Our Mission

As Woodstock’s newest dance school, Studio 55 takes pride in creating an environment where dancers can reach their goals, not only in the studio, but in daily life. Kaila and her team strive to teach young dancers to be kind and uplifting, to be role models, and to stay humble with their gifts of dance. Studio 55 provides a nurturing and welcoming atmosphere where dancers and parents are always treated like family.
Welcome to the Studio 55 family
Students with pointe shoes form a circle in the studio.
At 15 years old, Kaila May had one dream — to open her own dance studio. Ten years of teaching ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary dance, and musical theatre turned that dream into a passion. Studio 55 turned that passion into a reality.

Teachers

Kaila May

Kaila May

Miss Kaila May has 20+ years dance experience. Dance has been a passion of hers since a very early age. A National Miss Dance Xplosion title holder, Kaila has performed at Walt Disney World, the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Winter games, the opening ceremonies for the Special Olympics Summer Games, numerous productions with The Georgia Ballet and The Georgia Dance Conservatory bringing such characters to life as the Harlequin doll in The Nutcracker, the teddy bear in Mary Poppins and a pirate in Peter Pan.

Kaila has had the opportunity to take Master classes from world famous choreographers such as Travis Wall, Anthony Morigerato, Kenny Wormald, Tiffany Maher, Tony Bellissimo, Mark Meismer, Stepp Stewart, Benji Schwimmer, & Wade Robson.

Monica Gardner

Monica Gardner

Monica Gardner began dancing at age 3 under the direction of Kim Haight at Studio 1 Performing Arts. She specializes in tap, but also has extensive training in ballet, pointe, jazz, hip hop, contemporary, and lyrical. She has professionally performed at numerous events as a member of “Atlanta Tap Project” including Dance Canvas 2016, and several performances with “ViZion Dance Company” including Gospel Superfest 2013. Her pre-professional performances include Jazz on Tap, Ballet Fest, Atlanta Hawks half time shows, the Carnival Cruise Line, several lead roles in Studio 1 Ballet Productions, and 10 years of regional and national dance competitions.

She has studied under the current biggest names in tap such as; Chloe Arnold of “Syncopated Ladies”, Sarah Reich of “Sarah Reich’s Tap Music Project”, Mark Goodman Director of “Totally Tap”, Ayodele Casel “While I Have the Floor”, Mark Yonally of “Chicago Tap Theatre”, Jumaane Taylor of “M.A.D.D. Rhythms”, Melinda Sullivan of “So You Think You Can Dance” and “La La Land”, Jason Kalish of the “Tap Dogs”, Ted Levy, Lisa La Touche of Broadway’s “Shuffle Along”, Derick Grant, Bril Barrett of “M.A.D.D. Rhythms”, and many many more. She has also spent time studying at “The Georgia Ballet”, “Broadway Dance Center” in New York, and “The Edge” in LA, California. Monica began teaching as an assistant to Kim Haight at age 12; and has been teaching on her own since she was 16 years old. Monica has taught, choreographed, and judged for dance studios all throughout the metro Atlanta area and north Georgia.

Carnissa Kilgore

Carnissa Kilgore, raised in Atlanta, Georgia, is a freelance dancer, choreographer, artistic director, and dance teacher in the Atlanta area. Carnissa has received professional training for over 20 years in Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, and Musical Theater. She has received training from notable choreographers such as, Hinton Battle, Sakinah Lestage, Dave Scott, Cici Kelley, and Laurieann Gibson, to name a few. Carnissa enjoys choreographing for competitions and festivals. For 7 years, she has taught all ages and levels at various dance studios. She has received various scholarships and choreography awards throughout her professional career. Having superb leadership skills, Carnissa formerly fulfilled the role as the Professional Dance/Cheer Captain for the Atlanta Wildcats with the American Basketball Association (ABA). Also, she served as Dance Captain for recording artist, Ivy Shades. She is now the Hip Hop teacher for Studio 55 in Woodstock, Georgia. She also has the pleasure of being an iDanceOrDie Alum. Carnissa plans to always influence dancers around her to strive for the best and most importantly, dance from the heart.

Lana Rader

With a passion for dance that began at a age three, Lana took her first Pilates class after graduating from college. After a few years of practicing as a student, she felt inspired to share her passion with others and earned her Mat 1 certification – teaching occasional classes. After discovering barre in 2012, she quickly got certified and committed more time to teaching – helping establish the first barre program in Woodstock. She later earned her Mat 2 and Reformer certifications, and taught part time while raising her two young sons. In 2017, she started Breathe Pilates and Barre, and added Pop Pilates and Buti Yoga certifications to her resume. Lana is passionate about sharing her love of mindful movement and believes everybody, no matter background or age, can benefit from Pilates and yoga. When she isn’t teaching or busy cheering on her boys at baseball, she enjoys Stand Up Paddle boarding and spending time with her family.

Caitlyn MacDonald

Hi! My name is Caitlyn MacDonald. I just recently moved here from California. I have been dancing for 20 years competitively in all genres of dance; ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and pointe and Pom. I danced in a studio until I was about 16 then I began dancing for my high school in Pom and jazz. After high school, I continued dancing for my University at Sacramento State University in jazz, hip hop and Pom. In addition to dancing for my university, I was the head coach for a local high school dance team. I built the program up and ran it for four years, until my move to Georgia. I also taught in various studios, in all types of dance. Currently, I dance professionally for the Atlanta Blaze which is Atlanta’s newest professional lacrosse team. I am so excited to start teaching here at Studio 55! I look forward to meeting each and everyone of you and be a part of the Studio 55 family!

Join us for a class

Interested in seeing what Studio 55 is all about? Join us for a class. We offer classes in tap, jazz, contemporary, ballet hip hop, musical theatre, and more!


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Three students posing for a jazz class.