Welcome to Peacock’s Performing Arts Center, we are glad you are here!
Peacock’s Performing Arts Center is a technique driven performing arts studio located in Middle Georgia! Peacock’s offers dance classes, competition dance team, voice lessons, piano lessons, guitar lessons, acting classes, pageant coaching, musical theatre classes and art instruction. Performers of all ages are encouraged to explore the performing arts and express themselves through music, dance, theatre and visual art. Whether your goals are to go to Broadway or just to sing and dance for the joy of singing and dancing, Peacock’s has a place for you!
Erin Atcheson Sullivan
Artistic Director & Co-Owner
Erin Atcheson Sullivan began her dance training in Warner Robins under the direction of Judy McCune, Elaine Moore and Susan Tackis when she was five years old. Erin soon became a member of the Southern Spirit Dance Troupe, Competition Team and the exclusive Ballet Ensemble. Competitively these groups received numerous awards and accolades. In 2000, Erin performed a solo and received a Gold Award and Fifth Place Grand Champion in Teen Jazz Solo Division at PDTA. Erin participated in several workshops and competitions and was awarded scholarships to PDTA and a DEA Scholarship to train in New York. She trained under superb choreographers such as Mia Michaels, Darrin Henson, Finis Jhung, Edward Villella, Dawn Axam, Kris Cangelosi, Andrei Ustinov and Elena Martinson. Erin has studied intensively across the United States at the University of South Carolina, Dance Educators of America in New York, Atlanta Ballet, Ohio Dance Theater, and NYC Rockette Camp. Erin was also a Governor’s Honors Program recipient and studied dance at Valdosta State University for six weeks.
Supporting the arts in the Middle Georgia area, Erin auditioned and performed in the Nutcracker of Middle Georgia for eleven years. Erin’s roles in the production included Jester, Little Girl, Lead Snowflake, Flowers, Spanish, Marzipan and Solo Arabian.
Erin was a contestant in many local pageants and in the Miss Georgia system. She performed Pointe and jazz for the talent portion of the pageants and received several talent awards while competing. Erin held the titles of Miss Houston County High School, Miss Tifton and Miss Valdosta.
In 2008, Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Communication/Public Relations with a minor in Dance from Valdosta State University. While attending VSU, Erin was very active in the dance program serving in the role as president of the VSU Reparatory Dancers organization. At VSU, Erin performed in “Masterpieces in Motion”, “Turning 20”, “Steps in Time” and “Journeys”. In 2006, a BFA in Dance was acquired by the university and Erin along with other members of the dance department performed in two pieces choreographed by Catherine Schaffer and Sarah McAllister at ACDFA to complete the BFA process.
Erin was employed with The Jones Company as a Special Projects Marketing Coordinator for 6 years. She is happily married to Arthur Sullivan. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, shopping, sewing and dancing!
Business Executive & Co-Owner
Hi, my name is Chris Pinto. My wife Christy and I have been married for 9 years and have been blessed with two sons Carter and Collin. Prior to owning PPAC I spent 4 years as a Senior Program Director at The Family YMCA in Augusta, GA. My time there was focused on program development and achievement. I specialized in Youth and Family Development, Social Responsibility, and Healthy Living. Prior to working for the YMCA, I was an Assistant Manager for Dick’s Sporting Goods in Dallas, TX.
My love for the Arts was cultivated from playing Tenor Saxophone at Feagin Mill Middle and all four years at Houston County High. I was in the Concert Symphonic 1 but my true love was performing in the Houston County High Jazz Band. I started a Praise and Worship band in college and played guitar with my wife and church friends. I received a degree in Business Administration in 2008 from Valdosta State University.
I am excited to build the performing arts program in Middle Georgia and give the community a way to express themselves through the arts!
Kathleen Bostick Miller
Kathleen Bostick Miller, native of Ocilla, started dancing at the tender age of seven. She received early training from local studios. Upon graduation from high school she was accepted into the dance program at Brenau College in Gainesville, Georgia, which has one of the most reputable dance programs in the southeast. While at Brenau, she danced with the Brenau Dance Ensemble, a company that performed ballet, modern and jazz works for school demonstrations and community programs in addition to an annual spring concert. This experience enabled her to work with such well-known teachers and choreographers as Marcus Alford, Ron Jones, Jack Yantis, Annette Lewis, Penny Burr-Pinson, and Diane Callahan. Kathleen was also very involved with the Gainesville/Brenau Community Theater, performing as Principal Dancer and Dance Captain in Broadway musicals such as “Grease”, “Jumpin”, “My Fair Lady”, and “Salute”.
She graduated from Brenau in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Ballet Pedagogy, a teaching degree. By doing so, she became one of few instructors in Georgia who hold this type of degree. The 4-year degree required an intense 2-year demonstration and internship as well as dance terminology, history, and choreography. The following September, she moved to Atlanta where she began teaching with such accomplished studios as En Pointe, Backstage, The Dancers Studio, Hutchinson Dance Academy, and Dance Clayton. She also performed with a number of dance companies such as Atlanta Dance Company, Dance Theatre of Georgia, and Atlanta Dance Unlimited. She also spent two summers working with C.A.S.T. (Clayton Alliance Summer Theatre) as choreographer for the musical productions of “Grease” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Her choreography found favor with Atlanta-area dance critics.
After 3 1/2 wonderful years in Atlanta, she relocated to Macon, Georgia where she taught at Macon’s oldest and most renowned studio, Dance Arts Studio, directed by Jean Weaver. She also taught for Ballet Academy of Macon and offered her own classes through a local fine arts pre-school.
Kathleen has realized her life-long dream of coming home to start her own dance studio. Dance South, established in 1999, is that dream. It is the culmination of her education, training, 28 years of teaching experience, and genuine love of dance and children. Kathleen and her husband moved back to the Macon area and she is happy to be joining the staff at Peacock Performing Arts studio to continue her love of teaching the art of dance.
Mary Mattmann is a 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia with an AB in Dance and an ABJ in Public Relations. Mary graduated Magna Cum Laude and with High Honors from the Honors Program, completing her honors thesis on cultural appropriation of African American dance forms. While at UGA, Mary performed and choreographed with a number of university and community groups. Her choreography was selected for the American Collegiate Dance Festival and featured in the Young Choreographer’s Series and Tap Dawgs Showcase. Currently, Mary is working on a Masters of Dance Education through the University of North Carolina Greensboro distance learning program. She also dances professionally in Atlanta as a member of SIDEWAYS Contemporary Dance Company. She has over eleven years teaching experience, five in Georgia’s public school system, and currently teaches dance at Central High School in Macon, GA.
Kennedy has been training in all genres of dance since age 2. She gained most of her growth and passion while attending the International City School of Ballet directed by Georne Acoin. Later, she began to explore the dance world by competing, attending conventions, winning many different awards and scholarships and dancing with Ready for Action directed by Brent smith. She continues to grow with her teaching and passion through movement hoping to inspire young dancers with her technique, training, and choreography.
Tanya began dancing at the age of 8 and became a TA at age 11. Tanya is trained in ballet, tap, jazz, and hip hop, but tap is her favorite because of the heavy emphasis on rhythm and musicality. In 2016, Tanya participated in the Tap University workshop where she took classes from notable tap dancers that included Lisa LaTouche and Zack Everhart. Tanya loves working with kids and sharing her passion for dance and music. She is always looking to continue her dance education as an instructor as well as a student herself.
In 2014, Tanya graduated with her BS in Psychology with a concentration in Developmental Psychology. When she’s not teaching at Peacock’s, she works as a kindergarten paraprofessional at Centerville Elementary School. In her free time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to the gym, cooking, and art museums.
Dance Instructor & Musical Theatre
Miss Katie found her passion for dance and the performing arts at the young age of three. She graduated from Stephens College with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with a minor in Music. At Stephens she was the President of Dance Collaborations, an organization through the dance department meant to promote the art and love of dance throughout campus. Katie had the opportunity to dance original works from 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Bob Fosse’s Dancin, Coppelia and West Side Story. Miss Katie was a member of The Moving Company, a modern based dance company out of Omaha, Nebraska. She has spent the past 7 years teaching recreational dance, competitive dance and coaching a high school dance team.
Dance & Acro-Dance Instructor
I started dancing at the age of 2, in which I fell in love with tap and ballet. At the age of 3 I added gymnastics, and soon decided that my heart belonged to competing in gymnastics for the next 10 years. Being from a small town, my amazing mom drove me 90 minutes each way 4 times a week to my gym so I could be part of a competitive team for the last 5 years of that. After an injury, I decided at age 12 to focus on competitive tumbling and tramp, which is now known as TNT, and discovered the world of acro-dance. I loved acro dance because it took me back to my love of dance and combined it with my passion for tumbling and acrobatics. I took a break from TNT competition through high school and college as I was a competitive runner and involved in school cross country track, track, and basketball, however used my tumbling skills to participate on the High school diving team as well. I never stopped tumbling, and found myself doing tricks and flips down the middle of the basketball court, on the football field, and where ever else I could find a long strip of space. I graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelors in Science, with an emphasis in Mathematics and Education and a minor in English as a second language and a minor in coaching and Physical Ed. I returned to dance as an adult and performed in ballet and tap for several years with the Springs Dance studio in Colorado Springs, where I also started an acro dance class and taught all ages the amazing world of acrobatics mixed with dance. After moving to Warner Robins, as my husband is a Physical Therapist in the Air Force and was assigned to move here, I quickly found the Peacock’s studio for my kids to join and fell into teaching dance here as a bonus! I love watching children grow as they discover the beauty and wonder that dance plants within their hearts.
Jessica is a graduate of Veterans High School and attends Georgia Military College where she is pursuing a degree in occupational therapy with a focus in dance therapy. She began dance lessons at the age of 3 years old in Cape Town, South Africa where, at the tender age of 6, she received the highest solo award in the prestigious Eisteddfod competition of performing arts. She was also recommended to attend the Royal Ballet School in the UK. When Jessica’s family moved back to the United States, she continued pursuing her love of dance in Massachusetts and most recently at Peacock’s Performing Arts Center. She has had advanced training in ballet, pointe, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and modern. She began dancing at Peacock’s in 2014 and was a member of the competition team in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Jessica has been assisting in dance classes at PPAC for the past 2 years, and has worked with children in various other areas of her life including five years involvement with Best Buddies, Partner’s Club and Special Olympics.
Jordan has a love for all the performing arts, singing, music, dance, and theater. She began dancing at the age of five, taking ballet and tap and performing with her local recreation department. Since then, she has trained in Jazz, Contemporary, Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Musical Theatre, Tap, and Hip-Hop. She was also a member of the Peacock’s Competition Team for the 2016-2017 season. Part of her experience also includes working as a Teacher’s Assistant and Dance Instructor at Peacock’s. Jordan is continuing her love of the performing arts by attending Middle Georgia State University and working on her Associates Degree in Music, as well as pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
Colleen has spent more than 25 years involved in gymnastics and the arts. She was a competitive gymnast for 12 years, earning multiple state and regional titles. A series of untimely injuries kept her from pursuing the sport at the collegiate level. She retired from competing after high school, but went on to coach throughout college and has coached everything from ‘Mommy & Me’ recreational classes to the highest level of competitive gymnasts.
Colleen holds a BFA in Mass Media with a minor in vocal performance from Valdosta State University. While at VSU, she was involved in the VSU choir, opera, and the exclusive Chamber Singers. With the Chamber Singers, Colleen traveled to Poland to perform in a tour of Krakow and Warsaw. She has also performed on stage in numerous roles with VSU and community productions, including “Oklahoma” (Laurey), “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Princess), as well as musical benefits supporting the arts in Valdosta and Camden County.
When she’s not teaching kids to flip, she works as a Marketing Specialist for The Jones Company. Colleen is happily married to her husband of 7 years, Mike. They have a daughter, Cynthia who you might see toddling around the studio from time to time. In her spare time, Colleen likes to spend time with her family and friends, sing, write, run, and catch up on sleep.
Music Therapist & Vocal/Piano Instructor
For Christy, singing and dancing came right along with walking and talking. Growing up, she was actively involved in choir, dance, and theater programs both in school and within the community. She continued to study music, dance, and theater as she earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Valdosta State University. Music made such a profound difference in her life, she decided that she wanted to use music to help others as well. Christy earned a Master of Arts degree in music therapy from Texas Women’s University, and the credential MT-BC (Board Certified Music Therapist). She also holds a license to practice music therapy in the state of Georgia. In her professional career as a music therapist, Christy has worked with persons of all ages, ranging from newborns in the NICU to older adults in nursing homes and hospice. As a music therapist, she uses music to accomplish non musical goals, such as cognitive development, communication, emotional and self expression, social skills, pain management, relaxation, and motor skills. She also is thrilled to be a part of the PPAC team as a vocal coach. She is honored to help train and shape the students at PPAC as they cultivate their love for the arts. Christy is excited to share in this adventure with her husband, Chris Pinto. Christy enjoys chasing after their two little boys, walking their dog Zoe, and spending time with family and friends.
Private Voice and Piano Instructor
Sara DeJournett found her love for music when she was in elementary school. At the age of 6 she began singing in school, churches and community functions. When she was 9 she began taking private lessons for piano and at the age of 11 she began voice lessons. Throughout her high school and college years she received many awards for her vocal ability, receiving one of the highest vocal honors the “National Vocal Award.” When she graduated high school she attended North Central University to pursue a degree in Music Worship. Her love for music led her to start giving both vocal and piano lessons privately. As she got married and her family grew she took a break from giving lessons to focus on raising her children. Even though she loved being with her family there was still a part of her that was missing. She was thrilled when the opportunity to teach again was presented to her through PPAC. She loves to engage with kids of all ages as well as adults who are wanting to pursue their love for music. She would love to work with you and help you develop your musical abilities. When Sara is not at PPAC working with her students she volunteers as the Choral Director at Feagin Mill Middle School and also sings with her church worship team. Sara is thankful her supportive husband, Charles, and five children, Tyler, Marian, Emma, Jacob and Lillian. She feels she would not be able to do what she does without their love and support.
Private Voice and Piano Instructor
Having loved and experienced the power of music nearly her entire life, Joy Mote is currently beginning her third year of study toward her Bachelors of Music in vocal performance at Mercer University. Her primary focus of performing is in the operatic genre, however, she enjoys a variety of musical styles. Joy has also received eight years of ballet training and seven years classical piano training.
In her time of collegiate level productions, she has performed in Alcina, Muskrat Lullaby, and various opera scenes. She has also had the privilege of choreographing and performing in Pirates of Penzance and Oklahoma!. Her vocal training thus far has been primarily under of Dr. Richard Kosowski and Elizabeth Colson.
Joy is excited to complete her last year-and-a-half at Mercer University but is also looking forward to perusing her education to a graduate level and eventually a doctoral level. While Joy spends most of her time in the practice rooms, she also enjoys time on the volleyball court with Mercer’s traveling club volleyball team. Joy Mote is dedicated and motivated to reach her highest musical, spiritual, and physical potential with her God-given talents.
Private Voice and Piano Instructor
Music has always been an integral portion of Sam Potts’ life since he was a young child. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s in Music Education and studies piano with Dr. Ian Altman and voice with Dr. Richard Kosowski. Now a junior at Mercer University Townsend School of Music, he is refining his skills and talents into becoming an exceptional music educator for the children of today and tomorrow.
Growing up in Covington, Georgia, Sam attended Eastside High School and performed in the Advanced Mixed Choir with Joel Singleton. It was through this program he attended the Georgia Music Educator Association’s (GMEA) All-State Chorus from 2009-2014 and the GMEA All-State Sightreading Chorus from 2011-2014. In the summer of 2013, Sam had the honor to attend the Governor’s Honor Program in Vocal Performance.
Visual Arts Instructor
Ms. Janet Dees graduated from UGA with an Art Education degree. She completed a Masters in Early Childhood Education from GA. Southwestern.
She is a retired educator with the Houston County School System. She taught art to elementary students for many years at Northside Elementary and Lake Joy Elementary and Primary Schools.
She enjoys substitute teaching, drawing, painting, reading, traveling, gardening, and family activities. She is a member of Shirley Hills Baptist Church. Ms. Dees enjoys working with children, encouraging their creativity, and motivating them to reach for the stars.