Let us introduce you to our talented, friendly, and experienced staff.

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brenda core, owner & director

Brenda graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in dance. She is registered with the professional organization Yoga Alliance and is a certified RYT 200 Yoga Teacher. Brenda has performed with the LSU Dance Theater and Ballet Ensemble, the USL Repertory Dance Concert and Moving South Dance Company. She served as director of the children’s ensemble for the Moscow Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker. Brenda has worked as a choreographer for numerous theatrical productions including the Acadia Players productions of Godspell and Cinderella, Notre Dame High School’s production of Annie, Burin Martin’s Southeastern Theatrical Company musicals and St. Michael Elementary School’s annual Faith Rally. She also works with the senior citizen dance group, The Silverbelles. Brenda was recognized as the Outstanding Citizen in her vocation, was the recipient of the Crowley Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award and has served as the choreographer chairperson for Dancing with the Stars of Crowley. She is an active member of the Grand Opera House of the South's Board of Directors and Lafayette Ballet Theatre's Board of Directors. 


Kaitlyn Dooley, Instructor

Kaitlyn's choreographic capabilities have earned her numerous awards, and her work has spanned stages throughout Louisiana and beyond. She expanded her contemporary dance experience at the Soul Escape 2017 summer intensive in Dallas, TX. Kaitlyn loves to express herself through gestural movement and dynamic musicality. She wants to dance with others, to inspire artists and audiences through passionate movement that focuses on honesty and raw emotion with a strong backbone of training. Kaitlyn began dancing at the the age of 7 with Dance Connection of Abbeville, LA. She competed from ages 17-20 with New Iberia's Studio 84, winning numerous awards - including Magic Performer of the Week at LADM. While attending high school in Erath, LA, Kaitlyn's passion for movement expanded to contemporary - a style she found she could identify with. She is currently studying Interior Design and Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

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BRIANNE GARY, Instructor

Brianne has danced at Core Dance Center since she was 3 years old and has been an active member of the studio throughout her high school and college educations as a studio assistant, founding member of The Company and now an instructor and choreographer. She is a Blackbird Oiseau Noir Dance Company member and received a tap Scholarship to the Dancer Palooza Intensive in Long Beach, California and a scholarship to Dance League Convention. She began her college education in the Fall of 2016 majoring in Nursing, is part of the LSUE Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society.


Jaci granger, Instructor

Jaci Granger is 19 years old and is studying at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette majoring in Business Management. Jaci has been dancing for 13 years and is now a member of the 2017-2018 LA Dance Magic Company. Jaci performs and teaches because she loves sharing the gift of giving through the art of dance and being able to make people feel something. She is grateful to have the opportunity to inspire and encourage other dancers to find themselves in their artistry!



Kelsey, a Lafayette resident, engaged in movement from the age of 3. She currently dances with the Movement Lab company and loves managing creative businesses and arts event planning.  Kelsey studied performing arts with a dance concentration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. After receiving a BFA in May of 2014, she moved to New York City where she studied at Broadway Dance Center. In the summer of 2015, she moved back to the Acadiana area and is excited about contributing to the growing the dance community of Lafayette. She currently teaches creative movement through Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette Parish public schools with the PACE program. 

Aerin Higginbotham, Instructor + Registered Yoga Teacher

Aerin completed her yoga teacher training with Lafayette Center for Yoga and is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance.  Aerin's yoga journey was inspired by a strong background in the art of dance, ballet, and her constant search for balance. The transformative power of yoga and yoga's ability to bring balance of mind, body and spirit has kept her a regular practitioner, and Aerin is passionate to share the art of yoga throughout her community in a way that is accessible to all.  Aerin's classes are focus on breath, compassion, and awareness of the present moment, as well as meditation and acceptance. 

GINA ASwell, Instructor

A native of Opelousas, Gina began her studies with Hebert Dancentre and Lafayette Ballet Theatre, where she was a company member for nearly a decade. She was accepted into and studied with the Joffrey Ballet School in New York for a year working with Trinette Singleton, Eleanor D'Antuono, David Howard, Rebecca Wright, Kathy Posin and John Magnus and later acquired her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from UL. Gina has experience teaching ballet for 15 years working with a range of students from beginner to advanced in both Mississippi and Louisiana, and additionally acted as the Public Relations Assistant for the 2006 USA International Ballet Competition. She currently is on staff at Jill Listi Dance Studio, Basin Arts, Dance Connection in Abbeville and is a guest teacher at Hebert Dancentre in Opelousas, The Dance Point in Livonia and Studio 84 in New Iberia. Gina currently serves on the boards of Lafayette Ballet Theatre and Healing House of Acadiana in addition to her work with RUSSO as a Senior Brand Strategist.



Reese is a freshman kinesiology major at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a passion for photography. His interest in dance was ignited by playing the Xbox game Dance Central, and he
would dance in his room in front of my mirror for many years until finally taking beginner ballet classes at Basin Arts last year. Reese is also an avid yoga practitioner aspires to attain his yoga teaching certification during the summer of 2018. He is a photographer who loves capturing the beauty of the world - especially dance - and being able to make his perspective visible to others through his work. Reese loves the positive energy and good vibes of the studio, and is very happy to be a part of the Core family!