AD STAFF

Gena Surratt

Owner

Dance Director

Team Director

Business Director

Gena has been teaching for the past 20 years and started her professional dance career at age 16 in Myrtle Beach, SC as a performer with “High Steppin’ Country”.  From there she went on to work for Paramount Carowinds as a dancer in "Gotta Dance".  She was in a CBS New Years Eve Special “Live From Opryland”, and has also worked for Norwegian Cruise Lines as a performer.  During a short relocation to Los Angeles, Gena was an assistant teacher at Tremaine Dance Studios in Hollywood. Gena attended UNCG and has a business degree.  She was a  former Miss Forsyth & Miss Guilford Counties, and won “Miss Congeniality” in the Miss NC Pageant. Gena was the choreographer for Preliminary Pageants, and choreographs pageant routines for girls of all ages.  Her competitive dance teams and choreography have won many regional and national awards and honors, and she currently works on the judging circuit for one of the largest dance and talent competitions in the U.S.

Gena is married to Allen and they have one daughter, Hope. Hope is a former AD team member and instructor. She attends East Carolina University and is on the ECU Club Dance Team. She also continues teaching dance at a studio in Greenville. 

Sunni Ball

Preschool & Elementary Program Director

Sunni was born and raised in Davie County. She has three daughters, Haley, Kasey and Matty. Haley is a graduate of WCU, Kasey attends HPU Pharmacy School and Matty is at Gardner Webb University.  Sunni began her dance career at age three because her grandmother insisted on it, but soon realized it was a passion of her own.  Mrs. Sunni’s fun-filled classes are enjoyed by all ages, but especially make her a big hit with our preschool students!  Sunni teaches students age 2- 12 in recreational classes at all 3 studio locations. She also has a love for horses, and is the owner/operator of Sunnybrook Farm located in Advance.

Kaycee Thomas

 Instructor

Kaycee is a graduate of NC State. Mrs Kaycee studied dance with Gena and was a competition team member and was a former AD instructor. Kaycee is married to Trevor and loves animals. Kaycee is also an elementary teacher.  We are happy to have her as an Advance Dance instructor at our Lewisville Clemmons location..

Devan Allred

Instructor

Devan danced at Advance Dance at the Arcadia studio and has was an assistant teacher for several years before becoming an instructor. She will be teaching and finishing up her education to pursue a career in the medical field. AD is lucky to have her teaching at our Arcadia location.