Our Dance Faculty

The CSU Rankin Arts Center is the Uptown venue for Continuing Education services. The CSU Rankin Arts Center serves as a focal point for the arts education in the Uptown area by offering classes in photography and dance. This center is the home of the CSU Dance Conservatory and houses multiple dance studios, art studio/classroom space and a fully functioning photography studio. View our beautiful Dance Facilities and learn more about the historic Rankin Arts Center.

Meet our Dance Instructors

Bridget Adams

Bridget started her dance training with Jackie O’Neal School of Dance in Birmingham, Alabama with a concentration in ballet, jazz, and acrobatics. After ten years of training there, she began teaching at Nix Dance Studio in Auburn, Alabama while completing her BA degree in art. Ms. Adams came to Columbus in 2004 and began taking classes at CSU Dance Conservatory. She performed in the Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Swan Lake with The Columbus Ballet. She finds great joy teaching the students at CSU Dance Conservatory and sharing with them her passion for dance.

Laura Johnson

Laura received the majority of her early training at The Dance Factory under the instruction of Mrs. Susan Fisher. She continued her training at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and received her B.A. in Dance and International Relations in 2001. Upon graduation, Laura attended the American Dance Festival in Durham, NC on a Young Artist Scholarship to continue her studies in modern dance. She continued her training while earning her M.A. in Performing Arts Management at American University in Washington, D.C. Laura has been teaching dance for over 15 years and teaching at the CSU Dance Conservatory since 2009.

Elizabeth James

Elizabeth started her training at Kehl School of Dance in Madison, Wisconsin focusing on a wide variety of styles including ballet, jazz, tap, modern, and contemporary. She later studied dance at the University of Wisconsin and Mount San Antonio College. At Mount San Antonio College she received her certification in teaching Pilates in both mat and reformer. She currently attends Columbus State University where she is pursuing her Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

Kylie Casino

Kylie received what she considers the best of her training from The University of Akron’s Dance Institute. She went on to earn her BA in dance from The University of Akron. During her time at Akron, she was given the opportunity to perform pieces choreographed by David Parsons, Paul Taylor and Amy Miller. After working as a professional dancer for a year after college, she decided to continue on with her education and earned her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College in January 2016. Kylie finds complete fulfillment through teaching and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others.

Angela Null

Angela Null has an extensive background in dance and a decade worth of experience teaching classical ballet, pointe, jazz, and contemporary styles.  She began her formal dance training at the Loudoun School of Ballet in Leesburg, Virginia. At age 14, she was admitted on artistic scholarship to the Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington, D.C. and received her diploma in the Vaganova method. Since graduation, she has danced for companies such as The Washington Ballet (scholarship), Richmond Ballet (scholarship), First State Ballet Theatre, and most recently The Sarasota Ballet of Florida. She has performed leading roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, and Coppelia. Angela competed in the USA National Youth Ballet Competition receiving a gold medal and was top twelve at the Youth America Grand Prix.