STAFF

Daryl Campbell - CEO

dcampbell5678@gmail.com

Daryl Campbell is a native of Nashville, TN and has spent the last 16 years teaching and performing. He and his wife Stephanie are the founders and directors of DC Dance Factory. Daryl has taken Hip Hop to new extremes by being one of the first teachers to get Hip Hop in dance studios.

His unique style and classes are well known throughout the United States. His performing credits go on and on but kids know him by his great teaching tactics. He teaches not only Hip Hop but the love for dance and has traveled with Showbiz “The Class” teaching Hip Hop to dancers all over. Daryl's students have gone on to make great names for themselves in the dance world and have been seen in numerous music videos and on shows such as Good Morning America, Jay Leno, Saturday Night Live, and much much more. Daryl's students are now dancing for artists such as Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Omarion, Beyonce' and much much more.

Daryl's goal is to find 25 hours in a day to be able to help dancers to achieve the experience and knowledge of performing professionally.

Stephanie Campbell - Director

stephc5678@aol.com

Stephanie Campbell is a native of Nashville, TN and is co-owner and director of DC Dance Factory with her husband Daryl. Stephanie has been teaching for the last 14 years and has taken DC Dance Factory to the next level.

Stephanie is best known for her great jazz and lyrical classes and also teaches tap, ballet, and tumbling. Her choreography has won numerous awards at both regional and national levels. Many of her students have gone on to tour and dance professionally with Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Nicole C. Mullen, Paul McCartney, Disney and much much more. Stephanie judges for numerous dance competitions and teaches workshops around the United States.

Stephanie loves teaching and the love of dance she instills in students carries through all their years of dance.

Nick Bass - Assistant Director

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Nick Bass is originally from Nashville, Tennessee. He has spent most of his working career in Los Angeles, CA. Nick has worked with Michael Jackson, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, NeYo, Beyonce, Ciara, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Omarion, Nelly Furtado, Kylie Minogue, Jamie Foxx, Chris Brown, Prince, Neyo, Boa, Madonna and many others. Nick has performed multiple times on the Grammy's, MTV Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, BET Awards, and The Dove awards. He has also performed on and at The Superbowl, The NBA Allstar game, Saturday Night Live, Will and Grace, TRL, The View, Good Morning America, Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Jimmy Fallon, Ellen, 106th and Park, Showtime at the Apollo, The Soultrain, The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, X-Factor, American Idol, and So You Think You Dance..He has performed on Dancing with the Stars twice, one of the times was a choreographer as well. He has toured the world on tours like Justin Timberlake's "Future, Sex, Love Show" and Janet Jackson's "Rock Witch U", both of which he was an additional choreographer. He was in rehearsals with Michael Jackson for his sold out 50 show production "This Is It". Nick can be seen in the "This Is It" documentary that hit theatres in 2009. Nick is currently dancing with Justin Timberlake as well as teaching all over the world when time allows.

Geralyn Del Corso Garner

Geralyn Del Corso Garner began studying dance at the age of three and received honors in all her exams taught under The London Royal Academy of Dance. At age 12, Geralyn attended The School of American Ballet in NYC on full scholarship. She studied with several world renowned teachers, including; Madame Danilova, Madame Tumkovsky, Suki Schorer, and Stanley Williams,, all of whom were hand picked by Mr. George Balanchine. While attending SAB, Geralyn attended summer intensives at The Houston Ballet Academy and The Joffrey Ballet School.

In her youth, Geralyn participated in the SAB annual workshops dancing roles in Western Symphony, Serenade and more, and was chosen for featured roles with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, The Berlin Opera Ballet, and The Royal Danish Ballet. She was hand picked by Mikhail Baryshnikov for a televised performance of ABT’s production of, The Sleeping Beauty. Upon leaving SAB, Geralyn continued her training with such notables as; David Howard, Robert Denvers, Maggie Black, Kim Abel and Gelsey Kirkland. At age 17, Geralyn studied on full scholarship and stipend with The Houston Ballet Academy and at age19, returned to NYC to audition for The Eliot Feld Ballet, a contemporary ballet company. She was accepted as a principal dancer and eventually was added to the position of Ballet Mistress. While on tour, she taught master classes at various dance companies and colleges. Geralyn performed at Feld’s home theater in NY, The Joyce Theater, and toured the world for eight years receiving rave reviews from dance critics; Anna Kisselgoff, Jennifer Dunning, Jane Rigney and Clive Barnes in The NY Times, The NY Post, USA Today, and The Village Voice. During her tenure at The Feld Ballet, she also worked with noted choreographers/stagers; David Parsons, Victoria Simon, Irina Nijinska to name a few. Geralyn also had the opportunity to guest for Eglevsky Ballet, under the direction of Michael Vernon, among other dance companies, performing the role of Black Swan and The Sugar Plum Fairy.

In 1993, Geralyn auditioned for Broadway and quickly landed her first principal role as (Francoise) in The Red Shoes, with directors Susan Schulman and Stanley Donan and choreographer Lar Lubovitch. Other Broadway credits include principal roles as a dancer/ singer/actress in; The Phantom of the Opera (Meg Giry) with director Hal Prince and choreographer Gillian Lynne; Swing! (principal dancer) with director Lynn Taylor Corbett, Jerry Zaks and choreographers Ryan Francois and Jenny Thomas; Carousel (Louise) with director Mark S. Hoebee and choreographer Robert La Fosse; Urban Cowboy with Lonny Price and Melinda Roy and the regional hit show, Swango with director Tony Stimac and choreographer Robert Royston.

Geralyn’s television appearances include the 2000 Tony Awards, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and numerous Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parades, industrials, and national commercials. Throughout her career, Geralyn has performed at many prestigious NYC establishments including; Lincoln Center, City Center, Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House and Radio City Music Hall. She performed as a pint sized Rockette with Bernadette Peters’ one woman show, The Easter Show, and the premiere of Disney’s, The Lion King.

After Geralyn’s marriage to singer/musician Jamey Garner in 2004, she relocated with her husband to Nashville, TN, and was hired as Ballet Director at the prestigious competitive dance studio, DC Dance Factory. Many of her students have been on the hit TV show, So You Think You Can Dance. Geralyn and Jamey were then invited to relocate to Dallas, TX in 2006 for his music career where she would continue her passion to teach. Geralyn was immediately hired and taught for many competitive dance studios in the DFW area. For the past 11 years, Geralyn has taught master classes, summer intensives and directed Ballet Programs for leading studios. She has obtained numerous choreography awards for Ballet and Musical Theater and has choreographed full ballet productions to sold out performances for the past nine years. In 2013, after a decade of retirement, Geralyn auditioned on a dare and booked a commercial as a featured Fosse dancer for Texas State Lotto! Geralyn’s students have been accepted and attended professional dance programs. Namely, but not limited to; SAB, ABT, PNB, HB, The Joffrey, Alvin Ailey, Hubbard Street Dance, Alonzo King’s Lines, Juilliard, Cedar Lake, Complexions and Netherlands Dance Theater. Her students have competed at Youth America Grand Prix in Dallas from 2013 to present, garnering spots in the Top 12, in both Classical and Contemporary Divisions each year. Geralyn’s ensemble choreography has also been invited to compete at the NYC Finals. Recently, Geralyn served as Artistic/Executive Director at Int’l Conservatory of Performing Arts for three years before venturing out on her own to form her own pre-professional repertory company, GDCdance Co.

Jamey and Geralyn Garner are making their way back to Music City in Nashville, TN this summer of 2017 where she intends to continue sharing her vision and vast experience as a master teacher, choreographer and performance coach, in hopes of guiding talented children of today into our future stars of tomorrow!

Susan Dorsey

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Tara Drew

Tara Drew began dancing at the age of three at Ballet Mississippi, and continued her training at Ballet Magnificat School of the Arts.  At fifteen, Tara was a semi-finalist in the 1994 USA International Ballet Competition. She received scholarships to ballet schools including Joffrey Ballet and Houston Ballet. As a young adult, she danced professionally with Ballet Magnificat, touring the United States and Europe.

Tara then moved to Atlanta, where she danced for the Atlanta Hawks Dance Team. During her career she had the opportunity to dance at the NBA All Star Game and the TNT Celebrity Game as well as choreograph for the team in 2004. She also took classes at Atlanta Ballet and taught at Impact Dance of Atlanta. She performed in many projects including the independent film “Petunia”, Mak Attack Fitness Fashion Show, and an IBM Industrial show 

Tara has a passion for training students in Ballet, Contemporary, and Jazz. She has taught at Eclipse Performing Arts in Chesterton, Indiana, for the last 10 years.  She has trained students for the Youth American Grand Prix and had the honor of taking one of her students to the finals in New York City. One of her students was accepted to compete in the 2014 International Ballet Competition.  Her students are also scholarship winners at many competitions and conventions such as New York City Dance Alliance, Hall of Fame, and VIP to name a few.  She has had students accepted to many summer programs across the country such as the School of American Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and the Carreño Dance Festival. Her students have gone on to dance professionally for Miami City Ballet, Ballet Magnificat, Phoenix Ballet, Atlanta Hawks Dance Team, and the Indiana Pacemates. One of her students has been featured in Dance Spirit Magazine, and others have modeled for the Revolution Dancewear catalog.

Tara has also received top honors and placements  at  many competitions for her choreography and won first place overall at the Hall of Fame nationals with a work entitled “Angels”. In 2011, Tara choreographed a piece titled ” The Arrival” for Ballet Magnificat. In 2014 she completed a full length ballet for the company titled “Stratagem”, which will be toured across the country and overseas. In 2017 Tara was awarded the ‘Outstanding Choreographer Award” at  the Youth American Grand Prix Competition in Chicago for her work titled “The Dying Swan.”

Tara resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband Bryce Drew, a former NBA player and current head basketball coach at Vanderbilt University. They have a son named Bryson.

Kaitlyn Ellis

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Kaitlyn Ellis, originally from Nashville, began her dance training at DC Dance Factory more than fifteen years ago. As a child growing up she modeled and landed a spot on a Blue Cross Blue Shield commercial at the age of three. She has performed live with Neal McCoy, Billy Gilman, and with The IShine Tour.

After graduating from Ravenwood High School, she moved to Los Angelesto pursue a professional dance career. She auditioned for the popular Fox television show “So You Think You Can Dance” on Season Seven and made it to the top 40 females. She was accepted into the Edge Performing Arts scholarship program but declined in order to begin her professional dance career. While in Los Angeles she worked with Nelly Furtado, and toured with New Kids on the Block, Back Street Boys, and Ashlyne Huff. She has appeared on the CMA Awards Show, CMT Awards Show and the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Upon returning to Nashville, she assisted the choreographer on the television show “Nashville” and performed on the show with Hayden Panettiere, Connie Britton, and Christina Aguilera. She has performed live with other artists such as Jake Owen and Kenny Chesney. She performs locally in Nashville with the show “Bellesque”.

She taught and choreographed at dance studios while living in California. She currently teaches and choreographs for DC Dance Factory and is a guest teacher and choreographer at Brentwood Academy and Ensworth High School as well as other dance studios.

Merissa Gassel

merissagassel@gmail.com

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Merissa grew up as competition kid, assisting and touring with conventions since the young age of 14 . Her professional career began at 15 when she was given the opportunity to dance as a member of Dee Caspary's IV Dance Company. Since then she has also performed as a principle dancer for Justin Giles’ Soulescape, and Tessandra Chavez’s Unity LA. These three companies have allowed her to perform coast to coast in shows such as the Elan Awards in NYC and numerous "World of Dance" exhibitions held in Los Angeles. Merissa has worked on halftimes for both the Liberty Bowl and the Orange Bowl featuring "Train", in addition to the opening number of Nigel Lythgoe's Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala and Capezio's 125th Anniversary show held at New York's City Center. She also can be seen dancing on a recent episode of ABC's "The Secret Life of An American Teenager"' and for Jake Owen on the 2015 CMT Awards. Her appreciation for growing up in a dance studio, along with having been given many opportunities at a young age, brought out her strong desire to teach and help mold young dancers. She has been on staff at DC Dance Factory since 2013 as well as tours with Adrenaline dance convention, which allows her to travel and share her love and passion for movement across the country.

Holly Helton

hollyannhelton@gmail.com

Holly Helton is a Nashville native. She began dancing at the age of 2 and grew up training and dancing competitively in Hendersonville at Jody's School of Performing Arts which later became Smartt Steps. She started her professional career at the age of 10 with Gaylord Entertainment. She was a featured performer in over 200 shows with Opryland Productions in Las Vegas, performed live with Debbie Reynolds, appeared on Country Radio with Phyllis Diller and The Irlene Mandrell Show. She danced for several years in the MGM Grand Las Vegas New Years Eve production shows, sang the national anthem televised on TNN, as well as numerous credits including music videos, jingles, voice overs, numerous industrial shows as well as a dancer for George Strait's CMA performance. Holly was a captain on her nationally ranked dance team as well as holding a state championship title. She has taught for 14 years in Hendersonville where she grew up dancing. She quickly found her passion and fell in love with teaching children. She taught and worked with all studio dancers as well as the competitive dancers winning numerous choreography awards and titles over the years. This year she taught and choreographed the little Tennessee duo that included her daughter for the show Americas Got Talent. In her spare time from teaching dance she enjoys singing, writing, recording, sports and hanging out with her two little girls.

Alicia McPhee

aliciag99@hotmail.com

Alicia McPhee, a Nashville native, found her love for dance at age 9. Soon after, her love for dance became her passion and the rest is history. Her training started at DC Dance Factory and over the next 10 years Alicia traveled the country training through conventions and competing in local and national competitions. After years of competing Alicia moved to Pittsburgh, PA to continue her dance education at Point Park College. After a year, Alicia decided to pursue her career as a dancer and moved to California. Since then, she has performed in many industrials, and music videos. Alicia also toured with renowned artist Stacie Orrico, performing at the first MTV Asia Award Show. Other artists Alicia toured has with include, JoDee Messina, Rascal Flatts, and Nicole C. Mullen.

After suffering from a broken foot, Alicia found a second love…Pilates. Pilates started as rehab and then extended into her dance technique. Being able to come back a stronger dancer she knew she had to teach others. Alicia packed her bags and moved to New York City to study under Joseph Pilates protégé, Romana Kryzanowsky. After 6 months and over 800 hours of training under the most qualified teachers in the world, Alicia was tested, and is now a Certified Pilates Instructor.

Alicia is back in Nashville where she recently performed in the 2007 CMA’s dancing for Big and Rich and with LeeAnn Rhimes on the 2008 CMT Awards. She continues teaching dance and Pilates at DC Dance Factory hoping to inspire young dancers in her two loves of life.

Erin Nash

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Erin Nash found her love for dance while training for 15 years at DC Dance Factory in Nashville, Tennessee. Her training provided her with numerous opportunities to share her passion for dance with many others throughout the country. She was recognized as one of the Top Ten Girls on Season Two of the popular Fox Television show “So You Think You Can Dance” and has appeared on the CMT Awards Show, CMA Awards Show, BET Gospel Celebration, and The CeCe Winans DVD. Erin was featured in ESPN’s past two Monday Night Football Commercials with Hank Williams Jr. and has appeared in music videos with Gloriana, Leann Rimes, Royal Tailor, and John Michael Montgomery. She has performed with other artists such as Luke Bryan, Big and Rich, Neal McCoy, Billy Gilman, and Alvin Love.

Erin is a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee where she majored in Exercise Science and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. She was on the nationally ranked University of Tennessee Dance Team, where she currently holds two National Championships. Erin guest teaches and choreographs for many studios and dance teams across the country and hopes to further her dance education as well as continue her dance career.

Jeanine Simpson

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Jeanine Simpson started with competitive gymnastics at the age of 7 and then with competitive dance at the age of 12. She fell in love with the art of dance so deeply that she knew that it would always be part of her life even as a kid. Jeanine graduated from DC Dance Factory in 1995 where she continued on to dance at the University of Tennessee with a full scholarship.

After that she became a NFL professional cheerleader for the Tennessee Titans where she cheered at the Super Bowl, and was selected as the Pro Bowl cheerleader to represent the Titans in Hawaii in 2001. Jeanine was featured in numerous appearances with the Titans with celebrities such as Travis Tritt, Toby Keith, Lee Greenwood, and 98 degrees. After three years with the squad as a cheerleader captain, Jeanine was named choreographer to the team, where she served the title for two years.

Jeanine has performed in numerous industrial shows, country music videos and local as well as national TV appearances. Jeanine has choreographed for numerous dance studios and individuals. Jeanine has been a teacher at DC Dance Factory for the past six years. She specializes in working with and choreographing for the younger students on the competition team. Her choreography has won numerous awards, and her students have won numerous national titles. She finds that the greatest reward is to know that she has made a positive impact on a child's life that will always stay with them.

"I know I was born to do this, and I will always strive for excellence." ---- Jeanine Simpson

Mitzi Smith

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Mitzi is a TN native and has been dancing since she was 4 years old. She is one of those people who 'has to dance' and finds ways to incorporate dance into all aspects of her life. Mitzi grew up in a competition studio and enjoyed exploring modern dance and choreography in college. Over the years her passion for the beautiful art of movement, creative expression and also for the amazing human body has led her to perform, teach dance, and also work as a Physical Therapist.

Mitzi's dance credits include working and/or performing for companies such as Project Motion, Opryland Theme Parks, Converse Dance Ensemble, Ann Hodge Studios, ETSU, Science Hill High School, and New Hope Academy. She has performed in music videos with Alan Jackson and Phil Stacey. Her TV credits include Miss Tennessee Pageant, Star Search, and various local commercials.

Tony Vongkhamchanh

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