Go to ABOUT US to watch our Advanced Tap Class in "Wait For It" and also our Advanced Ballet Class performing a contemporary piece...."California Dreaming"
North Alabama Dance Center
5829 Oakwood Rd NW
Huntsville, AL 35806
Phone: 256 837-8033
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Our office manager is in the office Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:00-7:00 pm and Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:00-6:00 pm.
Barbara Ellen Smartt- Director of NADC - Mrs. Smartt founded NADC in 1983 and has been teaching dance in the Huntsville area for the past 36 years. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She is certified to teach dance through Dance Masters of America where she has twice served on the Board of Directors where she served as Performing Arts Chairmen for more than 6 years. Along with developing the classroom syllabus for each level at NADC, teaching dance, editing the music, and directing the recital… she likes to give back to her community; Mrs. Smartt just finished her term on the Board of Directors for Westminster Christian Academy and she continues to teaches 5th and 6th grade Sunday school for her church. She has also served as Programming Chairman for Panoply of the Arts and has choreographed for Huntsville Community Chorus and the Huntsville Chamber Orchestra. She has won the Panoply Choreography Competition in all 4 categories of Ballet, Modern, Jazz and Tap. She has been nominated in 4 consecutive years for the Wings Awards for her work with Pointe Station’s “Noah” and “Alabama Jubilee.” Her students regularly take away top awards at DMA’s Performing Arts Competition. Her greatest compliment is to see former students at the recital each year coming back to find that NADC’s high standards, skill and creativity are still going strong!
Mary Katherine Smartt Atnip - Associate Director - joined the NADC staff in 2003. In 2011 she became NADC’s Assistant Director and is now NADC’s Associate Director. She is certified to teach by written, oral and demonstrative testing through Dance Masters of America. Mary Katherine is a former Radio City Rockette and performed in New York City at Radio City Music Hall for 3 seasons and at Nashville’s Grand ‘Ol Opry for a fourth season. As a Rockette, Mary Katherine has appeared on NBC’s TODAY show, ABC’s Rachel Ray, Food Network’s Ace of Cakes, and NBC’s and PBS’s Radio City Christmas Spectacular. She is a former Miss Dance title holder for Dance Masters Chapter #33 and was a National Finalist in DMA’s National Miss Dance Competition in 2007. Locally, Mary Katherine has performed as “Annie” in 42nd Street, as “Patty” in Grease and as “Dorothy” in the Wizard of Oz. Mary Katherine is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of UAHuntsville with a BA in Communication Arts and a minor in Management and Leadership.
Melony League - Melony League is Magna Cum Laude graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Melony has been studying and working in the dance community for the last 22 years. She has won the Panoply Choreography Competition an impressive 13 times. She has been a member of Dance Masters of America since 1998, and is currently on the Board of Directors serving as the Titled Solo Chairmen. Through Dance Masters, Melony has been honored to receive numerous Best Choreography Awards, Grand Champion Awards, and twice be selected as DMA's Protégé Choreographer. Her choreography has also been adjudicated and received Platinum at the DMA National Competition. In the summer of 2001, Melony was selected to participate in the very prestigious Craft of Choreography Workshop hosted by Regional Dance America. Samples of her work were reviewed and RDA extended an invitation as one of 12 choreographers from over 600 applicants. Melony has served as guest choreographer and instructor for many dance and theatre groups both locally and nationally.
Kaitlyn Gokee –joined the NADC staff in 2010. She teaches all dance disciplines and serves as NADC's Hip Hop Program Director. She is certified to teach by written, oral and demonstrative testing through Dance Masters of America. Kaitlyn holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Minor in Dance and Culture from the University of Alabama and a Masters in English Education from Alabama A&M. While attending the University she auditioned and was chosen to be on the University of Alabama’s official dance team “The Crimson Cabaret “ from Aug. ’06-May ’09 and did choreography for the team in ’07, 08, and ‘09. In ’06 the Universal Dance Association selected Kaitlyn as 1 of 15 instructors out of 250 in the southeast division of regional dance all-stars. She traveled the country teaching week-long dance camps for children 4th–12th grade. During her 4 years in college, Kaitlyn served as a full-time dance instructor and choreographer at several of the high schools in the Tuscaloosa area and also taught ballet, jazz, and hip hop for area dance studios. Kaitlyn also choreographs for many area school drill and dance teams. Kaitlyn is teaching English at Buckhorn High School and serves as the Dance Team Coach.
Candace Fanning- Candace joined the NADC Staff as a full-time instructor in 2012. She is certified to teach by written, oral and demonstrative testing through Dance Masters of America. Candace is trained in and excels in all disciplines of dance. Along with teaching full-time at NADC she also directs the Dance Team at Westminster Christian Academy. Candace had a busy 2018! She graduated from the University of Alabama Huntsville in May with a B.S. in Kinesiology which greatly aides her as a dance instructor. Congrats Mrs. Candace! Candace has a wonderful teaching background including teaching for The Universal Dance Association (UDA) where she traveled from California to Florida teaching week-long dance camps for children 4th to 12th grades. In 2014, Candace appeared in Mercy Me’s music video “Shake.” In the summer of 2012, Candace traveled to NYC to attend the Radio City Rockette Summer Intensive after auditioning in Nashville 6 months earlier and being accepted into the highly competitive program.
Chloe McAlpin became a faculty member in 2016, after assistant teaching since 2012. She has been a part of the NADC family since 2003 where she extensively studied the classical arts of ballet, tap, jazz, modern and hip-hop. Chloe has taken master classes from renowned dancers such as Allison Holker, Alex Wong, Brian Friedman, and many others. She was also selected to attend master classes with the traveling cast of Broadway’s Anything Goes. Chloe has also been awarded the Open Call Improv Scholarship award and 24/7’s Non-Stop Dancer Scholarship award. Her choreography has been showcased in multiple student choreography pieces at NADC’s summer solo recital. Chloe was honored to also perform at First Baptist Church’s Living Christmas Tree. Chloe has been a volunteer at Merrimack Hall, and has also been very active in her church and community where she attended mission trips to impoverished areas and continues to volunteer in the community. She is currently attending Calhoun Community College with a full scholarship and was one of ten accepted into Calhoun’s Presidential Honors program. She is majoring in Biology/Kinesiology and is planning on continuing her education at UAH where she will pursue her doctorate in Physical Therapy.
Taylor Leonard is a native of Huntsville, Alabama where she currently works as a Test and Evaluation Engineer for The Boeing Company after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from Tuskegee University in Electrical Engineering in May 2014. She is also the CEO and founder of Leonard Manor Designs, an interior and graphic design company that seeks to create custom designs in residential and commercial spaces as well as design various business logos and graphics. Taylor’s love of dance started at the young age of five when she enrolled at NADC. She trained with NADC for the next 14 years in all disciplines of dance. For the past three years, Taylor has taught ballet at Dynamic Expressions Performing Arts Studio and also was involved with Calvary Hill Community Center dance team as the ballet instructor in 2017. Our NADC families will of course recognize Taylor as a backstage manger for our annual recitals. And, we are thrilled to bring Taylor on to the teaching staff! Along with work and dance, Taylor is involved in her church where she serves as one of the leaders of the True Worship Dance Ministry, a member for the intercessory prayer ministry and a part of senior leadership.
Truett joined the NADC staff in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University. Truett has studied dance for more than 16 years and received her early training from Patty Taylor Academy of Fine Arts, Nix Dance Studio and Dayton Ballet. She trained in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe. While at Auburn, Truett created a Dance Program for a local children’s center which consisted of weekly classes as well as an end of the season recital. Truett has also been on staff for studios in Auburn, Opelika and Valley. All total, she has 9 years of teaching experience. Truett, her husband and their 2 little girls now reside in Huntsville. For the past 11 years, she has been using her Apparel Merchandising, Design and Production degree as a regional representative for New Balance. She recently retired to be a full-time mom but is so excited to be coming back to her passion- - - teaching dance!
Kaye Gokee - Office Manager/ Recital Coordinator- Mrs. Gokee, known to NADC students as “Miss Kaye”, joined the NADC staff in 2000. Kaye has 20 years experience in office management. For 5 years, she taught computer skills at Monrovia Elementary School. She has been involved in all aspects of dance for the past 29 years. She twice served on the Executive Board of Pointe Station and as Costume Mistress for the ballet production of “NOAH”. Mrs. Gokee’s goal is to manage the office in the most efficient manner possible through constant consideration of the teachers, dancers and parents needs. NADC is also blessed to have Mrs. Kaye supervise our custom made costumes. Because she is an accomplished seamstress herself, she oversees the selection of fabrics and costume design and execution. She also regularly uses her creative skills in building props and scenery for NADC annual recital production each May.