ABOUT US

OUR MISSION

Studio 55 takes pride in creating an environment where dancers can reach their goals, not only in the studio, but in daily life. Kaila and her team strive to teach young dancers to be kind and uplifting, to be role models, and to stay humble with their gifts of dance. Studio 55 provides a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere where dancers and parents are always treated like family.

At 15 years old, Kaila May had one dream — to open her own dance studio. Ten years of teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary dance, and musical theatre turned that dream into a passion. Studio 55 turned that passion into a reality.

TEACHERS

KAILA MAY

Miss Kaila May has 20+ years dance experience. Dance has been a passion of hers since a very early age. A National Miss Dance Xplosion title holder, Kaila has performed at Walt Disney World, the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Winter games, the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games, numerous productions with The Georgia Ballet and The Georgia Dance Conservatory bringing such characters to life as the Harlequin doll in The Nutcracker, the teddy bear in Mary Poppins and a pirate in Peter Pan.

Kaila has had the opportunity to take Master classes from world famous choreographers such as Travis Wall, Anthony Morigerato, Kenny Wormald, Tiffany Maher, Tony Bellissimo, Mark Meismer, Stepp Stewart, Benji Schwimmer, & Wade Robson.

MONICA GARDNER

Monica Gardner began dancing at age 3 under the direction of Kim Haight at Studio 1 Performing Arts. She specializes in tap, but also has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. She has professionally performed at numerous events as a member of “Atlanta Tap Project” including Dance Canvas 2016, and several performances with “ViZion Dance Company” including Gospel Superfest 2013. Her pre-professional performances include Jazz on Tap, Ballet Fest, Atlanta Hawks half time shows, the Carnival Cruise Line, several lead roles in Studio 1 Ballet Productions, and 10 years of regional and national dance competitions.
She has studied under the current biggest names in tap such as; Chloe Arnold of “Syncopated Ladies”, Sarah Reich of “Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project”, Mark Goodman Director of “Totally Tap”, Ayodele Casel “While I Have the Floor”, Mark Yonally of “Chicago Tap Theatre”, Jumaane Taylor of “M.A.D.D. Rhythms”, Melinda Sullivan of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “La La Land”, Jason Kalish of the “Tap Dogs”, Ted Levy, Lisa La Touche of Broadway’s “Shuffle Along”, Derick Grant, Bril Barrett of “M.A.D.D. Rhythms”, and many many more. She has also spent time studying at “The Georgia Ballet”, “Broadway Dance Center” in New York, and “The Edge” in LA, California. Monica began teaching as an assistant to Kim Haight at age 12; and has been teaching on her own since she was 16 years old. Monica has taught, choreographed, and judged for dance studios all throughout the metro Atlanta area and north Georgia.

CARNISSA KILGORE

Carnissa Kilgore, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, is a freelance dancer, choreographer, artistic director, and dance teacher in the Atlanta area. Carnissa has received professional training for over 20 years in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater. She has received training from notable choreographers such as, Hinton Battle, Sakinah Lestage, Dave Scott, Cici Kelley, and Laurieann Gibson, to name a few. Carnissa enjoys choreographing for competitions and festivals. For 7 years, she has taught all ages and levels at various dance studios. She has received various scholarships and choreography awards throughout her professional career. Having superb leadership skills, Carnissa formerly fulfilled the role as the Professional Dance/Cheer Captain for the Atlanta Wildcats with the American Basketball Association (ABA). Also, she served as Dance Captain for recording artist, Ivy Shades. She is now the Hip Hop teacher for Studio 55 in Woodstock, Georgia. She also has the pleasure of being an iDanceOrDie Alum. Carnissa plans to always influence dancers around her to strive for the best and most importantly, dance from the heart.

LANA RADER

With a passion for dance that began at a age three, Lana took her first Pilates class after graduating from college. After a few years of practicing as a student, she felt inspired to share her passion with others and earned her Mat 1 certification – teaching occasional classes. After discovering barre in 2012, she quickly got certified and committed more time to teaching – helping establish the first barre program in Woodstock. She later earned her Mat 2 and Reformer certifications, and taught part time while raising her two young sons. In 2017, she started Breathe Pilates and Barre, and added Pop Pilates and Buti Yoga certifications to her resume. Lana is passionate about sharing her love of mindful movement and believes everybody, no matter background or age, can benefit from Pilates and yoga. When she isn’t teaching or busy cheering on her boys at baseball, she enjoys Stand Up Paddle boarding and spending time with her family.

CAITLYN MACDONALD

Hi! My name is Caitlyn MacDonald. I just recently moved here from California. I have been dancing for 20 years competitively in all genres of dance; ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and pointe and Pom. I danced in a studio until I was about 16 then I began dancing for my high school in Pom and jazz. After high school, I continued dancing for my University at Sacramento State University in jazz, hip hop and Pom. In addition to dancing for my university, I was the head coach for a local high school dance team. I built the program up and ran it for four years, until my move to Georgia. I also taught in various studios, in all types of dance. Currently, I dance professionally for the Atlanta Blaze which is Atlanta’s newest professional lacrosse team. I am so excited to start teaching here at Studio 55! I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you and be a part of the Studio 55 family!

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We offer classes in tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet hip hop, musical theatre, and more!

Insurance Versus Addendum

General Insurance Information

All interstate moving companies are required to assume liability for the value of the goods which they transport.

However, there are different levels of liability and consumers should be aware of the amount of protection

provided and the charges for each option. Basically, most movers offer four different levels of liability under the

terms of their tariffs and pursuant to federally approved Release Rates Orders which govern the moving industry.

These four levels (options) are described below.

Option 1: Released Value

This is the most economical protection option available. This no-additional-cost option provides minimal protection. Under this option, the mover assumes liability for no more than 60 cents per pound, per article. Loss or damage claims are settled based on the pound weight of the article multiplied by 60 cents. For example, is a 10 pound stereo component, valued at $1000 were lost or destroyed, the mover would be liable for no more than $6.00. Obviously, you should think carefully before agreeing to such an arrangement. There is no extra charge for this minimal protection, but you must sign a specific statement on the bill of lading agreeing to it.

Option 2: Declared Value

Under this option, the valuation of your shipment is based on the total weight of the shipment times $1.25 per pound. For example, a 4000 pound shipment would have a maximum liability value of $5000.00. Any loss or damage claim under this option is settled based upon the depreciated value of the lost or damaged item(s) up to the maximum liability value based on the weight of the entire shipment. Under this option, if you shipped a 10 pound stereo component that originally cost $1000, the mover would be liable for up to $1000, based on the depreciated value of the item. Unless you specifically agree to other arrangements, the mover is required to assume liability for the entire shipment based on this option. Also, the mover is entitled to charge you $7.00 for each $1000 (or fraction thereof) of liability assumed for shipments transported under this option. In the example above, the valuation charge for a shipment valued at $5000 would be $35.00.

Option 3: Lump Sum Value

Under this option, which is similar to Option 2, if the value of your shipment exceeds $1.25 per pound times the weight of the shipment, you may obtain additional liability coverage from the mover. You do this by declaring a specific dollar value for your shipment. The amount you declare must exceed $1.25 per pound times the weight of the shipment. The amount of value that you declare is subject to the same valuation charge ($7.00 per $1000) as described in Option 2. For example if you declare that your 4000 pound shipment is worth $10,000 (instead of the $5000 under Option 2), the mover will charge you $7.00 for each $1000 of declared value, or $70.00, for this increased level of liability. If you ship articles that are unusually expensive, you may wish to declare this extra value. You must make this declaration in writing on the bill of lading.

Option 4: Full Value Protection

Many interstate movers offer a fourth level of added-value protection, often referred to as “full value protection” or “full replacement value”. If you elect to purchase full value protection, articles that are lost, damaged or destroyed will be either repaired, replaced with like items or a cash settlement will be made for the current market replacement value, regardless of the age of the lost or damaged item. Unlike the other options, depreciation of the lost or damaged item is not a factor in determining replacement value when the shipment is moved under full value protection. The exact cost for full value protection may vary by mover and may be further subject to various deductible levels of liability which may reduce your cost. Ask your mover for the specific details of its plan. Under these four options, movers are permitted to limit their liability for loss or damage to articles of extraordinary value, unless you specifically list these articles on the shipping documents. An article of extraordinary value is any item whose value exceeds $100 per pound. Ask your mover for a complete explanation of this limitation before your move. It is your responsibility to study this provision carefully and to make the necessary declaration.

In addition to the above options, your mover can also sell you, or procure for you, separate liability insurance if you release your shipment for transportation at a value of 60 cents per pound per article (Option 1). Then, in the event of loss or damage which is the responsibility of the mover, the mover is liable only for an amount not exceeding 60 cents per pound per article and the balance of the loss is recoverable from the insurance company (up to the amount of the insurance purchased). The mover’s representative can advise you on the availability of such liability insurance and the cost. If you purchase liability insurance from or through your mover, the mover is required to issue a policy or other written record of the purchase and to provide you with a copy of the policy or other document at the time of purchase. If the mover fails to comply with this requirement, the mover becomes fully liable for any claim for loss or damage attributed to its negligence.