Meet the Staff
Who We Are
Founder & Artistic Director
Regine Metayer began her dance training in Port-au-Prince (PAP), Haiti at the Haitian-American Academy of Ballet & Arts. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Florida State University. She has performed with noted Florida dance companies such as the Orchesis Contemporary Dance Theatre, the Boracha Dance Ministry and the Tallahassee Ballet Company. Her dance education includes Classical Ballet, Horton, Graham, Jazz, Afro-Contemporary, and African-based dance studies. After graduating from FSU, she relocated to New York City and studied at Ballet Hispanico. She also danced with the Dance Continuum as solois, the Albano Ballet, Ballet NY, the Brooklyn Ballet Company and the Staten Island Ballet. She joined Ballethnic Dance Company in East Point, Georgia where she performed for 7 seasons. In 2010, she performed with World Ballet as a principal dancer under the direction of Henry Hernandez and Dr. Elizabeth Delancy in Tallahassee, Fl. She joined City Gate Dance Theater as a soloist in 2012, and then Southern Arc Dance Theatre in 2016 as a principal dancer under the direction of Paulo Manso de Sousa in Newnan, Georgia. Today, Regine is the Artistic Director and founder of Metayer Conservatory for the Arts and the Ballet Mistress of Fusion Dance Company, City Gate Dance Theater, and Sugarloaf Performing Arts in conjunction with the non profit Sugarloaf Youth Ballet Company and professional company Gwinnett Ballet Theatre. She was one of five national Visiting Fellows in 2017 at the School of American Ballet in NYC; assisting with diversity initiatives. Regine is certified in Progressive Ballet Technique.
Ashlyn Bronner is the Assistant Director of Metayer Conservatory for the Arts. She graduated Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University in Modern Dance. Her dance training began at a young age and over the past few years she has trained with Dazz with Jazz, Elite Atlanta Performers, Ballethnic, and Metayer Conservatory for The Arts. During her time at school, she went to the America College Dance Association (ACDA), has been in spring company, and has even choreographed staged work. Ashlyn is also proud to say that not only has she taught locally, but internationally as well. Above all, Ashlyn believes that dance should be a shared language between all. She strives to share her passion of dance to everyone who will listen.
Andie Gioino is a true studio “brat”. She began her dancing at Sugarloaf Ballet at the age of 3. At the age of 6 she became a company member of Sugarloaf Youth Ballet. Under the instruction of Lori Zamzow Wire, at age 12 She began competing and later placing at ballet competitions such as YAGP and UBC. Under the further tutelage of Lori Zamzow Wire and Regine Metayer, she joined Gwinnett Ballet Theater’s company as a trainee at the age of 15 until 18. She now is at the University of Oklahoma pursuing a BFA degree in modern dance performance and english literature.
Contemporary Ballet & Composition
Charray Helton is a graduate of the Alonzo King LINES BFA program. Since her return home to Atlanta, she is currently a working and learning freelance dance artist around the Atlanta area. She collaborates and produces works that express the emotions and discussions deemed necessary within the current socio-political climate. This includes her first dance film entitled BLACK; holding three awards thus far. Not only has she presented solo work, she has also worked with Indya Childs and the Peace, Love, and Dance Project, Core Dance, Komansè Dance Theater, ALA Dance, Dance Canvas, and other choreographers in the area.. With high hopes, she plans to continue this journey as well as to challenge not only the dance or the dancing body, but also the spaces the art is presented in.
Darvensky Louis, a professional dancer, choreographer, photographer and videographer, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Darvensky holds a B.A. in Dance from Kennesaw State University, where he was awarded the Outstanding Senior of his class. He is also signed to Xcel Talent Agency.
His professional dance career includes dancing for/on The BET hiphop awards, HBO Max, Showtime, Disney +, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, staibdance, Annalee Traylor and Omar Román De Jesús from New York City, Dr. Ivan Pulinkala, Lisa K. Lock, and more. Darvensky teaches around Atlanta and is also a freelance videographer and photographer. He currently serves as Director of SequenceOne, a college alumni dance company, and with this leadership hopes to inspire future undergraduate creatives by bringing concert dance internationally through the collaboration of college alumni. He was also Dance Magazine's "25 to Watch" for 2022.
Psalm Gadson-Roberson, is a professional dancer from Kennesaw,GA. She trained with Regine Metayer at the Metayer Conservatory For The Arts, and went on to receive her BFA in Dance from The Alabama State University. After apprenticing and doing community outreach with Elisa Monte Dance in New York, she moved back to Atlanta and is now signed to Xcel Talent Agency.
Her professional dance career consists of TV/film, music videos, and live performances such as The Color Purple Musical Movie, The BET Awards, Hulu, ABC Network, Nike Maxims Award Show, and many more. She is currently working on an upcoming opportunity, and is so excited for what is to come.
Contemporary Acro Flow / Improv & Partnering
Sarah Stokes is an Atlanta-based choreographer, dancer, and dance educator. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. As a performer she has had the great pleasure to dance in works by choreographers such as Shapiro & Smith, Helen Tamiris, Carl Flink, Larry Keigwin, Nadya Zeitlin of Bautanzt Here, Mallory Baxley of Zoetic Dance Ensemble, Britt Fishel, and Stewart/Owen Dance. Sarah is currently a collaborating artist with Bautanzt Here.
Sarah was a Founder and Artistic Director of Atlanta Dance Collective from 2015 until it’s dissolution in 2022, during which she created numerous works in collaboration with ADC artists, most notably “IMPRINT” in 2019 and “EXHALE” in 2021. Sarah's choreography which is known for its fusion of athleticism and acrobatics has been a part of Dance Canvas, Atlanta Fringe Festival, Decatur Arts Festival, Asheville Fringe Festival, and WAXworks NYC to name a few.
In addition to performing and choreographing, Sarah loves training the next generation of dancers. Sarah teaches at Fusion Dance Company and is Acro Director at Luma Dance & Acrobatics.