Nia Byrd 

         Nia danced competitively with Showbiz Kids & Dance Company for 15 years and Steppin’ Out Performing Arts Center for 5 years. Some of her achievements include winning Applause Talent’s Best of Best Championships with a perfect score of 300 at age 6, winning Paulding County’s Talented Teen in 2008, and winning 1st Overall numerous times with her dance team at Showbiz. Outside of the competition world, Nia participated in the Angelic Dance Ministry at Turner Chapel AME. She has also completed a ten month program entitled “TEN” which is a liturgical and biblical dance study. Nia’s dance education includes jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, lyrical, and her favorite, TAP! She began her professional teaching career by teaching tap intensives for Paisley Academy of Performing Arts. She was a Dance Camp Counselor at Paisley’s annual summer dance enrichment program. In the 2012-2013 season, Nia taught the beginner and intermediate tap and jazz technique at Paisley for their competition team. She also taught the 3-6 year old Tumble and Twirl ballet program at First Baptist Mableton Church in Marietta, beginner tap and intermediate jazz at Metayer School for the Arts, and beginner jazz, tap, and ballet as well as competition routines for the studio she accredits all her training to; Showbiz Kids & Dance Company. Nia is also passionate about giving back to the community by teaching dance. She was an assistant taught Rejoice! Dance Ministry at Turner Chapel AME for 6 years. In 2014 and 2013, she was honored to choreograph routines for the 38 girls between the ages of 5-11 in Rejoice! They ministered those routines Turner’s annual Spring Production. She also developed her own exercise/dance program for kids ages 8-12 in 2013 entitled Get Up and Move as a service project for Cobb County 4-H. A lot of teaching opportunities have come her way since she started teaching at 13 years old and she is excited to continue sharing her passion of dance. Nia was accepted into Brenau University. She will be attending that school as a Dance Major this the Fall. We are very proud of her accomplishments and will miss her dearly.