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.


Tyffany Jarczyk

Tyffany has a degree in Dance Education from Brenau University. She has taught ballet, modern and jazz from beginner levels to advanced and was a member of Brenau Ensemble for two years. She was a senior company member at Lilburn School of Ballet and performed different roles in Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, Coppelia, Swan Lake.


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 is currently earning her MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts at Goddard College. Kylie finds complete fulfillment through teaching and looks forward to sharing her love of dance with others.


Lisa Carter

Lisa Carter
Dance Conservatory Program Coordinator, Continuing Education
carter_lisa2@columbusstate.edu
706-507-8367

Lisa Carter received her BMus degree and Royal Academy of Dance teaching certificate from the University of Cape Town. She joined the university as a faculty member two year later. In 1998, Lisa departed South Africa to teach internationally and has taught, choreographed and given master classes in China, South Africa, North America and Europe. In 2002, she joined the Royal Academy of Dance Board of Examiner’s and traveled extensively examining students worldwide. She coordinated the Creighton University Dance program for eight years and in 2010, she received her master’s degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Lisa has also had two books published on dance as well as produced a dance fitness DVD.


Janie Sutcliffe

Janie began dancing at the age of 3. At age 9, she began taking classes at The Columbus Ballet Conservatory. She played the roles of Clara, Marzipan, the Snow Queen, and the Sugarplum Fairy in the Nutcracker and also participated in The Columbus Ballet Company productions such as Coppelia, Cinderella, Firebird and Swan Lake. Janie has participated in summer dance programs in various cities, and has served as a counselor for ABT in Tuscaloosa’s summer intensive. She attended The University of Alabama, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Dance. While working on her dance degree, she participated in teaching programs at multiple middle schools, teaching creative movement classes for children ages 5-12.