Staff

MEGHAN LITE CASTEEL – Owner/Director

She has performed nationally and internationally with many prestigious companies.  She is the recipient of a number of honors including the top female ballet scholarship in the State of Tennessee as well as Miss Dance of Florida.  Meghan’s lyrical expertise has made her a unique talent.  She has trained and performed with many of the finest schools including: American Ballet Theatre, Nutmeg Ballet of Connecticut, Bay Ballet, Sarasota Ballet and Joffrey Ballet.  Her teaching experience includes D.C.Dance Factory, Front and Center Dance Entertainment Studio,  and West Coast Dance Explosion.  She is currently the  Dance Team Leader at her alma matter, Middle Tennessee State University.  Email Meghan

 

LYNDEE BAKER – Associate Director

Mrs. Baker is an award winning choreographer with expertise in hip-hop and jazz.  She trained for six years at D.C. Dance Factory of Nashville.   Lyndee’s previous teaching experience includes: Nashville Dance Center and Front and Center Entertainment Studio.  She toured and performed with Stacie Orrico, as well as numerous other artists.   Email Lyndee

 

MESA DOBSON – Tot Coordinator

Mesa, a Nashville native, found her love for dance at the age of 3 and went on to dance for Cathy’s Dance Studio for 11 years, where she was trained in jazz, tap and ballet. She was an assistant instructor for the competition team at Cathy’s Dance Studio for five years. Mesa studied at Middle Tennessee State University and minored in Dance, During college, she began teaching at SpotLite Dance Studio, LLC and has been here for 8 years. She teaches tot classes, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop, stretching and conditioning, Pilates and yoga. She is Power Pilates certified for Beginner and Intermediate Mat. She is also a certified 200 hour RYT Yoga Instructor.  Email Mesa

 

Kimberlyn Kellogg – Tumbling/Acro Instructor

AA (Arts), BS (Anatomy), and DC degrees.  Kimberlyn began gymnastics at age five. She was a former competitive gymnast and dancer. She began teaching gymnastics at age fourteen and by sixteen, Kimberlyn was choreographing and directing a competition team. She has coached preschoolers to level 10 in Texas, Kentucky and Tennessee. She has over 20 years experience.

 

Nicki Festervand –  Ballet Instructor

Bio to follow

 

Tiffany Macias –  Ballet Instructor

Tiffany Macias was born and raised in California and started her dance training at the age of three. She has been trained in ballet, pointe, lyrical and contemporary. Tiffany comes from a long line of dancers and followed in the footsteps of her grandmother who was a ballet dancer, and her Great Uncle, an LA based ballet Instructor. At the age of fourteen Tiffany started extensive ballet training at Severance Ballet Conservatory under the direction of Francoise Thouveny-Doyle and Christopher Doyle. She started her assistant teaching in 2000, and began her teaching career in 2004 at Kings Dance Center becoming the Artistic Director for the studio’s Ballet Ensemble. In 2009, she moved to North Carolina and taught ballet, pointe and lyrical class, while working with the studio’s competitive dancers, choreographing award winning lyrical solos. In 2011, she became Dance Theatre of Jacksonville Ballet Company’s Ballet Mistress, and then Artistic Director for their production of The Nutcracker from 2012-2014. In 2014, Tiffany moved back to California teaching ballet, pointe, lyrical, contemporary and stretch/flexibility classes at Dancers Edge. She worked with the studio’s award winning competitive dancers, teaching ballet technique and stretch/ flexibility classes and produced nationally recognized pointe and lyrical choreography. Tiffany recently relocated from California to Tennessee, with her husband and son, and is excited to share her knowledge and love of dance with Spotlite Dance Studio.

deavon Deavon Walden – Hip Hop Instructor

Deavon Walden is a dance teacher and choreographer, born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He has been a dancer for 16 years and a teacher for 2 years. He has trained at many studios and has learned from some of the best teachers, even getting opportunities to perform alongside them. He has toured with Disney artist Coco Jones, starred in a music video for country artist Eric Paslay, and has been in numerous other gigs modeling, acting, and dancing. While many people see dance as a hobby, Deavon sees dance as a career, a learning experience, a personal form of expression, and overall, a chance to impact the lives of his students.

 

Joy Spears – Body Movement and Contemporary

Alabama native got her start as a professional in 2006 as one of the top 20 contestants on season 2 of the hit FOX  TV show, “So You Think You Can Dance”. She has worked with the industry’s top choreographers. She has performed with pop sensations including Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Fall Out Boy, Paula Abdul, Will.i.am, Lindsey Stirling, Kat Graham, Priyanka Chopra and DJ Havana Brown as well as some of country music’s top artists such as Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Big and Rich, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Nettles and Thomas Rhett. Joy has performed on the MTV VMA’s, CMT Awards, CMA Awards, The Billboard Awards, iHeart Radio Music Festival, Starfloor(Paris), ABU TV Song Festival(South Korea) & The Spike Guys Choice Awards. Some of her Television credits include: “Nashville”, “The Vampire Diaries”, “Bunheads”, “Drop Dead Diva”, “Abby Lee Miller’s The Ultimate Dance Challenge”, “The X Factor US”, “The X Factor UK”, “American Idol” & “The Graham Norton Show”. Joy can be seen in the feature film “State of Play” starring Ben Affleck, Russell Crowe & Rachel McAdams, the ABC Family movie “A Cinderella Story : Once Upon a Song” & “Alvin & the Chipmunks 4 : Roadchip”. She appeared in the 2014 Ford Super Bowl commercial featuring James Franco and has also performed in industrials and commercial work for Nike, Macy’s, Swarovski Crystals, Sketchers, MAC Cosmetics & Volkswagen.  Joy graduated in 2011 from the University of Alabama with a BA in dance and continues to work in the commercial industry as well as traveling both nationally and internationally to teach master classes and choreograph.

Joy most recently performed on the 49th CMA Awards with Thomas Rhett, Fall Out Boy, Kenny Chesney & Brad Paisley and the 2015 Country Christmas Special at The Grand Ole Opry with Jennifer Nettles & Lindsey Stirling. She also just filmed the feature film, “Passengers” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt which will open in theaters December 2016!

 

Ben Blevins – Hip Hop/Tap Instructor

A native to Kingsport, TN, Ben Blevins got his start at the age of 13 training in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Hip- Hop styles at Holloway Dance School. Ben has been passionate about his training since the beginning and had found a love for sharing his craft with others.  Ben began teaching Hip-Hop and Tap styles at the age of 16 as well as performing lead roles such as the Brigadier and Trepak for Intercity Ballet Theatre’s ‘The Nutcracker.’  Ben has continued his dance training at conventions such as Monsters of Hip Hop, The Pulse on Tour, and Excel in Motion, and has received a number of scholarships including The Ailey Extension scholarship in New York City.  Ben recently moved to the Nashville area to seek further opportunity in the dance industry. Since moving, Ben has appeared in a video for country music star, Thomas Rhett and has also been featured in a video with hip hop artist Tally from the Lifetime series ‘The Rap Game.’  Ben is continuing his journey in the performance industry while teaching and hopes to instill his love for the arts in all of his students while providing a safe space to learn and grow in their own movement.

 

image1 DANIEL THOMAS – Jazz/Hip Hop Instructor

Daniel Thomas started dancing at the age of 13 under the direction of Donna Burke and Jenelle Rametta at Donnas Visual & Performing Arts in Ocean Springs MS. He competed with the award winning national company DKG winning many high scores and titles. He has assisted and co-choreographed with many renown teachers including the winner of season 4 Katee Shean as well as Britney Spears’ choreographer Andre Fuentes. After graduating from high school, he taught and choreographed all over the US winning many choreography recognition awards.  Along with choreography, he has danced professionally as back up for music artists, making it all the way to Vegas on SYTYCD, and many theatre guest spots. He was also given the chance to choreograph for the 1st season of Lifetimes “Dance Moms.” He later went on to being part of a Universal recording group “Contagious” and now a solo recording pop artist getting ready to release his debut self titled album late 2016. On the weekends Daniel travels and does choreography and teaches dance all over the US. He currently works with STARBOUND dance competition and teaches for NYDE dance convention.

Susan Dorsey – Tumbling/Gymnastics Instructor

Susan Dorsey brings to the SpotLite program over 35 years’ experience of teaching gymnastics and tumbling. She spent 25 years coaching Junior Olympic Gymnastics at all levels, winning dozens of State, Regional and National titles. Her Gymnastics coaching career afforded her the opportunity to work at the USA Pavilion at the World’s Fair in Australia, The USA team ranch in Texas, and workshops, clinics, and camps across the country.

Her USAG background brings us a safety certified instructor with specific certifications in Developmental tumbling & Pre-school fundamentals.  Her strong passion for tumbling and the belief in the proper development of skills & progressions have made for a great combination in teaching dancers to tumble on stage. Susan believes that dancers are athletes and should be trained progressively for long term success and safety.

Susan is involved locally with Premier Athletics & DC Dance Factory. She has been married to her husband Keith for 25 years and has 3 children. Email Susan at sjdorsey7236@aol.com