About Dynamite Dance Factory

Dynamite Dance Factory is located in Kennesaw, GA. We offer group classes specializing in Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, and other dance styles. Join our dance family and watch your dancers explode with potential! Dance classes for ages 2.5 and up!

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Here at Dynamite Dance Factory, we accept ages 2.5 and up! Classes offered in Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical, and more!

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Kyri Hayes

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

OWNER

Instructor 

​Kyri Hayes is the owner of Dynamite Dance Factory founded in Summer 2018. Her dream was to have a place that boys and girls could go to as they leave all of their burdens at the door by offering dance classes for various ages. Kyri began her dance training at a young age in Cartersville, Georgia and is currently a dance instructor in the Metro-Atlanta area. Kyri has worked alongside of dance studios such as Cartersville School of Ballet, The Georgia Ballet, Decatur School of Ballet, and Woodland High School's fine arts program in the dance department. During her four educational years at Woodland High School, she was able to earn her certification upon graduation as a Woodland High School Fine Arts Major in 2013. In the years to follow, she choreographed for Woodland's C.A.T.S.(Cartersville Artistic Talent Showcase) leads and dance ensemble of Catch Me If you Can, How to Succeed in Business without Trying, In the Heights, and many more mainstream musicals under the direction of Elissa Marks Marele. Her jazz and hip-hop choreography has also been showcased under the direction of Terri Kayser and Karen Grantham in Cartersville School of Ballet's productions such as Kaleidoscope, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Princess and the Frog, Cinderella,  and other various festivals around the supporting Metro-Atlanta areas.

       Kyri always had a sparkle of hope that she could call Dynamite Dance Factory her own one day. "I always shut down the idea of having my own studio. I thought I did not have the qualifications...too young..too much responsibility. I literally woke up one day, got onto I-75 to go to my corporate job, and it was like I had a wake up call. I thought about DDF. In that moment, all the motivational speeches, church sermons, and my passion for the art of dance spoke to my heart. In that moment, I promised myself I would not let another year pass by without going for what my heart wanted. I went to go look for spaces and one of the final places I looked at was an old clothing store. Everything was perfect...nice floors, changing rooms, pearl white finishing..of course, I fell a little in love! But I did not fall in love with the price of it. Needless to say, I passed it up. I got discouraged again. I spoke with the leasing agent and he mentioned that he had another space open a two doors down and the square footage was a little smaller. I said I would go peak at it and never did, Then, one day as I was driving home, I forced myself to go look. I fell in love! No, it was not the 4,000 square foot building like next door..but one thing I can always see--potential. I envisioned the dancers that would be welcomed, the art that would be created behind those double doors. I signed the lease on Thursday, June 28, 2018."

         Kyri is very dedicated to not only the dance training of the future students at Dynamite Dance Factory, she is just as committed to their mental well-being. She believes that each dancer performs and exhibits how they are feeling and that no one will leave the "Factory" without a seed of hope. She looks forward to all who come join the Dynamite Dance Factory family!



Deana Baskerville 

Instructor

Dee Baskerville has over 30 yrs dance exp, and over 25 yrs of teaching in which she also owned her own studio before moving to GA. Her dance training she credits to Frank Hatchett, with whom she trained under in Springfield, Ma. at the Frank Hatchett Center for Performing Arts, and in New York City at his Broadway Dance Studio. She performed with the Frank Hatchett Dance Company for more than 10 years throughout New England, New York and Canada, where she performed with Margo and Augie Productions. She has studied with the late Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Connie Brazelton (ER), Rick Odums, Mariam Ramsey (Police Academy) and many others. She has performed with entertainers such as Bill Cosby, Billy Daniels, The Jackson Five, and Gerald Albright. 

She has worked with many local studios, companies, drama productions and high school dance teams. To name a few , Northeast Ga. School of Music and Dance, Atlanta Ballet, Ballethnic, Dance Stop Studio, Dance Dynamics, Onyx, Blake Cooper Productions, Wheeler High, South Cobb High and Pebblebrook, along with many elementary schools in Cobb and Fulton Countries .

Dee has also choreographed for new local artist and dancers and traveled to a variety of shows and performed. She has opened up for and performed with  Nappy Roots, Mike Jones, Sammy, Ludacris, and also performed for the Ludachristmas party.

Dee is ecstatic to be a part of Dynamite Dance Factory!

​Kyri Hayes is the owner of Dynamite Dance Factory founded in Summer 2018. Her dream was to have a place that boys and girls could go to as they leave all of their burdens at the door by offering dance classes for various ages. Kyri began her dance training at a young age in Cartersville, Georgia and is currently a dance instructor in the Metro-Atlanta area. Kyri has worked alongside of dance studios such as Cartersville School of Ballet, The Georgia Ballet, Decatur School of Ballet, and Woodland High School's fine arts program in the dance department. During her four educational years at Woodland High School, she was able to earn her certification upon graduation as a Woodland High School Fine Arts Major in 2013. In the years to follow, she choreographed for Woodland's C.A.T.S.(Cartersville Artistic Talent Showcase) leads and dance ensemble of Catch Me If you Can, How to Succeed in Business without Trying, In the Heights, and many more mainstream musicals under the direction of Elissa Marks Marele. Her jazz and hip-hop choreography has also been showcased under the direction of Terri Kayser and Karen Grantham in Cartersville School of Ballet's productions such as Kaleidoscope, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Princess and the Frog, Cinderella,  and other various festivals around the supporting Metro-Atlanta areas.

       Kyri always had a sparkle of hope that she could call Dynamite Dance Factory her own one day. "I always shut down the idea of having my own studio. I thought I did not have the qualifications...too young..too much responsibility. I literally woke up one day, got onto I-75 to go to my corporate job, and it was like I had a wake up call. I thought about DDF. In that moment, all the motivational speeches, church sermons, and my passion for the art of dance spoke to my heart. In that moment, I promised myself I would not let another year pass by without going for what my heart wanted. I went to go look for spaces and one of the final places I looked at was an old clothing store. Everything was perfect...nice floors, changing rooms, pearl white finishing..of course, I fell a little in love! But I did not fall in love with the price of it. Needless to say, I passed it up. I got discouraged again. I spoke with the leasing agent and he mentioned that he had another space open a two doors down and the square footage was a little smaller. I said I would go peak at it and never did, Then, one day as I was driving home, I forced myself to go look. I fell in love! No, it was not the 4,000 square foot building like next door..but one thing I can always see--potential. I envisioned the dancers that would be welcomed, the art that would be created behind those double doors. I signed the lease on Thursday, June 28, 2018."

         Kyri is very dedicated to not only the dance training of the future students at Dynamite Dance Factory, she is just as committed to their mental well-being. She believes that each dancer performs and exhibits how they are feeling and that no one will leave the "Factory" without a seed of hope. She looks forward to all who come join the Dynamite Dance Factory family!



Stephanie Simpkins

INSTRUCTOR

Stephanie Simpkins has over 25 years of dance training and 14 years of teaching experience. Stephanie started her dance training at age 5, at the Venettes Cultural Workshop, under the direction of Vanessa Baird in Long Island, NY.

In 2004 Stephanie and her family moved from Long Island, NY to small town Cartersville, Georgia. Shortly after moving, Stephanie found Spirit of Dance Company. As a young adult Stephanie trained under various instructors including the Director Tanecia Weems and instructor Dee Baskerville. In 2006 Stephanie was hired as an assistance teacher working with the mini group. She quickly found success in her ability to create fun classrooms and teach little one’s discipline and technique at a young age. Throughout her first few years of teaching, she established a student following and has since continued to train a few of her first mini students all the way to high school graduation.

Between the age of 18 and 25 Stephanie expanded her dance training to other studios within the Atlanta Area. Throughout her adult years she primarily trained at Gotta Dance Atlanta under the direction of Cici Kelley. At Gotta Dance Atlanta Stephanie trained with a wide number of other instructors such as Allyne Gartrell, Peter Poulos and Daryl Foster. Through the years Stephanie worked on the Gotta Dance Atlanta team as a work study intern perfecting her craft in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Lyrical. Stephanie eventually became a staff member at Gotta Dance Atlanta teaching pre-teen Jazz.

In 2014 Stephanie ventured into the world of competition dance. Stephanie continued teaching with a specialized focus in her all-time favorite genre, Jazz.

Stephanie has found an amazing love for watching a young dancer become confident, build self-esteem, blossom, and grow within dance. Stephanie believes her dancers have no limits.

​Kyri Hayes is the owner of Dynamite Dance Factory founded in Summer 2018. Her dream was to have a place that boys and girls could go to as they leave all of their burdens at the door by offering dance classes for various ages. Kyri began her dance training at a young age in Cartersville, Georgia and is currently a dance instructor in the Metro-Atlanta area. Kyri has worked alongside of dance studios such as Cartersville School of Ballet, The Georgia Ballet, Decatur School of Ballet, and Woodland High School's fine arts program in the dance department. During her four educational years at Woodland High School, she was able to earn her certification upon graduation as a Woodland High School Fine Arts Major in 2013. In the years to follow, she choreographed for Woodland's C.A.T.S.(Cartersville Artistic Talent Showcase) leads and dance ensemble of Catch Me If you Can, How to Succeed in Business without Trying, In the Heights, and many more mainstream musicals under the direction of Elissa Marks Marele. Her jazz and hip-hop choreography has also been showcased under the direction of Terri Kayser and Karen Grantham in Cartersville School of Ballet's productions such as Kaleidoscope, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Princess and the Frog, Cinderella,  and other various festivals around the supporting Metro-Atlanta areas.

       Kyri always had a sparkle of hope that she could call Dynamite Dance Factory her own one day. "I always shut down the idea of having my own studio. I thought I did not have the qualifications...too young..too much responsibility. I literally woke up one day, got onto I-75 to go to my corporate job, and it was like I had a wake up call. I thought about DDF. In that moment, all the motivational speeches, church sermons, and my passion for the art of dance spoke to my heart. In that moment, I promised myself I would not let another year pass by without going for what my heart wanted. I went to go look for spaces and one of the final places I looked at was an old clothing store. Everything was perfect...nice floors, changing rooms, pearl white finishing..of course, I fell a little in love! But I did not fall in love with the price of it. Needless to say, I passed it up. I got discouraged again. I spoke with the leasing agent and he mentioned that he had another space open a two doors down and the square footage was a little smaller. I said I would go peak at it and never did, Then, one day as I was driving home, I forced myself to go look. I fell in love! No, it was not the 4,000 square foot building like next door..but one thing I can always see--potential. I envisioned the dancers that would be welcomed, the art that would be created behind those double doors. I signed the lease on Thursday, June 28, 2018."

         Kyri is very dedicated to not only the dance training of the future students at Dynamite Dance Factory, she is just as committed to their mental well-being. She believes that each dancer performs and exhibits how they are feeling and that no one will leave the "Factory" without a seed of hope. She looks forward to all who come join the Dynamite Dance Factory family!


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