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2020-2021 Season

FROM THE DIRECTOR

Welcome to Art In Motion Dance Studio! With over 30 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 for 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 3rd year in Grovetown. We are blessed with the return of all our 2020-2021 Staff! If you have any questions, please contact us at 706-910-1155 or email, support@artinmotion.studio

Art In Motion | About Our Team

We inspire to help our students find the beat in their feet, the song in their heart and a passion for the Arts
April Storm-Hartsell

April Storm-Hartsell

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!

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

Cara Woodward

Cara Woodward

Artistic Director

Cara Woodward has been dancing for over 25 years. She began dancing at Colson Dance Studio in Augusta, Ga at the age of 7. By the age of 12, she became a company member and attended many competitions in the southeast with her studio.

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

Prior to Cara teaching with Art in Motion in 2018, she taught ballet and lyrical at Augusta Youth School of Dance for three years. In 2012, Cara also began her own dance team, Free 2 Dance, at New Life Church and continued for over 5 years.

Cara recently completed a Splits Flexibility Program and is excited to apply newer, safe methods of stretching in her classes.

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 on many summer nights. Now, Cara loves to share that passion with others.

Aside from dance, Cara is a professional hair and makeup artist for salon in Evans, GA. Her focus is on proms, weddings and pageants. In her down-time, she enjoys being home with her husband, kids and fur babies.

Leah Locklear

Leah Locklear

Artistic Hip Hop 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-Leaf

Kristen Olsen-Leaf

Teacher

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

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!

Kristin Fischer

Kristin Fischer

Teacher

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.

Graysan Russell

Graysan Russell

Teacher

Graysan Russell began dancing at the age of 3 under April Storm-Hartsell at Martinez Evans Dance Studio. She went on to compete for 12 years at Pulse Dance Center in Augusta, GA, during which her team won 2 national titles. Graysan has 15 years of training in Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre.

She trained under Victoria Portwood, April Storm-Hartsell, and Kristen Olsen-Leaf as an assistant teacher for 2 years at Art in Motion Dance Studio. This year, we are welcoming her as a lead teacher of the Kinderdance and Mommy and Me classes.

in her free time, Graysan enjoys making homemade jams to raise money for Baja Christian Ministries. Currently, she is a student at Augusta University where she is studying Elementary Education.

Kelly Storm

Kelly Storm

Substitute, also Batman

Kelly Storm has been dancing for an amount of time slightly less than how long Chuck Norris has been awesome. He began dancing at Martinez Evans Dance Studio in Augusta, GA at the age of 3. By the age of 10, he was still dancing, and it was still rubbish - just terrible dancing really. By the age of 18, however, he sometimes appeared to be able to dance well!

Kelly continued his dance training after leaving for The University of Georgia for college, where he subsequently obtained his doctorates and taught Computer Science for a few years. While dance wasn't his primary focus, he simply couldn't stop being a fool in love with that wonderful dance floor.

Kelly started his own businesses, Black Box and Black Box Operations, around the time he was finishing up teaching classes and acquiring his doctorates back in 2011 at UGA. Black Box is celebrating its 10th year in business and is proud to support all that is Art In Motion - from beneath, behind, in front of, besides, and most especially within.

Kelly joins the staff this year as a substitute for all staff and classes whenever needed, a teacher for those brave and bold enough to step foot onto the dance floor for Power Training, an ally for dads on Saturdays for another new offering during the 2020-2021 season - "Dangerous Daddies", and an ally and friend to any and all dancers whenever they find themselves in need of whatever. It doesn't matter. He's Batman, we think. Yeah, let's go with that.