Instructors

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" - Martha Graham

RayAnn Bradford

Miss RayAnn is our Studio Director. She has been dancing since she was 6 years old. Studying Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, and Pointe. She was a competitive dancer for 8 years winning many high golds and first overalls. She studied dance at Dance Revolution under the direction of Sue Marotte and Drew Marotte, Tayler's Dance Academy under the direction of Tayler Holt, and Generations Performing Arts Center under the direction of Angie Haver and Cindy Straub. She has been a student teacher for several years, and started teaching dance at the age of 16. She graduated high school in 2016 and is now enjoying life as a dance instructor and small business entrepreneur.

Arianna Coontz

Arianna Coontz started her dance career when she was 3 years old. She began with a combination class that included tap and ballet and by the time she was 5 she was performing ballet solos. She has danced at The Spotlight under the direction of Katie Delozier, and Stephanie Stute from the age of 3 to 10, and then at Tayler’s Dance Academy under the direction of Tayler Holt from the age of 10 until 13, and currently she dances at Bradford Academy of Dance under the direction of RayAnn Bradford. At Bradford Academy of Dance she performs jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and ballet routines. She also has student taught different styles and ages of dance for many years under Tayler Holt and RayAnn Bradford. She has competed in many competitions with groups, duos, and solos. She’s been awarded many golds, high golds, and overall awards. She has competed in both regional and national competitions. She currently studies at the Knox County Career Center and plan on going into the College-U Business program in the fall. She twirls as co-captain in the East Knox Marching Band and plays in the East Knox High School Concert Band. After high school she plans on attending college and studying a medical field. She’s looking forward to the many smiles and years of dancing to come!

Brandon Hunt

Brandon Hunt has been dancing since the age of 10. He has studied Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Hip-Hop, Musical Theater, and Ballroom. He has competed in many competitions over the years being awarded several scholarships along the way for Tap. He was selected as an On Tour Dancer for Jazz On Tap On Tour under the direction of Marcus Alford and Annie Day. Brandon is a Direct Care Service Provider here in Mount Vernon. He plans on attending paramedic school in the fall at COTC. In his free time, Brandon enjoys fishing.

Kevia Calkins

Miss Kevia began dancing at the age of 8. She studied ballet, pointe, jazz, lyrical, and modern under the direction of Carole Ogg and Emily Thompson. She taught jazz, ballet and cheer dance classes throughout high school and college, as well as attending many dance workshops in Michigan, Chicago and New York. Miss Kevia continued to study dance and perform in college, graduating with a minor in dance from Ohio Wesleyan University. After college, she coached JV & Varsity Cheerleading for the Mt. Vernon Yellow Jackets and then accepted a teaching position at East Knox Elementary. She teaches first grade at East Knox and loves spending time with her husband John, daughters, Josie & Kensley, and son, Tucker. Miss Kevia is very excited to be dancing again with the Bradford Academy of Dance family!