Executive Director, Founding Member
Medium: Dance Performance, Education
Located in the Atlanta area, Calla Vaughn is a professional dance performer and instructor. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kennesaw State University in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and a minor in Accounting.
Calla has danced professionally with City Gate Dance Theater, Ballet Southeast, and most recently, with Olivia Rowe as a part of Dance Canvas’s 2019 Palette Project. In college, Calla performed with the KSU Dance Company in works by Christine Welker, McCree O’Kelley, Martha Goodman, and Dr. Ivan Pulinkala. She is also a current ballet, tap, and creative movement instructor with the Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education.
Growing up in Middle Georgia, Calla trained with several dance studios in the area including Academy of Dance in Warner Robins, Georgia, International City School of Ballet in Warner Robins, Georgia (now located in Smyrna), and the Madison Studio of Dance Education in Macon, Georgia. Calla also trained for six consecutive summers at the Joffrey South Summer Intensive hosted by the Joffrey Ballet in Milledgeville, Georgia. Here, she studied with such instructors as Valerie Madonia, Olivier Wecxsteen, and Elizabeth Parkinson.
Aside from performing and teaching, Calla also enjoys working in arts administration and organization. In college, Calla was a member of both Nu Delta Alpha and the National Honor Society for Dance Arts at KSU. She had the privilege of serving as a student leader in both organizations, being elected Historian for Nu Delta Alpha her junior year and President of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts her senior year. Additionally, Calla has worked with projectENCORE, a charitable organization that collects and redistributes gently used dance costumes and attire.
"Dance is not only a form of movement, but of internal and external feeling and expression. Through my work, I seek to inspire others to think, to feel, and to express what they may not even know they possess inside."