The Gallery: Meet KiTonya McCoy & Her Company,
Dance Time Inc.
KiTonya McCoy attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia where she was a member of both the Bubbin’ Brown Sugar and Ecstasy dance teams. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, a Master’s degree in Instruction, and a Specialist degree in Leadership. She currently works for the Newton County School System as a gifted teacher.
Her love for dance and vision for young people has allowed her to extend her talents far beyond the classroom. In October 2004, she started her own company, the Performing Arts Center for Education, Inc. (PACE). Its mission is to provide instruction to individuals in all genres of dance and the arts. During the 2006-2007 school year, she lead the first Wynbrooke Beta dance team to a state championship title as well as a second place trophy at the National Beta Competition in Nashville, TN.
Ms. McCoy’s dance experience also includes membership with the Georgia Force Arena Football Cheerleaders, the Resurrection Dance Ministry, and the Amazing Grace Liturgical Dancers. She has done choreography for Dawn Causey’s Danciquette Program, the West Newton Elegant Emeralds, the Miss Black Newton County Pageant, and for various schools in the Atlanta area. Ms. McCoy’s gift of dance has allowed her the opportunity to perform in front of crowds by the thousands and in a variety of cities including New Orleans, Las Vegas, and San Antonio. It is her belief, that dance can provide a window of opportunity for those who embrace it.
We asked Ms. McCoy some questions about her dance company, Dance Time Inc. Below are her answers!
1. When was Dance Time Inc. founded?
“Dance Time Inc. was founded February 28, 2012. I wanted to develop a company that helps students not only become well rounded dancers, but one that would open avenues for modeling, public speaking, scholarships, leadership, and social skills that will help with future development.”
2. What type of girls would you like to join?
“We are looking for girls ages 6-18 who have a love for dance and the desire to learn. We offer training in jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop dance. We have a performance team (Dance Time Gems), a Semi-competitive Team (Dance Time Crystals), and a Full Competitive Team (Blue Sapphires). There’s something for everyone.
Wednesdays 5:00-5:30 Stretching and basic technique class
Thursday 5:30-6:30 Beg/Inter Combo Class Ages 11 & older
Thursday 6:30-7:30 Beg/Inter Combo Class Ages 6-10″
3. What are rehearsals like? Do you focus on technique/choreography?
“Rehearsals at Dance Time are fun but focused. The dancers know what their objective is and what needs to be done to reach that objective so they practice hard. However, we do make time for a few laughs and jokes here and there. In addition, we believe in rewarding our students for their diligence, so we give out rewards to outstanding students every class period. We focus on both technique and choreography in class because both elements go hand and hand.”
4. Explain the feeling you get from teaching and winning competitions.
“There’s something about seeing my work on stage that makes me bubbly inside. Sometimes I’m amazed at what I’ve created. I teach all of my choreography on the spot as it comes to me. I never right down dance steps or moves so when I sit back and look at a completed dance, I’m usually in “Ah”. Last year I was awarded the Choreography Award at the Showbiz Dance Competition. That was a great feeling. I love teaching dance because when I dance my spirit comes alive. It’s an opportunity for share my emotions in an artistic manner.”
5. What has been one of your most valued moments with your girls?
“My most valued moment was on our annual retreat. We took the girls to the Calvin Center in Hampton, GA. There they had a chance to bond and develop a sense of team work. We did team building activities, went swimming, had all night dance parties etc. The girls picked a theme and decorated their bedrooms based on their theme. It was a great experience because the girls and the parents were able to learn things about each other as well as learn new things about themselves. The retreat was something that I envisioned a while ago and to actually see it become a reality made me speechless.”
6. What is your company’s mission?
“Dance Time opens avenues for modeling, public speaking, scholarships, leadership, and social skills that will help with future development. Our mission is to provide young girls with the opportunity to develop integrity, positive self-awareness, and discipline through dance instruction and competition.”
7. What is your personal goal as an instructor?
“My goal is for the students to have a sense of ownership in their dancing. I want them to understand that whatever they put into developing this talent, that’s what they will get in return. Through dance I want them to gain discipline, poise, and confidence. If we happen to have a winning competitive season in the process, I would be excited about that as well. Lol!”
To contact KiTonya, call Dance Time: (404) 855-6657 or e-mail her: Email- email@example.com
Check out their sites below for more info!
YouTube Channel- DanceTime1
Facebook- Dance TimeInc1
Official Website- http://dancetimeinc.com
Check out the Blue Sapphires dancing to ‘A Drop in the Ocean’ by Ron Pope below!