Goodbye to our dear friend Ms. Lois

Goodbye to our dear friend Ms. Lois

It is with great sadness that the Academy of Dance Arts announces the passing of Ms. Lois Roseborough this morning.   Her passing was peaceful.  Ms. Lois was a mother and Nanny to all of us at the dance studio, and we know she is dancing in heaven.

The studio is open.

In the event schools are closed the studio will remain open unless roads are deemed to hazardous to drive on, conditions in general become bad or young girls with small dogs go flying about.  Otherwise plan on being at practice.

Please welcome our new faculty member Jessica Taylor Edwards

beckyJessica Taylor Edwards is a South Carolina native, who began dancing as soon as she could walk and grew up in a competitive dance studio. She has performed in live stage, film, TV, music video, and theme park productions. Her favorite performing credits include: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids’ “Gypsy of the Year” with Broadway cast Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, Good Morning America, fitness video with Shaun T, music video for Neon Trees, Lincoln Center with the Buglisi Dance Theatre in their Table of Silence 9/11 .

While Jess is a dynamic and talented performer, she found her true talent of teaching and choreographing at a young age. She is extremely passionate about sharing her love of dance and helping her students growth within the entertainment industry. She has traveled across the country adjudicating and teaching for many National Dance Competitions, taught as a middle school dance educator and artist in residence in South Carolina Public School systems, was previously a Company Director for a Competitive Studio and has choreographed for numerous pageants, schools and studios throughout the nation. She recently moved back to her hometown of Columbia, SC and is a resident teacher and choreographer for her home studio The Dance Dept as well as an instructor for the University of South Carolina. If you would like to stay up to date with Jess please visit

Please welcome our new faculty member Regan Anthony

beckyRegan Anthony is honored to be able to lace up her tap shoes once again at ADA! Regan has been tapping for 19 years and is a National Champion title holder for her tapping in groups, duets/trios, and solos. She has trained in tap, ballet, jazz, contemporary, pointe, and lyrical at multiple studios. Regan has worked with nationally known choreographers such as Anthony Morigerato. Regan is finishing up her Bachelor’s degree at USCA in Fine Arts this fall and is ready to continue her career at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden. She is currently a Guest Engagement Ambassador at the Zoo and truly feels that she was called to work with animals and guests alike at Riverbanks. Regan has been riding horses for 20 years and is lucky enough to own her heart horse named Ellis. Regan is proudly engaged to David Lee and they are getting married next June right here in Columbia, SC. She is very appreciative of this opportunity to continue tapping and to share her knowledge of all dance with the next generation of National Champions right here at ADA!

ADA Fall Scheduled 2019 -2020

2019-2020 Schedule

Classes begin Monday, August 26, 2019



4:00-4:45      Junior Rehearsal                             4:00-4:45      Mini Rehearsal

4:45-5:45       Company Technique II                   4:45-5:45       Company Technique I

5:45-6:45       Company Rehearsal                        5:50-6:20       Pre-Tap

6:45-7:30       Pre-Teen Rehearsal                        6:25-6:55       Pre-Ballet     

7:30-8:15       Teen Rehearsal                                           

8:15-9:00       Senior Rehearsal


4:00-4:45      Ballet I                                               4:00-4:45      Beginning Jazz

4:45-5:45       Ballet III/IV                                      4:45-5:30       Jazz I

6:00-6:45      Pointe II/III                                      5:30-6:15       Lyrical I

7:00-7:45       Hip Hop 12 & up                               6:15-7:00       Hip Hop 6-11



4:00-5:00      Ballet IIA                                           4:15-5:00       Tap I

5:05-5:35       Pointe I                                              5:00-5:45       Tap III

5:45-6:45       Ballet IIB                                           5:45-6:30       Tap II

6:45-7:45       Jazz Technique*                             

7:45-8:30       Contemporary *                              

                        (Dancers must be in IIA or higher)



4:30-5:15       Jazz IIB                                              4:00-4:45      Beginning Tap

5:15-6:00       Lyrical IIB                                         4:45-5:30       Beginning Ballet

6:00-7:00      Jazz III/IV                                         5:30-6:15       Lyrical I

7:00-7:45       Lyrical III/IV                                    6:15-7:00       Jazz IIA  

                                                                                    7:00-7:45       Lyrical IIA


4:00-5:00      Ballet IIB                                           4:15-5:00       Musical Theater      

5:15-5:45        Pointe I & II                                      5:00-5:45                  

5:45-6:45       Ballet IIA                                           5:45-6:30       Jazz I

6:45-7:30       Ballet I (M)


9:15-10:00     Beginning Ballet                             9:00-9:30      Pre-Jazz

10:00-12:00  Ballet Technique*                         9:35-10:05     Pre-Ballet

                        (Dancers must be in IIA or higher) 10:15-11:00    Beginning Jazz


*Classes with an asterisk will NOT recital.   Classes must have a minimum of five students, or they will be cancelled.


Holiday Closings

Labor Day  Monday, September 2

Thanksgiving Break  Wednesday, November  27 – Saturday, November 30

Winter Break  Monday, December 23 – Saturday, January 4

Spring Break  Monday, April 13 – Saturday, April 18

Please welcome our new Musical Theater teacher!

Please welcome our new Musical Theater teacher!

Kathryn Seppamaki has been active onstage in Columbia for more than two decades and has been recently seen onstage at Town Theatre in Nice Work if You Can Get It (Duchess) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Muriel). She has more than twenty years of experience working as a choir director and made her debut as a musical director at Town Theatre in August of 2016. She has since also musically directed Elf Jr., Peter Pan Jr. and A Christmas Carol at Town Theatre. She has been teaching voice privately for more than 20 years and currently has students performing on Broadway, Disney and professionally around the world.

Welcome to our newest instructor Alyssa Stephens

Welcome to our newest instructor Alyssa Stephens

Alyssa Stephens began her dance career in Columbia under the direction of Debbie Spivey at Footnotes.  She later danced at The Center for Dance Education and with Carolina Ballet under Mimi Worrell.  She attended Palmetto Center for the Arts Dance Program at Richland Northeast High School, directed by Nicole Czekalski, participating in both PCA dance and theater productions.  She has taught at Footnotes, and the Center for Dance Education.   She attends USC where she is a Chemistry major, with a minor in Dance.  We are happy to have Alyssa join the ADA staff.

Meet our newest faculty member Marles Badillo!

Marles Badillo
Marles Badillo

 Marles Badillo is an ADA alumna, and former member of the ADA Competing Company.  She earned her degree in Early  Childhood Education from USC, and is a kindergarten teacher in Richland Two.  We are thrilled to have our former long time  student return as a faculty member.  Her love for children, and long dance experience make her a valued addition to the ADA  staff.