Our Faculty

Our Faculty

The RCPA staff is a wonderful mixture of qualified instructors who love their students and work very hard to set a positive example for them to follow. At RCPA, not only do we stress dance technique, but we also try to instill in our students values that will hopefully follow them throughout life and help them in their future choices. Children and teens need a positive atmosphere in which to grow and develop and RCPA strives to be that place. We hope that your experience with us will be an extremely positive one. If at any time you need to discuss anything with your teacher or directors, please feel free to contact us.

Robin Williams - Co-Owner/Choreographer

Robin's training began at age 11 in North Alabama, studies that included ballet, jazz and acrobatics. She was a member of the North Alabama Gymnastics Team. Her ballet career continued as a four year member of the Tennessee Festival Ballet Company in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where she performed in famous ballets such as The Nutcracker, Swan lake, Gizzelle, and Cinderella, just to name a few. While with the company, she was chosen as one of the select few to study in Europe for the summer under world renowned international dance instructors. Robin is also certified by Dance Masters of America. Choreography credits include many award winning competition dances performed on the regional and national level. She has choreographed many community musicals as well as local performances.

Emily Wilbanks - Co-Owner/Choreographer

Emily began her dance training at age 3 in Huntsville, Alabama. During her youth, she took classes from Ann Brown, Pat Livingston and Bobbie Hall, all of Huntsville. Emily enjoyed taking classes in ballet, tap and jazz. She also trained under various instructors at conventions in Atlanta, Nashville, and New York City. At age 14, Emily began student teaching at Bobbie's School of Dance and by age 16, she was instructing classes of her own. She also taught for Dance Elite in Huntsville until deciding to open Rover City Performing Arts in Decatur. As a choreographer, Emily has worked with the Twickenham Repertory Company, Decatur Civic Chorus and the Calhoun Community Theatre Department. Emily is certified to teach by Dance Masters of America

Susan Kirkes - Instructor/Choreographer

Susan is originally from Tuscumbia, Alabama and began her dance training at age 5 with Marion Gossett's School of Dance in Sheffield, Alabama. In 1989, she represented the State of Alabama traveling, debating and dancing throughout what was then known as the Soviet Union. Susan was a member of the Dixie Darling Dance Line at the University of Southern Mississippi. She also received numerous scholarships from the university's dance department as well as a scholarship to participate in the American Dance Festival at Duke University in 1992.   After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance, she began working for a local dance/drill team in Mandeville, LA.  Susan eventually had the opportunity to purchase a local dance studio in Mandeville, where she was the owner and director from 1993 - 1997. Susan has taught ballet, tap, jazz and creative movement to children of all ages and has worked with majorette, dance, flag and cheerleading teams as well as local theatre groups. Her choreography has received many honors at dance competitions. Susan's chroeography credits include "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying", New Orleans Saints half time show, and Super Bowl XXIX in Miami and XXXI in New Orleans. Susan joined the staff in 1997. Ms. Susan recently travelled to Bristol Connecticut to choreograph for the musical Runaway Home, written by Darren Butler and scored by Judy Rodman.

Angie Casciano - Instructor/Choreographer

Angie began her dance education at the age of 3 in Decatur, AL. She has studied ballet, tap, jazz and acrobatics. She won the title of Morgan County's Junior Miss 1991 while a senior at Austin high School. During Alabama's Junior Miss Program, she won two preliminary competitions, the Fitness Preliminary and the Poise / Composure Preliminary, was a Top Ten finalist , and received numerous college scholarships. While a student at Auburn University, she continued her dance training at the university and also instructed classes at the Gwuin Nix Dance Studio. After graduating with a finance degree, angie continued her love of dance by becoming a dance instructor with  Birmingham Dance Theatre. Angie joined the RCPA staff in 2001.

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