Meet The Faculty

Buffi Wade – Founder and Just Dance! Company and Collective Co-Director

Buffi founded the studio in 1999 with her mom, Barbara Campbell Wade, and sister, Kim Wade Roberts. Buffi has 30+ years experience teaching jazz, hip hop, and tap classes. She co-directs Just Dance! Collective with Vanessa.  This year, Buffi is teaching various Jazz, Jazz Technique, and Tap classes. Learn more.

Lindsey Gentry – Just Dance! Company Director

Lindsey joined the CDC faculty in 2008 and was named Just Dance! Company Director in 2016. Lindsey handles all choreography, costumes and rehearsals for the Just Dance! company. Additionally, this year, Lindsey is teaching various jazz, tumbling and jazz technique classes. Learn more.

Andrea deVries Snider – Ballet Mistress

Andrea teaches all upper-level ballet classes (Ballet I, Ballet II, Ballet III, Ballet IV, Pointe) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Learn more.

Vanessa Gibbons Henry – Just Dance! Collective Co-Director, Instructor

Vanessa teaches Together in Motion, all preschool (Preschool I, Preschool II, Preschool III) and pre-program classes (Pre-Ballet, Pre-Jazz/Tap, Pre-Hip Hop, Pre-Tumbling). She is also co-director of Collective, Mini Mini Team and Tiny Tots. Learn more.

Jean Louisa Steele – Instructor

Jean Louisa teaches Tap II, III IV classes. Learn more.

Taylor Zandi – Just Dance! KREW Co-Director, Instructor

Taylor teaches all hip hop (I-IV) and conditioning (I-IV) classes in addition to co-directing Just Dance! KREW. She is an alumna of Just Dance and attended the University of South Carolina, where she was a four-year Carolina Girl and MVP. Currently she is also a personal trainer. Learn more.

Gracen Nelson – Instructor

Gracen teaches all contemporary classes (I-IV) and Jazz I. She is an alumna of Just Dance and has assisted several choreographers, as well as at Intrigue Dance Convention where she had the opportunity to choreograph and teach. Learn more.

Kyla White – Just Dance! KREW Co-Director, Instructor

Kyla teaches hip hop and tumbling classes in addition to co-directing Just Dance! KREW. She has been a studio owner in New England for 20 years and is excited to continue sharing her love of dance in Charleston after relocating. Learn more.

Alexandre Proia – Instructor

Alexandre has joined the CDC faculty as a ballet instructor for the 2023-2024 season. Alexandre has an extensive professional career including being an instructor at Peridance Center, Joffrey Ballet School, and New Jersey Ballet. Moreover, he has danced with Boston Ballet, New York City Ballet, and Martha Graham Dance. More information coming soon!

Macy Roberts – Just Dance! Company Assistant, Instructor

Macy has joined the CDC faculty for the 2023-2024 season. Having grown up in the studio, owned by her family, Macy is eager to be back “home”. Winning national titles for years as a competitive dancer, Macy brings a fresh perspective to the classroom. More information coming soon!