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Jillian Mitchell
Creative Director & Resident Choreographer

Jillian Mitchell is a classical ballet and contemporary dancer, choreographer, and community leader. She trained at the Milligan School of Ballet before attending boarding school at the Harid Conservatory and Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, professional division. She spent summers studying at The National Ballet School, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, American Ballet Theatre, BalletMet, and on full scholarship at Complexions Contemporary Ballet. 


She performed professionally with New Jersey Ballet, Rebecca Davis Dance (now Mindleaps), Roxey Ballet, Georgia Ballet, gloATL, Proia Dance Project, and The Atlanta Opera. She's performed many classical ballets and the work of George Balanchine, Mark Godden, Ron de Jesus, Ronnie D. Carney, Stuart Loungway, Dwight Rhoden, Jae Man Joo, Sean Nguyen-Hilton, Seyong Kim, Mark Caserta, and more. Jillian was a guest soloist at several galas, including Stars of Ballet and Broadway and Stars of Russian Ballet. 


Jillian has twenty years of teaching experience at numerous academies. She has guest taught for Georgia College & State University, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Pluck Project), the University of Georgia Department of Dance, Dance Gallery Festival, the University of South Carolina, the Alabama Dance Festival, Staibdance, ImmerseATL, and Fly on a Wall. 


In 2017, Jillian founded the celebrated Atlanta-based ensemble Kit Modus and developed their distinctive training technique Modus and a choreographic residency program. 


In addition to creating numerous works for her company, her choreography was presented at  Georgia College & State University, Georgia State University, The University of Georgia, The Women in Dance Leadership Conference, the Dumbo Dance Festival, and Jacksonville University. 


In addition to working with CRB and Kit Modus, Jillian is currently on staff at The University of Georgia Dance Department. She's honored to join Covington Regional Ballet and brings a commitment to joy-filled dance, creativity, and education to students. She looks forward to contributing to the growth and success of CRB and the Arts Association and positively impacting individual students and the community through the arts.


Megan Guest | School Administrator

Megan began her dance training as a young child with Heavenly Dance Steps and Conyers School of Ballet eventually graduating from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Dance. She studied Modern, Ballet, Jazz, Ballroom and Contemporary dance styles as well as pedagogy, choreography, improvisational and wellness techniques. Most recently, Megan successfully piloted the first dance program within the Newton County School system where she taught K-5th grade students the Fine Art of Dancing including various styles and world dances. Not only will Megan be teaching at Covington Regional Ballet but she will also be serving as the School Administrator.

Kira Sophia Buckner | Instructor

Kira Sophia is thrilled to be part of the Covington Regional Ballet team. Her dance education spans various styles, from ballet and musical theater to jazz and modern. She had the privilege of training at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School in NYC, and now she's eager to share all that she has learned with the students at CRB.

Meg Gourley | Instructor

Meg Gourley attended the University of Georgia, minoring in Anthropology and earning a BFA in Dance and a K12 Certification for Dance. She completed her student teaching at North Gwinnett High School in 2017. 


From age three, she trained at the Decatur School of Ballet, where she flourished as a member of the Apprentice Ensemble and the Rug Cutters. Throughout her education, Meg studied at esteemed institutions such as the Joffrey Ballet School, Staibdance, the Governors Honors Program, and the American Dance Festival. At UGA, she was selected to perform works by distinguished guests, including Alexandre Munz, Luis Piedra, and Urban Bush Women. She performed in Costa Rica with Danza Universitaria in San Jose and danced in Voronezh, Russia, with the UGA Department of Dance.


Meg's passion for dance and education earned her the position of Head Resident Assistant for the Joffrey South program on UGA's campus and Joffrey Colorado. Additionally, she serves on the Decatur School of Ballet faculty and guest faculty for The Joffrey Ballet School's audition tour.


Meg is active in the thriving Atlanta dance scene, where she's collaborated and performed with Sideways Contemporary Dance Company, Fuerta Dance Company, Jessica Bertram, Poetica, and Atlanta Dance Collective. While studying with ImmerseATL, she worked with George Staib, Sean Nguyen-Hilton, and Sarah Hilmer, performing her peers' works and Staibdance's Moat.

Meg is a seasoned company member of Kit Modus, led by Jillian Mitchell. There, she has premiered new works by Mitchell, including Flow, Figment, and Scion, and performed work by renowned guest choreographers Mark Caserta, Christian Denice, and Yoshito Sakuraba. 


Returning to her roots in Newton County, Meg is excited and honored to impart her knowledge and expertise to the students of CRB.

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Lillie Litts | Instructor

Lillie Litts is a talented and dedicated Covington Regional Ballet alumni with 14 years of dance experience. Currently a college freshman, she is thrilled to continue her journey with the studio that cultivated her love for dance from the beginning.

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Nia-Michelle Reese | Instructor

Nia-Michelle Reese is from Ellenwood, GA. She holds degrees from Albany State University and Kennesaw State University, where she earned her bachelor's in Integrative Studies with a minor in Dance and Marketing.


She began sharing her passion for teaching dance in high school and continued throughout college, and she now proudly serves as a dance teacher at Flint Hill Elementary School.


With great enthusiasm, Nia-Michelle looks forward to inspiring and guiding Covington Regional Ballet students.

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Raven Reid | Instructor

Raven Reid is a professional dancer and choreographer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She trained in diverse styles, including ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, modern, and African.


At Ohio University, Raven earned the prestigious Choreographer of the Year award and had the privilege of opening a show for Juicy J. She has performed with Reed Dance II, Staycee Pearl Dance Project, and Ailey II and is currently a proud Atlanta Dance Connection company member.


She is thrilled to share with CRB students how unwavering passion and determination serve as a driving force in the world of dance and choreography.

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Hollie Smith | Instructor

Hollie Smith has been an integral part of CRB for nearly 14 years. Throughout her time with the company, she has performed many roles, including Dawn variation in Coppelia, the Sea Monster in Where the Wild Things Are, and, most recently, Winter in The Four Seasons.


Currently a senior at Grayson High School, Hollie is a valued member of Covington Regional Ballet’s Senior Company. Looking ahead, she plans to pursue a career in pediatric nursing and will attend college for further studies after graduation.


Hollie is excited to embark on a new role this year—sharing her passion and expertise by teaching new dancers while continuing her dance journey with unwavering dedication.

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Payton Wells | Instructor

Payton Wells is Covington Regional Ballet alumni with 12 years of dance experience. She's thrilled to continue her journey at CRB as an educator. Payton is entering her sophomore year at Georgia Military College's Madison campus and looks forward to this year's possibilities for the CRB students.

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