Our instructors have set a standard of excellence for every student to follow. They are talented, professionally trained dancers and choreographers who place emphasis on correct technique, dance terminology, foundation, creativity, cutting-edge choreography, musicality and being a showstopper performer. They bring an abundance of dance 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. Students in our program can go on to become professional, employable dancers 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, Jazz, African, Ballroom, Wedding Dance, Competitive Dance Choreography, Private Dance Lessons.
Jason has been in the dance business for over 17 years, and brings a wealth 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 Ambassdor' for the state of Georgia, member of the Main Street Porterdale Board, and founded the Porterdale Arts Collective of which she served as the Chair. The Porterdale Arts Collective is a platform for its members to bring increased exposure for individual artists.
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 and Contemporary.
Jamye loves to share her knowledge and passion with each student she has the pleasure to work with.
Lisa Carr Poole - Instructor
Ballet Instructor. Bio coming soon!
Susan Spampinato - Receptionist
Susan Spampinato is a vital member of our front desk staff. She has a dance and theatre background and secretarial experience. Miss Susan works tirelessly to keep our front desk working smoothly and ensuring that our students, families and visitors feel right at home at Rhythm Elements. If you have a question about your tuition, classroom attire/dress code, schedules, performances or general studio happenings, she will gladly assist you.
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.