Andrea Woodward is the owner of Hermitage Dance Academy (HDA). HDA was opened in the fall of 1997, one year into Andrea’s college studies. HDA has gone from a one room studio with about 50 students, where Andrea taught every class to a six room studio with a dancewear store and a hugely successful competition team and a staff of about 17 teachers. Andrea’s teaching and choreography are in demand throughout the country and she travels often to teach master classes and create choreography for other studios. She also is on staff for the popular KAR Convention National Tour, where she teaches lyrical. HDA was in the FDC’s top 50 in 2008 and in 2009 her studio was ranked number 8 among the FDC studios. 2010 her studio was ranked #1 in the Southeast region and #10 in the nation. Andrea’s students have won many awards and scholarships from different organizations around the country, and some have gone on to be members of college dance teams, professional sports team dancers, and appeared in music videos, commercials and toured with numerous production companies and recording artists. Andrea has won countless awards for her stylistic choreography and for her students’ technical ability, including both Teacher of the Year and Choreographer of the Year every year from 2008 – 2013 at KAR Nationals. Andrea is certified by Dance Masters of America and holds a B.S. degree from Cumberland University in Nashville, TN.
Originally from Conyers, Ga., Kayla Rowser trained at the Magdalena Maury School of Classical Ballet in Fayetteville, Ga., with Georgia Youth Ballet under the direction of Magdalena Maury, Jonsie Pollock and Magda Aunon. She has spent her summers studying at American Ballet Theatre, Atlanta Ballet and the Washington Ballet, among others. She studied classical ballet, modern, jazz, tap, hip hop and African dance during her training years.
After graduating high school, Kayla joined Charleston Ballet Theatre for a season before joining Nashville Ballet 2 in 2007. In her two years as a trainee, she performed in Paul Vasterling’s Carmina Burana and Nashville’s Nutcracker, as well as Balanchine’s Four Temperaments.
Kayla joined the main company as an apprentice in 2009, where she performed as Zulme in Giselle, Balanchine’s Who Cares, and Vasterling’s Awaiting Redemption.
Since being promoted to company member in 2010, Kayla has performed as the Dew Drop Fairy and Sugar Plum Fairy in Nashville’s Nutcracker, Pas de Trois in Swan Lake, Cupid in Vasterling’s Carmina Burana, in Salvatore Aiello’s Afternoon of a Faun, Sarah Slipper’s Postcards from the Boys. She also danced the title role in Vasterling’s Firebird.
Kayla began teaching ballet for the HDA competition team in 2010, and she is also working towards a Communications degree.