Burnt Hickory Music & Dance Faculty

Burnt Hickory Music & Dance Faculty

We are now seeking qualified Christian instructors to join our staff. We manage registration, tuition, and other administrative tasks – you teach and create. Sound interesting? Prospective instructors, please email the Burnt Hickory Music & Dance Director.

The faculty and staff of Burnt Hickory Music & Dance are trained musicians and/or dancers and experienced classroom instructors.  

Rosemary Turner

Director

Instructor, S2S Dance Academy

Rosemary S. Turner serves as Director of Burnt Hickory Music & Dance, including the Sole to Soul Dance Academy. With over 20 years of teaching experience, Rosemary has developed her own preschool and early elementary dance curricula, incorporating traditional dance techniques with fun, creative stories and games to intrigue every dancer.  A dancer from the age of four, Rosemary trained in ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, and character.  She is a member of Southern Association of Dance Masters and serves on their board of directors. Rosemary was the director of the Steps of Faith Dance Ministry in Tucker, Georgia from 2001 to 2007.  She has been a Christian for over 30 years and a member of BHBC since 2007.

Paige Garwood

Instructor, Burnt Hickory Music

Paige Garwood is a graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services and a Master’s Degree in Education.  His final degree was finished in August of 2016 (just after his 60th birthday), graduating with his MFA in music composition from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  After serving in the United States Navy for 16 years and working as a communication engineer for 10 years, Paige left the corporate world to pursue music, teaching private and group lessons in various locations in metro Atlanta.  He has also composed for local theater, vocal ensembles, string quartets, chamber music groups, and our own Sole to Soul Dance Academy.  

Glenda Garwood

Instructor, Burnt Hickory Music

Glenda Garwood was introduced to music as a young child, listening to the sounds of her father giving voice lessons and her mother playing piano. She taught preschool for many years before redirecting her focus back to music in 2004, when she began teaching music to homeschool children. She currently teaches piano, ukulele, and recorder.  Glenda is passionate about helping children discover a love for music and develop their own unique gifts.

Emma Harmon

Instructor, Burnt Hickory Music

Emma Harmon is a staff member here with Burnt Hickory Worship, leading in worship services since 2014.  A graduate from the Dozier School of Performing Arts at Mount Paran Christian School in 2018, Emma began her college degree at Belmont University as a Classical Vocal Performance major.  She will soon graduate from Liberty University with a music bachelor's degree in Worship Studies.  With over a decade of classical vocal training, Emma has experience in contemporary worship, pop, musical theatre, and classical voice, and she is excited to share her love of music and ministry with her students.  She has been a member of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church since 2008 and accepted Christ at the age of six.

Jill Lewis

Instructor, Burnt Hickory Music

Jill Lewis received her Bachelor of Music Education degree with a major in voice and minor in piano from Shorter University.  She also studied vocal performance at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  She has taught music in the public school system for six years: three years in Vidalia, Georgia and three years in Cherokee County.  Jill has taught private voice and piano lessons for more than 20 years.  Currently, Jill teaches part time at Timothy Ministry in Woodstock and plays the piano for her church.

Madison Knotts

Instructor, S2S Dance Academy

Madison Knotts was born and raised in Kennesaw, Georgia, graduating from East Paulding High School in 2014 and Kennesaw State University with a major in Early Childhood Education in 2018. Her dance training began at Daystar Dance Academy then continued at Powerhouse Dance Center, training and competing in ballet, jazz, tap, lyrical, contemporary, and hip-hop. In addition, she has taken multiple master classes from top artists in the dance industry. Madison was also a member of the East Paulding High School Varsity Dance Team, winning many state and national titles in Jazz, Pom and Hip-Hop. Madison is a graduate of the Sole to Soul Dance Ministry, performing on Sunday mornings as well as community outreach events. She has been a member of Burnt Hickory Baptist church since a baby and came to know Christ at the age of 8.

Alex Coop

Instructor, S2S Dance Academy

Alex Coop has been dancing for over ten years, beginning her dance education at Stegmann’s School of Performing Arts.  She studied ballet, pointe, hip hop, jazz, modern, tap, character, and musical theatre.  As a member of the competition team, she earned high awards, including special judge’s awards for her senior solo performance.  After a brief hiatus after high school, Alex has rejoined the dance world with a new passion for sharing her love of dance with a new generation.  Alex accepted Christ at an early age and now serves to bring others to salvation through Vacation Bible School, local mission trips, and other church opportunities.

Abigail Hamilton

Instructor, S2S Dance Academy

 

Abby Hamilton has been dancing since the age of two, first with Studio Dance, Inc. and most recently with Sole to Soul.  With a dance background in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, lyrical, and pointe, Abby has served as assistant and substitute teacher in many of our S2S classes.  Last year, she was lead-teacher of a tap class.  A recent graduate of Georgia Cyber Academy (earning a 4.2 GPA), she is now following her passion to teach children and pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education while working as a para-professional at a local elementary school.  Abby is a life-long member of Fortified Hills Baptist Church, where she sings with the Sunday morning Worship Team.  She accepted Christ at the age of 7.

Lydia Rudd

Instructor, Burnt Hickory Music and S2S Dance Academy

 Lydia Rudd has been expressing herself through the arts since she was a young child.  Given her first guitar when she was eight, she now excels in acoustic, electric, and bass guitar, mandolin, and keys, and often plays lead electric guitar with the Sunday morning Worship teams here at Burnt Hickory.  As a dance student with Sole to Soul for eleven years, she trained in ballet, contemporary, jazz, and hip hop and served as assistant teacher in many classes.  A recent high-school graduate, Lydia is now the Burnt Hickory Worship intern, gaining experience in all aspects of worship ministry, while continuing to share her gifts of music and dance both on stage and in the classroom.  Lydia is a member of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church and accepted Christ at the age of 7.

Hayley Hixon

Social Media, S2S Dance Academy

 

Hayley Hixon is the Marketing and Social Media Manager for the Sole to Soul Dance Academy. Raised in Dallas, GA, she is a graduate of S2S, having performed on Sunday mornings and community outreach events. She graduated from North Paulding High School in 2015 and from Georgia Southern University with a major in Hospitality Management and a minor in Marketing in December 2018.  Hayley is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Digital Marketing and Advertising and was recently hired by the Atlanta Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as an Event Support Specialist.  She is excited to use her experience as an event planner and marketing guru to benefit Burnt Hickory Music & Dance.  She has been a member of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church since 2007 and accepted Christ at the age of 8.