Teacher’s Biographies

Angela Sears Wagenti

Angela is from Dallas, Texas. She began her dancing at the age of 8 years old. She would spend hours making up dance routines in her bedroom for friends, school plays, musicals and with her brother while he played the guitar. Together they would make up duos, he would play his guitar and she would break out the dance moves. This lead to many performances for her family and friends. Angela danced at the same dance studio for over 17 years. During her dance career, she became very ill and battled Ovarian Cancer starting at the age of 17 years old. During this battle it was God, her love and passion for dance and her students that truly carried her to beat this disease 3 times. She wore do-rags before they became popular and many different colored wigs to keep her dance students entertained while she battled cancer. She went on to major in dance at Southern Methodist Universtiy with a full scholarship, she received her certification for choreography and minor in marketing. Angela went on to perform on dance teams where she won many 1st through 3rd placements throughout her own career in dance. She transition from her own dance classes and dance teams to a full time teacher and choreographer at the same school in Dallas, Texas, where she lead her dancAngela Wagentie students to win many national and local dance competitions. She worked for the Dallas Cowboys Organization at the original Texas Stadium until 1988. During her career of dancing she quickly learned that she got much more fulfillment out of teaching and helping students find their own creativity. As life takes us all on journey with many bumps, turns it was a true journey that lead her to Columbus, Georgia in July of 1999. In mid-2000 she was contacted by the NFL/AF2 (Arena Football League) to head up and lead the dance team tryouts for the AF2 Football team that was moving into our town, which became the Columbus Wardogs. As that process began we had over 200 girls through 2 different try outs come to express their talent for dance/cheerleading and our first professional dance team was formed in 2001. At the time her daughter was 8 years old, she one day approached her with, “Mom, why can’t we call the dance team the Wardolls, since the football players are the Wardogs?” So that is how the Wardogs dance team became the Columbus Wardolls Dance Team. From there she had an opportunity to invest and buy into a partnership with the Columbus Lion’s to become an owner and continue to coach the dance teams. Once again life threw her a curve and a tumor was found in her spine between her shoulders inside her spine. 2 major spine surgeries were needed to complete the process of removing it and correcting the issues. Through the love from God, family, friends and many past dance team members rallied around her while she healed one more time. And yes once again her love for dance and passion for life brought her through her struggles of healing. During this time of healing, she ended her ownership of the Lion’s in 2014 and began the process of pursuing her dream of owning her own dance studio. She feels very blessed to have been touch by so many people in this community and she finds herself once again humbled by the ongoing love that is poured out to her to build her dream of owning her own dance studio. Nothing in life is done alone and it takes a true team to get through life, no matter where or what you do. My biggest blessing in life is my daughter. Who inspires me in ways she does not even know!! She is my only “princess”!! Katie is my other blessing, who also has a daughter who is her number 1 blessing and her “princess”!! So together we combine our daughter’s names to form “Capella’s” Dance Studio.

Angela and Katie-Jo begin the next journey of  life to begin teaching and helping all students discover the dancer in themselves to be the stars and princesses that all girls dream of being.

Angela is also the co-founder and owner of Vroooom Technology Inc., since June of 1999.


Katie Jo Lewis

Katie Jo Lewis is from Phenix City, Alabama. She began taking dance lessons when she was 4 yrs old and has over 25 yrs of dance training under the instruction of Rita Martin, Georgia Forehand, Sonya Manzie, Laurie McDaniel (Dansations) and Melissa Williams (DancEffects). As a child, Katie performed in the Nutcraker and in productions at The Springer Theater. Being on stage and performing is something that has always come natural to her. At age 10 she began competing in competitions and has competed all over the South East in competitions such as Tremaine, Show Stoppers, Rising Stars and Encore. It was at her first Joe Tremaine dance convention that she realized that dancing was what she loved to do and she could hang with the big girls! In high school,Katie_Jo Katie was always involved in her schools theater productions and talent shows. She also performed every year at the Peachtree Mall Spring and Fall Fashion & Dance Shows. In her senior year of high school she would take a trip to New York with her fellow DanceEffects members and her teacher Melissa Williams. While in New York, they took classes at Steps on Broadway and The Broadway Dance Center.

Katie graduated from Central High school with an advance diploma and received her Alabama Dental Hygiene license in 2001. While  in Birmingham taking her board exams, they were holding try- outs for the then Columbus Wardogs dance team, the Wardolls. Katie thought she had missed her opportunity to be apart of the team but knew completing her education had to come first. Soon after returning from Birmingham she heard on the radio they were holding an additional try-out and immediately contacted her long time dance teacher Melissa Willams and began putting together an audition piece. Katie  confidently entered the audition room with 60 other girls. She accomplished what she set out to do and left the Civic Center as an official member of the Columbus Wardolls dance team. Katie began first as a Wardolls dance team member but by the end of the year Angela had asked Katie to step up and be assistant coach and choreographer with her on the team. This is when Katie and Angela’s journey together would begin. They would go on over the next 10 years to do great things together with the Wardolls and Columbus Lady Lions dance teams, all while planning their dancing school dream.
In 2008 Katie had a beautiful baby girl named Bella and instantly knew that raising a little dancer is exactly what she hoped to do. While getting back in shape from having a baby, Katie was inspired to begin choreographing again for fitness and  beauty pageant contestants. Katie for the past 4 years has done the choreography for the opening ceremonies of the River City Youth Football Cheerleaders. She currently does commercial work and is an active member of Courts of Praise worship center in Phenix City, Alabama. While being a member of Courts of Praise she has been introduced to Praise & Worship dance and looks forward to bringing this type of dance to Capella’s. For it is through God all of our talents and opportunities are given and Katie knows that this is what she was born to do. She looks forward to teaching your students, being a positive influence and helping them discover, nurture and grow the dancer in them!

Laura Peña

Laura grew up in Godfrey, IL nearby St. Louis, MO. She started her dance career at the age of 6 at Parish School of Performing Arts where she took ballet, pointe, tap, jazz and acrobatics.  She was on the competition team right from the start competing in many competitions such as Rising Star Talent Productions, Applause, Regency Talent Contest, Showbiz Talent Competition, Starlight Productions, Star Power, Stage One, and Company Dance. When sLaura's Piche reached high school she was on the cheerleading team where she was named a UCA All-Star her freshman and senior year. That award allowed her to travel to London for a week and perform in the annual New Years Day parade. Laura was also part of the honors concert choir where she competed in ensemble and group numbers. Being a part of that allowed her to travel to Orlando, FL where she was a part of Show Choir Camps of America.  She auditioned against 300 people and was one of 8 girls that got chosen for a special dance role in a final performance in front of Cinderella’s castle. The moment she walked out onto that stage was the first time she knew she wanted to be a professional dancer and dance at Disney.

After graduating from Alton High she attended Eastern Illinois University where she cheered on the co-ed cheerleading squad and danced for the EIU dancers. After her freshman year she knew something was missing and didn’t know what it was so she decided to take the next semester off. She did some internet research and found the Walt Disney World College Program.  After a meeting and interview she was accepted to the program and was off to work for the Walt Disney World Company in Orlando, FL for a semester. She worked as a recreation hostess at the Polynesian resort but was missing dance. She was somehow in the right place at the right time and met Darryl Blackman who was a choreographer and hip hop teacher. She started attending his class every week and he helped guide her in the right direction. After ending the college program she decided to stay in Orlando and try to make it as a dancer. After 6 months of nothing Darryl told her about an audition fLaura's Profile Picor the Orlando Magic Dancers for the NBA. She decided to take a aith and it paid off. After a 3-week audition she was part of the 2003-2004 team. After one season she moved on to other opportunities including a show at Sea World called “Fusion” which ran for 3 summers. Disney was still a dream of hers, which after 3 years of auditioning felt like it was impossible. Her last audition for Disney happened to be the lucky one. She received a call a few months after the audition and was asked to be a part of the opening cast of Hong Kong Disneyland that opened in Sept. 2005. She played Belle and Ariel and was a parade performer as well.

After her 8 month tour in Hong Kong she returned to Orlando where she continued to perform for the Walt Disney World Company. She returned to Hong Kong in 2007 for a 6 month tour in “The Golden Mickey’s” show where she was a specialty performer learning new skills such as aerial work and harness work. After returning to the states she packed her things and moved to Chicago with her now husband Xavier. Her dance career slowed down a bit but still managed to find studios to train at and was even part of the Chicago Honey Bears group where she performed at conventions. After Xavier proposed they were off to Hawaii for 2 years where he accepted an internship. Laura worked as the gym director at My Gym Children’s Fitness Center and also was part of the Army Community Theater where she performed in “A Chorus Line”. Her dance career was put on hold when she injured her back during the show. By the time she moved to Columbus she felt like she needed to dance again. The first week she was in town she noticed they had an arena football team. She immediately got on the website and found out they had a dance team and contacted the coach which happened to be Angela. She invited her to rehearsal where she met Angela and Katie and knew she was definitely in the right place. Laura finished out the season and 5 months later gave birth to her son Xander. Laura is so blessed and thankful for the opportunity Angela and Katie have given her and is excited to represent Capella’s Dance Studio! 5, 6, 7, 8!!!!!

 

Estela Costa

Pre-Pointe & Ballet

My initiations to Ballet began at the age of 4 years old, and continue dancing for several years with both Ballet and Jazz dance classes. Due to a knee injury I had to be away from dance classes for a while. Later I decided to resume to my passion and went to drama school. When I finished college I decided to combine my two passions, art/dance, and joined the Art Therapy School. My conclusive test article was to integrate body language and Visual Arts as a therapeutic process. When I moved to Sao Paulo country side, I resumed to the Ballet classes at Angela Dantas Studio,
who follows the Royal Ballet method and started my career as a Ballet teacher. Since then new passions have been crossing my path as Aerial Silk and others acrobatic art movements. Teaching Ballet has brought back an even deeper passion for dance and I love working with students to help them achieve their goals in dancing.

 

Traci Gary

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Traci began dancing at the age of 3 at Patty Taylor’s Academy of Fine Arts. She always enjoyed all styles of dance, but her love for tap began image1 (2)to flourish when her dance teacher, Brea Vaughan, moved her to the advance tap class the summer of her sixth grade year. It was the most exciting challenge she had experienced in dance, but it taught her the true lesson of what you can accomplish with hard work and dedication. Traci then began to compete in many dance competitions and pageants throughout the southeast winning many titles and competitions. She would later go on to teach dance, gymnastics, coach competitive cheerleading, and develop choreography for various cheerleading squads, dance teams, show choirs, and pageant competitors. Traci is so excited to be a part of the Capella family to share her passion for dance, and she can’t wait to help bring the noise!
 

Peyton Hammonds

peytonhammondsThe lovely Peyton Hammonds is from Florence Kentucky. She began dancing at the age of 4, which has led to 18 years of dance training. She started by training in ballet, tap, and jazz. She then progressed into competitive gymnastics and was chosen to be on her studio’s junior dance competition team. In high school, she continued her training on a senior competition team, as well as dancing on her high school dance team. Peyton was also chosen to travel with her team to New York City to take classes in hip-hop, lyrical, and jazz at Broadway Dance Center.

When entering college at Eastern Kentucky University, she was chosen for the EKU Dance Theatre Company. During her four years in college, she trained in contemporary, Hip-Hop, lyrical,  acrobatics, modern, Middle Eastern dance, African dance and ballroom. Peyton also choreographed a number of pieces for the company to be showcased in semester concerts. Along with her commitments to EKU Dance Theatre, she was also chosen as a member of a dance company called the Force Dance Project. This allowed her to travel and perform for many cities around Kentucky. She also had the opportunity to participate in workshops and train with dancers from companies such as Shaping Sound, Pilobolus, and Taylor 2.

She recently graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She will be teaching 5th grade at Blanchard Elementary School and cannot wait to be apart of Capella’s teaching Staff!

 

 

Sherman Williams

Sherman Williams began dancing at the age of 10 through the most unlikely circumstances; at a young age, he had an interest in the Brazilian dance/martial art known as Capoeira. One day he encountered a few bboys whom he thought were doing capoeira wrong but to his surprise, his need to “correct” them began his journey into the hiphop world. During high school he competed in a number of dance battles, earning prestige amongst a lot of his peers as he also tried to teach as many peers as he could until he graduated (2010) and joined the United States Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he successfully used his knowledge of dance and fitness to ensure his fellow airmen were fit for their PT test. As travel opportunities presented itself he had a chance to learn and train with bboys from Abilene Texas, learn techniques and training regimens from Soul Seeker Crew in S.Korea, train with bboys from Moldova and learn history, lore, and techniques from both legends Honey Rockwell  and Kid Dynamo in Atlanta Georgia. Sherman specializes in hiphop dances: Krumping, Tutting, Ticking, locking, and his personal favorite Bboying. “Hiphop originated as a culture of love, unity, and respect. It is my honor and privilege to express that same mentality to the community through my words, my dance and my lifestyle “ – Sherman Williams a.k.a BBoy E-Musical

Megan Radin

Megan is from Nashua NH, just 45 mins outside of Boston Massachusetts but recently relocated to the Columbus Georgia area because her husband who’s in the Army and stationed at Fort Benning. Megan started her dance career at the age of 2 at “The Dancing Corner” dance studio also located in Nashua NH. There she studied ballet, jazz, tap and lyrical until the age of 16. At 16 she had to put her dance career on hold for a torn labrum in her hip. After surgery and a year of physical therapy she continued her dance career as an assistant dance teacher at the YMCA of Greater Nashua. Megan did a year of assistant teaching before she was given her own set of classes; where she taught tap, jazz, lyrical, ballet and hip-hop to students ages 3-adult. The YMCA of Greater Nashua is the studio were she did all of her teaching before moving down to Georgia. She taught there for 8 years. She assisted with their performance company as well as their competition team. While teaching there she was sent to master classes with hip hop dancer Stephen “tWitch” Boss from “So you think you can dance?” As well as Deo Mwano who also was a contestant on “So you think you can dance?” And choreographed for Dancing with the stars. In 2012 Megan attended Fitchburg State University where she was apart of the Schools dance team. She danced there for a year in styles including, advanced tap, jazz funk and lyrical. After that year she suffered another torn labrum in her other hip which ended her college dance career in another hip surgery.Megan continues to teach dance when ever and where ever she can! She is very excited to be joining the Capella’s dance family.

 

Madison Ballard – Dance Assistant

My love of dance kindled around the age of 11 when I found dance videos on Youtube.  I watched them day and night wanting to learn as much as I could.  From these videos, I found a love for jazz and hip hop, and I learned many new dance moves.  I grew a lot from watching these videos, but I was missing technique.  At the age of 13, my parents told me I could join a studio. We planned to start January of 2014.  December of 2013 I got a chance to go watch the Nutcracker ballet at the River Center.  Prior to this, I never saw myself doing ballet; I only wanted to do jazz and hip hop.  I left the ballet that night amazed at how beautiful these dancers were.  My dream from then on was to dance ballet forever and eventually go on pointe.  Once I joined the studio, I learned some technique and different things I couldn’t learn from just watching videos.  I left that studio after a couple years, and shortly after leaving, I found Capella’s.  I have been so blessed during my time at Capella’s.  Since I’ve been here my dream of going on pointe came true, and my dream of teaching dance has begun.  I have met some wonderful people and made life long friendships.  My love and passion for dance has grown so much since I’ve been here.  I can’t wait to continue dancing with the Capella’s team, and I’m excited to be a part of the Capella’s family.

 
 

Lizzie Morgan – Dance Assistant

Lizzie began dancing when she was 4 years old, and quickly found a love for dance. She began to take dancing more seriously in middle school and trained under Patty Taylor at the Academy of Fine Arts, and later moved to Prodigy Dance Centre, where she continued to train and compete. After the move to Prodigy, dance took on a whole new meaning for her. In fact, she considers her time at Prodigy to be what turned her into the dancer she is today. She lived and breathed dance, spending every week day and weekend at the studio, training, learning, and practicing for various competitions. Prodigy’s Company team was extremely talented and took home various awards and even won National Grand Champs at the Platinum Dance Competition. This led to a lot of practicing and long nights at the dance studio, her second home. She has trained in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, and contemporary/lyrical. She danced for her high school’s dance team as well for a few years, and even competed in the Miss Georgia Pageant in 2014, with dance as her talent. After graduating from Columbus High School in 2015, the dancing slowed down a little bit, but not completely. She now attends Auburn University, studying Exercise Science with plans to go to Physician’s Assistant School after graduating. She continues to dance, between dancing at a local Auburn studio and also dancing for her sorority’s dance team.

 

Robyn – Dance for a Cause Ministries

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Robyn began praise dancing in 2004 under the leadership of Charley Johnson at Solomon’s Temple Church where Bishop James E. Holloway, Sr. is the Pastor. After showing much passion and grace, she earned a scholarship with Charley’s Body Shoppe, a praise dance studio in St. Louis, MO. There she received training in ballet, tap, jazz, and biblical principles concerning worship through dance. Robyn danced with CBS for three years before she was given another opportunity to praise dance and teach beginning ballet with Divinity Dance Studio under Jamesetta Roach. Robyn has received training from Shon Ross, Matthew 18:20 Mime Ministry with Julious and Jeremy Sims, and Pointe of Surrender Dance Ministry with Erica Hill.  After committing her life to Christ, she learned the call on her life to become a minister of dance and train other dancers. After accepting a teaching job in 2011, Robyn relocated to Wuhan, China where she taught English, became the Director of Education, and introduced praise dance to three schools in China. February 2012, the Lord moved her to Columbus, Georgia under the leadership of Ann Hardman at Faith Worship Center, International where she is a member of the dance ministry. In June of 2012, the Lord birthed Dance for a Cause Ministries as a ministry to unify dancers in the city of Columbus to make a greater impact as disciples of dance. Dance for a Cause Ministries ministers for several events in the city of Columbus restoring life and passion to those that encounter their ministry. Currently, Robyn is a Special Education Teacher for Muscogee County School District and is the founder of the dance team at Wesley Heights Elementary School. She is a mentee of Sabrina McKenzie, and a member of Dancing Preachers International. Robyn connected with Capella Dance Studio in April of 2015. “I am grateful that I have an opportunity to not just know Jesus, but have a relationship with him, and allow Him to be the foundation of why I dance. As my Pastor Ann Hardman would say: “I am because He is; I can because He did, and I will because He makes it possible.”

Capri Wagenti – Office Manager

Capri has been a part of the dance world since she was 6 years old . She handles the following duties:

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  • Phones
  • Questions for classes and registration
  • Website Updates
  • Rule Enforcer for the school
  • Assist with the teachers scheduling
  • Billing/ Payroll
  • Social Media