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.
Jason Croom - Director
TRAINING: Acting and Commercials Chez Studios and the ACT Conservatory of Drama & Theatre. Dance training include Mr. Wiggles, Popin Pete, Marty Kudelka, Napoleon & Tabitha, Tony Tran, Jun Quemada and other renowned instructors.
CREDITS: Jason is an award-winning choreographer, regional winner of MTV television show 'America’s Best Dance Crew' Season 5 [The Swagger Crew], professional dance coach and choreographer for MTV Made TV show, winner of Atlanta’s Best Dance Crew [Scream Tour Next Generation 2 Competition], and Cultural Dance Ambassador representing the U.S. at the 15th Annual International Cultural Festival in the Bahamas, to name a few.
CLASSES TAUGHT: Hip-Hop, Street Jazz, African, Ballroom, Wedding Dance, Competitive Dance Team Choreography, Private Dance Lessons.
Jason has been in the dance business for over 17 years, and brings a body of knowledge and experience to each class. He loves working with youth, and inspiring them to achieve their personal greatness.
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 Dance Theatre, Lithonia Contempra Ballet Company, roles in film, television, theatre, and commissioned to choreograph dances for indy movies 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.
Jade White - Instructor
Hip-Hop Instructor. Bio coming soon!
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, Vocals, and Dance.
Crista has been involved with teaching children and teens different aspects of theatre, singing and dance 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.