Nia Byrd 

        Nia Byrd is a Georgia native who began her dance training at Showbiz Kids and Dance Company. She competed for many years with the Showbiz Dance Company competition team. Upon graduating high school, she attended Brenau University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Dance. She trained in Modern, Ballet, and Jazz under the tutelage of Vincas Greene, Cassandra Alvarado, Jolie Carlton, John Streit, Madia Cooper-Ashirifi, and many others. During her tenure at Brenau, she choreographed several works with one that was, Ennui, which was selected for adjudication at the American College Dance Association. Nia also has extensive training in Tap and trained with Lisa Rohlfing, Heather Knight, and the late Shirley Smith. Nia has taught at many dance studios in the Atlanta area such as N-Step Dance Academy, On Stage School of Dance, The Spirit of Dance, and Metayer Conservatory for the Arts. Nia has also been invited by Brenau University Dance Faculty to set work on the Brenau Summer Dance Intensive students for two consecutive summers! As a dance educator, she hopes to inspire her students to strive for excellence not only in dance, but in all aspects of life!