Faculty


Director and Instructor

Lydia Woodward holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Dance Education and a Masters of Fine Arts in Dance. She is certified K-12 in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio. After performing professionally, she taught at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Jacksonville University, Earlham College, Ohio State University and guest teacher at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Since moving to Batesville in 1994, she taught sporadically until opening The Dance Studio in 2008 in downtown Batesville. Southeastern Indiana Dance, Inc. became a reality in May of 2014.



Hip Hop Instructor

Brittany Hall Nicholas began dancing at the age of 7 at Joy Johnson’s Dance and Gymnastics in Owensboro, KY. She then became a member of the Owensboro Dance Theatre Apprentice Company. A dance team member in middle school and high school, Hall continued to dance for Northern Kentucky University. She was a Universal Dance Association All-Star from 2006-2008 for Pom and Hip Hop. Additionally, she has choreographed for numerous dance teams in Kentucky that have won regional and state titles. Hall is currently the dance team coach at the Campbell County Middle School in Alexandria, KY.



Belly Dancing Instructor

Joslin Atkinson started taking belly dancing in 2004. In addition to taking classes in Cincinnati, she has also studied with Rachael Brice and Suhalia Salinpour, and teaches American Tribal style. A resident of Batesville, she works full-time at Main Source Bank in Greensburg.



Tap Instructor

Toni Miles from the Batesville-Brookville area, began dancing at the age of 3 and continued for the next 14 years. After high school, she taught tap, jazz, and ballet in Springfield, Ohio and Connersville and Brookville, Indiana. In 1992, she began teaching Challenge (gifted and talented) language arts at Mount Carmel School in the Franklin County Community School Corporation.  While there, she choreographed many musicals, including “Annie Jr.,” “The Music Man Jr.,” “Guys and Dolls Jr.,” “Fiddler on the Roof, Jr.,” “Schoolhouse Rock Live, Jr.,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie Jr.,” “The Wiz,” and “Singin’ In the Rain, Jr.”  She retired from teaching at Mount Carmel in May 2015.  She is one of the founding members of the Franklin County Children’s Theatre and works full-time as Media Director for Swayzee Communications.