Artist in Training

Kelsey Kempner

Kelsey Kempner

Kelsey Kempner is an 19 year old honors student currently pursuing a BFA in dance and a BS in neuroscience at The Ohio State University. Growing up in metro Atlanta, Kelsey took her very first dance class with Miss Heather Wayne at the age of 3. She has been a member of the Heather Wayne’s Dance Company for 11 years, training under the direction of Heather Wayne, Jessie Johnston Carmon, Melody Mills, Noel Dupuis, and Lonnie E. Davis Jr. As a member of this pre-professional company, Kelsey performed in a wide variety of settings in the genres of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, contemporary, tap, musical theater, and hip-hop. Kelsey has also worked very closely and one on one with many choreographers, such as Will Wingfield, Monique Borromeo, Jessica King, Talia Favia, David Rosetti, and Cherrise Wakeham. To further her training, Kelsey has attended multiple intensives including Atlanta Ballet, Florida State, and the Joffrey ballet.

In 2015, Kelsey graduated from Mill Creek High School in the top 1% of her class. In the summer of 2015, Kelsey auditioned and was invited to guest perform with the Cherrise Wakeham’s Atlanta based contemporary company, Project 7, in their summer Los Angeles show. Kelsey was a featured performer in Project 7’s LA show “SHE” where she was in multiple contemporary and musical theater pieces. In addition to performing in the show “SHE”, Kelsey and Project 7 were also invited to perform the opening number for the 2015 Capezio Ace Awards Show.

Since being at Ohio State, Kelsey was cast into guest choreographer Chien-Ying Wang’s repertory piece, “Benevolence.” This piece was performed in the Winter Concert for the OSU Dance Department. She was also awarded two academic scholarships as well as a dance scholarship. In addition to being involved with her academic studies, Kelsey has expressed leadership by bringing One Love, a national anti-domestic violence organization, to OSU. Kelsey is the campus leader for One Love at OSU. Most recently, Kelsey has worked as a research assistant to Dr. Madeline Hackney on her Neuro/Dance research at Emory University.

Laura Crabb

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Laura Crabb was born and raised in Buford, Georgia. She graduated from Buford High School and was awarded the BHS Education Award as well as a scholarship from the Superintendent’s Scholarship Fund.  She lettered in academics all four years of high school and was a part of Beta Club and the Buford Leadership Team. Laura danced with Heather Wayne for 10 years, since the studio opened in 2002. In 2011 she was nominated for the Governor’s Honors Program.

At 24/7 Competition, she attained a jazz/contemporary scholarship and won outstanding stage presence for her solo at NYCDA in 2013.  Laura is currently at Kennesaw State University majoring in Mathematics Education. Her plan after graduating college is to dance for a few years then settle down to teach high school math.

Jordan Hopkins

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Jordan Hopkins first received her dance training from Ms. Heather when she was 5. While in the Heather Wayne Dance Company, she performed in the 80th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, at Walt Disney World, at the Orpheum Theater (Off-Broadway), and at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockette’s Summer Intensive. She also performed with the Blackbox Players as “Alice” in Thoroughly Modern Millie. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School. During her time at GAC, she was a member of the Varsity Competition Dance Team, Varsity Spirit Cheerleaders, orchestra, and was director and choreographer for numerous productions.

Jordan is now a graduate of Oklahoma City University in the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management headed by Dean John Bedford and under the direction of Jo Rowan, majoring in Dance Management with a History minor. During her time at OCU, she was a member of Gamma Phi Beta, Order of Omega, Blue Key Honor Society, Students of Arts Management, Alpha Chi, Delta Epsilon Iota, and Phi Eta Sigma. Her projects for Touring Performing Arts and Development and Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations have won two awards. She also toured with the American Spirit Dance Company to Branson, Missouri, and was only one out of seven students invited to Kansas City, Kansas, for a special opportunity to study event planning. She is well versed in all areas of production but focused on costuming as a Costume Shop Assistant for two years in the Ann Lacy School Costume Shop.

During her summers at college, Jordan had the privilege of working for Barkley Russell with the Barkley Russell Agency and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. She was a production assistant for the Emmy Award winning production of WSB-TV’s “Georgia Salutes America” (2012). She also worked with The Rockettes in coordinating events, public relations, and marketing when they came to Atlanta in 2013. She worked at Six Flags over Georgia as Entertainment Support in 2014. While employed there, her functions included backstage technician, bodyguard, dresser, and attendant to characters, as well as set designer for Fright Fest. Jordan is currently working for Disney Worldwide Enterprises at Walt Disney World.

Sydney Lewis

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Sydney Lewis is a Senior at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and is a double major in Dance and Kinesiology. Sydney began dancing with Heather Wayne at the age of 3 and continued to train with her until she graduated from high school in the summer of 2013. With HWPADA Sydney had the opportunity to dance at Disney World, in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and on Royal Caribbean Cruise lines. She also attended various dance competitions and conventions receiving numerous convention scholarships and awards as high as platinum for both group and solo performances.

Sydney was a part of Heather Wayne’s Dance Company for 9 years and a part of Collins Hill High School Dance Company for 4 years.  Sydney received academic scholarships and two dance scholarships from UNCG, and is very happy to be able to continue her training there. Sydney was selected to be in 3 MFA and BFA theses in both the Fall 2013 semester and the Spring 2014 semester. Her dream, after undergraduate school, is to become a physical therapist for a major dance company. Sydney is grateful for all of the opportunities and support that Heather Wayne has given her over the years, and looks forward to what the future holds for her in dance.

Leah Katlyn Stinespring

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Leah was one of the founding members of Heather Wayne Dance Company in 2003.  She is a 2014 graduate of Flowery Branch High School and is now attending Southern Union State Community College on a full tuition dance scholarship.  Leah is a member of SUSCC Dancers and a member of Pi Theta Kappa Honor Society. During her freshman year at Southern Union Leah held a work study position with the dance department and the public relations department.  After graduation from Southern Union Leah will transfer to The University of Alabama where she has been accepted to the Dance Major Department and will obtain a double major in Marketing/Advertising and Dance Instruction.

Leah’s childhood was spent making wonderful memories with the most outstanding friends and family at Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts.  She spent countless hours at the studio in technique classes, rehearsals, performances and just hanging out with her friends. Leah won multiple scholarships throughout her years with HWDC.  She has had so many amazing opportunities to be trained by professional instructors such as Stephen “Twitch” Boss, Gregg Russell, David Rossetti, Jessica King and Will Wingfield to mention just a few.

“Being a member of HWDC and a student at Heather Wayne's Performing Arts not only provided me with the skills to exhibit my passion for dance, but I have had a wonderful mentor in Heather Wayne that will continue throughout my life.  Anyone can provide a facility for dance instruction to be taught but it takes an exceptional person to give their heart and life to the advancement and success of their students. Thank you Heather Wayne and all your amazing staff of instructors for providing a platform to build my future.”  HWDC for Life, Leah Stinespring

Jessica Seawell

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Jessica began her dance training at the age of 5 where she started learning the fundamentals of Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Hip-Hop. Through her training, she discovered a hidden love for all areas of Fine Arts, especially Tap dance. Jessica joined the Heather Wayne Dance Company at the age of 14 where she developed her training in all areas of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Modern and Hip Hop.  While a member of the Heather Wayne Dance Company, she had the honor to study under some of the dance industry’s most reputable dancers, choreographers and teachers, such as Stephen “tWitch” Boss, William B. Wingfiled, Gregg Russell, Jessica King, Courtney Galianon, Mark Kanemura, Judy Rice, Joe Lanteri, Andy Blankenbuehler, Andy Pellick, Chloe Arnold, Kim Craven, Melinda Sullivan, Scott Jovocih, Joey Dowling, Brooke Pierotti, Francisco Gella, Lauren Adams, Jess Hendricks, Comfort Fedoke and Danny Wallace. Jessica also received a scholarship to the New York City Dance Alliance Summer Dance Intensive in New York City and a summer intensive scholarship to Los Angeles from 24/Seven. In 2013 Jessica participated  in the Guinness Book of World Records largest circular kick line with the Radio City Rockettes as well as The ABC Family’s Disney Christmas Day Parade featuring Neil Patrick Harris. Throughout college, Jessica enjoyed babysitting and working at the studio part-time. Since graduating, Jessica has kicked off her career with managing the new Heather Wayne’s Performing Arts North Campus in addition to teaching tap.