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Meet The Instructors

Leigh (Ann) Tincher-McGuffey, Owner/Director, Star Dance Studio   Leigh (Ann) Tincher-McGuffey, Owner/Director, began her dance training at the age of 5 in her hometown of Charleston, WV. Over the years she was fortunate enough to study with Al Gilbert, Debbie Allen, Gus Giordano, Joe Tremaine, Darryl Retter and Janice Barringer, to name a few.

It was her exposure to great teachers which inspired her to want to share her love of dance. Miss Leigh began her teaching career after graduating from Marshall University where she double majored in Radio/TV Broadcasting and Theatre/Dance. After moving to the Atlanta area, she worked as a TV news anchor while also dancing and working with The Griffin Ballet Theatre.

Miss Leigh saw a need in her new home of Newnan for a choice in dance education. Miss Leigh opened Star Dance Studio in 1999, hosting an end of the year spring performance with just 30 students and 10 routines. In 2002, she left the news business for good to run the studio full time. Miss Leigh is now a member of Dance Educators of America having passed her exams with near perfect scores, and the Professional Dance Teachers Association.

Most recently, Miss Leigh performed as a dancer with Coweta's Dancing Stars. She and partner Brad Binion won 1st place in both the Judge's Choice and People's Choice categories. The annual event raises money for The Community Welcome House, a local charity that benefits women and children survivors of domestic violence in our area.

Angie Tally-McBurnett, Teacher, Star Dance Studio   Angie Tally-McBurnett, Teacher, started dancing at the age of four. During her teens she danced with Southern Ballet of Atlanta and was an assistant for her hometown teacher, Jean Morris.

She danced with numerous stars in Theater of the Stars' Summer Stock Productions at the Fox Theatre. She performed in many cabarets including The Manhattan Yellow Pages, one of the first in Atlanta. She played a police officer in the television series Savannah and choreographed Diana, A Gift of Music. Miss Angie has also danced in various Vegas type shows here in the United States and Mexico as well as abroad in Japan, Italy, England and Bermuda. She was extremely fortunate to be mentored by Doris Russell, an original Radio City Music Hall Rockette.

Miss Angie has been teaching children and adults since 1986. She has been with Star Dance Studio since the studio's second season.

Danielle Coleman, Teacher, Star Dance Studio   Danielle Coleman, Teacher, began dancing at what is now Sharpsburg Dance Academy taking a combo tap/ballet class. At the age of nine, she started studying tap and ballet at Star Dance Studio under the tutelage of Leigh Tincher-McGuffey. She performed tap competitively for the next four years receiving awards on the regional and national levels.

At thirteen, Danielle continued her training at Georgia Academy of Dance as a company member under the direction of Sherri Davis. She began to study jazz, modern, and hip hop in addition to ballet and tap. Danielle was involved in many productions including Don Quixote, Coppelia, West Side Story, Giselle, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as well as a yearly performance of The Nutcracker. During this time, she spent her summers dancing at Atlanta Ballet and Richmond Ballet intensive programs.

In 2014, she was an instructor for Southern Arc Dance in Newnan and a company member of Southern Arc Dance Theatre and Gotta Dance Atlanta before moving to San Francisco to train with Alonzo Kings Lines Ballet. Danielle is excited to be able to share her knowledge and love of dance back in her hometown!

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149 Jackson Street
Newnan, GA 30263
Ph: 770-68-DANCE
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