The Team

Mrs. Mary Love

Mary Love Hendrickson is the Program Manager and has been involved in dance business administration for the past for the past 15 years. She is a graduate of AUM with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Mrs. Jeanna

Jeanna Sumners is the Artistic Coordinator, Principle, and overseer of the performing group, Spirit & Company for Southern Dance and Performing Arts Company (SDPAC) in Sylacauga, AL. She has been with SDPAC since 2004. Jeanna began her teaching career in 1972 and is in her 46th year in the dance industry. 

Mrs. Mandy

Mandy Reams is the Fitness/Wellness Director. She has been in the dance industry for the past 34 years, and the fitness industry for 15 years. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from The University of Alabama in Leadership/Administration and holds a Fitness Certifications from the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Her Certification is in Tap, Jazz, and Acrobatics from the Southern Association of Dance Masters.

Mrs. Jennifer

Jennifer Morrow loves to dance. She began teaching dance in 1992, and has been teaching at SDPAC since 2012. She was a member of the first USFL “Birmingham Fillies” Dance Team - a 30 member team selected from over 300 auditioning dancers. After placing dance on the “altar” and following the tragic murder of her brother, Jennifer answered the call to worship dance ministry as God turned her mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11). God has blessed her passion to inspire and mentor the next generation through dance by helping her overcome a major leg injury in 2007. Jennifer has a dance certification in ballet and jazz through Southern Association of Dance Masters. Her experience includes: Founder/Director of The Church at Brook Hills Dance Ministry (Birmingham, AL) and Harvest Church Dance Ministry (Dothan, AL); Founder/Artistic Director of Destiny Dance; teaching for Jackie O’Neal, Briarwood Ballet, Harvest Performing Arts Academy, and others. From 2010 to 2015, over 100 teens and young adults participated in numerous outreaches and classes, and performed at Alabama Dance Council’s annual Dance Across Birmingham through Restoration Arts Dance (RAD), a ministry she began in 2008. Jennifer recently joined the “Dance Nation!” Core Lead Team and shares the vision to see dance and all the arts used collaboratively for God’s glory. Jennifer has been married 35 years to David; they have 2 adult children, Jordan & Kristen and a son-in-love, John. Since 2004, they have been members at Church of the Highlands, serving on the Dream Team. Jennifer also writes on a blog at: and as part of the blog team at Something More ministry.

Classes: Jazz II & III, Ballet III & Lyrical

Mrs. Beth 

In 1983, Beth Steers' dancing experience began in high school where she was a member of her junior and senior year as a dancer on the "Maroon Line" and high kick competitive team at Natchitoches Central High School. She continued dancing in college at Northwestern State University where she was a dancer for four years and then coach/instructor of the NSU Dazzlers and Pom-Pom Line.

Miss Maggie Beth

Maggie Beth Dew graduated high school class of 2018. This marks her 15th year of dance, and her 8th year as part of the SDPAC family. She has studied 14 years of ballet, 13 years of jazz, nine years of pointe, seven years of tap, and has been a part the Spirit and Company Team for three years. This is her fifth year of teaching dance, and in July of 2018, she earned her ballet certification through Southern Association of Dance Masters. Maggie Beth believes that teaching the children is one of the many blessings God has given her, and finds joy in each of her students and their families. She is active with the Sylacauga Community Playhouse where she has served as choreographer, assistant choreographer, and actress. She is Choreographer for CACC Choir and is currently volunteering with them as well. Maggie Beth really does not know what God has planned for her future, but she puts her trust fully in Him and takes a step towards His will day by day. Her biggest goal in life is to let Jesus’ Light and Love shine through her to the people around her.

Classes: Preschool Combo Mon & Thur, Ballet & Jazz I, Ballet II, Elementary Combo II, Pre Pointe

Cherry Peterson

My name is Cherry Peterson and I am the wife of Anthony and the mother of Anton, Alex, and Hanna. I am very excited to join Southern Dance & Performing
Arts Company as a Fitness Instructor. I am actively 
committed to fitness and have experience in a variety of classes including Strength, Endurance, Power, Flexibility,

Cardio and Dance. I am certified in CPR, Group Fitness, Master Training, Personal Training, Women’s
Fitness Instructor, Workout Designs, MX4, ZUMBA and a member of the Zumba Instructors Network. 

Miss Ibby

Ibby Dickson has been taking dance for 14 years and has received dance training in over seven dance styles. Ibby serves as a four year member on the Spirit and Company Dance Team and has been teaching for three years now. "God has called me to minister to children through my biggest passion - dance. I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to invest and mentor boys and girls who walk through this studio."

Miss Toria

Toria Parrish has been dancing for 8 years with dance training in ballet, jazz, tap, pointe, and lyrical. She is also strengthening and expanding her abilities with the Spirit and Company class. She hopes to continue to use dance throughout her life in any way possible.

Kaylee Batson

SPDAC Volunteers

Haley Dailey

Lisa Wood

Rachael Barnes

Katelyn Barnes