Ashley Goodwin Watson
Ashley is the Owner/Director of Centre for Performing Arts. Her passion for the arts, drive, and determination made way for her to take the guidance under her mentor and former instructor and educator Karen Jordan to become the owner of Centre for Performing Arts in 2018. Ashley executes of the studio Prodigy program that places students wishing to enter the world of professional dance in classes as assistant instructors to prepare them for future job opportunities and work experience in a structured studio environment. Ashley oversees studio administrations and registrations for daily operations while teaching Centre’s handcrafted Tiny tots programs. She is a member of Prattville Chamber of Commerce, Alabama Dance Council, Dance USA, Performing Arts Alliance, and Dance Studio Owners Association. She is also a board member for Miss Tri County. Ashley has continued her dance education with IDTS, and progressed her knowledge in creative movement with Discovery Dance, while persuing certifications with Intelledance Early Childhood Dance under Intelledance founder, Jessica Griffin. She is the wife of Tres Watson and the mother of two daughters, Tasley and Braelyn, who dance at Centre and are members of our competitive team. She and her family attend and are actively involved in a local church in Prattville. Ashley possesses an acute attention to detail, a determination to never stop learning, and a passion to open doors until every child has had the opportunity to… just dance.
Anna Walker Foshee
Anna Foshee graduated from The University of Alabama with a B.A. in Dance where she trained under Cornelius Carter, Sarah Barry, Rita Snyder and Quinping Guo. While at UA she was a member of the pre-professional company, Alabama Repertory Dance Theatre, and served as the marketing coordinator for Dance Alabama! After UA, Anna joined Sanspointe Dance Company (SDC) and has been with the company since 2009. After performing with the company in multiple site-specific works, company tours and concert projects, Anna was named Artistic Director of SDC in 2015. Anna is a working dancer, teacher and choreographer throughout the state of Alabama. She is an adjunct professor at Samford University and UAB where she teaches all levels of Jazz classes to musical theatre majors. Alongside teaching here at CFPA, Anna is a teaching artist at The Dance Foundation in Homewood, Al. Outside of teaching and performing with SDC, Anna has had the opportunity to dance in film alongside Dakota Fanning in The Last of Robin Hood and as a lead dancer in St. Paul and The Broken Bones’ new music video All I Ever Wanted. Anna lives in the Birmingham area with her husband and three sons.
Kennedy Thomas has been dancing for several years training in jazz, tap, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary, modern, ball room, and so much more. She graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a B.A. in dance from the University of Arizona (the number one public University for dance with a focus in ballet, jazz, and modern). Fortunately, with her hard work and dedication, Kennedy was able to travel to places like California and New York to train with well-known artist such as Debby Allen, The Radio City Rockets, and Shannon Mather. Kennedy is now a signed artist with MSA Talent Agency. Under their representation, she has been able to be a part of several music videos, musicals, live stage performances, etc. Kennedy is a valued member of the Centre’s staff as not only an instructor, but as a choreographer. Her choreography for Centre’s Elite level competition teams have won overall placements, placed at the highest levels in adjudication, recieved judges awards, and recieved invitationals from cities and states spanning across the nation.
Kennedy is a sought after instructor, professional working dancer, and choreographer, but has always made it her goal to give back to her community by providing others an opportunity to accumulate some of the same skills and technique she has acquired. She is the director of her personally crafted summer dance program created 4+ years ago. It has grown tremendously throughout the years with a following of over 100 dancers seeking to train under her guidance. Kennedy is an artist and a mentor to dancers, pulling the very best out of everyone she comes into contact with.
Ashley Monet Hurst
Ashley Monèt Hurst, born in Miami Florida has danced for eighteen years. In those eighteen years she has gotten training from a number of places. Starting with Dance Explosions in Hollywood, Fl at the age of 3. After moving to Tampa, Florida she began training under the city of Tampa at Tampa Gymnastics and Dance. For the 14 years she was there she studied tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, hip hop and pointe. Becoming a teaching assistant also helped Ashley Monèt discover her passion for choreography, while still learning all that she needs to become a technical and well-rounded dancer. Performing in annual shows throughout the year like parades, competitions, and receiving endless awards all helped her become the dancer and performer she is today. Once she got to high school Ashley Monèt continued her passion for dance at Howard W. Blake high school for the performing arts. While there she picked up two modern styles and contemporary while still studying ballet. Limon and Horton were the two modern styles that were taught as well the American Ballet Theatre technique. Going into Ashley Monet’s senior year she decided she wanted to major in dance while furthering education. Taking on two majors in dance and communications at Alabama State University on a full-ride scholarship, she knew she made the right choice. So far Ashley Monèt has produced over 10 major pieces that were performed in school wide shows, along with many other opportunities to show off her talent through both dance performance and choreography. Ashley Monèt is still undecided on which route she wants to take with dance. Recently she announced tap being her favorite style and wanting to focus on that style in its entirety. With that in mind she continues to learn all styles but making tap her main focus and bringing it back to the light of dance.
Blair Williams began dancing at the very young age of 3 and decided ballet was her passion at 9 years old and began to study at Mobile Ballet. She studied summers at various schools including: the Joffrey Ballet, Pensacola Junior College, and the Alabama Ballet. Williams studied under Winthrope Corey, Sydney Adams, Kathryn Morgan, Dorothy Lister, Colby Shinn, and Renata Pavam.
Ke'Yana Symone Paradise Robinson
Ke’Yana Symone Paradise Robinson is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, originally from Beaufort, South Carolina. She began her training under the teachings of Priscilla Ball, former Director of The Montgomery Ballet. In 2011, she joined Alabama Dance Theatre, under the direction of Kitty Seale and Foye Dubose as a Junior Company Member. In 2014, she was promoted to a Senior Company Member. Upon graduation from Booker T. Washington High School, Robinson attended Alvin Ailey’s School of Dance in New York. She is currently working on her BFA Dance Degree from Alabama State University. Robinson has studied with great choreographers and teachers from across the nation including American Ballet Theatre’s former soloists Marianna Tcherkassky and Shawn Black, Alvin Ailey Company Member Vernard J. Gilmore and New York City Ballet’s former soloist Debra Wingert. She has auditioned and received scholarships and trained in many summer workshops and intensives such as The School of Dance in Dothan and The Ailey School. She has attended Southeast Regional Ballet Association Conferences, and participated in the Regional Dance America 2012, hosted in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. As a dancer, she has danced roles such as Stepsister in Cinderella, Wendy in Peter Pan, Tsura in Dracula, and Clara in The Urban Nutcracker and has performed in many ballets with major roles including Peasant Pas de Deux in Act I of Giselle. Works of her own have been performed by BTW Dance Department, which include “Be Right There”. She is currently attending ASU and aspires to become a company member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in the future.