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, City Springs Theatre, 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.
Instructor / Assistant Director
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.
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.
Kyla Langdon was raised in Chicago, IL. Kyla's formal dance training began at a small community studio on the city’s south side, where she trained with the Joffery Ballet, Chicago's community program as a part of the city's Gallery 37 initiative. Kyla studied dance at Emory University where she minored in Dance and Movement Studies and majored in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. Kyla continued to train after college with the inaugural adult company of the Anthony Burrell Center for Dance; and Dare Dream Dance, under the direction of Anthony Burrell and CiCi Kelley, respectively. Kyla has appeared in awards shows, short films, and continues to train around the city of Atlanta. In 2016, she co-founded RAIIN Dance theater, and presented the work InHuman. Kyla has been working with City Gate Dance Theater as both a dancer, and production manager for the past 4 years. Kyla holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and a second Master’s in Integrative Physiology. Currently, Kyla is in her second year of medical school, to pursue a career as a Pediatric Neurosurgeon, and she maintains her ties to the arts as dancer, both training and performing, teaching and immersing herself in the back end production and maintenance of City Gate Dance Theater.
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.
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.