Erin began dancing at Christian Youth Theater, in Illinois, at the age of 3. She studied ballet, tap, jazz, and musical theater. At the age of 12 she started studying dance more intensely at Waterford Dance Academy, intensifying study in ballet and began pointe when she was 13. After moving to Memphis, she started dancing at The Dance Academy of Bartlett and added modern, contemporary, African, lyrical, and different jazz styles to her dance background. With The Dance Academy of Bartlett, Erin also began competing, where she received many titles. She is currently enrolled in Southwest Tennessee Community College. She plans to transfer to The University of Memphis, to major in early childhood education and dance.
Kevin Jones, a native of Rankin County, received his training from various studios. He has trained at Belhaven College, Ballet Mississippi, Ballet Magnificat, Mississippi Metropolitan Dance Company of Fondren, Hatten Dance Arts Studio, and Jackson Irish Dancers. He has been active with the Belhaven College Dance Ensemble and Belhaven College Alumni & Faculty Dance Ensemble where he has performed several concerts. Mr. Jones was also Artistic Director of “Sacred Ground”, the Liturgical Dance Group at Galloway United Methodist Church. He was the Ballet Master for Dance Unlimited, Inc., in Byram, MS and Repeat Dance Performance Studio. He is a graduate of Belhaven College with a major in Psychology and minor in dance. He also has an MBA. His passion of dance is shown through his expressions and his love to share this gift with others. Kevin joined the Ballet On Wheels Staff in 2015.
Kim Strong has been very involved in theater, dance and costuming for much of her life. Her ballet/tap instruction began at Bataille Academy of Danse in Barrington, IL. She graduated with a BS in Theater, Speech & English Education from Illinois State University in 1984. She has had the pleasure of being involved in children and adult performance theater and dance instruction for over 30 years. Kim is pleased to have found Ballet On Wheels since moving to the Memphis area a couple of years ago.
Marquita Brooks has a love and passion for the art of dance that began at a very early age through the Moscow Academic Choreographic School. I furthered my knowledge by attending performance arts academies that would enhance my craft and potential. I quickly became elevated in the styles of Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, and Contemporary. Dancing for over 20 years, I have had the privilege of teaching dance for the last 9 years where my choreography has won accolades throughout the tri state area.
With a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Memphis in Dance, I also had the honor to study in New York at The Juilliard School. I am currently Jazz Instructor with Ballet On Wheels Dance School and Company. I also create company choreography for the youth company dancers.
Montrell Britton is a Memphis native and an ambassador for Memphis Jookin. He has now influenced over nine states and fifteen cities in Memphis Jookin. Over the years, he has taught over 5,000 students ages K-12. In 2010, Montrell became a dance educator for Memphis City Schools teaching after school hip-hop dance programs. Other schools such as Kipp Memphis, Grizzlies Prep, and other Shelby County and collegiate schools have also had Montrell teach dance classes. Montrell was featured on “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 12 – 2015 Memphis & Las Vegas. Other highlights include: Lisa Mac, Project Pat, Al Kapone, and Gangsta Boo of Three 6 Mafia. He also performs annually at Grizzlies games and Hard Rock Cafe NYE. He also appeared in the “Hit The Quan” dance video. Montrell started teaching Boys Hip Hip with Ballet On Wheels in 2016 and starred in their “Dreamgirls” Dance production in that same year.
Rachel Bolding discovered her love for dance while studying under Elizabeth Williams at the Elizabeth Williams School of Dance in Sevierville, Tennessee. She has been dancing since the age of four and is trained in ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop, tumbling, and pom. Rachel became a certified Ballet Instructor and Member of the Southern Association of Dance Masters in 2015. Rachel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Memphis. She is excited to continue to share her love of dance through teaching.
Stephanie Hill began performing at the age of 3 as a competitive ice skater. By age 7, she had begun her professional training through the rigorous Royal Academy of Dance curriculum under the tutelage of Karen J. Zissoff, director of Dance Works, Inc. While passing internationally recognized RAD annual examinations, Stephanie maintained scholarships with her dance school to further her dance training. She attended multiple master classes and conferences, including the TAD Festival, all while participating in her studio’s Teacher Training Program.
Stephanie has been teaching with Ballet On Wheels Dance School & Company (BOW) for 8 years. As Senior Instructor and School Operations Manager, Stephanie travels across the city sharing her passion with dance with people throughout the Memphis Community by teaching dance. Stephanie continues to build the outreach program through innovative collaborative efforts to continue to broaden the reach of BOW.