Ryann began her young dance and gymnastic training with her mother, Linda Ray at Linda Ray’s Academy of Dance (later known as Body Mechanix). She studied ballet, tap, jazz and gymnastics for many years and competed in numerous dance competitions including Dance Masters, Dance Caravan, Star Power and Rising Star. Her teachers included Marcus Alford, Frank Hatchett, Hank Crabtree and has taken classes in NYC at Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway. Ryann taught for 10 years, hand in hand with her mom Linda Ray at Body Mechanix. After Linda retired in 2004, Ryann joined Berrien Long to continue her energetic, imaginative and strong technique-based jazz, tap, and gymnastic teaching at the Dance Theatre of Dalton.
Lori Beth Eicholtz
Lori Beth graduated from Dalton High School and earned her B.S. in education from Georgia State University. She began her dance training with Berrien Long and was Dalton’s first “Clara” in the Nutcracker. She continued her dance training at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre in New York where she studied ballet, jazz, and modern. She was a member of the Georgia State University Dance Ensemble and has taught dance at the Studio One School of Dance in Blue Ridge. Lori Beth is also an accomplished actor and singer. She offers private acting/singing coaching from her home. She can be seen in many films including the 2010 "Get Low" starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray.
Mimi is a Dalton native who graduated in 1978 from the University of Georgia with a B.S. in physical education. While at UGA she was a member of the JV gymnastic team and a UGA cheerleader. She also taught tumbling and cheerleading at the Athens YMCA. After UGA, Mimi taught physical education for 5 years in Chattanooga and Dalton, also teaching tumbling at the Chattanooga YMCA and coaching diving for Dalton High. Mimi has taught tumbling and gymnastic for 25+ years in Dalton. Mimi manages the Dance Boutique at the studio.
Bettye Jo Wilson
Bettye Jo was the Artistic Director/instructor/choreographer of her own studio in Tennessee for many years. Beginning dance at the age of 3 opened doors for her to dance in operettas, cheerleading, high school dance team, college dance company, solo dancer in a professional musical, and her current profession of dance instructor. She studied dance with Betty Wing and the late Rose Marie Stein and Bill Feney. She continued her dance education at the University of Arkansas for three years and one year at Henderson State University where she received the theatre arts award for “Best Choreographer.” She taught liturgical dance for many years starting dance companies at many churches. She has also studied at classes and workshops given by Ballet Magnificat of Jackson, Mississippi, Christian Dance Fellowship USA, Jerusalem Worship Dance, Sondance, Randal Bane (David’s House), Randall Flinn (Ad Diem Dance Company), Valerie Henry and Mikhael Murnane.
Lilly is the office manager/owner, graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Commerce & Business Administration with an Accounting major and as an Honor Graduate from the Culverhouse School of Accountancy. Lilly previously worked at Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Atlanta as an Audit & Enterprise Risk Services Consultant and at Industrial Developments International as a Development Accountant. A dance student of her mother, Berrien Long, for 13 years, she has also studied with Marcus Alford of Dancentre South, and Anna and Barry Van Cura of Ballet Tennessee. She studied in the summers at the Atlanta Player’s Performing Arts Camp, the International Ballet Competition workshop in Jackson, Mississippi, at the Lexington Ballet Camp in Lexington, Kentucky and the Summer Dance Intensive in Parkersburg, West Virginia. She was a member of Dalton Ballet Theatre from 1996-2002.