About Us 

At Kelly's Dance, we seek to provide each student with top level instruction, assisting individuals in reaching their own personal best.  Positive reinforcement is the best approach.  Students are taught proper technique, vocabulary, and encouraged to establish a love of creative movement.
Kelly Lax, Owner
After managing the studio for a year, Kelly Lax purchased the business in 2013 in order to continue what had become a tradition of developmentally appropriate instruction in dance education.  With advanced degrees in early childhood development, elementary education, and curriculum and instruction, maintaining a happy learning environment is always a priority for Mrs. Kelly. Students are guaranteed to receive the most individualized, personal attention possible while also being exposed to high expectations of accomplishment.

Beth Hogan, Studio Director

Beth Hogan is our fabulous studio director.  Her incredible organizational skills and dance background provide a balance of knowledge that keeps our studio running smoothly.  Miss. Beth studied ballet for two years in Atlanta and locally under the tutelage of Susan Causey for ten years, including jazz, tap and hip hop to her repertoire.  With a history of successful management in businesses ranging from daycare to construction, our studio is very lucky to enjoy Miss. Beth’s combination of remarkable abilities.

Megan Achord, Director of The Littles Program
Megan takes on the challenging role of developing the basic skills needed for our “Littles” to become truly prepared dancers at Kelly’s Dance Summerville.  Having danced since the age of two and competing as a member of the Summerville High School Dance Team, Miss. Megan brings an exceptional amount of energy and talent to our program.  She also has a background in early childhood development from teaching in a local preschool and serving as a nanny for several years.  This unique mix makes Miss. Meagan an unbelievable instructor and leader.
Leanza Kauffman, Instructor
Leanza has been dancing since the age of 3, studying tap, jazz, ballet, pointe, hip hop, lyrical, and contemporary at Accent School of Dance in Pennsylvania. Throughout her career she was a member of the Accent Dance Team, Accent Dance Ensemble, Rhythm in Motion Dance Company Dance Ensemble, and Rhythm Dancers Performance Team. Leanza has performed at numerous venues including Philadelphia 76ers games, the 2010 IKEA Thanksgiving Day Parade, Penn State University basketball games, Varsity Spirit Fashion Show, and has even had dance footage of her air on the Rachael Ray show.  She also danced in the 2011 ESPN Game Day commercial.  Leanza is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where she was a member of the Top-10 nationally ranked KnightMoves Dance Team, performing at UCF basketball games, football games, and extensively throughout the Central Florida region. She has taken classes in LA, NYC, and Orlando.
Dalton Grace Wiggins, Instructor
Dalton Grace Wiggins found her passion for dance when she was eight years old. Now a Senior at Summerville High School, Dalton Grace looks forward to sharing her dance expertise with others. She is a veteran of United We Dance's competition dance team. Dalton Grace enjoys all genres of dance including Ballet, Tap and Hip Hop.
Amanda Boyd, Instructor
With more than thirteen years dance experience, Amanda brings a new energy and attitude to Kelly's Dance. Amanda has trained and performed with the DanceFX Company over the past year. She has been an instructor since 2010 and will be a welcome addition to the Kelly's Dance staff.
Samantha Young, Instructor
Sammy is originally from Newport, RI and has been dancing since she was seven. She studied classical ballet under several former professional ballet dancers, and has attended pre-professional summer intensives at South Carolina's Governors' School of the Arts. Sammy is a senior at Summerville High School.
Abigail Todd, Instructor
Abigail has extensive training in classical ballet and also enjoys jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. Participation in the Orlando Summer Dance Program provided exceptional opportunities for growth .  Recent training has included work with Terry-Ellen Shields and Melania Ballish Reguero of The Classical Ballet Centre.
Margaret Parker, Instructor
With over 25 years of dance experience, which include eight as an instructor, Margaret is a fabulous find for Kelly's Dance. Her sunny disposition and training received from Columbia College, where she graduated with honors from the dance program, offer an unbelievably perfect start for Littles learning to love Dance.

Tiffany Hicks, Studio Photographer
As a lifestyle photographer, Tiffany has built an amazing business, Tiffany Hicks Photography. She brings a wealth of talent to Kelly's Dance in documenting all of our events and helping to create the fabulous shots seen on postcards, calendars, and everywhere else you might see KDS dancers.  Parents can purchase professional pictures any time at by clicking HERE.