About Us

Our vision is to create an atmosphere where dancers can thrive as artists, grow in technique, and reach their full potential in a loving Christian environment.  Our mission is to guide dancers to a love and appreciation for the performing arts and realize their unique capabilities as individual dancers through tailored instruction and performance opportunities. The Inspire teaching staff strives to bring out the best in each student using positive reinforcement and encouraging them wherever they are at in their journey to love dance!

Inspire supports the Fine Arts because we believe that we are made by a Creative God who breathes inspiration and creativity into each one of us. We are pleased to be able to offer fine arts lessons in a positive and uplifiting environment where we use the Arts to glorify our Creator.

Contact the following music teacher for more information about rates and to schedule private lessons:

Sue Reeths - 850-865-1527 - coconutradio@gmail.com - Violin

Steve Reeths - 850-865-2210 - coconutradio@gmail.com - Guitar, Banjo, Mandelin, Ukele


For Ballroom Lessons, contact Pat Scharmen at (850) 200-7348 or by email at guypatrick@cox.net

Ballroom, Latin, Swing Group Dance Class Friday 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM  (Every 4 weeks)


Drama Kids - Monday Nights 7:00-8:00 PM 



photo Shelley Thiess - Co-Director

Shelley trained at the Northwest Florida Ballet for over 10 years and went on to graduate Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Dance from Florida State University. She has attended summer dance intensives with Sarasota Ballet, Virginia School of the Arts, Orlando Ballet, and San Francisco Conservatory. She danced professionally for three years with Ad Deum Dance Company, a Christian contemporary dance company based in Houston, Texas where she performed works by guest choreographers from Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham Dance Company, Limon Dance Company and Houston Ballet. With Ad Deum Dance Company, Shelley performed all over the world in places like London, New York, and Malaysia. While in Houston, she obtained her Level 2 Comprehensive Pilates Certification in Mat, Reformer, Chair, Cadillac, and Barrell as well as her Personal Training Certification. Shelley is certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED through American Red Cross. She has taught and danced with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and Operation Mobilization (OM) in Hungary, Slovakia, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, and South Africa.  She studied at Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney, Australia where she received her Diploma in Ministry and choreographed dances for church events. Shelley met her best friend and husband Jeremy Thiess while in Australia and they have two children Zion and Charis.

photo Brittany Swain - Co-Director

Growing up in Atlanta, Brittany's dance training began with Gwinnett Ballet Theatre in 1988. At the age of 12, she joined Atlanta Ballet's Center for Dance Education and trained with The Atlanta Ballet for five seasons performing in Cinderella, Divertimento No. 15, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Alice and Wonderland, and five seasons of The Nutcracker. She spent summers with Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, and The Chatuaqua Institute of New York. She has trained under and been influenced by Martha Goodman, Armando Luna,  Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Patricia McBride, Robert Barnett, Suzanne Farrell, and Violette Verdy. Brittany spent three seasons with The Tallahassee Ballet, from 2003 to 2006, and served one season as their DanceChance Director. In 2005, Brittany graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance. In 2012, after many years of prayer, she embarked on the creation of The Calling Christian Dance Company with much help from Shelley Thiess and Jess Varnado and so many others that joined them through volunteer hours and prayer! She and her husband, Dru, have three children, Susan, Jackson, and Sawyer, and they are grateful to the Lord for all His many blessings!

photo Aubrey Morgan

Aubrey Morgan is originally from New Orleans and obtained her early dance training with Giacobbe Academy of Dance. She went on to New York City to study at the School of American Ballet before joining the New York City Ballet professionally at the age of 16. She danced with NYCB for 5 years and has performed as a principal dancer with New Orleans Ballet Theater, Los Angeles Ballet, and Company C in San Francisco. She is currently an ensemble member of The Phantom of the Opera in NYC and has been performing 8 shows a week with the company for the last 7 years.

photo Lyndsi Stevens

Lyndsi grew up in Fort Walton Beach, and trained in ballet, jazz, modern and tap for many years at Northwest Florida Ballet and Northwest Florida State College. While earning her BA degree in Public Relations at The Florida State University, Lyndsi took dance classes, worked in the dance department’s main office, and was a member of Seminole Dance Force, the university’s award-winning competition dance team. She went on to receive her Master’s degree from Georgetown University, and continued taking classes at Arlington Center for Dance in Arlington, Va., and Ballet Teatro Internacional in Washington, D.C.  Lyndsi and her husband, David, moved back to Florida in 2011, and Lyndsi began teaching dance in 2012. She taught ballet, jazz, and tap at 30A Ballet in Inlet Beach, and ballet, jazz, and pointe at Brite Starz Dance Studio in Fort Walton Beach. Lyndsi and David live in Niceville with their daughter, Claire.

photo Madison Linnihan

Originally from Wisconsin, Madison has been dancing since the age of three and has loved it ever since. She’s trained in classical ballet, contemporary, musical theatre, jazz, and tap and has attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in New York City twice. Madison began as a competition dancer and danced with Accent on Dance Studios before switching her focus to classical ballet and training with Milwaukee Ballet School and Academy. While in high school, Madison directed, produced, and choreographed the annual production of “The Nutcracker” at a local elementary school where all profits went towards the Fisher House Foundation. In May, Madison graduated Summa Cum Laude from Troy University where she earned her B.S. degree in English with a dance minor while dancing in Troy Dance Theatre all four years. While dancing with Troy Dance Theatre, Madison had the opportunity to perform in many productions such as “Phoenix Rising,” “Eclectic,” “Reflections,” “Elements,” and “Oprebellion.” 

photo Mary Rodgers

Ms. Mary is a native of the Fort Walton Beach area. She began training in jazz, tap, lyrical and ballet at an early age. She grew up competing and performing and fell in love with the art of dance. She was honored to dance at the opening of the Millennium Games in London England as well as a Super Bowl pregame and halftime in 2001. Though she loves performing, Mary always knew she wanted to teach and pass on her love for dance! With this in mind, she attended University of Nevada Las Vegas where she continued to train, learn and grow as a dancer. She graduated with honors from UNLV and received her Bachelor of Arts in dance. She then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration with a dance focus. Upon graduation from her master’s program in 2008, Mary moved back to Destin/Fort Walton area, where she taught dance at Hurlburt Field Youth Center, choreographed for local stage theater, and coached a local dance team, The Pryor Starlites. She received the opportunity to perform with the NWFSC Dance Department’s “Dance Facets” and Northwest Florida Symphony Chorales “Madam Butterfly”. She has choreographed the stage performances of “1776”, “25 th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”, “The Sound of Music,” and most recently “The Little Mermaid” for a
local community theatre, Stage Crafters. Her experience with Stage Crafters opened a door to choreograph the stage performances of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Guys and Dolls” for Rocky Bayou Christian. Ms. Mary taught dance at Brite Starz Dance Studio in Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Glee, and Pre Ballet for five years. She is currently a music teacher for FUMS (First United Methodist School) for one year olds through Kindergarten! This avenue has allowed her to spread her love for Christ with young children and their parents as well as build her walk with Christ. Ms. Mary feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach and guide young dancers to LOVE dance as much as she does!

photo Olivia Reeths

Originally from Michigan, Olivia Reeths has received thirteen years of dance training ranging from Classical Ballet, Contemporary, Modern, and Jazz. She started her formal training in the Northwest Florida Ballet Académie program in 2007 while also studying ballet in the Pensacola Ballet School. After 6 years of training with these schools, Olivia moved on to dance with Ballet Conservatory and the Calling Dance company for 2 years, making an appearance as one of the lead roles, the Daughter, in the Calling’s production Coming Home in 2017. For the past 5 years, beginning in 2012, Olivia has been attending the Blue Lake Fine Arts summer intensive camp in Michigan as a Dance Major and was chosen out of 200 dancers to join a twenty-five-dancer international ensemble in 2015. As the youngest in the ensemble at the age of 13, she traveled to Europe and performed in over 6 countries, including Germany and France, while staying with host families and taking master classes in each country. Olivia is currently attending Collegiate Highschool and completing her Associates degree. She hopes to dance professionally while also majoring in Biomedical science.

photo Kay Hebert

Kay began her dancing career in New Orleans at the early age of three and as a child performed in numerous local, civic and benefits productions including children’s T.V. shows. In her teens she performed with the New Orleans Ballet Co. She performed with several local groups in the New Orleans area as a young adult and in 1976 joined The Dance Centre where she taught for over 10 years during which time she worked with numerous teachers both in New Orleans as well as workshops throughout the U.S. Kay has performed professionally with The Crescent City Movin’ Co, a jazz ensemble based at the Dance
Centre in New Orleans, La. She headed the tap department and served as Studio Manager as well as instructor. It was through this affiliation that she met and worked with the late Mr. Al Gilbert of Hollywood, CA mastering and teaching his unique graded teaching syllabus. While living in CA from 1987 – 1993 she taught at several studios including the Al Gilbert studio in Hollywood. Her performances and choreography experiences include various industrial and trade shows, Tulane University Summer Lyric Theatre; Global Beauty and Fashion Show, New Orleans World’s Fair; dinner theatre and numerous specialty entertainment. After moving to the area and unwilling to retire, Kay returned to tap dancing in 2007 and has been the founder and choreographer for the adult tap group Soul to Sole in Niceville, FL. Kay has attended the Pensacola State College Summer Dance Workshop for the past seven years where she has had the opportunity to work with various Master Tap Teachers/Choreographers. Although she has had equal training in ballet, jazz and pointe, tap is her true love. Her teaching experience includes both children and adults at various levels. She has taught her own tap technique for over 40 years specializing in her ability to diagnose steps and break down problems in timing and execution.

photo Pat Scharmen - Ballroom

Pat, a native of the Florida Panhandle,  has been instructed and trained by internationally recognized Ballroom and Latin dancers/ instructors such as Ron Montez, Jim and Janell Maurantz, Bob Powers, Julia Gorchachova, and Diane Jarmalov (owner and founder of the Ballroom Dance Teachers College in Oakland, CA).  He has received numerous dance Instructor certifications from the National Dance Council of America (NDCA) and continues his own training and certifications in order to ensure a quality dance expierence for all of his students. 

Pat provides instruction in both the American and International Dance programs….a list of the dances he will teach includes but is not limited to the Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese Waltz, Quick Step, East Coast and West Coast Swing, Rumba, Cha-cha, Mambo, Samba, Salsa, Bolero, Bachata, Night Club 2 Step, the one step, and the Hustle.

photo Alissa Clifton - Drama Kids Director

Alissa is a mother of eight. She spent the last 20 years volunteering at their schools, chaperoning, serving as secretary on the Student Advisory Council, and judging speech, debate and dramatic competitions. Alissa’s love of drama started at a young age, when her father cast her in a church play and continued through high school as she participated in drama classes, performances and competitions. As an adult she has been involved in community performances throughout the years as a performer as well as writer and director. She is excited to share that passion through the Drama Kids program!

photo Henry Hernandez - Guest Instructor

Henry Hernandez, obtained his initial dance training in the Vagonova method at the Teatro Teresa Carreño in Caracas, Venezuela, where he joined Ballet National of Caracas. In 1985, while under contract to the Ballet Royal de Wallonie in Belgium, Mr. Hernandez toured Europe and Asia extensively before arriving in Orlando in 1989. There he joined Southern Ballet Theatre, now know as Orlando Ballet. His repertoire includes the classics as well as contemporary works of twentieth century masters such as George Balanchine and Vicente Nebrada. In 1997, Mr. Hernandez choreographed his first full-length ballet, Conquest of Paradise, with rave reviews. Orlando Sentinel dance critic Diane Hubbard-Burns said, "...a new choreographer who knew how to move his dancers musically and fluidly." In August 2006, Mr. Hernandez arrived in Tallahassee and created a new work for An Evening of Music and Dance, entitled Emotion From a Classical Position, giving audiences a hint of the quality of his work. With his full-length versions of The NutcrackerAlice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, he captivated audiences once again. Now as founder and artistic director of World Ballet, currently in its third season, Mr. Hernandez continues to produce new works such as The Nutcracker: A Diversity Celebration, which received national and international attention as far as China. Presently, he serves as consultant for the Drey Shakespeare Summer Institute at Rollins College.



photo Christina Paolucci - Guest Instructor

Christina Paolucci is a passionate and committed instructor of safe and properly executed classical ballet technique. She grew up in Boston, MA and trained at Boston Ballet School, performing with Boston Ballet while still in high school. After graduating from Juilliard with a BFA in dance, she joined New York Theatre Ballet, the most widely seen chamber ballet company in the United States, performing principal roles in the company’s prolific repertory. In addition to guest appearances with other companies, she performed in 49 states, staged ballets, commissioned new choreography, and provided successful artistic and fundraising consultation to emerging dancers, dance companies and aspiring choreographers.  Christina was artistic associate of The Tallahassee Ballet and is the former Executive Director of New York Theatre Ballet. She held a long-standing senior faculty position at Ballet School NY and currently lives in New Jersey. She is on the faculty of West Side Dance Center and is an Adjunct Professor of ballet at County College of Morris and Montclair State University, which has been recognized as the fifth “best” collegiate dance program in the country. Christina’s love of dance and experience teaching ballet to all ages, from young children to adults, has given her the opportunity to conduct master classes across the country and advise dancers to strive to be their best. She is certified in Progressing Ballet Technique and is a StretchSource™ Master Trainer.

photo Terence Duncan - Guest Instructor

The Director of Dance at County College of Morris in New Jersey, Mr. Duncan is a former principle dancer with New York Theatre Ballet (1996-2010). He has also been on faculty with Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts and was the Co-Director at Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance after receiving his graduate degree from Florida State.

  Maddie Marion
  Steve Reeths
  Sue Reeths