Laura Hamm founded Balance in 2021 to provide quality dance training for students of all ages. The studio experienced tremendous growth, and in the summer of 2022, it moved to a larger space on Broad Street and added recreational gymnastics and tumbling to the class offerings. Balance Dance + Gymnastics is committed to instilling confidence and perseverance in students of all ages in a safe, supportive environment that is FUN!
A former professional ballet dancer with The Georgia Ballet, Laura has taught various dance styles at several schools, including Cincinnati Ballet, The Georgia Ballet, and the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education. For 15 years, Laura worked at Coxe Curry & Associates where she provided strategic fundraising consultation to nonprofit clients including: Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Georgia Aquarium, and The Woodruff Arts Center. Prior to joining Coxe Curry, Laura was The Georgia Ballet’s director of marketing and development.
Laura is a graduate of L.E.A.D. Atlanta and a founding board member of Dance Canvas Inc. She earned an M.B.A, an M.A. in Arts Administration and a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Cincinnati. She and her husband, Darren, have two young children (and a puppy) who keep her on her toes.
Brandi grew up involved in programs offered by The YMCA where she learned to honor and facilitate the core values of respect, responsibility, and honesty. She began teaching gymnastics to special needs children in 2007. This acted as a catalyst into the world of coaching gymnastics, and she has been in love ever since. Having worked in the industry for almost 15 years in both Georgia and California, she is USA Gymnastics certified with a background in preschool, recreational, men’s, and competitive gymnastics. “There is a reciprocity that comes with childcare that is intangible. While instructors teach children, we are also in a unique position that allows us to constantly learn from them. As a coach it has been the privilege of my life to learn, help and grow with my students as we try Tumbling Up and taking on the world.
An accomplished actor, dancer and educator, Emily joined Balance in the summer of 2023 as a dance instructor. She attended West Georgia Technical College and studied at various studios, including Atlanta Ballet. She recently taught classes in ballet, tap, and jazz to children ages 3-12 at Steppin' Out Performing Arts in Newnan.
Danielle brings her background in gymnastics, tumbling, acro, and dance to Balance as a coach. She is currently double majoring in chemistry dance at Kennesaw State University where she is building on her earlier training in advanced jazz technique, tap, and ballet with the Vaganova and Balanchine styles. In her gymnastics and tumbling classes, she strives to provide Balance students with a positive environment that allows them to learn and grow as individuals and gymnasts
A graduate of Kennesaw State University with a degree in Exercise Science, Kirsten is currently working towards a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree from Emory University. When not in the classroom, Kirsten brings her skills to Balance's gymnastics, cheer, and tumbling classes. Her strong background includes high school (team captain) and collegiate cheer, as well as working at the World of Gymnastics and Cheer and The Peach Pit.
Nyah brings her background in cheerleading and gymnastics to Balance's Tumble for Cheer classes, as well as FUNdamentals and Rec. classes for all ages. When she is not teaching at Balance, she is working towards a degree in elementary education and a minor in social work from Clayton State University. Her favorite quote is “Be kind, be silly and be honest” -Ralph Emerson.
Jada is experienced in gymnastics, competitive cheer, ballet, jazz, modern, and hip hop dance. She is a former Atlanta Hawks Dancer and graduate of Kennesaw State University with a bachelor's degree in dance. Before joining Balance, she worked as a gymnastics coach in Atlanta and taught at a daycare. She is excited to be able to encourage her students to believe in themselves and accomplish their goals.
Hoke brings a wealth of experience to Balance from his background in gymnastics, acrobatics, cheer, and dance. He coached various ages and levels at the Trousdell Gymnastics Center in Tallahassee, FL, as well as at Project S.L.I.D.E and Rhythm Academy in GA. He received his bachelor's degree from Kennesaw State University and since then has worked with various companies such as, The Tallahassee Ballet, Dance AEGIS, and Fly on a Wall. One of his main focuses in teaching and coaching is to make sure his students are only striving to become the best versions of themselves
A teacher at The Lovett School by day, and a dance instructor at Balance by night, Abigail brings a wealth of experience to her students. She trained at the Georgia Academy of Dance, where she later facilitated over one thousand hours of dance classes as a lead instructor or assistant instructor in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, and modern. She loves mentoring children and worked as the Activities Coordinator at WinShape Camps for several years where she designed and implemented activities to target specific emotional and social milestones of campers. Abigail is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
An accomplished ballerina and choreographer from Colombia, Ginna has more than 32 years of experience teaching dance and creating dance musicals. She danced professionally with the Santander Jazz Ballet Company and performed in international festivals and special events throughout Colombia. She is the founder of Duncan Dance Studio and the creator of "Pure Movement." The five-day festival has been presented since 2008, and it unites more than 100 dancers every year who showcase new dance projects and innovative choreographic technique. Ginna holds a Diploma in Arts Pedagogy and Management from the Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga and the Institute of Culture, Colombia as well as a bachelor's degree in systems engineering.
Alex describes herself as a teacher, dancer, marketer and a people person. A graduate of Curry College with a BA in management and a minor in dance, Alex brings her skills to Balance as a ballet, jazz, and hip hop instructor. Her background includes teaching dance and nutrition for four years at the Boston Renaissance Chater School and being a lead teacher at MyGym in Roswell. There she educated parents and children ages 6 months to 10 years on gross & fine motor skills, grip reflexes, and exercises through play that enhance strength and coordination.
Tiffany, a Connecticut native, joined Balance in the summer of 2022 as Customer Experience Manager. She attended Clark University, where she ran a mentorship program for young girls of color. There she learned the importance of building strong connections with families and children to instill confidence, integrity, and safety into their lives. Over the years she has continued to work with children in various settings, as well as other positions in management and customer relations, most recently with State Farm. Her passions include writing, dancing, creative projects, and anything nature and animal related.
Rhetta Weeks joined Balance Dance in 2022 as a ballet and pre-ballet instructor. She grew up dancing under the direction of Lovedy Griner at Rose City Ballet in Thomasville, Georgia where she also began assistant teaching. She is a graduate of Elon University where she earned her degree in Exercise Science and Dance while furthering her dance teaching career under the guidance of early childhood dance educator Kim Black of Miss Kim's Children's Dance and Arts in Burlington, North Carolina. She is currently an occupational therapy doctoral student at GSU. In her free time, Rhetta enjoys grabbing coffee with friends, taking aerial silks classes, and exploring Atlanta.
A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, Naya brings a wealth of knowledge to the studio from her experience teaching tap, musical theatre, ballet and jazz with the Augusta Youth School of Dance and Building Kidz of Roswell, among others. While in college, she spent her summers working in various dance-related jobs/internships, including a summer dance camp for underprivileged children in Augusta, GA. She has also interned at the Alliance Theatre, helping with drama, choreography and video editing classes for ages 3 – 12. In her free time, she loves to go thrift shopping, spend time with friends and family, and work on creative writing.
Watts is an Atlanta native who joined Balance in January 2023. She trained at Gymnastics World of Georgia, where she competed through Level 9. She has coached gymnastics and tumbling to ages 18 months and up in Atlanta and Miami. In her free time, Watts enjoys performing in a hip hop group, the Za Elites.
"Balance is not something you find.
It is something you create."
- Jana Kingsford