MEET OUR TEAM

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CALLI MOORE

Calli Moore was born and raised in Winder, GA. In 1994 she began her dance training under the direction of Janice Cater. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, lyrical, hip-hop, musical theatre, modern, and pointe. In 2005, Calli performed in the Gator Bowl halftime show in Jacksonville and in 2006 she had the amazing opportunity to dance in New York City at Broadway Dance Center with her dance team. In 2013 she graduated from Brenau University with a BFA in Dance Studies. While at Brenau, Calli performed choreographed works from top choreographers such as CiCi Kelly, Cassandra Alvarado, Juel Lane, Danita Emma, Nikki Bybee, Vincas Greene, Jolie Long, and Diavolo Dance Theatre. While at Brenau she also performed with Dance 101, Fuse Dance Company, and Expansions Dance Company. After graduation she continued teaching for two years as the Artistic Director of Studio One located in Winder. In 2014, Calli opened the doors of INSPIRE School for the Arts. INSPIRE is entering into its 7th season of dance housing INSPIRE Dance Elite, an in-house competitive program, as well as over 200 students recreationally. INSPIRE was recognized as a studio of excellence three times in 2019 and is an affiliate with CLI Studios. Calli is currently pursuing her Certificate in Dance Education with NDEO’s Online Professional Development Institute with a concentration in choreography.

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SAMANTHA PEDEN

Samantha Peden fell in love with dance at three years old and has turned that love into her career! She is a Brenau University honors graduate with a B.A. in Dance Studies and a minor in Small Business Management. Samantha has been performing for 19 years and has trained in many styles of dance including Ballet, Jazz, Modern, and Pointe. Samantha grew up dancing in LaGrange Georgia at the LaGrange School of Performing Arts. While dancing at the LaGrange School of Performing Arts, Samantha danced as a senior company member. During her high school years, Samantha worked at Techniques School of Dance and Gymnastics as an assistant teacher for various classes. Samantha was also a member of the Senior Jazz Company for three years and attended many competitions across the state of Georgia. Samantha finished her residency with Brenau University in 2015 where she performed and choreographed in a total of eight shows hosted by the Brenau University Department of Dance. Samantha is thrilled to begin her sixth year working at INSPIRE as she loves being able to share her passion for dance with those in the community.

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AARON JAMES

Aaron James was born into a family of athletes, music lovers, and creators! So, it's no surprise that his favorite sport, basketball, had much to do with the professional dancer he is today. As he was on his high school varsity basketball team his grades took a slight drop and his parents decided to take him off the team to focus on school work more. Being the competitor, he is, Aaron found he could use his competitiveness in dance. Entering himself and his group of dance friends in dance battles around the southeast turned into forming his own dance crew & then eventually turned into a full-fledged professional dance career. Aaron has danced all over the country for many artists (major and independent) and has appeared on many movies and TV shows as an actor and/or dancer. Some of his credits include: America's Best Dance Crew, Pharrell, Little Big Town, T- Pain, CMT Awards, and Jacob Latimore. Mr. Aaron has been teaching at INSPIRE for five years and prides himself in helping to cultivate a true love and passion for dance in each of his students.

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KALLI DRAKE

Kalli Drake was born and raised in Loganville, GA where she grew up dancing. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, and she spent her college years performing and choreographing for the UGA Tap Dawgs. Kalli is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and hip hop. She now lives in Athens, GA and has taught as a resident and guest teacher for studios in the area for the past 5 years. While her specialty is tap, Kalli also loves teaching contemporary, jazz, and musical theater. Her goal as a teacher is for her dancers to find their confidence and personal artistry through rhythm, groove, and expression. Kalli is currently pursuing a masters degree in higher education from Georgia Southern University and is excited for her second season with the INSPIRE family!

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DAESUN CUPID

DaeSun Cupid is a dance teacher, choreographer, performer, actor, and creative director. He was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia where he attended John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School for 7 years. Due to his outstanding achievements and hard work in both the field of dance and stage production, he was able to choreograph and assist with putting together numerous dance pieces for thousands of patrons. After engaging with local dance studios for several years he decided it was time for a new environment. He is now currently residing in Atlanta where he teaches numerous styles at various dance studios in the area acting as a leader in the local community. His credits include names such as YK Osiris, Saweetie, Leah Culver, BET, Tiffany Evans, Angelica Hale and Estelita Quintero La Diosa. He has also worked under prominent names such as Garth Fagan, Jamaica Craft and Fatima Robinson. He is now expanding upon and reaching others through his true passion, teaching. INSPIRE is thrilled to welcome Mr. DaeSun to our studio!

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CAMERON BRAKE

Cameron has had a passion for dance since the age of 3. She grew up in Loganville, Georgia, where she trained in various styles such as ballet, pointe, contemporary, jazz, hip-hop, and tap. During that time, she competed at various competitions and performed for numerous events and recitals. After 15 years of training and competing, she gained a newfound love for teaching. She has been teaching the past 3 years, and continues to share her love and passion for dance with the next generation of dancers. She currently attends the University of Georgia, where she is pursuing a degree in public relations. She is also continuing her dance education at UGA by obtaining a minor in dance.

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OLIVIA MOTT

Olivia has been dancing for 18 years, and teaching for 6 years. During those 18 years, Olivia trained under Fiona Fairrie from the Royal Ballet, Momchil Mladenov from the National Ballet of Bulgaria, Orlando Molina from Orlando Ballet, Atlanta Ballet faculty, and Danita Emma founder of International Ballet Intensive. Olivia spent her summers at Houston Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and International Ballet Intensive on a full artistic scholarship. Olivia has performed many lead roles such as Giselle in Giselle, Clara in The Nutcracker, and Medora in Le Corsaire, among many other lead roles. Olivia is continuing her dance career, along with sharing her love of dance to students of all ages!

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SAILOR DRUM

Sailor Drum grew up in Jacksonville, North Carolina where she fell in love with dance through her local competition studio. Training in different styles and learning from teachers all around the world opened her eyes to the passion and possibilities of the dance community. Sailor went on to receive her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography with a Business Minor from East Carolina University. Now, she wakes up every day and gets to do what she loves. Her style appeals to the logic of school, the eloquence of prose, and the freedom of movement.  Dance has made her an open-minded and compassionate person who values the richness of diversity. She applies an interdisciplinary approach to her creative process; applying aspects of the subjects learned in school, personal experience, and relevant culture to choreography, lesson plans, and performances. Being able to adapt, and make long-lasting art is what makes her a valuable member of a global community. Credits include Merce Cunningham Trust, Agnes de Mille Trust, Andrea Guajardo, and more!

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DEANNA LANIER

Deanna Lanier's love for dance started in 2001 at the age of 3 years old. Deanna began her dance training in her hometown, Stone Mountain, Georgia, at TAZZ Dance Studio and continued to Carol Walker Dance Studio, Phusion Performing Arts, and Studio 1 Dance Company on their respective competition teams. Deanna won numerous awards such as Miss Xplosion Dance, Junior and Teen Miss Nexstar, and technical high score awards as a young competition dancer. During her sophomore year of high school, Deanna discovered her love for teaching dance when she served as a teacher assistant at Studio 1 and began teaching her own tap and hip hop classes at 17 years old. Following her high school graduation, Deanna dived into competition choreography, winning choreography awards and special recognition in just her first 2 years as a choreographer. Deanna had been trained in ballet, jazz, tap, contemporary, modern, and musical theatre but felt she still needed more development as a performer and dancer. In 2018 Deanna took a step back from "studio" life and began focusing more on her quality of dance and style development. She joined her college dance team, Mahogany-n-Motion, and became Capitan after just 1 year on the team. While at Spelman College, Deanna had opportunities to choreograph dances for pageants and performances across campus and was recognized for her ability to incorporate a unique style and technique into her pieces. In 2019 as a senior in college, Deanna became an NBA Dancer and began her journey as a pro dancer. She has since taught specialized master classes, heels, jazz, and contemporary classes for competition teams and local Atlanta studios. Deanna is currently a bioinformatics Ph.D student at the University of Georgia and dances professionally in Atlanta, Georgia, when the time permits. Deanna is excited to rejoin the studio dance life and cannot wait to pour her knowledge and experience into the students at INSPIRE.