Tanya V. Arnhold
Owner & Dance Specialist
JENNY NICHOLS is trained in multiple dance disciplines and martial arts, and is known for her unique fusion dance style, which combines elements of world dance forms with styles more commonly found in contemporary dance genres
Founder of Dragon Fire Dance and co-founder of World Belly Dance Alliance, Jenny teaches classes and workshops designed to help students express their voices through dance with confidence and authenticity. In addition to teaching, she is also a show producer and loves collaborating with other artists. She has had the privilege to study with incredible teachers from across the country and abroad. A student of the Salimpour School of Dance, Jenny is Level 2 certified in both the Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour formats and is currently on tour with Bal Anat, the longest running belly dance company in the world.
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BOBBYE BROWN left the corporate cube to follow her passion and teach yoga. She is a dedicated yoga teacher bringing twenty-four years self-practice and six years teaching with 1,000 hours experience to share with her students. Bobbye enjoys teaching all levels; vinyasa flow; gentle somatic awareness, and restorative yoga. In teaching it is her desire to motivate the students to find inner peace, calmness and awareness to connect mind-body “on and off the mat”. Bobbye earned her 200 hour RYT certification in 2012 in Hatha Ashtanga based Primary Series Yoga, and is currently an E-RYT active member with Yoga Alliance. She continues to be excited and energized to gain further knowledge to enhance her teaching “toolkit” through teaching and continuing study adding to her 360 workshop training hours with master yoga teachers at Prajna Yoga School. Bobbye’s desire is to serve the students being their tour guide to provide the roadmap to find a quiet mind and helping students live better in their bodies … "Yoga is like music, the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul, creates the symphony of life" - B.K.S. Iyengar
JOANNA CASTRILLA-COLE is a psychotherapist in private practice, specializing in areas of anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, trauma, grief and loss and in the use of EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). She is interested in the incorporation of yoga in psychotherapy treatment. Working in the field of mental health for over 15 years, JoAnna understands the importance of treating mental, emotional and physical health for true healing and wellness. Yoga has helped appreciate the deeper connection of the mind, body, and spirit and has enabled her to be better able to help others. She is passionate about helping others learn to heal and live a fulfilling life. JoAnna is a 300 hour Certified Yoga Instructor with specialized training in Restorative Yoga and Yoga Unchained (Trauma Informed Yoga). She is also a Reiki II Practitioner and a state Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
WINSTON J. MILLER is a young professional from Spartanburg, South Carolina. A graduate of the illustrious Winthrop University, Miller has long been a leader in the community; acting as Director of SwaggerJack’d, a mock benefit concert hosted by the NAACP-Winthrop that uses performing arts to raise funds and awareness for selected charities, and serving as a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. At an early age Winston discovered his love for dance by doing street hip hop; and with the inspiration of music and the artistry of music videos, he continued to advance his skillset by learning various styles of dance. He is now trained in Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz, African, Step, Ballroom, Latin dances and moved to Georgia with the desire to advance his craft. Winston’s bold creativity and belief in self-expression through the arts led him to share his passion through teaching. It is his desire to help others excel in their love for dance, and most importantly to have fun! Dance is a permanent part of Winston’s life and he’s excited to showcase his talent with the world.
Associate Dance Instructor
Associate Dance Instructor
Belly Dance Instructor
Jesus Manuel De Las Bayonas
CARA LEATHERS is a North Carolina native. New to the area, she recently graduated from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor degree in Mass Communication. She is a lover of all things art; which is how she found herself here at Art is Motion. She assists with the daily duties of the company and its shows, dance socials, etc. Cara is an introvert by nature but, given time she opens up like a flower and is very welcoming.
CHRISSIE FORLIE is a local Atlanta girl. She has been immersed in the arts since childhood, being a part of competitive dancing, local musical theater, Senior Dance Company, and the dance education community. She started training in Ballet in 1999 and became a voracious learner for all things dance since. She has placed in metal scholarships and competed in the Atlanta Open, Hotlanta Dance Challenge, Bama Ballroom Classic, and Heritage Dance Competitions. She has trained at institutes across the Greater Atlanta area including North Atlanta Dance Academy, RISPA, Fleetwood Dance Center, and Daza Dance. Chrissie has participated in and taught Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Tap, Competitive Latin Rhythm, Hip – Hop and Contemporary. She has trained under Melbin De La Cruz and has taken a Master class with Louis Van Amstel. She has taught and choreographed for local musical theatre groups and at various studios around Atlanta. When Chrissie isn't dancing she is working on her other crafts such as make up artistry, piano, running her own photography business, and cosplaying at pop culture conventions. Overall Chrissie is a very down to earth individual who has a passion for teaching. Chrissie's ultimate goal as a dance instructor is to leave a lasting impression on her students along the way as well as inspire those to find their inner Champion.
JESUS MANUEL DE LAS BAYONAS is a native of Spain, whose love and passion for dance has guided his life. He began the eleven year Spanish Dance program at the Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Spanish Dance in Córdoba at the age of twelve. After earning his instructor certification and diploma, Jesus began his professional career as a dancer. He has performed at the Bolshoi, Herodes Atticus, and the Dresden and Frankfurt Operas. He has enjoyed supporting and soloist roles a member of España Danza, Ballet Teatro Español de Rafael Aguilar and María Carrasco. Jesus was the artistic director of the cultural dance group Baile Andaluz and the founder of Duende y Coraje in Almodovar del Campo. Since relocating to Atlanta in 2016, he continues to enjoy performing and teaching in the US and Spain. His specialties include: Flamenco, Castañets, and Classical Spanish Ballet.
Baton & Burlesque Instructor
A graduate student studying at Georgia State University pursuing a career in teaching Art. EUGENE “BEAR” GIBBS III is an artist, dancer, yoga instructor, and always a student. After taking his first yoga class, he fell in love with yoga. He became fascinated with its therapeutic practice and mental stability contrast to fast pace movements of dancing. Yoga has helped him transform his life both physically and mentally. Eugene also enjoys hip hop and break dancing. He loves incorporating different conditioning movements with yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation for a full complete practice that satisfy the body, mind, and soul. Eugene specializes in teaching arm balance and Inversions progressions. He is always excited to share knowledge to others and learn from them as well. He is certified under the Yoga Alliance, and has practiced yoga for 5 years prior to receiving his RYT 200 hr certification at Peachtree Yoga Center in Sandy Springs.
DIA ADAMS started dancing at the age of 10 and twirling at 13. She has won numerous twirling competitions. Baton twirling has remained her undying passion passed along to her by her mother who also taught twirling. After graduating from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University she decided to pursue her passion for movement and a career in the arts. When not dancing, Dia also enjoys singing jazz, musical theater, and modeling. Her mission is to inspire individuals to get outside of their ‘box’ and make the world a better place.
Admin & Marketing Assistant
Art Is Motion Dance Studio
4470 Satellite Blvd Ste 201 & 202
Duluth GA, 30096
Eugene "Bear" Gibbs
MICHAELINE TERRY moved to Atlanta from Cleveland, OH. She studied Business Administration from Strayer University out of Washington DC and achieved Bachelor of Science degree in International Business. Began corporate career at age 17 with Equitable Real Estate and hired as the first permanent part-time associate. In 1992 Michaeline begin training in American Karate and transitioned over to Japanese Shotokan Karate which she competed for over 9 years and became a second degree black belt. She became a head teacher at Victory World Church 2009 to April 2017 for elementary students. She presently is an IT Analyst for a Technical Software company in Norcross. She has performed Salsa with groups around Atlanta. She came to Art Is Motion to apply her skills as an Assistant Instructor in May 2017. She now enjoys teaching the new students of Art Is Motion in an fun, exciting, but challenging way to share the joys of ballroom dancing. Her passion and desire for all to learn ballroom dance have shown bright through the new students. Through her patience and passion of dance, many have enjoyed learning new ballroom skills.
TANYA V. ARNHOLD is a rare find in the dance community. With certifications from several organizations, she stands out from the rest with a true gift for teaching. Tanya is patient and passionate and addresses each student's unique needs encouraging them to become the best version of themselves. Everyone from first time dancers to ballroom competitors will find support, inspiration, and growth achieving their goals living a life where whether you are dancing in your room, or in a ballroom, you'll do so confidently and with great fun along the way. Tanya's studio attracts a wonderful array of people, full of friendly faces and where everyone is welcomed.
Winston J. Miller
Associate Dance Instructor