FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to Art in Motion Dance Studio! With over 29 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, 2 years & up, in Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Modern, Technique & Performance Teams with trained, highly skilled, experienced staff, and the highest quality services and customer care in the C.S.R.A.
We are so excited to begin our 2nd year in Grovetown. We are blessed with the return of all our 2018-2019 Staff! If you have any questions, please contact us at 706-910-1155 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet With Our Awesome 2019-2020 Team!!!!!
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 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.
Congratulations to Miss Kristen on marriage to Nicholas Leaf May 4th, 2019! Beginning at the age of 3 under the instruction of April Storm-Hartsell at Martinez-Evans Dance Studio, Kristen Olson has been dancing for 21 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. We are thrilled to welcome Kristen back to A.I.M.
Jackie McKinney Kalv
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! We are happy to announce we will be adding Pointe' to our 2019-2020 Fall Schedule.
Cara Woodward has been dancing for over 21 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.
Kristin began dancing at the age of three. She received her dance training at Augusta West Dance Studio in Augusta, Ga. There she studied ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical for 16 years.
She eventually began working as an assistant teacher and continued for three years. She was a member of the Augusta West Performing Companies for nine years. Kristin also competed in Regional and National competitions where she performed in numerous award-winning routines.
Her greatest opportunity was traveling to Los Angeles, California to study and learn from the Young Americans, a performing group located in Southern California.
Since leaving Augusta West, Kristin has been married, started a family and has been focusing on her career as a Cosmetologist. She is beyond thrilled to bounce back to her dancing roots and broaden her teaching experience.
Owner, Director, Administrator
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. After a few years of "retirement" she missed Directing and teaching and TADA" Art in Motion was born. 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 five, beautiful, Granddaughters and Grandson.
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 36 years ago and has been a resident of Grovetown for the past 17 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!