scott, Chuck Maldonado and others.


CREDITS: Modernicity Ballet Company and Lithonia Contempra Ballet Company.  Roles in film, television, and theatre.  Commissioned to choreograph dances for Independent films and stage plays.  Award-winning writer. 


CLASSES TAUGHT: Classical Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Jazz, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, West African, Ballroom/Wedding Dances, Acting/Musical Theatre, Private Dance Lessons.  


Cornelia is a National Dance Foundation 'Dance Ambassador' for the state of Georgia.


She seeks to motivate students and help them find their inner beauty, confidence, and uniqueness.

Jamilyn Jones - Instructor

TRAINING: A Time To Dance, Mainstream Dance, Covington Regional Ballet


CREDITS: Roles in the Covington Regional Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, lead role as the Evil Queen in the Covington Regional Ballet’s production of Snow White, roles in theatre, assistant to Emory University dance professors for their children summer dance camp program, and a variety of live shows and performances.


CLASSES TAUGHT: Classical Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Jazz, Tap, and Contemporary.  


Jamye loves to share her knowledge and passion with each student she has the pleasure to work with.

Kenadee Knight - Instructor 

TRAINING: Conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts, Conyers School of Ballet, Heritage High School Performing & Visual Arts Academy, Kennesaw State University, Gwinnett Dance Project.

CREDITS: A variety of live shows and performances, student demonstrator at Conyers School of Ballet, co-founder of Seoul in Kennesaw at Kennesaw State University, choreographer of “a body in motion is worth more than 1000 words” and “24 hours”

CLASSES TAUGHT: Contemporary.

BIO: Kenadee Knight started her dance career at the age of ten.  She first danced at the Conservatory of Dance and Fine Arts in Decatur, GA for two years.  In 2013, she began dancing at the Conyers School of Ballet and remained there until she graduated from high school in 2018.  During her high school years, she was also a Dance Major at Heritage High School’s Academy for Performing and Visual Arts program where she performed works by Heather Bragg and Tianna Porcieau Sykes.  At the end of her time with the program, she left with an Academy Award for Dance and a Georgia Department of Education Fine Arts Seal.

For her post-secondary studies, she minored in Dance at Kennesaw State University where she worked with professors and choreographers such as Andrea Knowlton and Billy James Hawkins III.  At Kennesaw State, Kenadee was able to discover her love for choreography where she created and showcased several works.  She even had the opportunity to be part of the KSU Dance Company during her junior year..  She is also a co-founder of Seoul in Kennesaw, KSU’s only K-Pop dance team, where she remained an executive board member from the organization’s beginning in 2019 to 2021.  She graduated from KSU in May 2022.  Currently, she is a company member of Gwinnett Dance Project under the artistic direction of Riley Cooper Bryson.

Kenadee’s goal is to share her love of dance with her students and to push them in positive ways that encourage their growth and dreams. 

Crista Baldwin - Instructor

TRAINING: Method Acting Technique: The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute; Film, Television, Theatre: The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts; Monologues, Scene Study, Improv, Commercials: The Company Acting Studio; Voice, Classical & Musical Theatre: Callonwalde Fine Arts Center; 

Classical Voice/Piano and Tap Dance: Los Angeles Community College; Tap Dance: Alamamce Fine Arts Academy; Ballet and Jazz Dance: Lulu Washington Dance Academy; Vocal Training & Music Theory: White Hall Arts Academy.


CREDITS: Roles in Film, Television, Stage, Commercials.  Crista is a proud member of two acting Unions: SAG-AFTRA and AEA.  


CLASSES TAUGHT: Acting


Crista has been involved with teaching children and teens different aspects of theatre and acting for several years.  It always warm her heart when she sees her students shine in and outside of the classroom.


The instructors at Rhythm Elements are completely committed to helping their students grow in the performing arts.  I love seeing the progress my child is making, and the many opportunities she has to perform year-round. 

― Carmen L.