Dance Teachers in Tucker
Chan’tele Rountree – Owner/Director
Chan’tele Rountree is a passionate dancer and educator who began her dance journey at the age of four. Over the years, she has trained under the guidance of esteemed instructors at Eleanor Pernia Studio of Dance in College Park, Maryland. Chan’tele's dedication to dance led her to work as an assistant dance teacher and dance camp counselor, where she nurtured the talents of young students in tap, ballet, and jazz. She also actively participated in various dance and performance groups during her high school years, including cheerleading, poms, step team, and the renowned 'Colours Performing Arts Troupe'.
After graduating from Spelman College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama/dance, Chan’tele continued her pursuit of knowledge by obtaining a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Georgia State University. During her college years, she showcased her skills in numerous dance performances within the Atlanta University Center. Chan’tele's teaching experience extended to Academy of the Arts, Gwinnett School of Dance, and local YMCA's and daycares, where she imparted her expertise in ballet, tap, and jazz to young students aged 3 to 9 years old.
With over 10 years of experience in the school system, Chan’tele taught first grade and then became the first elementary dance teacher for Gwinnett County Public Schools further solidifying her understanding of child development and effective teaching methodologies. Her time in the classroom allowed her to witness firsthand the transformative power of dance and the arts in enhancing students' creativity, confidence, and overall growth. Chan’tele has also developed the dance curriculum for Kindergarten and 1st grade in collaboration with the Georgia Department of Education. Her expertise and dedication to the growth and development of young learners have shaped the lives of countless students.
In 2015, Chan’tele embarked on a new endeavor by starting the Summer Dance Day Camp, laying the foundation for her future accomplishments. In 2018, Chan’tele proudly opened her own dance studio, The D.R.E.A.M. Center, marking a significant milestone in her career., a space where she could realize her vision of providing exceptional dance, arts, and educational programs. Chan’tele's journey as a dancer, combined with her educational background and unwavering commitment, has led her to create a welcoming and inspiring space where children can explore their artistic passions. Through her dance studio, Chan’tele continues to empower and uplift her students, fostering a love for the arts and providing them with a platform to reach their full potential through their experience in dance.
Lynette Lewis – Dance Instructor
Lynette Bacon began her dance training when she was 6 years old at Atlanta Dance Core (ADC) in Stockbridge, Georgia. She trained in the styles of ballet, hip hop, jazz and contemporary/modern. At the age of 16, she became a dance teacher assistant and co-choreographer at ADC which is where her passion for teaching children began. Lynette continued dancing into her teen years and graduated from Martha Ellen Stilwell School of the Arts, a fine arts high school located in Jonesboro, GA. She then got accepted and graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance. As a dance major at UGA, Lynette was a member of Tamara Thomas’s pre-professional dance company, CADE:NCE, for the 2017-2018 season. As a member of the company, she traveled and performed at the Rex Nettleford Arts Conference in Kingston, Jamaica, the Collegium on African Diasporic Dance in Durham, North Carolina and the DanceAFRICA Conference at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Lynette has also performed in all four Spring Dance Concerts with UGA’s Dance Department and presented her own choreographic works in two of the Young Choreographers Shows. From 2021-2022 Lynette was a member of Uprising Dance Company where she performed at various festivals and dance events throughout the southeast. In 2021 Lynette received a P-12 teacher certification in dance and currently teaches dance at an elementary school in Gwinnett County. Lynette is a life-long learner and continuously aims to not only improve her own dancing skills, but to also find new ways to instill confidence in every child she teaches through dance.
Makaila Abraham – Dance Instructor
Makaila Abraham is a dancer, teacher, and choreographer who has established herself as a rising talent in the dance industry. She started her dancing career at the age of 10 at Gwinnett School of Dance. It was here where she first discovered her passion for dance, teaching, and choreographing. During her time at Gwinnett School of Dance, Makaila met Ms. Chan’tele and began assisting classes with the younger students, eventually becoming the first-ever student teacher assistant for the little ones. This experience allowed her to develop her teaching skills and ignited her passion for helping others. In high school, Makaila continued to pursue her passion for dance, joining the dance company and dance team since her sophomore year. Throughout her high school years, she created numerous solos, leads, and choreography. Makaila's passion for teaching and choreographing also led her to start her own class where she could teach and create choreography. Makaila now goes back to set dance choreography for the semi-annual dance shows as an alumnus. Makaila graduated in 2020 from Collins Hill High School, where she had been a well-respected member of the school's dance program. She is now attending Kennesaw State University, where she is pursuing a bachelor's degree in marketing, with minors in Entrepreneurship and Psychology. Despite her busy academic schedule, Makaila continues to dance and hone her craft. She is determined to continue pursuing her passion for dance and hopes to one day own her own dance studio. Makaila also aspires to become an NBA dancer and create even more exciting and innovative choreography. Her talent, dedication, and passion for dance make her an inspiration to all those around her, and she is poised to make a significant impact on the dance industry in the years to come.
Amber Ross – Dance Instructor
Amber’s passion for dance started as young as 2 years old and allowed her to build confidence and fearlessness in everything she does! Born and raised in PG County Maryland, Amber started her dance training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, and Modern at Dance and Bodywork’s Dance Studio. Amber was accepted into the Debbie Allen Dance Academy and spent a summer in Los Angeles training, where her love for dance was solidified. Through that opportunity Amber has been able to perform at the world famous John F. Kennedy Center three times! She continued to train and perform all throughout the Washington D.C. area with Capitol Movement Inc. and have danced on the sidelines, on the 50 yard line, and halfcourt for almost all of the DC area sports teams: The Washington Redskins Football Team, University of Maryland Football and Basketball Team, The Washington Wizards, and The Washington Mystics! After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelors of Science from the School of Public Health; Amber found a passion for teaching and mentoring the next generation of dancers. She’s taught jazz, acro, and Hip Hop at The P.O.M. Squad, BADD Dance Company, and Capitol Movement Inc. Amber is passionate about total health and wellness and also loves to do home decor DIY projects. Since moving to Atlanta, Amber has had the opportunity to dance behind local artists and is excited to continue her dance and teaching journey in Atlanta, GA!