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Videography by Liberty Cogen & Chipper Dog Productions.

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THE DANCEFEST PRODUCTIONS TEAM

Allison is a native of Powder Springs, Georgia, and graduated with honors from Pebblebrook High School, the Cobb County Center for Excellence in Performing Arts. Following high school, Ms. Gupton graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama earning a  B.A. degree in Dance and Public Relations. At Alabama, she performed in and choreographed for several dance concerts and musicals. Her professional and local choreography credits include: Little Women, Little Shop of Horrors, Hairspray, and Spring Awakening at Fabrefaction Theatre Company, and The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee, Godspell, Pippin, and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Cartersville High School. In 2013, Allison had the honor of working with Dakota Fanning, Kevin Kline, Bryan Batt, and Susan Sarandon as choreographer for the movie The Last of Robin Hood. She has appeared on various TV shows, including The Vampire Diaries and Drop Dead Diva. Ms. Gupton is a part of the Dance Informa Magazine team as Administration Manager/Journalist and was the resident choreographer for the CW Network show The Originals before the show wrapped. Most recently, she was on set with Anthony Mackie and Nia Long on the film, The Banker. Ms. Gupton is a master dance instructor and choreographer at several studios and institutions in and around Atlanta, including Kennesaw State University. Allison loves being in the classroom, molding young lives, and watching the art of dance grow and evolve in our world today. Allison is so excited about this opportunity, as the new Owner and Director of DanceFest Productions, to continue to change lives and inspire dance students through invigorating training. @allisongupton

JAMIE MCCORD

Community Outreach Director

Jamie holds a B.A. degree in Dance with a ballet concentration from Kennesaw State University. She graduated with honors and received scholarships for outstanding choreography and outstanding artistic achievement. In addition to ten years of dance teaching experience, she is certified in teaching Acrobatic Arts and Pure Barre. Jamie’s choreography has been featured in Atlanta’s Dance Canvas, American College Dance Festival, and numerous college dance shows. Local choreography credits also include High School Musical, Seussical, 9 to 5, and a full length production of The Nutcracker. Jamie’s professional performance credits include Cassandra in Cats and ensemble roles in Atlanta Lyric theatre’s The Producers, and Chicago. Jamie recently became an Adjunct Professor of Dance at Reinhardt University. Jamie is thrilled to be taking on the role of Community Outreach Director and Assistant Director of DanceFest Productions. @jamieleaslife

JORDAN KEYON SMITH

Jordan Keyon Smith is a teacher, choreographer and triple threat performer who currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the former Associate Artistic Director of Dancentre South Company and is currently on staff at Dekalb School of the Arts, a premier performing arts magnet school. Jordan has been a favorite on the staff of SPARK Summer Dance Intensive, Joel Ruminer’s Dance Camps, Jazz On Tap (the Metro Atlanta Jazz and Tap Dance Festival) and the Southern Association of Dance Masters. Jordan also judges nationally for Platinum National Dance Competition. As a guest artist, Mr. Smith has performed and choreographed for Dancentre South Company, Owensboro Dance Theatre, Sawnee Ballet Theatre and First Floor Tanz in Hagen, Germany. Most recently, Jordan has performed in Queen: Aretha at Aurora with the Aurora Theatre, Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s productions of Aida, A Chorus Line, Peter Pan and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and he also choreographed The Rocky Horror Show for Out Front Theatre Company. He also worked with Emmy Award winning choreographer, Tyce Diorio, when featured on Lifetime's hit TV show, Drop Dead Diva. Jordan’s choreographic work, "Ever Evolving", was selected for Dance Canvas' 2017 Choreographer Career Development Initiative and premiered in Dance Canvas' "Introducing the Next..." at The Ferst Center for the Arts. His work has also been showcased at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, recognized by Dance Spirit Magazine, and been awarded "Best Choreography" by both Platinum National Dance Competition and Panoply Festival of the Arts Choreography Competition. @jordankeyon

Assistant Events Coordinator

Owner/Director

ALLISON MICHALKE GUPTON

LIBERTY COGEN

Social Media Director

While actively pursuing a career in the performing arts, Liberty expanded her horizons into in the world of social media. She became Social Media Director for Dance Network, a Nashville-based online digital platform for all dance programming. From there she honed her skills as a creative marketing expert and took on a completely different industry, construction, becoming the Social Media Coordinator for Atlanta-based Hemma Concrete. She is also currently the Social Media Director of Chipper Dog Productions. She spends her days juggling being a full-time mom and full-time entrepreneur as CEO of Liberty Cogen Social Marketing.