Meet Our Staff
Ashlyn is an early childhood instructor. For 6 years, she has taught young, inspiring dancers at various studios. She has taught ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, and more. Ashlyn graduated Cum Laude and received a BA in Modern Dance from Kennesaw State University. As an honor student she has been a part of the Spring Company and the American College Dance Association. She has trained with Dazz with Jazz, Elite Atlanta Performers, Ballethnic Dance Company, and Metayer Conservatory for the Arts. She has studied ballet, pointe, modern, African, jazz, and various other dance forms. As a rising professional, she has been an apprentice with City Gate, performed with the Esthete Collective, and Southern Arc Dance.
Above all, Ashlyn believes dance should be an outlet for all to create and learn.
Artistic Project Coordinator
Jasmine Smith is the Artistic Project Coordinator for Metayer Conservatory for the Arts. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music at Elon University. She is a former dancer and is passionate about performing arts. In college, she concentrated in vocal music (classical and opera) and minored in psychology and piano pedagogy. She currently teaches piano and voice lessons to young students. She hopes to obtain a doctoral degree so that she can research music theory and cognition and become an instructor at the collegiate level.
Katelyn began her dance training from a very young age at Showbiz Kids and Dance Company and other various studios in the Atlanta area. Along with her early dance training, she also started dancing competitively at the age of 5. She competed at competitions such as Showstoppers, Stage One, Applause, BravO!, and many others where she won a variety of adjudication awards, titles, and overall awards. During her time in high school, she decided to focus on furthering her Ballet and Pointe training at Metayer Conservatory of the Arts. She then had the opportunity to perform in Regine Metayer’s rendition of the “Nutcracker”, titled, “A Christmas Fairytale”, where she performed lead roles such as Marzipan, Chinese, and Spanish.
After graduating from high school, Katelyn chose to expand her training at a collegiate level at Florida State University as a Dance major and plans to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2021. Since her time at Florida State, she has performed in re-staging of works from artists such as Dan Wagoner, Ann Carlson, and Jennie Petuch. She has also worked alongside Master of Fine Arts Candidates at Florida State University such as Ryan McMullen, Christa Williams, and Francisco Graciano. Katelyn has spent some of her summers at local dance intensives in Atlanta, Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts Camp, and Paul Taylor American Dance Intensive where she trained under many professionals in the field and learned repertoire created by known choreographers such as Peter Chu and Paul Taylor. Katelyn has recently created a piece in collaboration with her fellow colleague, Aaron Smith, titled, “Relief in Tandem” which was performed at the American College Dance Association Southeast Conference 2019 and Florida State University’s School of Dance 2019 spring concert, “Days of Dance”.
Psalm Gadson, a native of Kennesaw, Georgia, is a graduate of Alabama State University’s Bachelors of Fine Arts Program in Dance. Her training began at The Metayer Conservatory for the Arts, under the direction of Regine Metayer. For two consecutive years Ms. Gadson has performed at the International Association of Blacks in Dance conference. She has worked with artist such as Micheal Medcalf, Anthony Burrell, Deshonna Pepper-Robertson, and Allyne Gartrell. Ms.Gadson is excited to see what her future holds, and thanks her loved ones and mentors for the love and support.