Elizabeth Brookman moved to China in 2007 to join the Suzhou Ballet Theater. After one year with the company she moved to Shanghai to continue performing and teaching for the company Jazz Du Funk until 2015. Originally from South Carolina, she bagan her training with Ann Brodie at the Carolina Ballet. Elizabeth had further training at the Atlanta Ballet School, School of American Ballet, Houston Ballet Academy, American Ballet Theater, Joffrey Ballet and graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts majoring in Ballet. After graduation she joined the Morgan/Scott Ballet Company in New York City. Leaving a ballet company to try something a little different, she joining the cast onboard the luxury cruise ship Cunard's Vistafjord. Falling in love with the opportunity to perform and travel she stayed on ships for five years and was able to visit over one hundred countries. The shows onboard included classical ballet repertoire such as "Swan Lake", "Nutcracker", "Aida",and "Carmen", as well as musical theater repertoire such as "Cats","Mama Mia", "Caberet", "Chicago", and "Thoroughly Modern Millie". After travelling the world, Elizabeth looks forward to calling her home Savannah and sharing the experiences that dance have allowed her to inspire future performers.
Coastal Performing Arts Academy opened thirteen years ago by owner and director Dawn Kuster providing high-quality dance classes to enhance the overall development of the child. We provide a safe and child-centered environment to encourage our students to explore dance with qualified, nurturing teacher.
We proudly offer ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, musical theatre, hip hop, contemporary, and even adult classes. We believe that dance training encourages young people to develop a positive self-image as they increase awareness of their physical being. Along with improving coordination skills and developing muscular awareness, dance classes give children the freedom to express themselves through movement.
CPAA specializes in pre-school dance curriculum and competition/performance companies.
Emily is a 2016 honor graduate of Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, where she studied tap, jazz, modern, ballet, and pointe. She is currently attending Georgia Southern University, where she is in the pre-medicine program majoring in Biology. She has been dancing since the age of two and since then has competed/performed with Augusta West Dance Company in many dance genres, performed in the Nutcracker with the Augusta Ballet, been nominated for the Governors Honors Program through dance, and held office as President of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts.
With 43 years of dance experience in ballet, tap, and jazz, she has had the opportunity to study under some of the most recognizable top instructors and choreographers in the industry, including the late Frank Hachett, Ray Hollingsworth, Joe Tremainie, and Majorie Perry. Most recently Dawn has continued her dance training in New York City studying under Mike Minery, Mandy Moore, Desiree Robbins, Sheela Barker, and Anthony Morigerato.
As a child and through her high school years, Dawn traveled the east coast as a competitive dancer representing her studio capturing many regional, state, and national titles; some including: America's Little Star, Ga Miss Teen Talent, Ga Miss Perfect Teen, National Miss Super Star and 4H District and State and Talent winner. Dawn's passion for teaching began under the guidance and direction of Carol Colson. She has attended years of dance conventions, teacher's seminars, and workshops earning numberous teaching certificates, and learning a variety of dance curriculums including Dance Makers Inc. and Music Works Unlimited. Thirty years later she is still sharing, her love of dance with hundereds of students in the Coastal Empire. Dawn prides herself of humble beginnings, starting her studio with only five dance students, it successfully began to grow.
Dawn continues to balance her dance career with being a wife and mother of three. Along iwth the demands of owning the business she continues to pour her love of dance into the lives of her students. Her choreogaphy has made a name for itself by winning many prestigious awards in all age levels of competitive dance from solos to productions. While she enjoys teaching recreational and competitive dancers she finds it immensely rewarding to give back to the community. Dawn feels there is nothing more fulfilling than being a mentor and instilling the love of dance in a child.
Nicole McGough is the wife of CWO3 Marcell McGough & mother to five children (3 boys & 2 girls). Dance has been a part of her life since the age of 3. Trained in New York by some of the best, Nicole was assisting classes by age 8 & teaching by age 11. Under the Direction of her Godmother Nina Klyvert-Lawson, Nicole became a Force to be reckoned with. She had the opportunity to study under many Dance Companies. To name a few.. Alvin Ailey, Dance Theater of Harlem, Blue Mercury Dance Co & even had the opportunity to Dance with the NYC Ballet as an apprentice as well as Gestures Dance Ensemble. Nicole is technically trained in Classical Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Jazz, African, Modern, Hip Hop & Musical Theater. She played Annie at the young age of 10, Played the leading role of Kathy Seldon in Singing in the Rain amongst countless other Off Broadway productions. Nicole's Love & Passion for dance can be seen in her students, one of them being her eldest daughter Ajai.
Brandy started dancing at the age of 3. She has been trained in jazz, hip-hop, ballet, tap, lyrical and contemporary . She was awarded a spot on the All American Dance Team in 2013. She has had the privilege of taking classes from professional dancers such as Twitch, Allison Holker, Rustin Mathew, Robert Hoffman & many more.
Christine Shawl, originally from New York, has an extensive background in teaching dance over the last 20 years including Modern/Contemporary, Jazz, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Tap and Creative Movement. She has taught dance to all age groups and abilities from pre-school to adult, from beginner to professional, in private studios, public schools and college programs. Christine was adjunct professor of Performing Arts at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) teaching Jazz for 4 years. Before relocating to Savannah, Christine was adjunct professor at The University of Michigan and Oakland University teaching Modern, Choreography, Somatic Studies, Anatomy and Kinesiology for Dance, and was Artistic Director of Oakland Dance Theatre. Christine also served as the Director of Education for Eisenhower Dance where she managed and directed their two studio locations. Early in her dance training Christine had the privilege of performing as a feature dancer in famous dance works such as Lar Lubovitch’s North Star and Paul Taylor’s 3 Epitaphs. Christine performed professionally for 10 years in New York City with Mary Seidman & Dancers, Ellen Shadle Dance Works, Pi Dance Theater, Perspectives in Motion and in Michigan with Eisenhower Dance, More Dances Contemporary Dance Company and was a guest dancer for the Peter Sparling Dance Company and Ann Arbor Dance Works. Believing that dance can bring great joy to anyone who participates in it, she is thrilled to be able to share her passion and love for dance with her students.