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Kaylee Franklin
Teacher/Choreographer; Hip Hop

Emily and Kaylee have been

with DanceWorks Center since

the beginning! They are both 

model students and we are 

proud to be giving these budding

teachers the opportunity to share

their talent and passion with

our younger classes!

Emily Griffin
Teacher/Choreographer; Ballet

Kaitlin Steed

Teacher/Choreographer; Hip Hop

Kaitlin started dancing at a very young age, but her first year of dance lessons began at the age of 11 when Raven opened up DanceWorks Center. The following year she was asked to join the competitive dance group at DanceWorks and continued dancing competitively until the age of 18.

Throughout her time at DanceWorks, she student taught under Raven Hunter and was asked to stay on as an instructor.  

Kaitlin enjoys all types of dance but thrives at the sounds and motions of Hip Hop.  She loves her students and enjoys the time spent with them.  

Raven Pierce Hunter

Studio Director/Owner/Choreographer; All Styles

Raven began dancing at age 6, studying lyrical, tap and jazz dance for a decade under Toni Sphar and Tiffany White in Cut Off and Houma, La. She continued dancing in college under Sarah Stravinska and Kenneth Jenkins, earning a bachelor’s degree in performing arts with a concentration in dance from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After college she entered an intensive study program at Duke University, where she learned from Pam Peitro, Robert Battle and Gerry Houlihan. Her tutelage under Battle continued in New York City, where she moved directly after the intensive program, and where she also learned from Jana Hicks and Kenny Larson. She is certified by Dance Teacher University, as well as Acrobatics Arts.

After dancing with the Fluid Edge Dance Company, Raven jumped at the opportunity to take over DanceWorks Center, and has found her calling in teaching. She believes that passion holds the secret to success, and her passion lies in dance.


Raven is married to Caleb Hunter, who she calls the “best husband in the world.” They have two sons, Kael and Koda.

Mesha Rebstock

Teacher/Choreographer; Tap, Hip Hop, Jazz, & Contemporary

Mesha first started dancing at age 4 and has danced under the direction of Tiffany White, Raven Hunter, and Theresa Laussade, dancing competitively for over a decade. Mesha was an original member of the Hornets dance team “The Stingers” from 2014-2017, being coached by Dawn Richard of Danity Kane. She has also acted in and choreographed musicals for the Bayou Playhouse (Lockport) and Le Petite Theatre (Houma). While in college, Mesha taught for MBSD in Thibodaux. Mesha obtained her Masters degree in clinical mental health and is a licensed child and adolescent counselor. However, when propositioned by her dear friend Raven Hunter about returning to the dance studio, she could not resist. She’s been back at DWC since 2015 choreographing for the company in the styles of tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary. Despite where life has taken her, dance has always been a constant. Mesha specializes in tap and can be found shuffling under her desk at work. 

She is married to Jacob, and together they have a son named Chord and a daughter, Sawyer, whom has been in the studio since the womb and is anticipating her DWC debut.

INTRODUCING:


Rhiannon Ballard Toups

Studio Director/Owner/Choreographer; All Styles

Rhiannon began dancing when she was 5 years old under the instruction of Tiffany White, before going on to dance for Raven Hunter at DanceWorks Center. She continued to dance in college under Mina Estrada, Susan Perlis, Blair Buras, Christine Chrest, and Claudio Ribeiro de Silva. She graduated from Louisiana State University in May of 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management and a minor in dance.


Rhiannon always knew that she wanted to return to DanceWorks Center after graduation. She is grateful that Raven welcomed her back with open arms and she enjoys every part of teaching, from the Tiny Dancers classes to the oldest Ballet class. Rhiannon says that as much as she enjoyed being a student, she enjoys teaching even more. Rhiannon is certified through Acrobatics Arts and Dance Teacher University.


Rhiannon is married to Justin Toups, who she says is the greatest thing that ever happened to her.