Karen holds a bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in elementary education, a master’s degree from Troy University, an additional master’s degree from Auburn University in Leadership/Administration, and an EDS in elementary education from Auburn Montgomery. She has been with the Autauga County School System for over twenty years and loves working with children of all ages. Mrs. Jordan is an active member of her church, has directed children’s choir, teaches Sunday School, and has been involved with the Youth Committee. She has attended various seminars promoting the arts and is a member of the Alabama Council of the Arts in Education where she served on the State Grant Committee. She studied dance extensively with Al Gilbert, Gus Giordano, and Terrell Paulk with the Canadian Ballet Company. She also performed with the Montgomery Civic Ballet. She has judged numerous pageants and choreographed many productions. She has over thirty years of teaching and choreography experience.
Ashley Goodwin Watson
Ashley was introduced to the world of dance from a very young age and from there her passion and support for the artistry of dance has continued to grow and develop. She is a Prattville native and a graduate of Prattville High School. She is additionally experienced in various levels and styles of pageantry, and cheerleading. Her love for the stage came after she put on her first sparkly costume and competed in front of a crowd. Shortly after graduation, Ashley found an additional creative outlet through cosmetology. She is a licensed and Alabama State Board certified Cosmetologist. Her creative exploration led her to study under and be influenced by several master stylists to various artists and performers. Ashley has been an entrepreneur and business owner from a very young age. It is her passion for the arts, drive, and determination that saw fit for her to take the guidance under her mentor and former instructor and educator Karen Jordan as co-owner of The Centre for Performing Arts. Ashley assists in the execution of the studio Prodigy program. The program 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. She is a member of Alabama Dance Council, Dance USA, Performing Arts Alliance, and Dance Studio Owners Association. She is the wife of Tres Watson and the mother of two daughters. Ashley’s daughter’s, Tasley and Braelyn, teen and pre-teen ages, dance at Centre and are members of our competitive team. Ashley and her family attend the Church of the Highlands where she is a member of the dream team and also serves on the church’s info/resource team. She 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.
Emily Jordan was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Prattville throughout her childhood school years. She is a Prattville High School graduate. Emily has an extensive knowledge in gymnastics stemming from her decade and a half experience as a competitive gymnast. She competed as a level 7 gymnast on the state and national level. Her performances won her various awards, including multiple outstanding choreography awards and competitor of excellence acknowledgements. Emily also possesses an in depth knowledge of performance quality dance which she attributes to her years spent rehearsing and performing in the Montgomery Ballet’s annual Nutcracker. She has traveled the competition dance circuit and attended dance conventions under the instruction of world renowned dance professionals and artists to continue her training and progress her knowledge. Emily’s extensive background in gymnastics and competitive dance has carved the way for her to be The Centre for Performing Arts lead gymnastics coach and the Competitive Team Director. Her role as the lead gymnastics coach has her overseeing all levels of tumbling, acro, and gym in the studio’s gymnastics programs. Emily’s eye for detail allows her to clean choreography and develop unique transitions through movement in a way that enhances every dancer that takes the stage.
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 two sons.
Starr Gaither was the owner & artistic director of STARRZ Performing Arts Centre in Alabama for 15 years. Starting from ground zero in 2000 she quickly climbed the ladder of success. In 2009, her innovation, dedication & commitment to her passion earned her studio the most prestigious award in the industry, The International World Grand Prix Dance Championship world-cup in Barcelona, Spain. On the side of teaching children how to grand battement for 25 years, Gaither has also traveled the world to train under world renowned instructors & entertainers. After studying in Paris, France, she was certified under Dance Educators of American on a master’s level in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, musical theater, modern, hip hop, acrobatics & flamenco. She is also an elite level 9 gymnast & accomplished singer and has worked with some of Broadway’s finest entertainers. She comes from an artistic bloodline with generations of performers and artists including Starr’s father who is a talented singer/songwriter. Over the years, Gaither and several of her students have been featured on the Fox reality T.V show “So You Think You Can Dance”, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, Lifetime Network’s “Dance Mom’s,” & is proud to have many students who hold national level dance titles. Many of Gaither’s students have received full paid dance scholarships to major Universities, moved to LA & NYC to pursue their professional careers, & have been cast in a few commercials & movies. She is member of the Alabama Dance Council & a sought after choreographer. Her passion for fine arts has landed her in the seats of many judges’ chairs for dance, cheer, & national level pageants.
Starr has had the privileged of teaching a variety of recreational and competitive dance classes at Centre for Performing Arts for 3 years now. She considers herself honored to be a member of such a phenomenal dance family. Her unique creativity, larger than life personality, love for dance, theater, children, and her natural talent has provided her many open doors in which she considers herself blessed. She resides in Alabaster, Alabama with her son, Nolan Edge.
Jordan Gulledge received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance and her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Troy University. She also spent a summer studying at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has trained with former and current members of the Joffery Ballet, Kyle Abraham with Abraham in Motion, Patrick Corbin Dance Company, Jose Limon Dance Company, the Martha Graham Company, Sidra Bell Dance NYC, Gallim Dance Company, and Shen Wei Dance Arts.
Jordan is a director, choreographer, and performer who has had many of her works featured all over the country as well as performances with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
Jordan currently resides in Montgomery, AL where she teaches full time at Centre for Performing Arts in Prattville, AL. Jordan’s choreography for Centre has won top overall placements, choreography and judges favorite awards. Her work can be found featured on multiple regional and national level elite competition sites.
Jordan is the Director of Theatre and Dance for multi campus Northview Christian Church and is currently filming for the newest OWN show “The Book of John Gray.”
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.