The C, The K, The Works
Owner, Artistic DirectorChristina Wiginton has swiftly become a well known entity in the dance world due to her exciting, award winning choreography and all around inspiring and exhilarating training in dance classes. Her passion began at the tender age of three when she took her very first dance class and has since propelled her to take her all over the southeast to work with students who thrive off of her high energy and creative classes. Christina has developed an eclectic teaching style that fuses combinations of jazz, hip hop, lyrical, contemporary, and a dancer’s own natural movement…setting her choreography apart in today’s dance world. This sought after choreography can be seen on many competitive companies and studios in Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, and Kentucky. Christina’s work also includes solo choreography for the Miss Georgia Pageant, Jr. Miss America Pageant, University of California Scholarship Program, regionally and nationally ranked dance studios and drill teams, as well as group and solo choreography for various pageants and talent shows. Christina continues to work with many dance studios and companies along the east coast and now serves as the Artistic Director and Co-Owner of CK DanceWorks, Inc in Dallas, GA. She teaches over 20 classes a week and is the director of DancElite, the studio’s competitive performing company, which was ranked in the top 50 dance programs in the southeast by the Federation Dance of Competitions. DancElite is also currently ranked nationally in the competition world. Christina served as a faculty member of the North Atlanta School of the Arts based out of North Cobb Christian School where she taught jazz and lyrical. Christina also serves on the panel of judges at several national level dance competitions. Most recently she became a founding board member for MusEffect, a non-profit dance company located in Los Angeles and created by well known choreographer Jessica Starr.
Owner, Artistic DirectorKensey Mimbs began her dance training at a very early age at The Dance Factory in Austell, GA. She then trained at Steps Dance Center in Woodstock, GA, where she was a member of their Competitive Dance Company for ten years. She has trained under professionals such as Tony Coppola, Roland Dupree, Joe Tremaine, Darren Henson, Chris Judd and Stepp Stewart. Kensey’s performance credits include Walt Disney World, Carnival Cruise Lines, and many national dance competitions. Being a serious, competitive dancer left Kensey with a high degree of expertise and a distinctive teaching ability in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and hip hop. Kensey was a professional AFL cheerleader for the Georgia Force and a NFL Cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons. Kensey’s fun, innovative classes teach and entertain all ages. Currently she judges for Starpower Talent Competition. Kensey is honored waking up and going to work each day. She is beyond blessed to share her love of dance with children of all ages.
Owner, Operations ManagerBrandy Moss is a native Georgia Peach, born and raised in Cobb County. She began competing as a teenager and won many regional & national top awards, including a Tremaine Intern Scholarship to the Moro Landis Studio in LA, now known as Millennium Dance Complex. After traveling to train in Los Angeles, she realized that her true passion was teaching within the studio. She began teaching as a free-lance instructor and created her own “Tender Loving Dance” program traveling to over fifteen preschools in the area. She realized early on that she had the drive to be an entrepreneur. She worked hard to make that happen and at the age of 21, opened Steps Dance Center in Woodstock. Steps grew into a very successful dance studio & business, which Brandy later sold to her assistant. Brandy enjoyed her time away from work, but soon realized how much she missed the studio. She reached out to Cairo’s finest Christina Wiginton, a well-known instructor with un-stoppable choreography and southern sweetness, and together with her sister, Kensey Mimbs, a talented dancer with a passion for teaching young children, they derived a vision. That vision, that dream, became CK DanceWorks, Inc. Today, Brandy enjoys working as the office manager for CKDW, and with everything that entails, has time to be a busy mom, too. Brandy’s three talented daughters are following in their mother’s footsteps. They each have a love for dance and spend most of their time at the studio training. Brandy believes that each child should have a dream and follow it with their heart. She is never more proud than to see previous students thriving and following their dreams.
Meet Our Team
ALLISON GUPTONAllison, a native of Marietta, Georgia, graduated with honors from Pebblebrook High School CCCEPA and from the University of Alabama earning a B.A. degree in Dance and Public Relations. Allison is a journalist and the Administration Manager for the online dance publication, Dance Informa Magazine. She also works locally in the TV and Film industry. Allison loves being in the classroom, molding young lives, and watching the art of dance grow and evolve in our world today. Roll Tide!
EMMA HANDEmma started taking dance and gymnastics at the age of 3 in England and worked professionally in TV and theatre. At age 13, she attended ‘The Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts’ in London, England. Emma graduated with her I.S.T.D Associate Teaching Degree in Dance and her Acting Awards from L.A.M.D.A. Emma went on to perform around the world dancing shows in Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Spain, and Greece. After meeting her husband when working for Carnival Cruise Lines as a Dance Captain, Emma came to Georgia and began teaching. Emma took a few years off from teaching to have her 2 daughters, Tayla and McCartney, but was eager to get back to it when they started school. Emma loves to bring the joy of dance to the little ones at CK.
KARA GATESKara received her training at Georgia School of Performing Arts under the direction of Perry James and Ballet North under the direction of Christine Fehr. She attended UGA where she studied all forms of dance and holds a degree in Business Administration from UWG. Kara has performed with Axam Dance Theatre Experience and is currently a member of Gotta Dance Contemporary. Kara teaches acrobatics and dance at several studios in Georgia.
KELLY HOLLINGERKelly is an Atlanta native where she grew up training in all areas of dance. She is a graduate from the prestigious Oklahoma City University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance performance. After dancing professionally in Los Angeles for a few years, she decided to put her focus toward choreography and teaching. She and her husband, Cameron, have two beautiful babies, Blake and Beckham. Kelly is grateful to do something she loves and to be a part of the CK faculty where she can share her passion for dance.
KIRSTEN MOXEYKirsten is an experienced gymnast and tumbling instructor. She was a competition gymnast competing until she entered the professional cheerleading circuit. She cheered for Liberty University where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Exercise Science. She is a wife, mother of 2 and loves teaching kids!
SHANNON CHILDERSOriginally from the Detroit Area, Shannon Graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance. Her professional credits include commercial work and industrial performances as well as company work as a founding member of the Atlanta based company, The Phoenix Project. After moving to Atlanta, Shannon has been fortunate to instruct and choreograph throughout the Atlanta area and across the country. After almost 20 years of studio and company directorship with both Roswell City Dance and Studio 23, she has returned to instructing and choreographing regionally.
MAGGIE WIXMaggie Wix started dancing shortly after learning to walk and has been a dancer for CK DanceWorks for 15 years. Throughout the years, she has trained and danced competitively in many styles such as lyrical, jazz, contemporary, hip-hip, and tap. She is enrolled at North Paulding High School and is currently taking dual enrollment classes through Georgia Highlands College. Maggie enjoys being around children, and is excited to start her first year as a hip-hop instructor!
KELSEY BELTKelsey began her dance training at the very early of 5 at Universal Dance Academy in Port Charlotte, FL. She was a member of the Premier Dance Team and competed through out Florida for approximately 8 years . Kelsey’s family relocated to Dallas GA where she continued her dance career and training at CK Danceworks in Acworth, GA. under the direction of Artistic Director Christina Wigington . Kelsey was a member of Dance Elite for 4 years before going to Valdosta State University She has trained under professionals such as Andrea Donza, TOKYO, Jessica Starr, Tyce Diorio and many more. She is credited with a bachelor’s degree in Dance, of which she obtained from Valdosta State. Kelsey has a high dregree of expertise in areas of Ballett, Jazz, tap, lyrical and hip-hop. Kelsey has achieved numerous awards over the years including the Stiletto Entertainment Award, L.A. Lakers girl award, Overall Senior Soloist for Starbound, Bravo most Photogenic, Miss Paulding County Talent first place, to name a few. Kelsey enjoys waking up each day and being able to share her love and passion for dance.
HANNAH WILLIAMSHannah has been a member of the CK family since its inception in 2004 where she began her dance career at the age of 2. In high school, Hannah was a member of CK’s DancElite competition team, prodigy, where she trained under many of CK’s finest. Hannah has been a member of CK’s office staff since 2017 and a member of the teaching staff since 2018 with a background teaching Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Acro. After graduation from High School in 2019, Hannah began to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. She plans to continue her education at John Marshall Law School in the Spring of 2023 in pursuance of her degree in Family Law with a focus on child advocacy. Hannah loves dancing and watching children grow through the art of dance!
RACHEL TRUITTWe are so happy to welcome Rachel Truitt to CK! She has a very extensive resume and some of the highlights include freelancing both dancing and choreographing for The Movement and INduztry talent agency, studying dance at KSU, being a member of Georgia Dance Theater along with performing ballets including Coppelia, Peter Pan, Nutcracker and West Side Story, as well as choreographing contemporary works “Broken Dolls” and “Roads.” Her commercial experience includes featured performer for Super Bowl XXXlV 2000 Halftime show produced by Disney, the Falcons Halftime shows 2010, 2011 and 2012 produced by Georgia Lottery, a dancer for ESPN Commercial featuring Charles Barkley, a featured Dancer and Assistant to the Choreographer Jamie Parrish for Vampire Diaries on the CW in 2011 and Head Choreographer for the Vampire Diaries on the CW in 2012. Rachel was also selected to body double for the movie “Scary Movie 5.”
MEREDITH LEEMeredith Lee received a Bachelor of Arts from Oklahoma City University where she studied dance performance. Before moving to Georgia in 2018, she taught and choreographed for local studios, competitive dance teams, and high school dance teams all over North Texas and Oklahoma City. She is formerly the Assistant Director to the Trinity Valley Community College Dance Team where she led them on an international performance tour overseas. She previously resided in Las Vegas performing at local resorts and business conventions that swept through the area. She was also the cheer and dance instructor at Las Vegas Day School. Up until 2017, Meredith lived in Oklahoma City. There she started an early childhood dance program at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and Centers where her focus was developing creative movement and dance programs for young and beginning dancers. She worked at To The Pointe Dance Academy as both a recreational and company instructor. She is looking forward to her new journey instructing young dancers here in Georgia.
SHELBY CANEYShelby began her ballet training in Auburn Alabama at age 9 with the East Alabama Community Ballet. At 16 she attended a summer intensive at The Gelsey Kirkland Academy of Classical Ballet in New York City. At the end of the intensive she was asked to stay for their year-round professional training program. She spent the next three years in NYC being trained by Prima Ballerina Gelsey Kirkland as well as other iconic ballet masters from around the world. After her three years as a student, Shelby accepted a professional company contract from the Georgia Ballet. She is currently going into her fourth year dancing for the Georgia Ballet. Dancing and teaching are two of Shelby’s greatest passions. She is excited to share her love for both as a member of CK Danceworks!
RIVER RUSSELLRiver started gymnastics at a young age and was a competitive gymnast for ten years. She is in her 5th year of teaching & loves working with children. She also attends GHC pursuing a Nursing Degree.
Lola-Reese MoxeyLola-Reese started dance when she was three years old at CK. She took classes such as tap and ballet and slowly progressed to joining ADC. Before joining DancElite she danced hip hop for 4 years. She is currently in dance elite diamonds and in her 14th year of dancing. She dances competitively in many styles such as tap, jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Lola-Reese is a junior at North Paulding High School and is dual enrolling at Chattahoochee tech. She works with kids frequently especially since her father is a kids pastor. She is so excited to spread her passion and love of something she puts her whole life into through teaching.
Jade BeckfordJade started dancing at the age of 3 at the YMCA and began dancing for CK Danceworks at the age of 6. This coming year will be Jade’s 12th year dancing at CK. She is a DancElite Diamond and in ADC 4. Her training includes classes in hip-hop, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, tap, and ballet. Jade is in her senior year of high school at North Cobb Christian. Jade assisted at CK for 5 years and enjoys sharing her love of dance with others now through teaching. She loves working with children and loves being a part of the wonderful CK staff!
Brooke LaughmanBrooke began training at the age of 4 at Bravo Dance Center and then continued her dance education at CK DanceWorks from 2008 to 2019. Over those 10 1/2 years, she was trained by the very best at CK! From Mrs. Kensey’s recreational hip hop class to her 5 years in DancElite Diamonds, Brooke is a well-trained dancer in all areas. After graduating from Allatoona High School in 2019, Brooke is now attending Kennesaw State University studying Public Relations. She is a member of Kappa Delta Sorority and serves as their Homecoming/Greek Week Chair and choreographs for their annual dance competitions. Brooke is also a rookie member on the Atlanta Braves Tomahawk Team (Go Braves!) She is super excited to teach at CK this year!
Danielle VaughnDanielle Vaughn started dancing at the age of 3 with CK DanceWorks. This coming year will be her 14th with the studio, and she is a DanceElite Diamond and is in ADC 4. She is going into her senior year at North Paulding High School, and she is a dual-enrollment student at Kennesaw State University. She trained in power tumbling with Lauri Anderson and continued training after LA Power was established. At CK, she has been assisting for 5 years in preschool ballet/tap classes, elementary/middle school hip-hop classes, and acro classes. She has had training in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip-hop, and acro. She is very excited to join the CK Staff and share her love of dance with her classes!
Joe FriedmanI am a dynamic Hip Hop Dancer & seasoned B-boy, signed with Clear Talent Group. I have trained extensively over the years in Hop-Hop, Breaking, Commercial, Stunts, Gymnastics, Jazz & Partnering, and continue to develop my craft in the heart of Los Angeles, CA.
I’ve had the privilege of performing on The Ellen Show, The Late-Late Show, The Mickey Mouse Club, and for Toyota, to name a few. I am currently filming for a Netflix Project in ATL; stay tuned!
I am grateful to be where I am, but whole-heartedly believe that the best is yet to come.