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Welcome to Art in Motion Dance Studio! With over 27 years of experience, our family owned and operated Martinez-Evans Dance Studio in Evans, Ga. for 24 years. Art in Motion offers respect, trust, dedication, integrity, and a commitment to exceeding the expectations of our customers. We strive to provide affordable, professional learning experience and complete customer satisfaction for each and every family.

Art in Motion offers classes, 3 years & up, in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, and Technique with trained, highly skilled, experienced staff, and the highest quality services and customer care in the C.S.R.A.

We are, very, excited as God leads us on this amazing and blessed journey with you! If you have any questions, please contact us at 706-951-7312 or email, support@artinmotion.studio

Meet With Our Awesome Team!!!!!

We inspire to help our students find the beat in their feet, the song in their heart and a passion for the Arts
Victoria Stewart-Portwood

Victoria Stewart-Portwood

Assistant Director

Victoria began her dance career under April Storm-Hartsell at Martinez-Evans Dance Studio when she was five years old. She was a member of M.E.D.S. until she graduated High School. Through her years in dance she became a member of M.E.D.S. Competition Team where she won several awards in group and solo performances. She has served vigilantly and professionally as an assistant teacher for a wide variety of classes since she began performing in competitions and over the years.

Victoria took her talent to Miss Augusta in 2012 was crowned Miss Augusta! She is happily married to Bart Portwood, and they have a precious little boy named Wyatt. Victoria is excited to share her love of dance and skills in the Pageant industry

Leah Locklear

Leah Locklear

Artistic Director

Leah Locklear received her dance training at Martinez-Evans Dance Studio where she studied Tap, Jazz and Hip Hop. She loves continued improvement of her own abilities and performing several styles of dance, but is especially passionate about Hip Hop. Leah has danced back-up for local artists as well as national and world renowned Hip Hop artists such a T-pain and Field Mob. She has danced alongside and in a free-style Hip Hop group in her youth where they performed at Power Fest, May Fest, and local showcases.

A mother, a career woman, and Dancer, her joy is teaching youth the fundamentals of movement, awareness, and expression through Hip Hop dance.

Kristen Olsen

Kristen Olsen

Teacher

Beginning at the age of 3 under the instruction of April Storm-Hartsell at Martinez-Evans Dance Studio, Kristen Olson has been dancing for 20 years, and has studied and is well-versed in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Modern, and Hip Hop. Kristen began competing in 2005. She assisted classes in 2009. She recently created a piece for a local dance studio that won 2nd Place Overall at Star System’s Talent Competition. Throughout her time competing, Kristen and her team won the Grand National Championship in both 2010 and 2012.

While attending the University of South Carolina, Kristen was on the Coquettes Dance Team for 3 years, performing halftime shows at football games, pep rallies, and performances at neighboring universities during away games.

Kristen graduated from USC College of Pharmacy with a Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2018, but simply loves teaching dance, and is excited to join the other professional teachers at Art in Motion under the direction of April Storm-Hartsell, who instilled a love and passion for dance in her that she hopes to instill in her own students.

Jackie McKinney Kalv

Jackie McKinney Kalv

Teacher

Jacquelyn McKinney Kalv has been training in classical ballet since the age of five. She studied classical ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance in Florida, Michigan, and at Columbia College as a Fine Arts major. She later joined the Augusta Ballet Company and at the age of nineteen, became a principal dancer; dancing such roles as the Sugarplum fairy in “The Nutcracker” and Carmen in the ballet, “Carmen.” Even after her retirement from dancing full-time, she continued to dance as a guest artist with Dance Augusta/ Colton ballet- until 2013.

She earned her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2006 and worked in the Emergency Department at Augusta University until 2015. It was at that time that she earned her Masters of Science in Nursing/Family Nurse Practitioner degree.

As a Nurse Practitioner, she worked in Sports Medicine and Cardiology at AUMC. Also during that time, she met her husband, Gregory Kalv. They now live in Evans with their 5 children.

It was in 1992 when Jackie first began teaching ballet for April Storm Hartsell at Martinez Evans Dance Studio. She taught at MEDS for almost 20 years before retiring to work full time in the medical field. She is ecstatic to be reconnecting with April and her former students (who are now teaching along side her) to, once again, teach and share her passion of classical ballet!

Cara Woodward

Cara Woodward

Teacher

Cara Woodward has been dancing for over 20 years. She began dancing at Colson Dance Studio in Augusta Ga and later became a company member by the age of 12.

During Cara’s dance career, she also received ballet training from Ukrainian ballet dancer, Inna Dorofeyeva, of the Donetsk Ballet during her summer breaks. Also, she has had training from the late Augusta Ballet company member, Jamie Buchanan.

For 3 years Cara has taught ballet for Augusta Youth School of Dance. In 2012, Cara began a dance team, Free 2 Dance, at New Life Church and currently still leads her team. They perform at various times through out the year for the church.

Cara’s love for dance began at an early age. As a young child she would choreograph dances with her cousin and perform them for their family members on many summer nights. Now, Cara loves to share that passion with others.

When Cara is not at the dance studio, you can find her doing hair and makeup at a local salon. On her down time , she likes to hang out at home with her family and pets.

Jena Reynolds

Jena Reynolds

Teacher

Jena Reynolds is a Licensed REFIT® Instructor, who started tapping in the 1st grade which lead to a passion to do jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and clogging with Mrs. April’s “Storm & Company!” Outside the dance studio she’s done numerous musicals on-stage and was able to start inserting choreography of her own into shows! She also knows Country-line, Ballroom, and Belly dancing and more recently Zumba with a twist! She is a Christian, married to Billy who is a disabled Veteran and has 1 10yr old son, Samuel, in whom she is well pleased!

Come dance and get fit in REFIT® #notyouraverageZumbaclass ReFit Classes begin November 10, 2018

Certifications are:

  • ACE (American Council on Exercise)
  • AFAA (Aerobics & Fitness Association of America)
  • NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine)

Angie Gomez-Armenia

Angie Gomez-Armenia

Secretary

Angie is originally from Hanford, California and has made Augusta her home. She is currently taking classes at Augusta Tech majoring in Business Administration. After she graduates her next goal is to be a Dental Hygienist. Angie speaks English & Spanish fluently. We are thrilled to welcome her to our studio home.

April Storm-Hartsell

April Storm-Hartsell

Owner/Director

April was bitten by the dance bug at the age of five. She owned the Martinez-Evans Dance Studio in Evans, Ga. for 24 years. She and her husband, Mike, are members of Crossroads Fellowship Church. They share the joy of three, amazing, Sons & Daughter-in-Laws that blessed them with four, beautiful, Granddaughters and another baby girl due September 2018.

April, thought, she was ready to retire 9 years ago. Sold her studio and purchased a cabin in North Georgia that she and Mike rent. By the way, if you are looking for a mountain retreat, check out the link of our cabin, Orion’s Heart, on this website.

God had other plans. Psalms 37:23. She was encouraged to teach again by her very dear friend Debbie Dye. April worked the past two years for Augusta Youth School of Dance as Artistic Director. She is, very, grateful for that opportunity because it opened her heart, to continue, her dream,

She was tested and Certified by Dance Educators of America in 1991. An Assistant Choreographer for the 1996 Olympics Opening & Closing Ceremony in Atlanta and worked for a National Dance Circut, Dance Troupe, Inc, as Director and Judge for 12 years.

April moved to Augusta 35 years ago and has been a resident of Grovetown for the past 16 years. One of the many reasons she has chosen to come out of retirement is to, continue, sharing her passion of dance with future dancers at Art in Motion that offers a safe haven of positive energy and, genuine, love. We are #RaisingtheBarre!